Former Kentucky center Matt McCutchan rejoined his alma mater in June of 2008 as a graduate assistant coach. McCutchan will work with the offense, and his duties including analysis of opponent film, preparing scouting reports, conducting "self scout" of UK tendencies, overseeing the scout team, and assisting with on-campus recruiting. He also will help coach the Wildcat offensive line.
"I'm very pleased to get a former player who was part of the transition of our program," Coach Rich Brooks said of his latest hire. "Obviously, he played a role in the growth of our offense to make us a viable team.
"Matt wasn't the biggest lineman, but he was one of the best in the SEC because of his hard work and dedication. Those are the qualities you look for in coaches."
McCutchan spent the last year attending a mini-camp with the Kansas City Chiefs and a training camp with the Los Angeles Avengers. He also was an assistant offensive line coach at his alma mater, Lebanon (Ohio) High School, during the 2007 season.
McCutchan was a three-year starter (2004-06) for Kentucky after transferring from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He began as a walk-on but eventually earned a scholarship, starting in all but one of his 31 career games. Under McCutchan's leadership in the offensive line, the Wildcats defeated Clemson in the 2006 Music City Bowl. He was twice named the Southeastern Conference Lineman of the Week during his career and he earned UK's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award in 2005.
Prior to Kentucky, McCutchan attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in 2000 and played right guard. He spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons at the Naval Academy but did not see varsity action due to injuries. He received a rare sixth season to complete his eligibility because of the injuries sustained at the Academy.
McCutchan, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2005, graduated in 2006 with a degree in economics. He is currently working on a master's degree in sport leadership.
A native of Lebanon, Ohio, McCutchan attended Lebanon High School where he was first-team all-state as a junior and second-team all-state as a senior, playing tackle on offense and tackle and end on defense.