Mark Stoops

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Mark Stoops

Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Kentucky
Conference SEC
Record 19–29
Annual salary $3.4 Million
Biographical details
Born (1967-07-09) July 9, 1967
Youngstown, Ohio
Playing career
1986–1988 Iowa
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1991 Iowa (GA)
1992–1995 Nordonia (OH) HS (DB)
1996 USF (DB)
1997–1999 Wyoming (DB)
2000 Houston (Co-DC/S)
2001–2003 Miami (FL) (DB)
2004–2009 Arizona (DC/DB)
2010–2012 Florida State (DC/DB)
2013–present Kentucky
Head coaching record
Overall 19–29

Mark Thomas Stoops (born July 9, 1967) is an American college football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at the University of Kentucky, a position he assumed in November 2012. Stoops previously served as defensive coordinator at the University of Arizona from 2004 to 2009, and Florida State University from 2010 to 2012.

Early life

Stoops is currently the head coach for Kentucky. Stoops, one of six children born to Ron and Evelyn "Dee Dee" Stoops, attended Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio, where his father was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator.[1][2] He is a brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops, currently the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma.

After high school, Stoops played college football for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1986 to 1988.[3]

Coaching career

Stoops was a graduate assistant coach at Iowa from 1989 to 1991, and then became the athletic director and defensive backs coach at Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio (1992–1995).[4][5]

In 1996, when Kansas State assistant Jim Leavitt was hired as the head coach for the South Florida Bulls, he hired Stoops as defensive backs coach.[4][6]

He served as the defensive backs coach for the University of Wyoming Cowboys from 1997–1999.[7]

At Wyoming he served under head coach Dana Dimel. When Dimel was hired at the University of Houston, he took Stoops with him to join the Cougars as co-defensive coordinator (along with Dick Bumpas) and safeties coach in 2000.[8]

In February 2001 he was named the defensive backs coach for the University of Miami Hurricanes, replacing Chuck Pagano, who left to go to the Cleveland Browns.[9]

Mark's brother Mike was hired as the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats for the 2004 season. Mike then hired Mark as part of his staff.[10]

On December 11, 2009, Stoops accepted the job as defensive coordinator at Florida State University.[11]

On November 27, 2012, Stoops was hired as the new head coach of the University of Kentucky football program, replacing former head coach Joker Phillips who was fired after a 2–10 season.

Personal life

Stoops is the younger brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, current Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, and Ron, Jr., the oldest of the brothers, who is an assistant coach at Youngstown State.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (2013–present)
2013 Kentucky 2–10 0–8 7th (Eastern)
2014 Kentucky 5–7 2–6 6th (Eastern)
2015 Kentucky 5–7 2–6 T–4th (Eastern)
2016 Kentucky 7–5 4–4 T–2nd (Eastern) TaxSlayer
Kentucky: 19–29 8–24
Total: 19–29
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. Thamel, Pete (August 29, 2004). "A Family of Coaches Has Followed Its Leader". The New York Times. Manhattan, New York. Archived from the original on January 23, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  2. Trotter, Jake. - "Stoops@10: Growing Up Youngstown - A symbol of Youngstown - Blue-collar roots, values define Stoops". - The Oklahoman. - August 19, 2008.
  3. 2007 Big Ten Media Guide. - p.93. - (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat document)
  4. 1 2 Cotey, John C. - "USF hires its fourth assistant". - St. Petersburg Times. - January 24, 1996.
  5. Durrenberger, Charles. - "New Influences". - Arizona Daily Star. - April 17, 2004.
  6. Lutz, Bob. - Starting Team from Scratch Doesn't Faze Cats' Leavitt". - The Wichita Eagle. - December 29, 1995.
  7. Gagliardi, Robert. - "Football A Family Affair for Coaches". - Wyoming Tribune Eagle. - September 26, 1998.
  8. "Houston Cougars". - San Antonio Express-News. - August 20, 2000.
  9. Degan, Susan Miller. - "Canes Choose DB Coach". - Miami Herald. - February 28, 2001.
  10. Moredich, John. - "Mark Stoops joins UA as defensive coordinator". - Tucson Citizen. - December 1, 2003.
  11. FSU Hires Stoops

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