The Kentucky football program has officially added a new member to its coaching staff for the remainder of the season.
UK head coach Mark Stoops announced today that former Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski has joined the staff to help with the offensive line following John Schlarman’s passing on Nov. 12.
“Yeah, Jeff Jagodzinski came in to help us with the offensive line,” Stoops said during his press conference this afternoon. “He has been around a long time. He has been a head coach and offensive coordinator in the NFL and been an O-line coach in the NFL. Most recently, he was working with my brother with the (XFL Dallas) Renegades.
“So, he was available and willing to come in and help us through the end of the year until I have time to evaluate the entire situation and see what is going on with the entire staff. Once he is in our program, then we have the ability to move him up because of the situation with John (Schlarman), so he is coaching the offensive line.”
During his call-in radio show Monday evening, Stoops added that while Schlarman’s impact will never be replaced at Kentucky, the UK offensive line needed someone to lean on for the remainder of the season. With Jagodzinski’s experience, talent and availability, the move was a no-brainer.
“Jeff has great experience, he’s been a head coach, he’s been an NFL line coach,” Stoops said. “He comes from an O-line background, that’s his bread and butter, but he’s also a big picture guy. He’s been a coordinator and a head coach, so it’s a great addition. It’s a hard spot, but our players welcome it, that’s the good thing.
“We’re not replacing John, no one can ever replace that man. He will be missed for a long, long time. But on the other side that coin, they need somebody, they need someone looking out for them. They need somebody coaching them. It’s good for them to hear a new voice, they really welcome it. We’re not replacing John, that’s impossible to do.”
Jagodzinksi, a 35-year veteran coach, was the head coach at Boston College from 2007-2008, among other notable coaching stints such as:
- 1987–1988 LSU (GA)
- 1992–1996 East Carolina (OL)
- 1997–1998 Boston College (OC/OL)
- 1999–2003 Green Bay Packers (TE)
- 2004 Atlanta Falcons (TE)
- 2005 Atlanta Falcons (OL)
- 2006 Green Bay Packers (OC)
- 2009 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OC)
- 2013–2015 Georgia State (OC)
- 2016 Georgia State (associate HC)
- 2020 Dallas Renegades (OC/OL)