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Tom Herman joins Matt Nagy's offensive staff after spending the previous four seasons as head coach at the University of Texas, where he compiled a 32-18 record in four consecutive winning seasons with four bowl appearances.
Herman brings 23 years of coaching experience to the Bears staff, with prior stops at the University of Houston (2015-16), Ohio State (2012-14), Iowa State (2009-11), Rice (2007-08), Texas State (2005-06), Sam Houston State (2001-04), Texas (Graduate Assistant, 1999—2000) and Texas Lutheran (1998).
Most recently in 2020, the Longhorns finished 7-3 and earned a fourth-place finish in the Big 12 and a trip to the 2020 Alamo Bowl where they defeated the University of Colorado, 55-23. Following the 2020 college football regular season, Herman was one of six finalists named to college football's Bear Bryant Head Coach of the Year Award.
Herman earned his first head coaching role at the University of Houston in 2015 where he became just the fourth head coach in NCAA history with at least 13 wins in a rookie season and just the fifth head coach in NCAA history to win the first 10 games of his career. Houston was one of just two schools nationally to play at least four ranked opponents in 2015 and remain undefeated in those contests, while it was one of eight teams nationally with at least four wins against ranked opponents. Three of those wins came by double-digits, the fourth-best total in the nation. Upon completion of the 2015 season, Herman was named one of eight finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award by the Football Writers Association of America.
Prior to his arrival at Houston, Herman helped develop record-setting offenses in each of his 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator, including three seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio State where he won the 2014 Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. He helped the Buckeyes win the 2015 College Football Championship (following the 2014 season) with third-string quarterback Cardale Jones under center in wins over Alabama and Oregon, and a Big Ten Championship win over Wisconsin.