Miami set to add recently hired Tulane defensive coordinator Lance Guidry in same position

NS_headshot_clearbackgroundby:Nick Schultz02/07/23

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Just when it looked like Lance Guidry was heading to Tulane, he’s changing course. Mario Cristobal is set to hire him as the new defensive coordinator at Miami, On3 and CaneSport’s Gary Ferman reported Tuesday.

Guidry spent the last two years at Marshall, where he helped lead the nation’s No. 1-ranked third down defense in 2022. The Thundering Herd also ranked No. 6 in scoring defense, holding teams to 16 points per game.

Guidry will replace Kevin Steele, who left this week to take the defensive coordinator job at Alabama under Nick Saban. Cristobal wasted no time looking for his replacement — and, as a result, Tulane is now looking for its second defensive coordinator of the offseason. Miami’s defense held teams to 26.8 points per game last season, which ranked No. 67 in the nation.

More on Lance Guidry’s coaching career

Guidry played defensive back at McNeese State in the 1990s before working as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. After a stint at the high school level, he returned to McNeese State as an assistant from 2000-03 and again in 2008 after another run at high school.

From 2009-10, Guidry served as the defensive backs coach at Miami (Ohio) before taking over as interim head coach for the Redhawks’ bowl game in 2010. He then headed to Western Kentucky as defensive coordinator from 2011-12 and again became an interim head coach for a bowl game.

Then, in 2013, Guidry headed back to McNeese State as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, holding that role from 2013-15 before becoming head coach from 2016-18. During his time as the headman, he amassed a 21-12 record, including a 17-10 record in Southland Conference play. His contract wasn’t renewed, and he headed to Southeastern Louisiana as defensive coordinator in 2019 and spent 2020 as the safeties coach at Florida Atlantic.