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Jami DeBerry
Position: Special Teams Coordinator/Safeties
Alma Mater: Western Kentucky
Graduating Year: 2005
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 812-237-9023
Email: jami.deberry@indstate.edu

Primary Recruiting Areas: Southeast Indiana/Nashville/Louisville/West Virginia/North Carolina/South Carolina

 

In his second season as an assistant football coach under Mike Sanford is Jami DeBerry. DeBerry is the Sycamore Special Teams Coordinator and works with the safeties.

 

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 only 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 over 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 at Western Kentucky from 2000-04, and earned letters at linebacker during his final two seasons. 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. Emma weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20 inches long at birth. The DeBerry family also includes a chocolate lab named Kobe.

 

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