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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
John Schlarman returns to coach at UK

By Edward Aschoff

Kentucky added a very familiar face to its coaching staff on Tuesday with former guard John Schlarman coming back to coach the Wildcats' offensive line.

“It’s an honor to get to come back to my home state and alma mater,” Schlarman said. “I’m looking forward to contributing to making Kentucky a winner.

“Getting to coach with [head coach] Mark Stoops and [offensive coordinator] Neal Brown is a great opportunity. There’s a lot of energy on this staff that will carry over to the players and onto the field.”

Schlarman, who was a four-year starter at Kentucky from 1994-97, returns to Lexington after coaching Troy's offensive line for the past six years. He was also the Trojans' running game coordinator starting in 2010. During Schlarman's tenure at Troy, the Trojans ranked among the nation’s top 26 in total offense in five of his six seasons. Troy's running game also averaged at least 149 yards per game in five seasons, including a high of 182.6 in 2007.

“I like what John has done at Troy and the very prolific offenses they have had,” Stoops said. “John has built a great reputation as an offensive line coach. He’s not only a great coach but part of the tradition at UK.”

During his time at Troy, Schlarman coached eight first-team All-Sun Belt selections, including at least one first-teamer each season that he was with the school.

The former All-SEC member will coach a Kentucky team that returns three starters from its offensive line and will have two senior running backs to work with in 2013. His main job will be development with this line. The Wildcats struggled to consistently get much push up front all year, which resulted in the Wildcats owning one of the SEC's worst offenses.