Kentucky announced the hiring of its new defensive assistant coach Thursday, and head coach Mark Stoops plucked that coach from the professional ranks.
Brad White, an outside linebackers coach most recently for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, is the Cats’ newly allowed 10th assistant coach.
White will coach outside linebackers at Kentucky and Dean Hood, who also coaches special teams, will move to the secondary with coach Steve Clinkscale.
The NCAA created the new position for the upcoming season and Stoops indicated recently that he was planning to hire a defensive coach to round out his staff.
“Kentucky is a program on the rise,” White said. “I’ve been very impressed with how Coach Stoops is building this team.”
White just completed his sixth season with the Colts and his third as the outside linebackers coach. He also was an assistant linebackers coach and a defensive quality control coach before that. White and Stoops did not know each other before the coaching search.
“Brad came highly recommended from people I know at Indianapolis,” Stoops said. “In addition to his knowledge of coaching linebackers, he has ‘big picture’ expertise.”
Before joining the Colts, White coached inside linebackers at the Air Force Academy. He also was the safeties coach at Murray State during the 2009 season.
White was a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Wake Forest, in 2007 and 2008, where he played for then-defensive coordinator Hood.