Lou West
Current position
TitleCo-defensive coordinator, secondary coach
TeamWayne State (MI)
Biographical details
Born(1953-12-29)December 29, 1953
Niles, Ohio
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977Arizona (GA)
1978–1979Arizona Western CC (DB)
1981–1982Middle Tennessee (DB)
1983Minnesota (assistant)
1984–1985Western Michigan (DB)
1988–1993Cincinnati (DBOLB/[TE)
1994Kent State (DB)
1995–1998Virginia Tech (DB)
1999–2000Notre Dame (S)
2001–2004Toledo (DC)
2005–2007Indiana State
2009–2010Rose-Hulman (DB/ST)
2011–2012Garden City CC (DC)
2013–2014Mississippi Delta CC (DB)
2015–2016Alabama State (DB/OLB/[TE)
2017–presentWayne State (MI) (co-DC/DB)
Head coaching record

Lou West (born December 29, 1953) is an American football coach and former player. He currently serves as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.[1] West served as the head football coach at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana from 2005 to 2007, compiling a record of 1–25.[2] After his college football playing career at the University of Cincinnati, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1977 NFL Draft.[3]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Indiana State Sycamores (Gateway Football Conference) (2005–2007)
2005 Indiana State 0–11 0–7 8th
2006 Indiana State 1–10 1–6 8th
2007 Indiana State 0–4[n 1] 0–1[n 1] [n 1]
Indiana State: 1–25 1–14
Total: 1–25


  1. ^ a b c West was fired after the first four games of the 2007 season. Dennis Raetz was appointed as interim head coach and led Indiana State for the final seven games of the season. The Sycamores finished 0–11 overall and 0–6 in conference play, placing seventh.


  1. ^ "Lou West". wsuathletics.com. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Lou West". The Pro Football Archives. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "1977 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved December 6, 2018.