Dec. 5, 2000
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo, who guided the Green Wave to a 6-5 record in 2000, has received a contract extension which runs through the 2005 season, TU Director of Athletics Rick Dickson announced Tuesday.
Scelfo, the youngest head coach in Division I-A, has a 10-13 record in his two seasons at Tulane. His win total in two seasons is greater than all but two of his nine predecessors since 1966. He doubled the win total of his team between his first and second seasons despite a brutal schedule that saw the Green Wave play its first three games of the 2000 season, and six of its first eight contests, on the road. The Tulane offense ranked seventh in the nation in total offense and third in passing offense.
"We're pleased with the progress the staff and the program have shown under Chris' direction," Dickson said. "The football program has taken positive strides and established a solid foundation for the future. In the evaluation process, it became clear that Chris is providing the leadership in directing the staff and student-athletes in accordance with the values of Tulane University, both on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. Extending Chris' contract is a sign of confidence in his leadership and support for the direction of the program."
Tulane won its last three games to end the 2000 season with a 6-5 overall record, 3-4 in Conference USA. The Green Wave seniors completed their careers as the first senior class in nearly 20 years to leave the school with three winning seasons in four years. Off the field, Tulane has won the Conference USA Team Academic Award for football in four of the last five seasons, including posting a 2.49 league-leading mark in 1999-2000. Members of the football team have also been involved in the athletic department's community service initiatives, including Shadow A Student-Athlete Day, visits to area Children's Hospitals and collecting donations for Covenant House.
"This should be a clear signal to our current players, to prospective student-athletes, and to our fans and supporters, that Tulane University is committed to building a football program and to building it the right way, through continuity and consistency in the program," Scelfo said. "I appreciate that Rick Dickson and President Cowen have expressed their faith in our program and the way we represent Tulane."
In addition to the Green Wave's team successes on and off the field, Scelfo saw two of his 2000 players earn third team All-America mention, while freshman running back Mewelde Moore was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year and was a second team Freshman All-American.
A native of New Iberia, La., Scelfo came to Tulane in December 1998 after three seasons as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at the University of Georgia.