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Tim Rebowe reflects on new contract with Nicholls football

March 3, 2018

Photo by: Misty Leigh McElroy

Photo by: Misty Leigh McElroy

The Nicholls State University football team will continue to be led by head coach Tim Rebowe for the foreseeable future. Nicholls named Rebowe the 10th head coach of the football program
in Nov. of 2014, and he has recently agreed to another four-year contract which was approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors this Thursday, March 1. In a personal
interview, Rebowe provided answers to some specific questions about his past, present and future as a Colonel.

Q: You have reestablished the program and now you have signed up for another four years of being a Colonel. Why Nicholls among other schools?

A: I have a long standing history with Thibodaux. I was here in the ‘70s when my brother played for Nicholls. I went from being a little kid coming to the games here to being an assistant coach
here in the ‘90s for six seasons and [having] a chance to come here and lead a program. It was a great opportunity for me. I think I always knew this place could be special. It is special, it is a unique area and I am just happy to be a part of it.

Q: Did you consider other football programs before making the decision to stay with Nicholls?

A: I’m not going around looking. I’m happy here, I know what we have here. Sometimes people come looking for you, and you just have to listen. I’m not going looking for anything. This is just exactly [the] place I want to be.

Q: Did any other programs come to meet with you?

A: Yeah, people came and had a little interest, but I think that’s any time you start having a little success. People are going to take a look inside, you know, see how you [are] doing. I think that’s
the same thing for the assistant coaches. Anytime we lose a coach [it is] because another school came and got him. When you [are] doing things right and winning, I think people do take a hard look at your program.

Q: When deciding to stay here or go anywhere else, was money or conference standing or
ranking ever a factor in staying?

A: No, I think the big thing in me staying here is that this is where I want to be. This is where I want to be able to continue to grow and take this program. We have a lot of unfinished business we need to take care of. I’m just happy to work [for] this administration.

Q: With another four years ahead at Nicholls, what do you have planned for the team? Do you plan to make any changes or implement anything new?

A: I think there is a lot. There is a lot of unfinished business. We need to continue to grow. When we started out, we won three games, then five games and then eight games. I think you are always adjusting your goals to get where you want to get to. Nothing stays the same. Yeah, we want to go to playoffs. We want to win a playoff game. We want to win the conference championship. Those are all things we have in our future.

Q: You were at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for about 10 years. What attracted you to the idea of leaving ULL and joining the Nicholls football program?

A: Well, I think being the head coach. Every coach hopefully aspires to lead a program. I had been the head coach in high school. There had been a couple of opportunities in college that I had a chance to, but didn’t get. The timing wasn’t right, you know, but after we had success at ULL, I think they came looking and I was ready to try to be a head coach. I thought I had learned a lot of things. I think the timing was right.

Q: Do you think having these next four years will provide the team with better consistency?

A: I think our players know we have a lot of depth and maturity coming back for us to have a successful season. The main thing I want to say is that it’s not about Tim Rebowe, it’s about the program. It’s about Nicholls and all the assistant coaches and about all of us having success.

Q: What can you say about your overall coaching strategy for the next four years? Can we expect anything different?

A: Nope, [I] just hope to win championships and playoffs, hopefully it’s more than four years.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: I’m excited to be back on the field. It’s the first day of spring. I thought we had a lot of energy. The guys are looking sharp and ready to go, and we are looking forward to having some great installation in the next couple days.

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