Left the program on Dec. 12, 2011
Joining the Red Raider as the cornerbacks coach is Otis Mounds, who spent last season as the defensive graduate assistant.
Mounds came to Texas Tech after a two-year stint as the secondary coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. While at St. Thomas Aquinas, he tutored LaMarcus Joyner who was named the National Defensive Player of the Year and went on to Florida State University. He also coached Cody Riggs (Florida), Brian Robinson (Marshall), Keyon Payne (Miami), Ronnie Kennedy (Central Michigan) and Desmond Southward (Wisconsin).
Prior to moving to St. Thomas Aquinas, Mounds served as the head coach and defensive coordinator for three seasons at Coral Springs Charter School in Coral Springs, Fla. Notable players under his tutelage at Coral Springs included Darius Butler (UCONN/New England Patriots), Evan Landi (South Florida) and Jamal Davis (Florida Atlantic).
Mounds began his coaching career at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale in 2000 and ended up serving the school as secondary coach and defensive coordinator.
After completing a four-year career at Auburn (1990-94), Mounds played one season in the Canadian Football League for the Birmingham Barracudas before a four-year stint in the Arena Football League. While in the arena league, he played for three different teams: Memphis in 1996, Florida from 1997-1999 and Carolina in 1999. He graduated from Auburn in 2003 with a degree in health promotions/sports and recreation management.
He and his wife Myra have two sons (Otis Mounds Jr. and Myran) and one daughter, Oteria.