Kish spent the last eight years at the University of Arizona where he became familiar with the defensive system of Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, serving as his linebackers coach since 2004 and adding the role of defensive coordinator the final two seasons in Tucson.
“Tim has great experience in coaching linebackers and also has experience as a defensive coordinator. He has a long track record of developing linebackers and worked alongside Mike (Stoops) for eight years at Arizona,” said Bob Stoops. “I value his experience and his understanding of our defensive scheme.”
Kish’s similar coaching ideology and his recruiting prowess were positives for Stoops.
“We’ve been together before exchanging ideas and his coaching philosophy has many similarities to what we’ve been doing at Oklahoma. I feel very confident about Tim and I feel that his arrival, along with Mike, will be a seamless transition for both our coaching staff and players as we look to build on the success we’ve already accomplished at Oklahoma,” added Stoops. “Tim is also a great fit as a tireless recruiter who has a strong reputation in the nation’s southwest and west and will be a valuable asset for our program in that regard.”
Kish has 33 years of experience on the Football Bowl Subdivision level including nine years as a defensive coordinator. He has spent eight years in the Pac-12 and 14 in the Big Ten.
“I’m very excited, first and foremost, for myself and my family to be at such a prestigious institution and football program,” said Kish. “The fact that I’ve known Bob Stoops for over 30 years and have coached with Mike Stoops the last eight years at Arizona made it very enticing for all of us to work together. I’m really looking forward to contributing to the football program and helping it continue the high standards expected at Oklahoma.”
At Arizona, Kish was part of a coaching staff that guided the Wildcats to a school-record three consecutive bowl games in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons. The 2010 squad reached Arizona’s highest regular-season ranking, No. 9, in the last 13 years while his 2009 team finished second in the Pac-10, its highest finish in 13 seasons.
Prior to his arrival in Tucson, Kish spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Indiana where the 2002 Hoosier defensive unit finished fourth in the Big Ten in pass defense.
Before his time at Indiana, Kish spent 2001 as the defensive coordinator at Ohio and four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Illinois. Kish was part of an Illinois staff that took an 0-11 team in 1997 and improved the squad’s mark to 8-4 by 1999. His Illini unit that year recovered 13 fumbles, had 30 sacks and intercepted 14 passes, plus knocked off No. 9 Michigan in Ann Arbor and posted another big road victory at No. 22 Ohio State.
Kish helped Northwestern win two Big Ten Conference titles and earn consecutive appearances in the Rose and Citrus Bowls as its defensive ends and linebackers coach from 1992-96. Under Kish’s direction, current Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was named a two-time All-American.
Kish spent eight season at Army where he helped the Cadets make three bowl appearances, including a 31-29 victory over Illinois in the 1985 Peach Bowl. That season Army posted a 9-3 record and held eight of 12 opponents to 17 points or less. Kish also guided an Army defense that held the opposition to 17 points or less 42 times during his tenure at West Point.
Kish also had stops at Ball State, Purdue and Bowling Green in the early stages of his coaching career.
A graduate of Westerville (Ohio) High School, Otterbein College (1976) and Bowling Green State (1978), he was a four-year letterman as a defensive back at Otterbein and played basketball collegiately.
Kish and his wife, Angela, have two daughters, Megan and Emily, and a son, Michael.