Bradley Dale Peveto, age 49, born in Beaumont, Texas. Peveto attended Southern Methodist University, where he played defensive back from 1982-1986 and immediately thereafter began his coaching career as an assistant at Trinity Valley Community College. Peveto was also an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin, Southern Miss, Arkansas, Northwestern State, Houston, Middle Tennessee, and LSU, where he coached special teams and linebackers from 2005-2007 (including the 2007 national championship team).
In 2008, Peveto was promoted to LSU’s co-defensive coordinator, a position he held for one year before moving on to become Northwestern State’s head coach. Unfortunately, success at Northwestern State was harder to come by than at LSU, and Peveto’s 14-30 record as head coach was especially marred by a 0-11 mark in his first year as Northwestern State’s head coach.
Kentucky connection? Stoops and Peveto served as co-defensive coordinators under Dana Dimel at Houston. Peveto would be working as safeties coach for Stoops and staff.
It’s a great hire because… as Rashawn said last night, it’s always a plus to get a staff member with former head coaching experience. Peveto also has the added bonus of coaching a national championship team, so he knows what it takes to run a serious football program in the SEC. Peveto was especially skilled at developing linebackers who were instrumental in LSU’s defensive success during his time there, an added bonus for Kentucky’s young returning linebackers.
Darin Hinshaw, age 38, born in Punta Gorda, Florida. The former University of Central Florida quarterback played briefly in the NFL, before becoming a graduate assistant for his alma mater and eventually advancing to quarterback coach in 2000. From UCF, Hinshaw moved on to Middle Tennessee (running backs coach turned co-offensive coordinator), then to Georgia Southern as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He stayed at Georgia Southern for one season before heading to Memphis as wide receivers coach.
At Tennessee, Hinshaw gets the credit for Vols quarterback Tyler Bray’s freshman season, in which he led the Vols to finish the season 4-0 and earn bowl eligibility while throwing for 1,234 yards and 12 touchdowns. Kentucky fans also have Hinshaw to blame for Cordarrelle Patterson, the wide receiver standout from a juco in Kansas (Patterson had one touchdown and four catches for 88 yards against Kentucky, bringing his total yardage on the season to 1,858 yards, the most in the SEC).
Kentucky connection? Currently unclear. Hinshaw would be Kentucky’s wide receivers coach, his same position while at UT.
It’s a great hire because… RECRUITING. Hinshaw has been described as “a relentless recruiter” by UT’s safeties coach and recruiting coordinator, Terry Joseph, and was named one of Rivals.com’s top ten recruiters in the SEC. He has ties to Kansas and junior colleges, both areas that Kentucky has tended to push aside when it comes to recruiting, as well as Florida and Memphis. Hinshaw has already landed verbal commitments from three four-star recruits this season, and did I mention he recruited Cordarrelle Patterson? Because I want one of him. Like, now. Also, with Kentucky’s young wide receivers, Hinshaw really has a chance to develop some raw talent into SEC-caliber players.
Reunited and it feels so good: Peveto and Hinshaw worked together at Middle Tennesse; Peveto was defensive coordinator while Hinshaw was co-offensive coordinator.
Welcome to Kentucky, fellas. Can we get an offensive coordinator now?