Bill Young
Bill Young
Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line

Fourth Year

Alma Mater:
Oklahoma State, 1968


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Year By Year

Year School Position
2009-Present Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator
2008 Miami, Fla. Defensive Coordinator
2002-2007 Kansas Defensive Coordinator
2001 Detroit Lions Defensive Line
1998-2000 Southern California Defensive Coordinator
1996-97 Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator
1988-95 Ohio State Defensive Coordinator
1985-87 Arizona State Defensive Line
1980-84 Tulsa Defensive Line
Defensive Coordinator from 1983-84
1979 Iowa State Defensive Tackles
1976-78 Oklahoma State Offensive/Defensive Lines
1971-75 Putnam City West HS Defensive Coordinator
1970 Carl Albert HS Defensive Line
1968-69 Oklahoma State JV Offensive Coach/Defensive Line

Bowl Games

2012 Fiesta Bowl

2010 Alamo Bowl

2010 Cotton Bowl

2008 Emerald Bowl

2008 Orange Bowl

2005 Forth Worth Bowl

2003 Tangerine Bowl

1998 Sun Bowl

1996 Citrus Bowl

1995 Citrus Bowl

1993 Holiday Bowl

1992 Hall of Fame Bowl

1991 Liberty Bowl

1990 Hall of Fame Bowl

1989 Blue/Grey Bowl

1988 Freedom Bowl

1987 Rose Bowl

1985 Holiday Bowl

1976 Tangerine Bowl

Prominent Pupils

Trace Armstrong, Arizona State (Oakland Raiders)

Dan Saleumua, Arizona State (Kansas City Chiefs)

Kelly Gregg, Oklahoma (Baltimore Ravens)

Derrel Gofourth, Oklahoma State (Green Bay Packers)

Dexter Manley, Oklahoma State (Washington Redskins)

Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State (Tennessee Titans)

Dean Prater, Oklahoma State (Buffalo Bills)

Ron Baker, Oklahoma State (Philadelphia Eagles)

Dan Wilkinson, Ohio State (Detroit Lions)

Mike Vrabel, Ohio State (New England Patriots)

Alonzo Spellman, Ohio State (Chicago Bears)


• OSU graduate Bill Young returned to Stillwater to join Mike Gundy's staff as defensive coordinator in January of 2009. Young, who has a long history of success at the highest levels of football, came to OSU after spending the 2008 season as the defensive coordinator at the University of Miami (Fla.).

• The Cowboys have compiled a 20-5 record in Big 12 play since 2009, when Young took over as defensive coordinator. That mark is the best of all Big 12 teams during that span. OSU won a share of the Big 12 South title in 2010 and won the Big 12 outright in 2011. The Cowboys appeared in - and won - their first-ever BCS bowl game in 2011 with a victory over Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

• With Young coordinating, the Oklahoma State defense has been the nation's most opportunistic over the past two years, as the Cowboys have forced an NCAA-best 78 turnovers the past two seasons. OSU led the nation with 44 turnovers forced in 2011 and was fifth with 34 in 2010.

• Oklahoma State led the nation in turnover margin and fumbles recovered and ranked second in the nation in passes intercepted in 2011. OSU led the Big 12 in scoring defense in conference games and was 12th nationally in red zone defense.

• The 2011 Oklahoma State defense led the league with three first-team All-Big 12 selections in defensive end Jamie Blatnick, cornerback Brodrick Brown and safety Markelle Martin. It was the first time OSU had three first-team All-Big 12 defensive players since 1997. Martin was named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and both he and Brown were semifinalists for the Thorpe Award given to the nation's top defensive back.

• Young coordinated an OSU defense that spawned linebacker Orie Lemon and cornerback Andrew McGee to first-team all-Big 12 honors in 2010. He has coached six All-Big 12 first-team defenders since 2009.

• He was instrumental in one of the most impressive defensive turnarounds in the NCAA in 2009. The Cowboys ranked fourth in the Big 12 and 31st nationally in total defense, allowing 332.54 yards per game. OSU's rushing defense allowed just 95.7 yards per outing, a total which ranked fourth in the league and 11th nationally. That mark broke the existing school record of 99.2 yards per game set in 1983. The year prior to Young's arrival, OSU was No. 93 in total defense.

• Adding to OSU's 2009 defensive improvement, the Cowboys racked up 29 sacks after recording just 15 all of the 2008 season. OSU also had 18 interceptions compared to only 12 in '08.

• Prior to his year at Miami, Young was part of the major turnaround at Kansas, where he coached from 2002 through 2007. His 2007 Jayhawks finished the year No. 12 nationally in total defense and fourth in scoring defense as KU won the Orange Bowl. It was the highest national ranking for a KU defense in 39 years. His 2005 Kansas squad led the Big 12 in rushing defense.

• Young spent three years coaching the defensive line at Arizona State before three straight stints as a defensive coordinator (Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC). After a season as the defensive line coach of the Detroit Lions, Young returned to the college game and spent 2002 through 2007 as the defensive coordinator at Kansas, prior to joining the Hurricanes.

• Young's collegiate coaching stops have included OSU, where he coached the offensive and defensive lines from 1976 through 1978. He also spent a year at Iowa State before joining the staff at Tulsa, where he coached from 1980-84, serving as defensive coordinator from 1983-84. He then made the move with TU head coach John Cooper to Arizona State.

• Young's accomplishments are many. He has been part of 19 bowl teams. While at USC, Young's Trojan defenders led the Pac-10 in total defense and were second nationally in takeaways.

• His longest coaching tenure came at Ohio State, where he was the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator and defensive line coach from 1988 through 1995.


• Bill Young was an outside linebacker and defensive end at Oklahoma State. He was a three-year starter and an academic all-Big Eight honoree. He received OSU's outstanding football award in 1967, when he was also named honorable mention all-conference. He was named an alternate to the Oklahoma high school all-state team after his senior season at Oklahoma City Grant.


• Young was born in Hereford, Texas, but attended Grant High School in Oklahoma City. He earned a bachelor's degree in education at OSU in 1968 and a master's degree in education at Central Oklahoma in 1971. He spent six years in the Oklahoma high school ranks at Carl Albert and Putnam City West before returning to OSU as a graduate assistant coach. His wife, Lawana, is also a native Oklahoman and a graduate of Northeastern State in Tahlequah.
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