Cardinal Football

Former Louisville Football Staffers; Where Are They Now?

Chris Humphrey

Roughly six months after a coaching change was made with the Louisville football program nearly every former staffer has landed a new gig. Bobby Petrino appears to be the only member of his staff that wasn’t at least offered a job.

–Lonnie Galloway was hired by Mack Brown to coach wide receivers at North Carolina.

–Mike Summers was hired by Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic to coach the offensive line, but decided to retire shortly after accepting the position.

–Brian VanGorder reconnected with Scot Loeffler at Bowling Green where he was tabbed defensive coordinator and associate head coach.

–Ryan Beard was one of two son-in-law’s on Petrino staff. Beard served one season as defensive backs coach for his father in-law. He has since been hired as special teams coordinator at Central Michigan.

–Grady Brown spent one year at Louisville coaching the cornerbacks. He was hired by Ball State in March, but later accepted a position at Old Dominion as co-defensive coordinator.

–Chris Klenakis was technically still employed by UofL in 2018, but wasn’t with the team at any point during the season due to his felony drunk driving arrest. It doesn’t appear that he’s found employment since leaving Louisville.

–L.D. Scott is the other Petrino son-in-law. Scott was hired when Petrino returned to Louisville in 2014 as the defensive line coach. It doesn’t appear that he’s landed a new gig yet.

–Nick Petrino had various titles while working for his father, but it wasn’t quite clear exactly what his role was. He was hired as the offensive coordinator for UT-Martin in the spring.

–Kolby Smith coached the running backs at Louisville during Petrino’s entire second stint. He has since accepted the same position at Rutgers.

–Lorenzo Ward mostly served as the safeties coach during his two years at Louisville, but stepped in as the interim head coach in the final two weeks following Petrino’s firing. Ward was hired as the defensive coordinator at Chattanooga.

–As for Petrino himself, he hasn’t found employment and didn’t appear to be a candidate for any open job.

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