Sources tell WildcatAuthority.com that Arizona has hired former Nevada defensive coordinator Scott Boone as its new linebackers coach.
Boone spent three years at Nevada and was not retained to be a part of the new coaching staff when Brian Polian was fired.
In his first two seasons at Nevada, Nevada was one of just 24 teams in the FBS to have lowered its points allowed margin in two straight years.
Boone lowered Nevada’s scoring defense by nearly seven full points to 27.2 in his first and 26.8 in year two.
He arrived to Reno after being a finalist for the 2013 FCS Coordinator of the Year Award at William & Mary
He has a 33-year coaching career and a reputation for being an elite coordinator in both the FCS and FBS ranks.
Boone came to Nevada after a successful 10-year tenure at William and Mary, where he was a finalist for the FCS Coordinator of the Year award after guiding the Tribe to the second best scoring defense in the nation and No. 8 nationally in total defense along with the 15th spot in third-down defense in the FCS.
Prior to his seven seasons at William and Mary, Boone was the head coach for seven seasons at Randolph-Macon, compiling a record of 37-33, including a 22-18 ledger in conference action. In 1997, Boone guided the Yellow Jackets to a share of the ODAC title, going 4-1 in league play and 8-2 overall, and garnered Richmond Touchdown Club and VaSID Small College Coach of the Year honors.
While at RMC, Boone coached 34 players to First-Team All-ODAC honors in his seven seasons. Also, 14 team and individual school records were broken under Boone. Prior to his stint at RMC, Boone was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., from 1983 to 1996. In Boone's 14 years as an assistant, Wabash posted an 81-38-2 record.
Boone has sent numerous players to the NFL, including four William and Mary alum currently playing in the league.