LSU coach Les Miles made it official Thursday that former assistant coach Bradley Dale Peveto is returning to the staff as special teams coordinator and defensive assistant. | The Times Picayune confirmed his hiring two weeks ago.

Peveto, 51, coached at LSU previously from 2005-08 as a member of Miles' original staff and left to take the head coaching job at Northwestern State. He spent last season as special teams coordinator and safeties coach for Kentucky in 2013.

"It's great to be back at LSU, which I consider the best college football job in the country," Peveto said. "It's great to be home. I have a lot of respect for coach Miles and the great job that he's done here. I love the state of Louisiana, the people, the culture and the tradition of LSU football. I'm honored to be back here to be part of a place with such a wonderful tradition."

Peveto is the second addition to Miles staff this season. Jeff Grimes was hired in January as offensive line coach.

"It's great to have Bradley Dale back at LSU," Miles said. "He has great experience in both special teams and on defense. He was part of our 2007 national championship team so he understands and knows what it takes to win at the highest level.

"Bradley Dale is also an outstanding recruiter. His ties to Texas along with the success he's had recruiting Georgia will be a benefit to our program."

Peveto is a 1987 graduate of SMU, where he helped the Mustangs to two Southwest Conference Championships in 1982 and 1984 and an overall record of 43-14-1.

Peveto comes from a family with a rich football coaching tradition. His late father, Ed, coached high school football in the southeast Texas area and was inducted into the Greater Houston Hall of Fame.