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Getting to know Mark Stoops

MARK STOOPS

Birthdate: July 9, 1967

Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio

Family: Wife, Chantel, and sons, Will and Zack; brother of Mike Stoops (defensive coordinator at Oklahoma) and Bob Stoops (head coach at Oklahoma)


Stoops and his son, Will

Coaching history:

1989-91: Iowa (Graduate Assistant)
1992-95: Nordonia High School (Defensive Backs)
1996: South Florida (Defensive Backs)
1997-99: Wyoming (Defensive Backs)
2000: Houston (co-Defensive Coordinator)
2001-03: Miami (Defensive Backs)
2004-09: Arizona (Defensive Coordinator & Defensive Backs)
2009-2012: Florida State (Defensive Coordinator & Defensive Backs)

Coaching performance:

— Before Florida State lost to Florida last weekend, the Seminoles led the nation in total defense, allowing 236.3 yards per game. The Seminoles also allowed the fewest first downs (13.27 per game) and the fewest third down conversions (25.0 percent) in the nation.

— In 2011, the Seminoles ranked fourth nationally in total defense (275.0), second in rushing defense (82.69), fourth in scoring defense (15.1), eighth in tackles for loss (8.62) and tied for eighth in sacks (3.08 per game). His secondary ranked 20th in pass defense and 25th in pass efficiency defense.

— Is currently one of five finalists for the National Defensive Coordinator of the Year award

Known for his zone defense, especially a pass defense that is “especially proficient and extraordinary at takeaways,” according to his Florida State bio. At Miami, his 2001 defense set a single-season school record with 27 interceptions and 45 takeaways. In 2002, Miami’s secondary tied an NCAA record by allowing just 9.5 yards per completion. The 2003 Hurricanes were second in total defense and fourth in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense.

In his own words:

Make it Trend:

#StoopThereItIs
#StoopLife
#StoopingIceCream
#HoopsandStoops
#StoopALoop
#GingerHairDontCare
(add your own)

According to KSR sources, Stoops contacted Kentucky for an interview and came with a plan that said “UK can win the SEC,” which blew the folks at UK away.

Welcome aboard, Mark.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

63 Comments for Getting to know Mark Stoops



  1. PutThatOnDeAndrewLiggins
    2:48 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome aboard, Stoops!



  2. lhw
    2:49 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    hoopsandstoops…I love it.



  3. Ukfan
    2:50 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    He will be here 2-3 years max.. all until a program like USC or Auburn come calling.. great hire though I’m pumped



  4. tltaworl
    2:50 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Let do it Stoopsy!



  5. Stoops/Brown
    2:50 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    KENTUCKY STOOPS BROWN!!!!
    but only if they hire Neal Brown… otherwise it’s STOOPID



  6. Dacci
    2:51 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Prepare to be #Stoopefied!, I can only imagine “Stupefy” by Disturbed to be played at his press conference…



  7. Matty
    2:52 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    3- I’m okay with that because USC or Auburn won’t come calling unless Stoops is winning.



  8. macsauce13
    2:52 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m excited. #Stoops



  9. SexnNursinHomes
    2:52 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Open up the pocket book and upgrade our facilities and give Stoops an opportunity. Stoops is as serious as rectal cancer. He has my support, like it matters.

    Awesome coverage KSR.



  10. SexnNursinHomes
    2:53 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    3- Well, if he gets lured away to a big name school, it will be because he has done a great job. Which makes the next coach more easier to get



  11. UK2001
    2:53 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hot damn sukey sukey.



  12. Gingers Aren't People
    2:53 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Generally, I can’t stand Gingers. They have no souls. They eat children. They smell bad. But my wife made a great point: a Ginger as a head coach means he might be a shrewd business man and tough head coach. And, of course, I use the term “man” loosely because we all know gingers aren’t technically people.



  13. bigbluejay
    2:53 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #supportourstoops



  14. stoopid hire
    2:54 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    That top defense did a stellar job against fla huh?? UK only gave up 1 more point than fsu did against fla.
    Barney fife has finally put the nail in the coffin of UK football.



  15. notv
    2:54 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    for whatever reason, I keep reading STOOPS BROWN as BROWN STOOL.



  16. Crow
    2:55 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Great. We hired Danny Bonaduce from the Partridge Family.



  17. pump4uk
    2:55 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    So are we going to go back to 4-3 or stick with 3-4?



  18. 2001-2002 Miami Defense
    2:58 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones could have coached us and we still would have done all of that stuff. We were that good.



  19. STOOPWOOP
    2:58 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #CantStopStoops



  20. JR Greer
    2:59 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I knew this was happening two weeks ago.

  21. We need a show thread with the link to listen! WLAP won’t stream for me lately!



  22. Jeremy
    3:01 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #stoopidgoodhire



  23. Owen
    3:01 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome hire. I’m pumped.

    Also, do people remember just how ridiculously good those early 2000s Miami teams were? Like, how many ridiculously good pro-bowl players were on those teams? Because there were a ton that 2002 team. Just having a guy who coached that team is pretty awesome. Hopefully we can start getting some of those types of players.



  24. JR Greer, Jr
    3:01 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I knew this was happening three weeks ago.



  25. GhostOfBearBryant
    3:02 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    It is all about the staff now. Let’s hope he brings up the OC from Texas Tech.



  26. MemphisCat
    3:02 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #ukstoops4success



  27. Jarvis Redwine
    3:02 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Do you think with his receding hairline and gingerness, that Mitch thought he WAS hiring Petrino?



  28. Spears
    3:03 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Any word on Neal Brown as OC?



  29. Big E
    3:03 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Why did you keep it to your self Greer? Thanks alot.



  30. just saying
    3:04 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    how bout “UK football STOOPS to a new low”.

    Im excited about this hire, but just thinking of what the rivals will say!!



  31. hey arnold
    3:04 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Stoop kids afraid to leave his Stoop!



  32. Cpt Dirt Nasty
    3:05 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    STOOPS NOT AFRAID TO LEAVE HIS STOOP!



  33. inside info
    3:06 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    That’s great if he did indeed contact us first. He WANTED the job badly. Should be very motivated for the few years he will be here.



  34. TRUTH.COM
    3:06 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    lose lose situation…if he lose we back where we started,and if he wins he will be looking for a better job in 3 years.



  35. CatFan26
    3:08 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    @ 14. Quit looking at the fsu/uk game. FSU turned the ball over at least FIVE times and gave uf the ball only 20-30 yards away from the goal line THREE times. It wasnt fsu’s defense fault they gave up points. GREAT HIRE!! Welcome to BBN Stoops!



  36. Carl
    3:09 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Led nation in fewest third down conversions…..that stat right there is a big one. I would bet we were close to last for the last several years. Welcome Coach Stoops to the BBN !



  37. CatFan26
    3:09 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Woops meant stop looking at the fsu/uf game.



  38. Old Pogue Bourbon
    3:10 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    HERALD LEADER QUOTE: “No official word had come from UK as of Tuesday afternoon, but several UK players said on Twitter that Stoops was the choice.”



  39. Jay
    3:10 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #stooping
    #stoops
    #stoopdawg



  40. Behind Enemy Lines
    3:11 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    First picture: Bucknuts



  41. Tom48cat
    3:11 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I heard Jon gruden was coming as OC



  42. Stoop Kid
    3:12 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    ain’t afraid to leave his stoop



  43. Jackson Purchase
    3:13 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hell yeah! Now we can get a home and home series with big brother Bobby at Oklahoma.



  44. nybrasky
    3:13 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #talkstoops



  45. UKAshland
    3:14 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #BubbaStoops
    #Stoopalifragilisticexpialidocious



  46. Tom48cat
    3:15 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #34 so you think we shoulda hired Kraigthorp



  47. BigT
    3:16 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #tomatostoop



  48. BigT
    3:17 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #stoopthereitis



  49. Bob Stoops
    3:30 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I am glad soneone hired my brother.



  50. Jesus H. Chrysler
    3:34 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #TheGingerHeadMan



  51. rnewton22
    3:36 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Could we actually put a defense on the field that isn’t a joke? I like the hire.



  52. Not Stoops
    3:36 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Great post! So excited to get a guy like Stoops, cant wait to see who the OC will be!



  53. fb/bb
    3:41 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hang on Stoopy hang on



  54. Capital City Eric
    3:43 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #StoopTheYard #GingerStoops #StoopYourGameUp



  55. Hang on stoopy
    3:48 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Glad we didnt “Stoop” as low as to get Petrino

    Dont care if we end up being a “Stooping” stone for Stoops, lets enjoy him while we have him! Great hire!!!!



  56. Dub c
    4:08 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I hope he keeps Joker on Staff



  57. So-so hire
    4:18 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hope he wins big. He has all the pedigree and has payed his dues at some good schools. Still don’t think he’s the homerun most hoped for. Given the state of our program he’s probably about as good as we could hope for. Just don’t get on here and act like he is bear Bryants second coming. No HC experience and very little SEC talent on this team to work with. Make no mistake this hire could be a huge get or just as easy anther situation like Jokers. So let’s give him a little time and be open minded. One thing for sure rightfully or not this hire will be the one that defines Mitches legacy at UK. He whiffed on BCG and rectified it fairly quickly. He whiffed on Joker now lets see if he fixes that mistake.



  58. Stoopid is Stoopid does
    4:28 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #57 Can’t really blame Mitch for Joker, brooks had a lot to do with that. Great hire in my opinion. If he brings in the heavy hitting assistants and is giving full control.



  59. Scratch
    4:40 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #Stooperman



  60. c dizz
    4:48 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    we will always suck!!!!!



  61. Han
    4:54 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops wins the SEC here at UK and I’m pretty sure he’ll get a contract for life.



  62. Drinking and posting
    5:07 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I like the cut of his jib! Seriously, I like his demeanor and thoughtful responses. That’s a positive thing, right? WIN THE SEC? Well, what goal is he supposed to have? I’d say that’s the right attitude!



  63. The man
    5:34 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    BBN let’s get #stoopidhyped