UPDATED: Matt Wells next Texas Tech football coach, introduction

UPDATED: Matt Wells next Texas Tech football coach, introduction Saturday morning

Posted: Updated: Nov 29, 2018 06:48 PM
photo from Utah State University Athletics website photo from Utah State University Athletics website
LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas Tech has hired Matt Wells as its next head football coach.

Athletics director Kirby Hocutt discussed the move with players at a team meeting Thursday evening. Click here - to watch Hocutt answer reporters' questions following the meeting.

A news conference introducing the new coach will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the USA. It's open to the public. We'll have the news conference live on FOX34 News Now, fox34.com, the FOX34 News app and Double T 97.3.

Hocutt said Wells will sign a six-year contract. And there will be an increase to Tech's assistant coaching budget.

Utah State offensive coordinator David Yost and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson will become Tech OC and DC.

Yost was a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach. The Aggies average 47.2 points per game this season, trailing only OU and Alabama nationally. 

Wells, 45, is a two-time ('13, '18) Mountain West Coach of the Year. Here is this year's announcement, made Wednesday. The Aggies are 10-2 this season, second in the Mountain West's Mountain division. Of six times the Aggies won at least nine games in a season, Wells was coach for three of them. Conversely, Utah State also had records of 6-7, 3-9 and 6-7 for the seasons before this one.

Utah State rode a ten-game win streak up to 14th on the AP Poll this season, before losing to Boise State Saturday.

Like Kliff Kingsbury, Wells was hired in December 2012 to lead the program where he played quarterback. Wells played for the Aggies in 1994 and 1995.

Wells started his coaching career in 1997 at the Naval Academy, coaching various positions and eventually became offensive coordinator. He later coached various positions at Tulsa, New Mexico, Louisville, and New Mexico again before being hired as quarterbacks coach at Utah State for the 2011 season. The next year he was offensive coordinator, then was promoted to head coach when Gary Anderson left for Wisconsin.

In six seasons Wells has a 44-34 record. He's 2-2 in bowl games, winning the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl over (24) Northern Illinois, and the 2014 New Mexico Bowl over UTEP. 

Athletics director Kirby Hocutt announced Sunday the firing of Kingsbury, who went 35-40 at Tech, 1-2 in bowl games in six seasons.

Quotes

Here are quotes Texas Tech provided in a news release Thursday night:

“Matt Wells is a highly talented and successful coach whose achievements on the field are matched by his commitment to developing young men into leaders. I commend Kirby Hocutt for his thoughtful and thorough navigation of this process. I am excited for the future of our football program, and I ask all Red Raiders to join with me in welcoming Matt Wells into the Red Raider family.” – Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech University President
 
“I really respect Matt Wells’ strong presence and leadership. I’ve seen his track record, and he’s had a really long and strong record of success that I believe will continue at Texas Tech. His brother, Luke, was a player and assistant for us at Oklahoma. I’m excited for Matt to begin his career at Tech, and I believe he’ll do a great job.” – Bob Stoops, former head coach at Oklahoma

“I’d like to congratulate Kirby Hocutt on the hiring of Matt Wells. He is a winner and the future of Texas Tech Football is bright. I am proud to be part of the Red Raider family and can’t wait for next fall.” – Gary Petersen, founder of EnCap Investments L.P.
 
“I am excited about the future of Texas Tech Athletics. Kirby Hocutt continues to show time again why he is the best athletics director in the country. His vision and resolute decision making continually sets him apart. Congratulations to Coach Wells and his family.” – Ed Whitacre, former Chairman and CEO of General Motors and AT&T Inc.
 
“There is great respect in the Mountain West for the 2018 Coach of the Year, Matt Wells. He has developed a very strong program at Utah State is well-versed in all aspects of high-level FBS football. He is a complete head coach.” – Craig Thompson, Commissioner of the Mountain West Conference

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