Eight new faces dot staff; Johnson retains Lichtenberger, Rollins
Hutson reviews last week's game vs. Memphis, looks ahead to weekend ballgame at East Carolina
Doug Lichtenberger enters his seventh season on the Tulane coaching staff but enters his second season as the assistant athletic director for football operations and recruiting for the Green Wave in 2013. Lichtenberger previously served as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tulane football team from 2007-2011.
During the 2011 campaign, Lichtenberger's tight ends combined for 23 receptions for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Under Lichtenberger's guidance, redshirt freshman Matt Marfisi emerged as go-to target among the Wave's receiving corps after leading the tight ends with 13 receptions for 131 yards and a score. Lichtenberger also coached the Green Wave's offensive line during the 2011 campaign.
The 2010 campaign was a special year for the tight end group as senior Cody Sparks completed one of the most productive careers by a Tulane tight end in 27 years with his 73 receptions for 753 yards and six touchdowns, all in just three seasons. Sparks finished the year with 43 receptions, the third-most in school history by a tight end, and 427 receiving yards and led the team with six receiving touchdowns. As a group, the tight ends combined for 46 receptions for 528 yards.
The 2009 campaign saw his tight end group haul in 25 receptions for 212 yards and one score. Leading the way in receptions was Sparks with 10 catches, while freshman Brock Sanders snagged the group's lone touchdown.
His second season saw the emergence of Sparks as one of the Green Wave's top threats from the tight end position. Sparks, who made the transition from linebacker to tight end under Lichtenberger in 2008, finished fourth on the team in receptions with 20 catches for 245 yards.
During his first season, his tight ends corps helped pave the way for Tulane's 2,000-yard rusher, Matt Forte, and was part of an offense that ranked as the sixth-best rushing unit in school history, and the group also combined for 16 receptions for 150 yards. Off the field, Lichtenberger has been a force behind the Green Wave's recruiting efforts. This season, 22 newcomers will join the Tulane football team. Last season, he once again spearheaded a great recruiting class with 25 newcomers. During his stint as the recruiting coordinator, he has helped the Green Wave recruit 115 total scholarship players, including 44 standouts from the state of Louisiana.
Tulane head coach Bob Toledo added special teams to Lichtenberger's list following the conclusion of the 2009 campaign. Lichtenberger will now oversee all facets of Tulane's special teams, and is the Green Wave's first special teams coordinator under Toledo since Fred Bleil in 2007.
Lichtenberger, 39, came to Tulane after spending the 2006 campaign as an offensive administrative assistant at Auburn. He assisted with all facets of the offense and helped the Tigers to a 10-2 mark and a victory in the Cotton Bowl.
Prior to Auburn, Lichtenberger was an offensive line coach at the University of California-Davis from April 2005 to February 2006. During his stint at UC-Davis, he helped the team to a 20-17 upset of Stanford en route to a conference co-championship.
He coached tackles and tight ends at Ohio University in 2004. From 2001-03, Lichtenberger was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. He served as a graduate assistant coach that worked with the offensive line at Idaho in 1999, and worked with tight ends as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Nevada during the 2000 season.
A former All-American offensive lineman at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Lichtenberger was a three-time all-conference performer for the Mustangs. He helped lead the team to a top-20 national ranking during his senior season and earned 1-AA All-America honors that same season.
Lichtenberger, who earned his degree in 1998, went on to get his master's degree in sport and recreation management at the University of Idaho in August 2000.
Lichtenberger and his wife, Kim, reside in New Orleans.