Recently hired as Sterlington's new linebackers coach, Adam Waugh has 15 years of college coaching experience.

Adam Waugh, Sterlington's new linebackers coach, brings a wealth of experience to his first high school coaching assignment.

Waugh, who coached safeties at Northwestern State last year, spent 15 years at the college level with stops at ULM (2010-15), Cal Poly (2009), West Point (2003-08) and Pittsburgh (2002). He helped Army to an Independence Bowl bid in 2008 and was co-defensive coordinator at ULM in 2015.

Facing the prospect of relocating his family, Waugh began checking his potential options at the high school level.

"My family and I have lived in Monroe for seven years now," Waugh said. "All three of our kids were born here. My wife enjoys her job. We like this community and our church family.

"I kind of reached out to a couple of high school guys I knew, coach (Jason) Thompson put me in touch with coach (Lee) Doty, and one thing led to another."

Waugh was on board in time for the start of summer workouts.

"I'm excited to be here," Waugh said. "I have enjoyed meeting the kids. The coaching staff has been great. They do a great job — they just won a state championship. I'm looking forward to being part of this program. I'm here to help these kids. Hopefully, I can make them better players."

Though he has spent his entire career in the college ranks, Waugh expects to adapt quickly to the high school ranks.

"I'm sure there are going to be some differences that pop up, but I think football is football at any level," Waugh said. "I'm sure there are going to be some things in high school that I haven't had to deal with before. There are going to be problems — it's just going to be different problems. I don't think anything is going to be problem free."

Summing up his coaching philosophy, Waugh said, "I just want the kids to play hard, be coachable and put the team first. I think if guys can do those three things, you have a chance to be successful."

Waugh says he is already beginning to feel at home at Sterlington.

"Everyone has been very welcoming and very helpful," he said.

In addition to his coaching duties, Waugh will teach world geography at SHS.

A three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball), Waugh graduated from Libertyville (Ill.) High School with a 4.0 grade point average.

Waugh was a four-year starting safety at Illinois State where he was a two-time, first-team Verizon Academic All-American.

Adam and Kristina Waugh are the parents of three children — daughters Avery (5) and Emma (4), and a son, Cooper (1).