The Texas football program has announced the addition of Herb Hand.
On Wednesday morning, the Longhorns released a statement to share the news that the veteran coach who was most recently at Auburn has joined Tom Herman’s coaching staff as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
“We are extremely excited and honored to be joining the Longhorn family,” Hand said. “We had a great situation at Auburn and were very happy there, but the opportunity to come to Austin, to work with Coach Herman and the Texas staff, to be a part of the history and tradition at The University of Texas, it was one we could not pass up.”
While Hand and Herman have never worked together, they share a mutual admiration for each other after seeing their work first-hand from the opposing sidelines.
“Coach Herman and I had never officially met before we discussed this position, but we had competed against each other several times in the past,” Hand said. “We had developed a mutual respect for each other from afar and had studied each other’s work over the years. So when Tom called to talk about this opportunity, it was easily apparent that we are cut from the same cloth in terms of offensive philosophy and mindset.”
Herman added, “Though we haven’t worked together or personally met before discussing our position, Herb is someone I’ve admired since our teams played each other at Rice and Tulsa,.
“I was extremely impressed then and have continued to be in the years since. As an aspiring young coach, I spent a great deal of time studying the best offenses around the country, and his group was continually one of them. They were as well coached up front as I’ve seen, so when I was looking to fill our 10th coach position and he was interested, we had a great visit, and we’re thrilled we were able to get him.”
Hern spent the last two seasons as offensive line coach at Auburn under Gus Malzahn, where he led a top 30 offense and was named a finalist for the Joe Moore Award which is given to the nation’s top offensive line coach.
With 27 years of coaching experience, the Longhorns are getting an experienced and successful addition to the staff.