Brian Kelly and LSU announced official defensive coordinator Matt House on Tuesday night and are already adding to his new staff. On Wednesday morning, the program officially announced Robert Steeples as a defensive assistant on the House staff.
Steeples is currently a special teams assistant coach with the Minnesota Vikings, but has a history as a defensive back as a Missouri player in college and later for a few seasons in the NFL.
“Robert is an extremely talented coach who will bring tremendous knowledge, energy and expertise to our staff,” said Kelly. “He had a stellar career as a collegiate player in both Missouri and Memphis, and his youth experience will go a long way in creating a culture of success on and off the court at LSU. He’s a perfect fit for us and I look forward to working with him as we build a championship program.
According to Brody Miller of The Athletic, one of the deals for House to join the program was that he would be able to round out the rest of his defensive lineup. Bringing in Steeples, who doesn’t have a ton of college coaching experience, will be an interesting choice for the Tigers.
Steeples served as head coach for four years at De Smet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur, Missouri, leading that program from a 2-8 record in 2016 to a state championship by the 2019 season before joining the staff. of Vikings coaches. Coincidentally, Steeples now becomes a second straight coach LSU has snatched back-to-back seasons from the Vikings, the first being Daronte Jones as defensive coordinator.
LSU also signed Kerry Cooks as a defensive coach who has experience coaching defensive backs. House is also used to working with linebackers, so he’s a likely option to coach that group in the future.
“The opportunity to have a real impact on young student-athletes is something I look forward to at LSU,” Steeples said. “The LSU community’s first-class people and tremendous resources provide a unique opportunity to help maximize the potential of our student-athletes. It takes a village to equip them with the character and tools that will allow them to succeed in their academic careers and in life beyond, and I’m hungry to do my part. It’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly, and I’m especially thrilled to carry that call within LSU’s passionate and authentic culture.