The Mark Stoops coaching tree has sprouted a new branch. Today, Eastern Kentucky hired Walt Wells as its new head coach. Wells has served as a quality control assistant under Mark Stoops at Kentucky for the past two seasons. He replaces Mark Elder, whose contract was not renewed following a 21-24 record in the past four seasons.
Wells has a long history with the Colonels, serving as an assistant under Roy Kidd from 1997 to 2002 and assistant head coach and offensive line coach in the 2015 season. From 2016 to 2017, he was an offensive quality control coach at Tennessee before making the move to Lexington. He has also spent time at South Florida, Western Kentucky, and New Mexico State.
“I’m excited to be back and be the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University,” Wells said in a release from EKU. “This is a place that is very close to my heart, and my wife Jennifer’s heart. Our daughter was born here and I look forward to bringing my son here too. EKU has a proud tradition and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”
“Twenty-two years ago I came here and met coach Kidd and his staff. I learned many valuable lessons that have carried me through my career. I appreciate them pouring their knowledge into me, and I look forward to now passing that on to our team here.”
“Becoming the head coach at EKU has always been a career goal of mine. EKU football has, and will always be, A Matter of Pride. I appreciate Chairman Lewis Diaz, President Benson, the Board of Regents and Mark Sandy for this opportunity. Jennifer and I look forward to bringing our family back to Richmond and getting to know the members of this community.”
Wells will be introduced at a press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Black Box Theatre at the EKU Center for the Arts.