Although the talk surrounding Missouri's football coaching staff this offseason has been mostly about departures, head coach Barry Odom announced an arrival on Thursday.
Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs is joining the Tigers as a defensive assistant coach.
“I’m excited to have David join our staff,” Odom said in a release. “He’s got an extensive track record of success in his career, and I’m confident he’ll be a great addition to our athletic department, football program and defensive room."
Gibbs' coaching career spans 25 years, including 11 years at the college level and nine years in the NFL as a defensive backs coach.
From 2015-18, Gibbs' Texas Tech defenses were known for forcing turnovers. During the 2017 campaign, the Red Raider defense led the Big 12 Conference and ranked sixth in the nation with 29 forced turnovers, four of which led to defensive scores.
Prior to his tenure at Texas Tech, Gibbs served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Houston from 2013-14 alongside current Missouri linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves. Between his Houston and Texas Tech teams, Gibbs' defenses forced a combined 140 turnovers.
“I’m very grateful and excited to be part of Coach Odom’s program. This is an outstanding opportunity for me and my family,” Gibbs said in a release. “I’ve known about Mizzou and Columbia for a long time, and I’ve got a ton of respect for Coach Odom and the type of program he runs. I’m looking forward to getting going there and helping Mizzou continue to build upward."
In the NFL, Gibbs spent a combined nine seasons with the Broncos, Chiefs and Texans as a defensive backs coach. With Gibbs on staff, the teams he coached finished in the top 12 in total defense five times and advanced to the NFL Playoffs thrice.
Gibbs spent 2006-08 in Kansas City, helping a Chiefs defense that went from 25th in total defense in 2005 to 12th overall. The Chiefs allowed only one 300-yard passer in each of Gibbs' first two seasons in Kansas City.
In 2018, Missouri ranked 62nd in FBS in total defense, allowing 5,050 yards and giving up 39 touchdowns.
McGee becomes full-time assistant coach
Odom also announced Thursday that interim tight ends coach Garrick McGee has been promoted to a full-time assistant on the Tigers' staff.
McGee joined the MU football staff just before the 2018 season as a senior offensive analyst. He had a hand in the Tigers' success last season with an offense that ranked 13th in the nation in total offense and 18th nationally in scoring at 36.6 points per game.
Following the departure of former tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley, McGee stepped in to the interim position for the Liberty Bowl and oversaw tight end Kendall Blanton's career-high four catches for 35 yards and a touchdown during the loss to Oklahoma State.
“This past year as part of Coach Odom’s staff showed me that I fit with his culture here at Mizzou, and I’m very appreciative of having the opportunity to continue to be part of it,” McGee said in a release. “I really enjoyed being part of Coach (Derek) Dooley’s staff this year, and was impressed with the chemistry and culture within the building. Having the chance to continue to work with the entire offensive staff and these young men is very exciting to me."
Dooley is the Tigers' offensive coordinator.
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