Matt House promoted to Defensive Coordinator

01/30/2017 05:34 PM

Mark Stoops has made a decision on who he wants to take over the Kentucky defense going forward.

Instead of hiring outside of the program, Stoops stayed in-house and promoted inside linebackers/special teams coach Matt House as the new leader of the defense.

This is House’s third time serving as a defensive coordinator. He spent two seasons as the DC at Pittsburgh and one at Florida International.

“I’m very excited to name Matt our defensive coordinator,” Stoops said. “He brings a wealth of experience and great passion for the game. In just one year, Matt has made a very good impression as the special teams coordinator and as a defensive coach. As the special teams coordinator, I’ve seen Matt’s leadership in front of the entire team.”

House helped UK improve its special teams drastically this past season. Kicker Austin MacGinnis hit two game-winning field goals this past season against Mississippi State and Louisville. The Wildcats also returned a punt for a touchdown for the first time in six years and did not allow one punt or kickoff return for a touchdown all season.

House, who also served as inside linebackers coach, coached Jordan Jones and Courtney Love, who were both leaders on the young Wildcat defense. Jones led the team in tackles (109) and Love was third on the team in tackles (76).

“I appreciate the opportunity Coach Stoops is giving me,” House said. “I’m excited to continue building the vision he has for the program and I’m excited to continue to grow and improve as a defensive unit.”

House will continue his role as inside linebackers coach.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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