Dontae Wright joins UK football staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Dontae Wright, who grew up in Kentucky and is a former linebacker at the University of Miami (Ohio), has joined the Kentucky football staff as a graduate assistant coach. He will aid the UK defensive staff and help coach the linebackers.

Along with coaching his position, Wright has a lead responsibility in breaking down opponent film, organizing scouting reports, handling "self scout" of UK tendencies, running the offensive scout team, and helping with on-campus recruiting.

"We're thrilled to get Dontae," Coach Rich Brooks said. "He comes from a great football school (Miami is known as the "Cradle of Coaches" for its coaching heritage). He's also a Kentucky high school product and played high school football with (current UK graduate assistant) Gerad Parker."

Wright was a four-year letterman for the RedHawks from 2003-06. He was recruited to Miami as a safety but moved to linebacker during his freshman year. He saw action in 48 games during his collegiate career, earning a starting spot at outside linebacker as a senior. He started in all 12 games in 2006 and finished fourth on the team with 65 tackles, which included 45 solo stops and 20 assisted tackles.

Wright played on the 2003 Mid-American Conference championship squad that went 13-1 overall, 8-0 in MAC and won the GMAC Bowl by defeating Louisville, 49-28. He also was a special teams contributor on the 2004 Miami squad that won the MAC Eastern Division, went 8-5 overall, 7-1 in the MAC, and appeared in the Independence Bowl. In 2005, he was a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor when the RedHawks went 7-4 overall, 5-3 in the MAC, and finished as MAC East co-champions.

A native of Maryland who grew up in Kentucky, Wright attended Lawrence County High School, where he played both quarterback and safety. He rushed for 1,011 yards, threw for 592 yards, and totaled 2,306 all-purpose yards, helping the Bulldogs compile a 40-10 record during his prep career. He was named 2001 area co-player of the year and was an all-conference, all-area and honorable mention all-state selection after his senior season. Wright and Parker played together at Lawrence County, where Parker became the leading pass receiver in Kentucky high school history.

Wright completed his bachelor's degree in physical education at Miami and is working on a master's degree in sports leadership at UK.

"I'm very excited to be here," Wright said. "I've always been a Kentucky fan. It's a great opportunity to work with an outstanding coaching staff."

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