Jan. 2, 2011
Darrell Wyatt, the co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Kansas, has been named wide receivers coach/co-recruiting coordinator at Texas, Mack Brown said on Sunday.
“We are so excited about the addition of Darrell to our staff,” Brown said. “He's not only one of the best wide receiver coaches in the country, but he also brings expertise as an offensive coordinator. Darrell's someone who has coached in the NFL and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top recruiters. He has extensive experience working in the Big 12 and recruiting in all parts of Texas. He is a great addition to our staff."
Prior to spending the 2010 season with the Jayhawks, Wyatt was the associate head coach/offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Southern Mississippi.
“This is just a tremendous opportunity for me and my family,” Wyatt said. “Being a part of a program with such great history and tradition is very exciting. Having grown up in Texas and having played high school football here, it's great to come home to work for The University in the state.
“Texas is the type of place where the sky's the limit on what you can accomplish. They have great resources, a tremendous fan base and compete for championships. The level of expectations are extremely high and that's something I definitely will embrace.”
In two seasons with the Golden Eagles, Wyatt’s offenses were among the nation’s best. In 2008, USM broke 36 offensive school records en route to producing 5,636 yards of total offense, which ranked 20th nationally, the school’s highest-ever statistical ranking. In 2009, USM was ranked 19th in the country in scoring offense at 33 points per contest, while its balanced attack produced 418 yards per game to rank 31st in the nation.
“Coach Brown is pulling together a lot of new staff members and I'm thrilled to be a part of that energy,” Wyatt said. “He's a guy I'm really looking forward to working for because he's won at the highest level and always does it with class. Coach Brown has great respect in the profession, supports a tremendous family atmosphere and empowers his coaches to do things the right way.”
Wyatt started his coaching career at Trinity Valley CC (1989-91) in Athens, Texas, before continuing at Sam Houston State (1992-94), Wyoming (1995) and Baylor (1996). He then began his first stint at Kansas, where he spent four seasons, the last of which was as offensive coordinator in 2000. Wyatt spent the 2001 season at Oklahoma State as passing game coordinator before moving to the staff at Oklahoma for four seasons.
At Oklahoma, he helped the Sooners to four bowl games as the wide receivers coach. He was the passing game coordinator in his final year, when he coached three receivers who were first-day NFL draft picks and who started professionally as rookies.
Wyatt left Oklahoma to spend one season in the NFL as the wide receivers coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. He returned to the college game, serving as the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at Arizona in 2007 before going to USM. In his one year at Arizona, the Wildcats ranked 10th nationally in passing yards per game (308.5).
“I've been recruiting Texas for a long time and have developed a great rapport with the high school coaches,” Wyatt said. “I'm really looking forward to continuing to build on that. My wife's family lives in San Antonio, my sister lives nearby, so it's a great to be coming home to Texas.”
Wyatt started his collegiate playing career as a wide receiver at Trinity Valley CC before playing two seasons at Kansas State (1987-88). He graduated from KSU with a degree in sociology in 1989.
Wyatt is a native of Killeen, Texas, and earned All-Central Texas honors in football at Killeen High School. He and his wife Cindy have two children, Desmond and Charese.