LEXINGTON, Ky. – After spending 26 years in the collegiate coaching ranks, including four seasons as the head coach at Northwestern State, Bradley Dale Peveto has joined the University of Kentucky football coaching staff as the safeties coach and special teams coordinator, head coach Mark Stoops announced Saturday.
Peveto brings extensive experience to the Bluegrass State, having coached in three Southeastern Conference championship games and winning a national championship while an assistant coach at LSU in 2007. Originally from Orangefield, Texas, Peveto knows the South well, having spent his entire coaching career in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas.
“Bradley Dale impressed me greatly during the year we worked together,” said Stoops, who was on the University of Houston staff with Peveto during the 2000 season. “He has a relentless work ethic and excellent experience as a special teams coordinator and defensive coach.”
Peveto (pronounced “PEE-veh-toe”) most recently spent four seasons as the head coach at Northwestern State in Louisiana, where he guided the team to consecutive seasons with five or more wins for the first time since 2004-05. His team improved by five wins from his first to his second season, the fourth-largest jump that year in Division I football. While coaching the Demons, Peveto brought in highly ranked recruiting classes with his first signing class ranking No. 1 among NCAA Football Championship Subdivision schools by Rivals.com, while his 2010 class ranked fourth in the FCS by Rivals.com.
Peveto, who also coached linebackers while owning the top spot with the Demons, led linebacker Derek Rose to All-America honors in 2010 and 2011, while Rose earned first-team All-Southland Conference honors this season.
Before his head coaching stint, Peveto spent 22 years as an assistant coach, including 2005-08 at perennial national power LSU, where he won a national championship, SEC championship and four consecutive bowl games. Peveto 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 his 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, Peveto led a linebacker corps of Highsmith, Cameron Vaughn, Kenneth Hollis and E.J. Kuale, which was one of the best groups in the SEC.