LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Gerald Carr has been named assistant head coach, Kentucky coach Guy Morriss announced Tuesday.
Carr, who joined the UK staff on Feb. 11, also coaches the Wildcat running backs. In his role as assistant head coach, Carr will act on behalf of Morriss when the head coach is unavailable and will help Morriss with other duties as needed.
"Gerald has earned the respect of the players already in the short time he has been here," Morriss said. "I like the way he has handled the players very demanding, but fair. He's also proven that he is a good, knowledgeable coach."
"I'm excited. I thank coach Morriss for having that much confidence and respect for me," Carr said. "This also helps me toward my goal of becoming a head coach."
The 2002 season will be Carr's 20th year in the full-time coaching profession. He came to UK from Indiana University, where he was quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for the Hoosiers during the 2001 season. Under Carr's tutelage, Antwaan Randle El earned first-team All-America honors and was selected the Big Ten Most Valuable Player while setting several NCAA records.
Carr has been an offensive coach for all but one year of his career, with stints at Davidson (1983-85), Akron (1986-88), Washington State (1989-90), Arizona (1991), North Carolina (1992-94), Wake Forest (1999), and Indiana.
Carr gained his first bowl-game experience with North Carolina, helping guide the Tar Heels to the Peach, Gator, and Sun bowls during his three seasons with the team. He also helped lead Wake Forest to a victory in the 1999 Aloha Bowl.
Carr entered the professional coaching ranks with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-98. The Eagles advanced to the NFL playoffs during the 1995 and 1996 regular seasons. He was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, and wide receivers coach for the Arena League's Carolina Cobras in 2000.
Carr is a graduate of Southern Illinois, where he was a football letterman from 1978.