Coaches


LINCOLN RILEY | HEAD COACH, QUARTERBACKS

After presiding over two of the most prolific offenses in OU history as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2015 and 2016, Lincoln Riley took over the program’s head coaching reins on June 7, 2017, following the retirement of one of the most accomplished coaches of the last quarter century in Bob Stoops. OU’s 22nd head coach, all Riley has done in his first two years at the helm is lead the Sooners to their 11th and 12th Big 12 titles and to a pair of College Football Playoff berths. He was also named the 2018 Co-Big 12 Coach of the Year.

The Football Bowl Subdivision’s youngest head coach (33) at the time of his hiring, Riley became just the fifth mentor in FBS history with no previous head-coaching experience at a four-year college to win at least 12 games in his debut season. At 24-4, he also holds the OU record for most wins by a head coach in his first two seasons (Barry Switzer held the previous mark with 21 over the 1973 and '74 seasons). No one has won more games in his first two seasons as a college head coach since 1892 and '93.

ALEX GRINCH | DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR / SAFETIES

Alex Grinch, who spent the 2018 season as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for Ohio State's 13-1 squad, was hired as Oklahoma's defensive coordinator on Friday, OU head coach Lincoln Riley announced.

A three-time nominee and 2017 semifinalist for the Broyles Award (given to the nation's top assistant coach), Grinch is regarded as one of the game's best young defensive minds. The 38-year-old served the 2015-17 seasons as Washington State's defensive coordinator and secondary coach, leading an extraordinary turnaround for head coach Mike Leach's defense.

In 2014, the year before Grinch's arrival at Washington State, the Cougars ranked 99th nationally in total defense (442.3 ypg), 127th in pass defense (296.6 ypg) and 127th in turnovers gained (8). In 2017, he presided over a WSU unit that ranked 16th in total defense (323.3 ypg), ninth in passing defense (170.9 ypg) and ninth in turnovers gained (28). Washington State also allowed only 11 touchdown passes in 2017, tied for fifth-fewest in the country. And its 103 tackles for loss were tied for eighth-fewest nationally.

RUFFIN MCNEILL | ASSISTANT HEAD COACH / OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

• Named Oklahoma's assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach on June 14, 2017, and took over defensive coordinator role on Oct. 8, 2018.

• In first year with the Sooners, helped 2017 OU defense improve by 37 yards per game from 2016. OU allowed 394.9 yards per contest (432.0 in 2016) to rank fourth in Big 12, 238.4 passing yards per game (269.4 in 2016) to rank third and 156.5 rushing yards per game (162.6 in 2016) to rank sixth. The Sooners also held opponents to a 38.0-percent conversion rate on third downs (42.6 percent in 2016) to rank fourth in the league.

• Came to Norman from Virginia, where he served the 2016 season as assistant head coach and defensive line coach.

• Named the 20th head coach at East Carolina, his alma mater, on Jan. 21, 2010, and served in that capacity for six seasons (2010-15). Riley was his offensive coordinator for the first five of those seasons before he was hired at OU.

SHANE BEAMER | ASSISTANT HEAD COACH FOR OFFENSE, TIGHT ENDS & H-BACKS

• Hired at Oklahoma in January 2018 after serving the 2016 and '17 seasons as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Georgia.

• In addition to his offensive coaching responsibilities, he will also play a role in overseeing OU's special teams.

• Georgia posted a 21-7 combined record the last two seasons with Beamer on staff, including a 13-2 mark in 2017 when the Bulldogs won the SEC Championship Game, beat OU 54-48 in overtime in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl, and lost 26-23 to Alabama in overtime in the CFP National Championship.

• Beamer also served as associate head coach and running backs coach at Virginia Tech for five years (2011-15) and was an assistant coach at South Carolina (2007-10) and Mississippi State (2004-06).

CALE GUNDY | CO-OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR / RECRUITING COORDINATOR / INSIDE RECEIVERS

• Concluded his third season coaching inside receivers in 2017 after a successful 16-year stint as Oklahoma's running backs coach.

• In his first year as co-offensive coordinator, helped OU set single-season school records in 2017 in total offense (579.6 ypg; led FBS), yards per play (8.3; second all-time in FBS), passing yards per game (361.8) and completion percentage (.714; led FBS), and in leading the FBS in passing efficiency rating (202.7) and first downs (361).

• Key part of offensive staff that saw 2016 unit rank first nationally in passing efficiency rating (mark of 193.79 set an FBS record) and pass completion percentage (.706), second in total offense (554.8 ypg) and third in scoring offense (43.9 ppg).

• Coached Sterling Shepard in 2015, who was an ESPN.com first-team All-American and a first-team All-Big 12 selection. Shepard caught 86 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year.

BILL BEDENBAUGH | CO-OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR / OFFENSIVE LINE

• Has established himself as one of the country's top developers of offensive line talent since joining the Sooners in 2013. He was named one of Rivals.com’s top 25 recruiters of 2017 and 2018, and was a finalist for the 2017 Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach.

• Led by unanimous first-team All-America left tackle Orlando Brown, Bedenbaugh's 2017 offensive line was consistently regarded as one of the top units in the country and factored heavily in the Sooners setting single-season school records in total offense (579.6 ypg; led FBS), yards per play (8.3; second all-time in FBS), passing yards per game (361.8) and completion percentage (.714; led FBS), and in leading the FBS in passing efficiency rating (202.7) and first downs (361). His unit also paved the way for a ground attack that paced the Big 12 by averaging 217.8 rushing yards per contest.

JAY BOULWARE | SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR, RUNNING BACKS

• Wrapped up third year coaching running backs and fullbacks in 2017 and fifth as special teams coordinator. OU’s special teams own seven TDs, a safety and two returned two-point PATs under his direction.

• Key part of offensive staff that saw the 2017 Sooners rank first nationally in total offense (579.6 ypg) and third in scoring (45.1 ppg). OU also led the Big 12 with its 217.8 rushing yards per contest. Including OU's Oct. 14 win over Texas, RB Rodney Anderson ranked second nationally (first among Power 5 players) the rest of the season in yards from scrimmage per game (153.4) and touchdowns from scrimmage (17).

• Oversaw one of the nation’s top running back tandems in 2015 and 2016. Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon both declared for the 2017 NFL Draft after stellar careers. Perine, OU’s all-time rushing leader (4,122 yards), ran for 2,409 yards and 28 TDs since Boulware moved to running backs coach, while Mixon ran for 2,027 yards and 17 TDs the last two years. Mixon also caught 65 passes for 894 yards and nine TDs.

DENNIS SIMMONS | OUTSIDE RECEIVERS

• Named Oklahoma’s outside receivers coach on Feb. 9, 2015.

• OU’s offense has been the country’s most prolific since his arrival in Norman, ranking fourth nationally in scoring (43.5 ppg) and seventh in yards per game (530.2) in 2015, third in scoring (43.9) and second in yards per game (554.8) in 2016, and third in scoring (45.1 ppg) and first in yards per game (school-record 579.6) in 2017.

• One of two coaches to coach two different Biletnikoff Award winners, the most recent pupil being Dede Westbrook in 2016, who caught 80 passes for 1,524 yards (19.1 per catch) and 17 TDs. A Heisman Trophy finalist, he was also OU’s first unanimous All-American since 2004.

• Joined the Sooners after spending the previous three seasons coaching outside receivers for Mike Leach at Washington State. Was originally indocrinated in Leach’s highly successful offensive approach while on his staff at Texas Tech.

CALVIN THIBODEAUX | DEFENSIVE LINE

• Returned to his alma mater on Feb. 24, 2016, when he was named OU’s defensive line coach.

• Presided over a 2017 defensive ends group that featured Walter Camp First-Team All-American and Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who ranked second in the Big 12 with 17.5 tackles for loss and third with 8.0 sacks.

• Headlined by second-team All-Big 12 selection Jordan Wade, Thibodeaux’s 2016 defensive line unit helped OU rank second in the Big 12 by allowing 162.6 rushing yards per game.

• Returned to OU after serving the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas (2015; defensive line), Tulsa (2012-14; defensive tackles) and Dartmouth (2011; defensive line). He was also the defensive line coach at Navarro Junior College in 2010 and served as a defensive graduate assistant at Houston during in 2008 and ’09.

BRIAN ODOM | INSIDE LINEBACKERS

University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced Tuesday evening that Brian Odom has joined the OU staff as inside linebackers coach. Odom, an Oklahoma native and member of the Sooners' 2000 national championship team, spent the last two seasons at Missouri as the Tigers' outside linebackers coach. He is the second assistant coach to join OU's staff today, joining cornerbacks coach Roy Manning.

Odom just finished his second tour of duty with the Tigers. He began his career in athletics as an administrative and defensive graduate assistant coach on Gary Pinkel’s 2005 MU staff. After moving on to other opportunities at Arizona and Houston, Odom returned to Missouri from Washington State where he was the Cougar's defensive quality control assistant for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Odom was instrumental in WSU's defensive turnaround, working under defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, who assumed the same title at OU two weeks ago.

ROY MANNING | CORNERBACKS

University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced Tuesday the hiring of Roy Manning as the program's cornerbacks coach. Manning, who served the 2018 season as UCLA's outside linebackers and special teams coach, also presided over outside linebackers under new OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch at Washington State during the 2015-17 seasons when the Cougars orchestrated a major turnaround on that side of the ball.

An NFL player for three seasons who starred at Michigan, Manning also has coaching experience at his alma mater as well as at the University of Cincinnati.

Riley said Manning is extremely well-rounded and brings a lot to the OU program.

"Roy has proven to be one of the most dynamic recruiters in the country. He's got excellent experience at several great football programs, and has strong recruiting ties all over the place," commented Riley. "He's coached multiple positions, has coached on both sides of the ball and has been a special teams coordinator.

BENNIE WYLIE | DIRECTOR OF SPORTS PERFORMANCE

• Announced as Oklahoma’s director of sports performance for football on Jan. 16, 2018.

• Earning the reputation as one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country, Wylie joined the Sooners after stops as the football head strength and conditioning coach at Texas, Tennessee and Texas Tech.

• He most recently served as director of performance at The Performance Lab, a private group-training strength and fitness center in Abilene, Texas. He has also recently provided training and obstacle fitness to United States military as a staff member of Alpha Warrior.

• Spent three years (2011-13) as strength and conditioning head coach for football at Texas under head coach Mack Brown. The Longhorns competed in bowl games all three seasons, winning the Holiday Bowl in the 2011 season and the Alamo Bowl in the 2012 campaign.

CLARKE STROUD | DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

• Oversees football operations by working directly with OU’s strength, sports medicine, football video, equipment, field maintenance and secretarial staffs.

• Serves as liaison with athletics administration, communications, marketing, development, academic student life, game day operations and the business office, as well as FCA, the Touchdown Club, the Varsity O Association and Sooner Sports Properties.

• Coordinates all of OU’s travel arrangements, including bowl games.

• Works closely with OU head coach Lincoln Riley in coordinating community affairs.

• OU Football Camp and OU Football Coaches Clinic co-coordinator.

• Provides leadership for GrowU program that fosters student-athlete co-curricular development.

ANNIE HANSON | ASSISTANT ATHLETICS DIRECTOR, RECRUITING STRATEGY & ADMINISTRATIVE ENGAGEMENT

• Supervises all personnel assigned to the football recruiting office & oversees football recruiting operations budget

• Oversees and executes all football recruiting efforts, with primary focus on official visits, unofficial visits, game day recruiting programming, junior days, coaches’ clinics, and other special events as assigned

• Oversees and collaborates with all football creative staff to ensure correspondence, including social media communications, phone calls, recruit mailers, emails, questionnaires, etc. celebrate program recruiting vision

• Serves as additional liaison for high school coaches, NFL scouts, prospects, and student- athlete families

• Supervises and executes the appropriate steps to ensure that all employees recognize and comply with all University and NCAA rules

• Advises, consults, and provides feedback to athletics department sport staffs on emerging recruiting strategies that follow all University and NCAA rules