Some things to know about Mark Stoops

A video from this year’s media day of Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, who has reportedly interviewed for the Kentucky job, and some notes on the member of the famous Stoops’ coaching family.

Bio notes:

  • Before Saturday’s loss to Florida, Stoops’ defense led nation in total defense, allowing 236.3 yards per game.
  • Was Arizona’s defensive coordinator under brother Mike at Arizona from 2004 through 2009.
  • Has been at Florida State since December, 2009.
  • Brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.
  • Is a finalist for National Defensive Coordinator of the Year award.
  • Stoops is 45 years old.
  • Before season said, “Sure I have aspirations to be a head coach someday. I’m just always trying to improve myself and be the best coach I can be.”
  • Year before Stoops arrival, FSU was allowing 434.6 yards per game.
  • Makes $550,000 per year with the Seminoles.
  • Played at Iowa.
  • Started coaching career as grad assistant at Iowa.
  • Worked for Jim Leavitt at South Florida in 1996.
  • Leavitt had coached with Bob Stoops under Bill Snyder at Kansas State.
  • Stoops was defensive backs coach for Dana Dimel at Wyoming from 1997 through 1999, then was defensive coordinator at Houston under Dimel in 2000.
  • Was defensive backs coach at Miami from 2001 through 2003 under Larry Coker.
  • Joined his brother Mark’s staff at Arizona in 2004.
  • Before last season, Kirk Herbstreit listed Stoops as one fo the top five defensive minds in college football behind Nick Saban, Gary Patterson, Bo Pelini and Will Muschamp.
  • Wife is Chantel, with sons Will and Zack.
  • From his bio: A proponent of zone schemes, Stoops’ pass defenses have been especially proficient and extraordinary at takeaways. The 2001 Miami team established a single-season school record with 27 interceptions and 45 takeaways. Miami’s 2002 secondary tied an NCAA record by allowing just 9.5 yards per completion. The 2003 Hurricanes were second in total defense and fourth in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. The 1997 Wyoming secondary contributed significantly to its school-record 24 interceptions.

From Greg Hansen, sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.


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