Steve Stripling
Steve  Stripling

Interim Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Colorado, 1976

Steve Stripling was named interim head coach of the University of Cincinnati football team on Dec. 7, 2012.

He joined the UC staff as the assistant head coach and defensive line coach in Jan. 2010. He added the responsibility of defensive run game coordinator following the 2011 season.

Stripling, a 30-year coaching veteran, has played or coached in 22 bowl games throughout his career.

The Bearcats were one of the most improved defenses in the nation in 2011, leading the NCAA FBS in tackles for a loss (8.62), ranking second in sacks (3.46), sixth in rushing defense (96.23) and 20th in scoring defense (20.31).

UC led the BIG EAST and ranked ninth nationally in turnover margin (0.92) while the Bearcats' 33 turnovers gained was tied for fourth nationally.

The 2011 defense was led by BIG EAST Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and All-American Derek Wolfe. Both Wolfe (Denver) and line mate John Hughes (Cleveland) were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Brandon Mills led the squad in 2010 with 12.5 tackles for a loss and 6.0 sacks. Wolfe, John Hughes and Dan Giordano both ranked in among UC's Top-10 tacklers a year ago. Wolfe had 48 stops, 6.5 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks, while Hughes had 47 tackles and 4.5 tackles for a loss and Giordano had 36 stops, 8.0 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks.

He served as Central Michigan's interim head coach for the 2010 GMAC Bowl, leading the Chippewas to a 44-41 double overtime win over Troy.

Stripling joined the CMU coaching staff in 2009 as the associate head coach-defense and coached the defensive ends. Stripling worked directly with a pair of All-Mid-American Conference defensive ends during his first season in Mount Pleasant. Frank Zombo was an All-MAC first team selection for the second straight season, while Larry Knight was an All-MAC third team honoree.

Prior to CMU, Stripling coached the defensive line at Michigan from 2005-07. He worked directly with defensive end LaMarr Woodley, a 2006 All-American who won the Lombardi Award and Ted Hendricks Trophy. Woodley also was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year in 2006. Tackle Alan Branch also earned All-Big Ten first team and All-America second team accolades under Stripling.

The 2006 Wolverines led the nation in rush defense, surrendering just 43.3 yards per game on the ground. Stripling was a part of Michigan teams that played in the Alamo Bowl, Rose Bowl and Capital One Bowl.

Stripling's other Big Ten experience includes two seasons at Michigan State University (2003-04), four seasons at the University of Minnesota (1997-2000) and 13 seasons at Indiana University (1984-96). He was the defensive coordinator at Indiana in 1996.

Stripling worked directly with two all-Big Ten selections at Michigan State, two at Minnesota and seven at Indiana. He was part of the 2003 Alamo Bowl at Michigan State, the 1999 Sun Bowl and 2000 Bowl at Minnesota and six bowl games at Indiana.

Stripling also spent four seasons at Northern Illinois University (1980-83) and two years at the University of Louisville (2001-02). He helped lead NIU to the 1983 Mid-American Conference championship and coached three all-conference selections at Louisville, including 2001 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year Dewayne White.

Stripling earned a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Colorado. As a player, he was part of Colorado teams that played in three bowl games: the 1971 Bluebonnet Bowl, 1972 Gator Bowl and 1975 Bluebonnet Bowl.

He signed a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons after graduating from Colorado in 1976. He spent the 1977-78 seasons as a graduate assistant at his alma mater before filling the role of recruiting coach at the University of North Carolina in 1979.

Stripling and his wife, Gayle, are the parents of three children: Christy, Cody and Chad.