UK announced Tuesday that Eric Wolford would be joining the football staff as the offensive line coach, replacing the late John Schlarman.
Wolford comes to Kentucky from South Carolina where he spent four seasons as the offensive line coach, and altogether has 25 years of coaching experience including two in the NFL.
This past season, Wolford’s offensive line led the way for running back Kevin Harris, who finished the season leading the SEC with 1,138 rushing yards. He had five 100-yard games and two 200-yard outings as the growing star was SC’s only true bright spot by the end of the season.
“I’m excited to come to Kentucky as the offensive line coach,” Wolford said. “I’ve known Mark Stoops a long time and I’ve been very impressed with how he’s built his program. I’ve had a front row seat, playing against Kentucky the last four years, and Kentucky is blue collar, they are tough, they have pride, they have attitude, and they have discipline. His strength coaches, Mark Hill and Corey Edmond, have done a great job in developing players and in recruiting, his staff has done a wonderful job of going out and finding players who can play in the SEC and at a high level.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to coach the ‘Big Blue Wall,” Wolford added, “I want to continue the legacy of John Schlarman. He was a wonderful man and watching film and seeing how his line played, it’s not hard to see what a great offensive line coach he was. We are always going to remember Coach Schlarman in our room. Always.”
Wolford actually was at Arizona for three seasons (2004-06) on the same staff as UK Head Coach Mark Stoops. He also is a Youngstown, Ohio native as are Stoops and three other coaches on the staff.