It wasn’t long ago that it seemed like Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was fighting for his job.
A win in Austin helped smooth things over a bit.
Now, he’s adding to his coaching staff with the hiring of Kevin Johns as offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach, Kingsbury announced Tuesday.
“We’re excited to have Coach Johns join our staff,” Kingsbury said in a statement. “He has a tremendous record as one of the top offensive minds in college football, and I know he will be a great resource for our staff and players. We’d like to welcome him, his wife Krista and his three sons to Lubbock.”
Johns will replace Eric Morris, who accepted the head coaching job at Incarnate Word.
Last season, Johns served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Western Michigan. Before that he spent six years serving as a wide receivers coach and then as an offensive coordinator at the University of Indiana.
“It’s a privilege to join the staff Coach Kingsbury has assembled,” Johns said in the statement. “Texas Tech has long been known as one of the top offenses in the country, and it’s an honor to work alongside Coach Kingsbury in continuing that tradition. I’m fortunate for the opportunity and can’t wait to get started.”
In his one season at Western Michigan, the Broncos ranked 25th nationally in scoring (33.9 points per game) and averaged 224.8 rushing yards per game, which was 2st overall.
Johns really made a splash during his time in Bloomington. In Johns’ second year as offensive coordinator, Indiana finished 14th in the nation in total offense.
Last season, the Red Raiders averaged 475 yards of total offense per game, which was good for the third best mark in the Big 12. Tech’s offense also put plenty of points on the board. Under the guidance of Morris and Kingsbury, the team averaged 34 points per game, which was the third highest total in the Big 12.
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