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Mark Stoops
File:Mark Stoops in 2013.jpg
Stoops at Commonwealth Stadium in 2013
Current position
TitleHead coach
Annual salary$4.25 million
Biographical details
Born (1967-07-09) July 9, 1967 (age 52)
Youngstown, Ohio
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive back
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
SEC Coach of the Year (2018)

Mark Thomas Stoops (born July 9, 1967) is an American college football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at the University of Kentucky, a position he assumed in November 2012. Stoops previously served as defensive coordinator at the University of Arizona from 2004 to 2009 and Florida State University from 2010 to 2012.

Early lifeEdit

Stoops, one of six children born to Ron and Evelyn "Dee Dee" Stoops, attended Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio, where his father was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator.[1][2] He is the brother of former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops, who also served as defensive coordinator for the University of Oklahoma until he was fired on October 7, 2018 after losing 48-45 to Texas.

After graduating from high school, Stoops played college football for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1986 to 1988.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

Stoops was a graduate assistant coach at Iowa from 1989 to 1991, and then became the athletic director and defensive backs coach at Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio (1992–1995).[4][5]

In 1996, when Kansas State assistant Jim Leavitt was hired as the head coach for the South Florida Bulls, he hired Stoops as defensive backs coach.[4][6]

Stoops served as the defensive backs coach for the University of Wyoming Cowboys from 1997–1999.[7]

At Wyoming, Stoops served under head coach Dana Dimel. When Dimel was hired at the University of Houston, he took Stoops with him to join the Cougars as co-defensive coordinator (along with Dick Bumpas) and safeties coach in 2000.[8]


In February 2001, Stoops was named the defensive backs coach for the University of Miami Hurricanes, replacing Chuck Pagano, who left to go to the Cleveland Browns.[9]


Mark's brother, Mike, was hired as the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats for the 2004 season. Mike then hired Mark as part of his staff.[10]

Florida StateEdit

On December 11, 2009, Stoops accepted the job as defensive coordinator at Florida State University.[11]


On November 27, 2012, Stoops was hired as the new head coach of the University of Kentucky football program, replacing former head coach Joker Phillips, who was fired after a 2–10 season. In Stoops' first season as the Kentucky Head coach, he went 2-10, followed by back to back 5-7 seasons.

After an 0–2 start to the 2016 season, Stoops led the Wildcats to a 7–3 finish after that start and defeated their in-state rival, the eleventh-ranked Louisville Cardinals. They lost in the Taxslayer Bowl to Georgia Tech.

The 2017 season featured ups and downs and the breakout of star running back Benny Snell. they finished 7-5, losing afterwards in the Music City Bowl to Northwestern

The 2018 season was a historic one for the Wildcats. Paced by Snell, they snapped a 31-year losing streak to Florida, finishing 9-3–only the fourth time in school history that the Wildcats have won at least nine games. Kentucky defeated Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on January, 1st, 2019 giving the Wildcats their first 10 win season since 1977.

Personal lifeEdit

Stoops is the younger brother of former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, and Ron, Jr., the oldest of the brothers, who is an assistant coach at Youngstown State. Stoops and his wife Chantel have two sons, Will and Zach.[12]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (2013–present)
2013 Kentucky 2–10 0–8 7th (Eastern)
2014 Kentucky 5–7 2–6 6th (Eastern)
2015 Kentucky 5–7 2–6 T–4th (Eastern)
2016 Kentucky 7–6 4–4 T–2nd (Eastern) L TaxSlayer
2017 Kentucky 7–6 4–4 T–3rd (Eastern) L Music City
2018 Kentucky 10–3 5–3 T–2nd (Eastern) W Citrus 11 12
2019 Kentucky 0–0 0–0
Kentucky: 36–39 17–31
Total: 36–39
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Mark Stoops who became NCAA head coaches:


  1. Thamel, Pete (August 29, 2004). "A Family of Coaches Has Followed Its Leader". The New York Times. Manhattan, New York. Archived from the original on January 23, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  2. Trotter, Jake. - "Stoops@10: Growing Up Youngstown - A symbol of Youngstown - Blue-collar roots, values define Stoops". - The Oklahoman. - August 19, 2008.
  3. 2007 Big Ten Media Guide. - p.93. - (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat document)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cotey, John C. - "USF hires its fourth assistant". - St. Petersburg Times. - January 24, 1996.
  5. Durrenberger, Charles. - "New Influences". - Arizona Daily Star. - April 17, 2004.
  6. Lutz, Bob. - Starting Team from Scratch Doesn't Faze Cats' Leavitt". - The Wichita Eagle. - December 29, 1995.
  7. Gagliardi, Robert. - "Football A Family Affair for Coaches". - Wyoming Tribune Eagle. - September 26, 1998.
  8. "Houston Cougars". - San Antonio Express-News. - August 20, 2000.
  9. Degan, Susan Miller. - "Canes Choose DB Coach". - Miami Herald. - February 28, 2001.
  10. Moredich, John. - "Mark Stoops joins UA as defensive coordinator". - Tucson Citizen. - December 1, 2003.
  11. "FSU hires Mark Stoops".
  12. Patton, Janet (February 21, 2013). "UK football coach Mark Stoops buys Beaumont house for $1.45 million". Lexington Herald-Leader. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.

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