Kentucky Hires TE – Special Teams Coach
Former Wildcat great joins coaching staff in Lexington.
By: BE Coleman
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips announced the hiring of Greg Nord as the Wildcats new Tight Ends and Special Teams Coach.
Nord’s has returned to Lexington following stops at East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Illinois. He had joined Illinois last winter as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator after spending 15 seasons at Louisville.
He coached at Louisville from 1995-2009, serving at various times as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator, tight ends coach and running backs coach. He helped the Cardinals advance to nine bowl games, including a championship of the 2007 Orange Bowl, winning three C-USA championships and one Big East title.
With Nord serving as running backs coach in 2004, the Cardinals set school records with 3,005 rushing yards and 47 rushing touchdowns.
“There are three things I look for when hiring a coach -- the ability to teach, the ability to recruit and ‘juice,’ a passion for what he does,” Phillips said. “His knowledge of special teams is extensive.”
A native of Louisville, Nord had played center, tight end and long snapper for the Wildcats from 1974-78 under Fran Curci. He was a three-year letterman and a member of the ‘Cats 1976 SEC championship team and ’77 squad that posted a 10-1 record.
He entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at UK in 1979-80. He was a part-time assistant in 1981, the same season that Joker Phillips arrived as a player at UK.
Nord was promoted to full-time assistant in 1982 when Jerry Claiborne took over as head coach. Nord coached the running backs all eight years that Claiborne led the Cats, including a pair of appearances in the Hall of Fame Bowl.
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