Outside Linebackers Coach
Cort Dennison joined Mario Cristobal’s staff in January 2018 as the Ducks’ outside linebackers coach, returning to the Pac-12 just seven years removed from a stellar playing career at Washington.
Dennison came to Eugene after spending the previous four seasons (2014-17) at Louisville, where he established himself as a quality young coach and one of the best recruiters in the nation. In 2017, Dennison was named to 247Sports’ 30 Under 30 coaching list while also ranking seventh on InsidetheACC’s Top 10 Recruiters list.
Dennison was the Cardinals’ inside linebackers coach, co-special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 2017 after serving as the assistant secondary coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2016 season. Dennison joined Bobby Petrino’s staff in 2014 as a defensive graduate assistant (linebackers) before working as the director of on-campus recruiting in 2015.
With Dennison directing Louisville’s inside linebackers in 2017, freshman Dorian Etheridge earned ESPN Freshman All-America honors after becoming the first true freshman in school history to lead the team in tackles (83).
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dennison began his on-field coaching career in 2016 as the assistant secondary coach while working with current Ducks’ safeties coach Keith Heyward. The Cardinals finished the season tied for 22nd nationally and third in the ACC with 15 interceptions, and the team ranked 14th in the nation in total defense (322.2 ypg) and 37th in pass defense (207.1 ypg).
Prior to going to Louisville, Dennison worked as a graduate assistant for Petrino at Western Kentucky (2013), where he assisted with the linebackers and contributed to the opponents’ film breakdown and game planning. In 2012, Dennison was the linebackers coach at Edmonds Woodway High School in Edmonds, Wash.
As a player, Dennison was a standout linebacker at Washington, where he served as a captain and was the team’s most outstanding defensive player as a senior in 2011. Dennison earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors after leading the Pac-12 with 128 total tackles, including a career-high 15 in the Alamo Bowl against Baylor. Dennison also received second-team academic All-Pac-12 accolades as a senior after earning honorable mention recognition as a sophomore and junior.
Dennison graduated from Washington with a communications degree in 2011, and he earned his master’s degree from Louisville in sports administration in 2015.