Tim Kish
Biographical details
Born (1954-07-01) July 1, 1954 (age 67)
Westerville, Ohio
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976–1977Mariemont HS (OH) (assistant)
1978Bowling Green (GA)
1979–1981Purdue (assistant DB)
1982Ball State (QB)
1983Ball State (DL)
1984–1991Army (DE/OLB)
1992–1996Northwestern (DE/LB)
1997–2000Illinois (DC/LB)
2001Ohio (DC/LB)
2002–2003Indiana (DC/LB)
2004–2006Arizona (LB)
2007–2009Arizona (assistant/LB)
2010Arizona (co-DC/LB)
2011Arizona (interim HC/DC/LB)
2012–2018Oklahoma (ILB)
Head coaching record

Tim Kish (born July 1, 1954) is a retired American football coach. Kish previously served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Arizona before being promoted to interim head coach upon the firing of head coach Mike Stoops on October 10, 2011. He was succeeded as Arizona's head coach by Rich Rodriguez. Prior to his retirement at the end of the 2018 season, Kish served as linebackers coach for seven seasons at the University of Oklahoma.

Coaching career

Kish was hired as Arizona's linebackers coach when Stoops was made head coach. He served in that capacity for three seasons until being promoted to assistant coach. In 2010, he was made co-defensive coordinator with Greg Brown and was made the sole defensive coordinator in 2011 when Brown left to take the same position at Colorado. After a 1–5 start to the season which extended Arizona's losing streak against FBS programs to ten games (the one win came against FCS Northern Arizona) Stoops was fired and Kish was promoted to interim head coach.[1] In his first game as interim head coach, the Wildcats defeated UCLA, 48–12, 355 days after their last win over an FBS opponent, which also came against UCLA.[2] Kish would lose the next three games on the schedule but closed out the conference slate by defeating the rival Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe, reclaiming the Territorial Cup in the 85th Duel in the Desert. Two days later, Rich Rodriguez was named Arizona's new full-time head coach. Kish would finish the season with a 45-37 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in his final game as head coach.

Kish was not retained on Rodriguez' new staff and was succeeded as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach by Jeff Casteel.[3]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12 Conference) (2011)
2011 Arizona 3–3[n 1] 2–3[n 1] T–5th (South)
Arizona: 3–3 2–3
Total: 3–3


  1. ^ a b Kish served as interim head coach after the firing of Mike Stoops six games into the season.


  1. ^ "Arizona AD: Stoops is out as head coach". Arizona Daily Star. October 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Finley, Ryan (October 21, 2011). "Arizona 48, UCLA 12: The Kish of life". Arizona Daily Star.
  3. ^ "Arizona football: Cats land Casteel to run D, let go Kish". Arizona Daily Star. January 11, 2012.