Wildcats add new staff members

Last week Larry Brinson and Chris Thurmond were let go from the Kentucky coaching staff. Joker Phillips has quickly filled their roles and adjusted another role as two new additions join the staff.

Last week Larry Brinson and Chris Thurmond were let go from the Kentucky coaching staff. Joker Phillips has quickly filled their roles and adjusted another role as two new additions join the staff.

Former LaGrange (Ga.) High school coach, Steve Pardue joined Kentucky's coaching staff as the running back's coach, replacing Larry Brinson. The Kentucky native had been head coach at LaGrange since 1994 and sent several players to the University of Kentucky during that time.

"I've watched Steve for a lot of years and how he handles himself as a coach," Phillips said. "He's earned the respect of his players and of his fellow coaches through his work on the state boards in Georgia. Being a Kentucky native, he brings a lot to the table in Kentucky and Georgia."

Phillips also added a staff member that he's worked under, in new Co-Defensive Coordinator, Rick Minter. Minter was head coach at the University of Cincinnati where he hired Joker Phillips as a wide receiver's coach in 1997. Phillips also coached defensive backs under Minter the following year.

"Rick is a tough, hard-nosed defensive coordinator who has put together outstanding defenses at numerous schools," Phillips said. "When I worked with him at Cincinnati, Rick had great knowledge of both sides of the ball. He does a great job of communicating with players and putting them in position to make plays."

Pardue Bio
1985 Fayette County (Ga.) High School Assistant Coach
1986 Albertville (Ala.) High School Assistant Coach
1987-90 Crittenden County (Ky.) High School Assistant Coach
1991-93 LaGrange (Ga.) High School Assistant Coach
1994-2010 LaGrange (Ga.) High School Head Coach

Minter Bio
1977 Henderson State Graduate Assistant/Linebackers
1978 Arkansas Graduate Assistant/Linebackers/DBs
1979 Louisiana Tech Defensive Ends
1980-82 North Carolina State Outside Linebackers
1984 New Mexico State Linebackers
1985-91 Ball State Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
1992-93 Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
1994-2003 Cincinnati Head Coach
2004 South Carolina Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2005-07 Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2008-09 Marshall Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2010 Indiana State Linebackers


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