Tom Herman talks to the media during a news conference where he was introduced as Texas' new head NCAA college football coach, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Texas confirms the hiring of four assistant coaches

Herman bringing at least four assistants, two operations staffers to Austin from Houston

Posted November 29th, 2016

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Texas coach Tom Herman confirmed that six members of his Houston staff have joined the Longhorns.

Headlining the group announced Tuesday is defensive line coach Oscar Giles, a former All-Southwest Conference standout with the Longhorns who later joined Mack Brown’s staff as a graduate assistant (1999) and defensive ends coach (2005-13).

University of Texas football Assistant Coach/Defensive Ends Oscar Giles. CREDIT: University of Texas Sports Information, 2010. Received 08/27/10 for archives. **INFO CONFIRMED VIA http://bit.ly/9WTW7P : 2010 UT ROSTER, TEXASFOOTBALL.COM.**
In 2010, Oscar Giles served as then-Texas coach Mack Brown’s defensive ends coach. (Photo from University of Texas athletics)

“I’m really excited,” Giles said in a statement. “It’s a great opportunity to get back where I started and have a chance to work with some great kids. I have the passion inside me where I can’t wait to get out on that football field and work with those kids, share with them the experiences I had as a player and the experience the first time I was here as a coach.”

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Tight ends coach Corby Meekins, offensive line coach Derek Warehime and special teams/cornerbacks coach Jason Washington were also confirmed.

Also, Fernando Lovo will serve as UT’s assistant athletic director for football operations and Derek Chang will be the director of player personnel.

Texas officials likely needed to make a formal announcement, because the coaches are expected to start recruiting in aggressive fashion.

“I’m thrilled to have all of these guys on board and hitting the ground running during this really important time for us,” Herman said in a statement.

“All four of our coaches were with us in Houston and have strong ties and relationships in the state of Texas, so they will be a huge asset in recruiting right now,” the new head coach added. “They’re terrific coaches, as well, so they’ll do a great job building and developing our team going forward.”

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