Feb. 24, 2000
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane head football coach Chris Scelfo announced Thursday that Joey Houston has joined the staff as an assistant coach.
Houston, who will coach the Green Wave secondary, comes to Tulane after three highly-successful seasons at Georgia Southern University under head coach Paul Johnson. Since joining the GSU staff in 1997, Houston helped the program to an overall record of 37-6 (.860) and berths in the 1998 and 1999 NCAA I-AA National Championship games. The 1999 squad posted a 13-2 record and won the 1999 National Championship.
"Joey brings a winning attitude and a tremendous amount of enthusiasm to our program," said Scelfo. "He is very knowledgeable and, most importantly, is someone that our players will enjoy being taught by."
Houston's efforts at Georgia Southern did not go unnoticed. He was responsible for the development of all Eagle cornerbacks, including Earthwind Moreland and Kiwaukee Thomas, both of whom earned all-Southern Conference accolades in 1999.
A native of North Augusta, S.C., Houston began his coaching career at his alma mater, Gardner-Webb University, as a graduate assistant coach with the defense in 1995. He was promoted to a full-time assistant in charge of the secondary following the season and held that position for one season until moving to Georgia Southern in 1997.
Houston earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Gardner-Webb in 1995. He was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs at defensive back, twice earning all-conference honors. He also received the program's leadership award as a senior.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for me to move to a school with such an outstanding academic reputation and storied football tradition," said Houston. "I am looking forward to the challenge of coaching in Conference USA, one of the nation's strongest football conferences. Tulane takes a lot of pride in its football program and the entire staff has made me feel at home."
Tulane opens the 2000 football season on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Ole Miss.