Kappa Sigma Fraternity today announced that college football coaches Lloyd H. Carr (Beta-Gamma, University of Missouri, ’65) and Fisher DeBerry (Alpha-Nu, Wofford College, ’57) have been named 2021 Kappa Sigma Men of the Year. Brothers Carr and DeBerry are both inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame and have combined for 289 wins over the course of their storied careers.
Lloyd H. Carr is an August 30, 1965 initiate of the Beta-Gamma Chapter at the University of Missouri. He is best known for his tenure as Head Football Coach at the University of Michigan from 1995-2007. Brother Carr was the National Coach of the Year in 1997 while leading the Wolverines to a National Championship. Overall, he led Michigan to five Big Ten championships and 13 Bowl appearances, retiring with the third-best conference winning percentage in Big Ten history. Brother Carr is a 2011 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame.
James Fisher DeBerry is a May 8, 1957 initiate of the Alpha-Nu Chapter at Wofford College. Along with early-career positions at his alma mater Wofford, as well as Appalachian State, Brother DeBerry is best known as the longtime Head Coach at the Air Force Academy from 1984 to 2006. He is the winningest coach in U.S. service academy history, and he led the Falcons to 14 Commander-in-Chief’s trophies with a 34-8 record over rivals Army and Navy. Brother DeBerry won the 1985 Paul “Bear” Bryant Award as the country’s top coach and is also a 2011 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Both Brothers Carr and DeBerry are noted for their charitable work off the field as well. In 2004, Brother DeBerry and his wife founded the Fisher DeBerry Foundation to provide opportunities for children of single-parent homes. Brother Carr is noted for his support of women’s athletics and the Special Olympics.
“The Kappa Sigma Man of the Year Award honors those who have reached the top of their professions. It is hard to find better examples of success and leadership than Brothers Carr and DeBerry. I am ecstatic that these two notable Kappa Sigmas will be our 2021 Kappa Sigma Men of the Year. Go Air Force! Go Blue!” said Worthy Grand Master Adam Merillat, an alumnus of the University of Michigan.
Brothers Carr and DeBerry will be honored at an event to be held in the spring of 2022 at Kappa Sigma International Headquarters in Charlottesville, Va.
The Kappa Sigma Man of the Year Award has been awarded annually since 1939. Each Brother honored as a Kappa Sigma Man of the Year has set an example which some may equal but none excel in his personal and professional life. The achievement of such success by Kappa Sigmas brings glory to the Order and demonstrates the enduring impact of the Kappa Sigma experience. Recipients of the Man of the Year award and their Chapters each receive a special plaque and are recognized at Kappa Sigma International Headquarters.
Kappa Sigma is the largest college social fraternity in the world with more than 200,000 living members, including approximately 16,000 undergraduates and 300 chapters and colonies located throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia, Kappa Sigma International Headquarters is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.