Coaching staff countdown

It's rare at the University of Texas for the focal points of an offseason not to rest squarely on its players. The stability that comes with having the same head coach for 16 seasons will do that to a program.

This spring appears to be one of those exceptions, though, as the Longhorns prepare to embark on their first spring practice under new head coach Charlie Strong and his staff, which consists of only one holdover from the Mack Brown era (Bruce Chambers).

Because of this, LonghornDigest is going to take a closer look at each member of the staff leading up to the first day of spring practice on March 18.

First up is a coach that will virtually assume head coaching duties once spring practice comes to a close.

Coach:

Pat Moorer

Position:

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football (first year at Texas)

Experience:

Assistant strength and conditioning coach at South Carolina, 1992-94; coordinator of strength and conditioning at Florida, 1995-96; director of strength and conditioning at Illinois, 1997-98; director of strength and conditioning at South Carolina, 1999-2009, Head strength and conditioning coach at Louisville, 2010-13.

The Moorer Digest:

There are film directors that would love a script depicting the way Moorer's life has played out. He's a former walk-on at Florida that went on to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 1986, lead UF in tackles in 1988-89 and captain the team his senior season. How's that for motivation? Moorer played professionally for two years (NFL and World Professional League) before embarking on his calling as a strength and conditioning coach. He was even presented with the certificate of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2006, which is the highest honor one can achieve in his profession. He has also worked as the personal trainer for former Gator and NFL Hall-of-Fame running back Emmitt Smith.

He replaced: Bennie Wylie

How he differs from Wylie:

From a physical standpoint, there isn't much of a difference. Both clearly know their way around a weight room and have mastered the ability to say no to fatty foods (help us all). They are both very much hands-on approach type of guys, too, who relate well with players. Where they might differ is in their flexibility within the program. While Wylie worked under longtime strength and conditioning coach Jeff Madden, who ran the program for the entire university, Moorer will call his own shots with all the blessings he could ask for from Charlie Strong.

Player he will most improve:

The injured. Injuries absolutely decimated the Longhorns in 2013-2014 from David Ash and Johnathan Gray, to Jordan Hicks, Greg Daniels and Tevin Jackson. That can't happen again if the new coaching staff wants to make the right impression in Year 1. Moorer is known for curtailing injuries by putting the injured through The Pit, a place the injured go and work on the areas of their body not injured. This does two things: It strengthens the parts of the body already healthy, making them less prone to injury, and keeps players from milking injuries since The Pit is that excruciating to go through.

Recruits will love:

Like Wylie, Moorer will apply a hands-on approach to his teaching techniques in the weight room. He's an intimidating figure that isn't afraid to break you down to build you back up [see: The Pit]. If recruits are real about wanting to be the best they can be, Moorer will get it out of them with tough love.

Predicting coaching future:

Moorer will be at Texas as long as Strong is. They have ties together dating to them both being hired by South Carolina in 1999 when Strong took his first defensive coordinator position. Moorer left South Carolina after a decade in 2009 to join Strong at Louisville. That says everything you need to know about their relationship and the respect they have for each other.


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