The University of Kentucky announced today that Jay Boulware has been hired as the new running backs coach and special teams coordinator.
In a press release, Head Coach Mark Stoops said:
“I’m thrilled to add Jay to our staff at Kentucky. I’ve known Jay from his time with my brother, Bob, at Oklahoma. I’ve always been impressed with him and his work ethic. He brings a wide range of experience coaching running backs and in recruiting, along with his expertise and success with special teams. That’s what I was looking for in this position and Jay is well-regarded in all those areas.”
Jay Boulware was previously an offensive analyst for the Pittsburgh Steelers, working with the running backs. Prior to working for the Steelers, he was special teams and tight ends coach for the Texas Longhorns. Before that job, Boulware spent seven years at Oklahoma, where he worked with another Stoops: Sooners head coach Bob Stoops. He stayed on in Norman under Lincoln Riley, following Bob’s retirement. Under Stoops and Riley, he coached special teams, running backs and tight ends.
Boulware had this to say regarding his hiring:
“I want to thank Coach Stoops for giving me this amazing opportunity,” Boulware said in aa press release. “I’ve known and worked with the Stoops family for many years, and I’ve followed Mark’s career for a long time. I’m honored to be on his coaching staff as I have the utmost respect for him and the work he’s done at Kentucky. I’m looking forward to helping him continue the success he’s built here in the Bluegrass.”
Boulware’s familiarity with the Stoops family, as well as his extensive resume, likely factored in to his hire at Kentucky. He also has ties to Texas and Oklahoma, two areas that become SEC territory very soon. His knowledge of that landscape should help Kentucky recruit those areas better than they have previously.
BBN welcomes Coach Boulware!