It looks like Mark Stoops may have finally filled his entire coaching staff for the 2016 football season.
According to Jon Hale, Kentucky is adding two more coaches to the staff in order to fill the quality control coaching spots in the form of EKU assistant Brian Landis and former Kansas assistant Louie Matsakis. This would come just days after reports surfaced that UK was hiring Cincinnati co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach Steve Clinkscale to be the Cats' new secondary coach.
The hires are not official, but they should be sometime this week if they do in fact end up being the guys Stoops picks to fill those spots. Here is an excerpt of Hale's report:
UK head coach Mark Stoops intends to hire Eastern Kentucky University safeties coach Brian Landis and former Kansas special teams coordinator Louie Matsakis as quality control coaches, a source confirmed to The Courier-Journal Tuesday.
Landis will serve as UK’s new defensive quality control coach. He joined the EKU staff in 2015 after 11 seasons at Georgetown College. Landis played at Georgetown and spent one season with the Lexington Horsemen, the former National Indoor Football League team in Lexington.
Matsakis will serve as UK’s special teams quality control coach. He spent the 2015 season as an administrative assistant at Kansas but previously worked as the special teams coordinator at Kansas, Youngstown State and Texas State. He was the Kansas special teams coordinator during the 2007 Orange Bowl season.
Landis was hired to coach the Colonel safeties in 2015 after a 13-year run on the Georgetown College coaching staff as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Landis played football for the Tigers and was captain of the Georgetown squad that went on to win the 2000 NAIA national championship.
As for Matsakis, his most recent coaching stint came when he returned to Kansas in January 2013 after spending four seasons at Youngstown State where he was the special teams and recruiting coordinator and running backs coach.
Prior to his time at YSU, Matsakis spent five of the six previous seasons on the Jayhawk staff. From 2007-09, he was the KU running backs coach and oversaw the specials teams. In 2004-05, he was a quality control coach.
Matsakis becomes the second former Jayhawk coach from 2015 to join UK. Stoops previously hired former Kansas wide receivers coach Tommy Mangino as an offensive quality control coach.