Stoops completes staff, talks progress
Mark Stoops
Mark Stoops
Posted Jan 12, 2013

Kentucky formally announced the final additions to Mark Stoops’ football staff on Saturday, welcoming Derrick Ansley as cornerbacks coach and Tommy Mainord as wide receivers coach.

Kentucky formally announced the final additions to Mark Stoops’ football staff on Saturday, welcoming Derrick Ansley as cornerbacks coach and Tommy Mainord as wide receivers coach.

Ansley, a former Troy University defensive back who coached at Alabama in 2010-11 and Tennessee last season, joins defensive coordinator/linebackers coach D.J. Eliot, defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh and safeties coach Bradley Dale Peveto on that side of the ball.

Mainord, who spent the last three seasons at Texas Tech with new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown, joins running backs coach Chad Scott, offensive line coach John Schlarman and tight ends coach Vince Marrow on the other side of the ball.

“I’m excited to have Derrick join our staff,” Stoops said. “He is an outstanding young coach and I am extremely impressed with his football knowledge. I wanted another coach on the defensive staff who would bring a diversity of knowledge and experience in addition to the system we used at Florida State. Although Derrick is a young coach, he fits that with three years’ experience in the SEC at Alabama and at Tennessee.

“Tommy brings a wealth of experience and success to our program. Coming from a coaching family, he is well-rounded with a great depth of football knowledge. Tommy is a true professional who is also known for his relentless work ethic. His familiarity with our offensive system will help the players’ transition to the new offense.”

Stoops Excited About Renovation Plans:

A planned $110 million renovation to Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Training Center announced earlier this week by UK president Eli Capilouto was welcome news to Stoops.

“It’s exciting," he said. "It is going to have a great impact on our program.

"I think it shows the commitment. We are serious about football and the administration is serious about football. It is a tremendous commitment by a lot of people to make it happen. I think it will have a great impact."

Recruiting Going Well:

The Wildcats have made some waves on the recruiting circuit in the short time Stoops have been in Lexington. The news got even better this weekend as UK picked up a pair of commitments from highly-regarded Ohio linemen Lovell Peterson and Kyle Meadows to go along with December junior college signees Za'Darius Smith and Steven Borden.

“Things are going well," Stoops said. "We have a big group (of visitors) here today. It’s been a great response, and I have been very excited about the way recruiting is going, and I feel very good about putting this class together.”

Stoops is particularly excited about recruiting his native Ohio.

“I think it’s very important for us to get into Ohio, obviously Southern Ohio being very, very close," he said. "We consider that local. And, again, with my ties to northeastern Ohio, and really all through Ohio, it’s going to be very important to us.

"There’s tremendous football being played in Ohio, so we want to treat that as home base. So, yes, we’re going to work Ohio hard along with Kentucky and really anything within a close proximity to UK.”

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