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Ken Delgado
Ken Delgado

Last College:
San Jose State '84

Defensive Line

Ken Delgado begins his second season as the defensive line coach at the University of Louisville after coming from California where he spent six years from 2002-2007.

In his first season at Louisville in 2008, Delgado brought a new attitude to the program on thedefensive line. Last season, Delgado tutored Adrian Grady to a career-best season with 41 tackles and a pair of sacks.

While at Cal, Brandon Mebane earned All-Pac -10 first-team honors twice and recorded a career-best 52 tackles as a senior under the watchful eye of Delgado. Under Delgado, three linemen - Tully Banta-Cain, Ryan Riddle and Mebane - had earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors. Riddle set a school record with 14.5 sacks during the 2004 season, breaking the mark of 13.5 held by Andre Carter. Cal's D-line allowed just 82.5 rushing yards per game in 2004 to rank second in the country.

In his first season at Cal, Delgado's line helped produce a Pac-10-best 44 sacks. Banta-Cain (13) and Tom Canada (12) were the top sack-duo in the league. Banta-Cain, who has won a pair of Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, was also named Defensive MVP of the 2003 East-West Shrine Game.

Prior to joining the staff at Cal, Delgado served eight years at San Diego State. He served six season as the as defensive line coach from1994-1999, and was promoted to be the Aztecs' defensive coordinator for two years from 2000-01. As an assistant at San Diego State, Delgado tutored Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (Green Bay), a three-time All-Conference choice and the Aztecs' all-time sack leader. Delgado also helped develop 1998 WAC Freshman of the Year Jerome Haywood, as well as La'Roi Glover, who is a four-time All-Pro defensive lineman with the San Francisco 49'ers.

Before heading to San Diego State, Delgado coached one season at Utah in 1993, where he coached future first round pick Luther Ellis. Prior to that, Delgado spent seven seasons at San Jose State. He coached the defensive line from 1988-92 and also served as a graduate assistant from 1986-87. As the defensive line coach at San Jose State, his 1990 Spartan defense ranked third nationally in rushing defense and 13th in the country in total defense.

Delgado earned his bachelor's degree in business management from San Jose State in 1984, where he also played two seasons for the Spartans. He was a Honorable Mention Junior College All-American and a first team All-State notice at Chabot College.

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