JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) — Arkansas State interim head football coach David Gunn announced Friday that former University of Memphis defensive coordinator Kenny Ingram and former Nashville (Ark.) head coach Billy Dawson will assist the ASU football program in its preparations for the Jan. 8 GoDaddy.com Bowl.
Ingram, a 1999 graduate of Arkansas State and a four-year letterman on the ASU football team, was promoted to defensive coordinator at Memphis in 2009, just three years after joining the Tigers' program. He will assist primarily with the defense during the Red Wolves' bowl preparations. Ingram was also the head coach at Memphis Melrose from 2002-04, leading the Golden Wildcats to the state playoffs each season. Two of Ingram's teams reached the semifinal round of the playoffs, while the 2004 squad advanced to the championship game. His teams compiled a 37-4 record during his time at Melrose.
The Dawson-led Nashville Scrappers became one of the most dominant high school programs in the state of Arkansas over the last decade. From 2005-2009, Dawson's teams won three state championships, compiling a 65-4 record along with way and averaging 44 points per game. In 14 years as head coach, Dawson compiled a record of 140-39-1. Dawson will assist with the offense leading up to the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
"We are very excited to welcome both Coach Ingram and Coach Dawson to our staff as we prepare to take on Northern Illinois in the GoDaddy.com Bowl," said Gunn. "Both coaches will be extremely valuable to us both on and off the field. Their knowledge of the game and experience on the sideline will certainly be an asset to our program in the coming month, and both coaches will also serve to help stabilize our recruiting both in-state and in the Memphis area as we prepare for the bowl game."
Arkansas State's on-field bowl preparations will resume this weekend when the Red Wolves hit the field Saturday at 10 a.m. A-State will also practice Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
Bowl practices will continue Dec. 16-19, with times to be announced later. The Red Wolves' final workouts in Jonesboro are scheduled for Jan. 1-3, with the team departing for Mobile Jan. 4.