Assistant Coach (QB) Jared May
Jared May joined the SFA football program in December of 2018 and is responsible for the Lumberjacks’ quarterbacks after serving in the same capacity at Texas A&M-Commerce for six seasons (2013-18) as head coach Colby Carthel’s co-offensive coordinator. Returning to Texas’ oldest town, coach May begins his second stint in Nacogdoches where he was an assistant coach at SFA during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Joining coach Carthel at A&M-Commerce in the winter of 2013, May undertook the primary responsibility of the Lions’ quarterbacks, in addition to overseeing the team’s punt return unit. With May’s leadership of the signal callers in 2018, A&M-Commerce reached the NCAA Division II playoffs for the fourth-straight season, made it to the regional semifinal round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season and notched its third-straight 10-win campaign. The Lions’ offense thrived once again and was one of the best in all of Division II despite the absence of All-American quarterback Luis Perez.
With the A&M-Commerce offense ranking 30th in the nation in red zone production (84.5 percent), 39th in total first downs (242) and 41st in scoring (32.7 PPG) in 2018, May led junior newcomer Kane Wilson to All-Lone Star conference honorable mention accolades. Starting behind center for the final nine games of the season, Wilson finished fifth in the league in passing yards (2,237) and eighth in scoring with 10 rushing touchdowns. He completed 161 passes and tossed 13 touchdowns as May’s quarterbacks combined to rank third in the Lone Star Conference in total passing yards (3,085) and fourth in passing yards per game (237.3).
In 2017 under May’s guidance, senior gunslinger Perez became the best quarterback in the country as he led the Lions to the 2017 Division II national title. Perez was awarded the Harlon Hill trophy, awarded to the best player in Division II, after leading the nation with 4,999 passing yards and 46 touchdowns passes. In addition to the Harlon Hill award, Perez was named the D2CCA Ron Lenz Offensive Player of the Year, D2Football.com National Offensive Player of the Year and Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year, while being tabbed All-American First Team by three different organizations. That season, A&M-Commerce averaged the second-most passing yards per game (349.0) and the third-best completion percentage (68.8 percent) in all of Division II football and was ranked top 20 nationally in passing efficiency. The Lions led the Lone Star Conference in completion percentage and passing offense, not to mention topping the league in punt return average (10.14) with senior wide receiver Buck Wilson claiming an All-Lone Star Conference First Team plaudit as a return specialist.
Behind the tutelage of May, junior quarterback Perez developed into one of the top quarterbacks in all of Division II in 2016. He was nominated for the Harlon Hill award, picked up All-American honorable mention accolades and was a second-team all-region selection and first-team all-conference performer. With May in charge of the signal callers, A&M-Commerce had the fewest interceptions in the Lone Star Conference and ranked among the top 20 nationally in passing offense (299.8 YPG) and passing efficiency (158.21 percent). Perez was 10th in the nation in passing touchdowns (32), 12th in passing yards (3,326) and 16th in passer efficiency rating (159.12), while second in the league in completion percentage (62.7) and third in completions (244).
Instrumental in the development of Lion quarterbacks during all six seasons of his tenure in Commerce, May helped mold both Harrison Stewart and Tyrik Rollison into top passers in the nation. In 2015, senior Stewart ranked in the top 25 in Division II in passing touchdowns (12th), passing yards (20th), yards per completion (20th) and passing efficiency (25th). As a team, A&M-Commerce was 17th in passing efficiency, 20th in scoring offense and 20th in total offense. With May’s help in 2014, senior Rollison finished the season as the nation’s most efficient passer (176.5). He was third nationally in both passing yards per game (342.2) and yards per completion (16.5), while fourth in total passing yards (3,764) and 12th in touchdowns thrown (31).
Under May’s direction, the Lions blocked eight punts in 2013 and six in 2014 to lead both the Lone Star Conference and the nation for back-to-back seasons. Linebacker Davarus Shores blocked a school record seven punts throughout his career.
Prior to A&M-Commerce, May spent three seasons at West Texas A&M (2010-12) where he coached both the Buffs’ quarterbacks and wide receivers. During his time in Canyon, Texas, May helped lead West Texas A&M to a 28-10 record as well as a national semifinal appearance in 2012. He helped oversee the development of Harlon Hill finalist quarterback Dustin Vaughan and coached a 1,000-yard receiver in each of his seasons with the Buffs, including a pair of All-Americans.
In his first stop in Nacogdoches, May worked under former SFA head coach J.C. Harper as the Lumberjacks’ inside wide receivers coach. May helped turn around SFA from an 0-11 team in 2007 to a Southland Conference co-championship in 2009 and its first playoff appearance in 14 years. During May’s two seasons at SFA, the Lumberjacks averaged over 430 yards and 35 points per game en route to posting a 10-3 overall record in 2009 with a 6-1 Southland mark .
May’s first coaching stint was in Canyon from 2007-08 where he served as an inside receivers coach at West Texas A&M. As a graduate assistant, May coached the wide receiver unit at Hardin-Simmons in 2006 after getting his first coaching job as the head softball and golf coach at Hamlin High School.
A native of Hamlin, Texas, May earned his bachelor's degree in education from Hardin-Simmons in 2005, followed by a master's degree in education from West Texas A&M in 2012. May and his wife, Christina, have a son, Dash, and a daughter, Arya.
The May File
Hometown: Hamlin, Texas
High School: Hamlin
Colleges: Hardin-Simmons (2005); West Texas A&M (2012)
Playing Experience: Hardin-Simmons (three-year varsity letter winner and All-American as an all-purpose back)
Family: Christina (wife), Dash (son), Arya (daughter)
2018-Present: SFA | Quarterbacks
2013-18: Texas A&M-Commerce | Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2010-12: West Texas A&M | Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers
2008-09: SFA | Inside Wide Receivers
2007: West Texas A&M | Inside Wide Receivers
2006: Hardin-Simmons | Graduate Assistant (Wide Receivers)