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Jami DeBerry
Position: Pass Defense Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Alma Mater: Western Kentucky
Graduating Year: 2005
Experience: 4 Years
Phone: 812-237-9023



Recruiting Areas: Louisville/St. Louis/Southern Indiana/Tennessee/Kentucky


Jami DeBerry is in his fourth season as an assistant coach under Mike Sanford. DeBerry is in his first season as ISU's pass defense coorindator and defensive backs coach after serving the previous three seasons as the Sycamores' special teams coordinator and safties coach.


In 2014, the Sycamores had a historic season that saw them finish with an 8-6 overall record and, most importantly, their first trip to the NCAA FCS Playoffs since 1984 and their first postseason victory since 1983. 



Of Indiana State's eight victories in 2014, six were against nationally-ranked FCS opponents. The Sycamores also returned the Victory Bell to Terre Haute for the first time since 1987 when they earned a 27-20 victory in Muncie over FBS opponent Ball State on Sept. 13. The Sycamores also earned a victory over Top-10 FCS opponent Northern Iowa and remained in the national polls a school-record 10 consecutive weeks.


On Nov. 1, 2014, the Sycamores received national publicity due to a special teams achievement. Needing positive field position late against Missouri State, the Sycamores used the "hidden ball trick," which netted a long kickoff return by redshirt freshman Aaron Killebrew and set up a game-winning field goal by Eric Heidorn. The play was featured as the No. 3 play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top-10 Plays segment throughout the weekend. A YouTube video of the play netted more than 2 million views worldwide.


As ISU's safety coach, DeBerry worked specifically will Second-Team All-MVFC defensive back Mark Sewall, who ranked second in the MVFC in interceptions in 2014 (four) -- tied with fellow DB Travis Starks. On the special teams side, DeBerry was instrumental in the continued development of long snapper Joshua Appel and punter Osborn Umeh, who were named to the Honorable Mention All-MVFC and All-Newcomer teams, respectfully.


When you dive deep into the Sycamores' 8-6 overall mark, Indiana State owned a FBS victory plus five other wins over nationally-ranked foes. They had the nation’s toughest strength of schedule and their five wins over ranked teams were only bettered by FCS Championship Game foes North Dakota State and Illinois State.



DeBerry spent the 2013 campaign as Indiana State's Special Teams Coordinator and tight ends coach.


LeMonte Booker was named to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team, as he was the Sycamores' leader with 25 kickoff returns for 578 yards, averaging 23.1 yards per return. He owned a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against No. 1 North Dakota State. He returned five kickoffs against Youngstown State and North Dakota State and had a season-best 173 yards of returns versus the Bison, which was the highest single-game total in the MVFC.


Booker finished the season with 792 all-purpose yards and ranked second in the MVFC with 23.1 yards per kickoff return, as well as second in league games with 22.3 yards per kickoff return. Booker was also ninth in the league in MVFC contests with a 98.7 all-purpose yards per game average.


Also honored under the watch of DeBerry was Tanner Riley on the MVFC Honorable Mention list and MVFC All-Academic Team. Riley tallied seven punt returns for 97 yards, averaging 13.9 yards per return and added six kickoff returns averaging more than 21 yards per return. Riley had a 61-yard punt return against Youngstown State.


DeBerry came to Indiana State from Kansas, where he spent the 2012 campaign as a special teams quality control coach.


Before coming to KU, DeBerry was at Western Kentucky in a similar capacity, as a quality control coach for the WKU defense. He also worked with the Hilltoppers as an operations intern in 2007 and a defensive graduate assistant in 2008 and 2009.


DeBerry played football for legendary head coach Jack Harbaugh at Western Kentucky from 2000-04, and earned letters at linebacker during his final two seasons. DeBerry was part of Harbaugh's 2002 FCS (then Division I-AA) national championship team. Following his senior campaign, DeBerry was one of two players to earn the team's Academic Award at the annual postseason banquet. The 2005 graduate earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science and went on to obtain his master's in sports administration in December 2007. In addition to his operations experience, DeBerry also helped out the strength and conditioning staff after working as an assistant during his final semester as an undergraduate at WKU.


DeBerry is a native of Franklin, Ky., where he starred as a quarterback at Franklin-Simpson (Ky.) High School. The three-year starter earned honorable mention all-state and first team all-conference accolades during his career. He also obtained four letters in baseball, helping lead his school to three district championships, three region titles and one sectional title.


DeBerry married the former Erika Cummings on July 6, 2013. The couple welcomed Emma Dell DeBerry to their family on March 18, 2014 at 7:08 p.m. Most recently on March 16, 2016, the DeBerrys welcomed their second daughter, Kinlee Brooke. The DeBerry family also includes a chocolate lab named Kobe.

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