Former Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman has posthumously earned the Broyles Lifetime Achievement Award, the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation announced today.
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Schlarman, a Highlands High School alumni, passed away back on Nov. 12, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.
The Broyles Award honors the top assistant coach in college football each year.
The former UK coach was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma back in the summer of 2018, but continued to coach through treatments and the ensuing side effects, failing to miss a game until Oct. 24, 2020 at Missouri. His final in-person coaching appearance came on Oct. 17 at Tennessee in Kentucky’s first win in Knoxville since 1984.
Joining Mark Stoops’ staff in Lexington back in 2013, Schlarman built Kentucky’s “Big Blue Wall,” an offensive line unit that helped shatter numerous school records including single-season records for most rushing yards, most rushing touchdowns and most rushing yards per attempt. In 2016, ‘19 and ‘20, Schlarman’s Cats were semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award given annually to the nation’s top offensive line.
As a team, Schlarman helped Kentucky earn four consecutive bowl appearances from 2016-19, including a fifth if/when the Wildcats accept a bowl bid this season.