• Stoops adds two to staff, announces new assistant responsibilities

    By: Nathan Thompson


    NORMAN, Okla. - Kerry Cooks and Dennis Simmons are now officially OU assistant football coaches.

    FOX23 Sports reported last week the two coaches indicated that they took jobs at OU, but the school didn't confirm the hirings until Monday's announcement.

    Cooks will serve as defensive backs coach, working with cornerbacks and safeties. He joins the Sooners after spending the past five seasons at Notre Dame. Simmons will coach outside receivers for Oklahoma in 2015 after spending the past three years in that role for head coach Mike Leach at Washington State. 

    Stoops also indicated several changes in responsibility on his coaching staff. Mike Stoops continues to serve as associate head coach and Oklahoma’s defensive play caller in his role as co-defensive coordinator. In addition to those duties, he will coach the outside linebackers in 2015. Jerry Montgomery will add duties as co-defensive coordinator to his assignment as defensive line coach, while Tim Kish will coach the inside linebackers.

    On offense, Lincoln Riley will serve as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Cale Gundy adds responsibilities as assistant head coach and moves to inside receivers coach this season in addition to retaining his capacity as director of recruiting. Jay Boulware will coach running backs and fullbacks while continuing to serve as special teams coordinator. Bill Bedenbaugh returns for this third season as Oklahoma’s offensive line coach.

    “I feel organizing our coaches in this manner will best utilize the talents of both the new and returning members of our staff,” the head coach indicated. “Each assistant coach has clearly defined roles, responsibilities and expectations.  We are all excited to get back on the practice field with our team for the start of spring football on March 7.” 

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