Feb. 8, 2010
University of Houston head football coach Kevin Sumlin today announced several promotions and one addition to his coaching staff.
Jason Phillips was promoted to Offensive Coordinator and will continue to coach the Cougar outside wide receivers, while Kliff Kingsbury will take on the role of Co-Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach.
"Continuity, especially on the offensive side of the ball, was very important in all of these decisions," Sumlin said. "Jason understands what we have been doing here and what we want to continue doing on the offensive side of the ball. Jason has a lot of experience, and he knows the style of offense we prefer. He'll do a tremendous job.
"Kliff was a tremendous player as a quarterback and has been in the background with our offensive staff for the past two years. This will give him an opportunity to continue the progress and development in the level of quarterback play."
Sumlin also promoted Special Teams Coordinator Tony Levine to Assistant Head Coach, and Levine will continue to coach Houston inside receivers and tight ends. Running Backs Coach Clarence McKinney picked up additional duties, adding Recruiting Coordinator to his Houston duties.
"Tony is one of top special teams coaches in the country, and it is only natural for him to take this next step towards being a head coach," Sumlin added. "In his previous role he met with all the players on both sides of the ball in various special teams meetings, so its only natural for him to transition into this new role as Assistant Head Coach. Plus, (this promotion) gives him a chance to get out in the public and become more involved with alumni.
"As for Clarence it is only natural for him to move into this role of recruiting coordinator because he knows the city of Houston and the high school coaches very well. It is always fortunate to have guys on your staff that have the ability to assume different roles over time."
Finally, Director of High School Relations Joe Alcoser has a new title in line with his day-to-day duties: Director of Football Recruiting. Sumlin also added Eric Morris to the staff as his offensive quality control assistant. Morris is a former Texas Tech wide receiver who lettered four seasons at wide receiver for the Red Raiders.
"Joe has really been directing our recruiting efforts from an in-house perspective for quite some time," Sumlin said. "He has handled all the on-campus visits, official and unofficial visits, and everything else pertaining to our recruiting."
Last month Sumlin completed his defensive staff with the hiring of former NFL defensive coordinator Brian Stewart as the Cougars' new defensive coordinator.
Houston is set to open its spring practice on Saturday, March 27, with the Red-White game booked for Saturday, April 24.