Hannah Williford, Sports activities Reporter
September 11, 2021
Editor’s word: This story first appeared as a part of the September 3 Double Protection flipbook.
In a brand new period of Texas soccer, head coach Steve Sarkisian got here to Austin with a contemporary teaching employees in thoughts. With 11 assistant coaches, solely three return from earlier seasons, together with co-defensive coordinator Jeff Choate, huge receivers coach Andre Coleman and working backs coach Stan Drayton. Listed below are the eight new coaches making their burnt orange debuts on Saturday:
Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Kyle Flood joined the employees in January after following Sarkisian from Alabama, the place he labored as an offensive line coach for 2 seasons below esteemed head coach Nick Saban. Throughout his time in Tuscaloosa, Flood groomed a number of first-round draft picks from the offensive line and helped win the 2021 Nationwide Championship. Earlier than his stint at Alabama, Flood was Rutgers’ head coach for 4 seasons the place he helped to steer the Scarlet Knights to a few bowl sport appearances.
Pete Kwiatkowski joins Texas from Washington the place he resumes his function as a defensive coordinator and out of doors linebackers coach. Earlier than the previous Washington defensive coordinator made his transfer to Texas, Kwiatkowski spent seven seasons in Washington and 4 seasons at Boise State, the place he started his soccer profession as a participant within the Nineteen Eighties. Kwiatkowksi has been praised for his stability, with eight defenses ranked within the top-15 over his mixed 11 years in Washington and Idaho. Throughout his time with the Huskies, Washington gained the Pac-12 Convention twice.
One other Alabama teaching product follows Sarkisian to Texas. Former Alabama particular groups coordinator and tight ends coach Jeff Banks joined the Texas teaching employees in January to proceed teaching in his respective roles, along with a 3rd function as assistant head coach. Banks held the identical teaching place for 3 years at Alabama below Saban and 5 years at Texas A&M. Throughout the Crimson Tide’s nationwide championship season, Alabama had zero blocked kicks and ranked ninth in punt return common. Underneath Banks’ management, Alabama kicker Will Reichard made each area aim and further level of the 2020 season after a tumultuous season in 2019.
Texas alumnus Blake Gideon returns to the Forty Acres this season after two particular groups coordinator jobs at Ole Miss and Houston. Though the previous Texas defensive again and workforce captain labored as a particular groups coach in his earlier jobs, Gideon will come again to his roots as Texas’ safeties coach.
The Detroit Lions’ Bo Davis returns to Texas this season because the line of defense coach after working in Detroit and Jacksonville with the Jaguars. In between Davis’ time within the NFL, he served as a line of defense coach at Alabama from 2014 to 2015, the place he additionally labored below Nick Saban for 4 seasons between 2007 to 2010 in the identical function. In 2017, Davis served because the line of defense coach at UT-San Antonio and was part of a protection that ranked fifth nationally in whole protection. Davis’ soccer profession started at LSU the place he performed for the Tigers as a nostril guard.
Sarkisian brings in defensive passing sport coordinator and secondary coach Terry Joseph from South Bend, Indiana. Joseph held the identical function with the Preventing Irish for 3 seasons, the place the workforce completed twenty fifth in whole protection in 2020 and made its method to the Faculty Soccer Playoff. Earlier than his time at Notre Dame, Joseph labored at North Carolina and Texas A&M because the defensive backs coach at each.
AJ Milwee additionally adopted Sarkisian from Alabama to Texas, the place he’ll now function a quarterback coach. As Saban’s offensive analyst, Milwee was part of Alabama’s 2020 Nationwide Championship workforce. Previous to his time in Tuscaloosa, Milwee acted as Akron’s offensive coordinator.
From California, Torre Becton joins the Texas teaching employees because the director of soccer efficiency, which features as an middleman function for the workforce. Becton comes from an analogous place with the Bears the place he spent 4 seasons.