Bob Stoops Bio: XFL Championship, Family & Oklahoma Sooners

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The head coach of the 2023 XFL championship-winning team Arlington Renegades, Bob Stoops, was the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1999 through 2016.

His team Arlington defeated the league-best D.C. Defenders 35-26 in the championship game played at San Antonio’s Alamodome on 13 May 2023.

Bob Stoops
Bob Stoops (Source: Wilmington News Journal)

The highly accomplished football coach led the Oklahoma Sooners for 18 seasons, from 1999 through the end of the 2016 season.

During his tenure, he led the team to an impressive record of 191–48, including 10 Big 12 Conference championships and a national championship in 2000.

Quick Facts

Full Name Robert Anthony Stoops 
Known As Bob Stoops
Nickname Bob
Birthdate September 9, 1960
Age 63 Years Old
Birthplace  Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Current Residence Arlington, Texas
Father Ron Sr.
Mother Evelyn “Dee Dee” Stoops
Siblings Ron Jr., Mike, Mark, Kathy, Maureen
Nationality American
Marital Status Married
Spouse Carol Stoops (m. 1988-Present)
Children Mackenzie, Isaac, Drake
Built Fit
Sexual Orientation Straight
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Height 5 ft 11 in/1.74 m/174 cm
Weight Not Available
Ethnicity White American
Horoscope Virgo
Religion Not Available
Profession Football Coach
Education Cardinal Mooney High School, University Of Iowa
Association Arlington Heights
Active Career 1983-Present
Played For Iowa Hawkeyes
Net Worth $18 Million
Salary Approx. $5 Million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last Update June 2024

Early Life & Education

Bob Stoops was born on September 9, 1960, and reared deeply intertwined with football.

He is one of six children born to Ron Sr. and Evelyn “Dee Dee” Stoops in Youngstown, Ohio, and grew up immersed in the sport.

His father was the long-time defensive coordinator for the Cardinal Mooney High School football team, where Bob and his three brothers (Ron Jr., Mike, and Mark) all played and were coached by their father.

Sadly, during a game in 1988 against the team coached by Ron Jr., Ron Sr. suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital but died en route.

Despite this tragic loss, Bob continued to pursue his passion for football and went on to play at the University of Iowa.

During his time there, he was a four-year starter and was named Team MVP in 1982. He also earned All-Big Ten honors as a defensive back.


Following his graduation from the University of Iowa with a degree in marketing in 1983, Bob began his coaching career as a volunteer coach and graduate assistant in the Iowa Hawkeyes program under Hayden Fry.

He then served as an assistant coach at Kent State University under Dick Crum in 1988 before joining the coaching staff at Kansas State University the following year.

Stoops quickly rose through the ranks at Kansas State, eventually being named co-defensive coordinator under legendary coach Bill Snyder in 1991.

Bob Stoops Coaching Arlington
Bob Stoops Coaching Arlington (Source: Stormin in Norman)

In 1995, he was promoted to assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator, where he played a pivotal role in building the Wildcats into a national power.

His success at Kansas State caught the attention of other top programs across the country, and in 1999, he was named the head coach at the University of Oklahoma.

Stoops announced his retirement from college coaching on June 7, 2017. He was succeeded by Lincoln Riley as Oklahoma’s head football coach.

XFL & 2023 Championship

Bob Stoops came out of retirement in 2019 to become the head coach/general manager of the Dallas Renegades in the XFL, a position he held until the league folded in 2020 due to COVID-19-related bankruptcy.

He then re-signed with the XFL in 2022.

In 2023, despite finishing the regular season with a 4-6 record, the Renegades advanced to the XFL playoffs.

Bob Stoops Team Arlington Renegades Wins XFL
Bob Stoops Team Arlington Renegades Wins XFL (Source: Stormin in Norman)

The team ultimately won the championship game against the DC Defenders with a score of 35-26 on May 13, 2023.

Stoops praised his team’s “hard work and the way we’ve turned our season around.”

Wife & Kids

Bob Stoops is married to his wife, Carol Stoops, who has supported him throughout his career.

Carol was born on May 23, 1964, in Cresco, Iowa, and earned a degree in elementary education from the University of Iowa.

She first met Bob towards the end of her freshman year at the University of Iowa, and even then, she had a strong feeling that he was someone she could see herself marrying someday.

After dating for five years, they tied the knot in July 1988 in Carol’s hometown.

Aside from her personal life, Carol is also a successful professional in her own right. She was named an independent national director of Mary Kay Inc., a cosmetics company.


Bob and Carol are proud parents of three children, their eldest being their daughter, Mackenzie Stoops, who attended the University of Oklahoma.

Isaac Stoops, one of their twin boys, has established himself as a successful high school and college football coach.

Isaac began his career as a wide receivers coach at Moore High School in Oklahoma, where he sharpened his skills and helped his team succeed.

Bob Stoops With His Family
Bob Stoops With His Family (Source: Sports Illustrated)

He then became an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma under his father’s leadership.

Drake Stoops, the other twin, has followed in his family’s footsteps and is currently a senior wide receiver for the Oklahoma Sooners football team.

Drake wears jersey number twelve (#12) and has made impressive contributions to the team during his time there.

Net Worth & Earnings

As of June 2024, Bob Stoops has a net worth of a staggering $18 million.

He has earned his net worth from his long coaching career, first college and then XFL.

Bob Stoops, the head coach of Arlington Renegades in the XFL, is likely earning more than the league’s reported $500,000 salary for coaches due to his high profile and notoriety from his years as head coach at the University of Oklahoma.

It is unclear if Stoops’ contract extends beyond the current season, and the length of XFL contracts has not been disclosed.

The XFL is investing heavily in quarterbacks and coaches in an effort to build a fan base, with average salaries in the league at $55,000.

Stoops made $325,000 as the Special Assistant to the Athletic Director before taking the position of the Dallas Renegades coach and general manager.

Oklahoma Salary

According to Tulsa World, Stoops earned a salary of $5.5 million in his final season as coach of Oklahoma Sooners in 2016.

This was a significant increase from his salary of $2.6 million in 2007, showing how his compensation doubled over ten years.

Comparatively, Stoops has taken a substantial pay cut as the head coach of the XFL, as the league does not publicly disclose its salary figures.

Unknown Facts

  • Stoops was named interim head coach for the University of Oklahoma’s upcoming bowl game on November 28, 2021.
  • He has maintained a close relationship with his mentor from his days at the University of Florida, Steve Spurrier.
  • He is two times Walter Camp Coach of the Year winner.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Is Bob Stoops a Hall of Famer?

Stoops was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2021 after 18 seasons of leading the Sooners to a 190-48 record from 1999-2016. 

Did Bob Stoops retire?

On June 7, 2017, Stoops announced his retirement from college coaching.

Pranaya Poudel
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