By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today
RICHMOND — University of Kentucky quality control coach Walt Wells has been named head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University.
Wells has spent the past two seasons with the Wildcats as a quality control coach and served as an assistant under legendary Eastern coach Roy Kidd from 1887-2002. Prior to going the Kentucky football staff, Wells was an offensive quality control coach at the University of Tennessee from 2016-17. He served as an assistant at EKU in 2015 as assistant head coach under current Kentucky football assistant coach Dean Hood.
Wells was introduced as coach Tuesday morning.
“I’m excited to be back and be the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University,” said Wells. “This is a place that is very close to my heart, and my wife Jennifer’s heart. Our daughter was born here and I look forward to bringing my son here too. EKU has a proud tradition and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”
Wells was part of Kidd’s staff that won the Ohio Valley Conference title in 1997 and was the team’s tight ends coach from 1997-99 and was offensive line coach from 2000-2002. Wells also has coached at Cumberland, Western Kentucky, South Florida and New Mexico State.
“Walt’s familiarity with EKU and his knowledge of both FCS and FBS football will serve him well as the new head coach of the Colonels,” Eastern Kentucky interim Athletics Director Mark Sandy. “I welcome Walt and his family back to EKU and look forward to seeing him continue the championship tradition of Colonel football.”
Wells said becoming the coach at EKU has “always been a career goal of mine.”
“EKU football has, and will always be, A Matter of Pride,” Wells said. “I appreciate (board) Chairman Lewis Diaz, President Benson, the Board of Regents and Mark Sandy for this opportunity. Jennifer and I look forward to bringing our family back to Richmond and getting to know the members of this community.”
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Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter @keithtaylor21.