Brian Wright, Marvin Sanders Named Offensive, Defensive Coordinators
Email: Luke Meadows
2012- Florida Atlantic University (Assistant/ OL)
2006-2011 - South Dakota State University (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator)
2002-2005 - South Dakota State University (Assistant Coach/Offensive Line)
2001- Wartburg College (Assistant Coach/Offensive Line)
1999-2000 - South Dakota State (Graduate Assistant)
Bowl/Post-Season Games as a Coach
The Meadows File
Hometown: Hot Springs, SD
Education: B.S. History, South Dakota State University
Marital Status: Wife Rochelle
Children: Son Daulton (11) and daughter Addyson (8)
Luke Meadows was one of the final staff members added with the knowledge that the offensive line would play a critical part in the success of the offense. By joining FAU, it was the first time in 10 years that Meadows would be asked to build something from scratch. While he returned several starters, the line would be asked to protect for a new system, and for the first time FAU would ask the line to work with a mobile quarterback. Meadows began the year with two linemen that had earned significant playing time. He inserted junior college transfer Mustfa Johnson, saw the emergence of DeAndre Williams and Ricaldo Henry and his line was built. The starting five remained intact and did not miss a start, with the exception of the season's second game. Andrew Czuprynski started at left guard his final three seasons at FAU (36-consecutive games). This stability paid off with more than a 100 yard improvement in FAU's total offense and a national rank jump of 22 spots. The line's pass protection saw the quarterback pass efficiency rating improve by 55 spots while the sacks allowed ranking jumped 21 spots. The running game maintained its production despite losing FAU's all-time rushing leader. The line was a true help in this matter by eliminating the sacks and a negative 179 rushing yards lost by the previous season's quarterbacks. With one season and two spring seasons under their belts, FAU offensive line will draw upon the positives gained in 2012.
At South Dakota State
Meadows was the longest-tenured assistant on John Stiegelemeier's SDSU coaching staff, 10 seasons, six as an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. In that time four players earned all-American honors, one academic honors, 19 were selected all-conference and 16 receive academic All-conference recognition while two all-newcomers were awarded to offensive linemen. A Hot Springs, SD native, Meadows began his coaching career as an undergraduate student at SDSU. After earning a bachelor's degree in 1999, he continued as a graduate assistant with the Jackrabbits during the 1999 and 2000 seasons, coaching the running backs, including Jackrabbit career rushing leader and All-American Josh Ranek.
In 2005, Meadows coached an offensive line that helped pave the way for the leading rushing attack in the Great West Football Conference, averaging 227.4 yards per game. During Meadows' time on staff, the Jackrabbits have posted four of the top 10 single-season rushing totals in school history and five of the top 10 single-game rushing performances. In addition, SDSU has recorded four of the top-10 scoring averages in the program's history, including 35.6 points per game in 2008. The 2008 squad also set an SDSU single-season record with 427 points in 12 games, scoring 40 or more points in a game six times.
With Meadows on the coaching staff, SDSU has established 11 team single-game and single-season offensive records, including rolling up 689 yards of total offense in the 2005 Hobo Day victory over Missouri-Rolla. Jackrabbit players he has coached also have established 30 new individual school records during his tenure. Under Meadows' guidance, Jackrabbit offensive linemen have combined for seven first-team all-conference selections, 10 second-team selections and a pair of All-Americans. Mitch Erickson, who ended his collegiate career in 2007 with his third straight first-team all-Great West Football Conference selection, was nearly a consensus All-America pick within the Division I Football Championship Subdivision as a senior. Likewise, center Ryan McKnight earned multiple All-America honors during his senior season in 2010, including first-team recognition from the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Also during the 2010 season, the Jackrabbit offensive line ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision by yielding only six sacks the entire campaign. Erickson was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos and later spent time with the Seattle Seahawks. Casey Knips and Casey Bender, both starters on the Jackrabbits' 2009 FCS playoff team, received invitations to NFL camps in 2010 with the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns, respectively. Bender is currently a member of the Indianapolis Colts, while McKnight recently signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.
At Wartburg College
He then spent a season as offensive line coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Professional Players Coached
Steve Heiden - San Diego Chargers (3rd)
Josh Ranek - Dallas Cowboys (Free Agent)
Ben Studer Chicago Bears (Free Agent)
Andy Wagstrom - Miami Dolphins (Free Agent)
Paul Keiser - Buffalo Bills (Free Agent)
Mitch Erickson - Denver Broncos (Free Agent)
Casey Bender - Cleveland Browns (Free Agent)
Casey Knips - Arizona Cardinals (Free Agent)
Ryan McKnight - Cincinnati Bengals (Free Agent)