Lovett Lands In Lubbock

After taking one year off from the coaching ranks, John Lovett returns to the sidelines with an old friend.

New DBs coach John Lovett brings a wealth of success and experience to the Red Raider coaching staff.

He sat out the 2011 season, but was defensive coordinator at Miami in 2009 and 2010, Lovett also coached at Bowling Green, North Carolina, Clemson, Maine, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Cincinnati.

Lovett and Texas Tech head coach Tuberville coached together at Ole Miss from 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.  

Lovett served as the defensive coordinator at Clemson from 2002-04, and helped develop one of the ACC's top defenses. During that time, defensive backs Justin Miller and Brian Mance earned All-America honors.

Lovett was 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.

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),

20 years of coaching, and recruiting, experience is a wonderful thing to add to a Texas Tech team that is sorely lacking in quality depth among its defensive backs. Lovett's coaching and recruiting contacts should prove invaluable and pay huge dividends for the Red Raiders in 2012 and beyond.

It is often said that a good pass rush can make defensive backs look pretty good. With Lovett in the fold, Texas Tech may soon be proving that the opposite is true as well. Good defensive backs can also make the defensive line look better.

Fans must hope that coach Lovett meshes well with Chad Glasgow's multi-faceted 4-2-5 defense. The man clearly has an established rapport with Tuberville so that should aid in his transition to coaching in the most offensively dynamic conference in college football.

Welcome to Lubbock, coach Lovett.


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