Perry Carter announced as LA Tech Cornerbacks Coach

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RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz announced the addition of Perry Carter – a longtime NFL, college and high school coach and a 10-year professional player – to the 2021 football coaching staff on Tuesday. Carter will join the Bulldogs as the cornerbacks coach.

“He’s coached in the NFL, the Big 12, Conference USA, Division II and he’s coached high school,” Holtz said. “Coach Carter brings a passion and an energy in everything he does. I’ve really been impressed with him.”

Carter is a 17-year coaching veteran, including eight seasons with the NFL’s Houston Texans.

Carter served as a coaching assistant/defensive backs at Texas Tech in 2017. During the season, the Red Raiders led the Big 12 and tied for sixth in the FBS with 29 takeaways, including 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.

He also worked for two seasons as the safeties coach at North Texas (2014-15). For the first time in school history, North Texas boasted two secondary players with more than 100 tackles as starting safeties Kishawn McClain and James combined for 214 stops.

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. In 2012, Houston led the league in lowest completion percentage allowed and ranked 10th in opponent passer rating. In 2011, the Texans again led the NFL in lowest completion percentage allowed while finishing second in opponent passer rating and third in passing defense.

During his tenure in Houston, he coached two-time Pro Bowl selection (cornerback) Johnathan Joseph (2011-12). 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.

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 and takeaways (24, including 14 fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions).

Carter was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round (107th pick overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft, and played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1995 and the Oakland Raiders from 1996-98. Carter also played four seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos (2000-01), Montreal Alouettes (2002) and British Columbia Lions (2003-04).

Carter, a native of McComb, Miss., was a three-year letterman at Southern Miss (1990-93) where he recorded 11 career interceptions, returning a school-record four for touchdowns. In 1992, he intercepted five passes and returned a USM single-season record three for scores. Carter earned a bachelor of science in communications from Southern Miss in 1994.

Most recently, Carter spent the last three seasons as ULM’s cornerbacks coach. He spent the 2016 season as the defensive back coach at St. Pius X High School in Houston, helping lead the Panthers to the district title.

Carter and his wife Nicole have two children: Bria and Perry Jr. Bría was a four-year letterwinner in track and field at Houston, while Perry was a wide receiver at ULM.

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