John Settle
Kentucky Wildcats
Position:Running Backs Coach/Co-Special Teams Coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1965-06-02) June 2, 1965 (age 57)
Reidsville, North Carolina
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Rockingham County (NC)
College:Appalachian State
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards

John R. Settle (born June 2, 1965 in Reidsville, North Carolina), is currently the running backs coach for the Kentucky Wildcats. He is also a former professional American football player. A 5'9", 207-lb. undrafted running back from Appalachian State University, Settle attended Rockingham County High School where he still holds both the single game, single season, and career rushing records. He played for the Atlanta Falcons from 1987 to 1990 and the Washington Redskins his next 2 seasons where he won a super bowl. During the 1988 NFL season, he was selected the Pro Bowl after rushing for a career-high 1,024 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was the first undrafted running back in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. Settle is the running backs coach for the University of Kentucky. Settle was a founding member of the Pi Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

College Statistics

NFL Playing Career

Settle signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent and played six seasons in the NFL. In his first four with Atlanta 1987-1990 he was named to a Pro Bowl selection in 1988, when he accumulated 1,594 yards of offense (1,024 rushing and 570 receiving) and became the first undrafted free agent in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. His final two seasons he spent in Washington where he played for Washington’s Super Bowl-winning team in 1991.

Coaching career

John began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1994 serving as the team’s running backs coach. Settle had a three-year stint coaching in the NFL as an offensive assistant from 1995-1997 with the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens (when they moved) under head coaches Bill Belichick and Ted Marchibroda. Settle then coached running backs at Fresno State from 19982005, where he tutored six 1,000-yard rushers. Some of the players he coached included: Jaime Kimbrough, Paris Gaines, Derrick Ward, Rodney Davis, Dwayne Wright, Bryson Sumlin, and Wendell Mathis.[1] In 2006 he took the job as running backs coach at Wisconsin where he coached until 2010 when he once again returned to the NFL.[2] In 2011 and 2012 John was the running backs coach in Carolina for the Panthers. In 2013 he returned to Cleveland and was the Browns running backs coach.[3] In 2014 he returned to coaching collegiately at Pitt where he coached James Conner to 2014 ACC Player of the Year honors.[4] He then returned to Wisconsin under head coach Paul Chryst and coached the running backs there from 2015[5] to 2020.[6] Some of the players he coached included: Corey Clement, Dare Ogunbowale, Jonathan Taylor.[7] In 2021 John went to the SEC to coach at Kentucky[8] as the team’s running backs coach and co special teams coordinator.[9]

Personal life

He and his wife, Karen, have three children; Jonathan, Leighton and Devynn.


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  5. ^ Fiammetta, Mike (2015-03-03). "UW confirms hiring of John Settle as RB coach". Bucky's 5th Quarter. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  6. ^ "John Settle returning to UW to coach running backs".
  7. ^ "Running track sped up success for Badgers RB Jonathan Taylor". AP NEWS. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  8. ^ "Kentucky football: Have Wildcats lured RB coach Settle from Wisconsin?". Wildcat Blue Nation. 2021-03-13. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  9. ^ Temple, Jesse. "Former Wisconsin RB coach John Settle on the current Badgers RBs, recruiting the position and why he left for Kentucky". The Athletic. Retrieved 2021-05-22.