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February 14, 2014

Bob Connelly hired at Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy announced the hiring of Bob Connelly as offensive line coach Friday.

Connelly, an 18-year coaching veteran with full-time coaching stops at such programs as Alabama, UCLA, Arizona State and Washington State, has Texas roots and has coached offensive linemen his entire career.

"Bob is a great addition to our staff,” Gundy said. “He brings maturity and experience working with the offensive line. He is very familiar with the state of Texas. He has an extensive background in the no-huddle style of offense."

Connelly coached most recently at Arizona State, where he held the title of associate head coach and mentored the Sun Devil offensive line in 2012.

“I’m extremely excited to join Coach Gundy, the staff and the tradition at Oklahoma State,” Connelly said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of an organization that has been able to achieve the kind of success that Oklahoma State has under Coach Gundy.”

Highlighting the nine bowl teams he has coached during his career are the 1998 Texas A&M squad that played in the Sugar Bowl, the 2002 Washington State squad that played in the Rose Bowl and the 2005 Alabama squad that played in the Cotton Bowl.

Among the players he has coached are 2008 Outland Trophy winner and the sixth overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, Andre Smith, plus three other players who were also selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft in Justin Smiley (second round in 2004), Evan Mathis (third round in 2005) and Antoine Caldwell (third round in 2009).

A native of Carrollton, Texas, who graduated from Texas A&M Commerce in 1994 with a degree in kinesiology and then a master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation, Connelly was an All-America offensive guard as well as a two-time member of the Academic All-America team. He was singled out as his school’s male athlete of the year during his playing career.

He and his wife, Racquel, have two daughters, Taylor and Paige.

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