Meet New Texas Tech 2022 Football Coaching Staff

Texas Tech offices have seen a number of nameplate changes in recent months.

After Matt Wells was fired and Sonny Cumbie took over as head coach of Louisiana Tech, Joey McGuire had to build virtually a whole new team for his first season.

Lubbock is now home to a coaching staff that is thrilling fans for the first time in a few years. The excitement only grows as the entire staff travels across the state of Texas to recruit and document their journey on Twitter.

Here are the new additions to the Texas Tech football coaching staff:

Joey McGuire, Head Coach

One of the most shocking recruits of the offseason, McGuire has the energy and enthusiasm to transform Texas Tech. McGuire was never a college football coordinator, let alone a head coach, but it would be hard to know he lacks experience given the backing of his hire. McGuire is heralded as one of the best relationship builders in not just high school football, but football in general. McGuire won three state championships as a head coach at Cedar Hill, one of the most impressive runs Texas high school football has seen and a performance that earned him selection to the THSCA Hall of Famous. McGuire’s Texas State ties were a fundamental selling point of his hire, but he also helped build Baylor into one of the best defenses in the nation over the past five seasons. There were more in-depth resumes in consideration for this job, but the optimism and enthusiasm McGuire has about Texas Tech football leaves no doubt that he was the right recruit.

Zach Kittley, OC/QB

Kittley is only 30, but his solid young coaching career means he rarely needs an introduction. After learning under Kliff Kingsbury as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech, Kittley will surely bring back a pass-centric offensive scheme to Lubbock. As offensive coordinator last season at Western Kentucky, the Hilltoppers averaged 44.2 points and 536.2 total rushing yards per game under Kittley — both ranked second in FBS. Western Kentucky led the nation in passing yards per game averaging 433.7, 41.1 more yards than second-place Virginia. Simply put, Kittley is the statement hire on this staff and has a huge role in Texas Tech’s success next season.

Tim DeRuyter, DC

DeRuyter is the seasoned veteran of this relatively young staff, bringing a much-needed voice to the sidelines. DeRuyter has served as either FBS head coach or defensive coordinator for the past 20 consecutive years. DeRuyter has an impressive resume, with his most notable work being the complete revival of the California defense. DeRuyter also played a key role in developing Von Miller at Texas A&M, winning back-to-back conference titles at Fresno State and plotting around Kayvon Thibodeaux last season at Oregon. DeRuyter may not be the brightest recruit, but his abundance of experience could be a huge asset to Texas Tech.

Kenny Perry, Associate HC/Special Teams

The former Arlington head coach Bowie has a similar high school education to McGuire, but not before two successful seasons at SMU. The Mustangs’ special teams units have thrived over the past two years under Perry, ranking among the best in the nation in returns, blocked kicks and field goals. Texas Tech’s past few special teams seasons have been enough to make it clear that this isn’t a positional group you can skimp on. Perry should bring an exciting voice here.

Zarnell Fitch, DL Coach

Fitch is one of the most interesting and essential recruits to this staff. If DeRuyter is going to continue leading the front three he’s been running for so long, having an aggressive defensive lineman will be a necessity. Fitch could be the key to unlocking the full potential of this defense. Fitch is heading to Lubbock after six seasons in the same position at his alma mater TCU. The Horned Frogs have become one of the best pass rushing teams in the country under Fitch, sacking opposing quarterbacks 183 times since 2016. Not only is Fitch a strong schematic mind, but his presence on the recruiting trail has also grown. already manifested. Kittley will be the rookie getting the most excitement from fans — and rightfully so — but don’t underestimate the impact Fitch could have on the future of Texas Tech.

Emmett Jones, passing game/WR coach

Another former Texas Tech staffer from Kingsbury reunites in Hub City. Jones coached outside receivers from 2016-18 in his first stint at Lubbock, but will now oversee the entire positional group. Jones is coming off three seasons as receivers coach at Kansas and a brief stint as the Jayhawks’ interim head coach. Jones is a solid recruiter, especially in the Metroplex as the former head coach of a Dallas-area high school. But Jones doesn’t just land talent; he develops it. Ask around college football and Jones’ name is one that continues to command respect as a talent developer.

Josh Bookbinder, LB coach

Bookbinder is one of the few recruits McGuire brings with him from Baylor. After three seasons as a defensive quality control assistant with the Bears, Bookbinder is now coming to Lubbock to fill the position McGuire had last season at Baylor. Bookbinder was also at Liberty from 2012 to 2018, where he helped build the program into one of FCS’s top defenses.

Marcel Yates, passing/secondary

Coming with DeRuyter from Oregon, Yates will try to reorganize a group of positions that has been particularly weak in recent years for Texas Tech. The Ducks were one of the best secondaries in the country last season, intercepting 17 passes as a unit. Yates also has valuable experience as a defensive coordinator at both Boise State and Arizona.

Stephen Hamby, OL coach

Speaking of revitalizing a struggling group of positions, Hamby is another hugely important McGuire recruit. Joining Kittley from Western Kentucky, the former Texas Tech offensive lineman led one of the best offensive lines in the country last season. Kittley’s offense is electric and explosive, but what makes it work is the grind in the trenches. The Hilltoppers allowed just 1.21 sacks per game last season, a top 15 in college football. The Red Raiders haven’t protected the quarterback well in recent years. If Hamby can give Kittley enough time to execute his offense, Texas Tech might have something dangerous.

Josh Cochran, TE Coach

Cochran just got his first full-time college football coaching job at Austin Peay last season, but he had a number of key experiences as a quality control assistant in North Carolina and at Baylor. A former Texas offensive lineman under Mack Brown, Cochran will now take over the tight ends position at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders have shown increasing use of this position over the past two seasons, and Cochran will help maintain that success.

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