Rickey Bustle begins his first season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for North Carolina A&T’s football program in 2013.
Bustle has been a part of nine bowl teams during his collegiate coaching career and brings 33 years of Division I experience to the Aggies 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.
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.
During his head coaching stint, Bustle had many successes. 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.
The Cajuns also won six games in four of his final six seasons, a stretch not equaled at UL since 1986-89, and four-time All-Sun Belt selection Tyrell Fenroy became just the seventh player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
He is credited with 51 All-Sun Belt selections and 19 Cajuns were either drafted or signed free agent contracts. In addition, 11 players were invited to play in postseason all-star bowl games, with a handful of those players earning multiple invitations.
Prior to ULL, Bustle served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Virginia Tech for seven seasons. With the Hokies, Bustle developed some of the finest quarterbacks the college football world has seen in recent years, including former 49er Jim Druckenmiller and 2001No. 1 overall pick Michael Vick. In fact, Bustle coached the top three quarterbacks on Tech's career list for touchdown passes and guided players who have accounted for eight of the Hokies' Top 10 all-time single season offensive totals and seven of Tech's Top 10 all-time single season passing totals.
The 1999 Hokies averaged a national-best 41.4 points per game, as Tech reached the national championship game. In Bustle's first seven seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hokies fielded seven of the eight highest-scoring teams in school history.
The team posted a 67-17 record and won three Big East Conference championships. Virginia Tech went to a bowl game every year he served as offensive coordinator, winning the 1993 Independence Bowl, 1995 Sugar Bowl, 1998 Music City Bowl and 2001 Gator Bowl.
Bustle spent all but one season at Virginia Tech from 1987-2001, leaving the Hokies in 1994 for a one year stint as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at South Carolina. While at USC, Bustle helped the Gamecocks post a 7-5 record and record a Carquest Bowl championship.
From 1987-92, he was the quarterbacks and receivers coach at Virginia Tech before moving to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 1993.
His other coaching stops includes a three-year stint at UL-Monroe from 1984-86, where he coached the running backs for two seasons before becoming the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He met another young assistant coach named Rod Broadway when he spent three years (1980-82) at East Carolina as a wide receivers and secondary coach. In 1983, he took a position as the running backs coach for the United States Football League’s Arizona Wranglers Football League's Arizona Wranglers. He broke into the full-time coaching ranks as the defensive coordinator at Gardner-Webb in 1979.
The Summerville, S.C., native, is a 1976 graduate of Clemson, where he received a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation administration. He was a four-year letterwinner as a wide receiver for the Tigers.
Bustle's wife, Lynn, of Charleston, S.C., received her PhD. in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech in December 1997. They have a son, Brad, who was a two-time All-Sun Belt offensive lineman at ULL and signed professionally with Hartford of the United Football League.