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Former ASU CB coach Tony Gilbert takes same position at ULM

MONROE, La. (ULMWarhawks.com) - ULM football head coach Todd Berry announced on Friday the hiring of 21-year coaching veteran Tony Gilbert to coach the Warhawk cornerbacks. His hire is pending final approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

Gilbert joins the ULM coaching staff following a successful nine-year career at conference foe Arkansas State where he served as the recruiting coordinator in addition to coaching to cornerbacks.

"I have known Tony for a long, long time so there is a huge trust level for me in terms of the quality of the coach and the quality of the person," Berry said. "His maturity is going to add a lot to our secondary. Tony's personality and chemistry are not only going to blend in nicely with our current players, but also with recruits, so we are extremely excited for him to be a part of this staff."

During Gilbert's reign as Arkansas State's recruiting coordinator, four Red Wolves signed NFL contracts, including safety Tyrell Johnson who was selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

The Red Wolves ranked 12th in the NCAA in 2006 in pass defense and were ninth in passes intercepted with Gilbert coaching the cornerbacks. His 2008 and 2009 units helped Arkansas Sate rank second in the Sun Belt in pass defense. 

Gilbert coached six All-Sun Belt players during his tenure at Arkansas State in addition to coaching the 2002 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year in Jonathan Burke.

Before joining the Arkansas State staff in January of 2002, Gilbert served as the as­sis­tant head coach at Cen­tral Ar­kan­sas and in addition to coaching the wide re­ceiv­ers.  In 2001, Central Arkansas fin­ished with a record of 9-3 and earned the school's first-ever trip to the NCAA Di­vi­sion II Play­offs.

Prior to his stint with the Bears, Gilbert was the defensive coordinator at Southern Arkansas under former Arkansas State head coach Steve Roberts for three seasons. The Muleriders had the 19th best defense and the 12th best passing defense in nation in 1999.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater Southwest Missouri State as a graduate assistant in 1990. Gilbert was hired as a full-time assistant in 1992 and coached the running backs for four seasons. Under his direction, SMSU turned out four con­sec­u­tive 1,000-yard rush­ers. 

An all-conference pick at run­ning back at SMSU, Gilbert helped his team to a 1989 Gate­way Con­fer­ence cham­pi­on­ship. He was named all-conference in 1986 and 1989 and was SMSU's all-time lead­ing kick returner. Following grad­u­a­tion in 1989, he signed a free agent con­tract with the New York Gi­ants in 1991.

He received his master's de­gree in communication from Southwest Missouri State in 1998.

Gilbert is married to the former Regina Kuykendall and the couple has two children, Jacqueline, who attended St. Louis University on a basketball scholarship, and Tony II. 

The Warhawks will go through spring practice from March 10 through April 6 and will hold their Maroon & Gold Spring Game on April 9. After the first week, the Warhawks will practice every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Malone Stadium. All practices in the spring will be open to the public and start at 4:15 p.m.

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