It has been rumored for weeks that a new Defensive Line Coach had been hired by Texas Tech replacing Terry Price, who took a job at Texas A&M – his alma mater - after only being at Tech for a couple of weeks, but the official announcement finally came on Tuesday.
It was announced on Tuesday evening by Tech that Fred Tate has been hired as the Red Raiders defensive line coach.
"We are happy to welcome Fred Tate to our football family," said head coach Tommy Tuberville in a news release. "Fred is an excellent coach and Art Kaufman really spoke high of him from their time together at Southern Miss. He will bring a lot of experience to our defensive unit and we are thrilled to have him."
Tate comes to Tech after spending the last two seasons as the safeties coach at Marshall University, but before his stint at Marshall he was the defensive line coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga and Southern Miss.
Joining the defensive staff at Tech will not be that hard to transition into considering Tate and new defensive coordinator Art Kaufmann have worked together before – Southern Miss 2008.
Prior to coaching at Southern Miss there were numerous stops for Tate along the way including stints at East Carolina (2003, 2004), Middle Tennessee (2002), Southwest Texas State (2001), East Mississipi Community College (2000), Jacksonville State (1998, 1999) and East Mississippi Community College (1997).
Tate received his Bachelor's degree from Southern Miss in 1997.
Tate will now have the task of turning around a defensive line that ranked in the bottom half of the NCAA in 2011 in rushing defense, and total defense.
Spring practice has begun so the challenge is on.