Jeff Traylor shouted out Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire on Twitter on Thursday, a result of their roots in the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Traylor, the head coach at UT-San Antonio, who many considered a candidate for the Texas Tech job, was a high school coach at Gilmer High School in Gilmer, Texas, at the same time McGuire was the head coach at Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas.
It’s not certain what prompted Traylor to post the photo, but his tweet featured a photo of McGuire with members of the THSCA.
Maybe this hurts me in recruiting and this is some college taboo but I am doing it anyway. This picture of @JoeyMcGuireTTU and @THSCAcoaches fires me up. Congrats again my brother.
Traylor and McGuire took similar paths to the head-coaching ranks. Traylor led Gilmer to three state championships before taking an assistant coach job with Texas under Charlie Strong. Traylor coached special teams and tight ends, but he also served as Strong’s liaison with Texas high school coaches as Strong was building relationships.
Traylor eventually took the head-coaching job at UTSA in 2019 and led the Roadrunners to a 12-1 season in 2021, which included a Conference USA championship.
McGuire led Cedar Hill to three state championships before joining Matt Rhule’s staff at Baylor in 2017. McGuire, like Traylor, coached tight ends, but also served as Rhule’s bridge to Texas high school coaches. He quickly became an assistant head coach under Rhule, and held the same position under Dave Aranda before Tech hired McGuire in October.
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