A member of one of the most respected coaching families in the nation, Ron Stoops Jr., is in his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Penguins.
Under Head Coach Bo Pelini, Stoops has been elevated to Defensive Coordinator and will serve in that role for the first time in his collegiate coaching career.
Junior linebacker Dubem Nwadiogbu had a breakout season in 2014. Nwadiogbu had a team-high 104 tackles and was the first Penguin since 2006 to register more than 100 stops in a season. For his efforts, he was an honorable-mention All-MVFC selection. First-year starter Jaylin Kelly played a key role as the MIKE linebacker starting all 12 games. Kelly had 84 tackles for the year. Kelly and Nwadiogbu combined for 14.5 TFLs and three sacks on the year.
The defense showed improvement throughout the season allowing 23.5 points for the year, the lowest per game total since 2009. The linebackers played a key role as the Guins finished with 29 sacks the most for the program since 2002.
In 2013, YSU posted an 8-4 overall mark and was 5-3 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Penguins started the campaign with an 8-1 mark, which included the first 5-0 start to conference play in school history. Dating back to November 2012, the Penguins won a school-record eight straight conference games.
Teven Williams earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference recognition. Williams had a career-high 81 total tackles, including 46 solo stops. Senior Ali Cheaib had the best year of his career registering 56 tackles for the year.
The Penguins showed steady improvement on the defensive side of the football throughout the 2012 season. As a unit, YSU allowed just 95.5 yards rushing per game, the fourth-lowest total in school history. The Guins ranked sixth at the FCS level in fewest rushing yards allowed per contest. The Penguins allowed just 23 points in the last three games, the lowest total in a three-game stretch since 2003.
The nickel position played a huge role for the unit. Stoops worked with Parnell Taylor, Boatwright and Deionte Williams throughout the season in the role. Those three players combined for 41 tackles.
He also coached team-captain Rich and Travis Williams. Williams was second on the squad in tackles with 61 while Rich had a solid campaign in his first year as a starter. He finished the campaign with a career-high 17 stops and was selected as a team captain.
YSU posted a 7-4 overall mark in 2012 highlighted by a 31-17 win at Pittsburgh, the program's first-ever win over a BCS opponent.
In 2011, he worked with two freshmen to help shore up the YSU defense. The Penguins improved in every statistical category from 2010 and Stoops' work with the linebackers was a big part of the turnaround. The Penguins went 6-5 in the 2011 season, including a win over top-ranked North Dakota State in November. At the three linebacker positions, YSU started three freshmen most of the season. Of 33 possible starts, 29 were by freshman and one was by a sophomore during the year. Williams was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference's all-newcomer squad.
In 2010, Stoops worked with the YSU safeties. After opening the year with a veteran unit, Stoops coached a true freshman and a sophomore for the majority of campaign. Donald D'Alesio had a strong debut season with 69 tackles, the second most on the squad. Will Shaw had 48 tackles and returned an interception 87 yards versus league champ UNI.
Stoops spent nine years as the defensive coordinator and running backs coach for Cardinal Mooney High School for P.J. Fecko. The Cardinals amassed an impressive 90-27 record during his tenure, winning the Division III State Championship in 2009 and Division IV state crowns in 2004 and 2006. Mooney also advanced to the title games in 2005 and 2007. Most recently in 2009, the Cardinals were 15-0 and defeated Columbus St. Francis DeSales 35-7 in the title game.
While at Mooney, Stoops coached numerous players who have gone on to earn Division I football scholarships.
Prior to joining the Mooney staff, he spent 13 seasons (1987-99) as an assistant at Boardman High School. During his first season Boardman advanced to the Division I State Championship Game while in 1995, the Spartans reached the state semifinals.
He coached for six years at Canton Central Catholic (1981-86) and spent his first year at Ursuline (1980) upon his graduation from YSU.
While an undergraduate at Youngstown State, he coached for his uncle, Bob, at Youngstown South High School as an assistant in 1978 and 1979.
Stoops graduated from YSU in 1980 bachelor's degree in education and earned his master's degree from Dayton. He taught Social Studies at Boardman while coaching at Mooney.
He and his wife, Bonnie, have four children, Melanie, Ron, Joey and John. He is the oldest brother of Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops, Kentucky Head Coach Mark Stoops and Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops.