DEFENSIVE LINE COACH
Kerry Locklin, the Argonauts Defensive Line Coach for the second straight season, enters his second stint as a coach in the CFL after previously serving as the assistant head coach of the Shreveport Pirates in 1994. Since his initial stop in the CFL, Locklin has coached at almost every level of football, spending time in the NFL, UFL, AFL and NCAA over the last 22 of 29 years that he has coached.
Most recently, Locklin served three seasons (2014-16) as the defensive line coach at New Mexico State, following up stints with the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions and the AFL’s San Jose SaberCats in 2012, a season at Fresno City College in 2011 and a year with the Orlando Tuskers in 2010.
Locklin was with the N.Y. Jets in the National Football League for the majority of the 2009 season. The Jets ranked first in the NFL in points allowed per game at 14.7, and posted 32 sacks.
The New Mexico State alum began his coaching career at Western New Mexico University in 1988 as a running backs coach. He spent 1989 as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Utah. From 1990-93, Locklin was the running backs coach at Morehead State, where he worked under former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets head coach, Rex Ryan. He then moved to the professional level with the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League, where he spent 1994 as an assistant head coach.
A native of Las Cruces, N.M., Locklin became the defensive line coach at Eastern Michigan in 1995, a post he held for five seasons for the Eagles. The next nine seasons (2000-08) of his career were spent with the Fresno State Bulldogs, where under his guidance 11 defensive lineman earned All-WAC honors and the Bulldogs appeared in eight bowl games. Two WAC Defensive Players of the Year thrived under Locklin during his tenure, in Garrett McIntyre and Alan Harper.
Locklin spent his collegiate career at the New Mexico State following in the footsteps of his older brother and father, who played 10 seasons in the CFL as a defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes. In his time with the the Aggies, he was named All-America honorable mention by both the Associated Press and the United Press International, and two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection and two-time academic all-conference honoree.
After his collegiate career, Locklin was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the sixth round of the 1982 NFL draft. He spent three seasons in the NFL, two with the Rams and one with the Denver Broncos. He concluded his professional career by playing two more years in the United States Football League with the Arizona Wranglers.
Locklin received his bachelor’s degree from NM State in physical education and social studies in 1982, then earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 1985.
His father, Billy Ray, starred as a defensive end in the league with the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats over 10 seasons.
KERRY LOCKLIN’S COACHING HISTORY
2017-Pres. Toronto Argonauts, Defensive Line Coach
2014-16 New Mexico State, Defensive Line Coach
2012 Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL), Defensive Line Coach
2012 San Jose SaberCats (AFL), Defensive Line Coach
2011 Fresno City College, Defensive Line Coach
2010 Florida Tuskers, Defensive Line Coach
2009 New York Jets, Defensive Line Coach
2000-08 Fresno State Defensive Line Coach
1995-99 Eastern Michigan, Defensive Line Coach
1994 Shreveport Pirates, Assistant Head Coach
1990-93 Morehead State, Running Backs Coach
1989 Utah, Graduate Assistant
1988 Western New Mexico, Running Backs Coach