A coaching veteran with over two decades of collegiate coaching experience, Kevin Wolthausenbegins his fourth season at Louisville and his third coaching the defensive line. He was also promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2006.
Wolthausen took over the defensive line duties a year ago after tutoring the linebackers in 2003.
Last season, Wolthausen guided Elvis Dumervil to one of the best seasons ever by a U of L player. Dumervil was a consensus All-American and was honored as the Bronko Nagurski Award winner. He totalled 20 sacks, including an NCAA record six against the University of Kentucky.
In 2003, Wolthausen's first with the Cardinals, he tutored the linebackers, guiding Robert McCune to third team All-Conference accolades.
McCune had one of the finestseasons, recording a career-high 143 tackles.
Prior to working at Eastern Michigan, Wolthausen spent one season as an assistant coach with the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena League, working with fullbacks and linebackers.
A 1981 graduate of Humboldt State University where he was a two-time letterwinner, Wolthausen wrapped up his collegiate career earning the team's top linebacker award and all-league honors as a senior.
After his playing career, Wolthausen transferred to Cal State Northridge where he began his coaching career in 1980 as a student assistant coach. He returned to Humboldt State to complete his undergraduate degree and serve as a parttime assistant coach for three seasons before moving on to a graduate assistant coaching post at Arizona from 1983-84.
Wolthausen was promoted from his role as a graduate assistant to a full-time position on the Wildcat staff where he spent the '85 season coaching the outside linebackers and the '86 season coaching the defensive line.
He then spent six seasons at the University of Southern California coaching the defensive line before moving on to similar posts at Oklahoma (1993-94) and Arizona State (1995-2000).
During his coaching career, Wolthausen has helped lead 15 teams to post-season bowl games: the 1985 Sun Bowl and 1986 Aloha Bowl at Arizona; three Rose Bowls (1988- 90), the 1990 Hancock Bowl and the 1992 Freedom Bowl at USC.; the 1993 Hancock Bowl and the 1994 Copper Bowl at Oklahoma; and the 1997 Rose Bowl and Sun Bowl , and the 1999 and 2000 Aloha Bowls at Arizona State.
The 48-year-old Wolthausen and his wife, Michel, have a son, Noah, and a daughter, Quinn.