Viney Returns to Football Staff

Mike Houck
By Mike Houck
Assistant A.D. / Strategic Communications

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced Friday the return of Courtney Viney to the Sooners' staff. Viney will serve as the program's recruiting analyst after spending last year at Nevada as cornerbacks coach.

Viney, who was an Oklahoma defensive graduate assistant from 2013 to 2015, and the Sooners' special teams specialist in 2016, replaces former recruiting analyst Eric Striker, who left OU in the spring to pursue playing opportunities in the Canadian Football League. Striker is currently with the Toronto Argonauts.

Riley said that Viney will be heavily involved in all aspects of the football program's recruiting, and will be involved in OU's player development program.

"This an important hire, and a really great hire for our entire program," said Riley, who is starting his second year as head coach. "Courtney has great knowledge of and experience with Oklahoma, our program, our coaches, our staff. He's just an absolutely gifted and tremendous recruiter. He gained a lot of experience both here and at Nevada, and has excellent ties all over the country, as well as a great eye for talent. We think he's going to add to what's been an already successful recruiting department and we're thrilled to welcome him, Whitney and their children back to Norman."

"What Coach Riley is doing with the program is truly spectacular and is going to be special. It's definitely something that I want to be a part of."
Courtney Viney

When asked about returning to OU, Viney referenced what he terms "The Riley Effect."

"First and foremost, this is a great opportunity for my family," said Viney. "Moreover, I truly, truly believe in Coach Riley and the staff and the direction they're headed. What Coach Riley is doing with the program is truly spectacular and is going to be special. It's definitely something that I want to be a part of. Getting an opportunity to work for a great coach is a blessing.

"It means a lot to me to come back to family," Viney added, "I mean from the head ball coach to the Sooner faithful. Being away for a year and a half and gaining the experience that I did, I'd never trade that. But this is home. We are excited to come back and rejoin the family."

A four-time scholar-athlete at Edison High School in Fresno, Calif., Viney went on to play cornerback at UCLA, where he was named the Bruins' scout team player of the year as a true freshman and would go on to be a team captain and three-time honor roll member and letterwinner. After graduating in 2010 with a degree in history, Viney transferred to New Mexico State to play his final season. He earned a master's degree from NMSU in 2011 and a master's from Oklahoma in 2014.

Viney and his wife, Whitney, have two daughters: 1-year-old Milan and 2-month-old Brooklyn.