Kenny Ingram named new ASU defensive line coach

JONESBORO (ASU) – Arkansas State head football coach Gus Malzahn announced Sunday that ASU alumnus and former football letterman Kenny Ingram has been named the Red Wolves' defensive line coach.

Ingram, who played at ASU from 1989-92 as a defensive end, returns to his alma mater after most recently serving as an interim defensive coach for the Red Wolves' during the month leading up to their appearance in the 2012 Bowl.

Prior to his recent interim stint at ASU, Ingram was an assistant coach at Memphis from 2006-09.  He was promoted to defensive coordinator at Memphis in 2009, just three years after joining the Tigers' program.  Ingram continued to guide the linebackers, the same position he coached the previous three seasons.  Ingram was a part of two bowl teams in his four years at Memphis, including the 2007 New Orleans Bowl and the 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl.

Ingram joined the Memphis staff after spending the 2005 season as defensive line coach at Tennessee State University, where he was responsible for recruiting his hometown area of Memphis and west Tennessee.

Ingram also 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.

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

A standout at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Ingram was the team co-captain in 1992, and received his bachelor's degree in political science from Arkansas State University in December 1999.

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