A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Douglas will serve as the Cardinals co-defensive coordinator along with Melvin Smith. A coaching veteran of nearly 30 years, the majority of which has been spent at the FBS level, Douglas has a long track record of sending players on to the NFL. Over the course of his career, he has sent nearly 20 players on to the next level.
Among those who have advanced on to play in the NFL include Tracy Porter (Oakland Raiders), Mike Jenkins (Oakland Raiders), Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles), Da’Norris Searcy (Buffalo Bills) and Jerome Murphy (Washington Redskins).
Douglas’ coaching track record has made stops at Pittsburgh, Iowa State, North Carolina, South Florida, Indiana and Michigan State. He also has a familiarity with the state of Texas having spent four seasons at SMU and two at UTEP. In addition to his time in Texas, Douglas has also made FCS level coaching stops at East Tennessee State and Appalachian State.
Douglas brings 27 years of coaching experience to the Golden Triangle. He spent one season at Pittsburgh before his arrival in Beaumont. In addition to serving as co-defensive coordinator, Douglas will also coach the LU defensive backs.
Prior to his arrival at LU, Douglas spent one season at Pittsburgh and at Sam Houston State coaching defensive backs. Before making his way into the Southland Conference, Douglas spent two years at Iowa State where he developed three All-Big 12 performers. In his final year at Iowa State, Douglas coached All-Big 12 selection Jacques Washington, who sparked the Cyclones’ come-from-behind win at West Virginia with three takeaways (two interceptions and a fumble recovery).
Prior to his stint with the Cyclones, Douglas coached the defensive backs at North Carolina for three years (2009-11). The Tar Heels intercepted 38 passes over the 2009 and 2010 campaigns, ranking among the nation’s top 12 in that category each season.
From 2006-08, Douglas worked with the defensive backs at South Florida, helping the Bulls to three bowl bids. USF corner Mike Jenkins was a first-team All-American and the 2008 first-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys. In 2007, USF led the country in fumble recoveries and turnovers gained, while ranking fourth in interceptions. In 2008, the Bulls ranked 10th nationally in total defense.
In 2004 and 2005, Douglas coached at Indiana and worked with corner Tracy Porter, who went on to become an All-Big Ten performer and second-round pick of the New Orleans Saints. Porter had a game-clinching 74-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Saints’ 31-17 victory over Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV.
Douglas’ additional coaching stops include South Carolina State (2003), Michigan State (2001-02), SMU (1997-2000), UTEP (1995-96), East Tennessee State (1992-94) and West Chester (1989-91).
A standout collegiate player himself, Douglas was a four-year starter at wide receiver for Appalachian State (1983-86), compiling 90 receptions for 1,401 yards to rank among the school’s all-time top five. He earned his bachelor’s degree from ASU in 1988.
Douglas and his wife, Rebecca, have two children, son Tanner and daughter Taryn.
Assistant Coach - Running Backs
Eric Buchanan is in his first season working with the Lamar University running backs. Buchanan will be working with a very young stable of backs in 2017 as LU lost its top-two leading rushers from a year ago.
Buchanan comes to the Golden Triangle from Iowa Western where he spent the 2016 season working as the Reivers defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator. Iowa Western has left a paper trail of success when it comes to putting its defensive backs in four years schools. Just since 2001, 18 members of the Reivers’ secondary have gone on to play at four-year institutions, including 16 at the NCAA Division I level. Of those 16, 12 signed scholarships at the FBS level. That list includes five all-conference and all-region players and one All-American. It was no different during Buchanan’s time on staff.
Buchanan went to Iowa Western following an internship at TCU. Buchanan worked with the Horned Frogs’ defensive backs and specials teams during the 2015 season. That season, TCU posted an 11-2 overall record and finished seventh in the polls after a victory in the Alamo Bowl.
Buchanan played his collegiate football at TCU after a standout prep career at DeSoto High School. Buchanan was a four-year letterwinner for TCU where he worked his way into the starting lineup as a junior. He received his bachelor’s degree from TCU in 2006.
Following his graduation, Buchanan was invited to play in the inaugural Texas vs. the Nation High School All-Star game. Buchanan was an undrafted free agent signee by the Dallas Cowboys in 2007, and he played professionally with the Dallas Desperados.
Buchanan and his wife, Ciji, have two sons, Eric and CJ.
Assistant Coach - Recruiting Coord. / OLBs / Strong Safeties
Cam Clark enters his first season on the Cardinals’ coaching staff after spending the 2016 campaign as the defensive coordinator at Faulkner University. Clark will work with the LU strong safeties and outside linebackers.
Prior to his season at Faulkner, Clark spent three years working with current Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn serving as a defensive graduate assistant. During his time with the Tigers, Clark worked with Auburn’s safeties and nickel backs, as well as special teams. Clark was also heavily involved with recruiting.
During his time at Auburn, the Tigers climbed to the top of the Southeastern Conference. Auburn locked up the 2013 SEC West Division title on its way to an SEC Championship with a victory over Missouri in the title game. The Tigers rolled their way into the National Championship. It was nearly an unthinkable accomplishment prior to the season as the Tigers were coming off a 3-9 campaign that saw them fail to win an SEC contest.
Clark served in a similar capacity under Malzahn at Arkansas State. He assisted with a team that won the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Championship and played in the GoDaddy Bowl.
Clark’s stop at Faulkner as the defensive coordinator was his second trip to the university. He made a stop in Montgomery, Ala. in 2008 when he was hired as the secondary and wide receivers coach. Clark also served as Faulkner’s recruiting coordinator during that time.
Clark’s coaching career followed a successful playing career at Harding University where he was a four-year letterwinner in football and track and field. Clark received his bachelor’s degree from Harding in 2007. He graduated from Auburn with a masters in adult education in 2014.
Clark and his wife, Dana, have a two-year old son, Hutch.
Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coord. / DL
A veteran of the Southland Conference, Todd Ivicic enters his first season on the Lamar University football staff as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator. Ivicic takes over an LU defensive line that lost three of four starters to attrition from last year. Ivicic comes to LU after spending the previous 10 seasons at Incarnate Word, including the last five as associate head coach.
Ivicic also served as UIW interim head coach for the final three games of the 2011 season before the hiring of current head coach Larry Kennan. After his hiring Kennan named Ivicic associate head coach working primarily with the defensive line.
Ivicic was named UIW defensive coordinator in 2007. During his first season with the Cardinals, UIW finished 13th nationally in tackles for loss and 33rd in sacks. Just three years later, Ivicic helped the Cardinals make the transition into the Lone Star Conference. In that first season, UIW allowed just 136 rushing yards per game, and led the LSC in opponent third down conversions and was second in the league in opponent first downs.
The following season, Ivicic produced one of the league’s more opportunistic defenses. The Cardinals led the conference with 16 interceptions while adding four forced fumbles. Safeties Chaz Pavliska and Devin Haywood were each second team all-league selections. Haywood finished that season ranked seventh in the nation with a school record seven interceptions.
Ivicic's 2013 defensive line was astrong mix of veterans and rookies. Senior tackle Robby Horton earned College Sports Madness All-Independent second-team honors after leading the team with 10.0 tackles for losses, including four sacks. He finished his career with school records in both categories. The line was also crucial to the program’s first two shutouts and recording nearly 30 TFLs on the season.
Ivicic also helped coach UIW through the transition into NCAA Division I status. In 2014, Ivicic worked with Corey Lee, who went on to set a school record in tackles for losses, and eventually earned second-team All-Southland Conference honors. Special teams were also a strength for the Cardinals that season. UIW finished second in the Southland in kickoff coverage and fourth in punt coverage. They were also fourth in the league in kick returns at 21.0 yards per return.
Ivicic began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Sam Houston State in 1991 helping the team win a Southland Conference title. In his second year with the program he tutored a pair of the Southland’s top defensive ends. Greenwood Horn finished the year with 14 sacks and John Solomon became a fifth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings.
He received his first full-time job at Blinn Junior College where he was the defensive line/assistant special teams coach for two years. The Bucs went 15-5-1 during his stay.
Ivicic returned to SHSU in 1995 as the defensive line, assistant special teams coordinator. The special teams unit was one of the best in the nation from 1995-98. The Bearkats finished in the nation’s top 25 in net punting each year, including a fourth-place finish in 1995. They also blocked four punts and five each in 1996 and 1997. They were also strong in the return game finishing sixth nationally.
In 1999, Ivicic became the defensive line and special teams coordinator at Stephen F. Austin. His punt return unit led the nation with 19.1 yards per return and helped the Lumberjacks to a Southland Conference Championship – its first in 10 years.
He remained with SFA through the 2004 season and continued to produce top special teams play while adding the title of linebackers coach in 2001. The following seasons, the defense finished 13th nationally in pass defense and 10th in run defense. In 2003, they were sixth in pass efficiency defense while the special teams unit blocked six punts.
Ivicic moved on to Tarleton State in 2005 as the offensive line coach and special teams coordinator and was there for three years. He tutored Sam Skidmore, the LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year, before transitioning back to D-Line coach in 2006. The Texans finished 19th in run defense and ended the year with a share of the LSC South title. He also helped guide the Texans to a 9-2 record in his final season with the team.
Ivicic played defensive end for Sam Houston State in 1989 and 1990, after transferring from Blinn Junior College. He also played a year at Trinity Valley Community College.
A graduate of Taylor High School in central Texas, he earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from SHSU in 1991 and a master’s degree in kinesiology from SHSU in 1993.
Ivicic, and his wife, Deborah, have twins, Lily and Logan.