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Kentucky announces Jon Sumrall hire

Sumrall helps fill the void left by the departure of Matt House.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have officially hired Jon Sumrall as the team’s new inside linebackers coach.

Sumrall comes to Lexington after a stint with the Ole Miss Rebels in that same role. That was the job Matt House held in addition to being Kentucky’s defensive coordinator of the last two seasons, but he’s since left to join the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I am extremely impressed with Jon,” head coach Stoops said in a press release. “He has a great reputation in the business and has proven himself as a top-level recruiter in the Southeastern Conference. He brings a wealth of experience in the defensive staff room and it’s always great to bring home a former Wildcat.”

You may remember Sumrall, who was a three-year letterman at Kentucky from 2002-04. He started every game as a senior and led the Wildcats with 72 tackles. After earning his degree in finance in 2005, Sumrall served as a graduate assistant for the Wildcats from 2005-06 under head coach Rich Brooks.

Since then, Sumrall has had various coaching gigs at San Diego, Tulane, Troy and now Ole Miss, including as a defensive line and linebackers coach.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to coach at my alma mater and be a part of Coach Stoops’ program and what he’s building here,” Sumrall said. “I’m excited about developing relationships with the players and helping them grow on and off the field as men. The University of Kentucky holds a special place in my heart and the opportunity to represent the Commonwealth is very special to me.”

After leaving UK in 2007, Sumrall spent five seasons in various roles at San Diego, including defensive coordinator during his final two seasons. The first three years, he served as the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and camp coordinator before assuming the defensive coordinator and linebackers coaching role in 2010. During his final season with the Toreros, Sumrall was promoted to assistant head coach.

Sumrall then joined Tulane for three seasons from 2012-14, coaching the defensive line the first two seasons before coaching the linebackers in 2014.

In 2015, Sumrall became the assistant head coach position at Troy under then-head coach Neal Brown. He worked primarily with linebackers and served as the special teams coordinator. He was there four seasons before landing at Ole Miss.