Justin Wagar returns to Grambling State, SWAC wars as football coach


One of the most successful coaches in Grambling State history returns to the nation’s most recognizable HBCU with more success in mind.

The return of Justin Wagar, who made the GSU women’s soccer team a SWAC powerhouse, was recently announced by athletic director Trayvean Scott.

“Justin is a terrific football coach, and his record speaks for itself,” Scott said in a statement. “I know he will come on strong and continue the success of our women’s soccer program.

Wager coached the Tigers from 2007 to 2020, but took a year off to move his family to Utah due to a personal health issue with his daughter, Beckham.

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“When Grambling State called to ask if I was interested in returning to college coaching, I was intrigued to hear what they had to say because I love the institution and the people there” , Wagar said. “In my three and a half years training at Grambling State, we made so many friendships in the community. I had so many wonderful role models and mentors in college.

“Grambling State is truly a unique place; that’s what you’re doing here.

The Lady Tigers were 35-26-3 overall under Wagar, who led back-to-back appearances in the SWAC Women’s Football Tournament in 2017 and 2018. He was honored as the Lady’s Coach of the Year. Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2017 after guiding the GSU. to an overall record of 11-7-2 (SWAC record 6-2-1) and the regular season SWAC championship.

Wagar guided the Lady Tigers to their fourth highest ranking in the country according to the Coach Rank Soccer Index. Additionally, the 2018 team also finished 10th in NCAA Division I with 13 shutouts. Wagar coached Conference Defenseman of the Year Haileigh Adams, who was invited to camp for the United States Women’s National Under-19 Team.

Jimmy Watson covers sports in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.


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