Searels was a first-team All-America offensive lineman at Auburn, where he started his career as a graduate assistant. After stops at Appalachian State and Cincinnati — both as the offensive line coach — he's coached in the SEC, spending 2003-2006 at LSU and 2007-present at Georgia. In 2009, Searels was promoted to run game coordinator.
At LSU, Searels coached three All-America linemen and five linemen who found their way onto NFL rosters.
While at Apalachian State, Searels was presented with the NCAA Award of Valor, recognizing him for his act of courage following a head-on collision involving a van carrying members of the Mountaineer football team and support staff on Sept. 30, 2000.
Searels was a fourth-round pick by the San Diego Chargers in 1988, and played for the Miami Dolphins in 1990. He ended his professional career in 1991 with the New York/New Jersey Knights in the World League of American Football.
Searels represents the sixth and final assistant coach hire off the offseason. Texas coach Mack Brown also hired two other staff positions.