Stoops fills out staff with Ansley, Mainord

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops filled out his coaching staff on Saturday afternoon, formally announcing the hiring of assistants Derrick Ansley (cornerbacks) and Tommy Mainord (wide receivers).

Ansley comes to Kentucky from Tennessee, where he served one season under Derek Dooley. Before that, the former Troy standout was a graduate assistant at Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide to a 22-4 record and a national title in 2011.

“He is an outstanding young coach and I am extremely impressed with his football knowledge,” Stoops said in the release. “I wanted another coach on the defensive staff who would bring a diversity of knowledge and experience in addition to the system we used at Florida State. Although Derrick is a young coach, he fits that with three years’ experience in the SEC at Alabama and at Tennessee.”

The Tallahassee, Fla., native spent five seasons coaching at Division III Hutingdon College in Alabama.

“Coming to Kentucky is a great opportunity to learn from Coach Stoops and Coach Eliot, who obviously have had tremendous success and have great defensive minds,” Ansley said in the release. “Our goal is to build a championship defense. I’m also excited about continuing to coach and compete in the SEC.”

Mainord joins the Kentucky staff from Texas A&M, where he served in the same position under UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown. In his three seasons with the Red Raiders, they were ranked in the top 10 nationally in passing offense, top 15 in total offense and top 25 in scoring offense.

“I’m eager for the opportunity to work with Coach Stoops,” Mainord said in the release. “I have great respect for his accomplishments and I had heard all the excitement in Kentucky about his hiring. Getting to work with Neal Brown again made it even more attractive to come to UK.”

Stoops seemed eager to have Mainord join his staff as well.

“Tommy is a true professional who is also known for his relentless work ethic,” the coach said. “His familiarity with our offensive system will help the players’ transition to the new offense.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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