Dontae Wright is in his third year as a graduate assistant coach after playing four years at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He will aid the UK defensive staff and help coach the defensive line.
Along with coaching his position, Wright has a lead responsibility in breaking down opponent film, organizing scouting reports, handling "self scout" of UK tendencies, running the scout team, and helping with on-campus recruiting.
Last season with Wright's help, the Cats' starting defensive line of Jeremy Jarmon, Corey Peters, Myron Pryor, and Ventrell Jenkins formed a formidable wall and combined for 34 tackles for loss and 15.5 quarterback sacks. Jarmon and Pryor were named All-SEC while Jenkins was the Most Valuable Player of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
In 2007, Wright assisted the linebackers and saw much success as Wesley Woodyard led the SEC in tackles with 139 stops, earned consensus first-team All-SEC honors and is now with the Denver Broncos. Middle linebackers Braxton Kelley and Micah Johnson combined for 121 tackles, while strongside LBs Johnny Williams and Sam Maxwell combined for 70 tackles.
Wright was a four-year letterman for the RedHawks from 2003-06. He was recruited to Miami as a safety but moved to linebacker during his freshman year. He saw action in 48 games during his collegiate career, earning a starting spot at outside linebacker as a senior. He started in all 12 games in 2006 and finished fourth on the team with 65 tackles, which included 45 solo stops and 20 assisted tackles. His 45 solo stops tied for third on the team.
Wright played on the 2003 Mid-American Conference championship squad that went 13-1 overall, 8-0 in MAC and won the GMAC Bowl by defeating Louisville, 49-28. He also was a special teams contributor on the 2004 Miami squad that won the MAC Eastern Division, went 8-5 overall, 7-1 in the MAC, and appeared in the Independence Bowl. In 2005, he was a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor when the RedHawks went 7-4 overall, 5-3 in the MAC, and finished as MAC East co-champions.
A native of Louisa, Ky., Wright attended Lawrence County High School, where he played both quarterback and safety. He rushed for 1,011 yards, threw for 592 yards, and totaled 2,306 all-purpose yards, helping the Bulldogs compile a 40-10 record during his prep career. He was named 2001 area co-player of the year and was an all-conference, all-area and honorable mention all-state selection after his senior season.
Wright completed his bachelor's degree in physical education at Miami and is working on a master's degree in sport leadership at UK.