Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino announced the addition of a new staff member, along with a couple staff adjustments on Monday afternoon.
Lonnie Galloway, who has served as the associate head coach and wide receivers coach for West Virginia for three seasons, has joined the Cardinals coaching staff as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Chris Klenakis, who is beginning his third season tutoring the U of L offensive line, was promoted and will share to offensive coordinating responsibilities with Galloway. Nick Petrino will now coach the Cardinals quarterbacks.
“I am pleased to announce the hiring of Lonnie Galloway to our staff, and a well-deserved promotion for Coach Klenakis," Petrino said. “Coach Galloway has been a part of programs with explosive, record-setting offenses and he has impressed me with his passion for the players he has coached. He’s a proven recruiter who has established relationships in key areas that will be an advantage for our program. Coach Klenakis has consistently brought a great energy to our program. He has been extremely dedicated and he did a tremendous job with our young offensive line last season. The perspective of both coaches blend well and we will continue our philosophy of being aggressive and attacking defenses in a number of ways.”
Galloway helped guide a WVU offense that finished among the nation's top 25 in 2015 and he has had four receivers selected in the NFL Draft since 2012. Galloway has been an assistant at the collegiate level for the last 21 seasons, including stops at Elon (1996-02), East Carolina (2003-04), Appalachian State (2005-07), West Virginia (2008-10, 2013-15), and Wake Forest (2011-12).
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to join the staff at the University of Louisville,” Galloway said. “My family and I are thrilled about what the city of Louisville and this program have to offer. This is a great opportunity for me at this point in my career and I am eager to start contributing to this program and achieving the goals that they have set for themselves. I look forward to learning under Coach Petrino, one of the great offensive minds in the country. I would like to thank Coach Petrino and Tom Jurich for giving me this opportunity. I am ready to get to Louisville to start spring ball and begin building relationships with these players.”
In addition to being a proven receivers coach who understands how to develop a potent offensive attack, Galloway is also viewed as an excellent recruiter. During his time at WVU, Galloway focused a lot in ACC terrority, recruiting Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Washington D.C.
The promotion of Klenakis comes during his sixth season working alongside Bobby Petrino.
“It‘s an honor and privilege to be promoted to co-coordinator at the University of Louisville,” Klenakis said. “I’m appreciative that Coach Petrino believes in my abilities as a coach, and spending seven years on his staff, I’m grateful for what he has meant to my career. I look forward to working with the offensive staff in helping our offense continue to work toward our program’s increasing goals.”
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