Richard Kent

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Richard Kent
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Date of birth: (1960-12-29) December 29, 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth: Asheville, North Carolina
Career information
Position(s): Defensive backs coach
College: Appalachian State
High school: East Henderson High School
As coach:
Jacksonville State
Austin Peay
Catawba College
Troy State
Texas Southern
Catawba College
Scottish Claymores
Berlin Thunder
Cologne Centurions
Amsterdam Admirals
Toronto Argonauts
Omaha Nighthawks
Saskatchewan Roughriders
As player:
1979–1981 Appalachian State (QB/R)

Richard Kent is the Defensive backs coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He is a former college football player with a recent scouting and coaching career in NFL Europe. He most recently worked as defensive coordinator for the Amsterdam Admirals there.

Coaching career[edit]


Richard Kent coached for 16 years in the collegiate ranks of American football at Appalachian State where he also earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Later on he earned his Masters degree at Clemson. During the last 10 years of his college career, he helped his teams achieve a win-loss record of 88-25-1.

Kent joined the football staff at Clemson as a graduate assistant in 1985. Over the years he has served at the following schools:

While he worked at Clemson, the Clemson Tigers played in two Bowl games and won the ACC Championship Game in 1986. Among the NFL players that Kent has coached over the years are Donnell Woolford, Delton Hall and Deems May.

NFL Europe[edit]

From 1999-2007, Kent had been active as a coach in NFL Europe. He started at the Scottish Claymores where he served for three years (1999–2001), followed by defensive backs coach at Berlin Thunder (2002–2003), the Cologne Centurions (2004) and finally the Amsterdam Admirals (2005–present). In addition to his coaching duties, for several years Kent has worked closely in the off-season with NFLE Director of International Player and Game Development Tony Allen in scouting and developing home-grown prospects from around the world. In those years he helped lead Scotland (2000), Berlin (2002) and Amsterdam (2005) to the World Bowl championship game, which resulted in a victory for the latter two. During Amsterdam's World Bowl-winning 2005 season, the defense, under Kent, led NFL Europe in takeaways and interceptions.

The 2007 season marked Kent's third year with the Amsterdam Admirals, his ninth in NFL Europe, and his second campaign as Amsterdam's defensive coordinator.

Canadian Football League[edit]

On January 27, 2009, Kent was announced as the new secondary coach for the Toronto Argonauts rejoining his partnership with former Admirals head coach Bart Andrus, who had been recently hired as the new head coach for Toronto.[1][2]

On December 14, 2012, it was announced that Kent had joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders as their defensive backs coach.[3]


  1. ^ "Argos add Kent as secondary coach". Canwest News Service. 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Kent joins Boatmen as secondary coach". 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  3. ^ Riders announce 2013 defensive coaching staff