Texas soccer welcomes new teaching workers

Getting into his third season with the Longhorns, Texas soccer head coach Steve Sarkisian has made a number of recruitment efforts. However recent faces on the teaching workers have flown beneath the radar in comparison with the gamers. 

Sarkisian’s theme of “intentionality” is getting used to rebuild the group out on the sphere and behind the scenes as the brand new teaching workers will debut alongside gamers this September. 

Right here’s a take a look at a few of Texas soccer’s current teaching hires: 

Chris Jackson

Employed in January, Chris Jackson comes from the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. A former NFL vast receiver, Jackson joins the Texas workers as a large receivers coach and passing recreation coordinator. Jackson spent 10 years with the NFL, 5 as a participant and 5 as a coach, together with as a defensive assistant and assistant vast receivers coach for the Chicago Bears from 2018-2021. With Brennan Marion headed to the College of Nevada, Las Vegas as an offensive coordinator, Jackson ushers in knowledgeable perspective that may enhance Texas’ receiver play and whole offense. 

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst, a well-recognized face in school soccer, joins the Texas workers as a particular assistant. Fired midseason final yr, the previous Wisconsin head coach will probably be a crucial offensive analyst for Steve Sarkisian as he boasts 11 years of head coach expertise. Like Sarkisian, Chryst brings a welcome quarterback perspective to offensive game-planning. A two-time Large Ten Coach of the 12 months, Chryst’s sudden firing in 2022 was a shock however possible as a result of Wisconsin’s 0-2 begin in Large 10 play. Nonetheless, this veteran head coach brings a deep understanding of the sport that may hopefully switch to the sphere. 

Joe DeCamillis

One other particular assistant, Joe DeCamillis, can even carry over skilled expertise to the Forty Acres. A 30-year NFL particular groups coordinator, DeCamillis joins Sarkisian’s workers from the Los Angeles Rams after profitable the Tremendous Bowl with them in 2021. He was additionally the particular groups coordinator for the Denver Broncos throughout their Tremendous Bowl 50 championship. DeCamillis is an enormous and promising addition to a Texas group that struggled on particular groups final season.

Payam Saadat

Payam Saadat joins the Texas workers as a defensive particular assistant, seemingly filling the position of Gary Patterson. With almost 30 years of Division 1 teaching expertise, Saadat most not too long ago coached at Portland State for 3 seasons. Throughout his tenure at Portland, Saadat reduce opponents’ scoring by 13.5 factors per recreation and whole offense allowed by 100 yards per recreation. A former linebacker at Washington State, Saadat brings worthwhile information to a steadily bettering Texas protection.

Whether or not on-field or off, these new teaching additions are confirmed leaders who can bolster Texas’ roster for the 2023 season. 

Texas seaside volleyball welcomes Stein Metzger as head coach

In August 2022, Texas introduced that seaside volleyball would change into its twenty first intercollegiate sport. With their first on-the-sand season this previous spring on the Division 1 stage and a report of 1-12, the Longhorns realized that a necessary side of their success was lacking — a long-term head coach.

“Volleyball is essential at Texas,” Texas volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott mentioned. “The aim was to search out the most effective coach that had a confirmed report of constructing a seaside volleyball program right into a Nationwide Champion. I stay up for seeing all of our indoor volleyball followers totally assist our Texas Seashore program on their path to being the most effective within the nation.”

On Might 16, Texas introduced that former two-time UCLA NCAA Champion head coach Stein Metzger would be part of the Longhorns on the Forty Acres as head coach of their newly inducted sport.

“We’re completely thrilled that Coach Metzger shall be becoming a member of our illustrious group of elite coaches right here at Texas,” Texas Athletics Director Chris Del Conte mentioned. “He constructed a Seashore program from the bottom up at UCLA, has had extraordinary success, gained many championships in brief order and is so extremely revered in his sport. Like Coach Elliott’s indoor program, we all know Coach Metzger will construct our seaside program right into a power to be reckoned with.”

Over the previous 11 seasons, Metzger spent his time with the Bruins and led UCLA to 2 back-to-back victorious nationwide championship seasons in 2018 and 2019. Most lately, the Bruins reached the championship sport however fell quick, ending the yr with a 40-4 report.

Earlier than changing into a head coach for the Bruins, Metzger performed for UCLA as an indoor volleyball student-athlete. Whereas in school, he was part of three nationwide championship rosters. Metzger was later inducted into the UCLA Corridor of Fame for his accomplishments. Now, Metzger is able to add the top coach of the Texas seaside volleyball program to his checklist of achievements.

“I’m excited by the distinctive alternative to guide Texas Athletics’ latest sport,” Metzger mentioned. “The Longhorns volleyball fanbase is second to none, and I’m decided to assist create a aggressive seaside volleyball program that’s worthy of their ardour. I got here to Texas as a result of I do know our student-athletes could have the assist and sources to realize their objectives.”