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Kevin Corless
Position: Assistant Coach
Other Position: Linebackers
Alma Mater: Northwest Missouri State
Kevin Corless Bio
Release: 02/23/2012

Kevin Corless joined the Georgia Southern Football program in January following the completion of the 2011 season. He brings with him an impressive resume including turning three programs around into nationally-ranked defenses.

Most recently the Kansas City native worked nine years as an assistant coach at Arkansas State (2002-10), the first seven as co-defensive coordinator along with Jack Curtis and the final two with sole responsibility as coordinator. Corless also was in charge of the linebackers and the punt return unit.

He was named the league's 2009 'Defensive Coordinator of the Year' by Coming off a Sun Belt title in 2005 and participation in the New Orleans Bowl, Corless' unit finished second twice (2006, 2008) and led the conference twice (2007, '09) in total defense.

During the 2010 season, the Red Wolves led the SBC in redzone defense (17th nationally), ranked second in turnovers gained (25th nationally) and third in sacks (40th). When ASU led the conference in total defense during the 2009 campaign, the unit also boasted the top-ranking in redzone defense and scoring defense while finishing second in rushing defense and third in passing defense.

In 2008, ASU led the Sun Belt in redzone defense and rushing defense while ranking second in scoring and pass defense. Corless and the defense stood 11th nationally in stopping opponents in the redzone and 20th in tackles for loss. That year the program knocked off Texas A&M 18-14.

A year prior the Red Wolves finished second in the league in four different categories: passing defense, scoring defense, redzone defense and rushing defense. The 2006 unit ranked ninth nationally in interceptions and 13th in pass defense. During the 2005 championship season, Corless and the defense led the conference in sacks and turnovers gained. The 2004 team earned a national-ranking in fumbles recovered, and the 2003 squad was among the nation's best in rushing defense and turnovers gained. His inaugural season of 2002 saw ASU finish second among the SBC in five different categories, including total defense and turnovers gained.

In all of Corless' years, the Red Wolves defense finished among the 'Top 40' FBS programs in at least one defensive category. Corless also coached three Freshman All-Americans during his time with the Red Wolves.

Six of his defensive players since 1998 would hear their name called in the NFL Draft, led by second round pick Tyrell Johnson - the 2007 SBC Defensive Player of the Year. In the following year, Corless coached Alex Carrington to the league's top Defensive Award and saw him get drafted in the third round by Buffalo. The ASU linebackers unit earned 10 All-SBC awards during Corless' Red Wolves tenure.

From 1995-2001 he was an assistant coach at Northwestern State, starting as the defensive line coach (1995-98) then being promoted to Defensive Co-Coordinator the final three seasons in charge of the linebackers (1999-2001). Northwestern State captured two Southland Conference titles and made three NCAA FCS Playoff appearances (1997, 1998, 2001). It was during the 1998 season that the Demons led the country in punt returns, thanks to NFL Draft pick Terrance McGee by the Buffalo Bills.

Corless coached linebackers and was the special teams coordinator at Montana Tech from 1986-95. Prior to his arrival Montana Tech had not won a game in three seasons, and the rebuilding process began. The team turned in winning seasons, won conference titles and the process was highlighted when the program made its first national playoffs appearance in 1992.

He also worked from 1984-86 as the graduate assistant coach with linebackers at Northwest Missouri State. Corless was on a coaching staff that captured a MIAA conference title, 10-2 record and trip to the national playoffs.

Corless is an alumnus of Northwest Missouri State University.

He and his wife Stacey have three children: Anne, Caitlin and Joe.