Wayne Bolt, a veteran coach who has made a name for himself as one of college football's most successful defensive coordinators, was named to the same position at UAB in January, 2002.
Bolt, 49, completed his 12th season as a member of coach Larry Blakeney's staff at Troy during the 2002 season. He had spent the past five seasons as the Trojans' defensive coordinator.
In 2002, Troy, in only its second season competing at the NCAA I-A level, produced one of the nation's top defenses under Bolt's guidance. The Trojans ranked No. 4 nationally in total defense in 2002, yielding only 276.8 yards per game. Troy was No. 13 in rushing defense (105.3 yards per game), No. 30 in scoring defense (21.0 ppg) and No. 33 in pass efficiency defense (112.42).
In Troy's 67 games with Bolt as defensive coordinator, the Trojans allowed less than 110 yards rushing per game and just over 290 of total offense per contest.
At Troy, Bolt's defenses consistently ranked among the nation's best at the I-AA level and played a large role in the Trojans' success in recent seasons.
Under Bolt`s guidance, Troy dominated the Southland Football League each year from 1997-2000. During that time, his units either ranked first or second in the SFL in scoring defense, rushing defense and total defense.
Under Bolt, 11 players earned all-conference honors while the Trojans were a member of the Southland Football League from 1996-2000.
In Bolt's two seasons at UAB, he has coached both Zac Woodfin and Nigel Eldridge, who rank first and second, respectively, on UAB's all-time tackle list. Additionally, both Woodfin and Eldridge signed NFL free-agent contracts in the spring of 2005.
In Bolt, UAB has a coach who has more than 20 years experience in the collegiate ranks. Bolt was an All-America offensive lineman at East Carolina under coach Pat Dye, completing his playing career with the Pirates in 1977.
Bolt began his coaching career a year later as a graduate assistant at ECU and then followed Dye to Wyoming (1980) and later to Auburn where he served as the Tigers' tight ends coach from 1981-85.
Bolt moved on to Clemson in 1986 where he also coached tight ends through the 1989 campaign. After returning to Auburn in 1990, Bolt began his successful tenure at Troy in 1991, first as the Trojans' offensive line coach (1991-96) before becoming defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 1997.
A native of Augusta, Ga., Bolt is married to the former Linda Howard of Auburn, Ala.