Feb. 27, 2014
DENTON, Texas – North Texas head coach Dan McCarney has announced the hiring of Perry Carter and LaMarcus Hicks as additions to the Mean Green coaching staff. Carter will coach safeties while Hicks will be in charge of cornerbacks, replacing Noah Joseph and Ryan Walters.
“I am thrilled to add Perry and LaMarcus to the Mean Green coaching staff,” McCarney said. “The level of interest in these two positions by countless coaches speaks well to the winning program that we have built. Both of these men bring unique talents as coaches, leaders and mentors. We appreciate all that Noah and Ryan did for us, and know that our great defensive tradition we have built will carry on.”
Carter spent eight seasons with the Houston Texans as a coach and four years as assistant defensive backs coach, where he worked closely with Texans’ defensive backs coach Vance Joseph to help develop Houston’s secondary. Since 2011, Houston ranked third in the NFL in pass defense (207.7 yards per game) and led the NFL in completion percentage (52.5).
In 2011, Houston ranked third in pass defense, giving up 189.7 yards per game, after finishing 30th in 2010 with 267.5 yards per game. The Texans had the NFL’s lowest pass completion percentage allowed (51.9), ranked second with 6.17 yards per attempt allowed and had the second-lowest opponent passer rating at 69.0.
Carter also worked with defensive backs in his five previous seasons with the Texans, including his four seasons as a defensive assistant. He originally joined the Texans staff through the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship program during the 2006 training camp.
Carter’s coaching career began in 2004 as the secondary coach at Texas A&M-Commerce. He worked in private business in 2005, then returned to coaching with NFL Europe’s Hamburg Sea Devils as a defensive backs/defensive assistant in the summer of 2006. Carter also worked with the special teams in Hamburg.
Hicks, a defensive back with Iowa State who played professionally with the Detroit Lions, comes to North Texas after spending last season at Concordia University as the defensive backs coach. Hicks played for McCarney at Iowa State for two seasons and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2005 while leading the conference in interceptions. He earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week twice that season.
Hicks spent 2011 and 2012 at Truman High School in Michigan as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. In his first season at Truman in 2011, he helped the Cougars improve 15 points per game in scoring defense. In 2012, Truman went 9-2 and won their second playoff game in school history while allowing only 11.2 points per game.
Hicks began coaching in 2010 at Rhodes College as wide receivers coach. Three players at the position were selected as All-SCAC.
Prior to coaching, Hicks played professionally for the Detroit Lions at defensive back. He spent two seasons with the Lions. Hicks received his Bachelor’s degree from ISU in 2006