Robert Anthony Stoops (born
September 9, 1960) is the head coach of
the University of
During the 2000 season, Stoops led the Sooners to
an Orange Bowl
victory and a
coaching at Oklahoma, Stoops held various coordinator and
position-coach positions at Iowa, Kansas State and Florida. In 2000, Stoops led his team to three
consecutive wins over ranked teams including Texas, Kansas State and Nebraska.
Stoops was awarded
the 2000 Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
and the 2000
and 2003 Walter Camp Coach
of the Year
for "Coach of the Year."
High school and college
one of 6 children born to Ron Sr. and Evelyn "Dee Dee" Stoops in
Ohio. He is a 1978 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, where his father was the long-time defensive
coordinator of the football team.
Bob and his three brothers
(Ron Jr., Mike, and Mark) were all coached by Ron Sr. at Mooney.
During a game in 1988 against the team coached by Ron Jr., Ron Sr.
began experiencing chest pains. He was placed in an ambulance
following the game and died en route to the hospital.
a four-year starter and one-time All-Big Ten selection at defensive back at the University of
He was also one of the Big Ten's Most
Valuable Players in 1982.
After graduating with his marketing degree in 1983, Stoops began
his coaching career as a volunteer firefighter and graduate
assistant in the Iowa Hawkeyes
under Hayden Fry
. He was an assistant at
University in 1988, and joined Kansas State
University the following year.
Stoops was named
Kansas State under Bill Snyder
and assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator in 1995.
During his tenure on the Wildcats staff, Stoops played a key role
in their impressive turnaround, helping take what many considered
to be the worst program in Division 1-A to national contention.
During his final four seasons there, KSU was 35-12 with three bowl
left for the University of Florida, and landed a three-year stint as Steve Spurrier’s defensive
Hired after Florida gave up 62 points to
Nebraska in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl, he was given full powers over the
Gators defense and was part of the Gators' national championship
win over Florida State in the 1996 Sugar Bowl.
It was with the Gators
spotlight found Stoops and made him one of the hottest coaching
names in the profession. Stoops' success at Kansas State and
Florida launched him to the top of the list of assistant coaches
primed for head coaching positions in 1999.
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma named Stoops their head coach in 1999.
Stoops quickly turned the program around, winning seven games and
taking the Sooners
their first bowl game in four years.
Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops
jogs on the field during a 2009 game.
Now in his tenth year as head coach of the Sooners, Stoops has a
combined record of 114–28–0, which puts him a game behind Texas
Longhorn head coach Mack Brown for the most wins by any Division 1-Football Bowl Subdivision
the best record of any BCS school during that stretch. Along with
, Bud Wilkinson
, and Barry Switzer
, he is one of four coaches to
win over 100 games at the University of Oklahoma. No other college
football program has more than 3 coaches to accomplish such a
He led the Sooners to the 2000 BCS National Championship
finished the season undefeated, outscoring 13 opponents by a
combined 481-194. His Oklahoma teams again earned the
opportunity to play in the Bowl
Championship Series National Championship Game in 2003 and
2004, losing to LSU 21–14 in the 2004 Sugar
Bowl, and to USC 55–19 in the 2005
Orange Bowl. Stoops, however, has led his team to eight
straight bowl games, five of which were BCS Bowls, including the Big 12's first Rose Bowl victory as the Sooners upended Washington
State 34–14 in Pasadena on New Years Day 2003.
penchant for winning the big games early in his career earned him
the nickname "Big Game Bob", (which still applies with a record 3
BCS title game losses, more than any coach in the country) and his
teams have only lost a total of two games at home in Norman,
Under Stoops, the Sooners have won six
Big 12 Conference
the most of any Big 12 team. Oklahoma is also the only team to win
back-to-back-to-back Big 12 Championships. In his ten years as head
coach, Stoops is 6-5 against
includes a 5 game winning streak from 2000-2004, in which his
Sooners handed the Longhorns two of their worst defeats in school
history, 63–14 and 65–13 respectively (2000, 2003).
On July 11, 2007, Oklahoma was placed on probation for two years by
the NCAA for a rules violation involving QB Rhett Bomar
and OL JD Quinn, who the University
had previously suspended from the team due to the players' efforts
to obtain payment for hours not worked. While the students
who violated the rules were reinstated by the NCAA and allowed to
play for other schools, the University, which had self-reported the
violations, was initially directed to vacate all wins during the
2005-2006 season, which included a 17-14 win over the University
of Oregon in the Holiday
Oklahoma appealed the NCAA's ruling of a "failure
to monitor" the employment of players in the program, as well as a
reduction in scholarships and probation lasting until May, 2010. On
the NCAA reversed part of the decision and reinstated the vacated
Stoops' performance at Oklahoma has made him the frequent subject
of head coach searches by several NFL teams as well as other
college programs, which he has repeatedly turned away. He was reportedly the
top-paid coach in Division 1-A football with annual compensation in
excess of $3 million until Nick Saban was
signed by the University of Alabama for $4 million per year beginning in 2007.
However, Stoops will receive a "longevity bonus" of $3,000,000 at
the end of the 2008 season (his 10th), making his annual salary in
2008 approx. $6,100,000.00, not including potential bonuses of up
to $745,000. In his short career at Oklahoma, several of
Stoops' assistants have become head coaches at other Division 1-A
programs, including brother Mike Stoops
(Arizona), Mark Mangino (Kansas), Mike Leach (Texas Tech), Chuck Long (San Diego State), Bo Pelini (Nebraska) and Kevin Sumlin (Houston).
In the 2009 BCS
National Championship Game
, Oklahoma lost to Florida
24–14, extending his bowl
game losing streak to 3 and his BCS bowl game losing streak to 5.
With the loss, Oklahoma under Stoops set the record for the most
consecutive BCS bowl games lost. He also set a record for most BCS
Championships coached in with 4 games in 10 years.
Head coaching record
Bob Stoops is married to Carol Stoops, a successful Mary Kay
National Sales Director. They have three
children: a daughter, Mackenzie, and twin sons, Isaac and Drake.
Stoops remains close with Steve
, his mentor from the University of Florida. Stoops
has, in the past, called Spurrier the greatest college head
Younger brother Mike Stoops
the head coach for the University of Arizona Wildcats. Another
brother (the youngest), Mark Stoops
currently serves as the Arizona defensive coordinator. Older
brother Ron Jr., is the defensive coordinator of Cardinal Mooney
High School (Mahoning County, Ohio) in Youngstown, Ohio.