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Texas Tech to Hire Baylor’s Joey McGuire as Next Head Coach

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Just two weeks after firing head coach Matt Wells, Texas Tech has found his replacement.

Baylor associate head coach Joey McGuire has been named Tech’s new coach. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal was the first to announce the decision on Monday. The Red Raiders made a formal announcement of McGuire’s hiring later on Monday. McGuire will join the program immediately.

With McGuire, Tech now has a head coach with deep roots and relationships in Texas high school football, which was important to everyone involved in the hiring process, including AD Kirby Hocutt.


“We are excited for this new chapter in Texas Tech Football under the direction of Coach McGuire,” Hocutt said in the release. “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.”

Wells went 13-17 in 30 games at Tech, including 7-16 in the Big 12. No Tech coach has posted a winning record in the Big 12 since Mike Leach in 2009. Other names included Leach, former Baylor coach Art Briles, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch to Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn.

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.

Offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie has been serving as Tech’s interim coach, and will continue to coach the Red Raiders for the rest of the season. The Red Raiders are 5-4 going into Saturday’s home game with Iowa State.

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