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Texas Tech hires Texas A&M linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt as defensive coordinator

Coach has previously served as defensive coordinator at Air Force, North Alabama and Wyoming

Posted: January 13, 2013 - 2:06pm  |  Updated: January 14, 2013 - 1:15am
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Texas Tech has its fifth defensive coordinator in five seasons.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury has hired Texas A&M linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt as Tech’s new defensive coordinator, the Avalanche-Journal learned Sunday.

Before spending a lone season with the Aggies, where he served on the same coaching staff with Kingsbury, Wallerstedt spent the previous four with Air Force, where he served as defensive coordinator under Troy Calhoun. He has almost a quarter century of coaching experience, which also includes defensive coordinator positions at North Alabama (2003) and Wyoming (1997-2002) and a stint as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at Kansas State (2006-07).

Texas Tech has not officially announced any hires since Kingsbury took the head-coaching job on Dec. 12. A Tech spokesman said last week that no announcements will be made until the staff is complete.

However, the staff is getting close to full.

Kingsbury is known to have hired offensive assistants Eric Morris, Sonny Cumbie, Lee Hays and Mike Jinks and defensive assistants Mike Smith, Trey Haverty and Kevin Curtis in addition to Wallerstedt.

Including Kingsbury, the average age of the staff is 35 with six members being 33 or younger.

Wallerstedt has coached in seven bowl games, including Texas A&M’s Cotton Bowl rout of Oklahoma earlier this month. The Aggies this season ranked ninth in the 14-team Southeastern Conference in total defense at 390.2 yards per game.

Tech finished 38th in total defense this season (367.1) under Art Kaufman, a major improvement from its 114th ranking in each of the previous two seasons. The Red Raiders’ entire 2012 defensive staff, including Kaufman, went with former coach Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati.

Wallerstedt is a native of Manhattan, Kan., and played linebacker at Kansas State from 1984 through 1987. He led the Wildcats in tackles his junior and senior years and was an an honorable mention All-American in 1987.

He then started his coaching career as a Kansas State student assistant in 1988. He was an Arizona State graduate assistant in 1989 and 1990 and made his next stops at Fort Hays State and Emporia State before going to Wyoming.

Staff writer Don Williams contributed to this story.

 

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Wally follows gut instinct!

Couldnt believe it took so long to get this guy. However I understand there were alot of variables including wife, kids, and in-laws in the Bryan-College Station area and not to even mention the pressure from Aggie alums, etc. If you asked me Wally followed his gut instinct - his heart - and his friend, KK. Way to go Kliff and persist to you achieved your goal.

Now lets go wrap up recruiting, get into spring ball, and then get ready to BEAT THE HELL OUTTA TEXAS !!!!!!

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Co Coordinator?

Am I missing something, or wasn't Mike Smith hired as the defensive coordinator? That article said Smith was hired as a "co-defensive coordinator", so are these two sharing the responsibility?

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KK never said yet that Mike

KK never said yet that Mike was coDC. The writer of the earlier article did, so go figure. Looks like Wally will be calling the shots as Def Coord IMO and Mike gets the "go-title" for show-

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MW

Wallerstedt has been a winner everywhere he has coached. All of his defenses have had good numbers. Welcome aboard Matt. Looking forward to you bulding on what AK started last year.

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More Good News

Good people attract good people. Good things happen to good people. The sky has cleared in Lubbock.

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how's that?

Welcome to Texas A&M at Lubbock...

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They were in Texas Tech at

They were in Texas Tech at college station. The spread started here first. The Ags picked it up because they were trampled by it for a decade.

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huh?

When did Rusty Russell coach at tt?

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and...

Kevin never coached at tt either.

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What next

Lets see how Wallerstedt works out. The Aggies were certainly better defensively. It appears that we need 3 more coaches to be complete.

A D-line coach or two and a Wideout coact. Haverty could swing over to the offense if a great DB coach became available.

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Actually Flash Lite, RFIMD is correct!

If you re-read this article, it says 'the A-J learned' and doesn't attribute any quotes to Coach Kingsbury. Personally, I'm just hoping these guys are out there recruiting good enough players to get promoted here or elsewhere.

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Who had it first TTU or aTm?

"Kevin never coached at tt either." EMT

Let's see. Leach installed it at OU before he came to Lubbock. Art Briles installed it in Houston before moving to Baylor. Sumlin took over at Houston after seeing it work in Norman.

OU and TTU dominated aTm in Big 12 play using it. Holgersen went to Houston after learning from Leach and then takes it to OSU and immediately has a BCS season, then takes it to WV.

Kingsbury and Morris, who lived it at TTU go to Houston and assist Sumlin.

Sumlin takes it to aTm which has floundered for 15 years and they go 11-2 in the SEC the first year with Kingsbury as OC.

Please, "Former EMT" you might want to think before you make yourself look foolish by such uninformed remarks.

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Our Fearless Don Williams

Let's say Tech starts winning more often and even starts winning home games. Then the obvious comparisons between the Mentor and the Pupil begin. It's called "I told you so," and it will be, in Tech's case, pure finger-pointing toward those who discharged the Mentor.

One thing is certain: Don Williams won't write the article.

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Sam 01/14/13 - 08:05 am Who had it first TTU or aTm?

What are you on about?

My point was that the spread didn’t start at tt.

moffitt 01/13/13 - 08:49 pm “The spread started here first.”

Former EMT 01/13/13 - 08:52 pm When did Rusty Russell coach at tt?

Russell came up with the spread back in the 20’s and Leo Meyer from TCU literally wrote the book on the spread formation in 1952. Everybody you named is just working with an offensive scheme that’s been around a very long time.

The spread did not start at tt.

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"The spread did not start at tt"

Glad to see it only took the aggies a few decades to finally adopt a good idea.

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QB Coach

Has a QB coach been hired (unofficially of course)?

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The BEST QB IN THE WORLD CAN'T OVERCOME TUPPE

The spread of old and the one Leach ran at Tech only have one thing in common ---the forward pass.The offense ran had several innovations that were not common in big time college football.I loved to watch it even when we lost and I hope KK brings it back along with a turnover generating defense.If he builds it the people and championships will come.

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Tech's Version of the "Spread"

Kingsbury has many wrinkles from what he learned from Coach X. Coach X has many wrinkles from what he learned from Hal Mumme.

The "spread" is old, but what Tech runs came down from Mumme.

There are many in the family tree--most of you know their names.

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Facts I agree

The thing that Leach did was have the nerve and discipline to stick with the plan and make it work.He believed in so his players did.When you are confident in your plan you can execute and succeed.I watched every game from the start of his tenure from the same seat at Jones.The first year people were critical and complained when the Raiders passed when it was second and one.The second year they were divided but more people supported it.The third year forward they complained when he ran the ball or did not go for it on 4th and 4.I love the offense and I think the commitment and confidence it will work is just as important as the Xs and Os.Lets get a D that can cause turnovers and sack QBs--and stop the run.----I am once again an excited Raider Fan who went to UT but always roots for the Raiders.

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Please, someone tell Alabama

Please, someone tell Alabama to start running the spread, Please!

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The missing ingredient...

Whether it started with the former Tech coach or not, the one thing A&M has that Tech never had...Johnny Heisman. Yes, Tech was very successful with the spread - except against superior defenses like Alabama and Ole Miss (Cotton Bowls) and generally OU and tu. Johnny Manziel made Saban a believer (and Mike Stoops for that matter).

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Several ways to skin a cat

You have to use what you can recruit.We don't have Johnny and we don't have a whole stable of 4 &5 star recruits yet.But we can start and they will show up if KK has the enthusiasm I think he does.We won our share in Leach's latter years against Texas,OU and A&M.

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@bobfai

Outstanding observation. I, too, complained at the outset when Coach X was here that we had "5,000 pass plays that could make 3 yards." As time wore on and Coach X began to recruit "his type of player," we turned into the very best offense in the nation. And I shut up--because I was wrong.

I think my most lasting memory of those days is that I was taught, over my early objections, that the punt is the dumbest play in football--especially in the go-go Big 12.

You're right. Excitement has returned.

Go Tech.

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