Texas Tech has hired Baylor associate head coach Joey McGuire as its next head football coach.
The Red Raiders made the announcement Monday. McGuire, a successful longtime Texas high school coach, is in his fifth season at Baylor and his third as the team’s associate head coach. He has coached tight ends, defensive ends and inside linebackers with the Bears.
“We are excited for this new chapter in Texas Tech Football under the direction of Coach McGuire,” director of athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “Our search committee was impressed from the outset not only with his significant ties throughout the state of Texas but his enthusiasm and desire to serve as the head coach at Texas Tech. We are thrilled to be able to welcome Coach McGuire and his wife Debbie to our Red Raider family.”
McGuire replaces Matt Wells, whom Texas Tech fired on Oct. 25 despite a 5-3 record in his third season. Texas Tech also considered Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, USC offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell and others for the vacancy.
McGuire led Cedar Hill High School to three Texas state championships, 12 consecutive playoff appearances and a 141-42 record. He was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2020.
McGuire joined Matt Rhule’s staff at Baylor in 2017 and was a top candidate to replace Rhule after Rhule left for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. He remained on staff under Baylor coach Dave Aranda.
McGuire will assume head-coaching duties immediately after the 2021 football season. Sonny Cumbie will continue to serve as the Red Raiders’ interim head coach for the three remaining regular-season games and any bowl appearance.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal first reported the expected hiring of McGuire on Monday.