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Meet the Texas coaching staff

1/15/2014

New Texas head coach Charlie Strong completed and announced his coaching staff on Wednesday. A closer look at who will join him in his first season of leading the Longhorns:

Offensive coordinator/offensive line: Joe Wickline

Age:
55 Alma mater: Florida

Previously: Oklahoma State offensive line coach

Past stops: Florida, Middle Tennessee State, Baylor, Southwest Mississippi C.C., Pearl River C.C., Ole Miss, Delta State, Tennessee

Coached up: Oklahoma State T Russell Okung, Oklahoma State OT Levy Adcock, Florida OT Max Starks

Stat: During Wickline’s nine seasons at OSU, the Cowboys averaged 37.7 points per game, which ranked third-best in FBS behind Oregon and Boise State.

In short: The longtime Oklahoma State assistant is considered one of the nation’s best line coaches and was a significant steal for Strong’s first staff. He inherits plenty of young talent up front.

Assistant head coach/quarterbacks: Shawn Watson

Age:
54 Alma mater: Southern Illinois

Previously: Louisville offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach

Past stops: Nebraska, Colorado, Northwestern, Southern Illinois, Miami (Ohio), Illinois

Coached up: Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez, Colorado QB Joel Klatt

Stat: Bridgewater ranked No. 3 in FBS in raw QBR during the 2013 season at 84.5.

In short: Texas is getting an offensive mind that Strong trusts and who proved, with his coaching of Bridgewater, that he has what the Longhorns desperately need: The ability to develop a quarterback.

Running backs: Tommie Robinson

Age:
50 Alma mater: Troy State

Previously: USC pass game coordinator/running backs coach

Past stops: Arizona Cardinals, Miami, Memphis, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Dallas Cowboys, TCU, Utah State, Arkansas

Coached up: Cowboys WR Michael Irvin, Cardinals RB Beanie Wells, Oklahoma State RB Tatum Bell

Stat: Four USC running backs combined for 2,225 rushing yards in 2013, with two surpassing 700 yards.

In short: Robinson comes to Austin after a year at Southern Cal, where he was a respected recruiter and position coach with a wide range of experience.

Receivers: Les Koenning

Age:
54 Alma mater: Texas

Previously: Mississippi State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach

Past stops: South Alabama, Texas A&M, Alabama, TCU, Houston, Duke, Miami Dolphins, Rice, Louisiana-Lafayette

Coached up: Texas A&M QB Stephen McGee, Texas A&M QB Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M WR Albert Connell

Stat: Mississippi State’s offense set school records for passing yards, total yards and completion percentage in 2013.

In short: Koenning has coached all over Texas and is leaving an SEC coordinator job to return home. Strong needed assistants with ties to this state and Koenning is plenty of that.

Tight ends: Bruce Chambers

Alma mater: North Texas

Previously: Same role

Past stops: Dallas Carter High School

Coached up: Texas RB Ricky Williams, Texas TE Jermichael Finley, Texas RB Cedric Benson

Stat: Texas tight ends Geoff Swaim and Greg Daniels combined for six receptions last season.

In short: The only assistant retained from Mack Brown’s staff, Chambers has been at Texas since 1998 and can help with this staff transition, especially in recruiting.

Defensive coordinator/secondary: Vance Bedford

Age:
55 Alma mater: Texas

Previously: Louisville defensive coordinator/secondary coach

Past stops: Florida, Oklahoma State, Chicago Bears, Michigan, Colorado State, Navarro J.C.

Coached up: Michigan CB Charles Woodson, Florida CB Joe Haden, Louisville DE Marcus Smith

Stat: Since the start of the 2012 season, the Cardinal defense ranks No. 4 in FBS in total defense and No. 5 in pass defense.

In short: Strong brought Bedford with him to Austin, and the former Longhorn defensive back brings a lot to the table. Known for being fiery and passionate in his time at Louisville.

Assistant head coach/defensive line: Chris Rumph

Age:
42 Alma mater: South Carolina

Previously: Alabama defensive line coach

Past stops: Clemson, Memphis, South Carolina State

Coached up: Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson DE Gaines Adams, Alabama DT Jesse Williams

Stat: In his stints at Clemson and Alabama, Rumph coached at least nine NFL Draft picks.

In short: Like Wickline, Rumph is considered one of the best of the best at what he does. Doesn’t have much experience in Texas but does have a history of signing and developing elite linemen.

Linebackers/recruiting coordinator: Brian Jean-Mary

Age:
38 Alma mater: Appalachian State

Previously: Louisville linebackers coach

Past stops: Georgia Tech, North Alabama, South Carolina

Coached up: Georgia Tech LB Phillip Wheeler, Louisville LB Preston Brown, Georgia Tech LB Gerris Wilkinson

Stat: Under Jean-Mary’s tutelage, Brown recorded 301 career tackles and twice earned all-conference honors.

In short: Jean-Mary was assistant head coach of the Louisville defense and followed Bedford and Strong. He’ll be Texas’ third linebackers coach in the past 12 months.

Defensive backs/special teams: Chris Vaughn

Age:
37 Alma mater: Murray State

Previously: Memphis cornerbacks coach

Past stops: Ole Miss, Arkansas

Coached up: Ole Miss CB Marshay Green, Ole Miss CB Cassius Vaughn, Arkansas LB Tony Bua

Stat: At Memphis, Vaughn inherited the second-worst pass defense in FBS in 2011. In his two seasons, the Tigers ranked 26th-best in the country in yards per completion allowed.

In short: The youngest member of the new staff, Vaughn already has eight years as an SEC recruiting coordinator on his resume.