What to know about the latest Lsu football coaching hires
The university announced the hiring of Lsu assistant coach and former New Zealand head coach Chris Johnson as its new head football coach.
Johnson, who previously coached the U.S. under-20 team, has spent the past three years coaching at Western Australia University, a school in Western Australia’s south-east.
Johnson played in his first Lsu game last year, a 34-0 drubbing of the Perth Raiders.
“Chris is a quality person with tremendous passion and a keen desire to win,” Lsu President Peter Higgs said in a release.
In a statement, the school said Johnson has been a member of the coaching staff for six seasons, as well as serving as the associate head coach at the school for two years.
He previously spent five years at the University of Sydney.
The university also announced the appointment of former Lsu and New Zealand U20 head coach Matt Ritchie as interim head coach.
The school also confirmed the hire of assistant coach Matt Williams as the interim head football head coach for the 2017 season.
Williams was a member in Lsu’s senior coaching ranks for four years from 2008-2013.
Williams, who is a former All Blacks player, is a graduate of the University at Albany and has also worked for the U23s.