Greg McMahon introduced as LSU’s particular groups coordinator

LSU officially announced the hire of Greg McMahon as the team’s special teams coordinator on Friday. 

The move had long been speculated ever since McMahon started working with LSU as a consultant last spring and when the NCAA approved the addition of a 10th assistant coach to a team’s staff. 

“Coach McMahon brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of special teams to our staff,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said in a press release. “He’s had success at the highest level of football, helping the Saints win a Super Bowl, and I know that with Greg working daily with our special teams, we will show marked improvement.”

McMahon spent 2017 with the Tigers but could not coach any players and could only coach the assistants. Graduate assistant Chris Forestier and five of LSU’s assistant coaches handle the duties of a special teams coach.

Following LSU’s Citrus Bowl defeat to Notre Dame – in which special teams miscues played a big role in the first half – Orgeron said hiring a special teams coordinator was a priority. 

“I do believe that hiring a full-time special teams coach will make difference,” Orgeron said back on Jan. 1. 

Tuesday was the first day teams could officially hire the 10th assistant although LSU chose to wait a few days as the team sorted out Steve Ensminger’s promotion to offensive coordinator and Jerry Sullivan’s hire as senior offensive assistant and passing game coordinator. 

McMahon will look to fix LSU’s kicking game issues that plagued Connor Culp and Jack Gonsoulin throughout the year. The pair combined to miss 14 kicks overall – Gonsoulin missed six field goals (5-of-11) and Culp missed five field goals (11-of-16) and three extra points. 

The Tigers did sign former Division II kicker Cole Tracy to come in and compete for the starting kicker job. 

In 2017, Tracy was 67-of-67 on his extra points and 27-of-29 on his field goals this season. His only misses were from 45 and 52 yards and he had a long of 53. Tracy was named the winner of the 2017 Fred Mitchell Award given to the top kicker in the FCS, Division II, Division III or the NJCAA.

McMahon joined LSU after he spent 2006-2016 with the New Orleans Saints. He was the assistant special teams coach in his first two seasons before he was made the special teams coordinator in 2008. He also coached special teams at the collegiate level at UNLV (1990-91), Illinois (1997-2004) and East Carolina (2005).

In his final four seasons at Illinois, McMahon’s special teams units blocked 16 kicks that accounted for nine touchdowns, according to a bio posted at the Saints website.

Orgeron and McMahon had previously worked together when Orgeron was an assistant coach with the Saints in 2008. 

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