New Football Assistant Learns of Tech Legend

An inside source told me that Texas Tech Football Coach Mike Leach recently added a familiar face to his recruiting staff. Dave Emerick, who worked under Leach from 1997-1998 at the University of Kentucky, was hired earlier last month as a football recruiting assistant.

An inside source told me that Texas Tech Football Coach Mike Leach recently added a familiar face to his recruiting staff. Dave Emerick, who worked under Leach from 1997-1998 at the University of Kentucky, was hired earlier last month as a football recruiting assistant.

Even though I am a relatively new face as well, I know the Holub family. In case you didn't know, the new football weight room was recently named in honor of the Red Raider Hall-of-Fame member E.J. Holub. When I interviewed Emerick, I couldn't resist asking him an NFL trivia question. Who is the only NFL player to play in one Super Bowl on offense and one on defense?

"Wow, I have absolutely no idea," the new coach admitted. It looks like we're 0-1 E.J. We'll cut the new guy some slack though.

He will play a key role in recruit research and correspondence, as well as on-campus recruiting trips. Navigating through stringent NCAA recruiting restrictions is also essential to his position.

"There are a lot of NCAA rules as far as what I can and cannot do," stated Emerick. His job will include preparing position coaches for road trips and official visits, as well as monitoring current Red Raider prospects. He also keeps an eye on other schools' recruiting status.

Emerick worked with both Leach and current Red Raider wide receiver coach Sonny Dykes at various times during his stint as a recruiting assistant for Kentucky from 1997-2001. Dykes coached the tight ends and special teams as a graduate assistant under then head-coach Hal Mumme. During Leach's two seasons at Kentucky, his explosive "Air Raid" offense set six NCAA records. The Wildcats reached two bowl games during that time- the 1998 Outback Bowl, and the 1999 Music City Bowl.

In 2002, Emerick took a position with the Houston Texans as a college scouting intern and also assisted Houston GM Charley Casserly with miscellaneous projects. His recruiting duties included breaking down film, preparing point-of-attack tapes and maintaining databases of player statistics. Emerick also attended numerous combines and was responsible for arranging coach meetings with potential recruits. Additionally, he was involved on a local level, organizing a combine for the Houston area to highlight local talent.

"I feel we have a dream team as far as the guys we have in here. Everybody has a role and everybody helps out, from Coach Leach to the ten guys hitting the pavement at high schools. Emerick adds another element to that," said Dennis Simmons, Tech's recruiting coordinator.

The new football facilities are also an impressive element that adds to recruiting.

"Since I've been on campus I've been really impressed with the facilities. They're the best I've ever seen, as far as the new press box, coaching offices, and weight room," Emerick said. "The facility will be a tremendous asset in recruiting because the entire building was designed with the players in mind. Everything they need is under one roof."

Simmons also agreed on the impact of the new facilities on recruiting.

"The great thing is the players can walk out of the locker room, through a hallway, and there's the weight room. You walk out a door, and you're on the practice field. Within a 200-yard radius you have everything you want to make you a successful college athlete- from weight training, to coaching, to meeting rooms, to video training, to academics."

Since Leach's arrival, the Red Raiders have gained a reputation for outstanding recruiting classes.

"Every university has something to brag about in terms of nice facilities, the latest technology, or a gorgeous campus. We recruit guys we can identify with. We want blue-collar guys. That's the way our team performs on the field. We're a blue-collar team," said Simmons.

As with any team, Tech looks for guys that fit into their program and are mentally and physically tough. Simmons and his staff look beyond physical ability, however.

"We recruit players with the character that matches the guys we already have," he said. "We have great guys in our program."

The returning players are already hard at work in the new facility, with daily workouts courtesy of Strength and Conditioning Coach Benny Wylie. "The guys here are working hard, and you can't ask for much more than that. Success is contagious around here," Simmons added.

Emerick graduated from The University of Kentucky in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in political science, and plans to enter the Texas Tech Graduate Sport Management Program.

(Look for quarterback profiles beginning Monday)

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