The defensive mastermind of Kentucky football’s magical 2018 is now a Super Bowl champion.

Former Wildcats defensive coordinator Matt House helped coach the Kansas City Chiefs to a victory in Super Bowl 54 Sunday with a 31-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

House arrived in Lexington in 2016, where he served as inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. In 2017 he was promoted to defensive coordinator while also holding onto his role as inside linebackers coach.

He would serve as Kentucky’s defensive coordinator for two seasons and in 2018 led a Kentucky defense that finished the season the sixth-best in the nation as they allowed just 16.8 points per game. The Wildcats won 10 games that season, including taking home the Citrus Bowl championship. As a result, three of House’s defensive players would be selected in the 2019 NFL Draft in Josh Allen, Lonnie Johnson and Mike Edwards.

House was hired as Chiefs linebackers coach in February of 2019 by Kansas City defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

The Chiefs defense struggled early on in the season but finished the year strong and eventually found a way to take home their first Super Bowl title since 1970.

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