STILLWATER, OK -- The next man to lead the Oklahoma State football defense is coming back home.
Bill Young, who played for the Cowboys in the mid-1960's, is OSU's new defensive coordinator. Young replaces Tim Beckman, who accepted the Toldeo head coaching position in December.
Young comes to Stillwater after spending the past season as the defensive coordinator at the University of Miami.
"He will bring a great deal of experience to the defensive side of the ball and he is very familiar with our conference," said OSU football coach Mike Gundy through a university release. "It's great to have an OSU graduate and a former player as an addition to the staff."
The Oklahoma City native has also coached at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa during his career.
Young has had coaching stops at Ohio State, USC, Kansas, Iowa State and the NFL's Detroit Lions.
He is now the third OSU graduate on the Cowboys coaching staff, joining Gundy and tight ends coach Doug Meacham.
"It means a lot to me to come back to OSU because I am a graduate, I played there and now we are back as part of the Cowboy family," Young said in a release through the university. "My wife and I are very excited to get back to Stillwater and Oklahoma State."
Bill Young By Year:
2008: Miami, Fla. Defensive Coordinator
2002-2007: Kansas Defensive Coordinator
2001: Detroit Lions Defensive Line
1998-2000: Southern California Defensive Coordinator
1996-97: Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator
1988-95: Ohio State Defensive Coordinator
1985-87: Arizona State Defensive Line
1980-84: Tulsa Defensive Line (Defensive Coordinator from 1983-84)
1979: Iowa State Defensive Tackles
1976-78: Oklahoma State Offensive/Defensive Lines
1971-75: Putnam City West HS Defensive Coordinator
1970: Carl Albert HS Defensive Line
1968-69: Oklahoma State JV Offensive Coach/Defensive Line