MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin football team has announced the hiring of former standout quarterback Derek Carr as the program’s new pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Carr joins the staff after a brief stint as quarterbacks coach at Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee Tech during the 2016 campaign. While assisting on the Golden Eagle staff, Carr oversaw Michael Birdsong who was named a recipient of the Robert Hill Johnson Award – Tech football’s highest honor. Birdsong passes for 2,577 yards while tossing 17 touchdowns.
Prior to his stint at Tennessee Tech, Carr spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Temple assisting with the team’s offense.
Before joining Temple’s staff, Carr spent a season as an offensive graduate assistant at UT Martin, working with the quarterbacks and wide receivers after graduation during the 2013 campaign.
Carr was a three-year captain at UT Martin where he set numerous quarterback records including school marks for career pass attempts (1,110), yards (8,428) and touchdowns (69) along with single-game touchdowns (seven). Carr also holds the record for single-game passing yards (560) and career 300-yard passing performances (10). He also set the NCAA record for passing efficiency in a game at Murray State in 2012, completing 42-of-46 passes for 560 yards and seven touchdowns.
A native of McKenzie, Tenn., Carr graduated from UT Martin in 2013 with a degree in university studies. He is married to the former Shelly Jones.