New coach Rebowe to bring excitement to Colonel Nation


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Nicholls State University football coach Tim Rebowe is interviewed during press conference to announce his hiring.

Nicholls named Tim Rebowe as its new head football coach on Nov. 21, 2014.

Rebowe replaced former coach Charlie Stubbs, who resigned on Sept. 14, and plans to bring excitement and recruits to Colonel Nation.
“We want to put a product on the field that will be competitive,” Rebowe said. “We want the team to be proud of getting on the field, and then the community members proud to be Nicholls State University Colonels.”

Rebowe, 51, is the 10th head football coach in program history who brings experience at the high school and collegiate level. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Destrehan High School, where he coached former National Football League player, Ed Reed.
With recruiting connections in the New Orleans metro area, many believe that Rebowe will be a stellar recruiter.

“He understands the situation and the landscape of higher education. He even has the right accent. You can’t go anywhere in New Orleans at any of those high schools without one of those coaches knowing him. For us, he is the perfect fit. The way we get out of the mess we are in is to recruit our way out,” Nicholls Athletic Director Rob Bernardi said.

Rebowe was the defensive backs, special teams and recruiting coordinator for Nicholls in the 90’s.

“When I was here in the 90’s, I always said you had to recruit locally, and I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t do that. I will be up and down the bayou. We have good football players in this area, and it’s my job to recruit them. It’s my job to evaluate, recruit and develop their talent in to winning talent. That is my number one goal,” Rebowe said.

Rebowe comes from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette after 11 seasons. At ULL, he helped lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to three consecutive bowl appearances and a Sun Belt Conference Championship. During his tenure, he coached safeties and linebackers. Last season, the Cajuns were tied first for takeaways in the Sun Belt with 14 interceptions.

Not only does Rebowe want to improve recruiting, he wants to continue the good academic standing at Nicholls as well.

“I thought the previous staff did an outstanding job of recruiting quality student-athletes. They did a good job of making sure that they go to study hall and class. When you start with good people and a strong background in academics, they will continue when they get here. I tell my guys all the time that college isn’t hard if you go to class. With that being said, we will have a bunch of academic rules,” Rebowe said.

Rebowe wants players to focus on getting an education and to remember that football is something they do while they get their degree.
“We will have an academic plan in place to make sure they are getting up in the morning and going to class. I want them learning and getting to know their professors. They will get a quality education,” Rebowe said.

Rebowe earned his bachelor of science in physical education at Louisiana State University in 1987. He and his wife, Kim, have two children, Samantha and Tyler. Tyler is an infielder for the Colonels baseball team.

Bernardi believes Rebowe is long-term hire for the Colonels football team.

“With Tim, he looks at Nicholls as an ending point. He has been at several other Universities at different levels. At this point in his career with his family, this is where he wants to be,” Bernardi said.