Western Kentucky has officially announced the hiring of 9 assistant coaches for new coach Bobby Petrino and two coaches that were on Joker Phillips staff will join him in Bowling Green.
Here is the release from WKU:
Mike Cassity comes to the Hill with 38 seasons of collegiate coaching experience, including 22 seasons as a defensive coordinator. Cassity will take over as WKU’s secondary coach, after previously holding that same position at Kentucky last season. Cassity has WKU roots, as the former Hilltopper assistant served on the WKU defensive staff from 1983-88, serving as the defensive coordinator and the defensive backs coach. Cassity has previous coaching experience at schools such as Baylor, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin, among others.
“To be able to have Mike on our staff to coach the secondary is awesome because he used to be my coordinator and did a great job coordinating our defense at the University of Louisville,” Petrino said. “He really changed the culture on defense when he came in and improved our defense dramatically in a short time. He is a great motivator and very enthusiastic.”
Mike Summers will join Mike Cassity as a pair of 2012 University of Kentucky assistants to join Petrino’s staff, taking over as the offensive line coach for WKU. Cassity comes to the Hill owning over 30 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and the professional level. Summers spent three seasons as the run game coordinator and the offensive line coach at Kentucky under head coach Joker Phillips, after spending time on Petrino’s staff at Louisville, with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and at Arkansas. At Arkansas, Summers served as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach, as the Razorbacks led the SEC in scoring offense in 2009. Summers has also spent time at Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Texas A&M, among others.
“Mike is a great teacher,” Petrino said. “He does an excellent job of motivating the offensive line. The one thing that Mike has always done is that he has always been able to unify the offensive line. That is a tough position to play and they have really been able to come together as a family and understand that it takes a special person to be part of that group.”