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“One thing that really stands out about my time at Kentucky is CATS. Mr. Bradley, Barb Deniston and the staff did a great job. We had access to computers, tutors, study halls ... It was very nice to have those resources available. Academically, it was great.”

Dermontti Dawson, former Wildcat and NFL Hall of Fame center with the Pittsburgh Steelers

The CATS staff is led by Bob Bradley and the football advising program by Barb Deniston, both past winners of the National Academic Advisor of the Year Award. In addition, Life Skills Coordinator Dustin Lewis works directly with UK football players and other Wildcat athletes to help identify and coordinate a wide range of leadership and community service activities. In all, CATS has 11 full-time staff members, plus numerous graduate assistants and tutors.

Cats at a Glance

  • CATS program chosen as an NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills “Program of Excellence” based on commitment to academics, athletics, community service, career development and personal development.
  • Kentucky was the first school in the nation to open an academic center dedicated to student-athletes
  • CATS has 20,000 square feet of space on two levels
  • The study area accommodates in a quiet atmosphere to read or work on assignments

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Football Academics Honors

  • Received a national award in 2010 for its graduation rate from the American Football Coaches Association
  • Had a first-team Academic All-American for four straight seasons
  • Kentucky led the nation in Academic All-Americans in 2005 and 2007
  • UK became the first school to have back-to-back winners of the SEC Football Scholar-Athlete Award

CATS Staff for Football

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  • Read Bio Bob Bradley BOB BRADLEY
    Assistant Director of Athletics/Academics
  • Read Bio Barb Deniston BARB DENISTON
    Director of Academic Services
  • Read Bio Jon Ross JON ROSS
    Academic Counselor
  • Read Bio Dustin Lewis DUSTIN LEWIS
    Life Skills Coordinator