Now that Mark Stoops has been named the head coach, it is time to figure out who will be the offensive coordinator.
Stoops is a defensive coordinator by trade, so we will worry about who that will be later, but everyone knows Kentucky football fans love offense and an exciting one at that.
Two names that have been thrown out so far are current Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley and Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown.
Media in Florida tweeted earlier today that Coley was going with Stoops, but many members of the Kentucky media seem to think Neal Brown could possibly end up at Lexington.
Here is a look at each coordinator from their respective school’s website:
Birthdate: April 14, 1973
Hometown: Miami, FL
College: Florida State, ’97
Family: wife, Kenia Coley; daughter, Madison; son, Brady
• James Coley is in his fifth season at Florida State – third as the offensive coordinator and fifth as tight ends coach.
• Entering now his eighth season at the collegiate level, Coley is heavily involved in game-planning and provides invaluable game-day assistance down to the sideline from the press box. Florida State ranked third in both scoring offense (30.6 points per game) and passing offense (257.0 yards per game) in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2011.
• In 2010, FSU was the fourth-best scoring offense in the ACC averaging 31.4 points per games and ranked fourth in rushing offense with 171.4 yards per game. FSU ran for more than 200 yards five times as a team including a 298-yard performance against in-state rival Miami which capped off a string of four consecutive 200-yard rushing games – BYU (278), Wake Forest (201), Virginia (256) and Miami (298). FSU ran for 218 yards in the Chick-fil-A bowl win over SEC East Champion South Carolina. FSU also led the league in third down conversions (47.6 percent).
• Coley’s work on the field has been instrumental in bringing the tight end position back to a place of prominence for the Seminoles. In 2011, freshman Nick O’Leary, the nation’s top tight end coming out high school, finished as FSU’s eighth leading receiver and was one of nine players to average more than 10 yards per catch. Florida State’s tight ends combined for more than 200 yards receiving in 2010. In 2009, tight ends Caz Piurowski and Beau Reliford combined for 24 receptions, 283 yards and four TDs. The four TDs were the most for the `Noles from the tight end position since 1994.
• As the recruiting coordinator at Florida State in 2008 and 2009, Coley was instrumental in the Seminoles landing back-to-back Top 10 signing classes, which have helped re-stock FSU’s talent pool. He was the named the top recruiter in the ACC in 2010 by ESPN.com. Coley’s boundless energy on the recruiting trail earned him a huge fan following on his @CoachColey twitter account.
• Coley was the offensive coordinator at Florida International in 2007 and spent six seasons in the Miami high school ranks, including a three-year run as offensive coordinator at Norland, which won a state title. A two-year offensive graduate assistant at LSU, where he worked alongside coordinator Jimbo Fisher, was followed by two seasons on the offensive staff with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban.
• Prior to arriving at FSU, Coley spent one season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at FIU. The Miami native completely overhauled the Golden Panthers offense and established new standards for rushing yardage, as the unit doubled its production over the second half of the season.
• In two seasons as an offensive assistant with Saban’s Miami Dolphins, Coley had an opportunity to work with running backs Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown (`05) when they boasted the NFL’s seventh-rated rushing attack. In 2006 he worked with the receivers, Including All-Pro Chris Chambers and Wes Welker, and was responsible for breaking down opposing defenses and self-scouting as the quality control coach.
• Coley’s first foray into the college game came as a graduate assistant at LSU on offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher’s staff in 2003 and 2004. The Tigers won the 2003 SEC Title and National Championship and played in the 2004 Capital One Bowl.
• Coley initially crossed paths with Fisher while coaching high school football in Miami from 1997-2002. His first job was as the quarterbacks coach at Miami Senior, where he spent three seasons and worked with current NFL standouts Andre Johnson andRoscoe Parrish.
• He moved to Norland in 2000 as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator and coached several players who had outstanding collegiate careers, including Dwayne Bowe (LSU), Kareem Brown (Miami), Alexander Bostic III (FIU) and Antwan Barnes (FIU) during a three-year run which culminated with the school winning the 6A state title in 2002.
• After graduating from Florida State in `97, Coley received his master’s degree in kinesiology from LSU in 2004.
Coley’s Coaching Ledger
Year School Position W-L Postseason
1997 Miami Senior QB
1998 Miami Senior QB
1999 Miami Senior QB
2000 Miami Norland AHC/OC/QB
2001 Miami Norland AHC/OC/QB
2002 Miami Norland AHC/OC/QB
2003 LSU GA 13-1 Sugar
2004 LSU GA 9-3 Capital One
2005 Miami Dolphins OA
2006 Miami Dolphins OQC
2007 Fla. International OC/QB 1-11
2008 Florida State TE/RC 9-4 Champs
2009 Florida State TE/RC 7-6 Gator
2010 Florida State TE/OC 10-4 Chick-fil-A
2011 Florida State TE/OC 9-4 Champs Sports
Neal Brown, one of the bright young minds in college football, begins his third season as the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech University.
The 2011 season, Brown’s second in charge of the Texas Tech offense, led the way to a unit that ranked 13th nationally in total offense at 470.58 yards-per-game and 22nd in scoring at 33.83 points-per-game. Under his tutelage, quarterback Seth Doege became a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award and led the nation in completions per-game at 33.17. Doege orchestrated the seventh best passing attack in the country as the Red Raiders averaged 345.42 yards-per-game through the air.
In his first year at Texas Tech and in the rugged Big 12 Conference, Brown produced one of the best offensive units in the league. His 2010 squad finished fourth in the conference in total offense (460.2 yards-per-game) and fourth in scoring at 33.1 points-per-game. Most impressively, Brown inherited a team that finished last in the league in rushing offense in 2009 (84.0 yards-per-game) and increased that total by an average of 57 yards-per-game and the Red Raiders finished in ninth in 2010 (141.3 yards-per-game).
Under his guidance, quarterback Taylor Potts threw for 3,726 yards and finished third in the league in passing (286.6 yards-per-game), third in touchdown passes (35), fourth in total offense (286.9 yards-per-game) and fifth in passing efficiency (141.1). Potts was named the offensive MVP of the TicketCity Bowl and was named the AT&T All-America Player of the Week on Oct. 15.
Wideout Lyle Leong also benefitted under Brown’s system as he hauled in 19 touchdown passes which was the second most in the country. Leong compiled 926 yards passing and that mark ranked sixth in the Big 12.
Brown, 31, came to Texas Tech from Troy University (Troy, Ala./Sun Belt Conference) in 2010 where he spent four seasons with the Trojans, including the last two as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. During his tenure at Troy, the Trojans won four consecutive conference titles and earned three bowl invitations. Despite being the youngest offensive coordinator in the FBS, Brown’s impact on the Trojan offense was impressive as his unit ended the 2009 season ranked third nationally in total offense (485.6 yards-per-game) fourth in passing (336.5 yards-per-game) and 16th in scoring (33.69 points-per-game). The Trojan offense dominated the Sun Belt Conference as they led the league in scoring, total offense, passing, pass efficiency and first downs.
In his first season as offensive coordinator in 2008, the Trojans’ fast-paced no huddle offense set 10 school records, including the most total yards in a season, most first downs in a season, most total yards in a game, most first downs in a game, and most pass completions in a game. In his first season as offensive coordinator, Brown led the Trojans to a national ranking of 26 in total offense with 421.42 yards-per-game. He also led the Trojans rushing attack to a 36th-place national ranking, while the passing game came in at 32. The Trojans were the 23rd-highest scoring team in the country in 2008, averaging 33.25 points-per-game under Brown’s leadership. In addition, Troy ranked in the top three of every major offensive category in the Sun Belt during the 2008 season.
As the offensive coordinator, Troy won two outright conference championships and played in two bowl games. He also tutored the 2009 Sun Belt Player of the Year in quarterback Levin Brown. Brown was second in total offense and sixth in passing while setting numerous school records.
During Brown’s first two seasons at Troy he coached the inside receivers. In 2007, the Trojan offense was among the nation’s leaders in scoring, total offense, passing, rushing, and most plays from scrimmage.
In Brown’s first season at Troy, he helped transform the Trojan offense from one of the worst in all of college football to a unit that led the Sun Belt Conference. Brown, along with outside receivers coach Shayne Wasden, led a receiving corp that finished the season with three receivers ranked among the top 10 in the conference.
Brown went to Troy after serving as wide receivers coach at the University of Delaware, a perennial Division I-AA power. He started three freshmen in the Blue Hens’ spread attack and led them to a 6-5 record. Prior to his stint at Delaware, Brown served as wide receivers coach and quarterbacks coach at NCAA Division I-AA Sacred Heart in 2004; leading the Fairfield, CT school to a record of 6-4 overall and the top-ranked scoring offense in the conference. Brown came to Sacred Heart after working as tight ends coach and offensive line assistant at the University of Massachusetts. In 2003, he helped lead the Minutemen to a share of the Atlantic-10 title and a berth in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management in 2002 and his Master’s in Business Administration in 2005, both from the University of Massachusetts. Brown earned two letters as a wide receiver at UMass, catching 58 passes for 721 yards and four touchdowns while being named to the Atlantic-10 All-Academic and the NCAA Division I-AA Athletic Director’s Academic All-Star Team as a senior.
The Danville, KY native played his first three seasons at the University of Kentucky. While at Kentucky, Brown earned two letters and participated in the Outback and Music City Bowls. He was also a member of the Southeastern Conference’s All-Academic Team all three seasons.
Brown is a member of the Boyle County Baseball and Football Hall of Fame. He is married to the former Brooke Stewart, and the couple has two daughters Adalyn and Anslee.