As he begins his 11th season on the Green Wave coaching staff in 2006, Frank Scelfo, the longest-tenured coach on the football staff, has been an integral part of one of the most successful decades in Tulane's modern football history. Over the past 10 years, Scelfo has helped the Green Wave to an undefeated season and the 1998 Conference USA and Liberty Bowl titles; served as one of the chief architects of the most successful offenses in school history; and seen Tulane's last three starting quarterbacks, including Scelfo protégés Patrick Ramsey (Redskins) and J.P. Losman (Bills), earn starting jobs in the NFL.
Since 1999, Scelfo has been at the controls of a record-setting offense that is unmatched in the school's history. He has served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for an offense that has produced Tulane's all-time passing yardage leader in Ramsey, the all-time rushing and all-purpose yardage leader (Mewelde Moore), the single season receiving leader (JaJuan Dawson), the all-time leader in touchdown catches (Roydell Williams) and the all-time scoring leader (kicker Seth Marler).
Williams, a fourth-round selection of the Tennessee Titans in 2005, became the eighth Green Wave offensive player drafted during Scelfo's nine years at the school. The list is topped by first round selections Ramsey (2002) and Losman (2004), Tulane's highest draft choices since 1961, and also includes quarterback Shaun King (Bucs, 2nd - 1999), Moore (Vikings, 4th - 2004), Dawson (Browns, 3rd - 2000), offensive lineman Bernard Robertson (Bears, 5th - 2001) and running back Jerald Sowell (Packers, 7th -- 1997). Ramsey (now with the New York Jets), Losman, Moore, Williams, King (Indianapolis Colts) and Sowell (Houston Texans) are still in the league.
A native of New Iberia, La., Scelfo, 47, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeast Louisiana University (now UL-Monroe) in 1981 and 1983, respectively. He was named NLU's 1981 Athlete of the Year.
Scelfo and his wife, the former Holly Kingery, whose father, Ellsworth Kingery was a three-year starter at Tulane who captained the 1951 Green Wave squad, have two sons, Anthony (19), a freshman quarterback for the Green Wave as well as a member of the Tulane baseball team, and Jordan (14).
Birthdate: Feb. 9, 1959
Birthplace: Abbeville, LA
Hometown: New Iberia, LA
Family: Wife (former Holly Kingery); Children (sons Anthony and Jordan)
High School: New Iberia (La.) HS (1977)
College: Northeast Louisiana (1981)
Northeast Louisiana (1977-81)
|1982-83||Prairie View (La.) HS|
|1984||Jesuit (La.) HS|
|1985-86||River Oaks (La.) HS|
|1987||Vidor (Texas) HS|
|1988||Orangefield (Texas) HS|
|1989-91||Chapel Hill (Texas) HS|
|1992-94||Kilgore (Texas) HS|
|1995||North Shore (Texas) HS|