Stephen Field has been appointed the Director of High School Relations at the University of Louisville, head coach Bobby Petrino announced Monday.
At Louisville, Field will work closely with Director of On-Campus Recruiting Director Pete Nochta to coordinate the program’s efforts to identify and attract top high school student-athletes.
Field comes to the Cardinals after serving one season as the tight ends and Recruiting Coordinator at Florida A&M.
“It’s truly an honor to be able to join the football staff at the University of Louisville,” Field said. “The great tradition here along with the opportunity to work for coach Petrino is something I am really excited about. There are many outstanding things happening at Louisville and I’m blessed to be a part of it.”
As a coach, Field was highly recognized for his ability to develop talent at the high school and collegiate level, having established over 100 collegiate athletes during his coaching career, with nearly two dozen former players who are or were in the NFL, including Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns.
Prior to joining the staff at FAMU, Field was a highly decorated head football coach and offensive coordinator at North Marion Senior High in 2014-15.
The 2015 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Coach of the Year, and a two-time WHOA Coach of the Year (2014, 2015), Field’s teams broke seven school records offensively, averaging 40.5 points per game.
A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Field guided his 2015 team to the Regional Quarterfinals, after an outstanding regular season, when his squad led the county in passing, rushing and scoring.
Field was selected the offensive coordinator in the 2015 Offense-Defense All-American game in Orlando, Fla., leading the team to victory on ESPN, and produced six players selected to play in the All-American game, a Marion County record.
Prior to his stint at North Marion, Field served as head coach and offensive coordinator at Miami Northwestern High (2012-14), where he restored the perennial prep power to prominence, guiding them to the playoffs and a regional appearance in his first season.
During his tenure at Northwestern, 46 football players – tops in Florida, signed collegiate football scholarships.
Field also served a three-year stretch at Hampton (Va.) University (2009-11) as running backs coach, recruiting coordinator, run game coordinator and director of operations, helping produce two of the MEAC’s top running backs who ranked in the league’s Top Ten in Rushing.
Before coaching at Hampton, Field did a three-year turn at Miami (2006-08) as a defensive staff assistant and special teams coach. He recruited NFL talents Travis Benjamin, Laron Byrd and Damien Berry.
Before Miami, Field, served as an assistant coach at Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla., serving as the offensive run game coordinator, running backs coach and academic coach.
While at Glades Central, he coached back-to-back 1,000 yard rushers in Aston Samuels and Damien Berry. In 2006, Glades Central won the Class 3A championship.
He also spent a season at Deerfield Beach High School, where he coached 1,000 yard rusher Roderick Ferguson, and four years at Miami Central High School, where he coached the top two statistical ranking wide receivers in Dade County in 2002 in All-Big East selection Willie Foster of Rutgers and Marcus Daniels, also of Rutgers.
Field was a two-time all-state selection at Palm Beach Lakes High School, helping lead them to the only undefeated season in school history.
From there, Field went on to play tight end at Tuskegee. He later earned a degree in business management and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Miami.
He was an all-state selection at Palm Beach Lakes High and leading them to their only undefeated season in school history.
Field has a daughter, Le’ah Skye Field.
by Rocco Gasparro