A couple of coaching staff changes have officially taken place for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. Assistant coach Jorge Munoz has been elevated to the position of offensive coordinator and Southern Miss assistant coach John Simon has been named wide receivers coach.
Fired up 2 name Coach Munoz Off Coord & John Simon WR coach!! Excited about the future of @RaginCajunsFB #ULBAChamp pic.twitter.com/Bgsc4XXybm— Mark Hudspeth (@ULCoachHud) February 5, 2016
Munoz was promoted to replace former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson in running the Cajuns offense. Johnson left Louisiana for the same position at the University of Minnesota.
Heading into his ninth year as an assistant for the Cajuns, Munoz was a two-time All-American quarterback at Bethany College and then played for the the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League. Following the 1998 season, Munoz made the move to the coaching ranks.
The former star quarterback came back home to Bethany College in 1998 as the quarterbacks and receivers coach. He spent one year with the program before taking a job as the receivers coach at Southeast Missouri in 1999. After two years with Southeast Missouri, Munoz made earned his first offensive coordinator position at Anderson University in 2001.
The up and coming coach spent two years with the program before making the move to the FCS ranks at Charleston Southern in 2003. Munoz was the receivers coach for the Buccaneers for two seasons, helping lead them to a 5-5 record in 2004.
Leaving Charleston Southern, Munoz landed at Eastern Illinois of the Ohio Valley Conference. Munoz began as the receivers coach in 2005, helping lead the Panthers to their first conference championship since 2002 and a berth in the FCS playoffs.
Accepting a promotion to the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2006, Eastern Illinois won another OVC title and berth in the playoffs. The Panthers landed in the FCS playoffs again in 2007, setting the stage for Munoz to make the jump to the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns of the FBS in 2008.
In his first coaching role at the FBS level, Munoz was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Cajuns. During his three years at that position, Munoz helped lead the Cajuns to 15-19 record. The 2008 offense averaged 33.1 points per game.
The end of the 2011 season saw things change for Munoz with Mark Hudspeth taking over the program. Munoz was one of the coaches to retain a position with the team, albeit in a different role. He spent the 2011-2013 seasons as the receivers coach, helping lead the Cajuns to three straight 9-4 seasons.
Munoz was elevated in 2014 to the passing games coordinator/receivers coach. The Cajuns added another 9-4 season in 2014 before falling to 4-8 in 2015. He will be the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach this fall.
John Simon was hired from Southern Miss to replace Jorge Munoz at wide receivers coach. A star running back at Louisiana Tech, Simon spent two years in the NFL, one with the Tennessee Titans and the other with the Washington Redskins.
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Once his NFL career ended, Simon spent time as a motivational speaker through his own nonprofit organization, I.M.A.G.E., focusing on improving minority areas and speaking to at-risk youth.
Simon got his coaching career started at Franklin D. Roosevelt High in the Dallas ISD. He spent the 2008 season as the receivers coach, before making the move to defense as defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 2009. In 2010, Simon took on roles as the special teams coordinator, secondary coach, and assistant athletic director.
Simon spent the 2011 season as the interim head coach and athletic director at Franklin D. Roosevelt. The 2012 year saw Simon step away from football completely, taking over full time as the school's athletic director.
Looking to get back into coaching, the 37-year old was hired by Todd Monken as part of his first coaching staff at Southern Miss. Simon spent the 2013-2015 seasons with the Golden Eagles, before accepting the wide receivers coaching position with the Ragin' Cajuns this spring.