Shortly after introducing Dean Hood as its special teams and outside linebackers coach, the University of Kentucky football program announced the hire of Derrick LeBlanc as the team’s new defensive line coach.
“I’ve known Derrick and watched his progress as a coach,” Mark Stoops said in release announcing the news. “I was super-impressed with his interview, with the organization of his teaching and how good he is as an instructor. Fundamentals are important at every position but especially in the defensive line and I believe Derrick will be a great teacher of proper technique and fundamentals.”
LeBlanc said of his new gig, “It’s a great pleasure to be here at Kentucky with Coach Stoops and his staff. I’m excited about the opportunity to teach the young guys at UK and coach in the Southeastern Conference. Coach Stoops is a great defensive mind and he’s a great teacher of the game. On the outside looking in, there’s always been the potential to win at Kentucky and Coach Stoops has found a way to get it going in that direction and I’m looking forward to working with him and these players.”
LeBlanc, formerly of Southern Miss and North Texas, replaces Jimmy Brumbaugh.