Steve Stripling, one of five assistants to follow head coach John L. Smith from Louisville to Michigan State, is in his first year as defensive line coach.Stripling, a member of Louisville's coaching staff since 2001, helped develop two first-team All-Conference USA selections, including Dewayne White (2001-02) and Michael Josiah (2001). Over the last two seasons, the Cardinals have recorded 77 sacks.
In 2002, Louisville ranked second in C-USA in rushing defense (113.0 yards per game) and total defense (319.9 yards). The Cardinals also finished among the NCAA leaders in rushing defense (No. 17) and total defense (No. 22).
In 2001, White earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors after producing a school single-season record 23 tackles for losses, including 15 sacks. White and Josiah accounted for 26 of Louisville's 41 sacks in 2001.
Stripling came to Louisville following four seasons at Minnesota (1997-2000) where he served as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator under Glen Mason. In 1999, Minnesota ranked among the Big Ten leaders in passing defense (first at 179.4 yards), scoring defense (second at 16.3 points) and total defense (fourth at 319.9 yards). The Golden Gophers finished No. 22 nationally in total defense in 1999 while racking up a school-record 44 sacks.
Prior to joining the Minnesota staff, Stripling spent 13 seasons under Bill Mallory at Indiana (1984-96) where he coached the offensive and defensive lines for six years each before taking over as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 1996. He also coached Indiana's placekickers.
During his tenure at Indiana, he tutored nine All-Big Ten players while the Hoosiers made six bowl appearances. Stripling worked as offensive line coach at Northern Illinois for four years, from 1980-83. The Huskies won the Mid-American Conference championship in 1983 with an 8-1 league record and finished 10-2 overall, including a 20-13 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the California Bowl.
He served as the recruiting coach at North Carolina in 1979 after getting a start as a graduate assistant at Colorado in 1977-78. A native of Carlsbad, N.M., Stripling spent five seasons at Colorado (1971-75) where he played for Eddie Crowder and Mallory and made three bowl trips (1971 Astro-Bluebonnet, 1972 Gator and 1975 Astro-Bluebonnet). He was a two-year starter (1974-75) for the Buffaloes at left guard. Stripling signed a contract with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons in 1976.
Stripling earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado in 1976. He later received his master's degree from Colorado.
Married to the former Gayle Truckenbrod, Stripling and his wife have three children: Christy, Cody and Chad.
THE STRIPLING FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: First. Joined staff on Dec. 28, 2002, from Louisville.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College -- Graduate assistant coach at Colorado (1977-78); recruiting coach at North Carolina (1979); offensive line coach at Northern Illinois (1980-83); assistant coach at Indiana (offensive line, 1984-89; defensive line, 1990-95; defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, 1996); linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Minnesota (1997-2000); defensive line coach at Louisville (2001-02).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from Colorado in 1976; master's degree from Colorado.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College -- Two-year starter at left guard at Colorado (1974-75).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Player -- 1971 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl, 1972 Gator Bowl, 1975 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. Coach -- 1977 Orange Bowl, 1979 Gator Bowl, 1983 California Bowl, 1986 All-American Bowl, 1988 Peach Bowl, 1988 Liberty Bowl, 1990 Peach Bowl, 1991 Copper Bowl, 1993 Independence Bowl, 1999 Sun Bowl, 2000 Micronpc.com Bowl, 2001 Liberty Bowl, 2002 GMAC Bowl.