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)
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)
— 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.
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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.