Who is Arizona interim head coach Tim Kish?by Brad Allis on Oct. 10, 2011, under Arizona Wildcats Football, Sports
With Mike Stoops out at Arizona, Defensive Coordinator Tim Kish assumes the mantle as interim head coach. Let’s take a closer look at the man who will guide Arizona the rest of the season.
Years at Arizona: 8
Hometown: Westerville, OH
College: Otterbein College, Bowling Green State
Kish has been at Arizona since the start of the Mike Stoops era. He joined Stoops as his first linebackers coach and was named associate head coach a few years into his Arizona stint. In 2009 he was named co-defensive coordinator with Greg Brown after Mark Stoops left for Florida State. After Brown left for Colorado, Kish was given the coordinator job outright.
Kish has been coaching for over 30 years, with stints in the Big-10, MAC and Ohio Prep ranks among others. He has been one of Arizona’s top recruiters, focusing on Phoenix and parts of the Los Angeles area. He also helps recruit Chicago after Bill Bedenbaugh departed for West Virginia.
Kish began his coaching career in 1976 at the prep level before becoming a grad assistant at Bowling Green State. In 1979 he became the assistant secondary coach at Purdue and after three years moved onto Ball State where he coached both quarterbacks and defensive line in successive years.
From 1984 until 1996 he was defensive ends and linebacker coach at Army then Northwester. In 1997 he became defensive coordinator at Illinois and held that position with the Illini, Ohio and Indiana until the 2003 season when he joined Stoops’ staff.
Kish has coached in 11 bowls with five schools, including the 1995 Rose Bowl with Northwestern.
Kish was a defensive back at Otterbein College and also played basketball at the school.
Kish and his wife Angela have two daughters and a son.
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