OKLAHOMA COACHING STAFF
After presiding over two of the most prolific offenses in
Oklahoma history as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks
coach in 2015 and 2016, Lincoln Riley took over the program’s
head coaching reins on June 7, 2017, following the retirement
of one of the most accomplished coaches of the last quarter
century in Bob Stoops. OU’s 22nd head coach, all Riley has done
in his first three years at the helm is lead the Sooners to their
11th, 12th and 13th Big 12 titles and to three College Football
The Football Bowl Subdivision’s youngest head coach (33) at
the time of his hiring, Riley became just the fifth mentor in FBS history with no previous headcoaching
experience at a four-year college to win at least 12 games in his debut season. At 24-4
and 36-5, he also holds the OU record for most wins by a head coach in his first two and first three
seasons (Barry Switzer held the records of 21 and 32). No one has won more games in their first
three seasons as a college head coach since Penn’s George Woodruff from 1892 to ’94.
Originally from the 5,000-person West Texas town of Muleshoe, Riley, who continues to call
Oklahoma’s offensive plays as head coach, has made his name as perhaps the best up-andcoming
star in college football by overseeing an explosive — and balanced — OU offense
the last five seasons.
Since the start of the 2015 campaign, OU ranks first nationally in scoring (44.9 ppg; next most
is 41.6), total offense (558.3; next most is 516.4), touchdowns from scrimmage (378; next
most is 365), pass efficiency rating (190.6; next best is 167.6) and yards per pass attempt
(10.8; tied), second in completion percentage (69.5), third in passing offense (323.3) and
eighth in rushing offense (235.0). With that kind of offensive production, it’s no surprise the
Sooners have posted a 58-9 (.866) record since his arrival (41-5 in Big 12 play). OU’s overall
mark since 2015 is fourth best nationally, with only Clemson (68-4), Alabama (66-6) and Ohio
State (61-6) having better records.
Individual player honors and accomplishments have poured in under Riley, highlighted by
quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray becoming OU’s sixth and seventh Heisman
Trophy winners in 2017 and 2018 with each being selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft.
Receiver Dede Westbrook finished fourth in Heisman voting in 2016 and became OU’s first
winner of the Biletnikoff Award, while tight end Mark Andrews claimed the school’s first
Mackey Award in 2017.
Oklahoma’s newest head man joined the Sooners in January 2015 after he caught the eye of
Stoops during a highly successful five-year stint as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks
coach at East Carolina from 2010-14. In Riley’s five seasons at ECU, the Pirates set more than
50 team or individual school offensive records.
Riley’s East Carolina offensive units routinely earned national top-10 rankings in major
statistical categories such as passing offense (third in 2014, eighth in 2010), scoring offense
(fifth in 2014, eighth in 2013), third-down conversion percentage (seventh in 2013) and red
zone scoring efficiency (third in 2012, fifth in 2010).
Among his notable pupils, Riley helped transform a pair of East Carolina wide receivers into
the most productive pass catchers in FBS history. He guided walk-on Justin Hardy to 387
career catches, breaking the NCAA record previously held by OU’s Ryan Broyles (349). Riley
also coached Zay Jones for the first two years of his career. Jones went on to break Hardy’s
record and is the NCAA’s leader in career receptions (399) and receptions in a season (158
Riley also developed dynamic ECU quarterbacks Dominique Davis (2010 Conference USA
Newcomer of the Year) and Shane Carden (2013 C-USA MVP and 2014 American Conference
Offensive Player of the Year).
Prior to East Carolina, Riley spent seven seasons on the staff at Texas Tech, where he was
part of seven bowl teams. During that span, Red Raiders quarterbacks won NCAA passing
titles in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007. A walk-on quarterback at Tech during the spring and
summer of 2003 who then became a student coach, Riley immersed himself in head coach
Mike Leach’s offense and worked his way into a full-time position as wide receivers coach
in 2007. He served as inside receivers coach in 2008 and ’09, and eventually called plays
as interim offensive coordinator in the Alamo Bowl, a 41-31 victory over Michigan State to
cap the 2009 season.
Under Riley’s guidance in 2007, wide receiver Michael Crabtree won the Biletnikoff Award after
smashing Big 12 records and NCAA freshman standards with 134 receptions for 1,962 yards.
A 2006 Texas Tech graduate, Riley and his wife, Caitlin, have two daughters, Sloan and Stella.
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