Texas Tech's new coaching staff

Texas Tech's new coaching staff
January 18, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Texas Tech football and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury formally unveiled their new coaching staff on Friday.

After Tommy Tuberville left to become the head coach at Cincinnati in early December, former Tech standout quarterback Kliff Kingsbury was hired on Dec. 16. He spent this past season as the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, helping to guide Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the team to a Cotton Bowl berth after a 10-2 regular season record.  

Texas Tech grads Sonny Cumbie and Eric Morris will serve as co-offensive coordinators with Cumbie coaching the outside receivers and Morris the inside receivers.  Both Cumbie and Morris had successful playing careers in the spread offense while playing at Texas Tech.  Offensive line coach Lee Hays and running backs coach Mike Jinks round out the offensive coaching staff.

Matt Wallerstedt, who also comes from A&M, will be the new defensive coordinator. He will be joined by Tech graduate and co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith who was previously with the New York Jets and was teammates with Cumbie at Tech. Trey Haverty will coach the safeties, Kevin Curtis, a 2002 Texas Tech graduate, will coach the cornerbacks and John Scott Jr. will lead the defensive line.

Chad Dennis has been named the new head strength and conditioning coach.

Texas Tech now has a complete coaching staff in place and the group has hit the ground running on the recruiting trail with National Signing Day around the corner on Feb. 6.