Mark Stoops has filled out his coaching staff. The newly 10th assistant opening with former Indianapolis Colts linebackers coach Brad White. White is a well-respected coach in the coaching business with college and pro experience. The newest coach also has a connection to a current staffer in Dean Hood. White played linebacker at Wake Forest when Coach Hood was the Defensive Coordinator. White spent six seasons with the Colts. Overall a very good hire for Kentucky. First reported by Matt Jones at Kentucky Sports Radio.
Full Bio from Indianapolis Colts official website:
Brad White enters his sixth season with the Indianapolis Colts and third as outside linebackers coach. He previously served as the assistant linebackers coach (2014) and the defensive quality control coach (2012-13).
Last season, White’s unit accounted for 64 percent of the team’s total sacks (21.0-of-33.0). White guided outside linebacker Erik Walden to the best season of his nine-year career. Walden led the Colts with a career-high 11.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss, while tying for the team lead with three forced fumbles. He finished tied for eighth in the NFL (tied for fourth in the AFC) in sacks. Walden was one of only six linebackers in the NFL to record 11.0 or more sacks and three or more forced fumbles in 2016. Outside linebacker Robert Mathis finished second on the team with 5.0 sacks and tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles. Mathis was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 17) after registering three solo tackles, 1.0 sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his final NFL game. White also received contributions from veteran outside linebackers Akeem Ayers and Trent Cole who collected 2.0 sacks each. Outside linebacker Lavar Edwards, who spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad in 2016, also contributed with 1.0 sack.
In 2015, White directed a group that was boosted by the return of Colts all-time sack leader Mathis, who missed the entire 2014 season. Mathis tied for the team-lead with 7.0 sacks despite missing most of the 2015 offseason and the season opener while recovering from a torn Achilles. Walden ranked fifth on the team with 57 tackles (43 solo) and tied for third with 3.0 sacks. White also coached the veteran newcomer Cole, who matched Walden with 3.0 sacks. The Colts defense finished the year with five touchdowns, which tied for the most in a single season in franchise history dating back to 1975 and 1994. White’s unit helped the defense rank sixth in the NFL in interceptions (17) and tie for first in the league with four interceptions returned for touchdowns.
In 2014, inside linebackers D’Qwell Jackson (184) and Jerrell Freeman (144) finished first and second on the team in tackles and became the Colts first linebacker pair with 100-plus tackles in the same season since 2011. Jackson earned his first career Pro Bowl nod after leading the team in tackles and posting career highs in sacks (4.0) and fumble recoveries (four). In addition, rookie outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome led the team with 6.5 quarterback takedowns while Walden finished second on the team with a career-high 6.0 sacks on the year.
In 2013, White helped coach a defense that ranked fourth in the AFC in points allowed (21.0), tied for fifth in sacks (42.0) and eighth in interceptions (15). Mathis led the NFL in sacks (19.5) and forced fumbles (eight), while Freeman tied for third in the league with six forced fumbles. Cornerback Darius Butler posted a team-leading four interceptions for the second straight year and led all AFC cornerbacks with eight interceptions from 2012-13.
In 2012, White assisted a defense that registered 32.0 sacks and 12 interceptions. The Colts defense returned four of those interceptions for touchdowns, which tied the single-season franchise record. White helped the development of 19 different starters on the defensive side of the ball, including Freeman, who joined the team from the Canadian Football League during the offseason and set a franchise record for tackles in a season (203).
White joined the Colts after spending two seasons as the inside linebackers coach at the Air Force Academy (2010-11).
While at Air Force, White was instrumental in the development of linebackers Jordan Waiwaiole and Brady Amack, who were each first-year starters in 2010. Waiwaiole led the team in tackles with 96 in 2010, while Amack led the team with 136 in 2011.
Prior to coaching at the Air Force Academy, White spent the 2009 season as the safeties coach at Murray State University. He started his coaching career at Wake Forest University, where he was a defensive graduate assistant for the 2007-08 seasons.
A graduate of Wake Forest, White started at linebacker for the Demon Deacons from 2002-04. He finished his playing career with 227 tackles, 19.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and eight passes defensed, while starting 34-of-35 games played. White was a three-time Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and was named to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District III team. He graduated from Wake Forest with a bachelor’s degree in analytical finance and a master’s degree in accounting.
White and his wife, Kate, have two children, Julia and Lincoln.
2007-2008 Wake Forest Defensive Graduate Assistant
2009 Murray State Safeties
2010-2011 Air Force Academy Inside Linebackers
2012-2013 Indianapolis Colts Defensive Quality Control
2014 Indianapolis Colts Assistant Linebackers
2015-2017 Indianapolis Colts Outside Linebackers