Tony Hull Hired to Coach Kansas Running Backs
LAWRENCE, Kan. –- Kansas football head coach David Beaty rounded out his coaching staff by announcing the hiring of Tony Hull as running backs coach Wednesday afternoon.
“We are fired up to add Tony Hull to our staff,” said Beaty. “Not only is Tony well-respected as a coach throughout the state of Louisiana, but collegiate coaches around the nation also have a huge amount of appreciation for the work he has done. The production of his teams and players speaks for itself and we are looking forward to him bringing that same work ethic to our staff and players.”
Hull joins the Jayhawk staff from the Louisiana high school ranks, where he most recently served as the head coach and offensive coordinator of Warren Easton High School in New Orleans. During his nine seasons as the head coach of the Eagles, Hull helped lead a stagnant program into a contender.
A New Orleans native, Hull arrived at Warren Easton in 2007, the school’s first season playing football following Hurricane Katrina. He guided the Eagles to the playoffs in seven of his nine seasons at the helm of the program, including a state championship game appearance in 2014 and a state semifinals showing in 2015.
Hull developed the Eagles players on the field as he mentored 45 players who went on to earn Division I football scholarships, including 2016 Kansas signee Tyriek Starks. Six of those players earned a nod in ESPN’s top 300 list, while one of his athletes was named the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Louisiana football.
Hull, who taught math and physical education, was an important member of the Eagles faculty as he saw his WEHS football players enjoy a 100 percent graduation rate. Additionally, he implemented a character development sector that saw his players assisting inner city youth with off-the-field development.
Prior to his time at Warren Easton, Hull spent the 2005 season as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at his alma mater, Sarah T. Reed High School in New Orleans. He served in the same capacity at Mandeville High School in Mandeville, Louisiana in 2006.
Hull was a two-year starter on the offensive line at Louisiana Lafayette, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology in 2004. Following graduation, Hull spent four years working in the engineering field, including three years at NASA.
“Tony is a great coach and mentor,” said Beaty. “His love for kids is evident in the decision he made to leave the engineering field and NASA for the inner-city public education system in Louisiana to help the youth of New Orleans.”
Hull, Beaty and the Jayhawks will open up spring practice on Sunday, March 6 and the 15-practice schedule includes the 1 p.m., spring game on Saturday, April 9, in Memorial Stadium. In addition, to the spring game, the fourth-annual Train Like a Jayhawk Kid’s Clinic is also scheduled for April 9. More information on the Train Like a Jayhawk Kid’s Clinic and all of the events surrounding the annual spring game, including times, locations and parking information, will be provided at a later date.
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