, a four-year football letterwinner at
Appalachian State University from 1992-95, has returned to his alma
mater as a defensive assistant coach, head coach Jerry Moore officially
announced on Wednesday. Ivey will work primarily with linebackers and
special teams in his first season with the Mountaineers.
Ivey returns to Appalachian State after 16 years as a high-school coach
in Florida, including the last 10 seasons as head coach at Cypress Lake
H.S. in Fort Myers (2002-06) and Barron Collier H.S. in Naples
(2007-11). In five successful campaigns as the head coach at Barron
Collier, he led the Cougars to a 36-19 overall record and state playoff
appearances all five years. BCHS won three-straight district
championships from 2007-09, doubling the number of district titles that
the school had claimed in its first 29 years of existence.
In addition to his decade of experience as a head coach, Ivey also
served as an assistant at Port Charlotte, Cape Coral and Gulf Coast high
schools in western Florida from 1996-2001.
Ivey played five seasons for Moore as a linebacker and defensive lineman
from 1991-95. After redshirting as a true freshman in '91, Ivey went on
to record 166 tackles in 47 games for the Black and Gold from 1992-95.
As a senior, he started 12-of-13 games and tallied 66 tackles, four
sacks and eight tackles for loss to help lead the Mountaineers to a
perfect 11-0 regular season and the 1995 Southern Conference
championship. In all, he started 28 games at defensive tackle and was a
part of four NCAA Division I-AA playoff teams during his collegiate
A native of Collinsville, Va., Ivey was an all-district and all-region
gridiron performer at Martinsville H.S. He made 339 tackles over his
final two prep seasons and was also a two-time district champion in
wrestling, an all-district and all-region honoree in baseball and an
all-district selection in volleyball.
Ivey graduated from ASU in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in industrial
technology (furniture production concentration). In addition to
coaching, he also taught math, computer-aided drafting and materials and
processing in his 16 years in high-school education.