Jabbar Juluke, a coach with strong ties to New Orleans and a reputation of developing running backs, enters his first season on the Tiger coaching staff as he was appointed running backs coach on Feb. 13, 2016.
Juluke comes to LSU after a brief one month stint at Texas Tech, which was preceded by three years as running backs coach at Louisiana Tech from 2013-15.
Juluke, a graduate of Southern University and a native of New Orleans, served as the head coach at Edna Karr High School for nine years where he led his team to one state title and three consecutive appearances in the state championship game.
At Louisiana Tech, he coached record-setting running back Kenneth Dixon for three years. Dixon finished his career with the Bulldogs as the NCAAs all-time leader in touchdowns (87), points scored (522) and games played in which he scored a touchdown (38). As a senior in 2015, Dixon led the nation in scoring (14.2 points per game) and was second nationally in touchdowns scored (26). Dixon was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
Overall Julukes stable of Tech running backs contributed to 2,075 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns in 2015, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 159.6 rushing yards per game. That helped lead Louisiana Tech to rank 19th in scoring offense (37.5 points per game) and 21st in total offense (482.8 yards per game) as the Bulldogs won back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. Under his guidance, the 2015 squad ranked fifth in school history in rushing touchdowns (27).
In 2014, Techs running backs totaled more than 2,000 rushing yards as Juluke helped guide Louisiana Tech to a 35-18 victory over Illinois in the Zaxbys Heart of the Dallas Bowl. The Bulldogs also captured the 2014 Conference USA West Division title following a 9-5 season in Ruston.
Juluke helped lead Kenneth Dixon to his second 1,000-yard rushing season of his career in 2014 as the junior racked up 1,299 yards on the ground, while ranking sixth in the nation with 22 rushing touchdowns. With the help of Juluke, Dixon became the all-time leader at Louisiana Tech with 53 rushing touchdowns and 3,410 career rushing yards over the course of the 2014 campaign.
In his first season with the Bulldogs in 2013, Juluke helped guide Kenneth Dixon to 917 rushing yards over 10 games played and over 1,900 yards among Techs tailbacks as a whole.
Juluke joined Louisiana Tech following nine years at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans where he compiled a record of 80-39 record capped off with a 14-0 mark and a Louisiana state championship in 2012.
Over his final four years at Karr, Juluke his team to a 49-8 mark and three appearances in the state championship game. During his nine years at Karr, Juluke had over 70 players sign college football scholarships.
Prior to serving as head coach at Edna Karr, Juluke was the defensive coordinator for four years at Frederick Douglas High School (1999-2003) in New Orleans and was a wide receivers coach at Brother Martin (1998) for one year before that.
He got his start in coaching in 1995, first as an assistant coach at McKinley High School and then as defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at O.P. Walker High School in New Orleans, where he spent one year before moving over to St. Augustine High School (1996-97) where he was a linebackers coach for two years.
Juluke helped lead Southern to a Black National Championship in 1993 as a senior safety for the Jaguars. In 1993, the Jaguars went 11-1 overall, beat Grambling, 31-13, in the Bayou Classica and then posted an 11-0 win over South Carolina State in the Heritage Bowl. In addition to his football success at Southern, Juluke also letter in mens basketball for the Jaguars during the 1994-95 season. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Southern in 1999.
Juluke is married to the former Denise Smith and the couple has three children – Jahmad and Jamari. Juluke is also stepfather to Dyrius Smith, the son of his wife Denise.
The Juluke File
Year at LSU: First (appointed Feb. 13, 2016)
Birthdate: April 23, 1972, at Garland, Texas
Children: Jahmad, Jamari, Dyruius Smith
High School: St. Augustine (New Orleans)
College: Southern University (1999)
1990-91 – Tyler Junior College
1992-93 – Southern University (safety)
1995 – McKinley High School (assistant coach)
1995 – O.P. Walker High School (defensive backs/special teams coordinator)
1996-97 – St. Augustine High School (linebackers)
1998 – Brother Martin High School (wide receivers)
1999-03 – Frederick Douglas High School (defensive coordinator)
2003-12 – Edna Karr High School (head coach)
2013-15 – Louisiana Tech (running backs)
2016 – LSU (running backs)
Season Bowl Team Opponent Results
2014 Heart of Dallas – Louisiana Tech – Illinois – W, 35-18
2015 New Orleans – Louisiana Tech – Arkansas State – W, 47-28