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Getting to know John Schlarman

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

Coaching history:

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)

Kentucky ties:

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.

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46 Comments for Getting to know John Schlarman

  1. staff upgrade here
    12:10 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nothing against a former UK player, but I really wish Mike Summers, a 2012 Broyles award finalist for O-line coach of the year had been retained. Summers, Rock Oliver, Andre Woodson would be good holdovers. Why is Schlarman an upgrade as this position coach?

  2. Scotty B
    12:12 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Is Troy in Ohio? Hence the name?

  3. Scotty B
    12:13 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Could Summers be TE coach?

  4. Joe
    12:16 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    There is always a degree of Injustice in human affairs, even in the best of times. It may be unjust or unfair or disappointing, but apparently the new staff has decided to replace the OLD 2-10 staff, completely.

    That’s the message, “That was then, this is now.” THEN got us 2-10, NOW is going to lead to better things….It might not be totally fair, but it is understandable.

  5. RUPPS_rhetoric
    12:17 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    2) Troy is in Alabama I believe. 1) While Summers is a good coach I actually kind of want Stoops to come in here and clean house. In theory it would be nice to have some holdovers for an easy transition, but sometimes its better to start clean. Considering the way the Joker era ended, I think it’s better to not have anything from that time. Let’s start new with Stoop’s own guys.

  6. Troy
    12:19 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    @2 – Troy is in Troy, Alabama. In-between Montgomery and Dothan (SE AL).

  7. Troy
    12:20 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I was in grad school at Troy when Demarcus Ware was there. BIG guy.

  8. staff upgrade here
    12:22 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #4 I see what you are saying, but Summers has a tremendous reputation as one of the top O-line coaches in the game. He is touted for his ability to teach technique/footwork. Holding over 1 or 2 coaches from a staff shouldn’t be an issue when those coaches are reputable and proven coaches. Of course an entire staff should not be retained, and probably O or D coordinators should always be removed. But hate to see Summers go…

  9. 2, Troy U (formerly Troy St.) is about an hour SE of Montgomery, AL. I live in Montgomery and know folks who attended Troy. I actually earned my master’s degree at Troy’s Montgomery campus. They have a nice football program. I think their head coach, Larry Blakeney, would have been a great hire in the SEC (including UK), but he was blackballed after the Eric Ramsey scandal at Auburn (he was an assistant at the time).

    When is Neal Brown going to be be officially announced/introduced?

  10. 4, maybe he wouldn’t be comfortable in Brown’s offense?

    BTW, Troy at one time was a D2 power, then they moved to 1-AA and did very well there also. Then, like so many other schools who would rather have money than be a 1-AA or D2 power, they went D1.

  11. 6-7, are you still in AL?

  12. Oh, a bit of trivia: Troy St. won a D-2 championship in the 80’s under Rick Rhoades, who later was an assistant at UK under…(drum roll)…Bill Curry!

  13. Troy
    12:30 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    11 – Nope, in KY now (Dirty bird land)

  14. Joe
    12:31 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Staff Upgrade, I understand your point but:
    1) Old O-line went 2-10;
    2) The new OC may have someone in mind,someone they know and trust;
    3) The new OC may not only have a “guy” but also a plan, for the O-line that Summers may not be familiar with, and so you to ‘coach” both the coach AND the players in what you expect. Meaning it might be perferable to have someone in the post who has an understanding of what is needed in your offensive scheme;
    4) The new staff are all big recruiters, and the new staff may find Summers lacking, or redundant in his recruiting assignments, or strong in an area that the new staff doesn’t intend to focus on; and
    5) The previous staff went 2-10 and the new staff may wish to erase that from the recorrds and remove all ties to that debacle.

    It is a pity that Summers and possibly Woodson and the like won’t get a further chance, but the cost may well be worth it.

  15. Just 1 more bit of trivia and I’m done: the late former UK coach Charlie Bradshaw coached Troy St. from 1976-1982.

  16. Kentucky Pride
    12:34 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Man it is SO GOOD to see so many Kentucky boys comin’ home to UK. I can hardly wait for
    next season to begin. Please God, let Patrick Towles somehow be our QB.

  17. Scotty B
    12:36 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I feel like I logged onto TSSR. j/k gettelfinger.

  18. Welcome Home
    12:38 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome home coach!

  19. staff upgrade here
    12:40 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #14 No, the O line did not go 2-10. The team did. The O line actually performed quite well. Summers one of 29 assistants nominated for Broyles award for Asst. coach of the year (I misspoke in #1, the award is for overall asst. coach of year, not o line coach of year). IMO, as a position coach, the o line coaches technique. Summers is reputed to be one of the best. It shouldn’t mattter who the O Coordinator is, as long as the o line coach can have the guys ready to run/pass block within the schemes the system requires. Regardless, the move has been made and it is what it is.

  20. staff upgrade here
    12:42 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #16 and #18, do you see the irony in your comments??? LOL. KY boys coming home is I couldn’t care less about. Means little. Ask Joker

  21. NKY Welcomes you back!
    12:44 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome home Coach Schlarman! I know many people in Northern Kentucky including your family will be glad to have you, LeeAnne, and your family closer to home!

  22. Kentucky Pride
    12:46 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #20, If I used your reasoning on human beings, I would say we were all not worth saving because of the
    mistakes of Adam and Even. Thank goodness God doesn’t think like YOU.

  23. Kentucky Pride
    12:46 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    “Even”? Let’s try EVE! Phew!

  24. Big Whoop
    12:48 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Unfortunately, Summers didn’t do squat here at UK compared to the other places where he coached the line. I suppose he came here with the idea of retiring. As for Oliver, he’s probably going to move over to basketball. He also didn’t accomplish much with the football team for whatever reasons. Woodson? I don’t know. No objections to keeping him, but he’s a graduate assistant and therefore expendable.

    I’m not sure why any UK fan would want to keep any of the previous staff considering the poor performances on the field regardless of past reputations. Summers will land on his feet as will the others. Sanders will go back to being a position coach where he can succeed. Minter will go back to being a position coach.

  25. BluesClues
    12:56 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I’m glad the grammar police are in full force, maybe y’all could all join me when I don’t really care, lets all hate forever, how will that be, every1 shall criticize every1 else, all the time 4ever and ever and ever, Yall know UrHate could be put to better use, go make love 2Ur Girlfriend…harder…they like that….

  26. big whoop is deluded
    1:01 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #24 LOL, so Summers didn’t do squat at UK compared to other places? So? What does that tell you about UK’s program vs. other programs?

    This sound bad to you:
    Summers’ results were quickly evident upon his arrival in 2010. Despite having only one returning starter in the offensive line, the Wildcat power plant blocked for an offense that averaged 6.1 yards per play, the second-best mark in school history. The 406 total points rank third all-time in UK annals.

    Summers’ unit was beset with bad luck last season, as all five starters were injured early in the season. He has two starters returning for 2012, two-year All-SEC guard Larry Warford and center Matt Smith.

    Summers has been involved with dynamic offenses throughout his career. He returned to Lexington from the University of Arkansas, where he was the assistant head coach and O-Line coach in 2008-09. Arkansas led the SEC in scoring offense in `09 and was champion of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. One of his protégés, center Jonathan Luigs, was an All-SEC selection, a finalist for the 2008 Rimington Trophy and played for the Cincinnati Bengals. Guard Mitch Petrus was a first-team All-SEC honoree in `09 and is currently a member of the New York Giants.

    Summers got NFL experience with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 and was the offensive line coach at the University of Louisville from 2003-06. In his last year at Louisville, three of his linemen (Renardo Foster, Kurt Quarterman and George Bussey) earned first-team All-Big East Conference honors and center Eric Wood was a second-team pick.
    Summers’ line fronted a unit that ranked second in the nation in total offense (475.3 yards per game), seventh in passing (290 per game) and 12th in rushing (185.3).

    Two more of Summers’ linemen, Jason Spitz and Travis Leffew, earned identical honors with first-team All-Big East in 2005, first-team All-Conference USA in 2004 and second-team All-Conference USA in 2003.

    Foster, Spitz and Wood have played in the NFL while Quarterman, Bussey and Leffew either made active rosters or in-season developmental squads. Wood was a first-round draft pick and now starts for the Buffalo Bills.

    Summers’ 2004 line helped Louisville set a school record with 3,005 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns while allowing only 20 sacks and leading the nation in total offense and scoring offense. Louisville also set school records with 6,468 total offensive yards and 597 points scored. In Summers’ first season, the Cardinals reduced sacks allowed from 46 to 13 and set a then-school rushing record while ranking seventh in the nation in total offense and 10th in rushing.

    During Summers’ time at Louisville, the Cardinals won a Conference USA championship and a Big East title while playing in the Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, Liberty Bowl and GMAC Bowl.

    Before Louisville, Summers spent two seasons at Ohio (2001-02), where his offense ranked No. 8 in the nation in rushing offense in 2002 (239.8) and No. 6 in 2001 (240.1).

    In 2000, Summers was the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State. From 1996-99, he was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of the South (Sewanee), where his offense ranked as high as fifth in the nation in rushing and second in the conference in total offense during his four seasons.

    Summers was at Oregon State from 1991-95, where he was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. He also was OSU’s recruiting coordinator in his first season. The Beavers led the Pacific-10 Conference in rushing four straight years and he was named the league’s top “Offensive Backfield Coach” in 1993. While at Northern Illinois from 1985-90, he coordinated an offense that established 51 school records and seven NCAA records.

  27. BluesClues
    1:02 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    The killer in me is the killer In U…I’ll send this smile over to U…-smashing pumpkins…..I’m afraid of Americans….God is an American, Johnny is a an American…I’m afraid I can’t help it…I’m afraid….I Can….God is an American—-David Bowie

  28. Owensboro Catholic High School
    1:13 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    John Schlarman’s Bourbon County Squad cost me a few tears after the State Championship Game in 98′. I still dont think I’m over it ;(

  29. homeboy
    1:20 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    If the idea is to build the coaching staff with former UK players just because they were former UK players, then its not good. And this is what it looks like with Brown/Scott/Schlarman.

  30. thegr8one
    1:27 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody else see a trend here? Maybe Tony Franklin does know something about football.

  31. schwing
    1:53 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    wife looks like she might have a decent set. nice tan at the very least. i’d definitely hit it.

  32. Ale84life
    1:57 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    John Schlarman is a former Highlands High School guy where Patrick Towles went to high school. He will be a good recruiting link to that school and Northern Kentucky as well as having a great understanding of recruiting further south near Troy. He knows Neil Brown’s system and will hit the ground running on that. The techniques and philosophy are slightly different than a more conventional offense that Summers would be used to.

    Great hire in my opinion. Not because he’s a Kentucky guy but because we know he already works well with the new OC and understands and can implement his vision of the offense.

  33. CatsCatsCats
    2:03 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Played for the Highlands Bluebirds in High School.

  34. Ol' Ball Coach
    2:14 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #28 Bourbon Co won the state in 1997. Schlarman wasn’t there yet.

  35. Yeah
    2:24 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Now that’s a bunch of toe-heads.

  36. 17, no offense taken…I think 🙂 …what is TSSR?

  37. fatpat
    2:43 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    welcome to our old campbell county coach who is makeing the camels proud

  38. chief_cat
    3:03 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    36, Troy State Sports Radio, as opposed to KSR, I am assuming

  39. Just The Facts
    3:22 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Schlarman is the Son in Law of Joe Federspiel..Jersey Retired at UK

  40. BillDozer
    3:29 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #1….its not really an upgrade, but just a change. He knows the system and that is a major step to get the ball rolling right away. Summers is a good coach, but we will be fine. Its not like he was the elite piece missing here.

  41. thenamerobdigity
    4:03 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I love the hire. John Schlarman is a upstanding citizen and I think it would be awesome to play for him.

  42. UKnowMe
    4:03 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    It is OK i am sure Summers will end up at WKU with Petrino who he was pushing for the UK job.

  43. mudcreekmark
    5:21 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    If he gets his players to play nearly as good as he did at UK then I say it was a great hire. He was one hell of a player.If you are going to run this type of offense then it would help to have a line coach who has coached under the system. That means teaching linemen how to pass block almost every down.I remember Mumme complaining about not having enough time to teach proper techniques when running the ball. They spent so much time pass blocking that they just weren’t very good at run blocking. Hopefully with Schlarman we can be good at both.

  44. Stoopsfirstf__kup
    7:21 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Terrible hire!!! First major mistake of stoops! Summers is the best in the business! Btw does any other winning sec football team run a gimmick offense? Nope they all have great running games!

  45. Stoopsfirstf__kup
    7:23 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    A bunch of bad high school teams and Troy? Are you kidding me this guy will get eaten alive by sec defenses

  46. bigbellyrun
    11:39 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    44&45, dude you are a total retard if you think Schlarman is a terrible hire and will get eaten alive by SEC defenses. John was a has kicked a lot of asses as a player here at UK and a coach. He’s as legit as the come and I guarantee the OL at UK under him will be one of if not the best part of this football team.