EKU hires Walt Wells as new head football coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Eastern Kentucky Colonels have chosen their new head football coach. Walt Wells will lead the program during the 2020 season.

He replaces Mark Elder, who was let go at the end of the 2019 season. Wells is the 15th head coach in program history.

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Wells will be introduced on campus at the Black Box Theatre at the EKU Center for the Arts at 10 am local time. The media and fans, who wish to attend, are able to, as the press conference is open to the public.

Wells comes to Eastern Kentucky after spending the last two seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats. He worked as a Quality Control Assistant during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

“I’m excited to be back and be the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University,” Wells said.  “This is a place that is very close to my heart, and my wife Jennifer’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.”

Before spending the last three seasons with SEC teams — he also worked with the Tennessee Volunteers during the 2017 season — he worked at Eastern Kentucky for two seasons. He was their assistant head coach/offensive line coach in 2015 and 2016.

This was his second tenure at Eastern Kentucky, he also worked at the school from 1997 through 2002 season. He was their offensive line/tight ends coach.

He also served as an assistant coach with the New Mexico State Aggies, South Florida Bulls, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Cumberland Phoenix in college football. His first coaching job was with the Smyrna (Tennessee) High School Bulldogs.

“Walt’s familiarity with EKU and his knowledge of both FCS and FBS football will serve him well as the new head coach of the Colonels,” Director of Athletics Mark Sandy said.  “I welcome Walt and his family back to EKU and look forward to seeing him continue the championship tradition of Colonel football.”

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