Mike Cassity returning to coach defensive backs at UK

Was assistant when Phillips was freshman

jsmith3@herald-leader.comJanuary 4, 2012 

Mike Cassity

As was widely reported but unconfirmed late last week, Kentucky made it official and hired former UK player and assistant coach Mike Cassity to replace Steve Brown as defensive backs coach on Tuesday afternoon.

Cassity, who held the same position at Marshall since 2009, has coached under UK defensive coordinator Rick Minter on two previous occasions. Cassity also has coached with five of the Kentucky coaches during his career, which has spanned 37 seasons and includes 22 seasons as a defensive coordinator at the Division I level. He served as a defensive coordinator at Louisville from 2004-07.

"We are happy to have Mike back with the Big Blue Nation," UK Coach Joker Phillips said in a UK release. "Mike's skills in coaching and recruiting made him a very attractive candidate. He has the ability to teach fundamentals well and have his players play at a high level. He is an outstanding recruiter, especially in Ohio and Florida."

Previously, the Fort Campbell native was a part-time assistant coach at UK in 1979 and he was a full-time assistant coaching the defensive backs from 1980-81. Phillips was a freshman at UK in 1981 when Cassity was an assistant.

"Even as a freshman, it was apparent that he is a tremendous competitor and how very personable he is," Cassity said of Phillips via the same release. "Those traits have continued throughout his career."

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