The Kentucky Wildcats have found a new safeties coach.
After seven years as the director of football operations at UK, Frank Buffano has accepted a new role as the safeties coach, UK announced Wednesday.
“I’m so happy to announce the promotion of Frank Buffano from director of football operations to safeties coach,” head coach Mark Stoops said in a press release. “To say that Frank has paid his dues is an understatement. We began in 2004 when he was an undergraduate student at Arizona. He became a graduate assistant coach, then coached at Youngstown State, and has been with us since we came to Kentucky, so he has spent 16 years getting to this point.
“Frank has a tremendous work ethic and obviously has extensive understanding of our system and the expectations of our coaching staff. I’m excited for our team and for Frank to have this opportunity.”
A Youngstown, Ohio, native, Buffano is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School along with Stoops and tight ends coach Vince Marrow.
Buffano joined Stoops’ staff in 2013 as the director of football operations. Prior to UK, Buffano was an assistant coach for three seasons at Youngstown State coaching linebackers in 2011-12 after serving as the secondary coach in 2010.
“I want to thank Coach Stoops for this opportunity,” Buffano said. “My collegiate coaching career started at Arizona under him when he was the defensive coordinator and when he called me to come work at Kentucky seven years ago it was a no-brainer. Even though it meant I wouldn’t be on-the-field coaching, I knew I wanted to be a part of his program and his vision. Serving as the director of football operations at Kentucky these past seven years has taught me a lot and helped prepare me for this opportunity. The timing was just right and I can’t wait to get started.”
Prior to Youngstown State, Buffano spent five seasons with Mark Stoops at Arizona, serving as a defensive graduate assistant coach his last two seasons after three years of working as a video graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, Buffano worked with the defensive backs. He also coached the offensive scout team, broke down game film, helped develop weekly game plans and evaluated film of prospective student-athletes.