Carter named ULM Defensive Backs Coach
A 14-year coaching veteran, Perry Carter spent eight seasons as an assistant with the NFL’s Houston Texans.
MONROE, La. – Perry Carter, a 14-year coaching veteran including eight seasons with the National Football League’s Houston Texans, has been named defensive backs coach at ULM, according to an announcement made by head coach Matt Viator on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Carter spent the 2017 season as an assistant/defensive quality control coach at Texas Tech. Last season, the Red Raiders led the Big 12 and tied for sixth in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with 29 takeaways (15 fumble recoveries and 14 interceptions). In addition, defensive backs Jah’Shawn Johnson and Justus Parker were named to the All-Big 12 second team.
During the 2016 campaign, he served as defensive backs coach at St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas, helping the Panthers claim the district championship. St. Pius led the state in every major defensive statistical category, including 16 interceptions, and three of his four starters in the secondary earned first-team all-district honors.
Carter previously worked for two seasons as the safeties coach at North Texas (2014-15). For the first time in school history, starting safeties Kishawn McClain and James Gray each recorded more than 100 tackles in 2015, combining for 214 stops. In 2014, the Mean Green ranked fourth in Conference USA in passing defense (207.7 yards per game), passing efficiency defense (128.2 rating) and takeaways (22). In addition, McClain was named to the C-USA All-Freshmen Team.
Prior to joining the Mean Green staff, Carter spent eight years with the Houston Texans (2006-13), including the last four seasons as assistant defensive backs coach (2010-13).
In 2013, the Texans finished third in the NFL in passing defense, allowing 195.2 ypg. In 2012, Houston led the league in lowest completion percentage allowed (.530) and ranked 10th in opponent passer rating (80.0). In 2011, the Texans again led the NFL in lowest completion percentage allowed (.519) while finishing second in opponent passer rating (69.0) and third in passing defense (189.7 ypg.). During his tenure in Houston, he coached two-time Pro Bowl selection (cornerback) Johnathan Joseph (2011-12).
After spending a year in private business, Carter originally joined the Texans through the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship program during the 2006 training camp. He also served as defensive backs coach and assistant special teams coach for NFL Europa’s Hamburg Sea Devils in 2006.
“Perry Carter brings a wealth of experience into the ULM football program,” Viator said. “Perry has so many experiences to draw on and share, from his days as a student-athlete at Southern Miss, to his playing career in the pros, to his years as an assistant coach in the college and NFL ranks. He’ll certainly bring a different perspective into our staff, team and position meeting rooms.
“With his background in Mississippi, we believe Perry can open up some recruiting opportunities in that state.”
Carter began his coaching career as the secondary coach at Texas A&M-Commerce in 2004. In his first season, the Lions led the Lone Star Conference in passing defense (169.0 ypg.) and takeaways (24: 14 fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions).
A native of McComb, Mississippi, Carter became a three-year letterman at Southern Miss (1990-93) where he recorded 11 career interceptions for 277 yards (25.2 avg.), returning a school-record four for touchdowns. In 1992, he intercepted five passes for 159 yards (31.8 avg.) and returned a USM single-season record three for scores. Carter earned a Bachelor of Science in communications from Southern Miss in 1994.
Carter, who played in the 1993 Senior Bowl, was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round (No. 107 overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played four seasons in the NFL (Kansas City Chiefs, 1995; Oakland Raiders, 1996-98) and four more years in the Canadian Football League (Edmonton Eskimos, 2000-01; Montreal Alouettes, 2002; and BC Lions, 2003). Carter was a member of Montreal’s 2002 Grey Cup Championship team.
Carter and his wife Nicole have two children: Bría and Perry Jr.