AUSTIN -- From Cougars to Longhorns. Tom Herman has been officially introduced as the University of Texas' new head football coach.
President Greg Fenves introduced the 30th Head Football Coach during a press conference, in Austin, Sunday evening.
Herman landed the new gig after former Coach Charlie Strong was fired, Saturday, after they finished their season with a 31-9 home loss to TCU. Three losing seasons and Strong was out.
Texas president Greg Fenves said he wanted strong to succeed but, he was getting pressure from big-money boosters who want Houston Coach Tom Herman to the lead the team.
"I'm thrilled to have Tom Herman joining us as our head football coach," Perrin told Texas Sports. "I am impressed with his insights on college sports, football and academic success, and his philosophy of developing the student-athlete into the complete person. He clearly has a passion and respect for the game of football, and also, a passion for teaching young men the game and the life lessons that come with that."
"In Tom Herman, Longhorn football is getting a proven competitor, terrific recruiter, and committed mentor of student-athletes who has shown his ability to succeed at all levels," UT President Gregory L. Fenves told Texas Sports. "Tom was the hottest young head coach in the country the past two seasons, and I am thrilled we are able to get him back to UT to lead Texas football."
Herman comes to Texas after compiling a 22-4 record in two seasons at Houston, the fourth-best record in the FBS in that span. His first season as head coach at Texas will mark his 14th spent in the state of Texas out of 20 years coaching on the collegiate level. That includes his time as a graduate assistant at UT (1999-2000), where he earned a master's degree in education.
For Herman it was bitter-sweet saying goodbye to Houston. During his press conference he talked about telling the team his decision. "I'm not ashamed to admit I cried when I did it," he said. He went on to say, "Houston will always have a special place for me and my family. But, now we are home and I cannot wait to get started."
Now it's time to get to work. Herman promised to win championships. "Pressure comes from being unprepared," Herman said. "We are prepared for this job. We are prepared to be successful."