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On June 8, 2016 Bill Blankenship was named the 13th head coach of the Fayetteville Bulldogs.

Blankenship comes to Fayetteville as one of the most decorated high school football coaches in the country, with an overall record of 200-53 (79%) and 3 state championships. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009.

In 2011, after 4 seasons as an assistant under coach Todd Graham, Blankenship was named theUniversity of Tulsa's new head coach . Blankenship's Golden Hurricane teams enjoyed unprecedented success, including a 2012 season that saw them finish 11-3, Conference USA Champions, and Liberty Bowl Champions. This was the winningest season in the history of Tulsa Football. After 4 years as head coach at Tulsa, he spent the 2015 season as an offensive analyst under Justin Fuente at the University of Memphis.

Bill Blankenship returned to his alma mater in January 2007 as a member of the Tulsa coaching staff. The 2007 campaign was his first year in the collegiate coaching ranks after 22 years as an Oklahoma High School coach.

A former quarterback at Tulsa, Blankenship coached the Golden Hurricane receivers in the 2007 season. Two of his receivers, Brennan Marion and Trae Johnson, each had over 1,000 yard receiving, while Marion's 31.9 yards average per catch broke a 30-year NCAA record.

Blankenship resigned as the head football coach at Tulsa's Union High School in December 2005 after leading his team to a second consecutive state championship at the Oklahoma Class 6A school.

As a head coach on the prep level, Blankenship recorded 200 career victories, including a 10-win average per season for his last 20 seasons.

He spent 14 years as the head football coach and athletics director at Union High School, where he compiled a record of 154-26. His teams qualified for the state playoffs 14 times, reached the quarterfinals 10 times and the semifinals in nine seasons. Blankenship's teams made the state championship game eight times - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

He guided his Union team to Oklahoma Class 6A state titles in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Blankenship's teams at Union won eight straight District championships, had a 56-game home winning streak from 1997 through 2005, and were regularly ranked in the national top 25.

Blankenship had more than 100 student-athletes receive college scholarships in his 14 seasons at Union High School.

Before coming to Union, Blankenship coached two seasons at Edmond Memorial High School and before that posted a 34-17 mark in four seasons at Spiro High School. He also coached at Sapulpa High School and Eastwood Christian School.

Blankenship was a three-year letterman and quarterback at Tulsa during the 1975-79 seasons, starting in 1977 and '79. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1979, and received a master's degree from Northeastern State in 1985.

He and his wife, Angie, have three sons, all three of whom played college football. His oldest son, Josh, played quarterback at Tulsa before earning All-America honors at Eastern Washington University. Caleb was an all-conference tight end at Tulsa, while his youngest son, Adam, played at Nebraska and Illinois State.
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