Who is the New Texas Tech Head Football Coach?

Matt Wells is the new head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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Matt Wells

Wells comes to Texas Tech after six seasons as the head coach at Utah State. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma. Wells has a career record of 44-34 as a head coach.

Hiring

In 2017, Matt Wells was hired as the new Texas Tech Head Football Coach. He replaced Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired after six seasons.

Background

Wells was born on December 17, 1978, in Amarillo, Texas. After graduating from Tascosa High School in Amarillo, Wells played quarterback for two seasons at Ranger College in Ranger, Texas. He transferred to Mississippi State University, where he played quarterback for one season before changing positions to wide receiver. Wells graduated from Mississippi State in 2002 with a degree in business management.

Chris Beard

Hiring

The 2019 college football season is quickly approaching, and with it comes a new era of Texas Tech football. On January 2nd, the school announced that Chris Beard would be the new head coach of the Red Raiders.

This hire comes as a bit of a surprise, as Beard only just accepted the head coaching job at UNLV on December 9th. He coached one game for the Rebels before leaving for Texas Tech.

Beard is no stranger to the Red Raiders, as he served as an assistant coach under Bob Knight from 2001-2003. He then left to become head coach of Division II McMurry University for one season before becoming an assistant at Arkansas-Little Rock. In 2015, he became head coach of Little Rock and led them to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2016. He left Little Rock for Texas Tech in 2016

Background

Christopher “Chris” Beard (born October 20, 1970) is an American men’s college basketball head coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders of the Big 12 Conference. Beard was hired on April 15, 2016, following the firing of Tubby Smith. He had previously served as head coach of the Little Rock Trojans (2015–2016), the Arkansas–Little Rock Trojans (2012–2015), and the Seminole State College Trojans (2000–2003).

Beard was born in Irwin County, Georgia, and raised in nearby Fitzgerald. He played basketball at Fitzgerald High School before attending Texas Tech from 1988 to 1991. Beard was a student assistant coach under then-head coach James Dickey from 1991 to 1993. He left Texas Tech to become an assistant at Angelo State University for one season before taking his first head coaching job at Fort Scott Community College in 1994.

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