The University of Kentucky has announced offensive line coach and former All-Southeastern Conference offensive lineman has died at the age of 45 following a two-year battle with cholangiocarcinoma.
Schlarman attended Highlands High School in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, before coming to UK in 1993. He was a four-year starter for the Wildcats from 1994-97, earning first-team All-SEC honors as a senior, SEC All-Freshman Team honors in 1994 and was chosen the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman in 1995 and ’96.
He spent time coaching at Bourbon County High School, Campbell County and Newport High School before entering the college coaching ranks as the offensive line coach at Troy University from 2007-12.
In 2013, Schlarman joined Mark Stoops’ staff at Kentucky offensive line coach and held the position until his death.
“I’m heartbroken to learn about the passing of my friend, John Schlarman,” said UK head coach Mark Stoops. “My prayers go out to LeeAnne and the kids, Joseph, Benjamin, Matthew and Evelyn, through this very difficult time.
“John was everything we all strive to be – honest, tough, fair, respected. Kentucky football won’t be the same without him, but his legacy will never fade. He was a fighter and we will strive every day to honor his warrior spirit.”
“The UK Athletics family is in deep sorrow on the passing of John Schlarman,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “Throughout the last two years, he has been an incredible inspiration. He taught people how to live and showed all of us what it means to be courageous.
“John was a great husband and father, teacher and leader. He will be remembered for the love he had for his family, his dedication to his players and his excellence as a coach. Our prayers and heartfelt condolences are with his family and all who knew and loved him.”