OSU Grad Young Named To Lead Defense


Posted Jan 20, 2009


Bill Young, who played at Oklahoma State during the mid-1960s for Cowboy head coach Phil Cutchin and then coached the OSU offensive and defensive lines from 1976 through 1978, is returning to his alma mater as defensive coordinator. Young spent last season as defensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.).

Young just completed his first season at Miami (Fla.) after previously serving as defensive coordinator at Kansas (2002 through 2007), USC (1998 through 2000), Oklahoma (1996 to 1997), Ohio State (1988 through 1995) and Tulsa (1983 to 1984).

“We’re very excited to add Bill Young to our staff,” OSU head coach Mike Gundy said in a news release from the OSU Media Relations office. “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 will reportedly be paid slightly more than $300,000 a year, although official figures were not released when OSU announced his hiring Tuesday afternoon.

Young also spent one season in the NFL, coaching the defensive line for the Detroit Lions during the 2001 season. He has also coached at Arizona State (1985-87) and Iowa State (1979).

“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 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.

Young has been on the coaching staff of 16 bowl teams. The 2007 defense that he directed at Kansas finished the season ranked No. 12 in total defense and fourth in scoring defense.

Young was a defensive end and linebacker for the Cowboys from 1965 through 1967, and becomes the third OSU graduate on the staff, joining Gundy and tight ends coach Doug Meacham.

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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