Hank Hughes returns to spot as defensive coordinator.
Jonathan Wholley, a 2004 graduate of the University of Connecticut who earned a master's degree from UConn in 2008, is in his fourth season at UConn in 2013. Wholley has worked with the linebackers for the past three seasons after working with the tight ends in 2010.
A pair of linebackers earned First Team All-BIG EAST honors in 2012 in Sio Moore and Yawin Smallwood. Moore was a third round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft and played in the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game and also took part in the NFL Combine.
Wholley was an assistant football coach at Fordham for the 2009 season where he worked with the running backs and had recently added recruiting coordinator duties. The Rams led the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in total offense at 488.82 yards per game.
A Southington, Conn., native, Wholley was a member of the UConn football team from 2001-04 as a running back and joined the team as a walk-on. He later earned a scholarship and was a member of the 2004 Motor City Bowl championship team.
He earned his undergraduate degree in political science from UConn in December of 2004.
Following graduation, he was an assistant coach at Central Connecticut for the 2005 season and worked with the tight ends. The Blue Devils had a 7-4 record and were Northeast Conference co-champions.
Wholley then returned to UConn as a graduate assistant coach for the 2006-08 seasons working on the offensive side of the bowl. He was part of the coaching staff that led the Huskies to a share of the 2007 BIG EAST Championship and an appearance in the 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl.
He earned his master's of education in kinesiology from UConn in December of 2008. Wholley and his wife, the former Carly Venditto, were married in July 2012.