Mark Stoops' first coaching staff at Kentucky will have a distinct Big Blue flavor to it.
On Tuesday night, the school announced that John Schlarman, a former All-SEC guard with the Wildcats, will return to his alma mater to coach the offensive line.
He is the second former UK player named to Stoops' new staff, joining offensive coordinator Neal Brown.
"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 comes to UK from Troy University, where he has coached the offensive line for the past six years. He also held the title of running game coordinator since 2010. He has helped Troy win or share four Sun Belt Conference championships and advance to three bowl games.
"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."
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.
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.
Schlarman, who came to UK from Ft. Thomas (Ky) Highlands High School, was a four-year starter from 1994-97. He earned first-team All-SEC honors as a senior.
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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