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Keith O'Quinn

Assistant Special Teams
College: 
University of North Texas
Hometown:
Pensacola, FL
Experience: 
8

Bio Summary

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 lm 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.

Biography

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 lm 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.

The 2016 season saw Dallas special teams units led by Dan Bailey, who finished the year connecting on all 46 PATs and on 84.4% of his field goal tries, posting 127 points. Chris Jones had a career-high gross average of 45.9 and a 40.5 net average with 25 punts

downed inside the 20-yard line. Lucky Whitehead led all returners with 394 yards on 17 kickoff returns and 195 yards on 25 punt returns.

O’Quinn’s second season (2015) assisting special teams was as productive as his first as Bailey earned his first career trip to the Pro Bowl, converting 30-of-32 field goals to tie the NFL lead with a career-best 93.8 percentage. Bailey also rang true on one game-winning kick - the 10th of his career. Jones also had a career-year, setting personal-highs for net average (42.5 - third in the NFL). Rookie Whitehead led the team with 452 yards on 16 kickoff returns and 110 yards on 19 punt returns.

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, Bailey 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. Jones had then career-highs for gross (45.4) and net (39.8) averages while drop- ping 21 punts 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 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 development of 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 - tied for third in team history.

In 2009 O’Quinn left the Cowboys to become the di- rector 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.