Cats add two new coaches

Arizona has added two new assistant coaches and is closer to completing Mike Stoops' first coaching staff at the school. Two offensive coaches, Kasey Dunn and John Peterson, are now in the fold. Dunn is already on campus, while Peterson will be in Tucson by the end of the week.

Kasey Dunn comes to Arizona after spending the end of the season at TCU, where he took over after a coach was suspended after a drunk driving incident. Dunn was slated to coach at Alabama this season, but was let go when head coach Mike Price was fired after spring ball.

Dunn spent most of his career in the west, coaching at Washington State, New Mexico, Idaho and San Diego. He was an All-American at Idaho as a wide receiver under John L. Smith.

"Kasey (Dunn) has been established in the Pac-10," Mike Stoops said. "He has an impressive resume at Washington State under Mike Price. He has a lot of experience on the field and off the field recruiting. He has been a great coach at Washington State. He did a lot of things offensively. I liked their system and the way they moved the football. I liked a lot of their ideas. He also has strong West Coast ties into Southern California. He brings a lot."

As of now he is slated to be the new running backs coach for the Wildcats, the position he served at Washington State. He will recruit California, with an emphasis on Los Angeles.

Dunn met Stoops last year in the Rose Bowl and kept in touch through all the season's turmoil.

John Peterson comes to Arizona after a five-year stint at Miami-Ohio. Peterson was the offensive line coach and served as the Redhawks' running game coordinator. He is supposed to coach guards and centers for the Wildcats and will again have a say in the running game.

"(Peterson) has a great pedigree coming out of Ohio State, a graduate from Ohio State," said Stoops. "He is really an up-and-coming star as an offensive line coach. He brings a great work ethic and intensity, which I like at that position."

Peterson has been a part of some amazing offenses at Miami (OH). This season the unit averaged 43 points a game, including 160 yards on the ground. The team rushed for 36 touchdowns this season.

Before joining the Redhawks Peterson coached at Akron, plus grad assistant stints at Cincinnati and Ohio State. He played in the Cotton, Hall of Fame and Liberty Bowls for Ohio State.

The Wildcats still have three coaching vacancies to fill. They would like to fill the slots as soon as possible, but at this time they have no timetable for the announcements.

"I hope to, but I don't know if it will be finalized by the end of the week," Stoops said.

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