Chart: Tom Herman completes Texas coaching staff for 2017
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday January 04, 2017
Tom Herman has completed his full-time Texas staff.
With the additions of Tim Beck and Stan Drayton, Herman has his nine-full time assistants and head strength coach. Here is the new Texas staff:
Herman’s staff first added several assistants following him from Houston, where they went 22-4 in two seasons. That included tight ends coach Corby Meekins, offensive line coach Derek Warehime, defensive line coach Oscar Giles, cornerbacks coach Jason Washington, safeties coach / special teams coordinator Craig Naivar and head strength coach Yancy McKnight. (Most of these titles are per the coaches’ Twitter accounts)
Todd Orlando became Houston interim head coach and was in the mix for the full-time head coaching job. When Major Applewhite got the job, Orlando decided to follow Herman to Austin after Houston's bowl. He is expected to also coach linebackers.
“Our full-time staff, trust was the biggest thing for me,” Herman said recently. “I could trust these guys are unbelievable teachers, and they’ll be completely accountable for the actions of their position group on and off the field. I said it ad nauseam, but I believed at the University of Houston, we had the best coaching staff in America. A lot of those guys came with me. I believe that to this day. Thee guys are unbelievable teachers, great mentors.”
Drew Mehringer spent one year as Rutgers before reuniting with Herman. Mehringer was Houston’s wide receivers coach in 2015 and a graduate assistant at Ohio State from 2012-13.
On Tuesday, Herman hired Tim Beck from Ohio State as offensive coordinator. Scout.com reports Beck will call plays and have control of the offense. Beck filled Herman’s role at OSU when the latter went to Houston.
The last addition was another familiar face. Stan Drayton spent the past two years as the Chicago Bears running backs coach after four years at Ohio State, including three with Herman. His title is run game coordinator / associate head coach.
Herman takes over a Texas program on its worst three-year stretch in decades, but it’s a young roster with talent, one Charlie Strong says can win a national championship soon. The full-time staff is full, but Herman is making a push to increase the size of the off-field staff.
“We were under-staffed for the elite teams in the country, from a support staff standpoint,” Herman said. “President Fenves and the athletic director have been great in terms of allowing me to create a number of positions, whether it be recruiting, graphics, operations, just to get us where the Alabamas, the Ohio States, the Clemsons of the world are, so we can be competitive with those programs.”
Herman’s first three games as Texas will be against Maryland, San Jose State and at USC. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.
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