Bradley Dale Peveto, who was a member of the LSU coaching staff during its run to the 2007 national title, returns to the program as special teams coordinator and defensive assistant, head coach Les Miles officially announced on Thursday.
Peveto joins the LSU staff after serving as the special teams coordinator and safeties coach for Kentucky in 2013. Prior to that, Peveto was the head coach at Northwestern State University for four years.
“It's great to have Bradley Dale back at LSU,” Miles said. “He has great experience in both special teams and on defense. He was part of our 2007 national championship team so he understands and knows what it takes to win at the highest level.
“Bradley Dale is also an outstanding recruiter. His ties to Texas along with the success he's had recruiting Georgia will be a benefit to our program.”
Peveto was a member of Miles' first staff at LSU as he joined the Tigers originally in the spring of 2005 as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach. He remained in that position until the 2008 season when he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator. LSU went a combined 40-11 during Peveto's first stint with the Tigers.
Peveto left LSU following the 2008 season to become the head coach at Northwestern State, where he posted a 14-30 mark in four seasons from 2009-12 with the Demons.
“It's great to be back at LSU, which I consider the best college football job in the country,” Peveto said. “It's great to be home. I have a lot of respect for coach Miles and the great job that he's done here. I love the state of Louisiana, the people, the culture and the tradition of LSU football. I'm honored to be back here to be part of a place with such a wonderful tradition.”
In his previous stay on the staff with the Tigers, Peveto's development of linebackers was critical to the LSU defense rating among the top five in the nation in for three straight years from 2005-07. During that three-year stretch, the LSU defense held opponents to average of 266.7 total yards and 15.7 points per game.
In 2007, linebacker Ali Highsmith earned first-team All-America honors from CBSsports.com, while also being named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.
As LSU's special teams coordinator from 2005-07, Peveto had both his punter (Patrick Fisher) and placekicker (Colt David) earn first-team All-SEC honors in 2007. It marked the first time in school history that LSU had the All-SEC punter and kicker on its roster in the same season. Fisher averaged a league-best 44.5 yards per punt in 2007, while David kicked a school-record 26 field goals and led the SEC in scoring with a league record 147 total points.
LSU scored seven special teams touchdowns – three coming on punt returns – during Peveto's three previous years as special teams coordinator. LSU also blocked six kicks during that span.
Peveto is a 1987 graduate of SMU, where he helped the Mustangs to two Southwest Conference Championships in 1982 and 1984 and an overall record of 43-14-1.
Peveto comes from a family with a rich football coaching tradition. His late father, Ed, coached high school football in the southeast Texas area and was inducted into the Greater Houston Hall of Fame.
The Peveto File
Year at LSU: Fifth
Birthdate: Dec. 28, 1962, in Beaumont, Texas
Children: Payton Marie, Jake
High School: Orangefield (Texas)
College: SMU, '87
1982-86 SMU (defensive back)
1987 Trinity Valley Community College (secondary)
1988-91 Stephen F. Austin (defensive line, linebacker, secondary, special teams
1992-93 Southern Miss (outside linebackers, special teams coordinator)
1994-95 Arkansas (linebackers, special teams coordinator)
1996-98 Northwestern (La.) State (defensive coordinator, linebackers)
1999-2002 Houston (secondary/co-defensive coordinator)
2003-04 Middle Tennessee (defensive coordinator, secondary, linebackers)
2005-08 LSU (special teams coordinator, linebackers, 2005-07; co-defensive coordinator/linebackers, 2008)
2009-12 Northwestern State, head coach
2013 Kentucky (special teams coordinator/safeties)
2014 LSU (special teams coordinator/defensive assistant)