Greg Laffere
Greg Laffere

Hometown:
Basehor, Kan.

Last College:
Miami

Position:
Assistant Coach/Offensive Line

As a member of the 2000 Gator Bowl and 2001 Sugar Bowl champions, Greg Laffere started 16 of 23 games on the offensive line at Miami (Fla.) and has brought that personal experience to Illinois State as he enters his second season.

In 2005, Laffere guided two of the league's top offensive lineman in Stafford Davis and Mike Stegeman. Davis went on to become a consensus all-American and first team all-conference selection after making the move from guard to center, while Stegeman earned second team all-league honors.

As a senior with the `Canes, Laffere was part of an offensive line that only allowed eight sacks in 340 passing plays on the season. Also in 2000, Miami racked up a school record 469 points, while averaging a Big East best 460.8 yards of total offense per game.

He was also the winner of Miami's Unsung Hero Award presented annually by the Hurricane coaching staff to the player whose achievements, while greatly impacting the team's success, are overlooked.

After his playing career, Laffere left football for over a year before returning as the defensive line coach at Kilgore Junior College during the 2002-03 seasons. He then returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 2004, coaching the offensive line.

Prior to transferring to Miami, Laffere was a highly-recruited offensive lineman at Butler County Community College. Ranked on PrepStar's Top 100 Junior College players list, Laffere earned Kansas Valley All-League honors and also participated in the Valley of the Sun Junior College Bowl game.

The native of Basehor, Kan., earned his bachelor's of liberal arts and sciences in 2001, from Miami, and is married to the former Stacy Stacks. The couple have a daughter, Selbe, who was born in April 2006.

• 2005-.......................Illinois State, Assistant Coach

• 2003-05.....................Miami (Fla.), Graduate Assistant

• 2002-03......................Kilgore JC, Assistant Coach