Kevin Carberry is coming off a very productive first season as the Lumberjacks defensive ends coach. In just one season, Carberry produced the league's top-two defensive ends in Willie Jefferson and Darren Robinson. Both first-team All-Southland selections, Jefferson capped the year earning All-America honors and being named the CFPA FCS Elite Defensive Performer, while Robinson garnered his all-conference recognition after sitting out the 2011 campaign due to injuries.
From an outsiders perspective, one might think that Carberry was just fortunate to have a returning All-American heading into 2012. But Carberry was placed in the unenviable position of replacing 2011 All-SLC selection Malcolm Mattox who was moved to tackle last season. Mattox's move, along with the fact that Robinson didn't play a snap in 2011, presented numerous question marks entering the season.
The 'Jacks tandem of Jefferson and Robinson took no time to answer those questions. They finished they year one-two in the conference in sacks, and finished tied for seventh in the league in tackles for losses.
Carberry joined the Lumberjack staff after spending the past three seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Kansas working with the Jayhawk defensive linemen and linebackers. Under Carberry's guidance the Jayhawks finished 26th in the nation in sacks, averaging better than 2.5 per contest.
Carberry helped produce some of the Big 12's top defensive talent during his time in Lawrence. Defensive ends Jake Laptad and Max Onyegbule combined for 23 tackles for losses in 2009, and Laptad was a two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection. Three players earned all-conference recognition during Carberry's stint with KU.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, Carberry spent three years as an assistant coach in the Illinois high school ranks. He was an assistant at Chicago's St. Rita High School during its run to the 2006 7A state title. He spent the next two seasons at St. Ignatius where he was a special teams coordinator, and in 2008 served as the team's defensive coordinator.
A four-year letterwinner at the University of Ohio, Carberry was the 2004 team captain. He earned all-conference honors during his senior season and was named to the 2004 Villages Gridiron Classic College All-Star game.
Carberry played professional football following his career at Ohio, which included stops with the NFL's Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers before spending the 2006 season with the Berlin Thunder of the NFL Europe league. In 2007, Carberry played for the New York Dragons before closing out his playing career the following season with the Arena Bowl Champion Philadelphia Soul.
Carberry graduated with his bachelor's degree from Ohio in 2005. He received a master's in sports management from Kansas in 2010. He and his wife, Emily, were married in May.