Mark Stoops
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Kentucky
Conference Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Record 44–44
Annual salary $4.25 million
Biographical details
Born July 9 1967 (1967-07-09) (age 53)
Place of birth Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
Playing career
Position(s) Defensive back
Head coaching record
Overall 44–44
Bowls 2–2
Accomplishments and honors
SEC Coach of the Year (2018)
Career player statistics (if any)'
Mark Thomas Stoops (born July 9, 1967) is an American college football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach for the Kentucky Wildcats, a position he assumed in November 2012. Stoops previously served as defensive coordinator for the Arizona Wildcats from 2004 to 2009, and the Florida State Seminoles from 2010 to 2012.

Coaching careerEdit

Stoops was a graduate assistant coach at Iowa from 1989 to 1991, and then became the athletic director and defensive backs coach at Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio (1992–1995).[1][2]

In 1996, when Kansas State assistant Jim Leavitt was hired as the head coach for the South Florida Bulls, he hired Stoops as defensive backs coach.[1][3]

Stoops served as the defensive backs coach for the Wyoming Cowboys footbsall team from 1997–1999.[4]

At Wyoming, Stoops served under head coach Dana Dimel. When Dimel was hired at the University of Houston he took Stoops with him to join the Cougars as co-defensive coordinator (along with Dick Bumpas) and safeties coach in 2000.[5]


In February 2001, Stoops was named the defensive backs coach for the University of Miami Hurricanes, replacing Chuck Pagano, who left to go to the Cleveland Browns.[6]


Mark's brother, Mike, was hired as the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats for the 2004 season. Mike then hired Mark as part of his staff.[7]

Florida StateEdit

On December 11, 2009, Stoops accepted the job as defensive coordinator at Florida State University.[8]


On November 27, 2012, Stoops was hired as the new head coach of the University of Kentucky football program, replacing former head coach Joker Phillips, who was fired after a 2–10 season. In Stoops' first season as the Kentucky Head coach, he went 2-10, followed by back to back 5-7 seasons.

After an 0–2 start to the 2016 season, Stoops led the Wildcats to a 7–3 finish after that start and defeated their in-state rival, the eleventh-ranked Louisville Cardinals. They lost in the Taxslayer Bowl to Georgia Tech.

The 2017 season featured ups and downs and the breakout of star running back Benny Snell. they finished 7-5, losing afterwards in the Music City Bowl to Northwestern

The 2018 season was a historic one for the Wildcats. Paced by Snell, they snapped a 31-year losing streak to Florida, finishing 9-3–only the fourth time in school history that the Wildcats have won at least nine games. Kentucky defeated Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on January, 1st, 2019 giving the Wildcats their first 10 win season since 1977. Stoops was named SEC Coach of the Year, the first time a Kentucky coach had won the award since Jerry Claiborne in 1983.

The 2019 season was one of overcoming adversity. After a 2-3 start in which they lost all of their Quarterbacks to injury, Kentucky turned to Wide Receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. to take over at QB. With a revamped offense, the Wildcats finished the Regular Season 7-5 routing Louisville 45-13 on Senior Day. Kentucky capped the season with a thrilling win over Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl, as the Wildcats scored the winning touchdown with 15 seconds remaining for an 8-5 finish.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cotey, John C. - "USF hires its fourth assistant". - St. Petersburg Times. - January 24, 1996.
  2. Durrenberger, Charles. - "New Influences". - Arizona Daily Star. - April 17, 2004.
  3. Lutz, Bob. - Starting Team from Scratch Doesn't Faze Cats' Leavitt". - The Wichita Eagle. - December 29, 1995.
  4. Gagliardi, Robert. - "Football A Family Affair for Coaches". - Wyoming Tribune Eagle. - September 26, 1998.
  5. "Houston Cougars". - San Antonio Express-News. - August 20, 2000.
  6. Degan, Susan Miller. - "Canes Choose DB Coach". - Miami Herald. - February 28, 2001.
  7. Moredich, John. - "Mark Stoops joins UA as defensive coordinator". - Tucson Citizen. - December 1, 2003.
  8. FSU hires Mark Stoops.

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