Brent Venables

Brent Venables
Brent Venables.jpg
Venables with Oklahoma
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig 12
Biographical details
Born (1970-12-18) December 18, 1970 (age 50)
Homestead, Florida[1]
Playing career
1989–1990Garden City CC
1991–1992Kansas State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993–1995Kansas State (GA)
1996–1998Kansas State (LB)
1999–2003Oklahoma (co-DC/LB)
2004–2011Oklahoma (AHC/DC/LB)
2012–2017Clemson (DC/LB)
2018–2021Clemson (AHC/DC/LB)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
Broyles Award (2016)

Thomas Brent Venables (born December 18, 1970) is an American football coach who is currently the head coach at the University of Oklahoma. He previously served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Clemson University from 2012 to 2021 and associate head coach from 2018 to 2021.

Venables played college football at Kansas State University as a linebacker from 1991 to 1992. Prior to his tenure at Oklahoma, he held various assistant coaching positions at Kansas State University, University of Oklahoma and Clemson University. Venables was awarded the Broyles Award in 2016.

Playing career

From 1989 to 1990, Venables played linebacker at Garden City Community College then at Kansas State University under head coach Bill Snyder from 1991 to 1992.

Coaching career

Early career

In 1993, Venables began his coaching career at Kansas State University as a graduate assistant.[2] In 1996, Venables was promoted to linebackers coach and would serve in that capacity until 1998.


From 1999 to 2011, Venables began coaching at the University of Oklahoma, where he served as associate head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Sooners under head coach Bob Stoops, with whom he previously worked at Kansas State.

In 2006, he was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award for the nation's top assistant coach.[3]


In January 2012, after it was announced that Mike Stoops would be returning to Oklahoma to resume the defensive coordinator position he had held until 2004, Venables accepted the position of defensive coordinator at Clemson, where his salary was expected to be between $750,000 and $1 million.[4][5] Venables had been previously reported to be a candidate for the head coaching position at a number of schools including Miami,[6] Kansas,[7] Kansas State, Clemson[4] and Texas Tech.[8]

On December 6, 2016, Venables was named the winner of the 2016 Broyles Award for the nation's top assistant coach.[9]

Clemson Diehards reported on December 6, 2017, that Venables was the second-highest paid assistant football coach in college football this year, receiving $1.7 million from Clemson. The only coach in this category receiving more money was Dave Aranda of LSU, who was paid $1.8 million.[10]


On December 5, 2021, Venables was named the 23rd head coach at the University of Oklahoma, replacing Lincoln Riley after his departure to become the head coach at the University of Southern California (USC).[11][12]

Personal life

Venables and his wife, Julie, have four children: sons Jake and Tyler, who play football at Clemson, and daughters Laney and Addie.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12 Conference) (2022–present)
2022 Oklahoma 0–0 0–0
Oklahoma: 0–0 0–0
Total: 0–0


  1. ^ Williams, Larry. "The Story of Brent Venables". Tiger Illustrated. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  2. ^ Haskin, Kevin (July 27, 1999). "Going separate ways". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2007.
  3. ^ "2006 Finalists". Archived from the original on September 23, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Haney, Travis. "OU football Brent Venables taking Clemson job". The Oklahoman. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Trotter, Jake (January 19, 2012). "Brent Venables to steer Tigers' defense". Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  6. ^ "Brent Venables says no thanks to Canes". Associated Press in December 1, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  7. ^ Tait, Matt (November 27, 2011). "What's next for KU Football: Coaching candidates". Lawrence Journal World. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  8. ^ Hoover, John E. "Brent Venables' close ties to Texas Tech AD makes him a candidate to replace Tuberville". Tulse World. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  9. ^ Brett McMurphy [@Brett_McMurphy] (December 6, 2016). "Clemson DC Brent Venables is winner of the 2016 Broyles Award, signifying the nation's top assistant coach" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Forde, Mitchell. "Clemson football: Brent Venables is nation’s second-highest paid assistant coach. December 6, 2017. Accessed December 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "Venables named OU's 23rd head football coach". Oklahoma Sooners. December 5, 2021. Retrieved December 5, 2021.
  12. ^ Jeyarajah, Shehan (December 5, 2021). "Oklahoma hires Brent Venables as coach: Clemson defensive coordinator to replace Lincoln Riley". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 5, 2021.

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