Keith O’Quinn rejoined the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, but this time as a coach after previously serving as a pro scout with the team for three seasons. He spent the first season as a quality control/offensive assistant coach in 2010, breaking down film of upcoming opponents’ defenses and helping compose each week’s playbooks. From 2011-12 O’Quinn continued to prepare the weekly playbooks in his quality control role, but also worked closely with the wide receivers. In 2014 O’Quinn left the offensive side of the ball and became the assistant special teams coach, working closely with Rich Bisaccia.
O’Quinn’s second season (2015) assisting special teams was as productive as his first as the unit was as dependable as ever. Dan Bailey earned his first career trip to the Pro Bowl, converting 30-of-32 field goals to tie for the NFL lead with a career-best 93.8 percentage. Bailey also rang true on one game-winning kick - the 10th of his career. Chris Jones also had a career-year, setting personal-highs for average (45.2) and net average (42.5 - third in the NFL). Rookie Lucky Whitehead led the team with 452 yards on 110 kickoff returns while Jeff Heath and Kyle Wilber led the coverage units, each with nine tackles.
In his first season in his new role, O’Quinn helped Bailey become the NFL’s all-time most accurate field goal kicker after making his 100th career kick six weeks in. For the year, he finished 25-of-29 with a career field goal percentage of 89.8. He also hit all 56 PAT tries, making him a perfect 179-of-179 for his career - third in team history and just one shy of Mike Clark (180) for second). Jones played in all 16 games for the second time in his career and had career-highs for gross (45.4) and net (39.8) averages while dropping 21 inside the 20-yard line. He also had a career-long 64-yard boot. Dwayne Harris led all coverage men with 18 tackles and long snapper Louis-Philippe Ladouceur, who was perfect on every snap for the 10th straight season, earned his first career trip to the Pro Bowl.
In 2013 O’Quinn was the club’s assistant wide receivers coach, working with Derek Dooley in the continued development of Dallas’ explosive offensive threat Dez Bryant. Bryant finished the year with his first trip to the Pro Bowl, topping 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season, and his 13 touchdowns were tops in his career and tied for third in team history. Bryant also became the fourth Cowboy with multiple and consecutive 10-touchdown seasons.
DeMarco Murray and Tyron Smith each joined Bryant with their first trip to the Pro Bowl while Jason Witten made his ninth. Smith’s work on the line helped propel Murray to his first career 1,000-yard season and the first by a Dallas Cowboy since Julius Jones in 2006.
In 2009 O’Quinn left the Cowboys to become the director of pro personnel for the Cleveland Browns. While with the Browns, O’Quinn contributed to Cleveland’s player acquisition process by managing pro scouting operations and evaluating players and rosters from the NFL and all other levels of pro football.
His additional responsibilities included advance scouting, free agency preparation and tracking of player movement within the league.
From 2006-08 O’Quinn evaluated players around the NFL and other professional leagues while serving as a pro scout in the Cowboys scouting department.
Prior to joining the pro ranks, O’Quinn spent eight years as a high school and college coach. His last stint in that area was as the assistant football and head baseball coach at Kaufman, Texas, High School. Prior to that, he coached tight ends and special teams at Abilene Christian University from 2003-04. From 2000-03 O’Quinn served as tight ends and assistant offensive line coach at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. While at HSU, the Cowboys compiled a 28-5 record and won two conference championships. He also worked as the team’s academic supervisor.
In 1999 he worked as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach, as well as the head baseball coach, at Bryan Adams High School in Dallas. O’Quinn began his coaching career at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas, serving as a defensive backs and wide receivers coach.
A native of San Antonio, O’Quinn attended James Madison High School and earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of North Texas, where he played strong safety. He went on to earn a master’s degree in counseling and human development from Hardin-Simmons University.
O’Quinn and his wife, Reigan, have three children, Mysti, Brittney and Brock.