LAKE CHARLES (MSU) - Rob Sale, who played at LSU and then served on Nick Saban's coaching staff at Alabama, has joined McNeese State as the Cowboys' offensive line coach.
McNeese head coach Matt Viator announced Sale's addition Monday.
"We are very excited to have Coach Sale join our staff and look forward to what he will bring to our team. He has both played for and coached under some outstanding coaches," Viator said.
The 32 year old coach is a native of Monroe, played high school football at Neville High and college ball at LSU where he was a three year starter in the offensive line.
"I'm excited to be here and look forward to the opportunity," the new Cowboy coach said. "My philosophy is to put forth a unit that will be tough, will play hard and be fundamentally sound."
Sale, who earned his degree from LSU in 2003, has served on the Alabama football staff for the past five years, being a member of two national championship teams (2009 and 2011).
Among the positions he held with the football team were those of weight room assistant coach and offensive video analyst.
He had launched his coaching career in 2006 as the offensive line coach at Catholic High of Pointe Coupee and joined Alabama in 2007.
As a player at LSU, he played in 35 games with 25 starts, starting all 13 games in his senior year of 2002 at right offensive guard. As a junior he saw starting action at both center and guard when the Tigers won the SEC title and he played left guard as a sophomore, starting the final five regular season games as well as the Peach Bowl.
In high school he was an all-state selection as both a junior and a senior at Neville.