Football Coaching Staff
Ruffin McNeill
Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Tackles
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Tackles
Hometown: Lumberton, N.C.
Alma Mater: East Carolina
Graduating Year: 1980
Experience: 1st Year

• Named Oklahoma's assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach on June 14, 2017.

• Comes to Norman from Virginia, where he served the 2016 season as assistant head coach and defensive line coach.

• "Having a chance to work for Lincoln (Riley), it's a proud moment for me because I'm very proud of Lincoln," McNeill said. "It's an exciting moment as well. I've been in coaching a long time and I'm very honored to be joining the Oklahoma family. There's obviously outstanding tradition here and I got to know Coach (Barry) Switzer very, very well. I'm extremely excited."

• "I'm very excited that Ruffin McNeill is joining our coaching staff," said Riley, who was named OU's 22nd head coach on June 7, 2017. "Personally, I have a great history with him from our time together at Texas Tech and East Carolina. We're getting an extremely high-quality person and coach. Our team and fans will love the personality and energy he'll bring to our program.

• Served as head coach at East Carolina, his alma mater, for six seasons (2010-15). Riley was his offensive coordinator for the first five of those seasons before he was hired at OU.

• Prior to East Carolina, spent 10 seasons at Texas Tech, where he first worked with Riley. During his time with the Red Raiders, Coached linebackers (2000-02), special teams (2003-06) and defensive tackles (2007).

• Served as Texas Tech's interim defensive coordinator in 2007 before being promoted full-time to the spot for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Concluded the 2009 campaign as the Red Raiders' interim head coach by rallying No. 21 Texas Tech to a 41-31 victory over Michigan State at the Valero Alamo Bowl with Riley making his debut as offensive play caller.

• Named the 20th head coach in East Carolina history on Jan. 21, 2010 and went 42-34 at ECU and his teams played in four bowl games.

• In 2014, East Carolina began the season with a 6-1 record and resided in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for six weeks. ECU used an explosive offensive unit that rated among the nation's top five in passing (third), first downs (fourth) and total yards (fifth). Defensively, only 10 FBS teams were better against the run, as the Pirates allowed just 111.8 yards per game.

• East Carolina recorded 10 victories in 2013, which ranks as the second-highest single-season win total in school history. That squad also broke or matched 52 individual and team single-game, single-season and all-time standards, while both sides of the ball combined to rank among the top 15 nationally in 12 statistical categories.

• Coaching career began at Lumberton High School (1980-84) and he went on to work at Clemson (1985-86), Austin Peay (1987), North Alabama (1988), Appalachian State (1989-91, 1993-96), East Carolina (1992), UNLV (1997-98) and Fresno State (1999). He also spent time with the Miami Dolphins as a summer intern in 1996.

• Four-year letterwinner at East Carolina from 1976-80 under legendary head coach Pat Dye, was a three-year starter at defensive back and was the team captain for two seasons. Helped lead the Pirates to the Southern Conference Championship in 1976 and to an Independence Bowl berth in 1978.

• McNeill and his wife, Erlene, have two daughters and a granddaughter. Renata McNeill Petrekin and son-in-law Lincoln Petrekin reside in Coral Gables, Fla., with their daughter Isabella, while Olivia McNeill is a high school teacher and lives in Winston-Salem, N.C.