LUBBOCK, Texas – Matt Wells, a two-time Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year recipient, has been named the 16th head football coach in Texas Tech history, Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt announced Thursday evening.
Wells, who led Utah State to a 10-2 record and a top-25 ranking this season, will be formally introduced at an 11 a.m. news conference Saturday morning inside United Supermarkets Arena. The press conference is open to the public and will be streamed online at TexasTech.TV.
“Quickly in the interview process, it became clear Matt Wells and his leadership style were a perfect fit to lead our football program,” Hocutt said. “We have a great future in store under Coach Wells, and I firmly believe he is the right coach to take us to an elite level. We are thrilled to welcome Coach Wells and his family to Lubbock.”
Wells compiled a 44-34 overall record at his alma mater, leading Utah State to five bowl appearances during his six seasons. Utah State had made only eight bowl appearances in its history prior to Wells’ promotion from offensive coordinator after the 2012 season. Wells is the only head coach in Utah State history to lead the Aggies to at least three bowl games as well as multiple bowl victories.
Wells has pushed Utah State to two of its three 10-win campaigns in its history as the Aggies were 10-4 in his second season in 2014 and then 10-2 this season entering a potential bowl matchup. Utah State was also 9-5 during Wells’ debut season in 2013, which marked the most wins for a first-year head coach in program history.
“My family and I are excited to join the Red Raider family,” Wells said. “I can’t thank Kirby Hocutt, Tony Hernandez and Dr. Schovanec enough for this opportunity. I am excited to meet the team and get to work on building an elite program that Red Raider fans will enjoy every Saturday.”