OSU Tabs Miami's Bill Young As Defensive Coordinator

STILLWATER – 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
1968-69:       Oklahoma State                   JV Offensive Coach/Defensive Line



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