Starting his third season at the University of Houston is Alan Weddell. With Weddell at the helm, the Cougar defense allowed just 21.9 points and 339.1 yards per game. Weddell had one of his players, inside linebacker Trent Allen, receive Conference USA Third-Team honors as voted on by the league's media.
Weddell took over the defensive coordinator chores this season, while still mentoring the UH inside linebackers as he did in 2005. One of his pupils, Cody Lubojasky, was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman squad.
Weddell recruits Greater Houston, San Antonio, South Texas and Louisiana.
Weddell comes to UH after spending the 2004 season at Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas, where he was the defensive coordinator.
Prior to that, Weddell served five seasons at Texas A&M, where he coached the Aggie middle linebackers. In those five years in College Station, Weddell was a part of four bowl teams (1998 Sugar Bowl, 1999 Alamo Bowl, 2000 Independence Bowl and 2001 Galleryfurniture.com Bowl) and the 1998 Big 12 championship team.
While at Texas A&M, Weddell coached Dat Nguyen, the 1998 Lombardi and Bednarik Awards winner and a 1999 NFL third-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys. He also coached both Cornelius Anthony and Harold Robertson, who played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively.
Weddell made his mark at LaMarque High School, just south of Houston, where he turned the Cougar program into one of the perennial powerhouses in Texas high school football. From 1990 until 1997, Weddell coached the Cougars to three straight state championships (1995-97) and five consecutive appearances in the state title game.
Under Weddell's leadership LaMarque captured seven district championships and reeled off a 4A/5A record 50 consecutive regular season wins at one point. He was a six-time District Coach of the Year and a Galveston County Coach of the Year on three different occasions. He also picked up several other Coach-of-the-Year honors and served as the head coach of the South squad in the 1997 Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game. Weddell compiled an impressive 103-13 record at LaMarque.
Prior to LaMarque, Weddell spent over a decade (1978-89) at Victoria (Texas) High School, including the last eight when he was the head coach. He coached the Stingarees to a 47-32-1 record from 1982-89, winning district championships in 1986 and in 1989. He was twice named 26-5A Coach of the Year and won 35 of his last 40 regular season games at Victoria High.
Weddell began his coaching career as an assistant at Angleton (Texas) High School, where coached both junior varsity and varsity from 1973-77.
A member of the 1970 national championship team at the University of Texas, Weddell graduated in 1973 from the Austin school with a Bachelor's degree in production engineering. He later earned a Master's degree in education and administration from the University of Houston-Victoria.
A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, Weddell and his wife, Patti, live in League City and have four grown children: Tracey, Kimber, Ahysen and Mark, as well as seven grandchildren. He was the 1994 Texas City/LaMarque Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and was the chairman of the LaMarque City Parks Board from 1990-97.