Earlier this week, the news broke that Kentucky Special Teams Coordinator Dean Hood is leaving the program to take the head coaching job at Murray State. This afternoon, the Racers made the hire official in a press release, which includes a quote from Hood’s old boss, Mark Stoops.
“I’m very happy for Dean to be named head coach at Murray State. I had great respect for Dean when he joined our staff, and that respect has continued to grow. He is a seasoned veteran whose work as special teams coordinator and defensive coach has been a big part of our success. I wish him the best in this next chapter of his career.”
Hood served on Stoops’ staff the past three seasons, coaching the special teams and the outside linebackers in 2017 and the special teams and defensive backs in 2018 and 2019. Prior to that, he was the assistant head coach at Charlotte, a role he took after an eight-year run as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky. Longtime Colonels head coach Roy Kidd congratulated Hood on his new job.
“Murray State University is getting a great one! Coach Hood is smart, he knows the game and the team will enjoy playing for him. More than getting a high-quality football coach, you got a good person who will teach the student-athletes about more than just football.”
Congrats to Coach Hood, who will be formally announced at a press conference tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Heritage Hall on the Murray State campus.