Neal Brown’s coming home and he’s bringing two former Cats with him: Texas Tech running backs coach Chad Scott and Troy’s John Schlarman. Let’s get to know Schlarman, the man who will soon be in charge of Kentucky’s offensive line.
Birthdate: 1975 (age 37)
Hometown: Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Family: wife, Lee Anne; sons Joseph Douglas, Benjamin James and Matthew Thomas
College: Kentucky, 1993 – 1997
1998 – 1999: Bourbon County High School (Assistant Coach, Defensive Line)
2000 – 2002: Kentucky (Graduate Assistant, Offensive Line)
2003 – 2007: Campbell County High School, Newport High School (Head Coach)
2007 – 2009: Troy (Offensive Line Coach)
2010 – 2012: Troy (Running Game Coordinator & Offensive Line Coach)
A four-year starter for the Cats, Schlarman was named to the Freshman All-SEC team in 1994 and was named the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman in 1995 and 1996. In his senior year, he earned First Team All-SEC honors.
Why he got the job:
In 2007, Tony Franklin hired Schlarman to his staff at Troy, where he joined Chad Scott and Neal Brown. When Brown and Scott left for Texas Tech in 2010, Schlarman stayed at Troy, where he partially took over running game duties in addition to leading the offensive line. This past season, the Trojans ranked 13th in total offense, averaging 498.75 yards a game. That includes 721 total yards and 48 points against Tennessee in an ill-fated upset back in November.
Having worked with Franklin and Brown at Troy, Schlarman is familiar with the Air Raid offense, and continued to run a version of it once Brown left for Texas Tech in 2010. Under his tutelage, Troy’s offensive line only allowed 15 sacks in 2012 despite 509 pass attempts. He has several recruiting connections in Kentucky going back to his time as a coach at Campbell County, Newport, and Bourbon County.
Twitter profile: Sadly, Coach Schlarman doesn’t have Twitter…yet.
Welcome home, John.