Oklahoma State hires Mike Yurcich

Updated: February 7, 2013, 12:57 PM ET
By David Ubben | ESPN.com

Oklahoma State has hired Mike Yurcich as its new offensive coordinator.

Yurcich, 37, spent two seasons at Division II Shippensburg (Pa.) as offensive coordinator after five seasons filling the same role at Edinboro University.

He'll be Oklahoma State's third offensive coordinator in four seasons after Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia) and Todd Monken (Southern Miss) left the Cowboys to accept head-coaching jobs.

Yurcich helped Shippensburg rank first nationally among Division II schools in total offense and second nationally in scoring offense at more than 46 points per game. His offense also led the nation in passing yards at 387.7 yards a game.

"I am excited to continue the offensive firepower that has been in place at OSU for many years," Yurcich said in a statement. "I've often admired the OSU system and I'm looking forward to learning and then teaching the Oklahoma State offense."

Yurcich will start immediately and be in place for Oklahoma State' spring practices, which begin March 11.

A relative unknown nationally, Yurcich may provide some stability for the Cowboys. Despite the constant turnover, Oklahoma State has ranked in the FBS top four in total offense in each of the past three seasons with Holgorsen and Monken at the helm.

"Coach Yurcich has 14 years of experience coaching quarterbacks and a thorough background in the passing game," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said in a statement. "He has been a very successful offensive coordinator for many years. He played quarterback and has been a student of the position as well as a student of offensive football."

Gundy announced the hire via his Twitter account on Thursday. Yurcich played quarterback for three seasons and graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 1999. His only FBS experience came in 2003 and '04, when he served as a graduate assistant and receivers coach at Indiana.