Inside Linebackers Coach Tim Kish
May 20, 2013
Coach Kish
Hometown Westerville, Ohio
High School Westerville HS, 1972
College Otterbein, 1976
Bowling Green State, 1978
Family wife, Angela
daughter, Megan
daughter, Emily
son, Michael
Coaching History
2015 - Oklahoma
Inside Linebackers
2012-2014 - Oklahoma
2011- Arizona
Interim Head Coach
2011 - Arizona
Defensive Coordinator, Asst. Head Coach, LBs
2010 - Arizona
Co-Defensive Coordinator, Asst. Head Coach, LBs
2007-2010 - Arizona
Assist. Head Coach, Linebackers
2004-2006 - Arizona
2002-2003 - Indiana
Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
2001 - Ohio
Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
1997-2000 - Illinois
Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
1992-1996 - Northwestern
Defensive Ends, Linebackers
1992-1992 - Northwestern
1984-1991 - Army
Defensive Ends, Outside Linebackers
1983 - Ball State
Defensive Line
1982 - Ball State
1979-1981 - Purdue
Assistant Secondary Coach
1978 - Bowling Green State
Graduate Assistant Coach
1976-1977 - Mariemont High School
Assistant Coach
Bowls Coached (13)
2014 Sugar Oklahoma
2013 Cotton Oklahoma
2010 Alamo Arizona
2009 Holiday Arizona
2008 Las Vegas Arizona
1999 Illinois
1996 Citrus Northwestern
1995 Rose Northwestern
1988 Sun Army
1985 Peach Army
1984 Cherry Army
1980 Liberty Purdue
1979 Bluebonnet Purdue

Veteran defensive coach turned in one of his finest performances to date in 2013. Rapidly developed a corps of young linebackers after senior captain Corey Nelson was lost to a season-ending injury early in the year.

Dominique Alexander was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and earned Freshman All-America honors, while sophomores Eric Striker and Frank Shannon also received postseason accolades from the Big 12 coaches for their exemplary play.

Shannon led the Sooners with 92 tackles in 2013, while Alexander (80 tackles) ranked second. Striker tied a Sugar Bowl record with 3.0 sacks, while adding seven tackles and a forced fumble in that game.

Named a top 25 national recruiter for Arizona in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons.

Named interim head coach of the University of Arizona football team on October 10, 2011. He had served as defensive coordinator since December 2010 and was co-defensive coordinator during the 2010 season. He also served as Arizona’s assistant head coach.

Developed three new starters in 2010 with JUCO transfer Paul Vassallo earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, becoming the first Wildcat since Lance Briggs to post more than 100 tackles.

Mentored Xavier Kelley into a All-Pac-10 Second Team pick in 2009, while Vuna Tuihalamaka into an honorable mention selection as the Wildcats ranked second in the Pac-10 in total defense.

Under his guidance, Ronnie Palmer was a four-year, 41-game starter and 2008 honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick as a senior after earning Freshman All-America accolades in 2005.

In the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl, Arizona linebackers combined 30 tackles from three positions. The Wildcats’ starting linebackers recorded 20+ tackles in 12 games in 2007-08.

Spencer Larsen led the conference with 131 tackles to earn All-Pac-10 First Team honors in 2007. The versatile Larsen has gone on to play both linebacker and fullback in the NFL ranks with Denver, New England and Tampa Bay.

Helped Northwestern win two Big Ten titles and earn consecutive appearances in the Rose and Citrus Bowls. During his tenure with the Wildcats, coached current Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who was a two-time All-Big Ten linebacker under Kish.

Part of an Illinois staff that took a team with an 0-11 record in 1997 and improved the squad’s mark to 8-4 by 1999. His Illini unit that year recovered 13 fumbles, had 30 sacks and intercepted 14 passes, plus knocked off No. 9 Michigan in Ann Arbor and posted another big road victory at No. 22 Ohio State. The Illini beat Virginia in the Bowl and finished the season ranked No. 24.

During his time at Army, he helped the Cadets make three bowl appearances, including a 31-29 victory over Illinois in the 1985 Peach Bowl. That season Army posted a 9-3 record and held eight of 12 opponents to 17 points or less. Kish also guided an Army defense that held the opposition to 17 points or less 42 times during his tenure at West Point.

Corey Nelson (Oklahoma), Broncos
Dominique Alexander (Oklahoma)
Big 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year
Freshman All-American
Eric Striker (Oklahoma)
All-Big 12 Second Team
Frank Shannon (Oklahoma)
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Spencer Larsen (Arizona)
Ronnie Palmer (Arizona)
Freshman All-American
Ricky Elmore (Arizona)
Danny Clark (Illinois)
Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)
All-Big Ten

Four-year letterman as a defensive back at Otterbein College.
Also played collegiate basketball.
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