|Title:||Head Football Coach|
In 2014, John Sala enters his seventh season as the head football coach of the Hurricanes. In 2012, the Hurricanes accepted the program’s first-ever bowl invitation. During the 2013 season, the Hurricanes were ranked as high as #8 in the NJCAA. As a third-season member of the Northeast Football Conference, the Hurricanes placed 11 players on the 2013 All-Conference team. In addition, nine Hurricanes were honored as Academic All-Conference – including the conference’s top overall academic performer, Sean Campbell, boasting a 3.85 GPA.
Sala and his staff have been in place since the inaugural season of being an NJCAA affiliated institution in 2008. As an NJCAA football school, the Hurricanes are 35-22 under Coach Sala (.614) and boast having the only six NJCAA Football All-Americans in school history (1-2008, 2-2009, 1-2010, 2-2011).
Coach Sala has coached college football for the past 18 seasons, the last 12 as a head coach. His overall record as a head coach is 63-51 (.553) and he has coached 17 NCAA or NJCAA All-Americans, as well as hundreds of players that have moved on to further their careers at four-year scholarship institutions. Sala has also produced several players that have moved on to play professional football.
Prior to Louisburg, Coach Sala spent seven seasons at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. In 2001, he was hired as the team’s offensive coordinator and was promoted to head football coach of the Panthers in 2002 where he retained his offensive coordinator duties, a role he continues to enjoy. During his tenure at Ellsworth, Sala’s teams reached new heights including: three Bowl Championships (2001, 2003 and 2004) and, in 2004, ECC won it’s the first Region XI Football Championship in eleven years. Other stops during Coach Sala’s coaching career include: Iowa Central Community College, Kenyon College, Quincy University, and Buena Vista University.
What John is most proud of, however, is the emphasis his staff places on character. While winning is always important in sports, Coach Sala’s staff has always made recruiting good people the “number one priority!” The football program at Louisburg College has a mission of “Character First”, and therefore, is dedicated to recruiting, developing, and promoting quality young men, as well as great football players. Sala’s staff has been given credit for changing the culture at LC and previous institutions they’ve coached both through the recruitment and selection of quality people and the development of the young men entrusted to them.
A native of Illinois, Sala received his Associates degree from John A. Logan College, Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, and his Master’s degree from Iowa State University.
John and his wife, Tracey, have two sons Jacob (9) and Max (7).