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Scott Downing is in his third season on the coaching staff at The University of Tulsa. He was named the Golden Hurricane Assistant Head Coach, Tight Ends Coach and Special Teams Coordinator on January 18, 2011.
Downing has 33 years of collegiate coaching experience. He has spent seven years as a head coach, 12 years as a coordinator and has coached in 17 bowl games.
In 2011, Downing coached a first-team all-conference place-kicker (Kevin Fitzpatrick) and second-team all-league tight end (Clay Sears). Fitzpatrick became the school's all-time scoring leader with 299 career points and had three 50+ field goals, while connecting on 15-of-18 field goals, in 2011. Sears' 37 receptions for 469 yards was the most for a Tulsa tight end since All-American Garrett Mills in 2005.
Last year, true freshman placekicker Daniel Schwarz became the school's top freshman scorer and earned 2012 Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors.
Before coming to Tulsa, Downing served as the head coach at the University of Northern Colorado (2006-10). Before that, he was the recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach at Nebraska (2003-05) for three years.
Previously, he served six years under Joe Tiller at Purdue University (1997-2002) as assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and running backs coach. Downing went to Purdue with Tiller after spending 10 seasons on the coaching staff at Wyoming (1987-96), where he held positions as linebackers coach for four years, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for four years and assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and running backs coach for two seasons.
Downing began his coaching career at Sterling College in 1980, spending the first two years as offensive line coach (1980-81) and the next two seasons as head coach (1982-83). He then made his first stop at Nebraska (1984-86) as a graduate assistant coach for two years and served one year as the head freshman coach.
During his tenure, Downing has coached six FBS first-team All-Americans, the 2001 Ray Guy Award winner, the Ray Guy Award finalist in 2003 and semifinalist in 2005, the Groza Award finalist in 2001 and semifinalist in 1996, and the Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Award finalist in 1998 and 2001.
Downing earned his bachelor's degree in history from Sterling College in 1979. He was a four-year letterwinner in football and served as team captain in 1977 and 1978.
Downing and his wife, Karen, have three sons: Matthew, Andrew and Zachary.
THE DOWNING FILE
Bowl Games as a Coach 1985 Sugar Bowl (Nebraska) 1986 Fiesta Bowl (Nebraska) 1987 Sugar Bowl (Nebraska) 1987 Holiday Bowl (Wyoming) 1988 Holiday Bowl (Wyoming) 1990 Copper Bowl (Wyoming) 1993 Copper Bowl (Wyoming) 1997 Alamo Bowl (Purdue) 1998 Alamo Bowl (Purdue) 2000 Outback Bowl (Purdue) 2001 Rose Bowl (Purdue) 2001 Sun Bowl (Purdue) 2002 Sun Bowl (Purdue) 2003 Alamo Bowl (Nebraska) 2005 Alamo Bowl (Nebraska) 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Tulsa) 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Tulsa)
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