Jami DeBerry is entering his first season at Kansas as a quality control coach for special teams. Before coming to KU, DeBerry was at Western Kentucky in a similar capacity, as a quality control coach for the WKU defense. He also worked with the Hilltoppers as an operations intern in 2007 and a defensive graduate assistant in 2008 and 2009.
DeBerry played football at Western Kentucky from 2000-04, and earned letters at linebacker during his final two seasons. Following his senior campaign, DeBerry was one of two players to earn the team's Academic Award at the annual postseason banquet. The 2005 graduate earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science and went on to obtain his master's in sports administration in December 2007. In addition to his operations experience, DeBerry also helped out the strength and conditioning staff after working as an assistant during his final semester as an undergraduate at WKU.
DeBerry is a native of Franklin, Ky., where he starred as a quarterback at Franklin-Simpson (Ky.) High School. The three-year starter earned honorable mention all-state and first team all-conference accolades during his career. He also obtained four letters in baseball, helping lead his school to three district championships, three region titles and one sectional title.
DeBerry is engaged to Erika Cummings, and the couple plan to marry in the summer of 2013. They live in Lawrence and own a chocolate lab named Kobe.