Big 33 Game. All Star. All State. All Conference. North South Shrine
selection. Jerald Ingram amassed quite a resume as a running back
for the Beaver Area high school football team in the 1970s. Jerald
continued his backfield accomplishments and is currently serving as
a noted and well-respected running backs coach for the New York
Born in Dayton, Ohio, on December 24, 1960,
Jerald grew up in Beaver, Pennsylvania, and played fullback for the
Michigan Wolverines (1979−1983) on teams that won two Big Ten
Championships and played in the Rose Bowl. Jerald graduated from the University
of Michigan in 1984 and served as a Wolverine graduate assistant
coach in 1984, before joining Ball State University as tight ends
coach (1985) and a running backs (1986−1990) coach.
Tom Coughlin at Boston College in 1991 as the team’s running backs
coach, and later moved with Coughlin to the NFL in 1994 as running
back coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jerald remained with the
Jaguars until 2002, and – even though Jacksonville was an expansion
team – they finished in the top 10 in rushing four times during
Jerald joined the New York Giants in 2004 as
running backs coach, and mentored Tiki Barber into one of the finest
rushers in the league. During his first seven seasons in the league,
Barber had a 4.5 average yards per carry, fumbled at a rate of
almost four times per 100 carries, and never made the Pro Bowl.
However, during his final three seasons under Jerald’s direction
(2004−2007), Barber had a 5.0 average yards per carry, exceeded
1,500 yards each season, cut his fumble rate to 0.9 per 100 carries,
made the Pro Bowl each season, and set a franchise record single
game rushing total (234 yards) in his final regular season game.
Under Jerald’s direction, the Giants have finished in the top ten in
NFL rushing four times since 2004, and the team won the Super Bowl
in 2008 after a season in which Jerald’s running backs led the
league in rushing. The Giants running backs that season – the
"Earth, Wind, and Fire" combination of Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward,
and Ahmad Bradshaw – compiled a franchise record 2,518 yards (5.0
yards per carry, 157 yards per game). Gerald also coached Jacobs and
Bradshaw on the Giants' run to another Super Bowl championship in
the 2011-2012 season.
Jerald and his wife,
Kathleen, have a son, Julian, and live in Jacksonville, Florida.