Bedenbaugh joins Sooner coaching staff

NORMAN, Okla. – Bill Bedenbaugh, who has served as the offensive line coach at West Virginia University for the past two seasons, has been hired to serve in that capacity at the University of Oklahoma, Sooners head coach Bob Stoops announced Sunday.

“We are excited to welcome Bill and his family to the University of Oklahoma,” Stoops said. “Bill is a passionate teacher and a demanding coach who I believe will make an immediate impact on our football team. His track record of developing physical and disciplined offensive linemen makes him an excellent fit for our program. Bill is also an accomplished recruiter who will join the rest of our staff in continuing to attract some of the nation’s most talented student-athletes to Oklahoma.”

Entering his 18th season in the coaching profession, Bedenbaugh coached the offensive line the past two seasons at West Virginia as the Mountaineers set single-season school records for total offense (6,526 yards in 2012) and passing (4,509 yards in 2011). In 2012, the West Virginia offense ranked fifth in the nation in pass efficiency (161.97), ninth in scoring (39.5 ppg), 10th in total offense (502.0 ypg) and 10th in passing offense (330.2 ypg). Bedenbaugh was also named one of the nation’s top 50 recruiters by 247Sports.com this year.

“Our family is thrilled about the opportunity to join Coach Stoops and his staff at the University of Oklahoma,” said Bedenbaugh. “I have a great admiration for the championship tradition of Oklahoma football and can’t wait to get on the field with our student-athletes this spring. I’ve admired the Sooners for many years, and possess a great appreciation for the talent on this roster and coaching staff.”

Bedenbaugh has coached in 12 bowl games during his collegiate tenure, including the 2012 Orange Bowl with West Virginia. He and his wife, Maryde, have a son, William, and a daughter, Lacy.