Luke Huard was named the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator at Sacramento State in February of 2017.
Huard made an immediate impact as the Hornet offense averaged 486.0 yards of total offense and 37.6 points per game. Sacramento State scored at least 40 points in six games and finished with 50-plus four times. The team was extremely balanced, rushing for 225.8 yards per game and throwing for 216.0. Huard tutored Kevin Thomson throughout the season and the quarterback responded by accounting for 2,322 yards of total offense and 26 touchdowns during the season in just eight games. Thomson set the school single-season record for quarterback efficiency, yards per pass attempt and total offense per play. He proved to be one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the FCS with 1,828 passing yards and 494 rushing yards in the season with only three interceptions.
Huard came to the Hornets with a wealth of experience as both a player and coach. Most recently, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia State from 2013-16. Huard’s quarterbacks set numerous records at GSU beginning with Ronnie Bell who had over 2,500 yards of total offense in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, Nick Arbuckle passed for more than 7,600 yards with 51 touchdowns. He was named the Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Year in 2015 after setting the league record with 4,368 passing yards and 4,273 yards of total offense. In all, nine Georgia State receivers or tight ends earned all-Sun Belt honors as part of Huard’s offense.
Huard coached for four seasons at Illinois State from 2009-12. He began as the quarterbacks coach in 2009 before being elevated to offensive coordinator for the next three years. In 2012, the Redbirds led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in passing and total offense, averaging more than 30 points per game while compiling a 9-4 record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. During his time at ISU, he coached quarterback Matt Brown who was a three-time all-conference selection and was named MVFC Newcomer of the Year in 2009 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.
From 2007-08, Huard was a graduate assistant at Washington where he worked with the Husky quarterbacks. During that span, he helped coach Jake Locker who was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 2007 and went on to be a first round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans.
Huard starred at Puayllup High School where he was Washington’s Gatorade Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American as a senior. He continued his career at North Carolina where he started four games as a freshman.
After college, he started his coaching career as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Washington HS in Tacoma, Wash. He then spent four years as the head coach at Interlatke HS where he led the team to its first winning season in 10 years in 2004. That same year, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Eastside Hawks, a semi-pro team which went 10-0 and won the Northwest Football League title.
Huard comes from a football family. His brothers, Brock and Damon, played at Washington and went on the careers in the NFL. His father, Mike, was the head coach at Puyallup HS where he coached all three as well as NFL QB Billy Joe Hobert.
Huard and his wife Dolly have two daughters.