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John Schlarman officially on board

As expected, the university has just announced that John Schlarman will join Mark Stoops’ staff as the Offensive Line Coach. In a press release, Mark Stoops praised Schlarman’s work at Troy and his ties to the University:

“I like what John has done at Troy and the very prolific offenses they have had,” Stoops said. “John has built a great reputation as an offensive line coach. He’s not only a great coach but part of the tradition at UK.”

Schlarman says he is looking forward to returning to Kentucky and working with Stoops, as well as offensive coordinator Neal Brown, his former colleague at Troy:

“It’s an honor to get to come back to my home state and alma mater,” Schlarman said. “I’m looking forward to contributing to making Kentucky a winner.

“Getting to coach with Mark Stoops and Neal Brown is a great opportunity. There’s a lot of energy on this staff that will carry over to the players and onto the field.”

The complete release from UK is after the jump. Welcome home, John.

Schlarman to Coach Offensive Line
Former Wildcat Returns to Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Schlarman, a former All-Southeastern Conference offensive guard and graduate assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, has returned to his alma mater to coach the offensive line, head coach Mark Stoops announced Tuesday.

Schlarman comes to UK from Troy University, where he has coached the offensive line for the past six years, adding the duty of running game coordinator since 2010. He has helped Troy win or share four Sun Belt Conference championships and advance to three bowl games.

Troy has had one of the nation’s most productive offenses during Schlarman’s term, ranking among the nation’s top 26 in total offense in five of his six seasons at the school. With new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown in the same role at Troy, the Trojans hit a No. 3 ranking in total offense in 2009 with 485.7 yards per game. Troy averaged 498.8 yards per game in 2012, ranking 13th nationally.

Featuring pass-oriented offenses, the Trojans have rated as high as No. 4 in the nation in passing yardage, accomplished in 2009 at 336.5 yards per game. Troy was eighth nationally in passing in 2012 with 331.5 yards per game.

Troy also has had complementary running games with Schlarman, averaging at least 149 yards per game in five of his six seasons, featuring a high mark of 182.6 yards per contest in 2007. All the yardage also has resulted in point production as the team has averaged at least 30 points per game in five of his six years.

Individually, Schlarman has coached eight first-team All-Sun Belt selections, including at least one first-teamer each season. Two of his linemen, Dion Small and Tyler Clark, were two-time first-team All-SBC. Another All-SBC lineman, James Brown, went on to the National Football League and currently is a member of the Chicago Bears.

“I like what John has done at Troy and the very prolific offenses they have had,” Stoops said. “John has built a great reputation as an offensive line coach. He’s not only a great coach but part of the tradition at UK.”

Schlarman originally came to the University from Highlands High School in Ft. Thomas, Ky., where he was an all-state offensive lineman. He was a four-year starter at Kentucky from 1994-97, earning first-team All-SEC honors as a senior. He also was a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team in 1994 and was chosen the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman in 1995 and ’96. Following his junior season, he was chosen for the “Unsung Hero All-America Team” by the College Football Chronicle.

Also an outstanding student, Schlarman was a three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was a finalist for Academic All-America in 1997 after earning a place on the Academic All-District Team. He graduated with a degree in mathematics and later earned his master’s in sports management.

Schlarman entered coaching at Bourbon County High School, coaching the defensive line in 1998 and ’99, helping guide the team to the state playoffs both seasons. He returned to UK as a graduate assistant coach from 2000-02, helping with the offensive line all three seasons. He also had sole responsibility of the tight ends in the ’02 campaign when the Wildcats compiled a 7-5 record.

Schlarman re-entered the high-school ranks in 2003 as head coach at Campbell County for two seasons. He moved to Newport HS in 2004-05 and had a two-year record of 19-6, including two state playoff appearances and a district title. The best season was 2005, when Newport went 11-2 and reached the state playoff quarterfinals before losing to the eventual state champion. He was named District Coach of the Year in 2005 by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association.

“It’s an honor to get to come back to my home state and alma mater,” Schlarman said. “I’m looking forward to contributing to making Kentucky a winner.

“Getting to coach with Mark Stoops and Neal Brown is a great opportunity. There’s a lot of energy on this staff that will carry over to the players and onto the field.”

Schlarman is married to the former Lee Anne Federspiel, daughter of former UK linebacker Joe Federspiel. They have three sons, Joseph, Benjamin and Matthew.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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16 Comments for John Schlarman officially on board



  1. One Track Mind
    8:44 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Great Matt now are we getting Quick? What about Randle or Wiggins?



  2. Enquiring Minds Want To Know
    8:46 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Are you going to upload today’s podcast??



  3. barn
    8:49 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    what’s the latest on the unc academic fraud investigation? how about some news about twany beckham?



  4. crackerhillbilly
    8:52 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I love the great UK homecoming, but I hope the leader of the pack – a man with no direct personal connection – is the man with the vision to unite those who always believed we can win in the SEC, but never had the stars aligned for them. Coach Stoops, be that man and make it your time to ALIGN THEM!



  5. Bla Bla Bla
    8:54 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like we have a new staff with the same sorry players this will equal the same results. Until they prove they can bring in SEC talent we will remain at the bottom of the SEC.



  6. goUKats
    8:55 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Energy is the key word.This staff being young,is going to show a lot of energy,and hopefully the players get it and transform it into a winning season next year.



  7. barn
    8:59 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    i don’t look to have a winning season right off the bat, but great if we do. it’ll be slow coming until the new coach can bring in some sec-caliber talent, which hopefully he will.



  8. Whattttttttttttttt
    9:01 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    All you negative nellies please stay off the boards.We did win in the SEC in 2007 and that was with an old man coach.Please give these guys a chance.If you dont want to watch then dont watch but please dont come back when they are winning we dont want you.



  9. Georgia Blue
    9:04 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    What is SEC Talent. I never heard of it . I heard of Coaches getting players to play above their talent. It’s a lot of talent on UK Football Team. You just have to have the right coaches. The players are excited and put money on it that next year . This team will compete in the SEC. Offseason workout is going to tell the different in spring practice. Then summer workout will tell you if the team is ready to compete. I look forward to seeing these coaches push this players to their max.



  10. flyer nation
    9:05 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink


  11. mudcreekmark
    9:07 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Very important to get someone who has coached the line in this type of offense. I loved him as a player and I for one cannot wait to see the product these guys put on the field.I say we have a winning record next year.



  12. barn
    9:14 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    9–sure teams play above their talent sometimes, but not consistently–not in the sec. if you look at the recruiting services like rivals.com, you will see that the sec teams who recruit the higher rated players are the teams who win consistently. the star rating is a very good indicator of how much teams win. the more 4/5 star players=more wins. check it out. hopefully stoops is the coach who can recruit these players.



  13. Rixter
    10:05 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Did Vanderbilt players suddenly get better???? or did the new coaching staff spur them to play above their talent level??



  14. dave
    10:08 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    12-haha you’re kidding? texas & USC would each be a top 5 team every year. and miami & tenn would at least be top 25 teams. and northwestern & boise st would definitely not be top 20 teams. and kansas st would be closer to top 50 than top 5.



  15. Rockfield, KY
    8:46 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    13. Vandy started getting better players AND the older ones were being coached up. Ideal situation.



  16. Joe
    9:41 am December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Vandy’s “turnaround” didn’t involve new players, it involved a new COACH. I put “turnaround” in quotes because the turnaround, so far, has meant they are no longer, consistently,the worst team in the SEC (We are)…

    To move up further will require better players no doubt…but the real change was the STAFF.

    And technically, they are NOT “playing above their talent level.” They are playing TO their talent level…the previous staff simply didn’t lead, train, motivate the team and have a proper scheme to utilize their talents. This Vandy staff has done so.