Kentucky hires safeties/special teams coach

December 15, 2012 

New Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops named the sixth member of his staff on Saturday with the announcement that Bradley Dale Peveto will coach safeties and special teams.

Peveto, who has spent 26 years in the collegiate coaching ranks, most recently was head coach at Northwestern State in Louisiana.

Peveto's hiring follows the additions within the past week of defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, offensive coordinator Neal Brown, offensive line coach John Schlarman, tight ends coach Vince Marrow and offensive assistant Chad Scott.

"Bradley Dale impressed me greatly during the year we worked together," said Stoops, who was on the University of Houston staff with Peveto during the 2000 season. "He has a relentless work ethic and excellent experience as a special teams coordinator and defensive coach."

Peveto (pronounced PEE-veh-toe) has coached in three Southeastern Conference championship games and won a national title in 2007 while an assistant at LSU. The Orangefield, Texas, native has spent his entire coaching career in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Northwestern State fired Peveto after the 2012 season. The Demons went 0-11 in Peveto's first year in 2009 but seemed on an upward arc after finishing 5-6 in 2010. But 5-6 and 4-7 seasons followed.

Before his head coaching stint, Peveto spent 22 years as an assistant, including 2005-08 at LSU, where for three years he was special teams coordinator and linebackers coach before being promoted in 2008 to co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

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