Texas Tech on Friday announced the hiring of football assistants Clay Jennings and Brett Dewhurst with Jennings named defensive backs coach and Dewhurst named safeties coach.
Jennings is coming to Tech after one season as co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Houston. Dewhurst is coming back to Tech, where he’s a former player and staff member, after one season as defensive backs coach at Southeastern Louisiana.
Jennings has spent a 21-year coaching career exclusively with defensive backs and-or cornerbacks. After working at three smaller schools, he’s been at Sam Houston State (2001-02), Louisiana-Lafayette (2003-04), Houston (2005-06), Baylor (2007), TCU (2008-13), Arkansas (2014-15) and Texas (2016). He played at North Texas (1992-95) and started his career there as a graduate assistant.
“We’re fortunate to add someone with coach Jennings’ experience to our staff,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said in Tech’s announcement. “He will be a great resource for our defensive backs and will continue the improvements we’ve made on that side of the ball. He also has an extensive background in the state of Texas, which will pay dividends in recruiting.”
Jennings coached former Dallas Cowboys safety Keith Davis at Sam Houston State and now will coach Davis’ son, Tech safety Jah’Shawn Johnson.
Dewhurst is a former Tech safety who worked as a quality control assistant for Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs from 2013-14 at Houston and from 2015-16 at Tech.
“I’m excited to be back here in Lubbock with a group of coaches that are family to me,” Dewhurst said in Tech’s announcement. “The opportunity to coach a group of athletes that I have continuity with and to be back at the university that has given me so much is a true blessing.”
Dewhurst developed from a walk-on to a four-year letterman for the Red Raiders from 2008-11, then started his coaching career in 2012 as a graduate assistant at Midwestern State.
“Coach Dewhurst is familiar with coach Gibbs and his defensive system,” Kingsbury said, “and he was an integral part of the development of our defense the past few seasons. He’ll be a great addition to our staff.”