On Friday, the Kentucky Wildcats officially promoted linebackers coach Brad White to defensive coordinator, while tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow was promoted to associate head coach.
“I’m very confident in Coach White’s ability to lead the defense,” head coach Stoops said in a press release. “He did a tremendous job fundamentally developing our players last season. He has always given great support with ‘big-picture’ ideas on defense and I’m excited about what he will do to take us to another level.”
White originally came to Kentucky prior to the 2018 season after spending six years with the Indianapolis Colts. As the outside linebackers coach, White’s NFL experience helped Josh Allen develop into one of the best players in all of college football this past season.
“I would like to thank Coach Stoops for this great opportunity,” White said. “I’m looking forward to working with our talented defensive staff to continue to build on the success of last season.”
Marrow, who enters his seventh season at Kentucky, adds associate head coach to his title. He also serves as the tight ends coach, recruiting coordinator and the NFL liaison.
“I greatly appreciate the work he’s done in leading our recruiting efforts and bringing top-notch players to our program,” Stoops said.
“I love working with Coach Stoops and I’m glad to be a part of the Big Blue Nation,” Marrow said. “I am excited to continue building this football program into a national powerhouse.”
When bringing Marrow to Kentucky in 2013, Stoops predicted exactly what kind of impact Marrow would bring to the program.
“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.”
Kentucky’s seven recruiting classes under the current staff are UK’s seven highest-rated groups in the history of the Rivals.com evaluation. Marrow, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, has played a key role in those efforts, spearheaded with numerous signees who hail from the Buckeye State.
Congratulations to both coaches on their well-deserved promotions, which also help ensure they’ll remain with Kentucky Football for the foreseeable future.