Three Texas support staff included in On3’s rising coaches viz.
Second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian has built a strong coaching staff in Texas.
A few assistant coaches such as Jeff Banks, Brennan Marion, Tashard Choice and others are destined to become head coaches one day. There are also a few assistants on staff who are not full-time assistants at the moment, but may become one in the near future.
Matt Zenitz from On3 Sports recently took a look 65 support staff on the rise in the college football landscape. He gathered feedback from the coaching world to identify the top candidates currently filling supporting positions.
Texas had three assistants included on the roster in offensive analyst John Dozier Dean, senior defensive analyst Henry Fernandez and offensive analyst Ray Pickering.
Zenitz noted that Dean helps with the Texas quarterback and wide receiver units and was hired by Steve Sarkisian after working with him as a student assistant in Alabama. “He was the only Crimson Tide staffer Sarkisian took to Texas with him, other than full-time assistants Kyle Flood, Jeff Banks and AJ Milwee,” Zenitz said.
As for Fernandez, he is currently attending Texas high school. He followed Pete Kwiatkowski to Texas after spending the 2019 and 2020 seasons as a graduate assistant under Kwiatkowski in Washington. Zenitz mentioned that Fernandez is a former Sacramento State linebacker and recorded 106 tackles as a senior in 2014.
Pickering joined the Texas team after one season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lane. Prior to his move to Division II, Pickering spent 12 years as an offensive coordinator at a high school in Mississippi.
Each of the three support staff members is widely respected in the Texas football program.