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Defensive Coaching Staff

Joseph Carter
Defensive Coordinator / Safeties

Joseph L. Carter begins his 12th season at Tuskegee University where he serves as the defensive coordinator.
 
In 2017, Carter's defense held Fort Valley State to only 183 yards of total offense, two scoreless quarters and pair of field goals in the second and fourth quarters only.  Playing in the SIAC conference championship game for the first time since 2014, the stingy TU defense also only allowed 28 yards passing in that game. In that same season he was able to hold two Div I FCS opponents to a total of only six points (Alabama State) and seven points (Jackson State). 
 
In 2015, on the defensive side of the football as they led the nation with eight defensive touchdowns throughout the year. Carter helped coach players who were selected to nine different All-American teams (three different players), three All-Region selections and five All-Conference selections. Michael Robinson and Jonah McCutcheon - both starting safeties - were selected All-Conference, All-Region and were each selected to different All-American teams.
 
During the 2016 season, Carter coached a unit that led the SIAC in total defense averaging 264.5 yards per game. Under is development, linebacker Osband Thompson who was named the 2016 SIAC Defensive Player of the Year.
 
The Golden Tigers allowed just 18.46 points per game throughout the season in which they finished 10-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The defense allowed just 112.2 yards per game rushing and 184.54 yards passing per game. The team tied the school record for interceptions in a game with five against Morehouse in October during the
Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic in Columbus.
 
In 2014, the Golden Tigers ranked near the top of the SIAC in every major statistical category; finishing near the top in the conference in scoring defense (20.3 ppg), total defense (306.2 ypg), rushing defense (212.6 ypg), interceptions (14) and sacks (37).
 
Tuskegee had three of the top 20 leaders in tackling in the SIAC in 2014, led El’Malik Chinn who finished fourth overall averaging 8.4 tackles per game and third overall in total tackles with 101. The Golden Tigers also had three players in the top 10 in sacks in the conference, led by Julian Morgan at 9.5 sacks – good for second overall in the conference. The Golden Tigers also had league leaders in tackles for loss.
 
The Golden Tigers also finished in the top 20 nationally and top 40 nationally in statistics during the 2014 season. Tuskegee finished 17th in total defense (306.2 ypg) to finish in the top 20. They also finished 28th in passing yards allowed (185.3 ypg), 29th in fourth-down conversion percentage defense (0.346), 30th in rushing defense (120.9 ypg), 34th in scoring defense (20.3 ppg), and 35th in team passing efficiency defense (111.31).
 
The Golden Tigers also finished in the top 20 nationally and top 40 nationally in statistics during the 2014 season. Tuskegee finished 17th in total defense (306.2 ypg) to finish in the top 20. They also finished 28th in passing yards allowed (185.3 ypg), 29th in fourth-down conversion percentage defense (0.346), 30th in rushing defense (120.9 ypg), 34th in scoring defense (20.3 ppg), and 35th in team passing efficiency defense (111.31).
 
Tuskegee had multiple members of its defense selected for postseason honors, led by SIAC Co-Freshman of the Year Osband Thompson. He was joined in the SIAC honors by defensive back Miles Robinson (first team), El’Malik Chinn (second team) and Jewell Ratliff (second team). Robinson also earned a selection to the Don Hansen All-Super Region Third Team.
 
Carter came to Tuskegee after serving six years as the defensive backs coach and head strength and conditioning coach at Southern Arkansas from 2001 until 2006. He has 15-plus years of coaching during his career which include stops at the University of West Alabama  as the linebackers coach (one year), Cumberland College (Ky.) where he served as the defensive coordinator, defensive line and strength coach (three years), and Eastern New Mexico State where he served as a graduate assistant and defensive line coach (four years) before his stint at Tuskegee.
 
He lettered in football at Eastern New Mexico, where he was named the “Best Blocking Back” as a senior. Prior to college, Carter was a prep All-Star at South Pike High School in Mississippi.
 
Carter is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
 
He earned his Bachelor and Masters in Sports Administration from Eastern New Mexico University. Carter is the father of one beautiful daughter, Allesha.

Kelvin Powell
Defensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator

Kelvin Powell begins his fifth season at his alma mater, serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach.
 
Last season Powell’s defensive line unit contributed to having the team ranked second in the conference in total defense allowing 19.1 points per game. He coached Terrance Leatherwood who led the SIAC in sacks for most of the season before ending the year with 7.5, which placed him third overall. During the summer of 2017, Powell appeard as a guest coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He assisted with the linebackers through training camp.
 
In 2016, Powell’s defensive line helped lead the SIAC in total defense averaging 264.5 yards per game. 
 
During the 2015 season, Powell coached a pair of players who were named All-Conference in Daryl George and Julian Morgan; with Morgan ranking near the top in sacks in the conference and in the country. He was also a nominee for the Gene Upshaw Award, an award given to the best defensive lineman in the nation.
 
The Golden Tigers allowed just 18.46 points per game throughout the season in which they finished 10-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The defense allowed just 112.2 yards per game rushing and 184.54 yards passing per game. The team tied the school record for interceptions in a game with five against Morehouse in October during the Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic in Columbus.
 
In 2014, the Golden Tigers had three players in the top 10 in sacks in the conference, led by Julian Morgan at 9.5 sacks – good for second overall in the conference. The Golden Tigers also had league leaders in tackles for loss – which included Morgan and Darian Hall.
 
The Golden Tigers also finished in the top 20 nationally and top 40 nationally in statistics during the 2014 season, including finishing 17th in total defense (306.2 ypg) to finish in the top 20. They also finished 28th in passing yards allowed (185.3 ypg), 29th in fourth-down conversion percentage defense (0.346), 30th in rushing defense (120.9 ypg), 34th in scoring defense (20.3 ppg), and 35th in team passing efficiency defense (111.31).
 
The Golden Tigers also finished in the top 20 nationally and top 40 nationally in statistics during the 2014 season. Tuskegee finished 17th in total defense (306.2 ypg) to finish in the top 20. They also finished 28th in passing yards allowed (185.3 ypg), 29th in fourth-down conversion percentage defense (0.346), 30th in rushing defense (120.9 ypg), 34th in scoring defense (20.3 ppg), and 35th in team passing efficiency defense (111.31).  
 
Powell began his coaching career at Clark Atlanta University where he climbed the defensive ladder, from linebackers coach to the defensive coordinator. During his time inside the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Clark Atlanta earned a reputation for having one of the stingiest and most brutal defenses in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The Panthers consistently had one of the Top 25 ranked defenses in the NCAA Division II, and ranked first in passing defense during the 2010 season. They were ranked number one for the Division II total defense in 2006, and first in the SIAC in scoring defense in 2011. He also coached three different players, who went on to become the SIAC Defensive Player of the Year.
 
Powell earned his first head coaching position at Clark Atlanta in baseball from 2006-2009. He had to organize the baseball schedule, travel, practices and recruitment of student-athletes. He also maintained the team budget, while managing weekly scouting reports and supervising two assistant coaches.
 
Powell is a former student-athlete for Tuskegee University from 1997 until 2001. Playing under Rick Comegy,he was a three-time All American and was a finalist in the Eddie Robinson Award in 2000, which is given to the HBCU's best player at the end of the season. Powell played linebacker, served as a team captain- for the TU defense and was nominated for the Sprint Award in 2000. He was a three-time All-American, two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the SIAC, and currently holds the record as the all-time leading tackler at Tuskegee University. Powell also played on the Tuskegee University baseball team during the 1997-98 season.
 
After finishing at Tuskegee, Powell played in three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos – a team with the Canadian Football League. During his time with the Eskimos, Powell was named as the team’s Rookie of the Year; the team won the CFL’s Grey Cup in 2003 after finishing as the runner up in 2002.
 
He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), American Coaches Association (AFCA) and Black Coaches Association (BCA). Several of the players he has had the privilege of coaching went on to compete in the National Football League (NFL), including Curtis Johnson of the Dallas Cowboys, and both Jonathan Hamm and Samuel MaNaulty of the New Orleans Saints.
 
Powell is proudly married to Joann Brooks Powell.  
 

Forrest Jackson
Assistant Coach / Linebackers

Forrest Jackson is in his seventh year coaching at Tuskegee University, coaching linebackers since 2011.
 
In 2016 and 2017 , Jackson coached linebacker Osband Thompson who was named the SIAC Defensive Player of the Year in back to back seasons. Jackson also coached Davoris Thomas who was second on the team in tackles and ranked inside the Top 15 in the league.
 
In 2016 his group helped lead the SIAC in total defense averaging 264.5 yards per game.
 
In 2015, the Golden Tigers allowed just 18.46 points per game throughout the season in which they finished 10-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The defense allowed just 112.2 yards per game rushing and 184.54 yards passing per game. The team tied the school record for interceptions in a game with five against Morehouse in October during the Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic in Columbus.
 
Jackson coached senior linebacker Jewell Ratliff who finished among the best in the conference and in the country in tackles, and was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player and Defensive Player of the Year. The senior also was named to nine different All-American teams, a pair of All-Region teams and was named Super Region 2 Defensive Player of the Year by HERO Sports and Don Hansen. The senior scored a pair of touchdowns via interception returns, one by fumble return and one off a blocked kick.
 
Ratliff was also a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award - given annually to the best defensive player in the country in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
 
Last season, Jackson coached a trio of linebackers who led the team in tackles - combining for 317 total tackles. The trio of
Ratliff, Osband Thompson and Jason Ashley combined for six sacks, 29 tackles for loss and eight interceptions - including
returning four for touchdowns.
 
Ashley was also named CoSIDA Academic All-District (first team) and was named Second Team CoSIDA All-America.
 
He has been a part of two SIAC championships in 2012 and 2014, and part of the NCAA Division II playoff teams of 2013 and 2014. In 2012, Tuskegee’s defense was the top- ranked team in the SIAC in several categories, which included scoring defense, total defense, turnover margin, red zone defense and rushing defense.  They were also ranked in the Top 10 nationally in several categories that included scoring defense, turnover margin, total defense and passes intercepted.
 
As a member of Tuskegee’s staff, Jackson has also coached many athletes that have received post-season accolades including: Isaiah Person (2011 First-Team SIAC), Quavon Taylor (2012 First-Team SIAC and 2012 Third-Team All-America) and Osband Thompson (2014 SIAC Freshman of the Year).
 
Jackson started his football-coaching career in 2003 at the University of West Georgia (Carrollton, Ga.), as a graduate assistant, coaching linebackers.
 
Following West Georgia, Jackson coached seven years at Eastern Illinois University, from 2004 until 2010. While there, Jackson coached linebackers for five years and the defensive line for two.
 
While serving at Eastern Illinois, the 2006 Panthers’ defense was the top-ranked team nationally in takeaways and in 2005, they were ranked second nationally. They also produced the top rushing defense in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2005.
 
While coaching at Eastern Illinois, the team conference championship in 2005, 2006 and 2009. They were also FCS playoff participants in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
 
He produced two All-American linebackers, Donald Thomas (2005) and Clint Sellers (2006) and six other all-conference players. Thomas and Sellers were the OVC defensive players of their respective years.
 
A standout player at West Georgia, Jackson was a three-time All-Gulf South Conference selection, 2000-2002, helping the team capture the 2000 GSC title and earning a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
 
Jackson is member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
 
The Lakeland, Fla., native received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communications from West Georgia.
 
He is the father of one son, Jaison.