Josh Blankenship to Coach Tulsa Quarterbacks
Jan. 20, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Bill Blankenship announced today that former Golden Hurricane quarterback Josh Blankenship will join the Tulsa coaching staff as quarterback coach.
The eldest of Bill Blankenship's three sons, Josh has spent the past three seasons as the head football coach at Muskogee (Okla.) High School, inheriting a team with less than 40 players and building the roster to over 100 student-athletes. He also served the school in the capacities of Acting Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director.
Before his time at Muskogee, Blankenship spent a total of seven years coaching at Tulsa's Union High School, where he was a part of five state championships. The Blankenship's have had a history of success coaching together as Josh was the quarterback coach in the 2003-05 seasons. In 2004 and 2005, he coordinated the pass offense for his father's final two state championship teams. Blankenship returned to Union High School for the 2007-10 seasons as pass coordinator and quarterback coach. He spent the 2006 campaign as the offensive coordinator for the NOAH home-school team.
"Take out of the equation that he's my son, Josh is an excellent quarterback coach and will be a tremendous asset as he develops an extremely young group of quarterbacks for us," said the Tulsa head coach. "He has a wide wealth of experiences as a quarterback under some outstanding offensive coaches (Norv Turner, Timm Rosenbach, Rockey Felker and Dave Rader). He has learned the nuances of the quarterback position and has a great understanding of offensive football. Obviously, I have the utmost confidence and trust in Josh that the quarterback position is in very good hands."
Blankenship originally signed with The University of Tulsa in 1999 and quarterbacked the Golden Hurricane for three seasons (1999-2001) before transferring to Eastern Washington to complete his collegiate career.
At Tulsa, Blankenship threw for 5,273 yards and 21 touchdowns in his three seasons. In the 2002 season at Eastern Washington, he threw for 3,243 yards, 294.8 yards per game and 30 TDs with a passing efficiency of 145.3. Blankenship earned second-team All-America honors by Football Gazette and was the 2002 Big Sky Conference Offensive MVP. He had a career-high 426-yard passing game against Western Oregon.
Blankenship spent the 2003 summer and NFL training camp with the Miami Dolphins under the tutelage of Norv Turner.
He also played for the Austin Wranglers of the AFL in 2004 as well as with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL later that same year. Blankenship also played with the Tulsa Talons, Memphis Explorers and Stockton Lightning of the AF2 between 2005 and 2007.
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