Steve Farmer begins his ninth season over two different tenures at ULM.
Farmer returned for his second stint as the offensive coordinator at ULM prior to the 2010 season after spending one season in a similar role at his alma mater, Illinois State.
He spent five seasons at ULM (2004-08) before returning home for the 2009 season. In his final two years with the Warhawks, Farmer held the distinction of offensive coordinator in addition to his role as the offensive line coach (he was co-offensive coordinator in 2006).
Last season, Kolton Browning and Brent Leonard highlighted the Warhawk attack as the squad won eight games and made its first appearance in a bowl game since moving up to the FBS ranks in 1994. Browning capped his junior season by being named the conference’s offensive player of the year, while Leonard was named first team All-Sun Belt. In all, the Warhawks set or tied a total of 45 school records during the 2012 season.
In 2011, Kolton Browning again had a solid campaign as he broke several records en route to All-Louisiana honors. Browning set single-season records for plays and completions as well as plays in a game and yards of total offense in a quarter. Brent Leonard capped a strong season as he was named to the Sun Belt’s second team. The junior led the squad in receptions and receiving yards.
In his first season back on the Bayou (2010), Farmer turned the reigns of the offense over to redshirt freshman quarterback Kolton Browning. Browning answered the call and went on to earn All-America, All-Louisiana and All-Sun Belt honors and set several ULM records. Browning was named the Louisiana Freshman of the Year, tied the ULM record for touchdown passes in a game (5) and consecutive games with 200+ yards passing (8). Browning also posted the second highest single-season total offense total in school history.
Luther Ambrose led the Sun Belt in receptions per game and was second in the league with five touchdown receptions during conference games.
The ULM offense in 2010 featured a wealth of young talent. Five freshmen and sophomores started the season opener against Arkansas on the offensive side of the ball and four others started at some point during the season.
In his one season at Illinois State, Farmer helped mold freshman quarterback Matt Brown into a second team all-conference performer.
Farmer’s first season as the lone offensive coordinator (2007) at ULM saw the Warhawks post their highest points-per-game average since moving to NCAA FBS status in 1994. ULM also posted its sixth-highest yards-per-game average in school history, averaging 385.7 yards per contest. The Warhawks ranked 16th in the NCAA in rushing and 31st in fewest sacks allowed.
Farmer led one of the best offensive lines in the history of the ULM football program in 2008. Farmer’s offensive line guided Calvin Dawson, a two-time Sun Belt rushing champion and ULM’s all-time rushing leader, to his best season as a Warhawk as he rushed for 1,414 yards -- the second most in a single-season in ULM history.
In 2006, the ULM offensive line ranked fifth nationally, and first in the Sun Belt Conference, with only 13 sacks allowed on the year.
The 2005 Warhawk offensive line allowed quarterback Steven Jyles the opportunity to earn Sun Belt Player of the Year honors and led ULM to a Sun Belt Conference Championship. ULM allowed just eight sacks on the season, which ranked third nationally, and only one in Sun Belt Conference action.
In 2004, Farmer’s first season with the Warhawks, ULM added 41 yards per game to its offense and only allowed seven sacks, the lowest total in the Sun Belt Conference and second-fewest in the nation.
Farmer came to ULM from Eastern Michigan where the offensive line made the blocks enabling tailback Anthony Sherrell to run for 1,531 yards, setting an EMU single-season rushing record.
Prior to EMU, Farmer was the offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois, where in two years his lines allowed a total of only 17 quarterback sacks and helped EIU average over 35 points per game. He tutored eight all-Ohio Valley Conference linemen in those two seasons. EIU won the 2000 and 2001 OVC titles and advanced to the NCAA I-AA playoffs both seasons.
He began his collegiate playing career at one of the most successful junior college programs in the country, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
Farmer spent four years at Illinois State - two as a player and two more as an assistant coach - under current ULM head coach Todd Berry. He coached the ISU defensive tackles in 1999 and tight ends in 2000. In 1999, ISU reached the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Semifinals.
Farmer played center for ISU from 1997-98, and was a member of the Redbirds’ 1998 FCS Playoff team. He earned first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors in 1998.
Farmer and his wife, Amy, have a daughter, Rebekah, and a son, Luke.
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