Veteran Coach Kenny Carter Set to Join YSU Football Program

Kenny Carter
Kenny Carter

Kenny Carter, who has spent the past 15 seasons as an assistant coach with BCS programs, has joined the Youngstown State football program, Head Coach Eric Wolford announced on Wednesday.

Carter will serve many roles on the YSU staff. He will be the wide receivers coach, passing-game coordinator and co-special teams coordinator.

Carter coached at LSU, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Florida and Louisville in his 15 seasons at the BCS level. He spent most of his focus with the running backs and wide receivers at those five schools.

Carter spent the previous four campaigns as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Louisville on Charlie Strong's staff. The Cardinals had an outstanding run those four years, highlighted by a 23-3 record and bowl wins over Florida and Miami (Fla.) the last two seasons.

In 2013, Louisville was 12-1 and concluded the campaign with an impressive 36-9 win over Miami (Fla.) in the Russell Athletic Bowl. On special teams, the Cardinals had two punt blocks and a kickoff return for a score. Placekicker John Wallace made 20-of-24 field-goal attempts and 52 PATs while punter Ryan Johnson averaged 41.2 yards a punt. The Cardinals led the nation in punt-return defense yielding 15 total yards for the year.

In 2012, UofL had a break-through campaign posting 11 wins, sharing the final Big East title and soundly defeating Florida in the Sugar Bowl. The Cardinals defeated the fourth-ranked Gators 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl capping off just the fourth 11-plus win season in program history.

The Cardinals had seven-win campaigns in 2010 and 2011 advancing to Bowl Games each year. UofL had two special teams touchdowns in 2011 and led the nation in punt-return defense allowing seven total yards for the season. That year, Louisville shared the Big East Conference title.

Carter went to Louisville with Strong following the 2009 season after a successful two-year stint on Urban Meyer's staff. The Gators were 26-1 in his two seasons as running backs coach. In 2009, Florida was 13-1 losing only in the SEC Championship Game. The Gators capped the year with an impressive win over Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.

The 2008 campaign was a banner year for the Gators program posting a 13-1 record, including a 24-14 victory over Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship Game. After an early-season loss to Ole Miss, the Gators won their final 10 games of the year, including a 31-20 win over Alabama in the SEC title game.