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Mike Stoops is the head coach for the University of Arizona Wildcats football team. Coach Stoops joined the Arizona Wildcats football program in November of 2003 as the second youngest coach in this history of the program. The head coach position with the University of Arizona was Mike Stoops’ first head coach position, after being the assistant coach at the University of Iowa, Kansas State University and the University of Oklahoma. Mike Stoops stepped up into the head coach position without much difficulty, proving that despite his young age he had what it took to lead a NCAA Division-I team.
During the 2004 season, Coach Stoops helped improve the Wildcats record to 3-8 season including a victory over Arizona State University at the Duel in the Desert, the annual game against the in-state rivals. Then in the 2005 Wildcats football season Coach Stoops and the Wildcats defeated the powerhouse UCLA football team 52-14. The 2006 season, Mike Stoops showed up ready to prove he meant business, and led the Wildcats to their first non-loosing season in almost a decade going 6-6. In 2008 Head Coach Mike Stoops took the Wildcats to a new level as he guided the team through the regular season and into the postseason with an appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl where the Arizona Wildcats defeated BYU 31-21.
The positive end to the 2008 season squashed rumors that the University of Arizona would be letting Coach Stoops go. In fact during a press conference at the end of December, Athletic Director Jim Livengood gave Mike Stoops a contract extension through the 2013 season, proving to doubters that the university did believe in Coach Stoops and understood it takes time to rebuild and reorganize. Part of the reorganizing of the Arizona Wildcats football program included adding new staff members. Head Coach Mike Stoops added his brother Mark Stoops to the coaching staff as defensive coordinator. Fans are hoping that this brotherly duo will have what it takes to bring the Wildcats a winning season. In 2009, the Arizona Wildcats finished 8-5 and lost in the Holiday Bowl.
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