Football Coaching Staff
Mike Stoops
Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Outside Linebackers
Coach Info:
Position: Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Outside Linebackers
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Alma Mater: Iowa
Graduating Year: 1986
Eligibility: Freshman
Experience: 9 Years

Rejoined the Oklahoma staff in 2012 after an eight-season stint as head coach at the University of Arizona.

Presided over a 2015 OU defense that led the Big 12 in total defense (364.5 ypg), scoring defense (22.0 ppg), passing defense (202.8 ypg), pass efficiency defense (108.5) and sacks (3.08 per game). The Sooners also finished second in the league in rushing defense (161.7 ypg) and interceptions (1.5 per game).

ESPN.com named him the Big 12’s top assistant coach in February 2014 and Rivals.com named him the league’s top recruiter in 2013.

Has coached 29 NFL Draft picks while players under his direction have combined for 11 national awards, 13 All-America honors, 39 all-conference honors and 47 academic all-conference accolades.

The Sooners led the Big 12 in run defense (106.4 ypg) under his direction in 2014 and did not permit an individual 100-yard rusher.

Revamped the Oklahoma defensive scheme in 2013, giving the Sooners more multiple looks. That move paid immediate dividends as OU led the Big 12 in total defense (350.2 ypg) for the first time since 2006. The Sooners also led the Big 12 in pass defense (212.5 ypg).

In total, the Sooners saw marked improvement in 10 major defensive categories in 2013 under Stoops. OU ranked second in the Big 12 in both rushing defense (137.6 ypg) and scoring defense (22.1 ppg) – a decrease of 55.4 ypg and 3.4 ppg compared to 2012./p>

 

Perhaps two of the biggest areas of improvement for the Sooners in 2013 came in term of takeaways (24) and third-down defense (60-178, 33.7%). OU forced eight more turnovers compared to 2012, while the club led the Big 12 and tied for 10th in the nation in terms of third-down conversions permitted. Oklahoma also allowed a league-low 17.9 first downs per game in 2013.

Oklahoma’s pass rush returned to roots of creating havoc in 2013, as well. The Sooners racked up 33.0 sacks, up from 24.0 a year earlier. OU registered 7.0 of those sacks in a 45-31 Sugar Bowl win vs. Alabama.

Making OU’s 2013 defensive accomplishments even more impressive were the host of young players who made immediate contributions, including LB Dominique Alexander and CB Zack Sanchez, who both earned Freshman All-America honors. Sophomore Charles Tapper (First Team) and Eric Striker (Second Team) also earned All-Big 12 accolades from the conference’s coaches.

Is the only coach to have an athlete win both the Nagurski Award (best defensive player) and Thorpe Award (best defensive back) in the same season and has done so twice (Roy Williams 2001 and Derrick Strait 2003).

Four of his five OU defenses finished seventh or better nationally in scoring defense and in the top 10 for total defense from 1999-03.

As head coach at Arizona, guided program to a school-record three consecutive bowl games (2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons). His 2010 squad achieved UA's highest regular-season ranking (No. 9) in 13 years. His 2009 team finished second in the Pac-10, its highest finish in 13 seasons.

Posted nine wins over nationally ranked opponents and defeated a ranked team in each of his first seven seasons at Arizona, establishing 84 program records under his watch./p>

In 2003, OU was among the FBS’ best in total defense (third), pass defense (second), scoring defense (fifth) and turnover margin (fifth).

OU ranked sixth in scoring defense and 10th in total defense in 2002 after finishing fourth in both scoring and total defense in 2001.

Oklahoma’s 2000 national championship squad was second among FBS squads in pass defense efficiency, fifth in takeaways, seventh in scoring defense and eighth in total defense.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER
All-American at Iowa as DB (1984)
Two-Time All-Big 10 (1983, 1984)
Led Big 10 in Interceptions (1983)
Played in four bowl games at Iowa: 1982 Rose, 1982 Peach, 1983 Gator and 1984 Freedom.

PROMINENT PUPILS

Eric Striker (Oklahoma), Bills; All-America First Team, Two-time All-Big 12 First Team
Devante Bond (Oklahoma), Buccaneers
Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma), Jaguars; Two-time All-Big 12 First Team
Tony Jefferson (Oklahoma), Cardinals; 2012 Second-Team All-American
Nick Foles (Arizona), Rams; One-Time Pro Bowler
Brooks Reed (Arizona), Falcons; 2010 First-Team All-Pac 10
D’Aundre Reed (Arizona)
Rob Gronkowski (Arizona); Patriots Four-Time Pro Bowler
Earl Mitchell (Arizona), Dolphins
Mike Thomas (Arizona)
Antoine Cason (Arizona); 2007 Jim Thorpe Award Winner, 2007 All-American
Spencer Larsen (Arizona)
Nick Folk (Arizona), Jets; One-Time Pro Bowler
Antonio Perkins (Oklahoma); 2003 All-American
Derrick Strait (Oklahoma); Jim Thorpe Award, Nagurski Award, All-American (2003)
Roy Williams (Oklahoma); Five-time Pro Bowler, Jim Thorpe Award, Nagurski Award, All-American (2001)
Brandon Everage (Oklahoma); 2001 All-American
J.T. Thatcher (Oklahoma); All-American, Mosi Tatupu Award (2000)