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Introducing Your New Defensive Coordinator, Brad White

You’ve heard for more than a week that Brad White was probably going to replace Matt House.  Now that White’s promotion from outside linebackers coach to defensive coordinator is imminent, here’s a little more on the man who will be calling the Cats’ defense in 2019.

The Mastermind Behind Josh Allen

Josh Allen is an incredible athlete.  The Kentucky edge rusher was on a path to unprecedented success before White arrived in Lexington.  White helped him get there a little quicker.

White brought six years of NFL expertise from the Indianapolis Colts to UK’s outside linebackers room in 2018.  The tactician used a detailed-oriented approach, but wasn’t afraid to mix it up in the middle of drills.

“He told us to hold nothing back, so I’m not holding anything back,” Josh Allen said prior to the Citrus Bowl.  “He knows the consequences,” Allen laughed.

Endearing to his players, he was a hot commodity on the open coaching market.  As others pursued from other Power Five conferences and the NFL, Mark Stoops kept the rising star on his staff by promoting him to defensive coordinator.

Northeastern Roots

Unlike most of the other UK assistants, the Rhode Island native does not have roots in a talent-rich recruiting area.  However, he can tap into an area area that is typically dominated by the team UK just beat in the Citrus Bowl, Penn State.  Even though he spent six seasons off the recruiting trail, KSR has learned that White fell back in love with recruiting this year.  With Josh Allen’s name recognition, results should soon follow.

Mic’d Up

Coaching with his Mentor

White learned football at the collegiate level from Dean Hood, UK’s special teams coordinator and safeties coach.  White starred as Hood’s middle linebacker at Wake Forest from 2002-04.

“Coach Hood is a big mentor of mine. I know these players have been taught the right way,” White said at his introductory press conference in 2018.

A first time defensive coordinator, it will be important for White to have a steady support system.  With his mentor right down the hall, and a defensive-minded head coach, White has plenty of experienced colleagues ready to lend a hand at any time.

Coaching History

Year School Position
2007-08 Wake Forest Defensive Grad Assistant
2009 Murray State Safties
2010-11 Air Force Inside Linebackers
2012-13 Indianapolis Colts Defensive Quality Control
2014 Indianapolis Colts Assistant Linebackers
2015-17 Indianapolis Colts Outside Linebackers
2018-present Kentucky Outside Linebackers


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Introducing Your New Defensive Coordinator, Brad White

  1. USMC5150
    11:17 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink


  2. mashburnfan1
    11:20 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Everyone expected this to happen since news that House is gone broke. Glad to see it official as well as the news of Jon coming back home. Another great day for UK Football. April 12th can’t get here quick enough.

  3. JASUN74
    4:31 am February 20, 2019 Permalink

    The Mastermind huh? Bullshitt!! I mean he helped him with some techniques, but Josh was going to be a superstar when he decided to come back, no matter who was helping him. I’m tickled to death about him being promoted and I believe he’s a good fit for our program. It’s hard to see anyone much older than him be willing to let Coach Stoops micro manage as much as he does. Anyway good hire but you’re totally wrong about him being “THE MASTERMIND “ behind Josh Allen’s success! Josh would be the one who deserves this credit you’re just giving away from him so quick.

  4. lex cath
    3:23 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Talent rich North East is a first for me in college football