Mark Stoops' coaching staff at Kentucky is taking more shape, as he announced the hiring of Jimmy Brumbaugh on Tuesday as his defensive line coach.
“I’m glad to be part of Coach Stoops’ vision for the Kentucky program,” Brumbaugh said. “Watching his defense this year, and knowing his attention to detail, is exciting.
“I’m glad to be part of the Big Blue Nation. When you think of the tradition of the SEC, and having played at Kentucky [during the 1995 season], I’m glad to be here and have the opportunity to be in this one-of-a-kind league.”
Brumbaugh, who was an All-SEC defensive tackle at Auburn, arrives in Lexington after spending a year at East Mississippi Community College, where he served as the defensive line coach and the strength and conditioning coordinator. In 2011, Brumbaugh coached defensive tackles at Syracuse and coached the Orange's entire defensive line in 2010.
Outside of his time as a player at Auburn, Brumbaugh brings some SEC experience with his two years as the assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at LSU in 2006 and 2007. Brumbaugh got his start as a defensive line coach at Louisiana Tech in 2008.
“I think Jimmy will do a tremendous job in player development,” Stoops said. “It’s of major importance to teach defensive line play at the level of expectation that Coach Eliot [defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot] and I have.
“When I talked with Jimmy, he blew me away with his organization and plan of how he teaches and develops the defensive line.”
Brumbaugh will have the pleasure of coaching two very talented defensive tackles in Donte Rumph and Mister Cobble, who combined for 61 tackles and six sacks this season. Both have shown tremendous upside with their play and have the potential to be very solid players in this league. It's a good base for Brumbaugh to start with.