Lone Star State bound: Utah State’s Matt Wells named Texas Tech’s new head coach

Lone Star State bound: Utah State’s Matt Wells named Texas Tech’s new head coach

Utah State soccer coach Matt Wells is headed to the Lone Star State.

Wells, who led USU to a 10-2 widespread season finish this season and a every day spot throughout the Excessive 25 poll in 2018, was named head coach of the Texas Tech Crimson Raiders Thursday night. Wells is predicted to be formally launched Saturday at 10 a.m.

“Quickly throughout the interview course of, it grew to turn out to be clear Matt Wells and his administration mannequin have been a perfect match to information our soccer program,” Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt acknowledged in a launch. “Now we have now an unimaginable future in retailer beneath Coach Wells, and I firmly think about he is the suitable coach to take us to an elite stage. We’re thrilled to welcome Coach Wells and his family to Lubbock.”

The Salt Lake Tribune found earlier Thursday night time that Wells plans to take offensive coordinator David Yost and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson with him to Texas Tech. The discharge saying Wells’ hiring confirmed that every Yost and Patterson are certain for Lubbock. Yost is a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, which works to the nation’s excessive assistant coach.

Wells, who had one yr left on his contract with the Aggies, replaces former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired remaining week. In accordance with USA Presently, each Wells or Texas Tech ought to pay his $800,000 buyout, per his contract with USU. In his six years as USU’s head coach, Wells compiled a 44-34 normal file, a 30-18 conference file and a 2-2 file in bowl video video games. Wells’ 44 wins are second-most in Utah State historic previous.

“I want to thank Matt and his partner Jen for his or her vital contributions to Utah State Faculty,” USU athletic director John Hartwell acknowledged in a launch. “Matt and his staff did a wonderful job of developing Aggie soccer the simplest packages throughout the West. This is usually a specific place and I am as excited as ever about our vivid future.”

Beneath Wells, the Aggies have licensed for a bowl sport 5 of the ultimate six seasons, along with this yr. Utah State moreover competed in two bowl video video games when Wells was USU’s offensive coordinator beneath Gary Andersen in 2011 and 2012.

Utah State not too way back misplaced to Boise State for a possibility to compete for the Mountain West Conference championship on November 24. USU will uncover out Sunday who it may well face for its upcoming bowl sport, nonetheless it stays to be seen whether or not or not or not Wells, Yost and Patterson will seemingly be on the sidelines for it.

“That could be a significantly participating job and we have now now already had tremendous curiosity from some excellent soccer coaches and some excellent people,” Hartwell continued. “Now we have now a roster full of gifted youthful males who symbolize Utah State Faculty very successfully on the sphere, throughout the classroom and within the neighborhood.

“We’re going to switch as quickly and successfully as we’ll with this search, nonetheless on the end of the day, we have to guarantee we have now now the suitable specific particular person to assemble upon our success.”

The Aggies scored in any case 50 elements 14 events and 60-plus elements six events — every school data — this season. USU’s ball-hawking safety moreover obtained accolades this season. The Aggies had a top-three scoring offense throughout the nation this earlier season beneath Wells and Yost. Merely two years prior, with a definite offensive coordinator, the scoring offense was 107th throughout the nation.

Beneath Wells, the Aggies have been highly effective at home, going 27-9 at Maverik Stadium in his six years on the helm.

“My family and I are excited to affix the Crimson Raider family,” Wells acknowledged in a launch from Texas Tech. “I can’t thank Kirby Hocutt, Tony Hernandez and Dr. [Lawrence] Schovanec adequate for this opportunity. I am excited to fulfill the employees and get to work on developing an elite program that Crimson Raider followers will have the benefit of every Saturday.”

The NFL has seen a slew of Wells’ avid gamers over time. Twenty-four avid gamers who carried out beneath Wells have logged time throughout the league.

Wells carried out quarterback for Utah State from 1993-1996.

Wells’ switch to Texas Tech marks his seventh instructing job since his occupation started in 1997 at Navy, the place he was an assistant for four years. From there he coached at Tulsa for four years, New Mexico for two, then made one-year stops at Louisville and New Mexico sooner than being employed by Utah State as an assistant.

The Aggies gave Wells his first head instructing job in 2013.

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