After three years at the helm of Austin's University of Texas Charlie Strong was let go, shortly thereafter the hottest coaching prospect in the country was signed as the next head coach of the Longhorns. A Texas Ex with deep ties to the state of Texas, including the last two seasons as head coach at the University of Houston, Tom Herman becomes the 30th head coach at Texas.
His Record at The University of Houston
Herman comes to Texas after compiling a 22-4 record in two seasons at Houston, the fourth-best record in the FBS in that span. His first season as head coach at Texas will mark his 14th spent in the state of Texas out of 20 years coaching on the collegiate level. That includes his time as a graduate assistant at UT (1999-2000), where he earned a master's degree in education.
He led the Cougars to their first New Year's Bowl in 30 years, its second 13-win season in program history and its 11th conference championship in program history by claiming the inaugural AAC Championship. He led all FBS coaches in their first year with a program with 13 wins as Houston finished third nationally with a 92.9 winning percentage at 13-1.
Houston was one of just two schools nationally to play at least four ranked opponents in 2015 and remain undefeated in those contests, while it was one of eight teams nationally with at least four wins against ranked opponents. Three of those wins came by double-digits, the fourth-best total in the nation.
Under Herman's leadership, Houston was third nationally with seven wins of 21 points or more and had 10 wins by double-digits. Houston's lone loss, a 20-17 decision at UConn, came without starting quarterback Greg Ward Jr., and most of the game without defensive leader Elandon Roberts, who led the nation with 88 solo tackles.
His Ties to The University of Texas at Austin
Tom Herman has held coaching jobs across the state of Texas for the past twenty years, an important tie to the state for recruiting purposes. He came to Texas in 1999 as a graduate assistant under then new head coach Mack Brown. He went on to earn his masters degree in education at the University of Texas. After leaving the coaching staff in Austin Herman went on to coaching stops at Stephen F. Austin, Rice, Ohio State and Iowa State to name a few.
Herman has hit the ground running in his first two days on campus he has already started to shape up his coaching staff with sources saying, Herman is bringing Houston assistant coaches Oscar Giles (defensive line), Craig Naivar (co-defensive coordinator/safeties), Jason Washington (corners/special teams), Corby Meekins (tight ends/fullbacks) and Derek Warehime (offensive line) with him to Austin. He will try and help the Longhorns take their young team to the next level and bring a winning record to campus which we haven't seen in two years.
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