Former Arizona defensive coordinator and interim head coach, Tim Kish, has officially accepted a position coaching linebackers at Oklahoma.
“I’m tremendously fired up,” he tells Scout.com while in Norman, Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon.
“You can imagine how excited I am; I’ve known Bob Stoops for quite a while, maybe 30 years, and to have the opportunity to work with him and come to a prestigious program like this, where you have the chance to win a National Championship every year and to be a part of this organization is a pretty special opportunity for me.”
Kish is already familiar with several members of the Sooners coaching staff. Oklahoma’s new defensive coordinator and defensive back coach, Mike Stoops was part of the equation in Kish’s decision to head to the Sooner State.
“The fact that I worked with him for eight years and we’re familiar with each other, that certainly helped with the opportunity for me to come here,” Kish says. “We already speak the same language.”
According to Kish, “everything and more” stood out to him about the chance to coach in Norman. “It’s special just to be here and be a part of it, to have the opportunity to help stimulate the tradition here.”
With Kish’s arrival, Sooners fans can expect prospects to follow, as Oklahoma’s new linebackers coach has established a reputation as a strong recruiter, who young athletes can relate to.
“I think I’m a great recruiter, but it’s probably just because I spend time and build relationships with these kids and their families,” he explains. “I care about as much what they do off the field as what they do on the field. You get what you see with me, so I think they trust and respect what I say to them about the different places that I’ve worked at.”
Coach Kish can’t wait to contribute to the squad. What is it that he will bring to Norman, besides stellar recruiting?
“Just my passion for coaching the game of football,” he answers. “My love for the game and the excitement I get to coach quality young men that are here on campus already.”
Throughout his career, Kish has made a name for himself not only as an excellent coach and tremendous recruiter, but also as someone peers consider a first-rate man.