Eddie Gran has been named assistant head coach of the offense and offensive coordinator at Kentucky, the school announced on Tuesday.
The longtime assistant coach spent the last three seasons as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator. Gran and Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops worked together at Florida State from 2010-12.
“He is an outstanding coach with great experience, including a lot of years in the SEC,” Stoops said in a statement. “He is a great leader with tremendous passion for the game.”
The Wildcats also added Darin Hinshaw as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the school announced. Gran replaces Shannon Dawson, who was not retained following the season.
Gran has also coached at several other stops across the Southeast, including Miami, Ole Miss, Auburn, Tennessee and Florida State. His speciality on the field has been working with running backs. However, he is perhaps more known as one of the top recruiters in the region.
His greatest recruiting territory is Florida, particularly the southern part of the state. Gran helped Florida State obtain the nation’s top-ranked class in 2011 and was named one of the top 25 recruiters of the year following that signing class. That class helped the Seminoles to win a national title in 2013.
Gran is also credited with helping develop several top running backs, such as former Auburn running backs Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Rudi Johnson, Ben Tate, Brandon Jacobs, Heath Evans and Kenny Irons. He also mentored Ole Miss running back Deuce McAllister and John Avery.
“I’m excited about the challenges,” Gran said. “It’s a great conference. It’s the best conference in America and if you’re a college football coach this is the level you want to be coaching. I spent 15 years in the SEC and being in those stadiums and the defenses you will be facing, it’s what you want if you’re a competitor and if you want to play against the best.”
Hinshaw, who has worked with Cincinnati’s quarterbacks the past three seasons, also spent three seasons at Tennessee.
“Darin has a great offensive mind and his experience includes time in the Southeastern Conference,” Stoops said in a statement. “I’ve been impressed with how well they’ve produced at Cincinnati and how prolific they have been in throwing the football.”