Kenny Ingram
Kenny Ingram

Position:
Defensive Coordinator/LB

Birthdate:
03/16/1971

Alma Mater:
Arkansas State, 1999


A veteran on the defensive staff, Kenny Ingram was promoted to defensive coordinator in March 2009, just three years after he joined the Tiger coaching staff. Ingram will continue to guide the linebackers, as he has the past three seasons.

In 2008, Ingram had a relatively experienced group to work with, and again had the services of Greg Jackson and Winston Bowens. Both had missed a majority of the previous season because of injuries and returned to the field in 2008. Bowens finished last season with 55 tackles and Jackson tallied 52 stops, a forced fumble and an interception. The two also combined for 19 TFL and 11 sacks. Ingram was also instrumental in developing sophomore Jeremy Longstreet who ended the season ranked second on the squad in tackles with 80.

In 2009, the linebacker corps is expected to be one of the most talented and experienced groups as Bowens, Jackson and Longstreet are back, and noted transfers Jamon Hughes and Derrick Odom are eligible for game action.

Ingram was battle tested in 2007 as that group was most hit by injuries to several key players. In just the second game of the season, Ingram lost the services of starting outside linebacker Greg Jackson to a knee injury. Just weeks later, Ingram had to alter the lineup again as middle linebacker Winston Bowens was sidelined the remainder of the season, also with a knee injury. Seven different lineups were used in 13 games, as Ingram and the defensive staff looked to get a consistent group in place.

The final three games saw Jeremy Rockette and Jake Kasser on the outsides and Heath Grant in the middle. Kasser, who started 13 games, led the squad in tackles with 100 and was named to the All-C-USA second team. Kasser was also second on the squad in fumble recoveries with three.

Ingram inherited a young group of linebackers in 2006, and his charges responded by leading the way in tackles that season. Three of the five leading tacklers on the squad were linebackers, led by Grant, who was second with 81 stops. Grant also led the team in fumble recoveries with two and logged two interceptions. Quinton McCrary and 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.

No stranger to Memphis, Ingram coached at Melrose High School, where he was credited with returning the program to prominence. He was the head coach from 2002-04 and posted a 37-4 overall record after serving as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 2001-02. He led the school to one appearance in the state finals and a pair of appearances in the state semifinals.

Ingram was a three-time Regional Coach of the Year and was the Commercial Appeal's 2004 Coach of the Year for Metro Memphis. He also was selected to serve as the Liberty Bowl All-Star Game defensive coordinator in 2003 and was a member of the Tennessee East-West Shrine All-Star Game coaching staff that same season. In addition, Ingram was elected as an assistant coach for the 2004 Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Game.

In his three seasons at Melrose, he coached 17 players who signed scholarships to play college football.

Ingram, 38, spent the 2005 season as defensive line coach at Tennessee State University, and was responsible for recruiting his hometown area of Memphis and west Tennessee.

Previously, Ingram taught and coached at Corry Middle School and worked in the Youth Habilitation Center prior to moving to Melrose.

A standout locally at Whitehaven High, Ingram played college football at Arkansas State, where he was a four-year letterman from 1988-92. He was the team co-captain in 1992, and received his bachelor's degree in political science from ASU in December 1999.

Ingram and his wife, Carla, have five children: Kendrien, Taylor, Kameron and twins Kennedy and Karleigh.

The Ingram File

Born

• March 16, 1971

• Memphis, Tenn.

Alma Mater

• Arkansas State, 1999

• Bachelor's degree in political science

Collegiate Playing Experience

1988-92: Arkansas State (DE)

Family

• Wife - Carla

• Children - Kendrien, Taylor, Kameron, Kennedy & Karleigh

Coaching Experience

2006-Present: University of Memphis

2005: Tennessee State

2002-04: Melrose High School Head Coach

2001-02: Melrose High School Asst. Coach

2000: Corry Middle School

Recruiting Area

• Memphis, north Arkansas, west Tennessee

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