Former head coach brings SEC experience to Mark Stoops staff
A fter spending 26 years in the collegiate coaching ranks, Bradley Dale Peveto has joined the University of Kentucky football coaching staff as the safeties coach and special teams coordinator.
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.
Peveto (pronounced "PEE-veh-toe") most recently spent four seasons as the head coach at Northwestern State in Louisiana. In his second season, Northwestern State improved by five wins over the previous season, the fourth-largest jump in Division I football and played for a share of the conference title in the final game of the season. 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.
Before his head coaching stint, Peveto was at LSU from 2005-08, 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.
As LSU's special teams coordinator, Peveto had his punter (Patrick Fisher) and placekicker (Colt David) earn first-team All-SEC honors in 2007.
In 2005, the Tigers were one of the best special teams units in the country, ranking fifth in the nation in net punting and 12th nationally in punt return average. Skyler Green was named first-team All-America as a return specialist.
In 2006, Peveto directed return specialist Craig Davis, who earned second-team All-SEC honors and was picked in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
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.
Prior to his stop in Baton Rouge, Peveto spent two years at Middle Tennessee State and four years at Houston, serving at various times as a defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. Houston ranked 25th in total defense, 20th in rushing defense and 22nd in scoring defense and tied for 14th nationally in forced turnovers in his first season with the Cougars. Peveto also coached four Cougars to five all-conference awards.
Before coaching the Cougars, Peveto had his first stint with Northwestern State as the team's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 1996-98. Peveto helped lead the team to the Division I-AA playoffs and the SLC Championship in 1997 and 1998, finishing with a No. 3 national ranking in 1998. Peveto's defenses were ranked nationally in multiple categories and set several school records while four Demon players were selected in the NFL Draft during his tenure.
Peveto coached with Arkansas in 1994-95, working with special teams, linebackers and the defensive line. The Razorbacks won the SEC Western Division title in 1995.
Peveto began his coaching career in junior college, followed by terms at Stephen F. Austin and Southern Mississippi. While with SFA, the Lumberjacks finished as the national runners-up in Division I-AA in 1989.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Peveto played in four bowl games, helped SMU win two Southwest Conference championships and had a combined record of 43-14-1. As a senior, he served as team co-captain and earned the Wild Mustang Special Teams Player of the Year Award and the Mike Kelsey Award for attitude, hustle and desire. He also was named to the SWC All-Academic team.
Peveto comes from a family with a rich football coaching tradition. His late father, Ed, coached high school football in the Southeast Texas area and was inducted into the Greater Houston Coaches Hall of Honor in 1993 and into the Golden Triangle Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997. Two of his late uncles, Jeff and Garey Birt, coached at high schools in the Southeast Texas area.
Peveto is married to the former Melissa Weser and they have a daughter, Payton Marie, and a son, Jacob Edward.