Koetter Names Mark Carrier To Football Coaching Staff

Jan. 9, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University head football coach Dirk Koetter announced Friday that he has hired former National Football League All-Pro defensive back Mark Carrier, as cornerbacks coach at Arizona State. A two-time All-American at USC and an 11-year NFL veteran (1990-2000), Carrier brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and a very recognizable name to the Sun Devil program.

'What led our search to Mark was his combination of character, football background and coaching ability,' says Koetter. 'He was clearly the best fit for where we are right now. An obvious plus for us will be his name-recognition when it comes to recruiting.'

Carrier began his standout NFL career playing for the Chicago Bears (1990-96). He was the sixth overall pick in the 1990 draft by the Bears and won Rookie of the Year honors after leading the NFL with 10 interceptions - the highest single-season mark in the 1990s. A three-time Pro Bowl selection (1990, 1991, 1993) with the Bears, Carrier played in 108 straight games to begin his NFL career.

Carrier then played for the Detroit Lions (1997-99). After signing with the Lions in June 1997, Carrier totaled 296 tackles in three seasons for Detroit, including a career-high 14 against the Redskins on Nov. 9, 1997. Carrier finished his career with the Washington Redskins (2000). He recorded at least 100 tackles in five seasons.

Carrier, as a junior in 1989, became USC's first-ever winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation's best defensive back. A two-time first-team All-American (unanimous in 1989), Carrier had seven interceptions in 1989 (tied for 10th in the nation), plus 107 tackles, three fumble recoveries and 10 pass deflections. A three-year starter with 13 career interceptions (tied for sixth all-time at USC), Carrier was a Thorpe semifinalist in 1988. Carrier returned to school and graduated from USC in 1993 with a degree in communications. Carrier is a graduate of the famed Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School.

'What led our search to Mark was his combination of character, football background and coaching ability.'
Head Coach Dirk Koetter

After his NFL career, Carrier worked as a sports commentator with various radio and television organizations, including WGN in Chicago and locally on ESPN-860 AM. Prior to his appointment at Arizona State, Carrier was the secondary coach at Brophy Prep in Phoenix.

In other news, Koetter announced the hire of two new graduate assistant football coaches to the staff, Robby Snelling and Scott Huff.

Snelling, who will work on the defensive side, played tight end at Boise State from 1999-2000 where he earned all-conference honors and was a two-time academic selection. Snelling also played in the NFL Europe league for Barcelona in 2002.

Huff will work on the offensive side after recently completing his college degree at Boise State. Huff was the team's center from 1998-2002 where he earned first-team All-WAC honors.

Snelling and Huff replace Jeff Copp and Eddy Zubey, whose three-year terms had been completed.

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