Strong's coaching staff takes shape

Charlie Strong's coaching staff is taking shape, and it's got strong SEC flavor. With offensive coordinator Mike Sanford already in place, Strong announced three more staff hires - all from SEC programs - Tuesday evening.

Charlie Strong announced three more coaches to his coaching staff on Tuesday – running back/special team coach Kenny Carter, defensive line coach Jon Fabris and strength and conditioning coach Pat Moorer.

The three newest members of Strong's staff all come from SEC programs. Carter worked at Florida with Strong, while Fabris spent the past nine seasons at Georgia and Moorer has been at South Carolina for the last seven seasons.

"I'm thrilled to have these guys join our staff," said Strong. "They are great additions to the University of Louisville family. They are great family people who will fit in well within our community. We are excited to have these guys in our program and in our city."

Kenny Carter
Carter brings 17 years experience to Louisville. In two seasons at Florida, Carter helped the Gators win the 2008 BCS national championship and the 2009 Sugar Bowl. The Gators led the SEC in rushing in 2008 with 231.1 yards per game and had a school-record 42 rushing touchdowns.

An excellent recruiter with strong ties throughout the south, particularly in Georgia, Carter served as Vanderbilt's recruiting coordinator from 2004-07. Carter has also served as an assistant coach at LSU, Pittsburgh and Penn State.

Fabris coached defensive ends and special teams at Georgia for the last nine years, mentoring DE Marcus Howard, who led the SEC in sacks in 2007 and was the MVP of the Sugar Bowl. Since 2001, Georgia is the only team in the country to finish in the top 15 nationally six times in punt return average. The Bulldogs ranked fourth nationally in '08 in punt return average with a Georgia school-record 17.6 yard average.

In 2004 and 2007, Georgia led the SEC in quarterback sacks – an area that Louisville finished last in the Big East last season. Fabris also coached David Pollack, a Lombardi, Chuck Bednarik, Ted Hendricks and Ronnie Lott award winner. In total, Fabris coached six defensive ends that played in the NFL.

Jon Fabris
"Fabris and Carter are great coaches and tremendous recruiters," Strong said.

Moorer left Steve Spurrier's staff at South Carolina to join Strong at Louisville. He was the director of strength and conditioning for Gamecock varsity sports and was certified a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the CSCCA in 2006 – the highest honor in the strength profession.

Moorer was the personal trainer to former Dallas Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher.

"I know our players will benefit from Moorer's experience," Strong said.

Strong named former UNLV coach Mike Sanford offensive coordinator last month. Florida defensive back coach Vance Bedford is expected to be named defensive coordinator.

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