Oregon confirmed the additions of Ken Wilson and Jovon Bouknight as assistant coaches to the football staff on Monday. Both hires were previously reported by multiple outlets.
Wilson arrived after spending the past six seasons coaching linebackers at Washington State. He is listed as coaching linebackers for the Ducks after that position was split between two coaches last season.
Cort Dennison coached outside linebackers before leaving to be the co-defensive coordinator at Louisville. Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt coached the inside linebackers, but left the program last week.
Before arriving at WSU, Wilson spent 19 seasons coaching at Nevada. He coached linebackers, defensive ends, and safeties at different times with the Wolfpack and also served as defensive coordinator in 2007.
Wilson worked with Oregon running backs coach Jim Mastro at both schools. He also worked with UO defensive line coach Joe Salave’a at WSU.
“Ken has worked extensively with inside and outside linebackers and brings a complete body of work to the defensive side of the ball,” UO coach Mario Cristobal said in a statement. “He has developed NFL players at several positions and I can’t wait for him to get to work with our guys. He already has great connections with our staff, and I have no doubt he will make an immediate impact on our program.”
Bouknight spent the past 10 seasons coaching at Utah State before being hired at Texas Tech when coach Matt Wells moved from the Aggies to the Red Raiders. He left before coaching a game at Texas Tech to join the Ducks after wide receivers coach Michael Johnson left for Mississippi State.
Bouknight played wide receiver at Wyoming and began his coaching career there as a graduate assistant before moving on to coach at Utah State. He coached outside receivers the past two years but previously served as wide receivers coach as well. He was the co-offensive coordinator for the Aggies in 2016.
“Jovon is a tireless worker who brings passion, energy and commitment to our staff,” Cristobal said. “His experience as a player and ability to teach the game will make him a great mentor for our wide receivers. Jovon has built a reputation as a great recruiter.”
Oregon also hired Kenny Sanders as director of recruiting after Stephen Field left for Louisville. Sanders spent the past five seasons as the assistant director of player personnel at Penn State and previously worked in the scouting department of the Baltimore Ravens.
“Kenny’s experience in the NFL and the collegiate level combined with his commitment to those he works with make him the right leader for our recruiting department,” Cristobal said. “He has a great feel as an evaluator, but, more importantly, a professionalism and demeanor that allow him to forge great relationships with prospects and their families.”
Cristobal has yet to announce his new defensive coordinator.