Eastern Kentucky wasted little time in naming a new head football, 2 weeks to be exact, and they didn’t have to look far to find him. Walt Wells was announced as the 15th head coach in Colonel history Monday and today he was formally announced as the man to lead the football program.
A lot of Colonel fans had the same question Monday afternoon when the announcement was made, Who is Walt Wells?
Coach Wells knows the Colonel program quite well, he served as an assistant under Roy Kidd from 1997-2002. While with EKU the 1997 teams went undefeated in OVC play and advanced to the FCS playoffs. He was tight end coach for two seasons and offensive line coach for two seasons. He coached seven All OVC players and one All American. While coaching the O-line the Colonels were ranked in top 15 nationally in rushing both seasons.
After his tenure at Eastern he joined Western Kentucky coaching staff where he spent ten seasons. In his first season his offensive line helped the Hilltoppers gain 5129 total yards and score 427 points, both rank in the top 5 in single season records. Western advanced to the playoffs in his 1st two seasons. Beginning in 2008 he became the offensive coordinator where Western ranked in the top 4 rushing in the Sun Belt Conference.
In 2013 he left Western and followed Willie Taggert to South Florida for a season where he served as OC. In 2014 he went to New Mexico State as offensive line coach. His O-line only allowed 10 sacks that season. He came home to EKU in 2015 as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
In 2016 he joined the Tennessee Volunteers where he once again coached the offensive line. In 2018 he joined another SEC coaching staff, this time just up I-75 as he became a quality control assistant for Mark Stoops at Kentucky. He helped the Wildcats advance to a pair of bowl games and this season the Cats led the SEC in rushing and ranked 4th in the country in rushing while the offensive line was 15th in sacks allowed.
Coach Wells had this to say, “I’m excited to be back and be the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University. This is a place that is very close to my heart, and my wife Jenifer’s heart. Our daughter was born here and I look forward to bringing my son here too. EKU has a proud tradition and I look forward to continuing that tradition.” He added that, “Becoming the head coach at EKU has always been a career goal of mine. EKU football has, and will always be, A matter of pride. I appreciate Chairman Lewis Diaz, President Benson, the Board of Regents and Mark Sandy for this opportunity. Jennifer and I look forward to bringing our family back to Richmond and getting to know the members of this community.”