Kittle Added to Sooner Staff

NORMAN, Okla. – Bruce Kittle, who spent last season as Oklahoma's On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator, has been added to the coach staff as the tight ends and tackles coach. OU Head Coach Bob Stoops made the announcement Friday.

James Patton will continue as the coach of OU's interior linemen, while running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Cale Gundy will now also coach the fullbacks.

The moves complete the filling of the staff following Kevin Wilson's departure for the head coaching position at Indiana. Wilson had been the offensive coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach. The coordinator duties are now held by co-coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell.

"I have great confidence in Bruce as a teacher and competitor," said Stoops. "He is a terrific motivator, he understands the game very well and has great intensity and focus.

"He was an offensive captain as a tackle on our (1982) Rose Bowl team at Iowa so I've known Bruce's quality for a long. Over this year, I've watched him interact with our players off the field and it's obvious that he understands how to build relationships."

Stoops also said that Kittle won't have a learning curve with the Sooner offense.

"He has sat in on meetings this year and knows our offense," he said. "He'll blend in very well and I expect our offense will continue as one of the strongest in college football.

"This is the best way to manage our personnel. It changes our coach to player ratio and I am excited about that."

Kittle recognizes the opportunity of coaching at Oklahoma.

"This is a dream come true," he said. "The opportunity I had here over the last year was a great one, but my heart was to be on the field. The good news is that I don't have a lot to learn in terms of how we do things and I feel like I can mesh well with this staff. And I am honored to be on a staff the caliber of this one."

Kittle, who also is a lawyer and ordained minister, had been in coaching on the high school level in Iowa for two seasons before moving to the OU staff. Over the last year, he has managed the program's on-campus recruiting efforts.

"I've had a lot of great learning and professional experiences and I feel privileged to put those to use at Oklahoma, which is obviously at the pinnacle of college football."

Kittle graduated from Iowa in 1983 with a degree in business. He obtained his law degree from Iowa in 1989 then received a master's in divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1998. He and his wife, Jan, have two children.

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