Attention Big Blue Nation, UK Head Football Coach Mark Stoops will be our featured speaker at our next club meeting. Come early, bring a guest and enjoy hearing about the upcoming season!
The Rotary Club of Lexington will hold its weekly meeting Thursday, July 24, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. The guest speaker will be University of Kentucky Football Coach Mark Stoops. Rotarian and former UK football player Jeff Thompson will introduce Coach Stoops.
Mark Stoops has been a bundle of energy, both on the field and on the recruiting trail, in building the Kentucky football program.
Hired in December 2012, Stoops began by hiring a set of hungry, relentless coaches, averaging under 38 years of age, who combine intensity and a history of success. The staff finished the 2013 recruiting class with a rush, moving UK’s national recruiting ranking from the 60s to as high as No. 29 in just two months. Momentum has continued to increase as UK’s 2014 class was ranked as high as No. 17 in the nation, UK’s best ever in the history of recruiting rankings.
Fans responded to Stoops with the second-highest attendance increase in the nation last season. UK’s two spring games under Stoops have been the highest attended in school history.
On the field, Stoops is known for turning around defensive performance. At Florida State, he inherited a unit ranked 108th in the nation in total defense and improved it to second in the country within three years. Prior to FSU, he took Arizona’s defense from 109th in the country to a top-25 ranking by the time he left.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, he is a member of the Stoops coaching family. Brothers Bob and Mike are the head coach and defensive coordinator, respectively, at the University of Oklahoma. Eldest brother Ron Jr. is linebackers coach at Youngstown State.
After graduating from Cardinal Mooney High School, Mark played at the University of Iowa for Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Iowa and spent a four-year stint as a high school coach. He returned to college and coached defensive backs at South Florida, Wyoming, Houston and Miami, including a 12-0 national championship season with the Hurricanes, before becoming defensive coordinator at Arizona and FSU.
Stoops and his wife, Chantel, have two sons, Will and Zack.
For additional information, or to attend this meeting, please contact Peggy Trafton at email@example.com or 859-289-8100.