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Texas announces nine members of Sarkisian’s initial coaching staff, director of football performance

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Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian announced the hiring of nine assistants and a director of football performance on Friday.

Sarkisian added seven new assistants and retained two assistants from the previous staff. He also announced former Cal strength coach Torre Becton would serve as director of football performance. One assistant vacancy remains on Sarkisian’s staff.

The announced roles are:

Jeff Banks: Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
Andre Coleman: Wide Receivers Coach
Bo Davis: Defensive Line Coach
Stan Drayton: Offensive Run Game Coordinator and Running Backs Coach
Kyle Flood: Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach
Blake Gideon: Safeties Coach
Terry Joseph: Defensive Passing Game Coordinator and Secondary Coach
Pete Kwiatkowski (quit-COW-ski): Defensive Coordinator and Outside Linebackers Coach
AJ Milwee: Quarterbacks Coach
Torre Becton: Director of Football Performance

Full bios can be found here on Texas’ official athletics website.

“I’m so excited with how this staff is coming together and thrilled to be officially announcing a tremendous group of coaches, teachers and mentors that will be joining us at Texas,” Sarkisian said in a statement. “From a developmental and scheme standpoint, there’s a lot that goes into finding the right mix of coaches to put together to make your staff. We put a ton of thought into this, looked for the best fit in every position, are very happy with how it’s working out, and I really believe you can put this group of coaches up against any staff in the country. They all are highly-regarded, knowledgeable, proven coaches and teachers who can recruit with the best of them and will develop players and maximize their ability. All of them have had a lot of success, are outstanding mentors, coaches and leaders of men, and it’s just a great group of guys. They’ll all bring their strengths, but at the end of the day, we will come together as one to work toward achieving our common goal of building an elite program and winning championships.”

Banks, Flood, and Milwee join Sarkisian in moving from Tuscaloosa to Austin. Gideon was previously an assistant at Ole Miss. Davis left the Detroit Lions for a role in Austin. Joseph was hired away from Notre Dame. Kwiatkowski was snatched from Washington, where Sarkisian once was head coach.

“Player development, X’s and O’s and ability to recruit were our priorities with this staff,” Sarkisian said. “When you look at their backgrounds, there’s experience and expertise from an NFL standpoint, coaching at a very high level in the college ranks, and it’s an outstanding collection of proven and successful recruiters, as well. For every coach we hired, I looked closely at their ability to recruit and evaluate prospects, and this group can do that with the best of them. They all have a great recruiting background and many of them with significant ties to recruiting in the state of Texas.”