Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Adds Roy Manning To Defensive Coaching Staff

M. Hofeld


Within a matter of days Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has filled the vacant positions on his coaching staff. After adding Brian Odom to the staff, to coach outside linebackers, on Monday, the university announced the hiring of Roy Manning on Tuesday.

Like Odom, Manning has a Washington State connection with Oklahoma’s new defensive coordinator. He coached outside linebackers as a part of Grinch’s staff from 2015 to 2017. More recently he was the outside linebackers and special teams coach at UCLA.

“I couldn’t be more excited to link back up with Coach Grinch. He’s as good a defensive coordinator as there is — as a motivator and as a teacher. And at the end of the day, stats don’t lie. What he was able to do at Washington State over three years is unbelievable. I’m excited for him and his family, and I know the Oklahoma football family will be extremely excited when they see what we’re going to bring on defense.”

Roy Manning on coming to Oklahoma

“Roy has proven to be one of the most dynamic recruiters in the country,” Lincoln Riley said on Tuesday. “He’s got excellent experience at several great football programs, and has strong recruiting ties all over the place. He’s coached multiple positions, has coached on both sides of the ball and has been a special teams coordinator.”

The combination of Manning’s success in the coaching ranks, his presence in recruiting, and his familiarity with what Alex Grinch makes him the perfect fit for Oklahoma where he’ll coach cornerbacks.

He will fill the spot left vacant when Kerry Cooks left to join Matt Wells at Texas Tech.

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