Texas announces hire of UGA’s Searels as OL coach

Here is the official — and quite lengthy — announcement from Texas late this afternoon on the hire of Stacy Searels as offensive line coach:

Jan. 20, 2011

Austin — Stacy Searels, the former offensive line coach at Georgia and LSU, and an All-America offensive lineman as a player at Auburn, has been named offensive line coach at Texas, head coach Mack Brown announced Thursday.

“When you’re in this profession, you want to coach at the highest level,” Searels said. “From afar, I had always been interested in The University of Texas because I thought it was one of the premier jobs in the country. You can win a championship, you have great leadership, great players, a great pool of talent to recruit from, and I think there’s no reason you can’t win and win big at Texas, and I want to be a part of that.”

Searels joins the Longhorns after coaching the offensive line at Georgia for four seasons beginning in 2007. He added the duties of running game coordinator in 2009. During his time in Athens, the Bulldogs have ranked in the Top 25 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed three times, including ranking sixth and leading the SEC in 2009 with just 12.

“We all know what a tremendous player Stacy was at Auburn, and since then, I have admired his work as a coach for many years,” Brown said. “He has a great deal of respect around the country, and at Appalachian State, LSU and Georgia, he has developed some of the best offensive lines in the nation. Will Muschamp, Arthur Johnson and Bo Davis have all worked with Stacy, and their recommendations, and those of many other coaches I talked to, could not have been any stronger. I am really excited about Stacy joining our staff.”

“When Coach Brown called, I was thrilled to hear from him,” Searels said. “His record speaks for itself, but he’s coached at some places where I’ve coached. He was at Appalachian State, and I spent seven years there, so I’ve heard stories about Coach Brown for years. I knew he was a great coach. I’ve watched him throughout his career, and I’ve seen what he’s done here at Texas. In visiting with him, he’s got a great plan for this program. He’s a great leader, and I think he’s going to get everybody focused and going in the right direction, and the future’s going to be bright. I’m so happy he asked me to be a part of this, and I’m ready to get started.”

In 2010, Georgia finished the season ranked 30th in the nation in scoring offense with an average of 32.1 ppg. That included a seven-game stretch to end the regular season where the offensive line helped the team average 41.0 ppg. During that time, the Bulldogs scored no fewer than 31 points and topped the 40-point mark five times. Senior Clint Boling led the line and was named to the Pro Football Weekly All-America Team, along with being a first-team All-SEC selection.

Boling also earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2008 and 2009 under Searels. In 2009, Georgia completed an 8-5 season with a win over Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl. The Bulldogs averaged 161.0 rushing yards per game and ranked sixth in the nation in fewest sacks.

“It was very difficult to leave the University of Georgia, and the state of Georgia where I grew up,” Searels said. “Everyone at Georgia has been so nice to me, and I’m very appreciative of my time there. Coach Mark Richt has been outstanding. He’s a fine man, and he and his family have been incredible to me and my family. It was great to learn under Coach Richt. The offensive staff with Mike Bobo, Coach (John) Lilly, Coach (Bryan) McClendon and Coach (Tony) Ball are all really great friends, along with the whole staff. We’ve been through battles together, and it was hard to leave those guys. Georgia is under new leadership with (Athletics Director) Greg McGarity. He’s going to do a great job there, and it was an honor to get to know him.”

In 2008, Searels took a line that was led by Boling, but also featured three freshman starters, and the unit ranked among the best in the nation fewest sacks allowed, giving up just 17 (21st NCAA). The offense also ranked 22nd in total offense (426.0 ypg), 29th in scoring offense (31.5 ppg) and 16th in passing offense (277.7 ypg).

Even while blocking for a high-powered passing attack, the line helped RB Knowshon Moreno garner All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association and become a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, while averaging 107.7 rushing yards per game. Georgia finished the season 10-3 and ranked No. 13/10 after defeating Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.

“Probably the biggest thing to overcome is leaving the players,” Searels said. “You build a relationship with them, they’re good kids, they work hard, they’re outstanding people, and I love every one of them. That was the hardest thing – to leave them. I can’t say enough good things about Georgia. I think they have a bright future, and it was awesome to work there.”

In his first season at Georgia, as in 2008, Searels was faced with starting three freshmen, one of which was Boling, whom he helped tutor into Freshman All-America honors in 2007. He also guided C Fernando Velasco into becoming a second-team All-SEC selection. Behind that line, Moreno earned first-team All-SEC honors and the Bulldogs completed an 11-2 campaign that ended in a Sugar Bowl win over Hawaii and a final ranking of No. 2/3. The offense averaged 177.2 rushing yards per game, while ranking 34th in the nation in scoring offense (32.6 ppg) and 13th in fewest sacks allowed (15).

“Georgia was a very tough place to leave, but Texas is one of those few places that I knew if they called, I had to look into it,” Searels said. “At the end of the day, the opportunity here was just too much to pass up.”

Searels had gone to Georgia in January 2007, after serving four years coaching the offensive line at LSU from 2003-06. During that time, the Tigers won a National Championship (2003), a SEC Championship (2003), and two SEC West titles (2003 and 2005), while compiling a 44-8 record.

LSU’s offensive unit in 2006 finished first in the SEC in total offense (417.5 ypg/11th NCAA) and scoring offense (33.7 ppg/ninth NCAA), second in rushing offense (165.8/31st NCAA) and third in passing offense (251.7/18th NCAA) and fewest sacks allowed (19/24th NCAA). The Tigers closed that season ranked third in both polls with an 11-2 record.

Searels made a habit of producing All-America linemen for LSU. He coached two first-team All-Americans in Stephen Peterman and Rimington Award winner Ben Wilkerson and a second-team All-America selection in Andrew Whitworth. Five of his Tigers linemen earned spots on NFL rosters.

In addition, during that four-year stretch, LSU’s offensive line produced a pair of first-team Academic All-Americans in Rodney Reed and Rudy Niswanger. LSU had an offensive lineman named first-team Academic All-America in four straight years.

Niswanger became one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history in 2005, winning the Draddy Trophy as college football’s top scholar-athlete, as well as being the inaugural recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy.

In Searels’ first season at LSU, the Tigers went 13-1 and won the 2003 National Championship with a 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. The offense finished the season ranked 19th in the nation in scoring offense (33.9 ppg), 27th in rushing offense (185.7 ypg), 31st in total offense (418.4 ypg) and 11th in pass efficiency (149.0).

Searels joined the staff at LSU after a two-year stint as offensive line coach at Cincinnati. While with the Bearcats, Cincinnati played in two bowl games, as well as winning the school’s first conference title since 1964 by capturing the 2002 Conference USA crown.

Prior to joining Cincinnati, Searels served as an assistant coach at Appalachian State from 1994-2000, helping the I-AA Mountaineers to five playoff appearances and a pair of Southern Conference titles.

While at Appalachian State, Searels was presented with the NCAA Award of Valor, recognizing him for his act of courage following a head-on collision involving a van carrying members of the Mountaineers football team and support staff on Sept. 30, 2000.

Searels got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 1992, working with a Tigers squad that posted a perfect 11-0 mark in 1993.

A three-year starter on the offensive line at Auburn, Searels earned first-team All-America honors from both the Associated Press and Football News as a senior in 1987. He blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson in 1985 and All-America Brent Fullwood in 1986.

Searels was a first-team All-SEC selection as both a junior and senior, and he was honored with the team’s Ken Rice Award as the school’s best blocking lineman in 1987. He played in both the Japan Bowl and the Senior Bowl before becoming a fourth-round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers in 1988. He played two seasons with the Chargers before moving to the Miami Dolphins in 1990. He ended his professional career in 1991 with the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football.

A native of Trion, Ga., Searels graduated from Auburn with a degree in marketing and transportation in 1990. He followed that with a master’s degree in higher education administration from Auburn in 1995.

Searels is married to the former Patricia Hale, and they have two daughters, Taylor and Savannah.

156 comments Add your comment

coloradobulldog

January 20th, 2011
5:24 pm

Good riddance. Now we can go after someone young & fresh to give new life to O-line.

FSUFalcon

January 20th, 2011
5:26 pm

he did jack squat at UGA…They need fresh blood…if anyting searles underachieved, big time!

Oracle of Marietta

January 20th, 2011
5:27 pm

HA! Now if Bobo would get picked-up by USC we’d be set!

barneyb

January 20th, 2011
5:30 pm

Absolutely good riddance…..baby steps….one gone, a couple more to go…..

The Ghost of Wally Butts

January 20th, 2011
5:31 pm

When the Assistants from a 6-7 team are leaving town and going to the likes of Texas A & M…..it makes a man think.

Sure is gonna be interesting to see if the top brass of the Leeburn Athletic Association can turn around the program in Athens.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

January 20th, 2011
5:32 pm

Good Riddance! We are going to lose out on Crowell anyway I’m afraid but we’ll just have to kick butt in recruiting next year.

This guy always had very disappointing offensive lines.

Of course, it could have always been Richt’s fluffy attitude that trickled to the O-line’s softness.

Couldn’t run block to save our life this year which kept the inept, although green 3-4 defense on the field.

Carlton

January 20th, 2011
5:33 pm

Haha-and Texas just lost the number 1 Offensive Tackle in the country because of the Searle’s hire. PRICELESS!!

admiral

January 20th, 2011
5:36 pm

this is the best news i’ve heard all week. now for a big hour coming up on the recruiting trail tonight…

Tom

January 20th, 2011
5:37 pm

@Ghost – It’s Texas not Texas A&M!! It will be a hell of a lot easier to win in the Big Eight than in the SEC. Texas had a down year but that is not the norm. They will be back near the top battling Oklahoma next year probably. Does not look so good for us at UGA, too many holes to fill!!

iwehb

January 20th, 2011
5:38 pm

Maybe I missed something, but I think Searles said UGA is not in the league with UT. Gracious exit.

Dean Tate

January 20th, 2011
5:42 pm

The announcement should have mentioned that Coach Richt had such confidence in his offensive line that he chose to kick a field goal on 4th and inches at the Central Florida 1 yard line.

SuperB

January 20th, 2011
5:42 pm

Good luck– and good riddance. He was a flop.

PMDawg

January 20th, 2011
5:43 pm

Now the question is does anybody want the job with Richt on the hot seat and all? And we cant put all UgA’s oline woes on Searles I still believe the s/c program was not up to par.

Scooter

January 20th, 2011
5:43 pm

I’m in the wrong profession. In sports, you can suck at your job and be fired (or about to be fired) and yet still get a new (and often better) job the very next week. Makes no sense to me.

BG

January 20th, 2011
5:44 pm

See ya! I’m glad he is gone.

Beast from the East

January 20th, 2011
5:44 pm

“Georgia was a very tough place to leave, but Texas is one of those few places that I knew if they called, I had to look into it,” Searels said. “At the end of the day, the opportunity here was just too much to pass up.”

A back-handed slap wouldn’t you say?

Inlet Dawg

January 20th, 2011
5:46 pm

After reading his resume I want to hire the guy.At least Mack Brown is taking a look at his program and trying to fix it.

Josh Smith For 3

January 20th, 2011
5:48 pm

Searels must have been paying the college sports media to say UGA’s offensive line was going to be great every year. I would have helped him pack his bags and given him a ride to the airport. Good luck in Texas but good riddance.

82Dawg

January 20th, 2011
5:50 pm

Hey Ghost… it was the university of Texas not Texas A&M, get it straight..

Steve

January 20th, 2011
5:50 pm

Wow .. and I thought UGA was hurting. Apparently Texas is in far worse shape.

As others have stated, our offensive line has done jack since he came here. They have underachieved worse than ANY other unit on our team. Glad to see him gone.

Now, let’s get someone who can turn our OLine into the force it used to be.

82Dawg

January 20th, 2011
5:51 pm

Carlton ESPN is reporting the #1 offensive tackle is switching to Auburn…will be announced tomorrow at news conference.

Bright Idea

January 20th, 2011
5:52 pm

And bloggers won’t have to spell Searels Searles anymore.

GaDawg59

January 20th, 2011
5:53 pm

Personally, I am glad he is gone. I don’t think he ever was comfortable here. It is time to get someone in here that can pump the line up and recruit. Ealy is not that bad of a back. He is a servicable back and with a decent line he can get 100 yards a game.
Good to see that Jay Rome committed, maybe this will be the start of something big.
Gol Dawgs.

Chipper

January 20th, 2011
5:55 pm

Searels gets bored after a couple of years. He certainly did nothing for the Dogs the past two years. I guess he’s a “grass is greener” coach.

Yellow Fuzz

January 20th, 2011
5:55 pm

See what I mean

Tom

January 20th, 2011
5:57 pm

@Dean Tate, 542p – Do you think Coach Smith(Falcons) would have done that?? Coach Richt is a good man but seems not too threatening with his on-field decisions?

UGA has 10 names begging to take that open job now

January 20th, 2011
5:59 pm

Nall and McWorter are two recently decorated with honors assistants that are begging to come home to UGA> we also could get Stinchcomb and TG has some names from the NFL.

UGA will name a top rated O LINE coach by Saturday night.

The I HATE UGA world will be stunned, as Richt picks up steam with his all world recruiting class. Fasten your seat belts haters.

GT? bye bye all worlld Stephon Tuitt. We knew that UGA might even sneak in and grab him before GT got him.

Gooooooooooooooooo Dogs. Sic em !

Still running untouched

January 20th, 2011
6:03 pm

Wish him all the best. Not sure if he or our players were overrated but we never seemed to be a force on the field the last two year under him when his unit was supposed to be the strength of the team. Maybe some new blood will fire up the o-line next year…we need a spark from somewhere.

What ESPN recently said about a possible UGA HC job

January 20th, 2011
6:06 pm

Last fall, ESPN ( no UGA lover ) mentioned that Ohio State AND Texas and Florida AND UGA were the precious gems of destinations for HC candidates. Why?? They named the fertile HS recruiting potential, the Athens/Lake Oconee area with life style ( golf, lakes and fabulous schools ) proximity to Atlanta and the $$$ fan base and the $$$ alumni support and the general top, top tier brand awareness that UGA has, along with the other three schools mentioned here.

Now …………………UGA haters ………………….digest that. AAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHHA

Get ready for the # 1 recruiting class in America to BE UGA.

bwell

January 20th, 2011
6:07 pm

What a day! Bye again, get a young firery coach who will make these kids bleed, a coach who will have them scared to loose there starting job on the offensive line.

Mark Richt

January 20th, 2011
6:07 pm

Stacey, let’s meet at the pool for one last swim together. Whaddya say?

dog2

January 20th, 2011
6:07 pm

Dont let the door hit you in the arse as you head to Texas….no big loss here. Jay Rome in more to commit

Mark (another one)

January 20th, 2011
6:12 pm

Losing coach Searels is a loss. His record speaks for itself. Lots of little bitching on here, but we need an offensive line coach. Any of you up to the task?

luxomni

January 20th, 2011
6:15 pm

Hey “What ESPN recently said”, the dawgies always have top recruiting classes but all they have to show for it is a Fulmer Award. CSS wasn’t your problem. Your problem is still there. woof woof.

jack bull

January 20th, 2011
6:18 pm

yep, he just plain forgot how to coach here in Athens..

Top Recruit

January 20th, 2011
6:18 pm

When I read Tucker’s column about Searels’ accomplishments at UGA I thought somewhere in there I’d find a major win or two, a SEC title or two, or at least a SEC east title. Did not find that, I did remember the record the past two years in conference and out, plus the 10th place finish in rushing in the SEC.

Now is the time for CMR to hire an aggressive line coach. Most reliable sources list these 3 coaches in the top 7 easily. Mike Markuson at Ole Miss, Todd Spencer at Tech, and Rick Trickett at FSU. They would get a ring from me if I’m CMR.

Howard

January 20th, 2011
6:20 pm

Texas already had one of the finest offensive line coaches in America in former UGA star Mac McWhorter…and he “retired.” How long will the Longhorn faithful put up with Searels?? Consider after this past Texas season that one coach quit, two retired and two have left. Does anyone find that a bit strange? What was up in Austin this past season?? Going 5-7 at Texas with all that talent and money and playing in the Big 12…there was no excuse losing to teams like UCLA, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas A & M and Baylor. At least Florida went 7-5 from losing Tebow, Hernandez and Spikes. Texas lost McCoy and Shipley and Earl Thomas…did that spell the difference in their record??

Tony

January 20th, 2011
6:20 pm

chip towers is a joke

Nick

January 20th, 2011
6:21 pm

Where do we mail “Thank You” cards to Texas????

dawgcrzy

January 20th, 2011
6:24 pm

@mark what games were you watching?

kerryb

January 20th, 2011
6:24 pm

Wait a minute. This guy did a sorry coaching job the last two years and why Mack Brown wants him is beyond me, but he has the nerve to, what looks like to me, take a slap at UGA. Second paragraph: “coach at the highest level” (which he hasn’t done), Apparently he thinks Texas (which won 5 games last year) is a premier job and Mark Richt’s team is not and he is the main reason. Also, he slaps at MArk Richt saying Texas has great leadership, he slaps at UGA players, and he obviously is dumb enough to think that Texas has great players and Georgia does not. I guess other coaches don’t think that because they won’t stay out of our state. Good riddence to him. Maybe we can finally get a good OL coach. It won’t take long for Mack Brown to see that this guy is overrated and is just an average coach at best.

Worm

January 20th, 2011
6:24 pm

Welcome back Hugh Nall..Just hired!

ned

January 20th, 2011
6:27 pm

Tim: You get a byline for writing one sentence? Where do I sign up?

kerryb

January 20th, 2011
6:28 pm

We had better offensive lines when Neil Calloway was coaching them. Anyone else noticed that our offense started going downhill when Neil Calloway left and Searles was hired. It was also better when Calloway and Richt was running the offense.

Worm

January 20th, 2011
6:30 pm

All you clowns bashing Bobo-Who do you think is the MAIN recruiter of this “dream team”…It ain’t Rodney!

Texas Wreck

January 20th, 2011
6:34 pm

Texas already had an offensive line coach from Georgia- Mac McWhorter, a darned fine guy who had plenty of talent on the roster but could not get them to move. They were weak players and the new coach has his hands full of slow, fat, average linemen. Good luck with that.

kerryb

January 20th, 2011
6:37 pm

Yea, Texas now has an average coach to go with their average linemen. Tough days ahead for Texas.

kerryb

January 20th, 2011
6:38 pm

Worm, you are right. Maybe he should be made recruiting coordinator and get us another OC.

longdog

January 20th, 2011
6:38 pm

who is hugh nall

UGASlobberknocker

January 20th, 2011
6:40 pm

I wonder what Texas based his hire on? It obviously wasnt his recent body of work