The latest in the UK coaching staff hires is that Mark Stoops has hired Erik Korem as director of football operations. Korem served on the staff at Florida State this year under Jimbo Fisher. Here’s his profile via seminoles.com:
- Erik Korem joined the Florida State strength & conditioning staff in February 2010 as the speed and nutrition specialist to the football program, after spending the previous two years at Mississippi State
- At Mississippi State, Korem served as an assistant strength & conditioning coach and was also a professor in the Exercise Science Department.
- Korem’s resume includes extensive work with world-class track & field sprinters, including five-time Olympic medalist and six-time World Championship medalist Vernoica Campbell-Brown. He also served as a speed development consultant for Tyson Gay during the 2008 Olympic year when he broke the American record in the 100-meter dash (9.69).
- Prior to Mississippi State, Korem spent a year as the Director of Athletic Performance at the University of the Pacific, which followed a short stint as the head strength & conditioning coach at Fort Valley State University.
Troy offensive line coach John Schlarman will take the same position at UK, meaning the the highly regarded Mike Summers will not be back next season. Still, John is a high quality coach who has done very well at Troy with limited talent. His offensive line only allowed 15 sacks in 2012 despite having 509 pass attempts, the 12th-most in FBS. Schlarman has coached at least one first team All- Sun Belt Conference selection in each of his four seasons. He returns to Kentucky has a memorable playing career in the 90′s:
A native of Fort Thomas, Ky., Schlarman was a four-year starter on the offensive line at the University of Kentucky from 1994 until 1997. He was named to the Freshman All-SEC team in 1994 and was named the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman in 1995 and 1996. Following his junior season, he was chosen for the Unsung Hero All-America Team by the College Football Chronicle. As a senior in 1997, playing under Guy Morriss, he earned First Team All-SEC accolades.
Also an outstanding student, Schlarman was a three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and was a finalist for Academic All-America in 1997 after earning a place on the GTE Academic All-District IV Team. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics Education in 1998, and received a Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion in 2002 – both from the University of Kentucky.
Darin Hinshaw has been hired as the wide receivers coach after a very productive coaching career at Tennessee. He spent last season as the WR coach at UT after serving as the Vols’ quarterbacks coach the previous two season. Hinshaw coached receivers at Memphis for three seasons before he was hired at UT
His signature recruit came in the signing of star junior college receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who will likely be a first or second-round NFL draft pick if the junior declares this season. It was a huge get, one that UK has missed out on several times over the year, and it earned him a spot on Rivals.com’s list ranking the top 10 SEC recruiters.
Hinshaw also has previous coaching experiences at Middle Tennessee State and Georgia Southern. You can views his UT profile here.
We’ve also got profiles on safeties/special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach D.J. Eliot.