Bradley Dale Peveto says he’s coming back home.
LSU officially announced Peveto as its new special teams coordinator and defensive assistant Thursday. The Advocate reported Peveto’s hiring nine days ago.
Bradley Dale Peveto became the second new addition to LSU’s staff this offseason. (Bill Feig | The Advocate)
Peveto, 51, coached LSU’s special teams and linebackers from 2005-07 and was the co-defensive coordinator for the 2008 season before leaving to be head coach at NorthwesternState.
He spent last season as the special teams coordinator and safeties coach at Kentucky. Peveto replaces Thomas McGaughey, who left to join the New York Jets.
“It means the world to me,” Peveto said of returning to LSU. “I’m very passionate about how I feel about LSU. It’s the best football job in the country and it’s home. Feels great to be back home and part of something very special.”
Peveto’s defensive role on the team has not yet been decided, he said.
Peveto says he plans to carry on LSU’s success in special teams. His family is still in Kentucky, but Peveto has been in Baton Rouge for the last several days.
“Recruiting in the mornings and defense in the afternoon and then I do special teams at night,” Peveto said describing his day. “It’s a full day. That’s what you’ve got to do.”
McGaughey made about $310,000. Peveto was the third highest-paid assistant on Mark Stoops’ staff behind both coordinators. He made $300,000 a year, the Louisville Courier-Journal has reported.
Peveto, a Beaumont, Texas, native, joined Kentucky’s staff before last season. He went 14-30 in four seasons as NorthwesternState’s head coach and was fired in 2012.
Peveto’s stint at LSU ended with a sour note.
Then-defensive coordinator Bo Pelini left LSU following the 2007 BCS national championship season to become head coach at Nebraska and Miles turned the coordinator reins over to Peveto and Doug Mallory.
The Tigers plunged from No. 17 to No. 56 in the nation in scoring defense in 2008. Peveto and Mallory did not return to the staff, and John Chavis was hired. LSU quickly rebounded to No. 11 in the nation in scoring defense.
Peveto has spent time as a defensive assistant and/or special teams coach at Houston, Southern Miss, Arkansas and Middle Tennessee. Peveto played college football at SMU.
Peveto will be LSU’s second coaching hire this offseason. The Tigers replaced offensive line coach Greg Studrawa with Virginia Tech line coach Jeff Grimes, who will coach the line and be the Tigers’ run game coordinator.