15 days after it was reported that Steven Clinkscale would become the Wildcats next defensive backs coach, Mark Stoops has confirmed the new hire. Clinkscale is the third coach to leave Tommy Tuberville’s staff this offseason with a “coordinator” label.
“I am very impressed with Coach Clinkscale’s knowledge and the way he handles himself with players,” said Stoops in a press release. “He is well-seasoned in terms of experience. Coaches I greatly respect — Coach Gran and Coach Hinshaw — who worked with him in Cincinnati speak very highly of him.”
Clinkscale is the third Youngstown native on the coaching staff, and the cousin of Vince Marrow. He’s excited to join the staff, one where he already feels at home.
“I’ve been wanting to work with Coach Stoops since he’s been at Kentucky,” Clinkscale said. “This is a great opportunity for me and my family and I’m getting to work with someone who is like-minded. We speak the same language when it comes to defense. I was walking through the training facility with my wife and I told her ‘this feels like a dream come true.’ I’m very happy and I can’t wait to get on the practice field.”
Clinkscale inherits a talented secondary, arguably the best position group on the team, led by senior safety Marcus McWilson, four-year nickel starter Blake McClain and All-SEC Freshman cornerback Chris Westry.