Steve  Stripling

Steve Stripling

Director of Football Program Development

Alma Mater:
Colorado '76


Personal Information

Education:Colorado 1976
Family: Wife Gayle; Children Cody, Chad, Christy; Grandchildren Calista and Seth

Coaching Experience

  • 2013-16:
    Tennessee, assoc. head coach, defensive line
  • 2010-12:
    Cincinnati, asst. head coach, defensive line
  • 2009:
    Central Michigan, interim head coach, assoc. head coach, defensive ends
  • 2005-07:
    Michigan, defensive line
  • 2003-04:
    Michigan State, defensive line
  • 2001-02:
    Louisville, defensive line
  • 1997-2000:
    Minnesota, linebackers, recruiting coordinator
  • 1996:
    Indiana, defensive coordinator
  • 1990-95:
    Indiana, defensive line
  • 1984-89:
    Indiana, offensive line
  • 1980-83:
    Northern Illinois, offensive line
  • 1979:
    North Carolina, recruiting coach
  • 1977-78:
    Colorado, GA
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  • On Feb. 7, 2017, was named director of football program development
  • Veteran of more than 30 years in coaching, playing or coaching in 24 bowl games in his career
  • Helped teams to six conference championships, including four in last nine years
  • Coached defensive lineman Derek Barnett (69 tackles, 10 sacks, 12.5 TFL) to 2015 All-SEC honors
  • In 2014, coached All-SEC selections on the defensive line in Derek Barnett and Curt Maggitt as the duo combined for 21 sacks, third-most by a combo in nation
  • Vols posted 35 sacks in 2014 highest total since school-record of 50 in 2000
  • Barnett set Tennessee records for sacks (10) and tackles for a loss (20.5) by a freshman, both ranking in Top 10 nationally among all players
  • In his first season at Tennessee, coached Corey Miller to the single-game sacks record (4.5), besting Reggie White's 20-year record of 4.0 set in 1983
  • Defensive tackle Daniel McCullers was selected in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Spent the 2010-12 seasons at Cincinnati, working as the assistant head coach and defensive line coach; added responsibility of defensive run game coordinator for 2011-12
  • Coached the Bearcats to a 48-34 win over Duke in the 2012 Belk Bowl serving as Cincinnati's interim head coach after Butch Jones left Cincinnati for Tennessee
  • Guided Bearcats to one of the nation's most improved defense's in 2011, as UC led NCAA in tackles for loss (8.62), finished second overall in sacks (3.46) and placed sixth in rushing defense (96.23 yards per game)
  • Cincinnati finished in the top 20 in the NCAA in scoring defense in 2011 and 2012
  • Coached at Central Michigan in 2009 as the associate head coach-defense, working with the defensive ends
  • Coached the Chippewas to the 2010 GMAC Bowl Championship as interim head coach after Jones left Central Michigan to take over at Cincinnati
  • Coached the defensive line at Michigan from 2005-07, mentoring All-American and Lombardi Award winner LaMarr Woodley, who currently stars for the Oakland Raiders
  • In 2006, the Wolverines led the NCAA in rushing defense, allowing just 43.3 yards per game
  • Coached in the Big Ten for a total of 22 years with stints at Michigan State (2003-04), Minnesota (1997-2000) and Indiana (1984-96), where he was the defensive coordinator in 1996
  • Also coached at Louisville in 2001 and 2002, coaching Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year Dewayne White, who was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' top draft pick in 2003
  • First full-time coaching job came at Northern Illinois from 1980-83, as he helped Huskies to the 1983 Mid-American championship as the team's offensive line coach
  • Served as recruiting coach at North Carolina in 1979 after two seasons as a graduate assistant as his alma mater, Colorado in 1977-78
  • Played in three bowls as an offensive lineman at Colorado, earning a bachelor's and master's degree in Boulder
  • Signed free-agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons in 1976
  • Stripling and his wife, Gayle, have three children, sons Cody and Chad live in Cincinnati while daughter Christy and grandchildren Calista and Seth live in Knoxville


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