EKU hires Walt Wells to be next head football coach

Wells was an assistant under Kidd and Hood
Posted at 12:55 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 12:55:14-05

RICHMOND, Ky. — Eastern Kentucky has found its replacement for departed football coach Mark Elder and it's a familiar name to the program. Walt Wells returns to EKU for the third time but this time he'll be the head football coach.

Wells had previously worked as an assistant under both Roy Kidd and Dean Hood. He's currently a Quality Control Assistant at the University of Kentucky. Besides his stops at Eastern Kentucky, Wells has also spent time at South Florida, Western Kentucky, when they moved to the FBS level, and New Mexico State.

Wells worked under legendary Colonels head coach Roy Kidd in 1997 and 1998. The Colonels won the 1997 Ohio Valley Conference title with a perfect 7-0 mark and advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs. EKU ranked among top 15 nationally in rushing with Wells on the coaching staff in both 2001 and 2002. He returned to be the offensive line and assistant head coach under Dean Hood in 2015.

Wells takes over for Elder who was not offered a new contract at the end of the 2019 season after leading the Colonels for four seasons. He was 21-24 in four seasons but had back-to-back seven win seasons.

Wells is set to be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday.