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Sycamore Head Coach Mike Sanford Adds Three More To Coaching Staff
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
Ace Hunt


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State football head coach Mike Sanford continued building his first coaching staff by announcing the hiring of three more assistants today (January 22). Sanford has now named seven assistant coaches to his staff.


Today, the Sycamores add: Brian Sheppard as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach; Jami Deberry as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach and Anthony Perkins, who will tutor the defensive secondary.


Brian Sheppard comes to Indiana State where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Williamette.


"Brian is a bright, young and innovative offensive mind who is a great addition to our staff," head coach Sanford commented. "He is a rising star as an offensive coach. He and I will be working together to put together the 2013 Sycamore offense."


Sheppard brings a great level of enthusiasm and a strong commitment to teaching the game. He has worked with several exceptional offensive programs during his coaching career, including the University of Tulsa, New Mexico State University and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).


He spent the 2006 season as the offensive quality control coach at Tulsa University for Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe and offensive coordinator Charlie Stubbs. While at Tulsa, he served as an offensive assistant and assistant quarterbacks coach. The Golden Hurricane finished with an 8-4 record and earned a trip to the Armed Forces Bowl.


Sheppard coached at New Mexico State for three seasons and worked under two head coaches. The first two seasons were under head coach Hal Mumme. The first year he coached the secondary, and the second year he coached the tight ends and inside receivers. During his third year at NMSU, he coached the tight ends for head coach DeWayne Walker.


At UCLA, Sheppard worked with Head Coach Rick Neuheisel and Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow.


He also served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Alderson-Broaddus College (W. Va.)


Sheppard's father, Mike, was an assistant coach in the National Football League for approximately 20 years before he retired after coaching quarterbacks for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. In addition, Brian Sheppard has worked with highly-regarded coaches during his years as a player and a coach.


Sheppard played college football at Saddleback Junior College (Calif.), Southeastern Louisiana University and Baker University (Kan.). He played quarterback and wide receiver throughout his career.


During his year at Southeastern Louisiana, he played quarterback and was a slot receiver. His various duties allowed him to learn and execute the offense from different vantage points.


After concluding his eligibility in the fall of 2005, Sheppard graduated from Baker in the spring of 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.


Sheppard and his wife, Victoria, will reside in Terre Haute.


Jami Deberry is joining the Sycamores as a special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. He comes to ISU from Kansas and played at Western Kentucky for legendary head coach Jack Harbaugh, whose two sons, Jim and John, will coach the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens into SuperBowl XLVII.


"I was able to observe Jami as a young coach working with my son at Western Kentucky," coach Sanford said. I was very impressed and know that our special teams are in very good hands."


Deberry comes 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 is engaged to Erika Cummings, and the couple plan to marry in the summer of 2013. They reside in Terre Haute and own a chocolate lab named Kobe.


Also added to the Sycamore coaching staff is former Colorado Buffalo star Anthony Perkins, who will coach the defensive secondary.


"Anthony Perkins is a young coach who brings a wealth of knowledge about proper skills and techniques in the defensive backfield to our staff," coach Sanford commented.


Perkins comes to Indiana State from his alma mater, Colorado, where he spent the 2012 campaign as a technical intern with the Buffalo football program. He joined the CU football staff prior on August 1, 2012 while also still in training camp with the Denver Broncos of the NFL.


Perkins worked with the receivers, as well as having general overall duties with the entire offense.

He finished his career in 2011, where he was one of four team captains during his senior campaign. He saw action as a defensive back in 37 career games, making 27 starts.

Perkins concluded his career with 236 tackles (140 solo), which ranked 41st on CU's all-time tackle list. He saw action in nine games (all starts) as a senior, but suffered a high ankle sprain after playing just nine snaps against Oregon, and would miss the next four games. He worked hard to get back and returned for the win at Utah in the season finale, going out on a high note with a career-high 17 tackles (11 of which were solo).

The coaches presented him with the Eddie Crowder Leadership Award following the 2010 season, and he was the 2009 recipient of the Gold Group Commitment Team Award, which recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas. He was also the recipient of the Hale Irwin Team Award in 2009, presented to the most improved defensive back during spring drills. Perkins was the first player to commit in the 2007 recruiting class, doing so on April 24, 2006.

Perkins earned a bachelor's degree in Integrative Physiology in December 2010 and earned a second B.A. in History in December 2011.

He was born January 18, 1989, in Leonardtown, Md., and attended Community Christian School in Northglenn, Colo., for high school, but the school did not have a football team. Through a co-op program, he was a three-year letterman in football at Northglenn High School, where he had a host of honors as a senior, among which included being named first-team All-State (5A) by the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post, and being named the Front Range League Player of the Year. He also lettered four times in basketball and four times in track.

Perkins is married to the former Janessa Nelson.


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