Mike Gundy
Mike Gundy
Head Coach

10th Year

Alma Mater:
Oklahoma State, 1990


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  • 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year
  • 2011 Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year
  • 2011 Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year
  • 2011 American Football Monthly National Coach of the Year

    • 2011 winner of the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award and the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America after leading Oklahoma State to an 12-1 record, its first-ever Big 12 championship and BCS bowl game appearance in 2011. In guiding the Cowboys to the 2011 Big 12 title, OSU became the first school other than Oklahoma or Texas to win the conference since 2003.

    • Finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award and the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year Award in both 2010 and 2011.

    • 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year after leading Oklahoma State to an 11-2 overall record and a share of the Big 12 South title.

    • Dating back to the start of the 2008 season, Gundy has led the Cowboys to 41 overall victories, which is the seventh-highest total in the nation during that time.

    • Has coached four major national award winners since 2008, as punter Matt Fodge won the Ray Guy Award in 2008, kicker Dan Bailey won the Lou Groza Award in 2010 and receiver Justin Blackmon won the Biletnikoff Award in 2010 and 2011.

    • Since 2008 alone, Gundy has coached three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation's top wide receiver, plus finalists for the Rimington Award given to the nation's top center, the Mackey Award given to the nation's top tight end, the Outland Trophy given to the nation's top interior lineman, the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back, the Ray Guy Award given to the nation's top punter and the Lou Groza Award given to the nation's top kicker.

    • Has coached 11 All-Americans in the last four seasons, including a pair of unanimous All-Americans: OL Russell Okung in 2009 and WR Justin Blackmon in 2010 and 2011.

    • Under his watch, Oklahoma State is one of only three schools from automatic-qualifying BCS conferences to win at least nine games each of the last four seasons. The other two are Alabama and Oregon.

    • Since 2009, Oklahoma State's 20-5 record against the Big 12 is the best mark in the league.

    • In quarterback Brandon Weeden, Hunter and Blackmon, Gundy coached the first trio of teammates in NCAA history to post 4,000 yards passing, 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards receiving in the same season.


    In 2005, Mike Gundy could have been described as a sentimental selection as the head football coach at his alma mater. He was a decorated Oklahoma high school athlete, one of the most successful quarterbacks in OSU history, and he had served on the staff of the three previous OSU head coaches. His ties to the school ran deep for him and his family. Most importantly, he was considered a Cowboy by Cowboys.

    Seven seasons later, and with Gundy on the cusp of becoming the winningest coach in OSU football history, it appears Oklahoma State has moved past a sentimental choice as head coach and into a new era of OSU football.

    Coaching Capsule

    Gundy became Oklahoma State's head coach on Jan. 3, 2005. He served as OSU's offensive coordinator and associate head coach the previous four seasons. He served on Oklahoma State staffs under Pat Jones, Bob Simmons and Les Miles. He was also on staff at Baylor and Maryland before returning to his alma mater.

    Playing Experience
    Gundy was a four-year starter and letterman at Oklahoma State from 1986 through 1989. He remains OSU's all-time leading passer with 7,997 yards and he led the Cowboys to back-to-back 10-win seasons in 1987 and 1988. His 429-yard passing performance against Kansas in 1989 is still the second-best passing game at Oklahoma State and he owns six of Oklahoma State's top 30 single-game passing performances. He also still holds Oklahoma State career records for passing yards (7,997), completion percentage (58.3 percent) and interception avoidance (36 in 1,035 pass attempts).

    Gundy is the son of Ray and Judy Gundy. His father attended OSU on a basketball grant. He and his wife, Kristen, have three sons, Gavin, Gunnar and Gage. Kristen is also an OSU graduate. His brother, Cale, is on the coaching staff at Oklahoma.

    Oklahoma State
    Head Coach
    Oklahoma State
    Assistant Head Coach/
    Offensive Coordinator
    Quarterbacks Coach/
    Passing Game Coordinator
    Receivers Coach
    Quarterbacks Coach/
    Passing Game Coordinator
    Oklahoma State
    Quarterbacks Coach
    Offensive Coordinator (1994)
    Quarterbacks (1991-93)
    Receivers (1990)

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    Mike Gundy

    Oklahoma State's 23 wins over the past two seasons, 31 wins over the past three seasons and 41 wins over the past four seasons are all school bests. OSU has an outright Big 12 title and a share of the old Big 12 South title over the past two seasons -- and Oklahoma State is coming off its first Bowl Championship Series appearance and victory. The school has finished the last two seasons ranked among the top 10, including a school-best third in 2011. The 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl champs were just .0086 of a point from an appearance in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.

    The run to the Big 12 title in 2011 earned Gundy the Eddie Robinson Award as the national coach of the year as selected by the Football Writers Association of America (after he was a finalist for the same honor in 2010). He was also tabbed as the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award, was voted national coach of the year by American Football Monthly and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual national coach of the year award. The national accolades came just one year after Gundy was named Big 12 coach of the year in 2010 for leading OSU to a share of the Big 12 South title.

    The last two seasons represent the first 11-win and 12-win seasons in Cowboy history and OSU has not won less than nine games in a season since 2007. It is a consistency that has never been in place in school history.

    OSU was 12-15 after 27 games under Gundy. Since then, the Cowboys have gone 47-15 and are now riding a school-record streak of six consecutive bowl appearances. Gundy has coached 11 first-team All-Americans during his short head coaching career and four individual national award winners. And during his tenure, OSU has been firmly established as one of the most entertaining offensive teams in America. Four times in the last five years Oklahoma State has been among the nation's top 10 in total offense. The Cowboys finished 2011 averaging 48.7 points per game. In fact, only once in the last four years has OSU averaged less than 40 points per game. During that same time frame, OSU has churned out elite offensive talent. Offensive lineman Russell Okung, receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Brandon Pettigrew were all taken in the first round of recent NFL Drafts. Two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon is likely to follow in their footsteps in April.

    Records have been falling off the field as well. The 2011 Cowboy were supported like no other in school history as new school marks were set for season tickets (48,710) and average attendance (57,229). Four of the top five single-game attendance highs in school history came in 2011, including a record 58,895 for the thrilling win over Kansas State.

    In 2010 Gundy's squad set a Big 12 record with nine first-team selections. While still in the infant stages of his head coaching career, Gundy's coaching tree has already blossomed. Former Gundy coordinators include Tim Beckman, newly named head coach at Illinois, Larry Fedora, newly named head coach at North Carolina, and West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen.

    Under Gundy, Oklahoma State has won at least seven games in six-straight seasons for the first time ever and at least nine games in four straight seasons for the first time. In 2010 and 2011, Oklahoma State reached 11 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. The Cowboys are 23-3 over the last two seasons and OSU has the Big 12's best conference record since 2009 at 20-5. During that same time frame, OSU has been one of the country's best road teams with a 10-1 record. OSU reached another milestone in 2011 with wins over five ranked teams.

    Oklahoma State has reached the Associated Press top 10 in four consecutive seasons and climbed to an all-time high of second in 2011 before finishing in third. Under Gundy, OSU has not only set a school record for first-team all-league selections, but also for first-team academic all-conference selections.

    Gundy and Oklahoma State agreed on a new contract in January. The agreement keeps the former Cowboy quarterback in charge of OSU's football fortunes through at least 2019. And it is documentation of the progress that Oklahoma State has made since the 1990 OSU grad became the school's head coach.

    His record of 59-30 hardly describes the renaissance of Cowboy football. Under Gundy's guidance, OSU's Big 12 record has improved from 1-7 in 2005 to 3-5 in 2006, 4-4 in 2007, 5-3 in 2008, 6-2 in 2009 and 2010 and 8-1 in 2011. During that same time frame, the overall win total has gone from four to 12.

    Gundy was hired as the school's 22nd head football coach on Jan. 3, 2005. He had been serving as OSU's offensive coordinator under Les Miles. It was the culmination of a legendary career for one of Oklahoma's all-time great high school athletes.

    The first year was tough. Oklahoma State was 4-7 with one conference win and a sixth-place finish in the Big 12 South. Gundy, however, never wavered. He faced early and difficult decisions in his head coaching career. Those challenges included the dismissal of several players, some who figured to be headliners going into the 2005 campaign. He also had to deal with the shocking death of Vernon Grant, an inspirational team leader and multi-year starter. Gundy handled the early adversity with a steady hand beyond his years. The young Cowboys spent year one in transition with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator and a new defensive coordinator.

    In 2006, OSU's second year under Gundy, the record improved to 7-6, with a win in the Independence Bowl over Alabama. OSU fielded one of the country's most exciting offensive squads, displayed some talented underclassmen on defense and proved capable of bumping helmets with the elite of the Big 12. And that win total, as impressive as it was, could have been even more pronounced as four Cowboy losses were decided on the final play of the game. The season included a win over Big 12 North champ Nebraska and a last-play loss to South champ Oklahoma.

    The 34-31 win over Alabama in the PetroSun Independence Bowl was OSU's fourth bowl appearance in five seasons, but marked just the second postseason win for OSU since Barry Sanders hung up his orange-colored cleats in 1988. Scoring was up by more than two touchdowns per game as the 2006 edition of Cowboy football became one of the most prolific offensive teams in school history, averaging more than 35 points per game. Oklahoma State joined undefeated Boise State as the only two teams in the country to average more than 200 yards per game rushing and passing.

    OSU's 2006 roster also produced some of the Big 12's brightest stars, including the offensive newcomer of the year in first-team all-Big 12 receiver Adarius Bowman, and defensive freshman of the year in safety Andre Sexton. Bowman and offensive lineman Corey Hilliard were consensus first-team all-Big 12 selections. Bowman was Gundy's second straight offensive newcomer of the year (Mike Hamilton in 2005).

    The Cowboys finished Gundy's second year seventh nationally and tops in the Big 12 in rushing, seventh nationally in scoring and No. 16 in total offense. The conference rushing title was a first for the Pokes. OSU followed up that ground attack with more team rushing titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

    In 2007, despite facing the NCAA's toughest schedule, the Cowboys won their second straight bowl game (Insight) and the climb up the Big 12 ladder continued with OSU finishing third in the South. Oklahoma State entered the final week of the regular season playing for a share of the Big 12 South championship. The bowl titles marked the first time since 1987 and 1988 (Gundy's playing days) that the Cowboys won postseason games in consecutive seasons. The Cowboys' 45-14 win at Nebraska was OSU's first in Lincoln since the Kennedy Administration.

    The Cowboy offense followed up its 2006 success with something unprecedented in 2007 when it finished the season with 3,161 rushing yards and 3,161 passing yards. OSU finished seventh nationally in total offense (486.3 yards per game). The season culminated with a 49-33 win over Indiana in the Insight Bowl and sophomore quarterback Zac Robinson set a new OSU single-season record in total offense (since broken by Brandon Weeden).

    The 2008 season drew headlines. That version of the Cowboys became one of the most decorated in school history. Two sophomores, receiver Dez Bryant and running back Kendall Hunter, became first-team All-Americans. Quarterback Zac Robinson was a finalist for the Manning Award and a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew was a finalist for the Mackey Award and punter Matt Fodge was the winner of the Ray Guy Award. Junior Perrish Cox was voted a first-team All-America kick returner.

    Also in 2008, the Cowboys ascended into the top 10 for the first time in 20 years, climbed to sixth in the BCS rankings and picked up a road win against a member of the Associated Press top five (Missouri). That season culminated with OSU's first appearance in the Holiday Bowl since 1988.

    In 2009, OSU was ranked in the top 25 all season, reaching as high as fifth in the AP poll during its 9-4 run. Along the way, OSU set a new record for season ticket sales, and played in front of the largest home crowds in school history (all of those attendance marks have since been broken). OSU entered the final week of the regular season very much in contention for its first BCS bowl berth and the Cowboys' 6-2 Big 12 record propelled OSU to No. 2 in the Big 12 bowl pecking order and an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. It was a satisfying achievement considering the onslaught of injuries the Cowboys battled throughout the year.

    The 2010, season was considered a break-through season as OSU finished 11-2 and closed a season in the top 10 for the first time since 1984. Brandon Weeden became Oklahoma State's first All-Big 12 quarterback, Justin Blackmon brought home the Biletnikoff Award and Dan Bailey won the Lou Groza Award. The Cowboys generated 520 yards of offense per game and unveiled a new-look passing attack that ranked second nationally (346 yards per game) and helped OSU score 44.2 points per contest. All-America accolades rolled in for running back Kendall Hunter, Blackmon, punter Quinn Sharp and kicker Dan Bailey.

    The share of the Big 12 South title was a first for OSU as the Cowboys won 10 games in the regular season for the first time ever and for the fourth time overall. The '10 squad also became the first OSU team to go undefeated on the road since 1945. All of those achievements were reached by a team selected to finish fifth in the six-team Big 12 South.

    But 2010 simply set the stage for 2011. One year after no expectations greeted the Cowboys, 2011 featured unprecedented demands of OSU. The Cowboys were ranked No. 9 in the AP poll (tying the all-time preseason high set in 2009) to start the season and the squad proved up to the task. The Cowboys raced to a 10-0 start and reached No. 2 in the AP balloting and in the BCS standings before finishing third in both.

    OSU clinched its first outright conference title with a lopsided win over Oklahoma and followed up that showing with a Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 4 Stanford to put the wraps on a 12-1 season. Blackmon repeated as the Biletnikoff Award winner and five Cowboys (Blackmon, kicker Quinn Sharp, offensive linemen Levy Adcock and Grant Garner, and safety Markelle Martin) earned All-America honors. OSU won at Texas for the second straight season, knocked off five ranked opponents, beat four teams that won 10 games and knocked off seven teams in the final BCS rankings' top 30.

    The Cowboys passed for 387 yards per game (second nationally), and scored 48.7 points per game (also second nationally). OSU led the nation in turnovers forced (44) and turnover margin (plus-1.62 per game)

    Mike Gundy first arrived on the Oklahoma State campus in 1986 after a heavily-decorated prep career. He became a four-year starter at OSU (1986-89), and led the Cowboys to a pair of bowl wins, the 1987 Sun Bowl over West Virginia and the 1988 Holiday Bowl over Wyoming. During those two seasons, OSU accumulated a 20-4 record.

    Gundy ended his career as the Big Eight Conference's all-time leader in passing and total offense. More than 20 years after his playing career, his name is still featured throughout the OSU record books. Most of his personal marks stood until Gundy assumed head coaching duties. He began his college career by throwing 138 passes before tossing his first career interception. That streak remained an NCAA record until 2008.

    After graduation, Gundy joined the Oklahoma State football staff. He coached the receivers in 1990, the quarterbacks from 1991-1993 and in 1995, and served as offensive coordinator during the 1994 season in the final year for Gundy's college coach, Pat Jones. Gundy has coached in Stillwater under each of the three previous Cowboy head coaches (Jones, Bob Simmons and Les Miles).

    He spent one season at Baylor (1996) as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator before heading to the ACC, where he coached at Maryland (1997-2000). He returned to Stillwater in 2001 as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, and he also coached OSU quarterbacks.

    Gundy is just the third Oklahoma State graduate to assume the head coaching duties in Stillwater. Jim Lookabaugh (1939-49) and Floyd Gass (1969-71) were the others. His 59 wins rank second all-time at OSU. He is just four victories of breaking the career win total of 62 held by Gundy's college coach, Pat Jones.

    Gundy and his wife, Kristen (also an OSU graduate), have three children, Gavin, Gunnar and Gage. The Gundys announced a financial gift to OSU in the spring of 2011 to endow the quarterback position at Oklahoma State

    Gundy As A Head Coach

    2005 4-7 :: 1-7 Big 12
    9/3 Montana State W 15-0
    9/8 at Florida Atlantic W 23-3
    9/17 Arkansas State W 20-10
    10/1 Colorado L 0-34
    10/8 Missouri L 31-38
    10/15 at Texas A&M L 23-62
    10/22 at Iowa State L 10-37
    10/29 Texas L 28-47
    11/12 Texas Tech W 24-17
    11/19 at Baylor L 34-44
    11/26 at Oklahoma L 14-42
    2006 7-6 :: 3-5 Big 12
    9/2 Missouri State W 52-10
    9/9 vs. Arkansas State W 35-7
    9/16 Florida Atlantic W 48-8
    9/23 at Houston L 25-34
    10/7 at Kansas State L 27-31
    10/14 at Kansas W .42-32
    10/21 Texas A&M L-OT 33-34
    10/28 Nebraska W 41-29
    11/4 at Texas L 10-36
    11/11 Baylor W 66-24
    11/18 at Texas Tech L 24-30
    11/25 Oklahoma L 21-27
    12/28 vs. Alabama* W 34-31
    2007 7-6 :: 4-4 Big 12
    9/1 at No. 13 Georgia L 14-35
    9/8 Florida Atlantic W 42-6
    9/14 at Troy L 23-41
    9/22 Texas Tech. W 49-45
    9/29 Sam Houston State. W 39-3
    10/6 at Texas A&M. L 23-24
    10/13. at Nebraska W 45-14
    10/20. No. 25 Kansas State W 41-39
    11/3. No. 14 Texas L 35-38
    11/10 No. 5 Kansas L 28-43
    11/17 at Baylor W 45-14
    11/24 at No. 10 Oklahoma L 17-49
    12/31. vs. Indiana# W 49-33
    2008 9-4 :: 5-3 Big 12
    8/30 at Washington St. W 39-13
    9/6 Houston W 56-37
    9/13 Missouri State W 57-13
    9/27 Troy W 55-24
    10/4 Texas A&M W 56-28
    10/11 at No. 3 Missouri W 28-23
    10/18 Baylor W 34-6
    10/25 at No. 1 Texas L 24-28
    11/1 Iowa State W 59-17
    11/8 at No. 2 Texas Tech L 20-56
    11/15 at Colorado W 30-17
    11/29 No. 3 Oklahoma L 41-61
    12/30 vs. No. 15 Oregon^ L 31-41
    2009 9-4 :: 6-2 Big 12
    9/5 No. 13 Georgia W 24-10
    9/12 Houston L 35-45
    9/19 Rice W 41-24
    9/26 Grambling State W 56-5
    10/10 at Texas A&M W 36-31
    10/17 Missouri W 33-17
    10/24 at Baylor W 34-7
    10/31 No. 3 Texas L 14-41
    11/7 at Iowa State W 34-8
    11/14 Texas Tech W 24-17
    11/19 Colorado W 31-28
    11/28 at Oklahoma L 0-27
    1/2/10 vs. Ole Miss! L 7-21
    2010 11-2 :: 6-2 Big 12 :: Big 12 South Co-Champions
    9/4 Washington State W 65-17
    9/11 Troy W 41-38
    9/18 Tulsa W 65-28
    9/30 Texas A&M W 38-35
    10/8 at Louisiana W 54-28
    10/16 at Texas Tech W 34-17
    10/23 #14 Nebraska L 41-51
    10/30 at Kansas State W 24-14
    11/6 #22 Baylor W 55-28
    11/13 at Texas W 33-16
    11/20 at Kansas W 48-14
    11/27 #14 Oklahoma L 41-47
    12/29 vs. Arizona % W 36-10
    2011 12-1 :: 8-1 Big 12 :: Big 12 Champions
    9/3 Louisiana-Lafayette W 61-34
    9/8 Arizona W 37-14
    9/18 at Tulsa W 59-33
    9/24 at #8 Texas A&M W 30-29
    10/8 Kansas W 70-28
    10/15 at #22 Texas W 38-26
    10/22 at Missouri W 45-24
    10/29 Baylor W 59-24
    11/5 #14 Kansas State W 52-45
    11/12 at Texas Tech W 66-6
    11/18 at Iowa State L 31-37 (OT)
    12/3 #10 Oklahoma W 44-10
    1/2 vs. #4 Stanford & W 41-38 (OT)
    2012 8-5 :: 5-4 Big 12
    9/1 Savannah State W 84-0
    9/8 at Arizona L 38-59
    9/15 Louisiana W 65-24
    9/29 #12 Texas L 36-41
    10/13 at Kansas W 20-14
    10/20 Iowa State W 31-10
    10/27 TCU W 36-14
    11/3 at #3 Kansas State L 30-44
    11/10 West Virginia W 55-34
    11/17 #23 Texas Tech W 59-21
    11/24 at #14 Oklahoma L 48-51 (OT)
    12/1 at Baylor L 34-41
    1/1 vs. Purdue + W 58-21
    2013 10-3 :: 7-2 Big 12
    8/31 vs. Mississippi State W 21-3
    9/7 at UTSA W 56-35
    9/14 Lamar W 59-3
    9/28 at West Virginia L 21-30
    10/5 Kansas State W 33-29
    10/19 TCU W 24-10
    10/26 at Iowa State W 58-27
    11/02 at #15 Texas Tech W 52-34
    11/9 Kansas W 42-6
    11/16 at # 23 Texas W 38-13
    11/23 #3 Baylor W 49-17
    12/7 #18 Oklahoma L 24-33
    1/3 vs. #9 Missouri $ L 31-41

    * Independence Bowl
    # Insight Bowl
    ^ Holiday Bowl
    ! Cotton Bowl
    % Alamo Bowl
    & Fiesta Bowl

    + Heart of Dallas Bowl
    $ Cotton Bowl
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