Rickey Bustle begins his first season as the quarterbacks coach for the Green Wave in 2011.
Bustle, 57, has been a part of nine bowl teams during his collegiate coaching career and brings 31 years of Division I experience to the Green Wave staff. He will oversee a group of Tulane quarterbacks that includes returning starter, junior Ryan Griffin, as well as junior D.J. Ponder, redshirt freshman Taylor Bullock and the incoming freshmen duo of Nick SanGiacomo and Leon Blouin, IV.
Bustle makes the short trip to Tulane from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he spent the last nine seasons as the head coach from 2002-10. During his tenure with the Cajuns, he led the team to its first Sun Belt Conference title in 2005 and ULL was bowl eligible four times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009).
Under Bustle, the Cajuns won six games in four of his final six seasons, a stretch not equaled at UL since 1986-89, and four-time All-Sun Belt selection Tyrell Fenroy become just the seventh player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
He is credited with 51 All-Sun Belt selections and 19 Ragin' Cajuns were either drafted or signed free agent contracts. In addition, 11 players were invited to play in post-season all-star bowl games, with a handful of those players earning multiple invitations.
Prior to ULL, Bustle served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Virginia Tech for seven seasons. With the Hokies, Bustle developed some of the finest quarterbacks the college football world has seen in recent years, including former 49er Jim Druckenmiller and former No. 1 overall pick in 2001 Michael Vick. In fact, Bustle coached the top three quarterbacks on Tech's career list for touchdown passes and guided players who have accounted for eight of the Hokies' Top 10 all-time single season offensive totals and seven of Tech's Top 10 all-time single season passing totals.
The 1999 Hokies averaged a national-best 41.4 points per game, as Tech played in the national championship game. In Bustle's first seven seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hokies fielded seven of the eight highest-scoring teams in school history.
The team posted a 67-17 record and won three Big East Conference championships. VT went to a bowl game every year he served as offensive coordinator, winning the 1993 Independence Bowl, 1995 Sugar Bowl, 1998 Music City Bowl and 2001 Gator Bowl.
Bustle spent all but one season at Va. Tech from 1987-2001, leaving the Hokies in 1994 for a one year stint as the offensive coordinator and QB's coach at South Carolina. While at SC, Bustle helped the Gamecocks post a 7-5 record and record a Carquest Bowl Championship.
From 1987-92, he was the quarterbacks and receivers coach at Va. Tech before moving to offensive coordinator and QB's coach in 1993.
His ties to Louisiana include a three-year stint at UL-Monroe from 1984-86, where he coached the running backs for two seasons before becoming the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
He has also had coaching stints with East Carolina as a wide receivers and secondary coach (1980-82) and with the United States Football League's Arizona Wranglers as a running backs coach (1983). He broke into the full time coaching ranks as the defensive coordinator at Gardner-Webb in 1979.
The Summerville, S.C., native, is a 1976 graduate of Clemson, where he received a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation administration. He was a four-year letterwinner as a wide receiver for the Tigers.
Bustle's wife, Lynn, of Charleston, S.C., received her PhD. in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech in December 1997. She is currently a tenured professor at UL in the Visual Arts Department in the College of the Arts. They have a son, Brad, who was a two-time All-Sun Belt offensive lineman at ULL and signed professionally with Hartford of the United Football League, will be a member of the Virginia Tech football staff as a graduate assistant coach for the defense in 2011.