The University of Kentucky football program officially has its man for the special teams and outside linebackers coaching gig.
Dean Hood, reported to have accepted the job last week, was formally introduced in a press release from UK Athletics this afternoon.
A former head coach of eight years at Eastern Kentucky, Hood is very familiar to the Bluegrass and he will fit right in with the staff as a native of Ohio.
“I am from northeast Ohio and I take a lot of pride from being from there,” Hood said in the release. “Being from Ohio I have followed the Stoops family for a long time and they are known for being tough, hard-working and family oriented. All of those things are important to me as well. When I was coaching at Wake Forest and we had to play against Florida State, I noticed how well the defense played once Coach Stoops got there. They were very tough to play against. Also, being 17 miles away at EKU, I was always impressed with him and the discipline of his program. I was impressed with how he presented himself in the media and public with an honest and let’s-go-to-work attitude and how they have put together a really good strategic recruiting plan. I’m excited and honored to be a part of his staff.”
Mark Stoops said, “I could not be more excited to have Coach Hood join our staff. He brings extensive experience and knowledge as a head coach, defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator. Having watched him at Eastern Kentucky, I developed great respect for him and I know he is held in high regard by the high school coaches in the state. He is a welcome addition to our program.”
Hood spent the 2016 season as the assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Charlotte. Prior to that, he led EKU to two Ohio Valley Conference Championships, three FCS Playoff appearances and an overall record of 55-38 (59.1), while being named the 2008 OVC Coach of the Year and the 2011 American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year. He also was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which goes to the best coach in FCS football, in both the 2008 and 2014 seasons.