Meet UK's new coaching staff

August 25, 2013 


Name: Mark Stoops

Age: 46

Pedigree: Stoops grew up in a football family in Youngstown, Ohio. He is the youngest of four coaching brothers. Bob Stoops is head coach at Oklahoma. Mike is Bob's defensive coordinator. Ron is linebackers coach at Youngstown State. Mark Stoops graduated in 1989 from the University of Iowa, where he played in the secondary on four teams that made it to bowl games.

Family: Wife, Chantel; sons, Will and Zack

Salary: Stoops' base annual salary is $400,000. He will get an additional amount, rising from $1.6 million his first year to $2 million in his fifth, from media agreements and endorsements.

Where he came from: Stoops was defensive coordinator at Florida State the past three seasons as the Seminoles went 10-4, 9-4 and 12-2, capped by an Orange Bowl victory over Northern Illinois last season.

What he's known for: Rebuilding defenses. Florida State's defense was ranked No. 108 nationally the year before he arrived and No. 2 the season he left. That followed a similar revival Stoops engineered at Arizona.

Experience: This is Stoops' first season as a college head coach. He began his career as a graduate assistant at Iowa in 1990 and made stops at South Florida, Wyoming, Houston, Miami (Fla.), Arizona and Florida State.

Who he replaced: Joker Phillips

Quote: "I'm highly motivated to build this program to national prominence. There will be no magic wand to get this done. We're going to do it with very much of a blue-collar mentality. We're going to go to work each and every day. We're going to be accountable and dependable with what we do. Our players are going to have tremendous character ... and we're going to win with a lot of class."


Name: Neal Brown

Age: 33

Pedigree: Brown was born in Louisville and grew up in Bardstown before moving to Danville, where he was an all-state wide receiver at Boyle County. Brown has a degree in business management and a master's in business administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Family: Wife, Brooke; daughters, Adalyn and Anslee

Salary: $550,000

Where he came from: Brown was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas Tech the past three seasons.

What he's known for: Brown played wide receiver at UK from 1998-2000 before transferring to Massachusetts. He returns to the Bluegrass as one of the nation's most prolific offensive coaches. His three offenses at Texas Tech ranked among the nation's top seven in passing, top 15 in total offense and top 25 in scoring.

Experience: Brown launched his career at Massachusetts, a Football Championship Subdivision school, in 2003, coaching tight ends and offensive linemen. After stops at FCS Sacred Heart and Delaware, Brown moved up in class to Troy, where he worked under former Hal Mumme assistant Tony Franklin. In 2008, Troy promoted Brown to offensive boss, making him the youngest coordinator in the Football Bowl Subdivision. After two seasons in that role, Brown moved on to Texas Tech.

Who he replaced: Randy Sanders

Quote: "I'm excited about the opportunity to come home to the university that I grew up rooting for, and having played here, have a true personal investment in the program. Coach Stoops sold me on the job. I'm excited about his plan."


Name: D.J. Eliot

Age: 37

Pedigree: Eliot is a native of Edmond, Okla. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in natural science and earned a master's degree in education at the University of Houston.

Family: Wife, Miekel; son, Dawson; daughters, Drue and Page

Salary: $500,000

Where he came from: Eliot was defensive ends coach under Stoops at Florida State the past three seasons.

What he's known for: Eliot has a long history working with Stoops and turning around defenses. The two first became acquainted at Wyoming, where Stoops coached defensive backs and Eliot played linebacker. They've coached together at Wyoming, Houston, Miami (Fla.) and Florida State before arriving at Kentucky.

Experience: Eliot began coaching as a graduate assistant at Wyoming in 1999. In addition to the previously mentioned stops, Eliot spent time at Texas State, Tulsa and Rice, all coaching defensive positions.

Who he replaced: Rick Minter was defensive coordinator last year; Chuck Smith coached linebackers.

Quote: "(Stoops) is such a genuine person. He's easy to talk to. You know what you're going to get from him. He's been the same guy. ... He's always been the same guy. That's what makes him special."


Name: Derrick Ansley

Age: 32

Pedigree: Ansley is originally from Tallassee, Ala. He has a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Troy and is working on his master's in human environmental sciences.

Family: Wife, Alaea

Salary: $125,000

Where he came from: Ansley was cornerbacks coach at Tennessee last season.

What he's known for: Ansley finished third in the nation with nine interceptions during his junior year as a defensive back at Troy in 2003. He won a national championship as a graduate assistant at Alabama in the 2011 season.

Experience: Before his stops at Tennessee and Alabama, Ansley started his coaching career with five seasons (2005-09) at NCAA Division III Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala.

Who he replaced: Mike Cassity

Quote: "Coming to Kentucky is a great opportunity to learn from Coach Stoops and Coach Eliot, who obviously have had tremendous success and have great defensive minds."


Name: Jimmy Brumbaugh

Age: 36

Pedigree: Brumbaugh is a native of Keystone Heights, Fla. He graduated from Auburn with a degree in health and human performance.

Family: Wife, Kelly; sons, Legend and Nash

Salary: $175,000

Where he came from: East Mississippi Community College

What he's known for: Brumbaugh was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference defensive tackle at Auburn (1997) and a member of LSU's coaching staff when the Tigers won the 2007 national championship.

Experience: After a pro career that included stints in the NFL and XFL, Brumbaugh began his coaching career in 2004 as a student assistant at Jacksonville State. He made additional stops at Tennessee-Chattanooga, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Syracuse and East Mississippi, where he has mostly coached defensive lines.

Who he replaced: David Turner

Quote: "When you think of the tradition of the SEC, and having played at Kentucky (during the 1995 season), I'm glad to be here and have the opportunity to be in this one-of-a-kind league."


Name: Tommy Mainord

Age: 35

Pedigree: Mainord grew up with the game as his father, Carlos, coached in the NFL with Chicago, New Orleans, Carolina and St. Louis and in college at Texas Tech, Miami (Fla.) and Rice. Mainord played baseball at Tarleton State, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees.

Family: Wife, Tiffany; daughter, Maecee; son, Davis

Salary: $200,000

Where he came from: Mainord coached wide receivers under Neal Brown at Texas Tech the past three seasons.

What he's known for: Mainord created a UK Twitter phenomenon this off-season by posting an exclamation of "Yahtzee!" every time the Wildcats landed a recruiting commitment. The rest of the coaching staff, UK fans, players and even Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and school president Eli Capilouto quickly began using Mainord's battle cry as well.

Experience: Mainord began coaching as a student assistant at Tarleton State in 1999 and went on to coach at Sam Houston State and Lamar before Texas Tech and UK, working with quarterbacks and running backs in addition to wide receivers.

Who he replaced: Pat Washington

Quote: "I'm eager for the opportunity to work with Coach Stoops. I have great respect for his accomplishments. ... Getting to work with Neal Brown again made it even more attractive to come to UK."


Name: Vince Marrow

Age: 45

Pedigree: Marrow grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and played high school football with Stoops at Cardinal Mooney High School. He played collegiately at Toledo, from which he graduated with a degree in criminal justice. Marrow, a tight end, spent time on five NFL rosters in the 1990s: Buffalo, Carolina, the New York Jets, Chicago and San Francisco.

Family: Wife, Monique; son, Mike (a fullback at Nebraska); daughters, Phylica, Merisa, Victoria and Aryanna.

Salary: $175,000

Where he came from: Marrow spent the past two seasons coaching tight ends at Nebraska

What he's known for: Marrow has been credited with landing several top prospects for Kentucky from the state of Ohio, where his recruiting roots run deep. He has proved tenacious in a rich recruiting region in which UK has historically been non-competitive.

Experience: Marrow coached three seasons in NFL Europe upon completing his playing career. Back in the U.S., he has coached at the high school (Springfield, Ohio), college (Toledo, Nebraska, Kentucky) and pro (UFL Omaha) levels.

Who he replaced: Greg Nord coached tight ends and special teams last year.

Quote: "Don't be fooled. Ohio kids want to play in the best conference, there was just no one coming up to recruit them. Now, we're here. Our head coach is from Ohio. I'm from Ohio. We're telling them, 'You want to be the best? Come to Kentucky and play. Play in front of a great fan base — great people here.'"


Name: Bradley Dale Peveto

Age: 52

Pedigree: Peveto grew up in southeast Texas as the son of a hall of fame high school football coach. He graduated from Southern Methodist University, where he played in four bowl games.

Family: Wife, Melissa; son, Jacob; daughter, Payton

Salary: $300,000

Where he came from: Peveto spent the past four seasons as head coach at FCS school Northwestern State, where the team went 14-30 during that span.

What he's known for: Peveto was part of the LSU coaching staff that won the 2007 national championship. His special teams and defensive units in Baton Rouge were consistently among the nation's finest.

Experience: Peveto is the veteran of the UK coaching staff, his 26-year career dating to 1987. Along the way, Peveto has coached special teams, linebackers, secondaries and defensive lines and served as a defensive coordinator and a head coach. Stops include Trinity Valley Community College, Stephen F. Austin, Southern Mississippi, Arkansas, Northwestern State, Houston, Middle Tennessee State and LSU.

Who he replaced: Greg Nord coached special teams and tight ends last year.

Quote: "I knew the year we coached together (in Houston) that Coach Stoops had a great defensive mind and was one of the best coaches — both in teaching players on the field and building relationships with them off the field — I've ever known."


Name: John Schlarman

Age: 38

Pedigree: Schlarman grew up in Fort Thomas, where he was an all-state lineman for Highlands High School. He was a four-year starter at UK (1994-97). He graduated with a degree in mathematics and later earned his master's in sports management.

Family: Wife, Lee Anne (daughter of former UK linebacker Joe Federspiel); sons Joseph, Benjamin and Matthew

Salary: $200,000

Where he came from: Schlarman has spent the past six seasons coaching the offensive line at Troy, where he helped lead three teams to bowl games.

What he's known for: Schlarman was an All-SEC offensive guard at Kentucky and later spent three seasons here as a graduate assistant under Hal Mumme and Guy Morriss.

Experience: Schlarman got into coaching working the defensive line at Bourbon County High School. After his three UK seasons as a coach, he returned to the high school ranks as head coach at Campbell County (2003, 2004) and Newport (2005, 2006). Next came his six seasons at Troy.

Who he replaced: Mike Summers

Quote: "Getting to coach with Mark Stoops and Neal Brown is great. There's a lot of energy on this staff that will carry over to the players on the field."


Name: Chad Scott

Age: 32

Pedigree: Scott is a native of Tampa, Fla., who played two seasons at UK before finishing his collegiate career at North Carolina, where he graduated with a degree in sociology.

Family: Wife, Shambrica (former UK basketball player Shambrica Jones); son, Jakobe; daughter, Kori

Salary: $200,000

Where he came from: Scott has spent the past six seasons coaching running backs with UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown at both Troy and Texas Tech.

What he's known for: Scott was an All-SEC Freshman pick his first season at UK in 2000, rushing for 611 yards, but was derailed by injuries as a sophomore and transferred. After graduating from UNC, Scott spent time in the NFL with Cleveland, Pittsburgh and the New York Giants. He has already been credited with helping UK open a recruiting pipeline into his native Florida.

Experience: Before getting things going with Brown at Troy, Scott worked one season as a graduate assistant at North Carolina.

Who he replaced: Steve Pardue

Quote: "When I'm selling the university, it's something that's genuine to me and I know what's going on. It's nothing I had to educate myself on, being an employee here. It's something I've actually lived and experienced. And I can go sell that to those kids."


Adam Federle — Defense/special teams

Matt Powledge — Defense/special teams

Josh Pruitt — Offense

Tyler Sargent — Offense


Erik Korem — High-performance coach

Corey Edmond — Strength and conditioning coach

Chris Ronald — Director of sports sciences

Donald Horton — Assistant strength and conditioning coach

Rafael Horton — Assistant strength and conditioning coach

Monica Fowler — Registered dietitian


Gabe Amponsah — Senior athletic trainer

Daniel Berezowitz — Director of football recruiting operations

Frank Buffano — Director of football operations

Jon Denio — Director of equipment operations

Shane Fannin — Director of sports video

Greg Gorham — Sports video production coordinator

Tom Kalinowski — Equipment manager

Jim Madaleno — Director of sports medicine/head athletic trainer

Clifton Matekovich — Football coaching video coordinator

Steven Montalvo — Assistant director of recruiting

Joe Scola — Director of player development

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