Press conference quotes from head coach Tony Levine, Zach McMillian and Daniel Spencer.
Kingsbury named offensive coordinator of the year
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Kliff Kingsbury begins his second season as full-time assistant coach and his fourth with the Houston Cougar program. Kingsbury serves as the co-offensive coordinator and coaches the Houston quarterbacks.
In his first season as quarterbacks coach, Kingsbury prepped a true freshman signal caller David Piland to an average of 330.1 yards passing per game, which ranked No. 3 nationally. He was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-American team.
Kingsbury entered the coaching ranks at Houston in the spring of 2008 and served two seasons as the offensive quality control assistant prior to his promotion.
A four-year letterman at Texas Tech, Kingsbury received multiple honors including Associated Press Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback for the Red Raiders. In addition, he set 39 school records, 16 Big 12 marks and 17 NCAA records during his career.
Entering the 2011 season, Kingsbury continues to hold eight NCAA career records, including most plays in a season (814 in 2002), most plays in a two-year and a three-year span, most career plays per game (50.1 ppg), most passes completed during a four-game stretch (176 in 2002) and highest completion percentage (83.1, vs. Texas A&M, 49-of-59, 2002).
At Texas Tech, Kingsbury recorded more than 12,000 passing yards and total offense including over 1,000 pass completions making him only the third player in NCAA history to accomplish all three. Kingsbury also excelled in the classroom as he was one of 14 collegiate football players to receive a post-graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame as he also garnered Verizon Academic Player of the Year honors in 2002.
As a senior he was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy, annually presented to the nation's best college quarterback. He was also selected Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-American as a senior.
Prior to joining the Cougar staff, Kingsbury spent the 2007 season in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after spending four years in the NFL. A 2003 sixth-round NFL draft pick of the New England Patriots, Kingsbury also played for New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos and New York Jets.
Kingsbury graduated from Texas Tech in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in management.
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