Mount Carmel taps former Calvert Hall and St. Frances assistant as new football coach
by Derek Toney
Devin Redd was overcome when he walked inside of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saturday morning.
“I felt like I was getting engaged again. I felt like this is God bringing it all towards me again,” said Redd. “It’s the love that makes you tick.”
Redd and Mount Carmel have connected as the Baltimore County private school selected the former St. Frances Academy and Calvert Hall College assistant as its new football coach. Redd replaces Daryl Jackson, who stepped down in January after leading the program for seven seasons.
Mount Carmel athletic director Alex Bryske said he received 55 applications for the position. After a three-month process, the school believes Redd is the person.
“What shined through about Devin was his energy…we’re undertaking something big here and we’re building and we need someone with energy,” said Bryske. “Devin’s character is outstanding. The consistent common thread when we talked to references is he’s a high character person.
Any candidate we hired has to drive the mission of our school first. Devin, being grounded in his faith, I believe there’s nothing but success ahead.”
Redd was on Rutgers University football staff from 2018 to 2019, serving as offensive quality control coach in 2019 and worked in the player development office in 2018, under then-Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash.
Redd participated in the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program the past two years. Last year, he was with the Cleveland Browns, working with running backs coach and former Morgan State University coach Stump Mitchell. He was with the Miami Dolphins in 2019, working with head coach Brian Flores and then-Dolphins associate head coach Jim Caldwell, who was the offensive coordinator on the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII title team.
Before Rutgers, Redd spent two seasons as running backs and tight ends coach at Division II Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania, and, in 2015, was assistant running backs coach for Toledo. In 2014, he was offensive coordinator and running backs coach at St. Frances under Messay Hailemariam.
Redd said Hailemariam’s “endorsement was very instrumental” in him applying for the Mount Carmel position. Hailemariam is now director of operations at St. Frances, which has become a national power. Redd was recruiting coordinator and running backs coach at Calvert Hall under Donald Davis from 2008 to 2013.
Davis, who coached at Redd at Cardinal Gibbons, said Redd is more than ready to head a program.
“He brings a variety of experiences spanning virtually every level of football,” said Davis, now coach at Sidwell Friends School in the District. “Those experiences, coupled with his passion for the game football and developing young people will all be key to his efforts to take the Cougars to the next level.”
Redd along with Corey Robinson, another former Calvert Hall assistant and Gibbons player under Davis, founded the Next Level Nation 7-on-7 program. Robinson is now a defensive assistant for the New Orleans Saints after serving as an assistant at several universities including Maryland.
Redd, who played running back at Division II Southwest Baptist University, wants to transform Mount Carmel, which has been a MIAA C Conference program during its existence.
“We’re not in a rush to do anything but we have a sense of urgency to do everything,” said Redd. “We’re not here to serve to the student/athlete but their friends, relatives and the community they come from.”