Jack Curtis
Jack Curtis

Assistant Coach/Safeties


Alma Mater:
Evangel University, 1988

Former Arkansas State co-defensive coordinator Jack Curtis was hired a week before spring practice to serve as the safeties coach for the Tigers.

Curtis had very little time to get acquainted with the safeties before the start of the spring session. Senior Alton Starr is the veteran of the group, but Curtis didn't have a chance to work with him this spring because Starr was rehabbing a knee injury that required surgery after the bowl game. Starr should be ready for action in the fall, and will compete with sophomore Darius Davis and junior Curtis Echols, who both have seen game action. Transfer DeRon Furr is also in the mix, and he had a strong spring session, being named the defensive MVP of the Blue-Gray game.

Curtis spent the last seven seasons in Jonesboro as the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at ASU. He helped the Red Wolves improve greatly in his first season as the squad, which had ranked 61st nationally in pass defense in 2001, ended the 2002 campaign ranked 16th nationally in pass defense and 39th in total defense. In four of his seven seasons, the Red Wolves ranked in the top 30 in the country in pass defense and in the top 50 in total defense. In 2007, ASU was the leading defensive unit in the Sun Belt Conference.

Several ASU players enjoyed success under Curtis' tutelage. He coached back-to-back Sun Belt Conference Defensive Players of the Year, including the 2008 honoree Alex Carrington. Tyrell Johnson was named the 2007 SBC Defensive Player of the Year and was a second round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft. In addition, 16 ASU defenders earned Sun Belt all-conference honors from 2002-08.

Prior to arriving at ASU, Curtis served eight seasons on the coaching staff at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He coached defensive backs for five seasons before he was elevated to defensive coordinator. While at NSU, he coached six players who went on to play in the NFL.

Curtis, 44, began his coaching career in 1987 as a student coach at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. Upon graduation, he served as a graduate assistant coach at Henderson State. He later moved to Starkville, Miss., and worked as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State until being named a volunteer assistant coach in 1990. In 1991, he helped coach the Bulldogs to an appearance in the Liberty Bowl post-season game. He also helped guide MSU's defense, which at that time was the top-ranked pass defense in the Southeastern Conference.

Following his MSU stint, Curtis spent the 1993 season as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Western New Mexico. That year, the team went 7-3 and ranked third in the NAIA final rankings, while the defense led the nation with 29 interceptions.

In addition to his New Orleans Bowl and Liberty Bowl experience, Curtis also coached teams which continued on to the 1993 NAIA national playoffs and three NCAA I-AA national playoffs (1997, 1998, and 2002). He has coached 12 players (six drafted, six free agents) who ended up in NFL camps as well as six first-team All-Americans.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Curtis played defensive back for four seasons at Evangel University. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1988, and received his master's degree from Henderson State in 1990.

He is married to the former Michelle Weser and they have two daughters, Carolina and Georganna.

The Curtis File


• September 28, 1964

• Birmingham, Ala.

Alma Mater

• Evangel University, 1988

• Bachelor's degree in physical education

• Henderson State, 1990

• Master's degree in physical education

Collegiate Playing Experience

1984-86: Evangel University (DB)


• Wife - Michelle

• Children - Carolina & Georganna

Coaching Experience

2009: University of Memphis

2002-08: Arkansas State

2001-94: Northwestern State

1993: Western New Mexico

1991: Mississippi State (volunteer)

1989-90/GA: Mississippi State

Recruiting Area

• North Mississippi, north Louisiana, southern Arkansas, N. Mississippi & Texas JCs

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