Kevin Wolthausen
Kevin Wolthausen

Recruiting Coordinator, Defensive Line

Alma Mater:
Humboldt State '81


Meet The Coaches: Kevin Wolthausen

New staff member has coached on almost every level of football


UConn Football Coaching Staff Meets The Media

New coaching staff impressive in the experience they bring to Storrs.


Bob Diaco Announces UConn Football Coaching Staff

The Huskies welcome eight new assistants along with returning offensive line coach Mike Foley

Kevin Wolthausen, who has enjoyed a long and successful career in college football coaching, is in his second year as an assistant coach at UConn and is the Recruiting Coordinator in 2015. He has position responsibility with the defensive line.

In 30 seasons coaching in college, Wolthausen has been a part of 18 postseason bowl teams, including seven New Year's bowl games. In total, he has been part of 21 postseason appearances during his 34-year coaching career. Wolthausen and new UConn head coach Bob Diaco were on the same staff at Eastern Michigan in 2002.

He most recently served as the special teams coordinator at Florida International in 2013 and in 2012 was the defensive line coach at Purdue as the Boilermakers played in the 2012 Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Wolthausen has been a part of many successful teams at all levels of the game. Prior to Purdue, he was the defensive line coach for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League as the team won the first two UFL championships.

Wolthausen was the associate head coach and linebackers coach at Eastern Michigan in the winter of 2009, where he first served as an outside linebackers coach in 2002.

He was an assistant coach at Louisville from 2003-06 and the Cardinals played in four bowl games, including the FedEx Orange Bowl, Toyota Gator Bowl, AutoZone Liberty Bowl and GMAC Bowl. Louisville also won the 2006 Big East and 2004 Conference USA titles.

At Louisville, Wolthausen first began as a linebackers coach in 2003, then defensive line from 2004-05 and a co-defensive coordinator in 2006. He was integral in mentoring several outstanding defensive players, including defensive end Elvis Dumervil and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.

Dumervil was a 2005 unanimous All-American and became an NFL Pro Bowler with the Denver Broncos. With Wolthausen, Dumervil won several awards as a senior, including: the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Ted Hendricks Award and Big East Player of the Year.

In Okoye, Wolthausen coached the NCAA's youngest player, playing as a 16-year-old true freshman at the start of his career. He would later become a 19-year-old first round draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2007. Okoye garnered Associated Press Second-Team All-American honors and first-team All-Big East honors as a senior in 2006.

Following Louisville, Wolthausen was the defensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. Prior to Louisville, he coached in the Arena Football League as the fullback/linebackers coach for the Arizona Rattlers in 2002.

In 1995, Wolthausen returned to the state of Arizona for six seasons as the defensive line coach at Arizona State. Wolthausen was originally a graduate assistant coach and got his first full-time Division I coaching job at the University of Arizona from 1983-86.

With ASU, Wolthausen was a part of four Sun Devil bowl teams and in 1996 would come up just shy of winning at least a share of the school's first national title after falling to Ohio State 20-17 in the final seconds of the 1997 Rose Bowl. ASU finished the year ranked fourth nationally with an 11-1 record. Notable players he coached at Arizona State included Erik Flowers, a first round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2000, and Jeremy Staat, a second round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998.

From 1993-94, Wolthausen was the defensive line coach at Oklahoma. The Sooners would play in bowl games both seasons he was in Norman.

Wolthausen's six seasons as defensive line coach at USC from 1987-92 were arguably some of his most successful years in coaching. Five Trojan teams were bowl-bound during that span, including three straight appearances as the Pac-10 champions in the Rose Bowl.

Wolthausen was first a graduate assistant at Arizona for a pair of seasons (1983-84) before becoming full-time with the Wildcats as the outside linebackers coach in 1985 and defensive line coach in 1986. In his first two years as a Division I coach, 1985-86, the Wildcats played in bowl games, including a 1986 win in the Aloha Bowl and a season ranked in the top 10.

He began his career in 1980 as student assistant at Cal State Northridge before returning to his alma mater, Humbolt State, as a part-time defensive assistant from 1980-82.

Wolthausen graduated in June 1981 with a bachelor's degree in physical education from Humboldt State, where he was a linebacker from 1978-79. He was the team's top tackler in 1979 and received all-league honors.

Wolthausen and his wife, Michel, have one son, Noah, and one daughter, Quinnlin.

Year-By-Year With Kevin Wolthausen

YearSchool/Team Position
1980 Cal State Northridge Student Assistant
1980-82 Humboldt State Defensive Assistant
1983-84 Arizona Graduate Assistant
1985 Arizona Outside Linebackers
1986 Arizona Defensive Line
1987-92 USC Defensive Line
1993-94 Oklahoma Defensive Line
1995-2000 Arizona State Defensive Line
2002 Arizona Rattlers (AFL) Fullbacks/Linebackers
2002 Eastern Michigan Outside Linebackers
2003 Louisville Linebackers
2004-05 Louisville Defensive Line
2006 Louisville Co-Defensive Coordinator
2007 Atlanta Falcons Defensive Line
2009 Eastern Michigan Associate Head Coach/Linebackers
2009-11 Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL) Defensive Line
2012 Purdue Defensive Line
2013 Florida International Special Teams
Postseason Games As A Coach
Year Game School/Team Result
1985 Sun Arizona Tied Georgia, 13-13
1986 Aloha Arizona def. North Carolina, 30-21
1987 Rose USC lost Michigan State, 20-17
1988 Rose USC lost to Michigan, 22-14
1989 Rose USC def. Michigan, 17-10
1990 John Hancock USC lost to Michigan State, 17-16
1992 Freedom USC lost to Fresno State, 24-7
1993 John Hancock Oklahoma def. Texas Tech, 41-10
1994 Copper Oklahoma lost to BYU, 31-6
1996 Rose Arizona State lost to Ohio State, 20-17
1997 Sun Arizona State def. Iowa, 17-7
1999 Aloha Arizona State lost to Wake Forest, 23-3
2000 Aloha Arizona State lost to Boston College, 31-17
2002 AFL Quarterfinals Arizona Rattlers def. Carolina Cobras, 61-59
AFL Semifinals Arizona Rattlers def. Chicago Rush, 46-35
Arena Bowl XVI Arizona Rattlers lost to San Jose SaberCats, 52-14
2003 GMAC Louisville lost to Miami (Ohio), 49-28
2004 Liberty Louisville def. Boise State, 44-40
2005 Gator Louisville lost to Virginia Tech, 35-24
2006 Orange Louisville def. Wake Forest, 24-13
2009 UFL Championship Las Vegas Locomotives def. Florida Tuskers, 20-17
2010 UFL Championship Las Vegas Locomotives def. Florida Tuskers, 23-20
2011 UFL Championship Las Vegas Locomotives lost to Virginia Destroyers, 17-3
2012 Heart of Dallas Purdue lost to Oklahoma State, 52-14