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January 12, 2013Kentucky announced the final two members of its football coaching staff on Saturday, adding former Tennessee assistant Derrick Ansley as cornerbacks coach and Tommy Mainord as wide receivers coach.
Mainord comes to Kentucky after three seasons as an assistant at Texas Tech, working with current UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown. He coached outside receivers at Texas Tech, helping the Red Raiders rank in the top 10 nationally in passing offense each year he was there.
"Tommy brings a wealth of experience and success to our program," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said in a press release. "Coming from a coaching family, he is well-rounded with a great depth of football knowledge. Tommy is a true professional who is also known for his relentless work ethic. His familiarity with our offensive system will help the players' transition to the new offense."
Mainord is the third offensive assistant for UK to hire with major ties to Brown. Offensive line coach John Schlarman worked with Brown at Troy, and running backs coach Chad Scott worked with Brown at Troy and Texas Tech. Tight ends coach Vince Marrow did not have previous ties to Brown, but does have ties to Stoops.
Mainord was the offensive coordinator at Lamar from 2008-09 and was previously an assistant at Sam Houston State from 2005-07 and Tartleton State from 1999-2004.
With Brown, Scott and Mainord on staff in 2012, Texas Tech passed for 4,627 yards, the most in the country.
"I'm eager for the opportunity to work with Coach Stoops," Mainord said in the press release. "I have great respect for his accomplishments and I had heard all the excitement in Kentucky about his hiring. Getting to work with Neal Brown again made it even more attractive to come to UK."
Ansley spent the 2012 season at Tennessee after a brief stint at Central Florida. The Vols ranked 114th nationally in passing defense last season, with Ansley serving as cornerbacks coach. He also spent two years as a graduate assistant at Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide during their 2011 championship season.
Ansley played at Troy from 2001-04. He was third in the nation with nine interceptions as a junior in 2003 and was first team All Sun Belt in 2004.
"I'm excited to have Derrick join our staff," Stoops said in the release. "He is an outstanding young coach and I am extremely impressed with his football knowledge. I wanted another coach on the defensive staff who would bring a diversity of knowledge and experience in addition to the system we used at Florida State. Although Derrick is a young coach, he fits that with three years' experience in the SEC at Alabama and at Tennessee."
Ansley was defensive backs coach at Central Florida briefly following the 2011 season before leaving in February 2012 for Tennessee. He served as a graduate assistant at Alabama in 2010 and 2011. Prior to that, he was defensive backs coach at Huntingdon College (Ala.) for five seasons. Ansley was also recruiting coordinator in his final season at Huntingdon.
"Coming to Kentucky is a great opportunity to learn from Coach Stoops and Coach Eliot, who obviously have had tremendous success and have great defensive minds," Ansley said in the relase. "Our goal is to build a championship defense. I'm also excited about continuing to coach and compete in the SEC."
Ansley rounds out a defensive staff that includes Jimmy Brumbaugh as defensive line coach, Bradley Dale Peveto as safeties coach and D.J. Eliot as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator.