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Stoops Completes His First Kentucky Football Staff


We heard the news late last night, but it’s official now: Mark Stoops has hired Tommy Mainord (wide receivers coach) and Derrick Ansley (cornerbacks coach) to finish up his first staff as head coach of Kentucky.



Tommy Mainord comes to Kentucky after spending three seasons at Texas Tech with newly anointed UK Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown. During his time in Lubbock, Mainord (who was an assistant coach for outside receivers) helped guide Texas Tech to Top 10 national rankings in passing offense, Top 15 in total offense, and Top 25 in scoring offense. He also coached Darrin Moore and Eric Ward last season, two of the best receivers in college football, who both finished the season in the Top 20 nationally for receptions per game. Stoops calls Mainord a “true professional who is also known for his relentless work ethic.”



Derrick Ansley is already very familiar with the SEC, having coached at Alabama (2010-2011) and Tennessee (2012). Ansley was at Alabama as a defensive graduate assistant during their 2011 championship season, and while at Tennessee, he helped the Vols improve from 86th to 56th in their national ranking in interceptions. Although Ansley is young, Stoops believes that his SEC experience will be valuable in bringing Kentucky football back to prominence: “I wanted another coach on the defensive staff who would bring a diversity of knowledge and experience in addition to the system we used at Florida State. Although Derrick is a young coach, he fits that with three years’ experience in the SEC at Alabama and at Tennessee.”


With these two final hires, Chad Scott has been moved to running backs coach.


Hiring staff, securing commitments… remember when Kentucky football was never mentioned on winter weekends? Yeah, me neither.



Article written by Kristen Geil

7 Comments for Stoops Completes His First Kentucky Football Staff

  1. MississippiCat
    1:04 pm January 12, 2013 Permalink

    I am in Jackson Mississippi and I am trying to figure out where to view the game. I can’t find it on any of the local stations so I doubt it will be shown. Does anyone know of a website that maybe streaming the game? Any help is appreciated.

  2. Game Link
    1:17 pm January 12, 2013 Permalink

    Hey MississippiCat, this link should work. Just wait for the ad to close. Go Cats!

  3. MississippiCat
    1:20 pm January 12, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks a lot!

  4. Rixter
    1:22 pm January 12, 2013 Permalink

    “remember when Kentucky football was never mentioned on winter weekends? Yeah, me neither”

    So, Kentucky football has always been a big topic on winter weekends? I’m confused.

  5. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1:26 pm January 12, 2013 Permalink

    Where can I watch the game on TV in Lexington??

  6. Cmon Time Warner
    1:28 pm January 12, 2013 Permalink

    Winter weekends for football were a topic after bowl wins and recruiting. How soon KSR writers forget or how soon new KSR writers never know. We beat Clemson – momentum into winter. We beat FSU – momentum heading into winter. Cmon KSR.

  7. UK Freshmen
    2:15 pm January 12, 2013 Permalink

    This is the most awesome coaching staff ever assembled. With the new restooms and all the 3star recruits, we may average 20,000 fans and maybe score a point against UofL’s whipping boys, Florida!!!