On Tuesday, the Texas Longhorns named South Carolina Gamecocks special teams coordinator/linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler as the new co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, head coach Tom Herman announced.
Hutzler spent the last four seasons with South Carolina and also has coaching stints at Boston College, New Mexico, and Florida.
“Coleman is a coach who came highly recommended by several people I have a great deal of respect for in our business,” Herman said. “When we had a chance to sit down and talk with him, he certainly lived up to everything we had heard. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience, is high energy and has accomplished a great deal while spending much of his career coaching in big-time environments in the SEC. He’ll do a terrific job developing our linebackers and helping us grow on defense. We’re excited to get him on board and to get him around our team and out on the road recruiting for us.”
A Las Vegas native who played linebacker at Middlebury College in Vermont from 2002-05, Hutzler has recruited the state of Texas before at previous jobs.
“I’m so excited to join the program and work with Coach Herman and Coach Ash and the entire staff,” Hutzler said. “Obviously the brand and program that is Texas football is second to none, and I’m ready to get started. I have a ton of respect for Coach Herman and all the great things he’s done. He’s done a tremendous job everywhere he’s been, we know a lot of the same people and just to have this opportunity to come and work for him is exciting.
“I’ve recruited in the state of Texas before both at Boston College and New Mexico, but I’m excited to get to the city of Austin. I’ve only been through as a visitor, but I’ve heard nothing but great things from a lot of different people, and I’m excited to get our family there and moved in and get started.”
Working with head coach Will Muschamp’s defenses, in 2017 Hutzler was nominated for the Broyles award, given each year to the nation’s best assistant coach. Deebo Samuels returned two kickoffs for touchdowns that season as Joseph Charlton began to emerge as arguably the best punter in school history.
By 2018, Samuels set the school record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns, tying the SEC mark. In 2019. Charlton set the school record for average yards per punt and finished second nationally at 47.7 yards per punt, nearly three yards better than the school record he set the year before.
Hutzler’s linebackers have been consistently productive — first-year starter Ernest Jones, a sophomore, developed quickly enough to finish as the team’s leading tackler in 2019 with 97 total tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, five pass breakups, and one forced fumble. His 8.1 tackles per game ranked fourth in the SEC. Senior TJ Brunson had 77 tackles and six tackles for loss to finish second on the team.
Brunson was even better as a junior with 106 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks. In 2017, he combined with Skai Moore to log 180 tackles as Moore earned first-team All-SEC recognition.
In previous stops, Hutzler also produced positive results with the special teams units he coordinator, so even though he doesn’t officially have a title related to special teams at that time, he’ll likely have some involvement in the third phase because of his track record.