STILLWATER Â Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy has announced the hiring of OSU graduate Bill Young as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator. Young, who has a long history of success at the highest levels of football, spent the past season as the defensive coordinator at the University of Miami (Fla.).
Young becomes the third OSU graduate on the current Cowboy staff, joining Gundy and tight ends coach Doug Meacham.
“We’re very excited to add Bill Young to our staff,” Gundy said. “He has been successful everywhere he’s been. He will bring a great deal of experience to the defensive side of the ball and he is very familiar with our conference. It’s great to have an OSU graduate and a former player as an addition to the staff.”
Young was born in Oklahoma City and attended Grant High School. He was a Cowboy linebacker and defensive end from 1965 through 1967 and was an academic all-Big Eight selection as a player. After earning a bachelor’s degree in education at OSU and a master’s degree in secondary education at Central Oklahoma, he spent six years in the Oklahoma high school ranks at Carl Albert and Putnam City West.
“We’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with coach Gundy and his staff at Oklahoma State," Young said. "It means a lot to me to come back to OSU because I am a graduate, I played there and now we are back as part of the Cowboy family. My wife and I are very excited to get back to Stillwater and Oklahoma State.”
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.
Young spent three years coaching the defensive line at Arizona State before three straight stints as a defensive coordinator (Ohio State, Oklahoma and Southern California). After a season as the defensive line coach of the Detroit Lions, Young returned the college game and spent 2002 through 2007 as the defensive coordinator at Kansas, prior to joining the Hurricanes last season.
Young’s accomplishments are many. He has been the part of 16 bowl teams. His final defensive unit at Kansas was No. 12 nationally in total defense and fourth in scoring defense. While at USC, Young’s Trojan defenders led the Pac-10 in total defense and were second nationally in takeways.
Bill Young By Year
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