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February 26, 2013

Neil Callaway Officially Hired as Offensive Line Coach

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Neil Callaway, who brings with him 33 years of collegiate coaching experience, has been named the new offensive line coach at WKU, head coach Bobby Petrino announced on Tuesday.

Callaway most recently served as the head coach at UAB from 2007-11, while also serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Georgia from 2001-06. Callaway has served as an offensive line coach at three different schools in the Southeastern Conference, including Auburn, Alabama and Georgia during his career.

"I am really excited to add Neil Callaway to our coaching staff, especially given his impressive track record developing offensive linemen throughout his career," Petrino said. "Neil will do an excellent job of working with and developing our student-athletes here at WKU. He has great experience at the highest level of college football and it is always a benefit to add someone that has head coaching experience. I know that Neil will hit the ground running and I am excited to see him get to work with our student-athletes."

Callaway knows a thing or two about having success at the collegiate level, as he has been a part of 10 Southeastern Conference titles during his career as a player and as a coach. Callaway won three conference championships during his playing days with Alabama, then four as an assistant at Auburn, one as an assistant at Alabama and two during his time as offensive coordinator at Georgia.

Callaway served on the Georgia staff for six seasons (2001-06) before going to UAB, helping the Bulldogs to 61 wins over that six-year span, which included a pair of SEC titles, three SEC East titles, four bowl wins and four top-10 finishes in the national polls. In 2002, the Bulldogs finished as the SEC's top scoring (32.14 ppg) and pass efficiency (138.91) offense and were second in scoring offense in 2005.

In addition, Callaway helped develop numerous outstanding offensive linemen for the Bulldogs. While under Callaway's tutelage, six different Georgia offensive linemen earned All-Southeastern Conference honors on 10 occasions. One of them -- Max Jean-Gilles - received All-America accolades in 2005.

In December of 2006 Callaway was awarded his first head coaching position, as he was named just the third head coach in UAB history. Callaway coached the Blazers for five seasons, going 4-4 in Conference USA in his third season in 2009. That season UAB ranked first in the conference and seventh nationally in rushing offense, while ranking third in total offense. In 2010, UAB ranked 24th in the nation in passing offense and 30th in total offense amassing over 5,000 yards on the season, which ranked second in school history, only behind the mark set in 2009.

Callaway, a native of Macon, Ga., and a graduate of the University of Alabama, served as offensive line coach at Alabama in 1997 and line coach and offensive coordinator from 1998 to 2000. Prior to joining the Crimson Tide, he served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Houston from 1993-96. In his four seasons coaching at Houston, the Cougars' offensive line allowed just 19.5 sacks per season, including only 10 sacks in his final year. Houston won the inaugural Conference USA championship while he was there as well.

Before making the move to Houston, Callaway served under head coach Pat Dye at Auburn as the offensive line coach from 1981-92, helping the Tigers to four SEC titles, and produced four first team All-Americans and 14 All-SEC players. Callaway also served under Dye at Wyoming and East Carolina early in his career.

Callaway and his wife, Karen, have three children, Russ, Kate and Clay. Callaway was inducted into the Macon (Ga.) Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

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