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Jerald Ingram

Coaching ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

Big 33 Game. All Star. All State. All Conference. North South Shrine selection. Jerald Ingram amassed quite a resume as a running back for the Beaver Area high school football team in the 1970s. Jerald continued his backfield accomplishments and is currently serving as a noted and well-respected running backs coach for the New York Giants.  

Born in Dayton, Ohio, on December 24, 1960, Jerald grew up in Beaver, Pennsylvania, and played fullback for the Michigan Wolverines (1979−1983) on teams that won two Big Ten Championships and played in the Rose Bowl. Jerald graduated from the University of Michigan in 1984 and served as a Wolverine graduate assistant coach in 1984, before joining Ball State University as tight ends coach (1985) and a running backs (1986−1990) coach.  

Jerald joined Tom Coughlin at Boston College in 1991 as the team’s running backs coach, and later moved with Coughlin to the NFL in 1994 as running back coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jerald remained with the Jaguars until 2002, and – even though Jacksonville was an expansion team – they finished in the top 10 in rushing four times during Ingram’s tenure.  

Jerald joined the New York Giants in 2004 as running backs coach, and mentored Tiki Barber into one of the finest rushers in the league. During his first seven seasons in the league, Barber had a 4.5 average yards per carry, fumbled at a rate of almost four times per 100 carries, and never made the Pro Bowl. However, during his final three seasons under Jerald’s direction (2004−2007), Barber had a 5.0 average yards per carry, exceeded 1,500 yards each season, cut his fumble rate to 0.9 per 100 carries, made the Pro Bowl each season, and set a franchise record single game rushing total (234 yards) in his final regular season game.  

Under Jerald’s direction, the Giants have finished in the top ten in NFL rushing four times since 2004, and the team won the Super Bowl in 2008 after a season in which Jerald’s running backs led the league in rushing. The Giants running backs that season – the "Earth, Wind, and Fire" combination of Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw – compiled a franchise record 2,518 yards (5.0 yards per carry, 157 yards per game). Gerald also coached Jacobs and Bradshaw on the Giants' run to another Super Bowl championship in the 2011-2012 season.

Jerald and his wife, Kathleen, have a son, Julian, and live in Jacksonville, Florida.