LEXINGTON, Ky. – Brad White, who spent the last six years with the Indianapolis Colts, has become UK's 10th assistant coach and will coach the team's outside linebackers, it was announced Thursday, Feb. 1
“My wife and I are really excited and grateful to Coach (Mark) Stoops for the opportunity to join the Kentucky family,” White said. “Kentucky is a program on the rise. I’ve been very impressed with how Coach Stoops is building this team. I’m especially impressed with the linebackers. They are a diverse group with rising seniors and talented young players all showing they can be successful in the SEC. I’m eager to get started.”
In six seasons with the Colts, White served as the outside linebackers coach (2015-17), an assistant linebackers coach (2014) and the defensive quality control coach (2012-13).
“When I talked to Brad, he impressed me with his expertise, his NFL experience and what a very, very good technician he is,” said Stoops, who did not know White prior to the hiring search. “Brad came highly recommended from people I know at Indianapolis. In addition to his knowledge of coaching linebackers, he has ‘big picture’ expertise.
“I’m also excited about hiring Brad because it will enable us to move Coach (Dean) Hood to the secondary, where he will assist Coach Clink (Steve Clinkscale). Dean has been a defensive backs coach for most of his career.”
Hood coached the outside linebackers in 2017, his first year on the UK staff, and he will continue as the Wildcats’ special teams coordinator.
Before White, a native of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, joined the Colts, he spent two seasons as the inside linebackers coach at the Air Force Academy (2010-11).
While at Air Force, White was instrumental in the development of linebackers Jordan Waiwaiole and Brady Amack, who were each first-year starters in 2010. Waiwaiole led the team in tackles with 96 in 2010, while Amack led the team with 136 in 2011. The Falcons advanced to post-season play in both 2010 and 2011, defeating Georgia Tech in the 2010 Independence Bowl and falling to Toledo on the 2011 Military Bowl.
Prior to coaching at the Air Force Academy, White spent the 2009 season as the safeties coach at Murray State University. He started his coaching career at Wake Forest, where he was a defensive graduate assistant for the 2007-08 seasons. He coached alongside Hood during the 2007 season when Hood was the defensive coordinator for the Demon Deacons. He also played under Hood from 2002-04.
A graduate of Wake Forest, White started at linebacker and finished his playing career with 227 tackles, 19.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and eight passes defensed, while starting 34-of-35 games played. White was a three-time Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and was named to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District III team. He graduated from Wake Forest with a bachelor’s degree in analytical finance and a master’s degree in accounting.
White and his wife, Kate, have three children, Julia, Lincoln and Hudson.