Kevin Corless begins his second season with the Army Football program as inside linebackers coach.
In his first year at Army West Point, Corless contributed to a defense that intercepted 11 passes and recovered four fumbles.
He was responsible for one of the youngest and most inexperience position groups on the Black Knights.
Corless helped mentor Jeremy Timpf, a first-year contributor who led the team with 117 tackles, 79 solo stops and 14.5 tackles for losses. Timpf ranked seventh nationally in solo tackles per game with 6.6 and 23rd in the country in tackles per game at 9.8 and was honored on three postseason all-star teams.
He also assisted the development of Andrew King, a first-year starter who was third on the team with 63 tackles despite missing one game due to injury.
In addition, freshmen Tyler L’Hommedieu and Scott Washle and sophomores Sean McBryde developed into consistent contributors.
Prior to Army, Corless spent two seasons at Georgia Southern. In 2012, he guided linebackers and then served as co-defensive coordinator with Jack Curtin in 2013.
The 2012 squad advanced to the FCS national semifinals and the 2013 squad beat Florida but was not eligible for postseason play as the Eagles made the jump to FBS.
Prior to joining the Georgia Southern staff, Corless spent nine years at Arkansas State. He was the co-defensive for the first seven years before handling the defense solely his last two seasons. In addition, he oversaw the linebackers and punt return units.
During his tenure at Arkansas State, the defense finished among the top-40 FBS programs in at least one defensive category each season.
Rivals.com named Corless the Sun Belt `Defensive Coordinator of the Year' for the accomplishments of his 2009 Red Wolves' defense. That season capped a four-year run that saw the defense claim either first or second in each of the league's five major defensive statistical categories. ASU finished the 2008 season ranked in the top 20 for redzone defense and tackles for loss, but it was the upset of Texas A&M that earned national attention as linebacker Ben Owens intercepted an Aggie pass late in the game for the win.
In Corless' first season in 2002, ASU finished second in the Sun Belt Conference in five different categories, while the 2002 and 2004 squads posted national statistical rankings. The 2005 team won a Sun Belt championship and played in the New Orleans Bowl.
Corless has guided seven players who have been selected in the NFL draft since 1998, including second-round choice Tyrell Johnson, the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Corless mentored Alex Carrington to the league's top defensive honor and a third-round selection by the Buffalo Bills. DeMario Davis is the most recent of Corless' charges to be drafted when he was chosen in the third round by the New York Jets in 2012. He guided 10 All-Sun Belt Conference linebackers and three Freshmen All-America choices.
Corless was at Northwestern State in 1995 as a defensive line coach and was elevated to co-defensive coordinator in 1999 with oversight of the linebackers during his final three seasons. Northwestern State made NCAA FCS playoff appearances in 1997, 1998 and 2001 and won two Southland Conference titles.
Corless played and graduated from Northwest Missouri State and spent two seasons as a graduate assistant where the team went 10-2 and qualified for the national playoffs. He moved to Montana Tech to mentor linebackers and serve as special teams coordinator. During his eight seasons, he helped the Oreiggers transform from winless in three seasons into conference champions and an NAIA playoff team in 1992.
Corless and his wife Stacey reside at West Point and have three children, Anne, Caitlin and Joe.