Curtis played defensive back for the Red Raiders from 1998 to 2001.
The swagger is back on the South Plains. The Texas Tech sideline will now be patrolled by former quarterback Kliff Kingsbury. One of Coach Kingsbury’s first orders of business will be to put together his coaching staff. Kingsbury won’t be the only former Red Raider great coming home.
Eric Morris played inside receiver for Texas Tech between 2005 and 2008 and will now return to coach on the offensive side of the ball in Lubbock. Morris spent last season on Mike Leach’s staff at Washington State and previous to that spent two years on Kevin Sumlin’s staff at the University of Houston. During his time as a Red Raider, Morris played a big role on special teams as well as catching more than 60 passes in a season. Before playing for Texas Tech, Morris was a standout at Shallowater High School where he earned All South Plains super team offensive player of the year his senior year. The experience that Morris brings to the table is invaluable for Kingsbury and the Red Raiders.
On the defensive side of the ball Kingsbury will add Kevin Curtis who played defensive back for the Red Raiders from 1998 to 2001. Curtis was drafted in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. For three years Curtis was a part of the 49ers organization before playing one season with the Houston Texans and was a team captain for the Cologne Centurions in NFL Europe for two seasons. After playing in Europe, Curtis returned to the United States to coach. Coaching at Navarro Junior College, Curtis’ teams had a combined 21 – 2 record including winning the 2009 Heart of Texas bowl game. After two seasons at Navarro, Curtis joined the coaching staff at Louisiana Tech to coach cornerbacks. Just like Morris, Curtis is from a local high school. He played at Coronado High School in Lubbock before playing for Texas Tech. Curtis played quarterback at Coronado where he was voted district 3 – 5A most valuable player.
Adding former Red Raider standouts is part of Coach Kingsbury’s plan to keep the swagger on the south plains, but both Coach Curtis and Coach Morris are local legends which will greatly increase the chances of the Red Raiders keeping local talent close to home. Success stories like these will likely resound through the new coaching staff as both youth and loyalty are two characteristics Coach Kingsbury is looking for to help to continuously build the Texas Tech football program and reunite the fan base.