LEXINGTON — Kentucky has added former Northwestern State head coach and LSU assistant coach Bradley Dale Peveto as the safeties coach and special teams coordinator.
“Bradley Dale impressed me greatly during the year we worked together,” said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, who was on the Houston staff with Peveto in 2000. “He has a relentless work ethic and excellent experience as a special teams coordinator and defensive coach.”
Before his head coaching stint, Peveto spent 22 years as an assistant coach and was at LSU from 2005-08, helping the Tigers won the 2007 national championship and reach four consecutive bowl games. He spent three years as the Tigers’ special-teams coordinator and linebackers coach before being promoted in 2008 to co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
During Peveto’s time with LSU, the Tigers ranked in the nation’s top five in total defense three seasons. In 2007, he coached linebacker Ali Highsmith to first-team All-America honors from CBSSports.com and second-team honors from The Associated Press. In 2005, he coached a linebacker corps of Highsmith, Cameron Vaughn, Kenneth Hollis and E.J. Kuale that was considered one of the best in the Southeastern Conference.
As LSU’s special teams coordinator, Peveto had both his punter (Patrick Fisher) and placekicker (Colt David) earn first-team all-SEC honors in 2007, marking the first time in school history that LSU had the all-SEC punter and kicker in the same season.
In three years as LSU's special teams coordinator, the Tigers returned two punts for touchdowns and a pair of kickoffs for a score. They also blocked six kicks, converted 49-of-71 field goals and 165-of-167 extra points.
“I knew the year we coached together (in Houston) that coach Stoops had a great defensive mind and was one of the best coaches, both in teaching players on the field and building relationships with them off the field, I’ve ever known,” Peveto said. “I believed he had all the qualities necessary to become a head coach, and I’m proud to join his staff at the University of Kentucky.”