Football Hires DeBerry, Kelleher To Defensive Staff

Football Hires DeBerry, Kelleher To Defensive Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican football coach Kelly Cummings announced the hiring of Jami DeBerry as the team's defensive coordinator and Logan Kelleher as a defensive assistant.

DeBerry joins the program after coaching at Western Kentucky for the past two seasons. While with the Hilltoppers, DeBerry served as the recruiting coordinator, co-special teams coordinator and coached the safeties. His positional players earned a total of four all-conference awards, and his 2017 secondary helped WKU rank amongst the nation's best in passing touchdowns allowed (fifth with 11) and in pass defense (40th at 206.8 yards per game.)

Prior to his time at WKU, DeBerry coached special teams, safeties and tight ends at Indiana State from 2013-16. He helped Indiana State make the playoffs in 2014, turning around a program that had been 1-11 in 2013 to 8-6 in 2014, and winning the school's first playoff game in 30 years. During his tenure in the competitive Missouri Valley Conference, DeBerry's units ranked in the top-five in the league in pass defense, pass defense efficiency, punt return average and kickoff return average.

DeBerry graduated from WKU in 2005 and played defensive back, linebacker and special teams for the Hilltoppers. He was a member of their 2002 national championship team and helped the program to a 49-16 overall record during his time there.

Kelleher comes to ODU after serving as the strength and conditioning intern at the University of Cincinnati, where he helped lead the program through its workouts both in-season and during the offseason.

Kelleher walked on to the Ohio State football team and was a member of the program from 2015-17. A Loveland, Ohio, native, Kelleher played his high school ball at Archbishop Moeller and helped the Crusaders win the 2012 Division I state title, recording eight interceptions on the season.

Ohio Dominican finished the 2018 season with a 9-2 record and the Panthers were ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation. ODU appeared in the NCAA regional rankings every week and has won at least seven games in every season since 2011. The Panthers have the most wins of any Division II program in Ohio since 2011, posting an overall record of 67-22 (.753).

Contact: Scott Miles