Texas Tech Announces Completion of Offensive Personnel
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Head Coach Joey mcguire on Tuesday announced the completion of his offensive staff with the hiring of Stephen Hamby as offensive line coach, Josh Cochran as tight ends coach and Kirk Bryant as senior offensive analyst.
The three hires are in addition to offensive staff already in place by McGuire, who announced the continuation of By André Smith as running back coach a week ago, then hiring Zach kittley as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach and Emmett Jones as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach on Monday.
“We’re thrilled with the offensive staff we’ve trained,” said McGuire. “Coach Hamby has obviously known this attack from his time with Coach Kittley at Western Kentucky and will help us build a solid and aggressive approach up front. Coach Cochran and Coach Bryant have already worked with me at Baylor and will be great additions to that staff and the culture that we are trying to establish offensively and as a program. “
Hiring Hamby is a comeback to the Texas Tech staff, as he was previously a graduate offensive assistant for his alma mater from 2013 to 2015. A former Red Raider offensive lineman himself, Hamby spent the 2021 season at Western Kentucky alongside Kittley, building one of the best units in college football last year as the Hilltoppers currently sit 12th for the fewest sacks allowed per game going into their bowl.
For Cochran and Bryant, meanwhile, it’s a reunion with McGuire as both previously held various positions at Baylor before taking on-field coaching positions at Austin Peay. Cochran recently completed his second season with governors, serving as offensive co-coordinator and offensive line coach, while Bryant was the recruiting coordinator and inside receivers coach.
In addition to offensive hires, McGuire has beefed up his support staff with recent additions such as former Baylor star James Lockhart as a defensive quality control coach and Aaron Hall as an associate strength coach and conditioning.
Below is a brief biography of each of the three offensive personnel hires:
Josh Cochran – Tight Ends Coach
Cochran will move on to the tight ends coach after spending the previous two seasons as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Austin Peay. In his two seasons on the staff, Austin Peay was an 8-4 combined in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) game and had three wins over ranked opponents including No.7 Jacksonville State and the # 13 Murray State during the Spring 2021 roster.
Cochran’s unit ranked among the best in the conference as he had five recognized offensive linemen on All-OVC teams during his tenure, including a two-time first-team selection at Bucky Williams . Colby McKee was also honored twice in the second team for an offense that led the OVC in scoring (32.5 points per game) and total offense (419.2 yards per game) during the 2021 season.
Austin Peay was Cochran’s first full-time coaching position at the FBS or FCS levels after holding various positions in North Carolina (2020) and Baylor (2017-19). His tenure in North Carolina reunited him with his former varsity coach Mack Brown as he was an offensive quality control coach for a potential Orange Bowl contestant until he was hired at Austin Peay in November 2020.
Cochran was a graduate assistant and offensive quality control coach during his three seasons at Baylor, helping the Bears offensive line during that time. He was a member of a Baylor team that competed in two bowl games during this time, first at the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl in 2018, then at the Allstate Sugar Bowl a year later after a campaign. of 11 wins and a place in the Big 12 Championship Match.
Prior to Baylor, Cochran spent a season at East Texas Baptist University in 2015 where he coached the offensive line, coaching four All-American Southeast Conference caps in that year alone. East Texas Baptist presented the top-ranked offense in Division III that season, averaging a staggering 49.9 points per game.
Cochran began his coaching career, like several other Texas Tech staff, in the high school ranks as an offensive line coach at Lindale High School in East Texas. He is a former member of the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Three-year letterman on the Texas offensive line, Cochran has been named Freshman All-American by Yahoo! Sports in 2011. He played 31 games during his career at Longhorn, making 23 starts before ending his playing career early in the 2013 season with a chronic shoulder injury. In addition to his success in the trenches, Cochran was also a member of the First All-Big 12 Academic Selection Team in 2012 and a four-time member of the Commissioner Big 12 Honor Roll.
A native of Hallsville, Texas, Cochran received his BA in Kinesiology from Texas in 2014 and his MA in Sports Management from Baylor in 2019. He is married to former Olivia Dietrichson.
JOSH COCHRAN COACHING STORY
2020-21 – Offensive coordinator Austin Peay (offensive line)
2020 – North Carolina Offensive Quality Control
2019 – Baylor Offensive Quality Control
2017-18 – Assistant graduate Baylor (offensive line)
2016 – East Texas Baptist Run game coordinator (offensive line)
2015 – Lindale High School Assistant Coach
2014 – Texas Student Assistant
Stephen Hamby – Offensive Line Coach
Hamby returns to his alma mater as an offensive line coach, a position he held during his Red Raider career where he helped lead Texas Tech to four consecutive bowl appearances, including two trips. at the Cotton Bowl. He previously served as the Red Raiders’ graduate assistant from 2013 to 2015 under then-head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Hamby returns to West Texas after a season in West Kentucky where he, with new offensive coordinator Zach kittley, helped build one of the best offenses in the country. Western Kentucky is entering its currently second-ranked bowl game in the FBS for two points of attack, averaging 43.1 points per game, as well as total offense after racking up 528.0 yards per game.
Despite being one of the nation’s most active teams in the air, Western Kentucky has kept quarterback Bailey Zappe clean up front as the Hilltoppers allow just 1.2 sacks per game. which leads Conference USA and ranks 12th in the FBS entry bowl season. Western Kentucky is also 10th nationally with just 3.5 loss tackles allowed per game as the Hilltoppers closed the regular season 8-5 overall after an appearance in the Conference USA title game.
The unit ranked well every week, according to Pro Football Focus, which ranked the offensive line in the top five for pass protection in the country by 4.0 points. The five members of Hamby’s unit were ranked in the All-Conference USA teams compiled by Pro Football Focus, three of them earning first-team recognition as Quantavious Leslie, Cole Spencer and Boe Wilson.
Hamby previously served as an offensive quality control assistant for two seasons with the Hilltoppers before being promoted to offensive line coach ahead of the 2021 season. Western Kentucky has ranked among the top offensive line units in the country during his years. two seasons as a QA assistant, finishing 20th in the FBS according to Pro Football Focus in 2019, then 14th a year later. The unit was ranked as the best pass protection front in the country in those two seasons.
Hamby moved to western Kentucky after a three-year stint as an offensive line coach at Bowling Green (2016-18). Meanwhile, Hamby mentored three offensive linemen in All-MAC selections in Jack Kramer (2018), Tim McAuliffe (2016) and Logan Dietz (2016).
Bowling Green was Hamby’s first full-time coaching possession after his three seasons at Texas Tech where he was the offensive-line assistant coach, working directly with the Red Raiders’ crosses. He assisted with all instructions for the entire offensive line as part of an offensive unit that also included Kittley at the time.
An offensive lineman with the 2005-08 Red Raiders, Hamby has helped push the Red Raiders to a 37-16 record during his playing career, which includes a pair of memorable Insight Bowl wins. 2006 and the 2007 Gator Bol. He was then invited to training camps with the Washington football team and the New Orleans Saints after his senior season.
Hamby graduated from Texas Tech in August 2009 with a degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics. He is married to former Devan Schellhase.
STEPHEN HAMBY COACHING STORY
2021 – Western Kentucky Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
2019-20 – Quality Control of the Western Kentucky Offensive
2016-18 – Bowling Green Assistant Coach (offensive line)
2013-15 – Texas Tech Graduate Assistant (offensive line assistant)
Kirk Bryant – Senior Offensive Analyst
Bryant comes to Lubbock after two seasons as an inside receivers coach and a recruiting coach at Austin Peay. Bryant was hired by the Governors ahead of their 2021 spring season where Austin Peay finished 4-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) game, which included a pair of wins over No.7 Jacksonville State and No 13 Murray State. Austin Peay was an 8-4 combined in conference games over Bryant’s two seasons on the staff.
Prior to his time with governors, Bryant spent four seasons at Baylor where he worked alongside the head coach Joey mcguire. Bryant was a graduate offensive assistant with running backs and wide receivers for the 2017-18 seasons before moving on to a quality control role with the Bears quarterbacks for the 2019-2020 campaigns.
His position at Baylor followed a season as wide receivers coach and operations manager at East Texas Baptist, where he coached two All-American Southwest Conference caps to Chase Sojka (first team) and Richard Johnson (second. team). The duo had nearly 2,000 receiving yards that season, Sojka leading the team with 83 receptions for 1,074 yards, while Johnson averaged 911 yards on 52 catches.
East Texas Baptist presented the top-ranked offense in Division III that season, averaging a staggering 49.9 points per game. Bryant worked this season under Scotty Walden, who would later bring Josh Cochran and Bryant with him as part of his initial team at Austin Peay.
Bryant began his coaching career as a wide receivers coach for his alma mater, Mississippi College, in 2015. Bryant, a native of Bullard, Texas, previously played three seasons at Mississippi State (2011-14), leading the Choctaws in the receiving yards like a senior. He was a member of the ASC All-Academic team in 2013 and recipient of the Gulf South Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2015.
Bryant received his BA in Accounting from Mississippi College in 2015, then added a Masters of Sports Management at Baylor in 2019. He is the son of Keith Bryant, who is currently the superintendent of Lubbock Cooper ISD.