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Kentucky Wildcats name Steve Clinkscale defensive backs coach

Kentucky announced its latest addition to the football coaching staff on Tuesday when Steve Clinkscale was officially introduced as the Wildcats' new defensive backs coach.

Clinkscale spent the last three years as co-defensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati. He joins fellow former Bearcat assistants Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw on Mark Stoops' new staff during a busy off-season for the UK boss.

“I am very impressed with Coach Clinkscale’s knowledge and the way he handles himself with players,” Stoops said via statement released by UK. “He is well-seasoned in terms of experience. Coaches I greatly respect – Coach Gran and Coach Hinshaw – who worked with him in Cincinnati speak very highly of him.”

“I’ve been wanting to work with Coach Stoops since he’s been at Kentucky,” Clinkscale said. “This is a great opportunity for me and my family and I’m getting to work with someone who is like-minded. We speak the same language when it comes to defense. I was walking through the training facility with my wife and I told her ‘this feels like a dream come true.’ I’m very happy and I can’t wait to get on the practice field.”

Clinkscale also continues a strong Youngstown, Ohio, connection in the Bluegrass. He's a native of the same hometown that produced Stoops and assistant coach Vince Marrow.

In his three seasons at Cincinnati, Clinkscale helped the Bearcats advance to three straight bowl games – Belk Bowl (2013), Military Bowl (2014) and Hawai’i Bowl (2015). As the main defensive play-caller in 2015, his defense ranked third in the American Athletic Conference, allowing only 217 passing yards per game. Junior UC linebacker Eric Wilson blossomed under Clinkscale’s guidance as he charted a 106-tackle season, while safety Zach Edwards starred with 94 tackles and three interceptions.Clinkscale and his wife, Jasena, have four sons: Isaiah, Elijah, and twins, Zion and Zivon.

Clinkscale and his wife, Jasena, have four sons: Isaiah, Elijah, and twins, Zion and Zivon.



Wife: Jasena

Sons: Isaiah, Elijah, and twins, Zion and Zivon


2000, B.S. Ashland (DB) – 2000


Cincinnati – co-defensive coordinator, defensive backs – 2015

Cincinnati  - defensive backs – 2013-14

Illinois –cornerbacks coach – 2012

Toledo – special team coordinator, cornerbacks – 2009-11

Western Carolina – defensive backs – 2008

Ashland University – defensive backs, linebackers – 2001-07

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