Kentucky adds new defensive line coach

The Kentucky football staff continued to fill out when the school formally announced Jimmy Brumbaugh as new defensive line coach on Tuesday morning.

Brumbaugh is a former All-Southeastern Conference defensive tackle at Auburn and a member of the Louisiana State staff during its 2007 title run.

“I think Jimmy will do a tremendous job in player development,” new UK coach Mark Stoops said in a release.

“Jimmy comes from the heritage of the legendary Pete Jenkins.  Jenkins coached defensive line play for decades in the SEC, other colleges and in the National Football League. When I talked with Jimmy, he blew me away with his organization and plan of how he teaches and develops the defensive line.”

Most recently Brumbaugh was a defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at East Mississippi Community College.

Prior to that, he was a defensive line coach at Louisiana Tech and Syracuse.

While at Syracuse, he helped guide the Orange to an 8-5 record and a 2010 bowl win.

In the release, the Keystone Heights, Fla., native said watching Stoops’ Florida State defense from afar has him excited about the future at Kentucky.

“I’m glad to be part of the Big Blue Nation,” Brumbaugh said. “When you think of the tradition of the SEC, and having played at Kentucky (during the 1995 season), I’m glad to be here and have the opportunity to be in this one-of-a-kind league.”

As a player at Auburn in the late 1990s, Brumbaugh started 44 of his 48 career games, gathering 291 tackles and 15 sacks as a nose tackle and defensive tackle.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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