Bobby Petrino promotes two graduate assistant coaches to his staff; Nick Petrino and Cort Dennison hired as new coaches

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino has hired Nick Petrino and Cort Dennison - who were both graduate assistants last season - as full-time assistant coaches on his staff.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino didn't waste any time naming two new asisstant coaches. And he didn't have to look very far for replacements for Terrell Buckley and Lamar Thomas.

Petrino named his son, Nick, as the school's new wide receivers coach and has hired Cort Dennison as the assistant secondary coach and the Cardinals' recruiting coordinator.

Both are former graduate assistants at U of L.

Dennison was the Director of On-Campus Recruiting last season and was a defensive graduate assistant in 2014. He had also worked at Western Kentucky as a graduate assistant.

“Cort is a bright football mind who I’ve had the privilege of working with for the last three years,” Petrino said. “An outstanding football player at the Division I level, Cort has extensive football knowledge and relates well to the student-athletes. He will be a valuable addition to our staff, and will be an asset in moving our program forward.”

Dennison was a standout linebacker at Washington where he was named the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player as a senior. He led the Pac-12 in tackles with 128 during his senior season.

Petrino served the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach with the Cardinals, where he aided in the development of Louisville’s quarterbacks and wide receivers. He had also been a student assistant at Western Kentucky and Arkansas.

“I’ve watched Nick grow as a coach over the past several years,” Petrino said. “Having grown up in a football family, Nick understands what is expected of him as a full-time assistant coach. Not only does he know what it takes to be successful, he knows our system, having played in it and coached with me over a long period of time.”


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