Defensive Coaching Staff
Co-Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line CoachKurt Corbin
Kurt Corbin enters his sixth year on the staff at Arkansas Tech University, returning to his alma mater to join the staff of coach Raymond Monica in 2013. Corbin was previously a member of the Wonder Boys staff in 2005, serving as wide receivers coach.
After overseeing the strength and conditioning efforts for the Wonder Boys in the 2013 season, Corbin was elevated to co-Defensive Coordinator in 2014.
The defensive performance in 2014 was stellar, as the Wonder Boys held opponents to 344 yards per game and saw three players - Logan Genz, Wesley McKinney, and Shai Kobayashi earn all-Region honors, while Kobayashi picked up an all-America nod.
Tech continued its impressive defensive performance in 2015, as Tech was the No. 2 defense in the Great American Conference, allowing a paltry 21.8 points per game. Genz earned honorable mention all-America squads after being named Defensive Player of the Year. Demetris Ford also earned an all-region honor.
2016 saw the Wonder Boys finish fourth in the conference in scoring defense, allowing less than 25 points per game. Three members of Tech's defense received all-conference honors, including Ford's second straight appearance on the All-GAC team.
Prior to returning to Tech, Corbin spent 2009-2012 as the defensive line coach/recruiter at Stephen F. Austin State University, guiding a unit that recorded more sacks over his three-year tenure than any other unit in Division I. The Lumberjacks won back-to-back Southland Conference titles, and during his tenure finished among the nation's top-20 in tackles for loss and top-10 in sacks.
Before joining the SFA staff, Corbin spent two seasons as a defensive coach at Northwestern State. During his time in Natchitoches, La., Corbin helped produced one of the league's more intimidating defenses.
In 2006, the Demons led the league in six defensive categories, including total defense, rushing defense, pass defense efficiency, opponent first downs and opponent third downs. Corbin helped produce two of the better players in the nation in All-Americans Ed Queen and Tori Collins.
Corbin coached the Demon linebackers and took on the added responsibility of defensive coordinator the following season. Northwestern State posted similar numbers leading the SLC in four defensive categories. The Demons finished the year tops in the league in total defense, pass defense, opponent first downs and opponent third downs.
Corbin began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Northwestern State in 2001. After spending his first two seasons with the Demons, he was named the defensive line and linebackers coach at Arkansas-Monticello.
Corbin received his bachelor's degree from Arkansas Tech in 2001. He graduated with a master's degree from Northwestern State in 2003.
Co-Defensive Coordinator /LinebackersRaleigh Jackson
Raleigh Jackson returns to Arkansas Tech for the 2017 football season, his fourth overall as the Wonder Boys' co-defensive coordinator.
Jackson spent the 2016 season as the defensive coordinator at Delta State. Under his tutelage, linebacker Landry Tullo was a second-team all-Gulf South Conference pick. Tullo joined with fellow Statesmen linebacker Chandler Ector to rank in the top-10 in the GSC in tackles per game, while Erin Brown ranked sixth in the league in forced fumbles, fourth in the league in tackles for loss, and second in the league in sacks, while Decory McGee ranked fourth in passes defended (breakups + interceptions).
In the final season of his first stint at Arkansas Tech, the Wonder Boys' defense allowed opponents to complete 47.6 percent of their passes - one of the lowest marks across all of NCAA football. The Wonder Boys defensive unit also faced the nation's No. 2, No. 3, and No. 12-ranked rushing offenses and held them collectively to 125 yards below their season average.
Under his tutelage, Logan Genz finished his career as the all-time leading tackler in school Great American Conference history, and fourth in NCAA Division II history with 480 career tackles. Genz was named the 2015 GAC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus all-America pick.
The defense continued to make strides in the 2014 campaign, as the Wonder Boys held opponents to 344 yards per game and saw three players - Genz, Wesley McKinney, and Shai Kobayashi earn all-Region honors, while Kobayashi picked up an all-America nod.
In 2013, Jackson served as the linebackers coach and video coordinator for the Wonder Boys, presiding over a defensive corps that made tremendous improvements in his first year on staff.
Jackson spent the 2012 season as linebackers coach at Slippery Rock, as The Rock posted a 6-5 overall record and a 5-3 record in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play. Last season, Slippery Rock's defense ranked seventh in the 16-team PSAC in total defense, fifth in rush defense, and eighth in sacks. The 2012 Slippery Rock University defense finished 10th in Division II in Third Down Conversion Defense, and linebackers Gary Allen and Quindell Dean led the defense in tackles with Dean earning a 2nd Team all-PSAC honor.
Before joining the staff at Slippery Rock, Jackson spent one season as the outside linebackers and tight ends coach at his alma mater, The Citadel. Jackson helped The Citadel finish the 2011 season ranked fourth nationally among FCS-member institutions in rushing, averaging 286.6 yards a game. The Citadel also improved its scoring average from 14.9 to 23.5 points per game in 2011.
Prior to joining The Citadel staff, Jackson served three years at Missouri Southern State University in such capacities as defensive run game coordinator, recruiting coordinator, defensive line Coach and linebackers coach. Under Jackson's tutelage, linebacker Jared Brawner and defensive tackle Brandon Williams achieved All-America status in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Jarious Jarvis, Kenny Smith and Dave Benham were also selected as All-MIAA picks during his tenure.
In 2010, the Missouri Southern defense led the MIAA in total defense, rush defense, tackles for loss and sacks by defensive linemen.
A 2007 graduate of The Citadel, Jackson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. A four-year letterman, Jackson was a starter as a senior (2006) and helped lead The Citadel to its first winning record in the Southern Conference in 15 seasons.
Originally from Orangeburg, S.C., Jackson was a two-time all-state and all-area linebacker for Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.
Jackson previously coached at Goose Creek High School in Goose Creek, S.C., where he coached under former Baylor head coach Chuck Reedy. Jackson served as the defensive ends coach and assisted with special teams.
Assistant Football Coach (Defensive Backs)
Chris Franklin enters his first season on head coach Raymond Monica's staff at Arkansas Tech, having spent the last two seasons on the staff at Division II powerhouse West Georgia.
In his final year in Carrollton, Franklin coached the corners and served as a recruiting assistant, handling all opponent film breakdown.
In his first season at UWG, Franklin mentored a group of talented safeties in his first campaign at UWG. That group included Carlos Hutton, who earned All-America and others honors following the 2015 season.
Prior to West Georgia, Franklin was on staff at Eastern Kentucky. He worked as a quality control coach for the Colonels’ defense, concentrating on the linebacker position.
Before his entry into collegiate coaching, Franklin served as a high school coach at a pair of programs in his native state of Kentucky. He spent four seasons coaching the secondary at Louisville Central High, a span that included two state titles and one runner-up finish. Also, Franklin helped guide 10 players from those Yellow Jackets squads to careers at the collegiate level. He also coached two seasons at Louisville’s Southern High.
Franklin enjoyed a stellar career as a defensive back at Western Kentucky. After coming to the Hilltoppers as a walk-on, he later earned full scholarship status as WKU made a successful transition to the FBS level of NCAA Division I.
Franklin is married to the former Ashley Butler, herself a former star athlete (basketball) at Western Kentucky. The couple has three children.
Graduate Assistant (Strong Safeties)
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