Texas coach Mack Brown completed his off-season staff overhaul today, tabbing Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels to fill the same position with the Longhorns.
With the addition of Searels, Texas has replaced six assistant coaches from the staff that helped create last year’s 5-7 record, the Longhorns’ only losing mark in 13 seasons under Brown. Searels, who spent the last four seasons at Georgia, was an All-America offensive lineman at Auburn, where he blocked for 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson.
During Searels’ tenure at Georgia, the Bulldogs ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams in fewest sacks allowed on three occasions, including an SEC-best 12 sacks allowed in 2009. Before working at Georgia, Searels spent four seasons as the offensive line coach at LSU (2003-06) and helped the Tigers win the 2003 BCS national championship.
In a statement, Brown he has “admired (Searels’) work as a coach for many years” and credited him with developing “some of the best offensive lines in the nation” during the past decade.
Searels, a native of Trion, Ga., said he was intrigued by the Texas vacancy because it offered a chance to coach “at the highest level.”
“There’s no reason you can’t win and win big at Texas,” Searels said. “I want to be a part of that.”
With Searels on board, Texas’ 2011 staff will include fresh faces at co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (Bryan Harsin), receivers coach (Darrell Wyatt), offensive line coach (Searels), defensive coordinator/linebackers coach (Manny Diaz), secondary coach (Jerry Gray) and defensive tackles coach (Bo Davis).
_ Jimmy Burch