Larry Kirksey

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Larry Kirksey
Larry Kirksey
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born Harlan, KY
Playing career
1970–1973 Eastern Kentucky
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974–1976
1977–1981
1982
1983
1984–1988
1989
1990–1993
1994–1999
2000
2001–2002
2003
2004
2006
2007-2013
Miami (OH) (QB/WR/TE)
Kentucky (WR/TE)
Kansas (WR/TE)
Kentucky State
Florida (RB)
Pittsburgh (RB)
Alabama (RB)
San Francisco 49ers (WR)
Texas A&M (AHC/WR)
Detroit Lions (WR)
Jacksonville Jaguars (WR)
Denver Broncos (assistant ST)
Middle Tennessee (AHC/RB)
Houston Texans (WR)
Head coaching record
Overall 2–7–2
Statistics

Larry Kirksey is a former National Football League coach with 17 years experience coaching in the League and an additional 22 years of coaching experience in the college ranks.

Coaching career[edit]

Houston Texans[edit]

Kirksey was most recently the wide receivers coach for the Houston Texans. In seven seasons under Kirksey’s tutelage, Andre Johnson averaged an NFL-best 93.6 yards per game, led the League in receiving yards in 2008 and 2009, and led the NFL in receptions in 2008. Johnson joined Jerry Rice as the only receivers in NFL history to lead the League in receiving yards in consecutive seasons and joined Marvin Harrison as the only receivers to surpass 1,500 yards in back-to-back years.

Middle Tennessee State[edit]

Prior to joining the Texans, Kirksey helped lead Middle Tennessee State to the 2006 Sun Belt Conference title and a Motor City Bowl berth as the assistant head coach and running backs coach for the Blue Raiders in 2005.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Kirksey spent 2003 as the wide receivers coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where Jimmy Smith led the team with 54 receptions despite missing four games.

Detroit Lions[edit]

From 2001-02, Kirksey coached wide receivers for the Detroit Lions.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

In 1994, Kirksey began his NFL career coaching the NFL’s all-time reception and receiving yards leader, Jerry Rice. Under Kirksey, Rice set a then-NFL record with 1,848 receiving yards and had a career-high 122 receptions in 1995. From 1994-99, Rice caught 606 passes for 6,666 yards. Kirksey’s receivers helped set a Super Bowl record in Super Bowl XXIX with six touchdown catches, including three by Rice.

University of Alabama[edit]

From 1990-93, Kirksey coached running backs for Alabama, where he helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992. Kirksey’s running backs led the SEC with 252 rushing yards per game.

University of Pittsburgh[edit]

After leaving Florida, Kirksey spent one year as running backs coach at Pittsburgh.

University of Florida[edit]

He coached running backs at the University of Florida under Charlie Pell and Galen Hall from 1984-88. During his tenure at Florida, he coached star running backs Lorenzo Hampton, Neal Anderson, John L. Williams and Emmitt Smith.

Kentucky State University[edit]

Kirksey was the 18th head football coach for the Kentucky State University Thorobreds located in Frankfort, Kentucky and he held that position for the 1983 season. His career coaching record at Kentucky State was 2 wins, 7 losses, and 2 ties. (.273).[1]

Kansas University[edit]

He spent the 1982 season coaching wide receivers and tight ends for the Jayhawks.

University of Kentucky[edit]

Kirksey coached wide receivers and tight ends for the Wildcats from 1977-81.

Miami (Ohio)[edit]

Kirksey got his start in coaching as the wide receivers/tight ends coach at Miami (Ohio) in 1974, and remained there for three seasons

Personal[edit]

Kirksey earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky in 1974, where he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at wide receiver. As a senior, he earned all-conference honors. He was out of coaching in 2005 while serving as deputy executive director of the Kentucky Sports Authority. He and wife Anita have two children, Jessica and Jared. [2]

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