Football Coaching Staff Changes Announced
Terry Price and John Lovett join the Texas Tech Football coaching staff.
Dec. 12, 2011
The changes include the dismissal of offensive line coach Matt Moore and defensive backs coach Otis Mounds as well as the reassignment of defensive line coach Sam McElroy. McElroy will be relinquishing coaching duties but is expected to remain on staff in a capacity that has yet to be determined.
Joining the Texas Tech coaching staff on the defensive side of the ball will be Terry Price and John Lovett. Price comes to Texas Tech from Ole Miss while Lovett was the defensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.) in 2009 and 2010. The offensive line coaching position has not yet been filled.
"Terry and John are going to be great additions to our football family here at Texas Tech and we are thrilled that they are now Red Raiders," said Tuberville. "They both have many years of experience at the highest level in college football and are regarded as tremendous coaches and recruiters. I am excited to have them and their families here with us and look forward to the excitement they will bring to our program."
Price, a 1992 graduate of Texas A&M, comes to Texas Tech after spending the last three years as defensive line coach at Ole Miss. Price first teamed up with Tuberville at Ole Miss in the late 1990s as he served his first stint with the Rebels as defensive line coach between 1995 and 1998. He followed Tuberville to Auburn where he served the same role with the Tigers during Tuberville's entire tenure from 1999-2008.
Under his watch at Auburn, the Tiger defensive line topped the SEC in sacks in 2005 - which included an 11-sack game against arch-rival Alabama. The Auburn defense ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense in 2005, seventh in 2006 and sixth in 2007. His defensive ends played a major role in a Tiger defense that led the nation in scoring defense and was fifth in total defense in 2004.
Among Price's past pupils is Quentin Groves, the all-time Auburn career leader in sacks and a two-time all-SEC selection. Antonio Coleman (2008), Marquies Gunn (2005), Stanley McClover (2004, 2005), Reggie Torbor (2003) and Marcus Washington (1999) were also All-SEC honorees under Price. Five of Price's defensive ends were NFL draft picks between 1999 and 2007.
Former Rebel Derrick Burgess (New England), Torbor (Buffalo) and Groves (Oakland) are among the current NFL players coached by Price.
In addition, Price helped recruit to Auburn current Arizona Cardinal linebacker Karlos Dansby; Tampa Bay Buccaneer running back Cadillac Williams (2004 All-American; 2005 NFL Rookie of the Year), Atlanta Falcon cornerback David Irons and Denver Bronco cornerback Jonathan Wilhite.
In his return to Ole Miss in 2009, Price led an attacking Rebel defensive line that helped Ole Miss rack up 96 TFLs and 36 sacks, ranking in the top two in the SEC and 11th and 14th in the nation, respectively. Price's line continued to attack the backfield in 2010, as Ole Miss finished No. 20 in the nation in both TFLs (82) and sacks (31).
John Lovett, a native of Nyack, N.Y., joins the Red Raiders after spending two years (2009 and 2010) as the defensive coordinator at the University of Miami (Fla.). Lovett brings 20 years of coaching experience to the Texas Tech sideline, including stints as defensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.), Bowling Green, Clemson, Auburn, Maine and Cincinnati. Lovett and Tuberville first coached together at Ole Miss between 1995-1998 and then again at Auburn from 1999-2001. He served as Tuberville's defensive coordinator at Auburn until 2001 before leaving for the same position at Clemson in 2002.
At Miami, he tutored a defensive unit that ranked 29th in total defense in 2009 and featured All-America and Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist defensive back Brandon Harris, First Team All-ACC Defensive Lineman Allen Bailey and Second Team All-ACC linebackers Darryl Sharpton and Colin McCarthy. Sharpton ended up a fourth round selection of the Houston Texans.
Prior to his tenure in South Florida, Lovett served as the special team coordinator and was a defensive assistant at North Carolina in 2007 and 2008. He spent two seasons as defensive coordinator at Bowling Green from 2005-06. In addition to coordinating the defense at Bowling Green, Lovett coached linebackers in 2005 and defensive backs in 2006. In his first year with the Falcons, Lovett's defense ranked 20th in the country in turnover margin.
Lovett served as the defensive coordinator at Clemson from 2002-04, and helped develop one of the ACC's top defenses, while defensive backs Justin Miller and Brian Mance earned All-America honors. In 2004, Clemson was 11th in the nation in pass defense efficiency (103.4) and 26th in total defense (327.3). In 2003, his defense allowed just 19.2 points per game as Clemson finished the year with nine wins and a top 25 national ranking.
As the defensive coordinator at Auburn from 1999-2001, Lovett helped lead the Tigers to bowl games each of his last two years including an appearance in the 2001 Peach Bowl.
Lovett coached the secondary all four years he was at Ole Miss (1995-98), including the 1997 season when the Rebels had an 8-4 overall record, including a victory in the Motor City Bowl.