Head Coach Tommy West ....................................................... 20-23
Assistant Coaches.................................................................... 24-33
Football Support Staff ............................................................. 34-36
Tommy West came to Memphis in 2000 as
the defensive coordinator and a year later became
the Tigers’ 21st head football coach. In just six
short seasons at the helm of the program, West
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took the U of M to three straight bowl games and
averaged eight wins a season in three of the last
Injuries plagued the Tigers the last two sea-
sons and took a toll on the depth chart. In addition,
after just the ﬁrst three games of the 2006 season,
West was convinced that a change needed to be
made defensively and took over as defensive co-
While it took several weeks for the defensive
players to grasp the new system, there was a
marked improvement in the squad by year’s end. were invited to participate in senior post-season over East Carolina and USF on the road before
games, which brings the total to 15 participants ending the regular season at 8-3.
This was evident in the latter weeks of the season
since 2001. The eight wins marked the ﬁrst time since the
when Memphis narrowly lost to UCF, 26-24, and
West, who came to Memphis after serving 1962 and 1963 seasons that Memphis had won
then a week later stunned eventual league cham-
as head coach at Clemson for ﬁve seasons, has eight or more games in back-to-back seasons,
pion Houston with a solid effort, forcing the Cougars
led the Tigers to a 26-23 record the last four years while the consecutive bowl appearances were also
into overtime and ultimately losing by a ﬁeld goal.
and guided the U of M to three consecutive bowl a ﬁrst in the program’s history. West took his Tigers
By the last game of the season, the Tigers were
appearances for the ﬁrst time ever in school history. to Mobile, Ala., for the GMAC Bowl and dropped a
conﬁdent and handed UTEP a 38-19 loss at the
His 34 career victories at Memphis ranks fourth hard-fought decision to Bowling Green.
Sun Bowl on its Senior Day. It is that victory that
all-time in the Tiger record book. West has also generated major excitement in
continues to drive the squad as it look forward to
The Gainesville, Ga., native helped snap a 32- the city of Memphis for his Tigers. That was evident
a signiﬁcant turnaround and prepare to return this
year U of M bowl drought in 2003 when he led his in 2004 when, despite the games being nationally-
program to national prominence.
squad to a 9-4 record, which included a victory over televised by ESPN, nearly 100,000 total fans turned
Following the 2006 season, the Tigers landed North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl. The last time out for the ﬁnal two home games of the season. The
six players on the All-C-USA Team and kicker Matt that the U of M had been extended a bowl invita- 52,384 fans that witnessed Memphis drop a hard-
Reagan, receiver Duke Calhoun and defensive tion was during the 1971 season when Memphis fought 56-49 decision to then-14th ranked Louis-
lineman Greg Terrell were named to the league’s defeated San Jose State in the Pasadena Bowl. ville on ESPN, and the 47,163 fans who watched
All-Freshman Team. And, as in 2005, four Tigers The 2003 season was viewed by many as Memphis become bowl eligible with a 30-26 win
“magical,” and the bowl victory propelled Mem- over Southern Miss on ESPN2 helped the Tigers
WEST’S BOWL phis into the spotlight and gave the Tiger faithful a set an attendance record at Liberty Bowl Memorial
renewed spirit and heightened expectations. West Stadium. Memphis averaged 41,175 fans in its ﬁve
PARTICIPATION became just the fourth coach in school history to home games, and the Louisville game marked the
claim nine wins in a single season, and for his ef- largest crowd to attend a Memphis game versus a
AS A PLAYER forts, he was named the Coach of the Year by the non-Southeastern Conference opponent.
1972....................... Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl Tennessee Sports Writers Association. The 2005 season started early with a press
1973.......................................... Gator Bowl West and his Tigers embarked on the 2004 conference in January that led to the announce-
1974........................................ Liberty Bowl season knowing the bar had been raised and, with ment that star running back DeAngelo Williams
a veteran quarterback and an All-American running would return for his senior season. The cheers were
AS AN ASSISTANT COACH back, expectations were going to remain high. deafening as coaches, administrators and fans
1985............................ Independence Bowl The Tigers opened the 2004 campaign with a 5-1 celebrated Williams’ decision to remain a Tiger for
1986.......................................... Gator Bowl record, marking the best start for a Memphis squad 2005. With that announcement came a Heisman
1988..........................................Citrus Bowl since 1967. During that time, West led the Tigers Trophy campaign for Williams with the blessing
1989..........................................Citrus Bowl into the national spotlight as Memphis defeated Ole of West and his announcement that Williams was
1989.......................................... Gator Bowl Miss for the second-straight season and was listed certainly a candidate for the prestigious award.
1990..........................................Sugar Bowl No. 25 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. It was The squad began practice in August and
the ﬁrst time ever that the Tigers were ranked by within weeks suffered what would become one of
AS A HEAD COACH the national entity. many injuries that would try to put a damper on
1993......................................... Peach Bowl Memphis also gained national attention as four the season. Memphis lost leading receiver Mario
1995.......................................... Gator Bowl of its last ﬁve games of the season were broadcast Pratcher just prior to the start of the season to a
1996......................................... Peach Bowl nationally by ESPN, including a Thursday night knee injury. Later, the Tigers lost starting quarter-
1997......................................... Peach Bowl meeting with Louisville which was a battle to the backs Patrick Byrne and Will Hudgens, as well as
2003.............................. New Orleans Bowl end for both squads. A week after the Louisville defensive lineman Rubio Phillips in the ﬁrst three
2004........................................ GMAC Bowl game, the Tigers reached another milestone for the games of the season. By season’s end, Memphis
2005...................................Motor City Bowl program as the U of M became bowl eligible with had lost eight starters or potential starters, but was
a win over Southern Miss. Memphis notched wins still ﬁghting for a third bowl appearance behind
them. Memphis also celebrated its ﬁrst span of three- team placed a record number of student-athletes
WEST VS. ALL consecutive winning seasons since 1992-94, and on the Tiger 3.0 Club, and the squad turned in the
averaged eight wins over the three-year period. highest cumulative GPA ever with a 2.6. For the
OPPONENTS Several Tigers received post-season honors spring 2006 semester, the Tigers announced the
in 2005, including Williams, who was named the most 3.0 students ever with 32, and for the 2005-06
Akron .......................................................... 1-0 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year, and kicker Ste- school year, 62 Tigers had earned a 3.0 or higher.
Appalachian State ...................................... 1-1 phen Gostkowski, who was selected as the league’s West continues to bring quality student-athletes to
Arkansas State ........................................... 3-1 Special Teams Player of the Year. Eight Tigers were the campus as his last ﬁve recruiting classes have
Army ........................................................... 2-0 selected to the All-C-USA teams, ﬁve of which were produced high marks in the classroom, and his
Auburn ........................................................ 0-1 placed on the ﬁrst-team squad. Williams was also 2003 freshman class amassed a cumulative GPA of
Bowling Green State................................... 0-1 named to several prestigious All-America teams and 3.1 in its ﬁrst fall semester at the U of M. By August,
Chattanooga ............................................... 4-0 was a ﬁnalist for the 2005 Doak Walker Award. 2007, three Tigers (Brandon Patterson, Andy Smith
Cincinnati .................................................... 1-3 In addition, four Tiger seniors participated and Abraham Holloway) will have already earned
Citadel ........................................................ 0-1 in post-season all-star games, which is another a bachelor’s degree from the university. In the last
Duke ........................................................... 3-2 tribute to West and his staff. Both Gostkowski and three commencement ceremonies, 21 football
East Carolina .............................................. 3-2 Williams were invited to play in the 2006 Senior players graduated marking the largest group under
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East Tennessee State................................. 0-1 Bowl, while Tim Goodwell participated in the All- West. In addition, in nine of the last 10 semesters,
Florida State ............................................... 0-5 American Classic and Maurice Avery competed in football has posted a 2.3 or higher team GPA. That
Furman ....................................................... 4-0 the Hula Bowl. is quite signiﬁcant as from 1984-2002, football
Gardner-Webb ............................................ 1-0 In the six years since West has been the posted a 2.3 GPA in only two total semesters.
Georgia ....................................................... 0-2 UM head coach, 50 Tigers have been placed on West was hired in 1999 under Rip Scherer
Georgia Southern ....................................... 0-1 the All-Conference USA Team, including Williams to serve as the defensive coordinator. Soon after
Georgia Tech .............................................. 3-2 who was named the league’s Offensive Player of the season opener against Mississippi State, West
Houston ...................................................... 4-2 the Year for three-straight years. Also with West had his defense ranked in the top ﬁve nationally.
Kentucky ..................................................... 1-0 at the helm, nine Tigers have been drafted to play The squad ranked as high as second in the nation
Louisville ..................................................... 1-3 in the NFL, including Williams and Gostkowski in during the year and ﬁnished the year ranked ﬁfth
LSU............................................................. 0-1 2006 and defensive back Brandon McDonald in nationally in total defense and No. 1 in rushing
Marshall ...................................................... 2-1 2007. Williams was selected in the ﬁrst round, defense. That season, Memphis limited nine of its
Maryland ..................................................... 5-0 while Gostkowski, a fourth-round pick, was the ﬁrst 11 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing and
Mississippi .................................................. 2-4 kicker drafted in 2006. McDonald, who transferred no team gained more than 125 yards against the
Mississippi State ......................................... 0-3 to Memphis and started two years in the Tiger Tigers in 2000.
Missouri ...................................................... 0-1 secondary, was selected in the ﬁfth round by the Also that year,
Murray State ............................................... 1-0 Cleveland Browns. the Tigers had
North Carolina ............................................ 2-3 A by-product of the national attention and five players
North Carolina State ................................... 3-2 newly-generated excitement has been a continued named to
North Texas ................................................ 1-0 upswing in recruiting at the U of M. West and his the All-
South Carolina ............................................ 3-2 staff continue to land more outstanding recruits Confer-
Southern Miss............................................. 3-3 from the Mid-South area, as well as some of the ence USA
Syracuse..................................................... 0-1 top prospects in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and ﬁrst team de-
TCU ............................................................ 0-1 Louisiana. A renowned national recruiter, West’s fensive unit,
Tennessee .................................................. 0-3 2002, 2003 and 2004 classes were ranked among
Tennessee-Martin ....................................... 1-0 the top 50 in the country, while his 2005, 2004 and
Tennessee Tech.......................................... 1-0 2002 classes were touted as the No. 1 group in
Tulane ......................................................... 3-0 Conference
Tulsa ........................................................... 0-2 USA. West
UAB ............................................................ 0-6 and his staff
UCF ............................................................ 0-2 also continue
USF ............................................................ 2-2 to tap into the
UTEP .......................................................... 3-0 local talent,
Virginia........................................................ 1-4 and in the last
VMI ............................................................. 0-1 three seasons,
Virginia Tech ............................................... 0-1 have signed 35
Wake Forest ............................................... 4-1 players from the
Western Carolina ........................................ 1-1 Mid-South area.
Heading into the 2007
season, West boasts 45 Tigers on
the signal calling of senior “receiver-turned-quar- the squad from Tennessee and an ad-
terback” Maurice Avery. ditional 22 players from Mississippi. This
Avery became the fourth starting quarterback is remarkable considering that in 2001 when
for the Tigers in the Houston game, and led Mem- West took over as head coach, there were only
phis to a 5-2 record and a Motor City Bowl victory three players on the roster from the state of
upon moving under center. The 2005 Tigers had Mississippi. The number gradually increased
every excuse in the book to quit and hope for a and by 2003, Mississippi was represented by
better 2006, but West and his coaching staff did a 11 Tigers. The surrounding area has proved
tremendous job of pulling the team together and to be a hotbed for talent and West and his staff
keeping them on the right track. make a steady charge each year to keep local
That determination paid off as Memphis ﬁn- standouts in Memphis.
ished with a winning record and a bowl invitation West also continues to stress academics
for the third consecutive season. Of the 117 Division to his squad, and his Tigers have responded
I-A football programs, only 29 were playing in their with some of the highest grade point aver-
third straight bowl game in 2005, and because of ages that the program has ever seen. In
West, the Tigers were proud to say they were one of the spring 2003 semester, the football
tanooga. The Mocs were 4-7 in 1993, and shortly
after their season ended, West was enticed to
return to Clemson and coach the Tigers in the 2003
West was hired on November 29, 1993, and
led the Tigers to a 14-13 victory over Kentucky in
the Peach Bowl. With his debut in the Peach Bowl,
West became the sixth coach in NCAA history to
make his debut with a program in a bowl game.
However, at that time, he was just the second coach
in collegiate football history to make his debut in
a bowl game without previously coaching his new
team as an assistant coach earlier in the season.
During his tenure at Clemson, West recruited
the school’s all-time leading rusher, Raymond
Priester; the school’s all-time leading passer,
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Nealon Greene; and the school’s all-time leading
receiver, Rod Gardner.
In addition to the offensive talent he landed for
the Tigers, West had two linebackers named to All-
America teams and both were drafted in the NFL.
Anthony Simmons was named an All-American in
1996 and 1997 and was selected by the Seattle
Seahawks. Keith Adams was drafted by the Ten-
nessee Titans after enjoying All-America status
in 1999 and 2000, and Gardner was a ﬁrst-round
selection by the Washington Redskins.
The 2006 season was a special one for Coach Tommy West as he was joined by his father, Jim, and his son, Not only did West’s recruits excel on the ﬁeld,
Turner, at each home game. they also excelled in the classroom. Over the last
which tied the C-USA record for the most players nessee in 1990 and spent one season as the Vols’ two years of his tenure (1998-99 and 1999-2000),
from one school ever named to a ﬁrst team. Nose Clemson’s football teams had a graduation rate of
running back coach. UT ended that season with a
tackle Marcus Bell, defensive end Andre Arnold, 75 percent, which ranked the school among the
9-2-2 record and defeated Virginia in the Sugar
linebacker Kamal Shakir, safety Idrees Bashir nation’s leaders in the classroom.
Bowl. West then traveled to the University of South West took Clemson to the Gator Bowl in 1995
and corner Michael Stone all received ﬁrst-team Carolina, where he was the defensive coordinator
All-C-USA honors in 2000. Linebacker Coot Terry and the Peach Bowl in both 1996 and 1997. At the
in 1991 and 1992. time, only 16 programs in the nation could claim to
and corner Jason Brown were also named to the
C-USA All-Freshman Team defensive unit. Following his two seasons at USC, West have appeared in three-consecutive bowl games.
When the Tigers were in need of a new accepted his ﬁrst head coaching job at UT-Chat- West also became just the second coach in Clem-
coach to guide the program, Athletic Director
R.C. Johnson had to look no further than in the U
of M football ofﬁce. West was proven as a head
YEAR-BY-YEAR WITH TOMMY WEST
coach at Clemson and was also a favorite of the YEAR SCHOOL (ASSIGNMENT) RECORD BOWL CONF. FINISH
players. He took over the program shortly after 1979 Ole Miss (Running Backs) 4-7-0 - 7th
the 2000 season came to a close and set out to 1980 Appalachian State (Receivers) 6-4-0 - 3rd
build a nationally-recognized program that would 1981 Appalachian State (Offensive Coor.) 3-7-1 - 7th
consistently win and play in bowl games. 1982 Clemson (OLB) 9-1-1 - 1st
The Tigers struggled in 2001 and 2002 as 1983 Clemson (OLB) 9-1-1 - NA
would be expected for a program that had not seen 1984 Clemson (OLB) 7-4-0 - NA
a winning season since 1994. But, West was a 1985 Clemson (OLB) 6-6-0 Independence 3rd
relentless recruiter and managed to build a quality 1986 Clemson (OLB) 8-2-2 Gator 1st
staff, which led to one of the biggest turnarounds 1987 Clemson (OLB) 10-2-0 Citrus 1st
nationally. The Tigers turned in a 3-9 record in 2002, 1988 Clemson (OLB) 10-2-0 Citrus 1st
and just one year later managed a 9-4 record and a 1989 Clemson (OLB) 10-2-0 Gator 3rd
bowl victory in 2003. With three-consecutive bowl 1990 Tennessee (Running Backs) 9-2-2 Sugar 1st
appearances, Tiger fans were now chanting, “The 1991 South Carolina (Defensive Coor.) 3-6-0 - NA
Tradition Continues…” 1992 South Carolina (Defensive Coor.) 5-6-0 - 4th (E)
West, 53, joined the U of M staff after an 1993 UT-Chattanooga (Head Coach) 4-7-0 - 8th
extensive coaching career at Clemson University, 1993 Clemson (Head Coach) 1-0-0 Peach NA
where he had been an assistant coach from 1982- 1994 Clemson (Head Coach) 5-6-0 - 6th
89 and the head coach from 1993-98. 1995 Clemson (Head Coach) 8-4-0 Gator 3rd
Following his start in the coaching profes- 1996 Clemson (Head Coach) 7-5-0 Peach 2nd
sion when he served a season at Ole Miss (1979) 1997 Clemson (Head Coach) 7-5-0 Peach 5th
and two seasons at Appalachian State (1980-81), 1998 Clemson (Head Coach) 3-8-0 - NA
West served as an assistant coach at Clemson 2000 Memphis (Defensive Coordinator) 4-7 - T7th
and was responsible for the outside linebackers. 2001 Memphis (Head Coach) 5-6 - T7th
He was part of a coaching staff that led the Tigers 2002 Memphis (Head Coach) 3-9 - 9th
to a 69-20-4 record and six Associated Press Top 2003 Memphis (Head Coach) 9-4 New Orleans T3rd
20 rankings between 1982-89. During that time, 2004 Memphis (Head Coach) 8-4 GMAC T2nd
Clemson played in ﬁve bowl games, winning four, 2005 Memphis (Head Coach) 7-5 Motor City T2nd (E)
and claimed four ACC Championships. 2006 Memphis (Head Coach) 2-10 - 6th (E)
West left Clemson for his alma mater Ten-
Overall ................................................. 69-73
Home Record ...................................... 42-31
Away Record ....................................... 24-38
Neutral Record ........................................ 3-4
Aug/Sept .............................................. 23-26
October ................................................ 20-26
November ............................................ 24-20
Outrush Opposition.............................. 59-18
Win Turnover Margin ............................. 37-7
C-USA Record ..................................... 21-27
C-USA Home Record .......................... 12-12
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C-USA Road Record ............................. 9-15
ACC Record ........................................ 21-19
ACC Home Record ................................ 11-9
ACC Road Record ............................... 10-10
Wins Over Top 25 ....................................... 4
son history to take the Tigers to three-straight bowl
games. He tallied a 31-28 record with the Tigers,
before traveling to Memphis to take on another
group of Tigers.
As a player, West earned three letters in his
four-year career at the University of Tennessee
(1972-75). The Vols played in three bowl games
WEST AT A GLANCE
and were ranked in a ﬁnal Top 20 poll over the same FULL NAME
three-year span. He was co-captain of Tennessee’s Thomas Cleveland West
1975 football team and played in the Blue-Gray
All-Star Game that same year. BORN
He began his college career as a running July 31, 1954
back, but saw most of his playing time as a tight Carrollton, Georgia
end. He caught 37 passes for 575 yards in his UT
career, including 16 passes for 233 yards as a ALMA MATER
senior. As a junior, he caught an 81-yard pass from University of Tennessee, 1976
Condredge Hollaway, still the longest non-scoring Bachelor’s degree in health education
play in Tennessee football history. He earned a
bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennes-
Three-year letterman at tight end and two-year letterman for the baseball team at Tennessee
see in 1976 and was drafted by the Tampa Bay
Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976
Buccaneers that same year.
West also played two seasons of baseball
for the Volunteers (1974-1975) and had a career Wife - Lindsay
batting average of .305. He hit .367 in 1975 and Son - Turner
was named All-Southeastern Conference Eastern
Division. COACHING EXPERIENCE
West began his coaching career as a gradu- 1979: Assistant (running backs) at Ole Miss under Steve Sloan - Ole Miss ﬁnished the season with a 4-7
ate assistant at Tennessee in 1977. He left the record and placed seventh in the SEC
Volunteers and coached one year of high school 1980-81: Assistant (receivers) at Appalachian St. under Mike Working - Was elevated to offensive
football at White County High in Sparta, Tenn., in coordinator in 1981
1978 before being hired as an assistant coach at 1982-89: Assistant (outside linebackers) at Clemson under Danny Ford - Clemson played in the 1985
Ole Miss in 1979. Independence Bowl, 1986 Gator Bowl, 1987 Citrus Bowl, 1988 Citrus Bowl & 1989 Gator Bowl
West was a multi-sport standout at Gaines- 1990: Assistant (running backs) at Tennessee under Johnny Majors - Tennessee played in the 1990
ville High School in Gainesville, Ga. He was an Sugar Bowl
outﬁelder in baseball, a guard in basketball and a 1991-92: Defensive Coordinator at South Carolina under Sparky Woods
running back in football. In 1972, he was named 1993: Hired as Head Coach at UT-Chattanooga and led Mocs to 4-7-0 record
a high school All-American in football and was 1993: Hired as Head Coach at Clemson to replace Ken Hatﬁeld for Peach Bowl game
1994-98: Head Coach at Clemson - Led Tigers to a 31-28 record and appearances in the Gator Bowl
a second round draft choice in baseball by the
(1995) and Peach Bowls (1996, 1997)
Chicago Cubs organization. Willie Randolph, who
2000: Defensive Coordinator at the University of Memphis - Led the Tigers to a ﬁfth place national
went on to an All-Star career with the New York
ranking in total defense and a number one ranking in rushing defense
Yankees, was one of the 77 future Major League 2001-Present: Hired as Head Coach at Memphis in 2001 to replace Rip Scherer - Has led Tigers to three
players drafted after West in the regular phase of consecutive winning records (2003-05) and post-season appearances in the New Orleans Bowl (2003),
the June 1972 draft. GMAC Bowl (2004) and Motor City Bowl (2005)
Born Thomas Cleveland West on July 31,
1954, in Carrollton, Ga., he is married to the former HONORS
Lindsay Watkins of Forest City, N.C. The couple Was inducted into the All-American Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 2002
has one son, Turner, who is a redshirt freshman Named Tennessee Sports Writers Association Football Coach of the Year in 2003
receiver on the Tiger football team.
Clay Helton, who recently completed his
seventh season with the Tigers, was promoted to
offensive coordinator in January 2007. In his new
position, he now will focus his attention on the Tiger
24 COACHING STAFF
When previous long-time coordinator Randy
Fichtner accepted a position with the Pittsburgh
Steelers in late January, Coach Tommy West
wasted no time in elevating Helton. The Tiger
veteran has often been the subject of praise by
West and was promoted to assistant head coach
in February 2004. He also previously served as Robinzine and Antonio McCoy. Jones was eventually and all-purpose yard record and was selected in
the Tigers’ recruiting coordinator. named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. the ﬁrst round of the 2006 NFL draft.
In the press conference to announce Helton The 2006 season started in much the same Helton coached at Houston from 1997-99 un-
as the Tigers’ new offensive coordinator, West way as Helton lost Robinzine in the season opener der his father, Kim Helton, before arriving on the U
said that he expected the offense to become one to a knee injury and both Dave Thomas and Antonio of M campus. While at UH, he directed the Cougar
of the most exciting and productive offenses in the McCoy were later sidelined for nearly half of the running backs for three seasons, and was respon-
country. He also touted Helton for his tireless work season with knee injuries. In addition, the defense sible in 1997 for the development of All-Conference
ethic and dedication. saw an increased number of injuries and receiver USA performer Ketric Sanford. Sanford combined
Helton has certainly proven himself over the Michael Grandberry was moved to defensive back. with Vaughn Innis to rush for over 1,200 yards, and
years, and it hasn’t been easy. He had his work Helton made the best of a tough situation and in 1998, placed second among all C-USA backs in
cut out for him in 2005 and 2006, as his receiving helped develop freshman Duke Calhoun into a le- all-purpose yards with 1,530.
corps suffered injuries and personnel changes gitimate threat as the Memphis native led the Tigers A native of Sugarland, Texas, Helton played
that left him with a younger, inexperienced group with 681 receiving yards and six touchdowns, and quarterback for Houston in 1993 and 1994, after
to work with. was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. transferring from Auburn University. While playing
Prior to the start of the 2005 season, veteran Ryan Scott continued to be a consistent target for the Auburn Tigers in 1991, Helton received All-
Mario Pratcher suffered a season-ending knee injury. and wrapped up his career ranked fourth all-time in Academic Southeastern Conference honors. He was
Next, Memphis lost its two starting quarterbacks to receptions with 114 and seventh in receiving yards voted one of Houston’s team captains in 1994.
broken legs by the third game of the season, which with 1,527. Following graduation from Houston, Helton
meant that then-leading receiver Maurice Avery was Helton’s 2004 Tiger receivers accounted for entered the coaching profession as a member
called on to take over signal-calling duties. Helton refo- 25 touchdowns and 3,086 yards receiving, and of Fred Goldsmith’s staff at Duke University. He
cused his troops and got great production from veteran were part of an offensive unit that ranked second worked as a graduate assistant for Duke in 1995
wideouts Ryan Scott and Taz Knockum, as well as in Conference USA in total offense. The Tiger of- and was hired as the Blue Devils’ running backs
freshmen Maurice Jones, Earnest Williams, Carlton fense also ranked second in the league in scoring coach in 1996. While in Durham, N.C., Helton
and ninth nationally in total offense. helped to develop a Duke running game that fea-
Helton worked with the running backs during tured Laymarr Marshall, who tallied 13 touchdowns.
HELTON AT A GLANCE his ﬁrst three seasons on staff before moving to The 13 touchdowns were the second-highest
receivers in 2003. At the time, Helton inherited a single-season total in school
BORN depleted receiving corps and coached the group history.
June 24, 1972
to one of its better seasons in years. Known for his Helton, 35, earned his
teaching abilities, Helton’s receivers responded bachelor’s degree in math-
ALMA MATER by setting school marks for receptions (260) and ematics and
University of Houston, 1994 yardage (3,419) in 2003. interdisci-
Bachelor’s degree in mathematics/ Helton played a huge role in the development plinary
interdisciplinary science of several young Tiger running backs, including science
Jeff “Sugar” Sanders and junior college transfer f r o m
COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Dante Brown, in his ﬁrst two seasons on the UM Houston
1993-94: Houston (Quarterback)
1991-92: Auburn (Quarterback) staff. Sanders was a regular in the Tiger lineup, and in 1994.
Brown rushed for the fourth-highest single-season He and
FAMILY total in school history (902 yards) and set a Mem- his wife,
Wife - Angela phis record for rushing touchdowns in a game with Angela,
Children - Reid, Aubrey & Turner four against Helton’s alma mater, Houston. have three
In 2002, Helton helped a freshman named children; sons,
DeAngelo Williams lead the nation in average yards Reid and Turner,
2000-Present: University of Memphis
1997-99: University of Houston per carry for four weeks of that season. Williams and daughter, Aubrey.
1995-96: Duke University was second in the nation in average yards per carry Helton’s father, Kim, and
after 11 weeks and ﬁnished the season tied for ﬁfth his brother, Tyson, both
RECRUITING AREA in the country with 6.6 yards per carry. He later are on the coaching staff
Mississippi went on to set nearly every UM rushing, scoring at UAB.
Former UCF standout Darin Hinshaw is in his
ﬁrst season on the Tiger coaching staff. He was
hired in March 2007 to coach wide receivers.
Hinshaw joins the U of M staff after serving
COACHING STAFF 25
one season as the offensive coordinator/quarter-
backs coach at Georgia Southern under former
head coach Brian VanGorder. In 2006, Georgia
Southern ranked 27th nationally in total offense,
averaging 359.9 yards per game.
Prior to his Georgia Southern stint, Hinshaw
worked at Middle Tennessee State for ﬁve seasons.
He was the running backs coach his ﬁrst two sea-
sons, and was elevated to co-offensive coordinator
in February of 2003.
MTSU offense Blue Raiders had two of the top ﬁve rushers in In 1996, Hinshaw played quarterback and
consistently led the SBC, along with the top overall rushing attack. was the offensive coordinator for the Granite State
the Sun Belt Record-breaker Dwone Hicks, who rushed for Warriors of the Eastern Football League, which
Conference over 1,000 yards, ﬁnished the year as the nation’s was made up of teams from New York and New
(SBC) and second-leading scorer. A year later, MTSU had the England. Hinshaw inherited a team that went 2-8
ranked nation- nation’s No. 21 ranked rushing offense, a 1,000- in 1995 and led it to a 14-2 record and a trip to the
ally throughout yard rusher and two of the top eight ground gainers national championship game.
the years. In in the Sun Belt Conference. Following a year in the EFL, Hinshaw went
2001, the In 2003, the Blue Raider offense went down as back to the Arena League to play for the Nashville
the highest scoring unit in the Sun Belt Confer- Kats. After a short stay in Nashville, Hinshaw en-
ence at 27.7 points a contest, including four tered the college coaching ranks at UCF.
games of 35 points or more. The unit ranked A 1993 graduate of UCF, Hinshaw was named
37th nationally in passing efﬁciency and had in 2004 to UCF’s 25th Anniversary Team. He earned
the ﬁfth-ranked receiver in the country. his master’s in business administration from UCF in
In 2004, MTSU led the Sun Belt and 1996. He and his wife, Pam, have three daughters;
ranked 15th nationally in passing, while ranking Sydney, Hayley, and Carley, and a son, Darin Jr.
31st in the country in passing efﬁciency.
Hinshaw, 35, made his way to Middle
Tennessee after serving on Mike Kruczek’s
staff at UCF from 1999 to 2000. A record-set-
ting quarterback during his playing days for the
Knights, Hinshaw spent the 1999 campaign HINSHAW AT A GLANCE
as a graduate assistant with the responsibility
of coaching tight ends and assisting the head June 6, 1972
coach with the quarterbacks. Punta Gorda, Florida
In 2000, Hinshaw took over the quarterback
coaching duties — the ﬁrst time someone other ALMA MATER
than Kruczek guided the quarterbacks since 1985. UCF
In that ﬁrst season, Ryan Schneider threw for 2,334 Bachelor’s degree in ﬁnance, 1993
yards and 21 touchdowns and completed 62 per- Master’s in business administration, 1996
cent of his passes. COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
As a player, Hinshaw set numerous school re- 1991-94: UCF (Quarterback)
cords for the Knights, including the career passing
mark with 9,000 yards. During his time under cen- FAMILY
ter, UCF had a combined 28-16 record, including Wife - Pam
a 9-3 mark and an appearance in the I-AA playoffs Children - Sydney, Hayley, Carley, Darin Jr.
Following his playing days at UCF, Hinshaw 2007: University of Memphis
began a career in professional football. After a 2006: Georgia Southern
brief stint with the Cleveland Browns, Hinshaw 2001-05: Middle Tennessee
spent two years with the Orlando Predators of 1999-00: UCF
the Arena Football League, helping the Preds to
the Arena Bowl where they lost to the Tampa Bay RECRUITING AREA
Storm in 1995. South Alabama & North Florida
Rick Mallory, one of the veterans of the Tiger
coaching staff, is entering his eighth season as the
Tigers’ offensive line coach.
Well-known for his teaching style, Mallory’s
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offensive line is consistently strong and disciplined
each season. In each of the last three years, Mem-
phis has led Conference USA in sacks allowed,
while averaging just nine sacks a season over that
period. In 2004, the Tigers gave up just ﬁve total
In 2006, two Tiger linemen landed on All-
Conference USA teams as Memphis again led the
league, with just 14 total sacks on the year. Senior In 2003, the Tiger line allowed just 12 sacks, offensive guard prior to his junior year (1982). A
and went three-straight games without quarterback three-year letterman, he went on to earn All-Pac 10
Blake Butler earned honors on both the C-USA Me-
Danny Wimprine being dropped for a loss. Blake honors and All-Coast honors as a senior in 1983
dia and Coaches teams, while sophomore Brandon
Butler, who had been a consistent starter for the when he served as team captain. In the 1984 NFL
Pearce was a third-team pick on the All-C-USA
Tigers, was a C-USA All-Freshman Team pick in Draft, he was selected by the Tampa Bay Buc-
2003. Frederic and Rone were also third team All- caneers as a ninth round pick and went on to play
Mallory’s line received much recognition dur-
C-USA picks in 2003. ﬁve seasons in the NFL.
ing tailback DeAngelo Williams’ storied run through
Mallory is also credited with guiding the Mallory, 46, earned his bachelor’s degree
the Tiger and C-USA record books. In 2005, the
development of former Tiger starter Wade Smith. in political science from Washington in 1983. He
Tigers ranked ﬁfth nationally in rushing offense
Mallory helped Smith make the move from tight end and his wife, Shannon, have
much to the credit of the offensive front. Starting
to an offensive tackle slot, and Smith responded three sons, Ryan, Adam
guard Andrew Handy was named to the ﬁrst team
by rapidly moving into a starter’s position. In April and Cameron, and two
All-Conference USA squad, and Pearce was se-
of 2002, Smith was a third round draft pick of the daughters, Naomi (4) and
lected to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. Memphis Miami Dolphins. Fiona (1). Adam and
also ﬁnished the season ranked sixth in C-USA in A native of Renton, Wash., Mallory joined the his wife Lindsey live
total offense. Memphis staff in May of 2000, and remained as a in Memphis. Their
The Tigers led Conference USA in 2004 for its member of the coaching staff when Tommy West was daughter, Delaney,
impressive sack denial and was part of an offense elevated to head coach in 2001. He had previously was born in
that ranked ninth nationally in total offense. Memphis spent ﬁve seasons at the University of Washington, June 2007.
was also second in C-USA in scoring, third in passing where he worked with four players (Mark Bruener,
and second in rushing – clearly a by-product of a vet- Ernie Conwell, Cameron Cleeland, Jeremy Brigham)
eran offensive line. In 2003 and 2004, veteran center that were selected in the NFL Draft.
Gene Frederic was a candidate for the Rimington Mallory, who was a graduate assistant coach
Trophy. He was also named to the All-Conference responsible for tackles, tight ends and the kicking
USA ﬁrst team in 2004, while tackle Jeremy Rone game in 1992 and 1993, took over as a full-time
was selected to the league’s second team. coach for the Huskies midway through the 1993
season when Myles Corrigan was sidelined
MALLORY AT A GLANCE due to a heart condition. Working with the tight
ends, Mallory was fortunate to have Mark Bru-
BORN ener leading his position for a year-and-a-half.
October 21, 1960 Bruener became the Huskies’ all-time leader
Renton, Washington in receptions by a tight end, was named ﬁrst-
team All-Pac 10 twice and was selected in the
ALMA MATER ﬁrst round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh
University of Washington. 1983 Steelers. As a rookie, Bruener started in the 1996
Bachelor’s degree in political science
COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE In 1996, Mallory had Ernie Conwell take over as
1981-83: University of Washington (TE/OG) the starting tight end, and he went on to receive ﬁrst
team All-Pac 10 honors. Conwell was taken by the
FAMILY St. Louis Rams in the second round of the draft.
Wife - Shannon In 1997, a Mallory-coached tight end claimed
Children - Ryan, Adam, Cameron, Naomi All-Pac 10 honors for the third-consecutive sea-
& Fiona son. Cameron Cleeland picked up all-league
honors and was later chosen by the New Orleans
2000-Present: University of Memphis
Saints in the NFL Draft. The Huskies’ second tight
1993-98: University of Washington end, Jeremy Brigham, was drafted by the Oakland
Raiders in the third round.
RECRUITING AREA Mallory was a tight end himself at Washington
Florida as a freshman and sophomore, before moving to
Former Auburn standout James Joseph was
hired in late February of 2007 to coach the U of M
Joseph spent the last three seasons in the
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same capacity at Troy University. The Trojans
captured their ﬁrst-ever Sun Belt Conference title
last season, and defeated Rice in the 2006 R + L
Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
No stranger to big-time football, Joseph
played ﬁve seasons in the NFL in the mid-1990s
following a standout career at Auburn University
At Auburn, Joseph holds the distinction of
being the only Tiger player in school history to par-
ticipate in ﬁve Auburn-Tennessee football games.
He played as a true freshman in 1986 and was
In 1996, Joseph began working as an assis-
injured in the third game of the following season
tant football coach at Auburn High School. He
against Tennessee in 1987. He was granted a
worked there through the 2003 season before
medical redshirt and regained his sophomore
accepting his ﬁrst collegiate coaching post.
season for 1988. Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree in
Joseph helped lead Auburn to three-con- human development from Auburn in 1997. He
secutive Southeastern Conference championships has three children, Jonathan, Jeremy and Jamey.
(1988-90) and still ranks ninth in school history in
rushing yards with 2,264 yards on 452 carries. He
also scored 16 career touchdowns for the Tigers.
Auburn participated in ﬁve bowls games during his
career: Citrus (1986), Sugar (1987 and 1988), Hall
of Fame (1989) and Peach (1990).
In 1991, Joseph was selected in the seventh
round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia
Eagles. As a rookie, he tallied 440 yards on 135 car-
ries. Joseph played four seasons for the Eagles and
one season with the Cincinnati Bengals, amassing
823 yards and three touchdowns on 250 carries.
Upon completing his NFL career, Joseph returned
to school and began his coaching career.
JOSEPH AT A GLANCE
October 28, 1967
Phenix City, Ala.
Bachelor’s degree in human development
COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
1986-90: Auburn (Running Back)
Children - Jonathan, Jeremy & Jamey
2007: University of Memphis
2004-06: Troy University
1996-03: Auburn HS
Fulton County, Ga., South Florida & East
In a much-anticipated press conference
on February 22, 2007, Coach Tommy West an-
nounced the hiring of Rick Kravitz as the Tigers’
defensive coordinator. In addition to leading the
28 COACHING STAFF
UM defense, Kravitz will also focus primarily on
the Tiger safeties.
Kravitz, a 22-year coaching veteran, spent the
2006 season as the N.C. State safeties coach and
special teams coordinator. In 2006, the Wolfpack
ranked 13th nationally in pass defense and 36th
overall in total defense. In addition, Kravitz helped
direct junior kick returner Darrell Blackman, who
ranked fourth in the nation in kickoff returns with
an average of 28.89 yards per return.
Prior to joining Chuck Amato at N.C.
State, Kravitz spent
10 years at the
University of (USF) as assistant head coach and defensive High in 1979, and then served four seasons as an
South Florida coordinator. assistant coach at Countryside High.
Hired in December of 1995, Kravitz quickly A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Kravitz played
developed the Bulls’ defense into one of the most at Troy State, competing as a defensive end and
consistent units in college football throughout a offensive tackle between 1974-76. He earned his
rapid ascent into Division I-A. bachelor’s degree from Troy State in physical edu-
The defensive coordinator from the inception cation in 1977 and later earned a master’s degree
of USF football, Kravitz added assistant head coach in administration and supervision in 1987 while
to his title in 2001, the same season he switched serving as an assistant coach at FAMU.
his emphasis to the secondary after coaching the Kravitz has a daughter, Kristin (26), and is
linebackers in his ﬁrst four seasons. married to the former Jo Ann Howell of Tampa, Fla.
The USF defense ﬁnished 17th in the nation in Kristin is married to Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher
2002, 2003 and 2005 and ranked seventh against Doug Waechter.
the run in 2002, allowing just 87.18 yards per
game. That same year, USF led the nation
in turnover margin, forcing 36 miscues, (22
interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries.) In
KRAVITZ AT A GLANCE
2005, USF ranked third nationally in fumbles BORN
recovered and sixth August 6, 1954
in pass defense. St. Petersburg, Florida
The Bulls’ defensive
unit also ranked in the ALMA MATER
top15 in scoring defense, Troy State. 1977
Bachelor’s degree in physical education
turnovers gained and Florida A&M, 1987
sacks that same season. Master’s in administration and supervision
Kravitz, 53, was
tabbed as one of the “top-5 COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
toughest college assistants to 1981-83: Troy State (DE/OT)
replace among those who accepted
new positions” after the 2005 season by senior FAMILY
Wife - Jo Ann
writer Bruce Feldman of ESPN The Magazine. Daughter - Kristin
A college defensive coordinator since 1986,
Kravitz joined USF from West Alabama, where COACHING EXPERIENCE
he had been the assistant head coach and de- 2007: University of Memphis
fensive coordinator in 1994 and 1995. He joined 2006: North Carolina State
the staff at West Alabama after eight years as the 1996-05: South Florida
defensive coordinator at Florida A&M where he 1994-95: West Alabama
1986-93, 1985/GA: Florida A&M
coached six All-Americans and had 10 players 1980-84: Countryside High School
drafted into the NFL. 1979: Lakewood High School
Prior to joining the college coaching ranks,
Kravitz was a coach and teacher at two Pinellas RECRUITING AREA
County high schools from 1979-83. He ﬁrst entered Nashville, West Tennessee, Tampa & St.
coaching as a defensive coordinator at Lakewood Petersburg, Fla.
Former University of Louisiana-Lafayette
defensive coordinator Brent Pry was hired in late
February to take over the Tiger defensive line.
Pry joined the U of M staff after working the
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last ﬁve years at ULL where he served as assis-
tant head coach and defensive coordinator. He
coached the Ragin’ Cajuns’ linebackers for ﬁve
years and was promoted to assistant head coach
UL-Lafayette had its ﬁrst winning record since
1995 when the Ragin’ Cajuns ended the 2005
season with a 6-5 record and a Sun Belt Confer-
ence title. In 2005, ULL closed out the season with
a ﬁve-game winning streak. During that time, the
defense allowed just 18 points per game.
In 2004, the Cajuns allowed just 174.5 pass-
ing yards per game, which ranked 11th nationally. East title and a Sugar Bowl victory.
Under Pry, three defensive players were selected A free safety at Maryville College in 1988,
in the NFL Draft. Pry later transferred to Buffalo, where he played
A native of Lexington, Va., Pry was an as- under former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim
sistant coach at Western Carolina (WCU) for four Haslett. Pry sat out the 1989 season and lettered
years (1998-2001) before joining the ULL staff. He in 1990 and 1991. He suffered a career-ending
coached the defensive line for two seasons before injury in 1991 and returned to the ﬁeld as a student
moving to defensive backs and special teams the assistant coach for the 1992 season. Pry earned
latter two years. In 1998, WCU ﬁnished ninth in his bachelor’s degree in history in 1993.
Division I-AA in total defense. Pry began his coaching career at East
In 2001, he helped the Catamount defense to Stroudsburg University as an outside linebackers
a No. 1 ranking in touchdown passes allowed with coach in 1993 and worked with defensive backs in
just ﬁve. In addition, Pry’s secondary was ranked 1994.
third nationally in pass defense. Coaching runs in the family, as his father,
From 1995-98, Pry was a graduate assistant at Jim, is an assistant coach at Illinois and
Virginia Tech with the defensive line. While there, his brother, Jonathan, is on the coach-
the Hokies ranked No. 1 in the nation against the ing staff at South Carolina State.
run and fourth in scoring defense en route to a Big This summer, Pry and
his wife, Amy, were married
in Rayne, La. The couple
PRY AT A GLANCE has a ﬁve-year-old son,
April 1, 1970
Bachelor’s degree in history
COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
1990-91: Buffalo (Free Safety)
1988: Maryville College (Free Safety)
Wife - Amy
Stepson - Colby
2007: University of Memphis
2002-06: University of Louisiana-Lafayette
1998-01: Western Carolina
1995-98/GA: Virginia Tech
1993-94: East Stroudsberg
Kenny Ingram is entering his second season
with the Tigers and is the veteran of the defensive
staff. The Memphis native was hired in March 2006
to guide the linebackers.
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Ingram inherited a young group of linebackers
in 2006, and his charges responded by leading the
way in tackles last season. Three of the ﬁve lead-
ing tacklers on the squad were linebackers, led by
Heath Grant who was second with 81 stops. Grant
also led the team in fumble recoveries with two and
logged two interceptions. Quinton McCrary and
Greg Jackson ranked third and fourth, respectively,
in tackles. McCrary registered 70 tackles and a
forced fumble, while Jackson totaled 69 tackles,
which included seven TFL for minus 15 yards.
Grant, McCrary and Jackson all return in 2007
as will Jake Kasser, who played in all 12 games last
season and ranked seventh in tackles with 46. In
addition, Ingram will have the services of letterwinner
Jeremy Rockette, junior college standout Tommy
Phelps, and redshirt freshmen Jeremy Longstreet,
Winston Bowens and Corderick Govan. With this
mix of youth and experience, Ingram looks to put a
competitive group on the ﬁeld in 2007.
No stranger to Memphis, Ingram coached at
Melrose High School, where he was credited with re-
turning the program to prominence. He was the head
coach from 2002-04 and posted a 37-4 overall record December 1999.
after serving as assistant head coach and defensive Ingram and his wife, Carla, have ﬁve children;
coordinator from 2001-02. He led the school to one Kendrien, Taylor, Kameron and twins Kennedy and
appearance in the state ﬁnals and a pair of appear- Karleigh.
ances in the state semiﬁnals.
Ingram was a three-time Re-
gional Coach of the Year and was INGRAM AT A GLANCE
the Commercial Appeal’s 2004
Coach of the Year for Metro Memphis. BORN
He also was selected to serve as the Liberty March 16, 1971
Bowl All-Star Game defensive coordinator in 2003
and was a member of the Tennessee East-West ALMA MATER
Shrine All-Star Game coaching staff that same season. Arkansas State, 1999
In addition, Ingram was elected as an assistant coach Bachelor’s degree in political science
for the 2004 Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Game.
In his three seasons at Melrose, he coached COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
17 players who signed scholarships to play college 1988-93: Arkansas State (DE)
Ingram, 36, spent the 2005 season as defen- Wife - Carla
sive line coach at Tennessee State University, and Children - Kendrien, Taylor, Kameron,
was responsible for recruiting his hometown area Kennedy & Karleigh
of Memphis and West Tennessee.
Previously, Ingram taught and coached at COACHING EXPERIENCE
Corry Middle School and worked in the Youth 2006-Present: University of Memphis
2005: Tennessee State
Habilitation Center prior to moving to Melrose.
2002-04: Melrose High School Head Coach
A standout locally at Whitehaven High, Ingram 2001-02: Melrose High School Asst. Coach
played college football at Arkansas State, where he 2000: Corry Middle School
was a four-year letterman from 1988-93. He was
the team co-captain in 1992-93, and received his RECRUITING AREA
bachelor’s degree in political science from ASU in North Georgia, Chattanooga and Memphis
Former Tulsa assistant coach Derek Jones
was hired in January 2007 to guide the Tiger corner-
backs. This is the ﬁrst season that the secondary
will be split between two coaches, as defensive
COACHING STAFF 31
coordinator Rick Kravitz will lead the safeties.
Jones coached cornerbacks one season at
Tulsa after serving as an assistant at Middle Ten-
nessee State and Murray State. In 2006, Tulsa ﬁn-
ished the year with an 8-5 record and lost to Utah in
the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. That same
season, the Hurricane defense ranked ﬁrst in the
league in pass defense and total defense. Tulsa’s
defense also ranked second in C-USA in scoring
defense, allowing its opponents just 20 points per
Prior to joining Tulsa’s staff
in 2006, Jones spent the 2005
season as the cornerbacks
coach at MTSU. The Blue
Raiders’ defense showed a
vast improvement statisti- MTSU, Jones spent ﬁve seasons (2000-04) at Ole Miss in 1996. Following graduation, Jones
cally from the previous year, Murray State serving as the cornerback coach played professionally for the Toronto Argonauts
ranking 30th in the nation in and recruiting coordinator. Jones coached seven and Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football
pass defense and 34th in all-conference performers in his ﬁve years with League and the Nashville Kats of the Arena Foot-
interceptions. the Racers. ball League. An injury ended his playing career in
Before his In 2004, Jones’ secondary played 1998.
one-year stint at a major role in Murray State ranking 11th Jones, 33, and his wife, Naketa, have one
nationally in total defense and 23rd in daughter, Madison. He has another daughter,
scoring defense in Division I-AA. Darquisha, 16.
The Racers ranked second in
pass defense in the Ohio
Valley Conference and
40th nationally. A year
earlier, the Murray
State defensive unit
ranked first in pass
defense in the OVC JONES AT A GLANCE
and fourth nationally.
A native of Wood- BORN
ruff, S.C., Jones en- June 6, 1974
tered the coaching Spartanburg, S.C.
ranks at his alma ma-
ter, Ole Miss, in 1998 as a Ole Miss, 1996
graduate assistant for football opera- Bachelor’s degree in public administration
tions and recruiting. He served as a
defensive graduate assistant a year COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
later. 1993-96: Ole Miss (Cornerback)
As a player, Jones was the team
captain for the 1995 and 1996
Wife - Naketa
seasons and earned second team Children - Madison & Darquisha
All-SEC honors as a junior and se-
nior cornerback. Following his senior COACHING EXPERIENCE
season, Jones was selected to play in 2007: University of Memphis
the 1996 Blue-Gray All-Star Classic. He 2006: Tulsa
was also a standout in track and ﬁeld for 2005: Middle Tennessee State
2000-04: Murray State
the Rebels, earning All-SEC honors in
1998-99/GA: Ole Miss
the 4x400-meter relay and reaching the
nationals in that event as well. RECRUITING AREA
Jones earned his bachelor ’s Memphis and Mississippi
degree in public administration from
Former Tulane assistant coach Garret Ch-
achere was hired this past winter and will take over
duties with the Tiger special teams unit.
Chachere spent the last eight years at his
32 COACHING STAFF
alma mater, Tulane, where he coached the Green
Wave linebackers and special teams. He was also
involved in recruiting Louisiana, Texas, Florida and
the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In 2002, the Green
Wave received an invitation to the Hawai’i Bowl
and defeated host Hawai’i for the title.
During his stint at Tulane, Chachere helped de-
velop linebacker Anthony Cannon who was drafted
by the Detroit Lions. Cannon earned ﬁrst-team
All-C-USA honors in 2005 and logged four-straight
100-tackle seasons en route to ranking third all-time
in C-USA in tackles.
In addition, Chachere worked on a daily basis
with the Tulane Athletics Academic Services depart-
ment to monitor the academic progress of all Green
Wave football student-athletes. serving as linebackers coach at Nicholls State
A running back for the Green Wave, Chachere from 1995-97.
played two seasons for Mack Brown and Greg Da- During his tenure in Thibodaux, La.,
vis and was a member of the 1987 Independence the Colonels advanced to the 1996 NCAA
Bowl Team. Division I-AA national playoffs and at
A New Orleans native, Chachere began his the time were part of the biggest season
coaching career as a student assistant for Tulane turnarounds in NCAA Division I history.
in 1991 while completing his bachelor’s degree in Chachere, 38, left the Colonels and
communications. moved north to Monroe, La., in 1998 to coach
Upon graduation, he moved to Pennsylvania tight ends at Northeast Louisiana (now UL-
for three years and coached defensive backs at Monroe) before heading back to New Orleans
Cheney State (1992), Bloomsburg (1993) and to begin his eight-year tenure with the Green
Bucknell (1994) before returning to Louisiana and Wave.
He is currently the chairman of
the program committee for the
CHACHERE AT A GLANCE American Football Coaches As-
sociation. In 2002, Chachere
BORN was selected by the NFL for a
March 17, 1969
New Orleans, La.
coaching internship with the
ALMA MATER Chachere is married to
Tulane, 1992 the former Lauren Duples-
Bachelor’s degree in communications sis of Hampton, Va. The
couple has three sons;
COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE Grant, Noah and Jackson.
1987-88: Tulane (Running Back)
Wife - Lauren
Children - Grant, Noah & Jackson
2007: University of Memphis
1998: Northeast Louisiana
1995-97: Nicholls State
1992: Cheyney State
Louisiana, Florida Panhandle, Mobile, Ala.
John Flowers is in his 23rd season as a mem-
ber of the Tiger football staff. He came to Memphis
in 1985 and currently serves as Tommy West’s
director of football operations. In that capacity, he
COACHING STAFF 33
oversees the day-to-day running of the football
ofﬁce, as well as coordinating team travel and
Since his arrival in Memphis, Flowers has
worked under head coaches Rey Dempsey (1984-
85), Charlie Bailey (1986-88), Chuck Stobart
(1989-94), Rip Scherer (1995-2000) and West
Several years ago, Flowers was involved with
the renovation of the Murphy Athletic Complex
and the new addition to the complex that included
football locker rooms, coaches’ locker rooms and
meeting rooms, video rooms, media
interview rooms, as well as games, he can be found setting up and A graduate of Southern Illinois University,
training rooms, equipment hosting the Memphis football recruiting Flowers played for the Salukis in the 1970s and
rooms and locker rooms area and welcoming visitors to Liberty received his bachelor’s degree in health education
for other sports. Bowl Memorial Stadium. He also serves from SIU in 1977. As a player, Flowers was nomi-
Flowers is primarily as a guest speaker for Tiger football nated for UPI Lineman of the Week after registering
responsible for the move- around the Mid-South and often ﬁlls in 18 tackles, six sacks, one pass break-up and a
ment of the Tiger foot- when West is unavailable. blocked punt against the Northern Illinois Univer-
ball team at both home Flowers came to Memphis after sity. He lettered for four years for the Southern
games and road contests. serving in the high school coaching Illinois defense.
He works hand-in-hand ranks for seven years in the state Flowers, 52, spends his free time with his
with hotel management in of Illinois. He entered the coaching family and also enjoys hunting, ﬁshing and playing
arranging player and profession as an assistant coach at golf. He and his wife, LuAnn, have two daughters,
staff rooms, as Lincoln High School and became the Brittany and Brooke. Brittany and her husband,
well as team head coach in 1983. His 1984 squad Judd Rhodes, have two children, Olivia and Gra-
meals. During posted a 9-2-0 record and appeared in cie. Brooke, who graduated from the University of
Tiger home the state playoffs. Memphis in 2004, is currently teaching at Dexter
Middle School. She married Jensen Pilant this
FLOWERS AT A GLANCE
December 7, 1954
Southern Illinois, 1977
Bachelor’s degree in health education
COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
1973-76: Southern Illinois (DL)
Wife - LuAnn
Children - Brittany & Brooke
1985-Present: University of Memphis
1978-84: Lincoln High Scool
TIGER FOOTBALL SUPPORT STAFF
34 COACHING STAFF
David Davis is in his second year working with the Shawn Howe is in his ﬁrst season working with Murray Armstrong, who is the facilities coordinator
Tiger coaching staff. This season, he will serve as an the Tiger football program. He is serving as a video of the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex, has served
offensive graduate assistant and will work closely with graduate assistant for the 2007 season. under eight head football coaches during his 45-year
offensive line coach Rick Mallory. Howe came to Memphis after working as a volun- tenure at the University of Memphis. He was hired by
No stranger to Tiger football, Davis played for teer assistant for one year at N.C. State. While there, former head coach and athletic director Billy J. Murphy
Mallory in 2003-04 after transferring to Memphis from he assisted with game-plan development, prepared in 1962.
Itawamba Community College in 2002. Davis played scouting reports, assisted defensive line coach Todd Armstrong has been involved with every facet of
college football at Memphis. He has been an assistant
in 25 career games for the Tigers, making 11 starts. Stroud and helped with ﬁlm breakdown. Howe previ-
freshman coach, head freshman coach, varsity defen-
He was part of a UM offensive line that allowed just ously worked with Tiger defensive coordinator Rick
sive end coach, kicking coach, special teams coach,
ﬁve sacks in 2004, which led Conference USA. Kravitz while both were at N.C. State. academic advisor and administrative aid, during his
A native of Hamilton, Miss., Davis will assist with Howe played defensive end and linebacker at tenure with the Tigers. For 33 years, he and his wife,
ﬁlm breakdown and scouting reports, and will be re- College of the Redwoods and earned ﬁrst-team All- Joan, managed the U of M athletic dorm which housed
sponsible for scout team preparations on a daily basis. Mid-Empire Conference honors in 2000 and was the more than 160 male athletes.
Last season, Davis was one of two graduate assistants team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. He transferred A 1961 graduate of the University of Tennessee,
in the video department. to Rocky Mountain College and was a two-year starter Armstrong lettered three years on offense and de-
Davis graduated from the U of M in August, 2004, at defensive end for the Battlin’ Bears. fense for the Volunteers under Coach Bowden Wyatt.
with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He A native of Portland, Ore., Howe graduated from He was a ﬁrst-team All-Southeastern Conference
is currently working towards a master’s degree in sport RMC in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in physical academic selection in 1958, and was recognized as
and leisure commerce. In addition to his on-ﬁeld du- education and health. Upon completing his eligibility SEC Player of the Week, October, 4, 1958, following
ties, Davis also assists with the Tommy West Camp at RMC, Howe served as an assistant coach at his the UT-Mississippi State contest at Crump Stadium in
during the summer. alma mater and worked with the outside linebackers. Memphis. In that game, Armstrong became the ﬁrst
He was also the ﬁlm coordinator and regional recruiter Vol to score on both offense and defense in a single
for Washington and Oregon. He coached at RMC until meeting.
January 2006 when he moved to Raleigh, N.C., to work Armstrong received his degree in sociology
and biology from UT and later earned his master’s
as a volunteer coach at N.C. State.
degree at the University of Memphis. In May 1998,
Armstrong was recognized by the Memphis Chapter
of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame for
his outstanding contribution to the Memphis football
program. In September 1999, he was inducted into
the M Club Hall of Fame, and one year later earned
recognition into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
The Armstrongs have two sons Sterritt: a 1990
West Point graduate, and Brence, a 1997 graduate
Scott Vogel, who worked as a video graduate as-
sistant last season, will serve as a defensive GA in
2007. He will primarily work with defensive coordinator
Rick Kravitz and the Tiger safeties.
Vogel was a four-year letterwinner at defensive Walt Bell joins the Tiger coaching staff this season,
back for the Tigers, starting 32 games during his ﬁnal serving as a video graduate assistant.
three seasons. He ﬁnished his career in 2004 with Bell came to Memphis after playing four seasons
192 tackles, eight interceptions and three fumble re- (2002-06) at Middle Tennessee State, where both
coveries. He scored his ﬁrst collegiate touchdown on Darin Hinshaw and Derek Jones formerly coached. A
a 38-yard interception return against Tulane in 2003. walk-on for the Blue Raiders, Bell eventually earned
Following his junior season, he was selected to the a scholarship and was a versatile player. He started
All-Conference USA third team. out as a safety, but transitioned to wide receiver after
As a defensive graduate assistant, Vogel will assist several MTSU wideouts had been sidelined with inju-
with ﬁlm breakdown and scouting reports. He will also ries. In addition to working as a receiver, Bell was a Darby Dunnagan is one of the newest hires for the
work closely with the scout team during practices. consistent contributor for the special teams unit, which U of M Athletic Department. She came to Memphis
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Vogel graduated in Au- included serving as a holder. from Marshall University and will serve as the video
gust, 2006, with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary A native of Dickson, Tenn., Bell earned both his coordinator.
studies. undergraduate and master’s degrees in just four-and-a Dunnagan’s responsibilities will include supervising
half-years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal a staff of student assistants who ﬁlm football practice
justice administration (Dec., 2005) and a master’s on a daily basis and other various athletic events. She
degree in sport management (Dec., 2006). will also handle football ﬁlm exchange with Memphis’
opponents and will cut practice video for the coaching
Bell worked this past spring as a graduate assis-
staff while utilizing the XOS SportsPro system.
tant coach at UL-Lafayette before making the move
A native of Rural Retreat, Va., Dunnagan has
to Memphis. He has also worked football camps at worked the last two seasons as a graduate assistant
Minnesota and Boise State. in the video department at Marshall. While at Mar-
shall, she prepared and distributed weekly opponent Kolditz’s responsibilities include serving as the (1992), an education specialist degree from Austin
exchange tapes, supervised student assistants and media contact for softball and the secondary contact Peay (1996), and a doctor of education degree from
assisted the video coordinator in the day-to-day op- for football, as well as overseeing the design and Tennessee State University (1999).
erations of the department. She earned her master’s development of the university’s athletic publications. Before joining Austin Peay in 1992, he worked in
degree in sports administration in May, 2007. His involvement in the media guide production has athletics at Indiana University and the University of
Currently the only female director of videography been recognized by CoSIDA in its publication contests. Dayton. He and his wife, Melissa, have three sons;
on the Division I level, Dunnagan got her start in ath- Most recently, the 2006 Memphis Soccer Media Guide Adam, Tyler and Ryan.
letics at the University of Virginia while working on a placed ﬁrst in the nation in the multi-sport category.
bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology. She
A native of Sugar City, Idaho, Kolditz graduated in
was a student manager for the football team for two
2004 from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s
seasons before switching to the video department.
Dunnagan worked three years in video operations and degree in public relations. At BYU, he spent a year as
earned her bachelor’s degree in May, 2005. an intern in the sports information ofﬁce working with
the baseball team. Kolditz also served a year as the
associate sports editor for the university’s award win-
ning daily student newspaper. He earned his master’s
degree from Memphis in 2005 in sport and leisure
COACHING STAFF 35
Kolditz, 29, and his wife Tamara have two children;
Shelby (6) and Noah (2).
Amos Mansﬁeld is in his third year as the Tigers’
head athletic trainer, having been hired just prior to
spring practice in 2005.
A native of Cincinnati, Mansﬁeld spent four years
at Southern Miss and was the primary athletic trainer
Marc Hohorst joined the athletic department in the for men’s basketball, while also assisting with football.
summer of 2001 and is entering his seventh season He received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training
with the U of M. from the University of Alabama in 1996, and earned
Hohorst is responsible for purchasing, issuing, and his master’s degree in business administration from
maintaining all athletic equipment, as well as supervis- Mercer University in 1999. A NATABOC Certiﬁed
ing several student managers. He also oversees the Athletic Trainer, Mansﬁeld is licensed by the State of
day-to-day operations of the equipment room at South Tennessee as an athletic trainer.
Campus, which services football, baseball, soccer, Valorie Lott enters her second year as an academic Mansfield, whose primary responsibility is the
track, softball and golf. counselor for football. Lott works on a daily basis with sports medicine needs of the Tiger football program,
During the fall of 2002, the Athletic Department suffered the football student-athletes in monitoring their prog- also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at
a major loss when a ﬁre on Halloween morning destroyed ress towards a degree, as well as providing specialized Mercer from 1996-99. In addition, he designed and
the turf room and most of the Tigers’ football equipment. tutoring if needed. implemented the sports medicine program at Stillman
Hohorst received high marks and praise for gathering Prior to joining the University of Memphis staff, Lott College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He is a member of the
game day equipment from other universities in the area was employed by Student-Athletes Services at Baylor National Athletic Trainers Association, the Southeast-
and preparing the football team for its next contest.
University from 1998-2006. She served in various ca- ern Athletic Trainers Association and the Tennessee
A native of Lafayette, La., Hohorst joined the U of M
pacities including academic advisor for football, study Athletic Trainers Association.
staff from Arkansas State, where he was the supervisor
of equipment for three years. hall supervisor, graduate assistant and tutor. Mansﬁeld, 33, is married to the former Anja Reese
Prior to his duties at Arkansas State, Hohorst In addition to serving as the football team’s of Columbus, Ga. The couple has a daughter, Ava,
worked for one year at his college alma mater, the academic counselor, she is a member of the National who was born in January 2007.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette, in a game manage- Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes (N4A).
ment capacity. He worked various ULL events, serving Lott is originally from Terrell, Texas.
as the visiting team host and organizing ticket sales
Hohorst graduated from the University of South-
western Louisiana (now called ULL) in 1997 with a
degree in physical education. He received his Louisi-
ana teaching certiﬁcation that same year and served
as a substitute teacher in 1997 and 1998 at Youngsville
While at ULL, Hohorst also assisted in the equipment
room as a student and worked both the NCAA softball
regional tournament and Sun Belt Conference baseball
tournament as a tournament ofﬁcial. He spent one year
with the Lafayette Swamp Cats as the head equipment Angela McCarter is entering her third season as
manager before the team disbanded. the Tigers’ director of marketing. She worked three
Dr. Joe Luckey is in his sixth year as the Director years as the assistant marketing director before her
of Athletic Academic Services. He and his staff of promotion in January 2005.
counselors and tutors are instrumental in the success As the marketing director for the Tiger Athletic
of U of M student-athletes in the classroom. Department, McCarter oversees an assistant, two
A native of Cincinnati, Luckey came to the U of M interns and several volunteer students. Her depart-
from Austin Peay State, where he served as assistant ment is directly responsible for developing advertising
athletic director for academic services. In that capacity, campaigns and implementing in-game promotions
he advised and counseled more than 200 athletes in 15 for each of the 19 sports at Memphis. In addition,
sports, monitoring their academic progress and eligibil- McCarter works closely with the staff of Tiger Sports
ity with the goal of making sure each one graduated. Properties, a division of Learﬁeld Sports, and also is
He also served as supervisor of the Student-Athlete responsible for various media trade agreements as
Advisory Council, a forum for student-athletes to ex- well as donation requests.
press their opinions and voice their concerns. A native of Memphis, McCarter joined the Tiger
In 1999, Luckey received the Lan Hewlett Award staff in 2001 after spending two years as an assistant
Brandon Kolditz is entering his second season as
for outstanding performance as an academic athletic director of marketing and publications for the Campus
an assistant in the media relations ofﬁce. Prior to being
advisor. Recreation department at N.C. State. In that capacity,
brought on full time, he worked two years as a graduate
A 1991 graduate of the University of Dayton, Luckey she was responsible for all of the marketing efforts for
assistant at Memphis.
earned a master’s degree from Indiana University the program and implementing special events.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Mc- Prior to Mississippi St., Rodrigues served as as- Freshman Team in 1968 and received All-MVC honors
Carter worked in the Women’s Athletic Department in sistant SID for women’s athletics at Northern Arizona for the next three seasons. Stark received All-Midlands
marketing and promotions. She was responsible for University. She also served as interim SID at NAU and honors as a junior and senior and was named an All-
the marketing efforts for Lady Vols basketball, row- handled men’s basketball and football prior to accepting American by the Associated Press, UPI and Kickoff
ing, soccer, softball, track and ﬁeld and volleyball. A the job at MSU. Magazine as a senior. He received his bachelor’s
member of the rowing team from 1995-96, McCarter The New Orleans, La., native received her bach- degree in education from the U of M in 1972.
received her bachelor’s degree in sport management elor’s degree in journalism at ULL, where she served Stark and his wife, Cindy, have two children, a
from UT in 1998, and earned her master’s degree in as a student assistant in the sports information ofﬁce daughter, Keelie (20), and a son, Cody (11).
sport administration in 2000. from 1991-95. There she was the media contact for
Angela and her husband, Steven, have one daugh- volleyball and the nationally-ranked Lady Cajun softball
ter, Lainey (2). team.
Rodrigues, 34, is married to Mike Rodrigues, who
is an athletic trainer for Memphis City Schools. The
couple has a four-year-old daughter, Ally.
36 COACHING STAFF
Bob Winn, a native of Roanoke, Va., is in his 33rd
year with the U of M athletic department.
For 17 years, Winn served as Assistant Athletic
Fred Quarles is in his second year as an academic Director for Media Relations, and in May 2004 was
counselor for Tiger football. Quarles works on a daily elevated to Associate Athletic Director for External
basis with the football student-athletes in monitoring Affairs. He is responsible for overseeing Athletic Media
their progress towards a degree, as well as providing Sherri Schwartz, who is the Tiger football ofﬁce Relations, Marketing and Spirit Squads, as well as
specialized tutoring if needed. coordinator, is in her seventh season working in the managing outside contracts and the relationship with
Prior to joining the University of Memphis staff, Tiger front ofﬁce. Tiger Sports Properties.
Quarles was a graduate assistant in the academic Schwartz handles the day-to-day administration The chairman of the Conference USA Sports Infor-
service department for two years at Indiana State, of the football ofﬁce, and also has extensive duties mation Directors in 1995-96, Winn is a 1974 graduate
where he worked with students on academic probation with recruiting. She is responsible for sending out of the University of Memphis, holding a bachelor’s
at the university. In addition, he worked in the academic recruiting mail-outs as well as inputting pertinent degree in journalism.
service department as a student-athlete mentor for two information in the recruiting database. Schwartz also During his tenure with the Tigers, he promoted
years. coordinates the recruits and their families when they 26 football All-Americans, including national award
While a student at Indiana State, Quarles was a are on campus for home football games. winners Joe Allison, who received the Lou Groza
three-time letterwinner on the football team. In addi- A native Memphian, Schwartz and her husband, Award in 1993, and Ryan White, who was named to
tion, he was a ﬁrst-team recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Steve, have two sons; Steven and Michael. the 2000 Playboy All-American squad, 12 basketball
Award. Quarles is originally from Indianapolis, Ind. All-Americans, ﬁve baseball All-Americans and three
In addition, Winn served as host for four NCAA
Regionals, six NIT Tournaments, ﬁve Metro Confer-
ence Tournaments, one Great Midwest Conference
Tournament and two C-USA Tournaments. He also
served as the ofﬁcial scorer for the Women’s NCAA
East Regional Golf Tournament in Memphis.
During the spring of 2003, he served as the interim
head golf coach for the Memphis men’s team and
witnessed his team placing sixth in the Coastal Caro-
lina Tournament and seventh in the Conference USA
Mike Stark, who lettered for the Tigers for three Winn was inducted into the All-American Football
Jennifer Rodrigues, who is in her 10th year with years under former head coach Billy J. Murphy during Foundation Hall of Fame in May 1998, receiving the
the U of M, was elevated to Director of Athletic Media the late 1960s and early 1970s, is in his eighth year Scoop Hudgins Award for media relations.
Relations at the start of the 2004 football season. with the Tiger athletic department. In addition to his duties with the U of M, Winn has
Rodrigues is responsible for the publicity and pro- A native Memphian, Stark came to the University of served as the media coordinator for the PGA Tour
motion of the U of M football team, as well as oversee- Memphis after serving as defensive coordinator and stop in Memphis, the Stanford St. Jude Classic, for 33
ing the Athletic Media Relations Ofﬁce. In 2005, she head strength coach at Cordova High School for two years and has assisted with the press box operation
spearheaded a highly-publicized Heisman campaign years (1998-99). He also worked as the head wrestling for the annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, which is played
for DeAngelo Williams. coach for the Wolfpack. in Memphis in December.
In March 2000, she served as the assistant media Prior to joining the staff at Cordova High, Stark spent A 1966 graduate of Patrick Henry High School in
coordinator of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament/ 10 years as the defensive coordinator and strength Roanoke, Winn is a long time member of CoSIDA. He
1st and 2nd Rounds, and a year later served as the coach at Bartlett High School. During his tenure at and his wife, Susan, have a daughter, Casey, who is
media coordinator for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Bartlett, the Panthers posted an 87-39 record, made a 2005 graduate of the U of M.
Mideast Regional. In 2002, she volunteered at the seven appearances in the state playoffs and reached
Mideast Regional hosted by Marquette University. the quarterﬁnals four times. As the strength coach, his
For the last three years, she has served as the media teams won eight City Weightlifting Championships and
coordinator of the C-USA Basketball Tournament three Tennessee Weightlifting Championships.
hosted at FedExForum. Stark began his coaching and strength career at
A 1995 graduate of the University of Southwestern Trezevant High School in Memphis. From 1983-89, the
Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette), Rodrigues joined the Bears posted a 42-8 record, made the state playoffs
Tiger staff after serving two years as an assistant media three times and won a state championship.
relations director at Mississippi State where she was A graduate of the University of Memphis (then
the contact for women’s basketball and softball. She Memphis State University), Stark played football for the
also assisted in the game-day operations for football, Tigers for four years, serving as an offensive lineman.
volleyball and men’s basketball. He was selected to the All-Missouri Valley Conference