A three-time “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year finalist, Kevin Sumlin is the first Texas A&M football coach to win three consecutive bowl games, and amass more than 27 wins (28) in his first three years. Under his guidance A&M has earned road victories over three top-10 teams, shattered SEC offensive records and produced the first freshman winner of the Heisman Trophy in Johnny Manziel. Sumlin came to Aggieland from the University of Houston, where in his first season at the helm the Cougars won the Armed Forces Bowl over Air Force — their first bowl win in 28 years. He compiled a 35-17 record at Houston before he was hired by the Aggies after the 2011 season.
Affectionally known as “Chief,” John Chavis is among the most revered defensive coordinators in the SEC and nation after two decades spent honing his craft. He came to Texas A&M prior to the 2015 season following six seasons at LSU, where his defenses paved the way for an SEC title and earned him the 2011 Broyles Award as the nation's best assistant coach. Prior to that Chavis was defensive coordinator for Tennessee during a 1995-2008 run of two SEC championships and the 1998 national title. At both stops he also coached linebackers, a role he continues in Aggieland.
A record-setting offensive mind, Noel Mazzone joined the Texas A&M staff after four years with the UCLA Bruins. Under Mazzone’s tutelage, UCLA experienced unprecedented success both through the air and on the ground. The 2015 Bruins offense set a school record with six 500-yard games. UCLA also set school high-marks for single season rushing yards, career rushing yards, total offense in a game and career total yardage, amongst others, during Mazzone’s tenure. Before he joined the UCLA staff, Mazzone spent two seasons at Arizona State. He previously worked with the New York Jets, as well as countless collegiate programs in the ACC, Big Ten, SEC and PAC-12.
A special teams expert, Jeff Banks guided punter Drew Kaser to first team All-American and Ray Guy Award finalist honors in 2013, his first season on the A&M sidelines. He also helped oversee improvement in the kicking game with Josh Lambo in 2013-14 and coaches the Aggie tight ends. Once an all conference punter himself at Washington State, Banks oversaw the running backs, special teams and punters from 2004-2012 at UTEP. During that time, the Miners set the standard in Conference USA special teams and Donald Bruckham rushed for 1,594 yards, a school record.
With more than half of his 30-year coaching career coming in the SEC, it’s safe to say David Turner is comfortable in college football’s top conference. In his final two seasons at Mississippi State, the Bulldogs defense made 180 tackles for loss (including a school record 98 in 2015) and 68 sacks. During a prior stop at Kentucky, the Wildcats’ defensive line improved dramatically each season under Turner’s watch. He has served on college staffs for 12 bowl games, while coaching and mentoring countless NFL talents, and is considered one of the top defensive line coaches in the country.
When it comes to coaching Texas A&M's offensive linemen, few — if any — are as proven as former marine Jim Turner. In 2016 the veteran coach returned to Aggieland, a place he is quite familiar with after spending four seasons (2008-11) on the A&M sidelines. During that time Turner recruited the likes of Jake Matthews, Luke Joeckel and Mike Evans, among others. His prowess as a coach extended to the field of play, as well. During the 2011 season Turner’s offensive line gave up just nine sacks (third in the country) and the Aggies ranked second in the nation in red zone conversion. Turner most recently served as O-line coach for the Miami Dolphins and has been a part of coaching staffs for Boston College, Delaware, Harvard and others.
In addition to being an elite recruiter, Clarence McKinney has proved to be an invaluable part of spread offenses during his coaching tenure. After coming to Texas A&M as running backs coach with Kevin Sumlin in 2012, McKinney helped A&M lead the SEC in rushing in his first season before taking over OC duties in the 2013 Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma. He maintained both roles through the 2013 regular season, before returning to a focus on the running backs. McKinney joined Sumlin’s staff at Houston in 2008 after a progression through the Texas high school coaching ranks. In his first season there he helped Bryce Beall become the first freshman in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards.
Aaron Moorehead takes over leadership of Texas A&M's wide receiver corps heading into the 2015 season. Before his arrival in Aggieland, Moorehead spent two years at Virginia Tech as wide receivers coach. Under his guidance in 2013, three Hokie receivers caught 40 passes for the first time. Prior stops included three years with the Stanford Cardinal, where he helped four receivers reach the NFL, and New Mexico. After a four-year career at Illinois, which included a Big Ten championship in 2001, Moorehead spent five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He and his father Emery (1985) became the only father/son duo to both play in and win a Super Bowl after the Colts claimed the trophy in 2006.
A defensive standout during his time as a player at Texas A&M, Terry Price led the defensive line in tackles during his final two seasons. As a coach, Price has spent his entire career on SEC sidelines. Since returning to A&M in 2012, he’s helped Damontre Moore reach All-American status and Myles Garrett break the SEC freshman sack record with 11.5 in 2014. Price previously spent two- and three-year stints leading the defensive line at Ole Miss, with a tour on Auburn’s defensive staff from 1999-2008 in between. Auburn led the SEC in sacks in 2005, including 11 against Alabama alone.