Major Applewhite

Head Coach

 

• Major Applewhite was named head coach at Houston on Dec. 9, 2016 after serving two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

 

• Applewhite, who has 14 years of coaching experience including seven as an offensive coordinator, has coached in 10 bowl games, four of which have been the New Years Six variety including the 2010 BCS National Championship.

 

•Applewhite’s first season as a head coach started off with advertisity as Houston was hit with one of the nation’s most devastating natural disasters in Hurricane Harvey. Following a team evacuation to Austin concluded and a cancellation of the season-opener at UTSA, Applewhite rallied his team to a seven-win season and a program-record fifth straight bowl game appearance, finishing second in The American West.

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Kendal Briles

Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/QBs

 

• Kendal Briles joined the Houston Football program as its associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Jan. 6, 2017 following a one-year stint as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at FAU.

 

• Spent the 2017 season as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Florida Atlantic University where the Owls were eight nationally in scoring offense (40.6 points per game) and ninth nationally in total offense (498.4 yards per game).

 

• Prior to FAU, spent nine seasons at Baylor including the final two as offensive coordinator.

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Mark D’Onofrio

Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers

 

• Mark D’Onofrio joined the Houston Football program as its defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach on Jan. 6, 2017 following five seasons as defensive coordinator at Miami.

 

• In his first season at Houston, D’Onofrio’s defense ranked 39th nationally and second in The American in scoring defense, despite facing four of the nation’s top 16 scoring offenses. Houston also finished second in The American in rushing defense (149.5 yards per game) and red zone defense (76.2 percent).

 

• Inside linebacker D’Juan Hines received first team all-conference honors as he finished fourth in The American with 104 tackles.

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Randy Clements

Run Game Coordinator/OL

 

• Randy Clements joined the Houston Football program as its run game coordinator and offensive line coach on Jan. 6, 2017 following a one-year stint as offensive line coach at Southeastern University.

 

• Spent the 2017 season at Southeastern University as offensive line coach after nine seasons at Baylor and five seasons at Houston.

 

• During his time in Waco, Clements tutored 12 future NFL linemen as he served as running game coordinator and co-offensive coordinator.

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A.J. Blum

Defensive Line

 

• A.J. Blum joined the Houston Football program as its defensive line coach on Dec. 22, 2016 following eight seasons as defensive coordinator at Westfield High School in Spring, Texas.

 

• Blum’s first season on the collegiate level saw defensive tackle Ed Oliver become the first finalist for the Nagurski and Outland Trophies in Houston history. Playing nose on a three-man front, Oliver totaled 69 tackles in 11 games, despite missing three quarters of one game and being limited in the next four with a knee injury. His average of 6.3 tackles per game this season ranked fourth nationally among all defensive linemen while his 69 total tackles ranked second nationally among defensive tackles.

 

•He was part of a defensive staff helped Houston to a ranking of second in The American in rushing defense (149.5 yards per game) and third in the league in scoring defense (23.0 points per game).

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Dan Carrel

Outside Linebackers

 

• Dan Carrel was promoted to Houston’s outside linebackers coach on Jan. 6, 2017 following two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant with the Cougars working with the team’s outside linebackers.

 

• Carrel’s first season as a full-time assistant coach saw Khalil Williams earn second-team honors from The American as he led all defensive backs in the league with eight tackles for loss. He was part of a defensive staff that ranked second in The American in rushing defense (149.5 yards per game) and third in the league in scoring defense (23.0 points per game).

 

• Part of a staff that helped UH rank 13th nationally in total defense and fourth in rushing defense in 2016.

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James Casey

Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends

 

• James Casey joined the Houston Football program as an offensive football analyst in January of 2016 following a seven-year career in the NFL. In his first season with Houston, the Cougars’ offense finished the regular season ranked 15th in passing offense (310.9 yards per game) and 21st in scoring offense (38.0 points per game) as Houston scored at least 30 points in 11 of 12 regular season games.

 

• An All-American tight end at Rice, Casey was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, and spent four seasons with the team, at both tight end and fullback. He later spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Denver Broncos.

 

• In just two seasons with Rice (2007-08), Casey set three program records (receptions in a season, receiving yards in a game and a season) en route to earning Freshman All-America honors in 2007 and first team All-Conference USA honors in 2008. He was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2008 and received Rice’s James W. Glanville Award, presented annually to the player who has achieved excellence in athletics, academics and integrity.

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Kenny Guiton

Wide Receivers Coach

 

• Kenny Guiton was named Houston’s Wide Receivers coach on April 21, 2017, after a four-month stint as a quality control coach for wide receivers at Texas.

 

•His first season in a full-time capacity saw two receivers, Steven Dunbar and Linell Bonner, finish in the top four in receptions in The American. Bonner finished third with 73 receptions for 850 yards and four touchdowns while Dunbar was fourth with 66 receptions for 873 yards and three scores en route to honorable mention honors from The American.

 

• The former Ohio State quarterback spent the 2015-16 seasons with Houston as an offensive graduate assistant working with Houston’s receivers.

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Lamar Morgan

Safeties

 

• A native of Copperas Cove, Texas, arrived in Houston in January, 2018, after two seasons as defensive backs coach at Louisiana-Monroe.

 

• The 2017 season saw two of Morgan’s pupils finish in the top three among ULM’s tacklers as Roland Jenkins led the way with 89 stops and Wesley Thompson was third with 67 stops.

 

• Prior to ULM, spent two seasons as defensive backs coach at Western Carolina

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Kenith Pope

Running Backs

 

• Kenith Pope was named running backs coach at Houston on Jan. 9, 2015.

 

• Well-known and a highly respected veteran in the coaching profession, Pope has 37 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level, including three seasons as Tom Herman’s running backs coach at Iowa State. He is a veteran of 19 bowl games during his coaching career.

 

• He has mentored 20 players who have gone on to the NFL including Jorvorskie Lane who holds the school record for career rushing touchdowns (49) at Texas A&M. He also recruited Super Bowl champion Joseph “Red” Bryant. Pope has played and coached for some of the biggest names in college football history, including Barry Switzer at Oklahoma, Jackie Sherrill at Mississippi State, Howard Schnellenberger at OU and Dennis Franchione at TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M.

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Paul Williams

Running Backs

 

• A 21-year coaching veteran, Paul Williams arrived in Houston after two seasons as defensive backs coach at Illinois.

 

• Prior to his time at Illinois, spent 10 seasons on staff with current Houston defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio as the defensive backs coach at Miami (2011-15) and Temple (2006-10).

 

• Has developed and sent double-digit secondary players to the NFL including draft picks at Miami, Temple, Western Michigan and Delaware.

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