Kingsbury Completes Football Coaching Staff 1/18/13
Courtesy of Blayne Beal
Texas Tech Athletics
LUBBOCK, TEXAS Ė Texas Tech Head Football Coach Kliff Kingsbury has put the final touches on his first coaching staff, which he formally unveiled today at a news conference in the Spike Dykes Room at the Football Training Facility.
Kingsbury, who was named the 15th head coach in school history back on Dec. 16, now has a complete coaching staff in place and the group has hit the ground running in advance of National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
The coaching staff, including Kingsbury, features six men who all have degrees from Texas Tech.
Texas Tech grads Sonny Cumbie and Eric Morris will serve as co-offensive coordinators while Cumbie will coach the outside receivers and Morris the inside receivers. Both Cumbie and Morris had successful playing careers in the spread offense while student-athletes at Texas Tech. Completing the offensive coaching staff will be offensive line coach Lee Hays and running backs coach Mike Jinks.
Defensively, the Red Raiders will be led by defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt, who comes to Texas Tech from Texas A&M. Teaming up with Wallerstedt will be Tech graduate and co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith. Smith comes to Texas Tech from the New York Jets and was teammates at Tech with Cumbie and newly named safeties coach Trey Haverty. Kevin Curtis, a 2002 Texas Tech graduate, will coach the cornerbacks while John Scott Jr. will lead the defensive line.
Chad Dennis will coordinate the strength program for Red Raider Football as he has been named the head strength and conditioning coach.
Texas Tech Football Coaching Staff Biographies
Sonny Cumbie, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Outside Receivers
Once the quarterback in one of Texas Tech's biggest bowl wins, Sonny Cumbie begins his fourth season as an assistant coach at his alma mater and his first as co-offensive coordinator.
Cumbie gave Red Raider Nation a taste of his play calling ability as he stepped into the role as interim offensive coordinator for the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Red Raiders amassed 429 yards of total offense en route to a 34-31 win over Minnesota.
In 2012, Cumbie coached a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Darrin Moore and Eric Ward. The pair of 1,000 yard receivers was the first for Tech since the 2007 season that featured a pair of current NFL receivers Michael Crabtree and Danny Amendola.
The 2011 Red Raiders featured the seventh best passing offense in nation as Texas Tech rang up 4,145 yards passing. A total of 13 different receivers totaled 10 or more catches over the course of the season and were led by Eric Ward's 84 catches for 800 yards.
In Cumbie's first season in 2010, the Red Raiders piled up 4,146 receiving yards along with 39 touchdowns. Tech's 39 receiving touchdowns was one better than the Red Raiders totaled in 2009. Inside receiver Detron Lewis led the squad with 87 catches on the season and finished second with 852 receiving yards.
During his years as a football player at Texas Tech, Cumbie worked diligently and waited patiently for his chance to serve as starting quarterback in the prolific Tech offense--and in 2004, he earned the spot and led the Red Raiders to an 8-4 season. During that season, Cumbie twice led the Red Raiders to 70+ point games and capped off the season with a 520 yard MVP performance in the 2004 Holiday Bowl victory over (then) No. 4 California. Cumbie still holds the Holiday Bowl record for most passing yards. He finished the season with 4,472 yards passing--fifth-best in school history, and 7th best in NCAA History. He was an Honorable Mention performer on the field and All-Big 12 Performer in the classroom.
Following a successful career at Texas Tech, Cumbie went on to play for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL). As a rookie in 2006, Cumbie started 12 games and set a franchise record for most passes attempted without an interception: 252. He was named the AFL All-Rookie Team Quarterback and was a finalist for Rookie of the Year. Upon completion of the 2006 season, Cumbie was signed by the Baltimore Ravens. In 2007 Cumbie was back in the AFL, leading the Avengers to their first playoff victory in franchise history, throwing for 83 touchdowns.
From 2005-2009, during the AFL's off seasons, Cumbie served on the Texas Tech Sports Network as an analyst. He was able to stay closely involved with Tech football while broadcasting their games and offering the insights of a former player.
After the Arena Football League suddenly ceased operations before the start of the 2009 season, Cumbie became the Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the San Angelo Stampede of the Indoor Football League. Four games into the season, Cumbie also added starting quarterback to his list of responsibilities. Once again, as he had with the Avengers, Cumbie lead a franchise to the playoffs and its first playoff win in the team's history.
Cumbie and his wife, Tamra, are both natives of Snyder, Texas, and graduates of Texas Tech. Cumbie graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor's Degree in History while his wife has a Master's Degree in Technical Communication.
Eric Morris, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Inside Receivers
Eric Morris, a 2008 graduate of Texas Tech, returns to his alma mater where he will coach inside receivers and serve as co-offensive coordinator.
Morris spent the 2012 season as the inside receivers coach on former Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leachís staff at Washington State. Prior to heading to Pullman, Morris spent two years on Kevin Sumlin's staff at the University of Houston, as an offensive graduate assistant and as the offensive quality control assistant in 2010.
The receiving corp at Washington State hauled in 3,965 yards in the first year of the Air Raid offense in 2012. Cougar receivers hauled in 23 of the teamís 29 total touchdowns scored.
In 2011, Houston's offense led the nation in passing (443.8 ypg), total offense (599.0 ypg) and scoring (50.8 ppg), en route to a 12-1 record including a win over Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl.
Prior to Houston, Morris played in the Canadian Football League. He joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders out of training camp in 2009 and dressed for four games while battling a knee injury.
Morris lettered at Texas Tech from 2005-2008. As a senior wide receiver, he recorded 10 receptions for 89 yards against Mississippi during his final collegiate game in the Cotton Bowl. A versatile, all-around player, Morris was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team as a punt returner by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was a 2007 Academic All-Big 12 Team member.
He is one of only four players in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision history to be a part of multiple receiving trios with each player recording at least 60 receptions in a season.
Morris received his bachelor's degree in communications studies from Texas Tech in 2008.
A native of Shallowater, Texas, and a product of Shallowater High, Morris was named the All-South Plains Super Team Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2003. That season, he finished with 926 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing for another 1,926 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Morris and his wife, Maggie, reside in Lubbock.
Matt Wallerstedt, Defensive Coordinator
Matt Wallerstedt joins the Red Raiders as defensive coordinator after a one-year stop at Texas A&M.
A defensive coordinator in three previous coaching stints, former Kansas State All-American Matt Wallerstedt spent the 2012 season as the linebackers coach at Texas A&M. While at A&M, Wallerstedt worked along side offensive coordinator and now Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury.
In his first season at A&M, Wallerstedt helped the Aggies to an 11-2 season and a win over Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Wallerstedt moved to Texas A&M from the U.S. Air Force Academy where he served under Falcons head coach Troy Calhoun for four seasons. He coordinated the Falcons' defense and was the associate head coach the past two seasons after coaching the inside linebackers and serving as assistant head coach in 2008-09. Air Force faced Sumlin's Houston Cougars twice in bowl games during Wallerstedt's time in Colorado Springs.
Prior to his time at Air Force, Wallerstedt coached the linebackers at his alma mater for two seasons (2006-07), while also serving the special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Wildcats.
He began his coaching career in 1988 as a student assistant at Kansas State and served two years as a graduate assistant at Arizona State before taking a break from coaching and entering private business. His first full-time coaching position came at Fort Hays State for two years as a defensive line coach. From Fort Hays State he went to Emporia State for one year as a defensive backs coach and then landed at the University of Wyoming for six seasons working with the defensive line and inside linebackers. He was promoted to the Cowboys' defensive coordinator for the 2000-02 seasons. Wallerstedt spent one year at North Alabama as the defensive coordinator and two years at Akron as associate head coach/special teams/inside linebackers coach.
A 1984 high school graduate from Manhattan High School in Kansas, Wallerstedt was a four-year letterman at Kansas State leading the Wildcats in tackles as a junior and senior and earning honorable mention All-America honors as a linebacker for KSU in 1987.
Wallerstedt earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Kansas State in 1988, and a master's degree in athletic administration from Fort Hays State in 1995. Wallerstedt is married to the former Josie Lewis of Lawrence, Kansas, and the couple has a son named Cal.
Mike Smith, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Outside Linebackers
Mike Smith, a 2004 graduate of Texas Tech, joins his alma mater from the NFLís New York Jets and will coach outside linebackers and serve as co-defensive coordinator.
Smith returns to his alma mater after spending one season as the outside linebackers coach and two years as a coaching intern with the Jets.
In 2012, Smithís linebackers recorded nine of the teamís 30 sacks while Calvin Pace finished seventh on the team with 55 total tackles.
Under his guidance in 2011, free agent acquisition Aaron Maybin led the team with six sacks and four forced fumbles in only 13 games of action.
Prior to his time with the Jets, Smith was the linebackers coach for the University of Hawaii for one season.
Smith, a product of Lubbock Coronado High School, enjoyed a stellar career at Texas Tech in which he made 45 career starts and played in 50 games. Smithís career culminated with an upset victory over then No. 4 California in the Holiday Bowl in his senior season. As a senior, he led the Red Raiders with 83 total tackles and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades.
He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and played two seasons (2005-2006) before his career was cut short by injuries.
Kevin Curtis, Cornerbacks
Kevin Curtis, a 2002 graduate of Texas Tech, begins his first season as the cornerbacks coach at his alma mater.
Curtis joins the Texas Tech staff after spending three seasons as the cornerbacks coach under Sonny Dykes at Louisiana Tech.
In 2012, Curtis was part of one of the best teams ever fielded at Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs compiled a 9-3 overall record and earned its highest-ever national ranking at No. 22.
His cornerbacks had anything but a "sophomore slump" in their second year under his direction (2011) as Louisiana Tech's defense ranked third in the nation in both interceptions and pick-sixes. The highlight of those interceptions - and the kick-start to winning at Utah State - was Terry Carter's 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.
In his first season, the Bulldogs tallied 12 interceptions as Ryan Williams led the Tech cornerbacks with two.
Curtis joined the LA Tech staff in 2010 after serving two years at Navarro Junior College where he coached the secondary.
While at Navarro, Curtis' teams went 21-2, won two conference championships and were the 2009 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl champions. Curtis' teams were ranked first in the country in interceptions and had five all-conference honorees while he recruited the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and West Texas areas.
Curtis was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Big 12 safety at Texas Tech, playing for the Red Raiders when Dykes was on the Texas Tech staff. After a successful collegiate career, Curtis was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent three seasons. After one year with the Houston Texans, Curtis played two years as the team captain for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe before returning to the United States to coach.
Trey Haverty, Safeties
Trey Haverty, a 2004 graduate of Texas Tech, returns to his alma mater where he was an All-American receiver and will coach safeties and serve as the special teams coordinator.
Haverty recently completed his fifth year overall at TCU and his first as the wide receivers coach. He was the safeties coach in 2011.
In his first season as receivers coach, Haverty played a lead role in guiding the Horned Frogs through their inaugural season as members of the Big 12 Conference. He tutored All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection Josh Boyce, who led the Horned Frogs with 891 yards and seven touchdowns.
Haverty served as a Horned Frogs' graduate assistant from 2007-09. He spent one season as the defensive coordinator at Millsaps College in 2010.
As safeties coach in 2011, Haverty mentored Tekerrein Cuba into a second-team All-Mountain West selection, while redshirt freshman Jonathan Anderson had 17 tackles against BYU for the most stops by a Horned Frog player in a game since 2004.
During Haverty's time as a defensive graduate assistant at TCU, the Horned Frogs led the nation in total defense twice (2008-09). TCU was 23-3 in Haverty's final two seasons as a graduate assistant. The 2009 campaign saw the Horned Frogs make their first BCS appearance with a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
Haverty first arrived at TCU after serving as wide receivers coach at Cisco Junior College in 2006. His first coaching position was at Midlothian High School in 2005.
During his playing days, Haverty was an All-America wide receiver at Texas Tech. As a senior for the Red Raiders in 2004, Haverty led the Big 12 in receptions (77) while placing second in receiving yards (1,019). He was a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and a third-team Associated Press pick. In his final collegiate game, he had eight receptions for 147 yards in a 45-31 Holiday Bowl victory over California. Haverty had 110 receptions for 1,326 yards and seven touchdowns in his Texas Tech career (2001-04).
Haverty and his wife, Christy, were married in the summer of 2011.
Lee Hays, Offensive Line
Lee Hays begins his second coaching stint alongside Kliff Kingsbury and his first as offensive line coach at Texas Tech.
Hays returns to the familiarity of West Texas where he spent three seasons running the spread offense at West Texas A&M University. He comes to Lubbock from Houston where he just completed his second stint at the University of Houston in 2012.
The Del Rio, Texas, native served as the assistant offensive line coach for the Cougars in 2010 and enjoyed successful offensive coordinator stints at Tarleton State (2011), Baylor (2006-07) and West Texas A&M (2003-05). At each of those stops his programs annually produced some of college football's top offensive outputs, running the highly-successful "Air Raid", which is currently run by the Houston Cougars.
It was that work with UH's young offensive linemen in 2010 that helped three first-year starters, Kevin Forsch (Honorable Mention All-C-USA), Ty Cloud and Rowdy Harper (Conference USA All-Freshman Team) make the transition to starters in 2011.
Widely respected for his work along the offensive line, Hays has coached five All-Americans, 26 First-Team All-Conference players, three conference offensive Linemen of the Year award winners, one Dave Rimington Award winner and two NFL Draft picks. His coaching tenure has also helped produce five conference championship teams and six NCAA Division II playoff entrants.
Hays' background includes a near-decade stint with the United States Marine Corps' 4th Reconnaissance Battalion (1987-96). He rose to the rank of staff sergeant and completed the Marine Corps' Sniper School. He served as a staff noncommissioned officer and as a recon marine during his military career.
Before he entered the Marines, Hays played defensive end and linebacker at Cisco Junior College for two years, then spent one year at Abilene Christian. He then returned to football and earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996 and his master's degree from West Texas A&M University in 2004.
From 2003-05, Hays was the architect of West Texas A&M's high-octane spread offenses utilizing the Air Raid attack. West Texas A&M enjoyed its most successful season in 55 years in 2005, largely due to the success of Hays' offensive creativity. The Buffaloes went 10-2 to record their first winning season since 1998 (the program had won a combined seven games in the previous four years) and post the school's first 10-win campaign since 1950. Along the way, WTAMU won the Lone Star Conference title with an 8-1 record, its first league championship since 1986, and advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time in school history where it lost in the quarterfinals.
The 2005 Buffalo offense led the NCAA Division II ranks in passing offense at 363.8 yards per game, while ranking No. 7 in scoring offense (40.3 ppg) and No. 9 in total offense (477.3 ypg). His 2005 offense set school records for completion percentage (.669) and total yards per attempt (6.9 ypa).
He then spent two years at Baylor, with BU averaging 23.6 points per game, the team's best mark since 1996. The spread attack also allowed Baylor to break almost every school single-game and season passing record. The Bears were third in the Big 12 and No. 11 nationally in passing yards per game (275.0).
Hays most recently spent one season at Tarleton State, where the club averaged 32.1 points and nearly 400 yards of offense per game (391.9). Tarleton was one of the most improved teams in NCAA Division II this year, doubling its win total from 3-8 in 2010 to 6-5 in 2011. The offensive output was also a huge benefactor of Hays' experience. Tarleton averaged just 21.5 points per game the year before his arrival.
Hays and his wife, Roxanne, have a daughter, Shanlee, and a son, Cade.
Mike Jinks, Running Backs
Mike Jinks begins his first season at Texas Tech where he will be in charge of a talented crop of running backs.
One of the top high school coaches in the state of Texas, Mike Jinks makes his first move to the collegiate ranks under first year head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Jinks joins the Texas Tech program after a highly successful tenure at Steele High School in Cibolo, a suburb of San Antonio. Jinks was the first head coach at Steele when the school opened its doors back in 2005 and it didnít take long for him to mold the program into a state powerhouse.
While at Steele, he compiled a 76-18 overall record and an impressive 43-4 mark in his final three seasons. He led the Knights to the 2010 Class 5A Division II State Championship and to the state finals again in 2011.
His highly successful career (79-25 record) in Cibolo led to him to receiving the honor of coaching the West Team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January 2013.
After serving as a high school assistant coach and offensive coordinator at five different schools, Jinks earned his first head coaching job at Burbank High School in 2005.
Jinks was a two-year starting quarterback at Angelo State University where he earned his degree in Kinesiology.
John Scott Jr., Defensive Line
John Scott Jr. begins his first season at Texas Tech where he will coach the defensive line under defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt.
He joins the Red Raiders after spending the last three seasons as special teams coordinator and defensive line coach at Georgia Southern.
During his time in Statesboro, Scott Jr., was part of three Georgia Southern teams that advanced to the semifinals of the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) Playoffs and mentored two All-Americans. Brent Russell, the career sack leader at Georgia Southern, was named an All-American each of his three seasons under Scott Jr.ís guidance.
In 2011, Russell anchored a defensive line, which also featured All-American Roderick Tinsley and All-SoCon selection John Douglas. Those two players combined for 158 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks.
In 2010 Russell, who was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for the nationís top defensive player at the Championship Subdivision level, earned All-America accolades from numerous entities as well as first-team All-SoCon defensive honors.
Scott Jr. was named defensive line coach on the Eagles staff in January 2010 after four seasons coaching outside linebackers at Missouri State and three years on the football staff at Western Carolina. A 2000 graduate of Western Carolina and four-year Catamount letterman, Scott returned to coach at his alma mater in 2006. Scott was the defensive ends and outside linebackers coach for two seasons (2006-07) and defensive line coach for one (2008).
The second-team All-Southern Conference pick at defensive end in 1998, Scott Jr. registered 17 tackles for loss and in 1997, he had 59 tackles, tops among defensive linemen, in addition to 11 tackles for loss. His total of 31 tackles for a loss ranks 10th all time in Western Carolina history.
After earning his bachelorís degree in communications from Western Carolina, Scott Jr. played three years of professional football, including two years with the Greensboro (N.C.) Prowlers of the Arena Football League 2. He was selected the teamís Defensive Player of the Year in 2000. While in North Carolina in 2001, Scott Jr. gained coaching experience at the high school level as defensive line coach at Lexington, N.C.ís West Davidson High School.
Scott Jr. then went to Louisiana-Lafayette as a graduate assistant for two years, serving as a defensive line graduate assistant. As defensive line coach at Norfolk State for the 2005 season, Scott Jr. helped the Spartans achieve a No. 12 national ranking in passing defense. That season, Norfolk State allowed just over 158 yards per game.
The Greer, S.C., native attended the NCAAís Minority Coaches Academy in 2008 after being selected from a pool of 400 applicants.
Scott Jr. completed his masterís degree in education at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2006. He and his wife, Stephanie, also a graduate of WCU, are the parents of a son, John III, and daughter, Juliette.
Chad Dennis, Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach
Chad Dennis begins his first season at Texas Tech as the head strength and conditioning coach for Red Raider Football.
Dennis joins the Red Raiders after one year at Texas A&M where he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach under Larry Jackson. While with the Aggies in 2012, he played a key role in A&Mís 11-2 season and win in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Dennis returned to Aggieland in 2012 after spending the seven previous seasons as the Assistant Director of Sports Performance at the University of Houston and the 2005-06 campaign at the University of Connecticut.
In his first stint in College Station, from 2002-05, Dennis worked with the Aggies' football and men's and women's basketball teams while also overseeing the three-time national champion A&M equestrian team.
Before arriving in College Station, Dennis worked at Westfield High School in Spring, Texas, from 2000-02, where he served as an assistant football coach and directed the team's strength and conditioning program. Dennis spent the six years prior to that appointment working as a physical therapy technician at several occupational health care facilities.
A native of Baytown, Texas, Dennis graduated from the University of Texas in 1993, with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He earned a master's degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M in 2005. Dennis is certified by both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). While an undergraduate at UT, Dennis was a member of the football team. He played tight end for his first two seasons but, hampered by injuries, spent his final two seasons in Austin working as a student assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Dennis and his wife, Melynda, have a son, Coleman.