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Former UK lineman John Schlarman now officially the new offensive line coach at Kentucky

John Schlarman photo courtesy of Adam Prendergast at Troy State.

John Schlarman photo courtesy of Adam Prendergast at Troy State.

John Schlarman, a former All-Southeastern Conference offensive guard and graduate assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, has returned to his alma mater to coach the offensive line, head coach Mark Stoops announced Tuesday via a release from UK athletics.

Schlarman comes to UK from Troy University, where he has coached the offensive line for the past six years, adding the duty of running game coordinator since 2010.  He has helped Troy win or share four Sun Belt Conference championships and advance to three bowl games.

Troy has had one of the nation’s most productive offenses during Schlarman’s term, ranking among the nation’s top 26 in total offense in five of his six seasons at the school.  With new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown in the same role at Troy, the Trojans hit a No. 3 ranking in total offense in 2009 with 485.7 yards per game.  Troy averaged 498.8 yards per game in 2012, ranking 13th nationally. 

Featuring pass-oriented offenses, the Trojans have rated as high as No. 4 in the nation in passing yardage, accomplished in 2009 at 336.5 yards per game.  Troy was eighth nationally in passing in 2012 with 331.5 yards per game. 

Troy also has had complementary running games with Schlarman, averaging at least 149 yards per game in five of his six seasons, featuring a high mark of 182.6 yards per contest in 2007.  All the yardage also has resulted in point production as the team has averaged at least 30 points per game in five of his six years.

Individually, Schlarman has coached eight first-team All-Sun Belt selections, including at least one first-teamer each season.  Two of his linemen, Dion Small and Tyler Clark, were two-time first-team All-SBC.  Another All-SBC lineman, James Brown, went on to the National Football League and currently is a member of the Chicago Bears.

“I like what John has done at Troy and the very prolific offenses they have had,” Stoops said.  “John has built a great reputation as an offensive line coach.  He’s not only a great coach but part of the tradition at UK.”

 Schlarman originally came to the University from Highlands High School in Ft. Thomas where he was an all-state offensive lineman.  He was a four-year starter at Kentucky from 1994-97, earning first-team All-SEC honors as a senior.  He also was a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team in 1994 and was chosen the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman in 1995 and ’96.  Following his junior season, he was chosen for the “Unsung Hero All-America Team” by the College Football Chronicle

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 Academic All-District Team.  He graduated with a degree in mathematics and later earned his master’s in sports management.

Schlarman entered coaching at Bourbon County High School, coaching the defensive line in 1998 and ’99, helping guide the team to the state playoffs both seasons.  He returned to UK as a graduate assistant coach from 2000-02, helping with the offensive line all three seasons.  He also had sole responsibility of the tight ends in the ’02 campaign when the Wildcats compiled a 7-5 record.

Schlarman re-entered the high-school ranks in 2003 as head coach at Campbell County for two seasons.  He moved to Newport HS in 2004-05 and had a two-year record of 19-6, including two state playoff appearances and a district title.  The best season was 2005, when Newport went 11-2 and reached the state playoff quarterfinals before losing to the eventual state champion.  He was named District Coach of the Year in 2005 by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association.

“It’s an honor to get to come back to my home state and alma mater,” Schlarman said.  “I’m looking forward to contributing to making Kentucky a winner. Getting to coach with Mark Stoops and Neal Brown is a great opportunity.  There’s a lot of energy on this staff that will carry over to the players and onto the field.”

Schlarman is married to the former Lee Anne Federspiel, daughter of former UK linebacker Joe Federspiel.  They have three sons, Joseph, Benjamin and Matthew.

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  1. LarryPup

    Great player. I wish we could get many more like John. As for Joe Federspiel, he has got to be one of the best to ever play at UK in my opinion. Great article.

  2. Jim B

    The thing I remember about John was how he threw so many blocks on DB’s.

  3. LindaS

    Is it my imagination but didn’t we have a problem with a former player who was a coach? Now we are getting more former players? Is this a good idea or is it a ploy by Mitch in the promises he made to Stoops to upgrade the facilities?

    1. Jim

      If you are referring to Joker as the problem, it was easy to see that he did not work out as a head coach. But, he was a great assitant coach and a solid OC. He just couldn’t win as a HC.

      Stoops went and hired a former UK guy who happens to be a highly regarded OC, who puts up big numbers. Neil Brown will give Kentucky an exciting and explosive offense. The fact that he has Kentucky ties is icing on the cake.

  4. GeorgeB

    Yes its a ploy Linda. You got it all figured out. Stay off Vaughtsviews.com. Go try pinterest.com.

  5. Tom R

    LindaS, younger and more energetic former UK players work for me!

  6. HONDO2





    1. Larry Pup

      I agree with you HONDO

  7. john4uk

    The key word in the article is “energy”.This staff is bringing a ton of energy,and here’s hoping the current players catch on and exhibit that energy on the playing field next year.I know one thing,this old man is energized and ready to watch some UK football.

  8. Seymour

    Somebody famous once said “Never get too high after a win and never get too low after a loss” or something sorta like that. Seems to me that we fans are as high as the sky over the recent hires. But we are still in the SEC and this staff has not won a conference game yet. This staff is still 0 – 0 in the won loss column.

    Now I am as hopeful as any fan and I am optimistic that we are moving in the right direction, but I am going to wait a year before I start hanging banners at CWS. Just like Calipari has to build chemistry on the BB team;so does Stoops for the FB staff and then they have to pass it along to the players. I am hopeful that it will happen, but this staff does not have the experience that Brooks’ first staff had and it took him 3 years to get it together.

  9. JCC

    Has Darin Hinshaw been hired or not. Radio stations in Knoxville reporting he is going to be retained as WR coach.

  10. Anonymous

    JCC…”Vol Nation” is saying he has been retained. I hope this is not true, but probably is.

  11. Larry Pup

    JCC..””Vol Nation is reporting he has been retained.

    1. larryvaught

      Believe it was a false report put out by some that he was ever coming to Kentucky

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