Chris Thomsen Named Offensive Line Coach At Texas Tech
Feb. 13, 2012
Chris Thomsen, who led Division II Abilene Christian to seven of the best years in ACU football history, has been named offensive line coach at Texas Tech University.
He replaces Jim Turner who resigned earlier this month to accept the same position with the Miami Dolphins.
"Chris Thomsen is an excellent coach and we are fortunate to have him at Texas Tech," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "Chris understands this offense inside and out and his success at Abilene Christian is evidence of that. He will be a valuable addition to our program."
Thomsen resigned from ACU, in mid-December, to accept an assistant coach position at Arizona State under newly named head coach Todd Graham. Thomsen leaves the Sun Devils and heads back to West Texas where he will begin his coaching duties immediately as Texas Tech opens spring practice on Friday, Feb. 17.
While at ACU, Thomsen helped turn the program into a national contender as he led the Wildcats to a 47-15 record during his seven seasons as head coach. He earned the Lone Star Conference South Division Coach of the Year award four times during his tenure after leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Division II playoffs six consecutive seasons. ACU is one of four schools to have reached the NCAA Division II playoffs in each of the last six seasons, joining Northwest Missouri State, North Alabama, and Albany State (Ga.)
Prior to Thomsen's arrival in 2005, ACU hadn't won a Lone Star Conference championship since 1977 and hadn't won an outright championship since 1973, but Thomsen led ACU to undisputed league crowns in 2008 and 2010, posting perfect regular seasons in both years.
While at ACU he's coached four NFL draft choices (Danieal Manning, 42nd pick, second round by the Chicago Bears in 2006; Johnny Knox, fifth-round pick by the Bears in 2009; Bernard Scott, sixth-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009; Clyde Gates, fourth-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2011); an NFL Pro Bowl selection (Knox in 2009) a Harlon Hill Award winner (Scott in 2008), the award that is the NCAA Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy; and a Gene Upshaw Award winner (Sam Collins in 2008), signifying the top lineman in NCAA Division II football.