Bustle Named Head Man at Louisiana-Lafayette
Will call plays for Tech in Gator Bowl
December 13, 2001

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Rickey Bustle has been named the head football coach at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Bustle accepted the position Thursday morning and was introduced as the new coach at a press conference in Lafayette, La., Thursday afternoon.

"This is just a great opportunity for a first-year head football coach," Bustle said. "I promised my wife that I wouldn't just take any job just to be a head coach. This football program has a lot of promise, especially being in the Sun Belt Conference and having a bowl tie-in.

"Virginia Tech and Blacksburg have been the most special places that my family and I have ever been. This has not been an easy decision because of the roots that we have there, but it's one that I've been waiting a long time to make."

"Coach Bustle has given a lot to our offensive team while in Blacksburg," Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer said. "His success with quarterbacks is obvious. We've had some of our-highest scoring offenses in school history under him."

During Tech's Gator Bowl Media Day on Thursday afternoon, Beamer announced the promotion of assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bryan Stinespring to the role of offensive coordinator. Stinespring will maintain his role as the offensive line coach and a search for a new quarterbacks coach will begin immediately. Despite the move, Bustle will be on hand to coach the Tech offense during the Hokies' Gator Bowl game against Florida State on Jan. 1, 2002, and will call the plays for the Hokies. Stinespring will take over the role as the offensive coordinator after the game.

"Bryan Stinespring has a great knowledge of this offense," Beamer said. "I feel we're at a point in time where we can study and experiment with some things to help out our offense.

"I've lost a great man in Rickey Bustle, but I know Bryan Stinespring is up to the task."

The 2001 season marked Bustle's 14th season as Tech's quarterbacks coach and eighth year as the Hokies' offensive coordinator. In his eight seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hokies fielded eight of the nine highest-scoring teams in school history, posted a 75-20 record and won three BIG EAST Conference Championships. The Hokies have been to a bowl every year Bustle has been the coordinator.

Bustle came to Tech with Beamer in 1987 as the Hokies' quarterbacks coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1993 and directed the '93 offensive unit that scored a then-school-record 400 points and rolled over Indiana, 45-20, in the Independence Bowl. In 1994, Bustle accepted the position of offensive coordinator at the University of South Carolina. He helped the Gamecocks to a 7-5 record that included a Carquest Bowl win over West Virginia.

After just one season away from Blacksburg, Bustle decided to rejoin the Tech staff and helped the Hokies to a 10-2 record and a Sugar Bowl win over Texas. In 1999, Tech set school marks for total offense (4,970 yards) and points (455).

Bustle was a four-sport athlete at Summerville High School in South Carolina and earned three varsity letters as a wide receiver at Clemson. Following his graduation in 1977, he coached two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Tigers.

In 1979, he became defensive coordinator for Gardner-Webb College in North Carolina. He joined the staff at East Carolina in 1980, serving two seasons as the Pirates' defensive backfield coach and one year as the receivers coach.

In 1983, Bustle became the running backs coach for the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL. The following year, he joined the staff at Northeast Louisiana (now UL-Monroe), where he served as the running backs coach for two seasons before becoming the offensive coordinator in 1986.

Stinespring came to Tech in 1990 as a graduate assistant for Beamer. For five seasons, he coached the tight ends and helped with the offensive line before taking over as the offensive line coach in 1997. Last season, he earned the additional title of assistant head coach.

Stinespring is a 1986 graduate of James Madison University and is finishing up his ninth year as a full-time coach on Beamer's staff.