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Tony Gilbert—Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks
Tony Gilbert
Position: Assistant Coach
Tony Gilbert—Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks
Courtesy: ArkansasState
Release: 03/08/2006

Tony Gilbert has earned quite a reputation as Arkansas State's recruiting coordinator. The numbers speak for themselves as the seasons go for ASU. Statistics, records, NFL players and athletic accolades all add up for Gilbert and the staff as they rate the recruits.

In fact, Rivals.com ranked ASU's 2007 recruiting class as the second best in the Sun Belt Conference and three players signed NFL contracts in 2008, including second round NFL Draft selection Tyrell Johnson.  Most recently, David Johnson was selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, marking the third consecutive year an ASU player has been taken in the draft, and Alex Carrington is a highly-rated NFL prospect as the 2010 NFL Draft approaches.

Not only that, Gilbert is quite a coach when it comes to ASU's cornerbacks and defensive backfield.  He helped coach an ASU secondary that led the 2006 defense to the 12th best pass defense in the country and also ranked ninth in passes intercepted. The 2008 and 2009 squads followed that up with a No. 2 pass defense ranking in the Sun Belt Conference both seasons.

Most recently, the 2009 ASU defense ranked third in the Sun Belt Conference in passing defense and featured cornerback Daylan Walker, an All-Sun Belt Conference selection that finished his career with 16 pass break-ups.  Under Gilbert's direction, the Red Wolves have seen a cornerback named all-conference six times.

During the 2002 season, Gilbert coached Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year Jonathan Burke and All-Sun Belt Conference player Chuck Allen. In 2003, Burke was a first-team All-Sun Belt selection. In 2005, fleet-footed James Johnson was a second-team All-Sun Belt selection.  The 2006 and 2008 campaigns saw cornerback Dominique Williams earn all-conference recognition as well.

Gilbert joined the ASU coaching staff January 2, 2002 as the cornerbacks coach and re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor.

Before coming to ASU, Gilbert served as the as­sis­tant head coach at  Cen­tral Ar­kan­sas and also coached re­ceiv­ers.  In 2001, UCA fin­ished with a record of 9-3 and the school's first-ever  trip to the NCAA Di­vi­sion II play­offs.

Although he coached at UCA, Tony Gil­bert is no strang­er to Steve Rob­erts. The two coached to­geth­er at South­ern Ar­kan­sas where Gil­bert was Rob­erts' de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. While there, his de­fense was ranked No. 1 in 1997 and 1999.

Prior to that, he served four years as the running backs coach at Southeast Missouri State where he coached four con­sec­u­tive 1,000-yard rush­ers.  He started his career as a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant at South­west Mis­sou­ri State.

An all-conference pick at run­ning back at SMSU, Gilbert helped his team to a 1989 Gate­way Con­fer­ence cham­pi­on­ship. He was named all-conference in 1986 and 1989 and was SMSU's all-time lead­ing kick returner. Following grad­u­a­tion in 1989, he signed a free agent con­tract with the New York Gi­ants in 1991.

He received his master's de­gree in communication from Southwest Missouri State in 1998.

Tony is married to the former Regina Kuykendall of Blytheville and they have two children-Jacqueline, who attended St. Louis University on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a degree in communication technology , and Tony II.  Regina earned her Bachelor degree from Arkansas State in December of 2006.

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