Coach Charlie Strong Adds Three to Coaching Staff

Coach Charlie Strong Adds Three to Coaching Staff

Coach Charlie Strong Adds Three to Coaching Staff


by Debbie Harbsmeier

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 2:18 PM

University of Louisville football head coach Charlie Strong has announced that Kenny Carter (Running Backs/Special Teams), Jon Fabris (Defensive Line) and Pat Moorer (Strength and
Conditioning) will become members of his coaching staff.

"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. Fabris and Carter are great coaches and tremendous recruiters, while I know our players with benefit from Moorer's experience."

Kenny Carter brings 17 years of coaching experience to the Cardinals'
coaching staff after spending two seasons at the University of Florida, where he helped guide the Gators to the 2008 BCS National Championship.

In two seasons with the Gators, Carter has mentored several NFL draft picks, including wide receiver Bryant Johnson, who was selected in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2003.

In his first season with the Gators in 2008, Carter guided a running backs group that amassed over 1,800 yards on the ground with 16 touchdowns. With Carter at the helm of the running backs, Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey combined to rush for over 1,200 yards in their respective freshman campaigns.

Florida led the SEC in rushing offense in 2008 when they won the national championship, averaging 231.1 yards per game. The average was the highest in school history since 1989, when the Gators averaged 244.8 yards per game. The Gators also posted a school-record 42 rushing touchdowns in 2008.

Before arriving at Florida, Carter served as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt from 2004- 2007.  Carter also spent three seasons, from 2001-03, serving as the wide receivers coach under Joe Paterno. .

Prior to his post with the Nittany Lions, he spent one season leading the running backs at Pittsburgh and one year coaching the outside linebackers at LSU. Carter also spent five seasons at his alma mater, The Citadel. Carter was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the Bulldogs from 1986-89. A native of Camden, S.C., received his bachelor's  degree in Health/Physical Education from The Citadel.

Fabris comes to Louisville after spending nine seasons coaching defensive ends at the University of Georgia. He will coach the defensive line for the Cardinals

During his nine years at Georgia, he has been part of a staff that has led Georgia to 89 victories, two SEC championships, three SEC Eastern Division titles, six bowl victories, and six top ten finishes in the final national polls including No. 2 in 2007 and No. 3 in 2002. 

Since 2001, Georgia is the only punt return team in the nation to finish in the top 15 six times, the Bulldogs have recorded five of the top nine punt return averages in Georgia history.  The Bulldogs set a school record in 2008 and ranked fourth nationally with a 17.6 punt return average. 

In 2007, the Georgia defense finished first in the SEC in quarterback sacks, and DE Marcus Howard led the SEC in sacks while also being voted Sugar Bowl MVP.  Also in 2007, punt returner Thomas Flowers broke a 56 year old Uaverage which is third in SEC history. 
Fabris helped the 2006 Georgia defense finish eighth nationally in total defense and DE Charles Johnson led the SEC in tackles for loss.
Fabris' 2006 punt return unit led the nation in punt return yards (505), finished 7th in yards per return (14.9), and tied a 50 year-old UGA record for punt return TDs with three.

The 2004 UGA defense finished in the nation's top 10 in both scoring and total defense as well as leading the SEC in quarterback sacks.
Fabris' 2004 punt return unit finished first in the SEC and 14th nationally averaging 13.8 yards per return.

One of his stellar defensive ends, David Pollack, became the most top defensive players in Bulldog histor y, in 2004, by being named a first team All-American for the third straight time, SEC Player of the Year for the second time, and walked off with most of the nation's most prestigious defensive awards: the Rotary Lombardi Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Ted Hendricks Award (second straight year), and the Ronnie Lott Trophy. Pollack also ended his UGA career as the all-time sack leader with 36. Another Fabris protege, Damien Gary, also ended his career as Georgia's all-time leader in punt return yardage (1,253 yards) and third in SEC history.

Fabris helped the 2003 UGA defense finish third nationally in scoring defense and fourth nationally in total defense. Fabris was an integral part of the 2002 Bulldog defense that finished first in the SEC and fourth nationally in scoring defense and first in the SEC in quarterback sacks. In addition, the Bulldogs finished 13-1, won the SEC and Nokia Sugar Bowl Championships, and were ranked third in the final national polls.

Fabris' 2002 punt return unit set single season school records for blocked punts (five) and punt return yards (746). Georgia also finished 10th nationally in punt return average (14.92 ypr) which was third best in school history. The 2001 Georgia punt return team finished first in the SEC and ninth nationally with a 14.1 yards per return average.

Fabris coached six defensive ends who are currently in the NFL. At UGA, he coached Charles Grant (Saints), Junior Geathers and David Pollack (both at Bengals). At South Carolina, he coached Kalimba Edwards (Lions) and at Kansas State, Darren Howard (Eagles) and Monty Beisel (Patriots).

Prior to coaching with the Browns, Fabris coached the defensive ends for a 1999 South Carolina team that finished 20th nationally in total defense. Fabris spent the 1997-98 seasons at Kansas State where he helped develop the Wildcats defensive and special teams into some of the nation*s best. In 1998, KSU was third in the country in total defense and tied for sixth nationally in scoring defense, while in 1997, the Wildcats finished fourth in the nation in total defense, sixth in scoring defense and second in QB sacks.

Fabris' 1998 K-State punt return unit led the country (21.3 avg.), returning an incredible five punts for touchdowns and became the first school in NCAA history to return a punt for a touchdown in three straight games. Fabris also helped the Wildcats finish third in the nation in net punting (40.6 avg.) and 17th nationally in kickoff returns
(23.1 avg.). In 1997, the Kansas State punt return unit finished 13th nationally at 13.0 yards per return.

Fabris spent the 1995 season as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame where he handled all kick return and coverage units and assisted with the offensive line. Notre Dame's punt return unit improved 89 places from the year before to finish 17th nationally at 12.2 yards per return, while the Irish kick off return team moved up 64 places to also place 17th nationally at 22.0 yards per return. In January 1996, he was promoted to wide receivers coach before resigning in February.

Fabris coached eight seasons at Iowa State (1987-94), where he coached the linebackers, kickoff coverage and punt returns. His kickoff coverage teams were ranked in the nation*s top 10 from 1991-94, and during that time period, the Cyclones finished first nationally, allowing just 14.9 yards a return. His punt return units ranked among the top seven nationally from 1991-93 and Iowa State again finished first nationally in that three-year period averaging 15.8 yards per return.

Fabris coached at Washington State from 1982-86 where he assisted with the defensive backfield (1982) and coached tight ends (1983-86). The Cougars finished in the nation*s top 10 in total offense in 1984 and 1985. He began his coaching career as the junior varsity defensive backfield coach at Georgia Tech in 1980. Fabris started three seasons as a defensive back at the University of Mississippi (1976-1979) and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ole Miss in 1 980.

Moorer comes to Louisville after seven seasons at the University of South Carolina. Moorer took over as the director of strength and conditioning for Gamecock varsity sports and was presented with the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association in 2006. This is the highest honor that can be achieved in the coaching profession of Strength and Conditioning. It represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise, as well as longevity in the field.

Moorer joined the South Carolina staff in June 1999 from the University of Illinois, where he served as the director of strength and conditioning for two years (1997-99).

Moorer earned his Bachelor of Science in health and human performance from Florida in 1989. He played inside linebacker for four seasons, was the SEC Freshman of the Year in 1986, led UF in tackles in 1988-89 and was the team captain as a senior.

After graduating from Florida, Moorer was a  linebacker for the San Diego Chargers in 1990 before moving to the Frankfurt (Germany) Galaxy of the World Professional League (later NFL Europe) in 1991-92. Moorer returned to Florida in 1992 as assistant strength and conditioning and was named Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning in 1995, a position he held until his move to Illinois in 1997. Moorer also served as the personal trainer to former Florida and the NFL's all-time leading rusher, running back Emmitt Smith.