GREENSBORO – Third-year North Carolina A&T head football coach Rod Broadway added a key piece to his coaching staff on Tuesday with the hiring of new offensive coordinator Rickey Bustle.
Bustle brings 33 years of coaching experience to the staff, including nine years (2002-2010) as the head football coach at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Bustle also spent 14 seasons (1987-93, 1995-2001) at Virginia Tech, where he was the offensive coordinator in the Hokies Bowl Championship Series title game against Florida State in 2000.
“Coach Bustle will bring a fresh new perspective and outlook to our offense,” said Broadway. “He brings new blood, new life, if you will, to our program. I wanted to bring in somebody who was going to continually work to make us better. Coach Bustle has the vision to make us a better team offensively, and that will hopefully translate into us being a better football team as a whole.”
Bustle’s two most recent stops were at Southern Mississippi as the running backs coach in 2012 and at Tulane as the quarterbacks coach in 2011. Bustle won 41 games at ULL, including a win over A&T in 2006. In 2005, he led the Rajin’ Cajuns to the Sun Belt championship and their first winning season in 10 years. They were bowl eligible in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
During his first six seasons at Virginia Tech, he was the quarterbacks coach. In 1993, he became the Hokies’ offensive coordinator and helped them to a win in the Independence Bowl. He became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of South Carolina in 1994, before returning to Virginia Tech as the offensive coordinator in 1995. He was a part of Hokie wins in the Sugar (1995), Music City (1998) and Gator Bowls (2000).
In 1999, the Hokies led the nation in points per game (41.4). In fact, his second seven-year stint with the Hokies produced seven of the eight highest-scoring teams in school history. Bustle has also coached collegiately at Clemson, East Carolina, Northeast Louisiana and Gardner-Webb. Bustle will take over an offense that ranked seventh in the MEAC in total offense and eighth in passing offense.