Some changes to the defensive side of the ball are coming for the University of Louisville football team.
Cardinal Authority has confirmed that U of L head coach Bobby Petrino is expected to hire former South Carolina and Fresno State defensive coordinator Lorenzo Wade as his defensive backs coach.
Multiple sources confirm the hire is expected to be made soon. Wade would replace Keith Heyward, who left the U of L staff after one season to take a job at Oregon.
Ward, who has worked with Petrino previously at Arkansas, was most recently the Fresno State defensive coordinator for one season. He guided the defense to the No. 68 ranking in the country, allowing 415.1 yards a game.
Prior to last season, Ward served as the defensive coordinator at South Carolina under Steve Suprrier from 2012-15. He was not retained when Will Muschamp took over as the Gamecocks head coach.
A graduate of Alabama, Ward coached for Petrino at Arkansas in 2011. He began his coaching career at Alabama as a graduate assistant for one season and then spent one year with the Oakland Raiders and also was at Chattanooga.
Ward then coached the secondary under Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech for seven seasons from 1999-2005, with five of his players earning All-Big East honors and one making the All-ACC squad. The Hokies led the nation in total defense, were third in pass defense and second in pass efficiency defense in 2005.
Known as a very good recruiter in the South, Ward is expected to share secondary coaching duties with Cort Dennison. Heyward and Dennison split duties last season with the Cardinals.
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