LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) One of the top recruiters in the nation has been signed to the U of L football staff.
At a press conference today, the school announced that former USC defensive backs coach, Keith Heyward has been hired by head coach Bobby Petrino to coach the secondary. At age 35, Heyward has 11 seasons of collegiate coaching experience, and says his goal is to eventually become a coordinator, then eventually a head coach. He feels the experience he will gain at Louisville will be extremely valuable. "Learning under (UofL Defensive Coordinator) Todd Grantham is going to be a great experience for me. Just to learn different ways of teaching, coaching, and different concepts", said Heyward.
Along with coaching the defensive backs, Heyward will be called upon to lend his expertise in recruiting. Heyward is widely regarded in the football world as an excellent recruiter. He says the key to his success in recruiting is focusing on the person, and establishing a deeper relationship than just coach/player. "I like to make sure I build a bond and trust. And I make sure to get to know everyone in the family," said Heyward.