Riley completes his Sooner staff

New Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley has finalized the responsibilities and titles for his assistants.

New assistant coach Ruffin McNeill will serve as assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach, and that second-year assistant Calvin Thibodeaux will coach defensive ends.

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, starting his 11th year at OU, will coach outside linebackers, while third-year assistant Kerry Cooks will continue in his role as assistant defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. Tim Kish, in his sixth year with the program, will continue as inside linebackers coach.

On offense, Riley will mentor OU’s quarterbacks and call plays, as he did the past two years, while 19th-year assistant Cale Gundy and fifth-year assistant Bill Bedenbaugh will serve as co-coordinators. Gundy will continue as recruiting coordinator and inside receivers coach, while Bedenbaugh will still coach the offensive line.

Jay Boulware, in his fifth year at OU, will again serve as special teams coordinator and running backs coach, and third-year assistant Dennis Simmons will continue to coach outside receivers.

“I feel like I’m the most fortunate first-year head coach ever with the staff we have in place,” said Riley, who was promoted June 7 when Bob Stoops retired. “I’ve coached at least two years with each one of these guys and I’m not shy in saying I think we have the best staff in the country. All of our coaches are excited to continue to work with each other as we aim to positively impact the young men in our program and bring many more championships to Norman.”


Lincoln Riley: Head Coach/Quarterbacks

Ruffin McNeill: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Tackles

Mike Stoops: Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers

Cale Gundy: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator/Inside Receivers

Bill Bedenbaugh: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Kerry Cooks: Assistant Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs

Jay Boulware: Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs

Tim Kish: Inside Linebackers

Dennis Simmons: Outside Receivers

Calvin Thibodeaux: Defensive Ends