Gibbs Tabbed to Fix Texas Tech Defensive Woes

Veteran coach David Gibbs was announced as Texas Tech's new defensive coordinator. He will be the eighth coach to call defensive plays for the Red Raiders since the beginning of the 2007 season.

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Texas Tech announced the hiring of David Gibbs on Monday making him the Red Raiders' seventh defensive coordinator in as many seasons.

Gibbs has over 20 years of coaching experience, including three previous stints as defensive coordinator at Minnesota (1997-2000), Auburn (2005) and most recently at the University of Houston for the past two seasons. Gibbs also boasts nearly a decade of experience in the NFL with stops at Denver (2001-04), Kansas City (2006-08) and Houston (2009-10). He coached defensive backs at all three NFL stops.

Heading to Tech with Gibbs is Zac Sapvital, who has coached defensive backs at Houston since 2008. The 32-year-old Murray State graduate also served as recruiting coordinator for the Cougars and started his coaching career as a grad assistant at Oklahoma from 2005-07. Other than being a defensive assistant his duties at this point are unknown.

"I am extremely excited to have Coach Gibbs and Coach Spavital join our staff," said Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury in a press release. "What they were able to accomplish in their short time at the University of Houston is incredible. Coach Gibbs developed UH into a Top-20 defense that lead the country in turnovers over a two-year span. With stops in both College Football and the NFL, Coach Gibbs will bring experience and ingenuity to our defensive unit."

Mike Smith, who served as interim defensive coordinator after Matt Wallerstedt's resignation last season, will return to his position as co-defensive coordinator.

Running backs coach Mike Jinks has been promoted to associate head coach. Texas Tech confirmed the rest of the staff has also been retained or will "remain the same".

Gibbs, the son of longtime NFL offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, was a four-year letterman at defensive back for Colorado and a member of the 1990 national championship team as a senior. He then served as a graduate assistant for two seasons at Oklahoma and then two more at Colorado before coaching defensive backs at Kansas from 1995-96.

In 1997 at the age of 29, Gibbs became defensive coordinator at Minnesota. The Gophers ranked 63rd, 47th, 11th and 56th in total team defense in his four seasons calling the defense.

Gibbs moved up to the NFL where he coached defensive backs from 2001-04 in Denver. He returned to the collegiate ranks in 2005 at Auburn where he served as defensive coordinator for one season.

In his one season at Auburn the Tigers ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense, 19th in total defense, 22nd against the run and 11th in sacks.

Gibbs returned to the professional ranks the following year to coach defensive backs in Kansas City through 2008. He then moved on to the Houston Texans, where he once again coached defensive backs from 2009-10, followed by one-year in the UFL with the Virginia Destroyers.

The past two seasons Gibbs has been the defensive coordinator at the University of Houston. In 2013, the Cougars ranked 20th nationally in scoring defense (21.8 points per game), 80th in total defense (415.8 yards per game), 44th against the run (149 yards per game), 110th against the pass (266.8 yards per game), second in interceptions (25 overall, 1.92 per game), tied for first in the nation in fumbles recovered (18) and first in the country in turnover margin (plus-25, plus-1.92 per game).

In 2014, Houston ranked 19th nationally in total defense (334.6 yards per game), 11th in scoring defense (19.5 points per game), 31st in rush defense (136.3 yards per game), 29th in pass defense (198.3 yards per game), sixth in interceptions (19 total), tied for 31st in fumbles recovered (11 total) and fifth nationally in turnovers forced (30 total).

Gibbs takes over a Texas Tech defense which in 2014 ranked No. 122 in total defense (512.7 yards per game), No. 123 in scoring defense (41.3 points per game), No. 121 in rush defense (259.5 yards per game), No. 96 in passing defense (253.2 yards per game), tied at No. 110 in interceptions (6 total), tied at No. 59 in fumbles recovered (9) and tied at No. 103 in the country in total turnovers gained (15).

"I couldn't be more excited about joining Coach Kingsbury and the rest of our coaching staff," Gibbs said. "I have followed Kliff's career and believe special things are happening in Lubbock. There are several talented, young defensive players that will contribute for years to come. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to getting started soon."

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