Originally published January 20, 2009 at 03:24p.m., updated January 21, 2009 at 01:07a.m.

Locklin named KU defensive line coach


Kerry Locklin's career

New Kansas defensive-line coach Kerry Locklin’s coaching career has spanned 21 years. Here’s a look at where he has been:

1988Western New Mexico, running backs

1989Utah, graduate assistant

1990-93Morehead State, running backs

1994Shreveport (CFL), wide receivers/linebackers

1995-99Eastern Michigan, defensive line

2000-08Fresno State, defensive line

2009-Kansas, defensive line

As the Kansas University football team undergoes what figures to be a long and arduous process in determining its 2009 defensive lineup, coach Mark Mangino can take solace in the fact that at least one area of the unit now has been finalized.

Mangino announced Tuesday that former Fresno State assistant Kerry Locklin has been named the Jayhawks’ defensive-line coach, filling the team’s last remaining coaching vacancy — left by Joe Bob Clements, who accepted an assistant job at Kansas State in early December after one season in Lawrence.

“Kerry is an outstanding fundamental football coach, who has done a tremendous job coaching the defensive line at Fresno State,” Mangino said. “We are excited to have him as part of our coaching staff.”

Locklin, who was an honorable mention All-American selection as a tight end at New Mexico State and played three seasons in the NFL, spent the past nine seasons as the defensive-line coach at Fresno State, where 11 of his linemen were named to the All-Western Athletic Conference team, and two — Garrett McIntyre and Alan Harper — earned conference defensive player of the year honors.

Before arriving at Fresno State, Locklin served as an assistant at Western New Mexico, Utah, Morehead State and Eastern Michigan. He also spent one season with Shreveport of the Canadian Football League.

“I feel this is a school with a rich tradition and is an up-and-coming program,” Locklin said. “Coach Mangino has done a great job getting the program headed in the right direction. I am excited to be a part of it. Kansas is very similar to Fresno State in getting respect in the conference and around the country.”

The addition of Locklin marks the second addition to the team’s staff in the past week and a half. On Jan. 10, Mangino announced the hiring of former Louisville assistant Bill Miller to serve as the team’s linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator.


chezlog 13 years, 8 months ago

"Kerry" that's a good name around KU football.

patton6 13 years, 8 months ago

Interesting that he played as a TE but has become a defensive line coach. Nine seasons at one school though speaks pretty well of him. Hopefully he has some good recruiting ties in California as well.

Kevin Long 13 years, 8 months ago

Joe Bob was a good coach and player. I hope this new guy can do well, but no need to make fun of ol' Joe Bob.

jco8394 13 years, 8 months ago

Good hire. He's out of Fresno State and we still have a couple of D-ends from JUCO in California that are looking at us. I hope this hire will bring at least one of them in.

lance1jhawk 13 years, 8 months ago

This whole Bill Young thing leaving Miami for Okie State really has me ticked off.Hell, if he is really going to come back to the Big12, he should return to KU. Of course that $700,000.00 salary could be a problem for just a coordinator. A great one though.

Don Everett 13 years, 8 months ago

He's an alum of OSU. Give him a break. Good grief.

lance1jhawk 13 years, 8 months ago

So is Bill Self. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't give him a break. Good grief.

Yakihawk 13 years, 8 months ago

Geez, Young's been gone for over a season! Should we talk about how Hot your ex-girlfriend is too?

YaBoyJrod 13 years, 8 months ago

Recruiting Cali would be a nice add for KU

Dirk Medema 13 years, 8 months ago

The fact that Fresno has been solid for most of the last decade despite being a desolation worse than Mancrappan gives me more hope for him than the sad string of misapplied cliché in his acceptance statement.BY going to okie-state makes me look forward all the more to playing them in '10. Also, check out the correction on his salary - $300k and change, not $700k as earlier leaked. It puts him behind the special teams coach. Does that not seem odd - the highest paid assistant coaches spec teams, and were they even any good at it?

Lance Hobson 13 years, 8 months ago

Why are assistants making that kind of money? Is it an OSU thing? A salary like that can go a long way in Oklahoma, they could even retire in a couple of years. Anyway, I'm pretty sure the vast majority of had coaches barely make that kind of dough.

beebe1 13 years, 8 months ago

What about special teams? We need help there, too!

rasta_meta 13 years, 8 months ago

Young is a good coach, but from the conversations I have had with coaches and players that know Miller, I think he might be better than Young. Time will tell, but Miller is a damn good hire for KU.Strikewso, a program is only as good as the assistant coaches. The head coach needs to know how to manage the program, but the assistants can make a huge difference in both recruiting and game day wins.

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