Football Coaching Staff
Assistant Coach / Running Backs
Alan Ricard returned to his alma mater in February 2016 when he was announced as the running backs coach for Matt Viator's inaugual ULM staff.Ricard previously held the same title at Nicholls State, where he also coached against the Warhawks on Sept. 12, 2015. He joined the Colonels after coaching the running backs for one season at The Apprentice School, a Division III program in Virginia.
Prior to the 2014 season, he completed an internship with the NFL’s New York Jets during the summer which lasted through training camp.
Ricard received his first coaching experience at ULM, where he played fullback from 1995-99. After playing in the NFL for nine seasons, Ricard returned to the school as a student assistant coach in 2013. While in Monroe, he completed his undergraduate degree in criminal justice.
Following his playing career at ULM, Ricard played professionally in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens (2000-06), Buffalo Bills (2006) and Detroit Lions (2007-08). Ricard was part of the Ravens squad that won Super Bowl XXXV and in 2003; he was an alternate for the AFC Pro Bowl team after blocking for 2,000-yard rusher Jamal Lewis.
Following retirement from the NFL, Ricard spent two years with the Comcast Sports Network in Baltimore, Md., where he broke down matchups for upcoming games, as well as provided halftime and post-game analysis.