Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Cort Dennison will return to the program as the Co-Defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach. Dennison coached linebackers for Peter Sirmon’s defense before leaving for the same position at Oregon. The hire is a major step in building a strong staff of proven recruiters to go with an experienced staff of coaches who can build the culture and atmosphere that Scott Satterfield is known for.
Dennison is one of the most highly regarded young coaches in the country, especially when it comes to recruiting. After landing 11 commits for the Louisville class in 2018, he was the top recruiter for Oregon’s 6th ranked 2019 class, per 247. That included being the initial secondary recruiter for Kayvon Thibadeaux, who is the highest rated recruit to ever sign with the Ducks.
It’s hard to gauge how good of a position coach Dennison is because he’s only been an on the field coach for a few years. However, he does have experience coaching both outside linebackers as well as inside. He’s also coached under two well respected defensive coordinators in Todd Grantham and Jim Leavitt. 247Sports named him to their 30 under 30 coaching list twice, so he’s obviously getting some notoriety on a national level.
As a co-coordinator, Dennison will be taking on added responsibility in game planning as well as scouting. His experience with veteran coaches in his short career will be invaluable for him. His energy and intensity will fit well with Bryan Brown and the rest of the defensive staff.
Dennison pretty much started his coaching career here at Louisville so it’s nice to see that he would want to return. I’m not sure what it says that he would leave Louisville in the first place if he likes things enough to leave a program like Oregon after one year, though. Any way it goes, I think that most fans of the program are really happy to see him come back and hopefully he can pick up where he left off.
Source: Oregon assistant Cort Dennison is leaving to become Louisville’s co-defensive coordinator.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 3, 2019