Brent Venables

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Brent Venables
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
Biographical details
Born (1970-12-18) December 18, 1970 (age 48)
Salina, Kansas
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 (DC/LB)
2012–presentClemson (DC)
Accomplishments and honors
As a defensive coordinator
Broyles Award (2016)

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

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 is paid $1.8 million.[9]

Personal life[edit]

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. "OU football: Brent Venables taking Clemson job". The Oklahoman. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  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. ^ Trotter, Jake (January 19, 2012). "Brent Venables to steer Tigers' defense". Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Brent Venables says no thanks to Canes". Associated Press in December 1, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Tait, Matt. "What's next for KU Football: Coaching candidates". Lawrence Journal World. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  7. ^ Hoover, John E. "Brent Venables' close ties to Texas Tech AD makes him a candidate to replace Tuberville". Tulse World. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Forde, Mitchell. "Clemson football: Brent Venables is nation’s second-highest paid assistant coach. December 6, 2017. Accessed December 8, 2017.