One of the nation's brightest young assistant coaches, former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury is in his first season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M.
Kingsbury comes from the University of Houston where he played a key role in the Cougars' record-setting 13-victory season in 2011. The Cougars finished 2011 with a 13-1 record and posted the program's highest final BCS finish in school history.
Kingsbury served as co-offensive coordinator and QB coach for the Cougars, and was named Offensive Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop.com. The Cougars led the nation in total offense, passing offense and scoring in 2011, while record-setting quarterback Case Keenum placed seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting and won the Sammy Baugh Award.
With Kingsbury calling the offensive plays, the Cougars averaged 599.1 total yards per game, including 450.1 through the air, while scoring over 49 points per game. The Cougars scored over 70 points in two games in 2001, and finished the year with a 30-14 win over Penn State in the Ticket City Bowl.
Kingsbury was instrumental in the continued development of Keenum, who finished his illustrious career as the most prolific passer in NCAA FBS history. In his one season with Kingsbury as his QB coach, Keenum completed 428-of-604 passes for 5,631 yards and 48 touchdowns, all NCAA FBS bests.
In his first season as quarterbacks coach in 2010, 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.
After an eight-year professional football career, Kingsbury entered the coaching ranks in the spring of 2008 when he joined Sumlin's staff as an offensive quality control assistant. A sixth-round draft pick in 2003 by the New England Patriots, Kingsbury played for five NFL teams and also saw action in the Canadian Football League and the All-American Football League.
Kingsbury was drafted by Bill Belichick and the Patriots after a record-setting career 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. As a senior he was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy, annually presented to the nation's best college quarterback.
The first in a long line of record-setting Texas Tech quarterbacks under then-head coach Mike Leach, 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 Academic Player of the Year honors in 2002.
A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Kingsbury graduated from Texas Tech in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in management.
THE KINGSBURY FILE
Birthdate: Aug. 9, 1979
Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas
High School: New Braunfels
College: Texas Tech, bachelor's degree in management, 2001
2011- : Texas A&M (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2010-11: Houston (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2008-09: Houston (Offensive Quality Control Assistant)
2011: Ticket City (Houston)
2009: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces (Houston)
2008: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces (Houston)
2008: Team Texas (All-American Football League)
2007: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL), Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
2006: Buffalo Bills, Cologne Centurions (NFL Europe)
2005: Denver Broncos, New York Jets
2004-05: New Orleans Saints
2003-04: New England Patriots
1998-02: Texas Tech