Courtesy of UK Media Relations
LEXINGTON — Former Kentucky tailback Chad Scott, who has spent the past six seasons coaching running backs with new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown at both Troy and Texas Tech, will return to Lexington as an offensive assistant coach with the Wildcats, head coach Mark Stoops announced Thursday. Scott’s position assignment will be finalized when the staff hiring is complete.
“I’m excited to have Chad join our staff,” Stoops said. “He has had tremendous success coaching in this system and his familiarity with Coach Brown, along with his experience with the Kentucky program, will help our transition with the team. He also is known as an outstanding recruiter and I’m confident he will help us in that area as well.”
Scott ventures back to Kentucky after spending the last three seasons at Texas Tech. While TTU has been known for great success throwing the ball, Scott’s running backs have made significant contributions to the offense as well. The Red Raiders have rushed for 135.5 yards per game and scored 51 rushing touchdowns during his three seasons. TTU’s primary running backs have averaged 4.95 yards per rushing attempt.
Vince Marrow, former National Football League tight end who has spent the last two seasons coaching tight ends at perennial national power Nebraska, has agreed to join Stoops as tight ends coach at the University of Kentucky, the new UK head coach announced Thursday.
“I’m very excited that Coach Marrow has joined our staff,” Stoops said. “His diverse experiences as a coach and NFL player will be invaluable to our players and our program. He also is a great recruiter, especially with his outstanding connections in Ohio.”
Stoops and Marrow, both from Youngstown, Ohio, knew each other as children before playing football together at Cardinal Mooney High School. Marrow went on to have a successful playing career collegiately and professionally as a tight end before entering the coaching ranks.
John Schlarman, a former All-Southeastern Conference offensive guard and graduate assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, has returned to his alma mater to coach the offensive line, Stoops announced Tuesday.
Schlarman comes to UK from Troy University, where he has coached the offensive line for the past six years, adding the duty of running game coordinator since 2010. He has helped Troy win or share four Sun Belt Conference championships and advance to three bowl games.
Troy has had one of the nation’s most productive offenses during Schlarman’s term, ranking among the nation’s top 26 in total offense in five of his six seasons at the school. With new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown in the same role at Troy, the Trojans hit a No. 3 ranking in total offense in 2009 with 485.7 yards per game. Troy averaged 498.8 yards per game in 2012, ranking 13th nationally.