Brent Venables

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Brent Venables
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team Clemson
Conference ACC
Biographical details
Born (1970-12-18) December 18, 1970 (age 46)
Salina, Kansas
Playing career
1989–1990 Garden City CC
1991–1992 Kansas State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993–1995 Kansas State (GA)
1996–1998 Kansas State (LB)
1999–2003 Oklahoma (Co-DC/LB)
2004–2011 Oklahoma (DC/LB)
2012–present Clemson (DC/LB)
Accomplishments and honors
Broyles Award (2016)

Thomas Brent Venables (born December 18, 1970) is an American college football coach. He is the defensive coordinator at Clemson University.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

From 1999 to 2011, Venables coached 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.

Previously he had coached with Bill Snyder at Kansas State and was brought to Oklahoma by Stoops.[2] He coached the Linebackers from 1996-1998 and was also the Defensive Run Game Coordinator in 1998 after serving as a Graduate Assistant from 1993-1995.

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.[1][4] Venables had been previously reported to be a candidate for the head coaching position at a number of schools including Miami,[5] Kansas,[6] Arkansas, Kansas State , Clemson [1] and Texas Tech.[7]

On December 6, 2016, Venables was named the winner of the 2016 Broyles Award for the nation's top assistant coach.[8]


As a student he played linebacker at Kansas State under coach Bill Snyder. He would later become an assistant on Snyder's staff at Kansas State.


  1. ^ a b c Haney, Travis (January 19, 2012). "OU football: Brent Venables taking Clemson job". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  2. ^ Haskin, Kevin (1999-07-27). "Going separate ways". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  3. ^ "2006 Finalists". Archived from the original on 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  4. ^ Trotter, Jake (January 19, 2012). "Brent Venables to steer Tigers' defense". Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Brent Venables says no thanks to Canes". Associated Press in December 1, 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  6. ^ Tait, Matt. "What's next for KU Football: Coaching candidates". Lawrence Journal World. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  7. ^ Hoover, John E. "Brent Venables' close ties to Texas Tech AD makes him a candidate to replace Tuberville". Tulse World. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
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