A third member of the 2019 Texas Longhorns coaching staff is set to become an offensive coordinator or co-offensive coordinator elsewhere, as special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Derek Warehime will lead the offense for new head coach Danny Gonzales with the New Mexico Lobos, according to multiple reports.
Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods was the first to report the imminent departure from head coach Tom Herman’s staff, which will make Warehime an offensive coordinator for the second time in his career — he spent the 2009 season in that role at Arkansas-Monticello, a Division II program.
Warehime joined Herman’s staff in Houston after spending three years at New Mexico, so even though he hasn’t worked with Gonzales previously, he has been a member of the Lobos staff before. When Herman made the move to Austin, Warehime came along with him, spending the 2017 season coaching the offensive line.
The line struggled that year, largely due to injuries — the line used eight different starting combinations — so Herman opted to move Warehime to the role coaching the tight ends when the NCAA added a 10th on-field assistant coach for the 2018 season.
In 2019, Herman moved the special teams responsibilities under Warehime’s purview, with mixed results. The overall special teams SP+ ranking of 12th nationally heading into the Alamo Bowl was impressive and the punt return game looked the best it has all season against the Utes, but struggled the rest of the year. The kickoff return game also provided little value for Texas with the exception of D’Shawn Jamison’s kickoff return for a touchdown against Rice.
With the recent hire of Mike Yurcich as the new offensive coordinator, the question is whether there will be more changes to the staff on that side of the ball — running backs coach Stan Drayton and co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Herb Hand are the two remaining assistants from the six offensive coaches.
However, Drayton and Hand also looked like the most likely offensive assistants to remain with the Longhorns after Herman made the initial changes to his staff following the regular-season finale.