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Feb. 24, 1997

Offensive Line Coach Clovis Hale Returns to Texas Tech for Second Term

LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tech assistant coach Clovis Hale will return to the Red Raider football staff as offensive line coach effective immediately, head coach Spike Dykes announced today.

A native of Loraine, Texas, Hale served as offensive line coach at Texas Tech from 1984 through 1986 before serving five seasons at the University of Texas. After a stint with the Detroit Drive of the Arena Football League, Hale, 55, has spent the last five seasons as assistant head coach and running backs coach at Southern Methodist University.

"We are extremely fortunate to get the services of Clovis Hale to be our offensive line coach," said Dykes. "He will do an outstanding job coaching the line, recruiting and being an integral cog in our staff. He brings many years of expertise, experience and success to our program. Jean, his wife, is a tremendous person and will be a positive addition to our family. This is truly a banner day for Texas Tech athletics."

A 1966 graduate of McMurry College, Hale began his career as an assistant coach at Lubbock High School in 1966 before Dykes, then head coach at Big Spring High School, hired him as an assistant in 1968. Hale succeeded Dykes as head coach at Big Spring in 1970 before a five-year stint as head coach at San Angelo's Lake View High School.

He moved into the college ranks in 1978 as an assistant at North Texas State in 1978 for coach Hayden Fry. He followed Fry to the University of Iowa for three seasons from 1979-80 before serving as defensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Rice from 1981-83. Hale came to Texas Tech in 1984 as an assistant to Jerry Moore before moving to Texas.

During his career, Hale has coached to starting National Football League offensive linemen Stan Thomas and Jay Hilgenberg. He had one of the biggest offensive lines in the nation at SMU and, in his first season in Dallas, helped the Mustangs more than double its rushing output.

Hale and his wife, Jean, have two sons, Joe Bill and Dusty.

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