Tommy Mainord comes to Kentucky from Texas Tech after coaching with Neal Brown, Chad Scott
Tommy Mainord continues to develop a deeper, more experienced group of pass catchers in his third season as wide receivers coach at Kentucky.
Mainord has seven lettermen returning, plus two players who missed last season because of injury. With an infusion of talented newcomers as well, Mainord is poised to take another step in developing a top-flight set of receivers.
Mainord brought several years of offensive coaching success to Lexington, including 2010-12 with Texas Tech. In every season in Lubbock, Mainord helped lead TTU to top-10 national rankings in passing offense, top 15 in total offense and top 25 in scoring offense. The Red Raiders increased their production in all three categories every season under Mainord, including finishing the 2012 season ranked second in passing offense (355.9 yards per game), 13th in total offense (495.8 ypg) and 20th in scoring offense (37.5 points per game).
Mainord coached two of the best receivers in college football in 2012. Darrin Moore finished 12th nationally in receptions per game with 92 catches for 1,032 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Eric Ward was 19th with 82 catches for 1,053 yards and 12 TDs.
The success in 2012 was spurred off the solid season the Red Raider offense posted in 2011, when TTU finished seventh in passing offense, racking up 4,145 passing yards. Mainord’s squad also performed well in his first season, including Lyle Leong, who ranked second nationally with 19 touchdown catches.
Before his stint in Lubbock, Mainord was named the offensive coordinator at Lamar in Sept. 2008 as the Cardinals’ program began preparation to return to the field in 2010 after being dormant for more than 20 years.
Mainord had a three-year stint at Sam Houston State in 2005-07, spending three seasons as an assistant coach for wide receivers or running backs. In 2007, SHS ranked 16th in the country in passing offense and 21st in total offense. Following the ’07 season, Mainord was promoted to co-offensive coordinator but he departed before the next season began.
Mainord tutored several talented players while with the Bearkats, including D.D. Terry, who rushed for a school-record 1,328 yards to rank seventh in the Football Championship Subdivision and pace the Southland Conference. Terry was honored as the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was one of 16 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which honors the Division I FCS Offensive Player of the Year.
Mainord cut his teeth in coaching at his alma mater, spending six seasons at Tarleton State. Mainord began his coaching career as a student assistant in 1999, followed by two years as a graduate assistant from 2000-01, helping the team to the Lone Star Conference Championship in ‘01 with a 10-3 record. The Texans also won the LSC North Division Title in 2002 and 2003.
Tarleton State had a solid offensive season in 2004 while Mainord was coaching quarterbacks and running backs. Derrick Ross, who earned NCAA Division II honorable mention All-America honors and was an NCAA All-Region and All-Lone Star Conference first-team selection. Ross gained 1,560 yards in 10 games for the Texans, which was the best rushing total by an LSC back in 14 seasons.
The Texans also had a great offensive season in 2001, gathering 1,773 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns on the ground en route to a top-10 national ranking and advancing to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.
Mainord played baseball at TSU before joining the football program as a student assistant coach. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and sports science in 2000 and his master’s degree in education in 2001.
Mainord grew up with the game of football as his father, Carlos, was a National Football League coach with Chicago, New Orleans, Carolina and St. Louis and also coached in college at Texas Tech, Miami (Fla.) and Rice.
Mainord and his wife, Tiffany, have a daughter, Maecee, and a son, Davis.