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Ken Karcher
Title Offensive Coordinator/
Quarterbacks Coach
College Eastern Michigan
Sport Football
Born July 1, 1963 (1963-07-01) (age 46)
Place of birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career highlights
Overall 21-46
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Orlando Thunder (AC)
Pittsburgh (AC)
Rhein Fire (OC)
Fellowship Chr. HS (Asst)
Toledo (AC)
Eastern Michigan (OC)

Ken Karcher (born July 1, 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach and former quarterback. He is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern Michigan University.[1] He had most recently served as quarterbacks coach for the University of Toledo.

Out of Shaler Area High School, in Pennsylvania, Karcher was a highly-recruited QB and eventually went to the University of Notre Dame. While there, he was a third-string QB behind Blair Kiel. He decided to transfer after two years to Tulane University, where he finished out his collegiate playing career.

Karcher went undrafted by NFL teams, and bounced around training camps before going to the Denver Broncos. He played in a total of four NFL games; three of those games came when he played as a replacement player while many other NFL players were on strike. The Broncos retained him for the rest of the year, and Karcher backed up John Elway while the team played in Super Bowl XXII.

He later decided to try his hand in coaching, eventually becoming an offensive coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh from 1994-1996. Later, he became the offensive coordinator for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe from 1997-1999, a position he occupied until accepting the head coaching job at Liberty University.

At Liberty, Karcher's teams underachieved. Despite this, Liberty chancellor Jerry Falwell resigned him to a 5-year contract after the 2004 season. But, he would only last one more season. After a 1-10 campaign in 2005, Karcher was fired. His final coaching record at Liberty was 21-46, with a 6-8 record in conference play (including two straight second places finishes).[2]

As a coach, Karcher stressed building character in his players through football. One such player was Samkon Gado, a reserve while playing at Liberty. Karcher helped Gado get his foot in the door of an NFL team, and within the year Gado was the starting running back for the Green Bay Packers.

After his dismissal from Liberty, Karcher was the offensive coordinator at Fellowship Christian High School in Roswell, Georgia. He also served as the school's athletic director, and taught a 9th grade Bible class at Fellowship Bible Church.

In 2008, Karcher accepted a position as the quarterbacks coach with the University of Toledo. He helped Toledo in an upset win over the Michigan Wolverines, although the squad finished 3-8.[3]

In early 2009, Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English hired Karcher as the EMU offensive coordinator.

He is married with children. His son Austin is a quarterback at Defiance College, was also formerly at Geneva College.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl TSN[4] #
Liberty Flames (I-AA Independent) (2000–2001)
2000 Liberty 3–8
2001 Liberty 3–8
Liberty Flames (Big South) (2002–2005)
2002 Liberty 2–9 1-2 3rd
2003 Liberty 6–6 2-1 2nd
2004 Liberty 6-5 3-1 2nd
2005 Liberty 1–10 0-4 5th
Liberty: 21-46 6-8
Total: 21-46
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Preceded by
Sam Rutigliano
Liberty Flames Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Danny Rocco




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