Last WKU football coaching hires now official

Zach Greenwell

Despite no announcement from media relations, WKU football’s final two reported coaching additions have been officially hired.

Deborah Wilkins, WKU’s chief of staff and general counsel, confirmed the hirings of Alonzo Hampton and Zach Azzanni to the Herald Friday.

According to Wilkins, Hampton — the Toppers’ new defensive backs coach — will make $60,000.

Azzanni, who is expected to act as offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach, will make $70,008.

Hampton comes to WKU from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where he served as defensive coordinator for the last two years. Azzanni spent the 2010 season as wide receivers coach at Florida.

Both positions opened earlier this month, when former assistants Clayton White and Mike Sanford left to coach running backs at Connecticut and Stanford, respectively.

A source told the Herald earlier this month that although Azzanni will be offensive coordinator, Head Coach Willie Taggart will still call the plays.

The source also said Taggart will serve as quarterbacks coach, while former receivers coach Terry Obee will now coach the running backs.

WKU’s spring practices begin on March 21.