Coaching carousel finally over as Brown hires Georgia’s Searels

Jon Parrett

Mack Brown finally found his man.

Texas filled its final coaching staff vacancy yesterday, naming Stacy Searels as offensive line coach.

Searels spent the past three seasons as the offensive line coach for Georgia.
“When you’re in this profession, you want to coach at the highest level,” Searels said in a statement. “From afar, I had always been interested in the University of Texas because I thought it was one of the premiere jobs in the country.”

Searels replaces Mac McWhorter, who retired in December after seven seasons at Texas.

“I have admired [Searels’] work as a coach for many years,” Brown said. “He has a great deal of respect around the country, and he has developed some of the best offensive lines in the nation.”

Searels brings a great pedigree and a wealth of knowledge about the offensive line to Texas. Before coaching at Georgia, Searels served as the offensive line coach for LSU from 2003-2006, where he won a national championship in 2003. While at LSU, Searels coached two All-American offensive linemen and five that went on to make NFL rosters.

In his playing days, Searels was a three-year starter as an offensive lineman at Auburn. He blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson in 1986 and earned First Team All-America honors as a senior in 1987.

While he may have started his college football career in the SEC, Searels said the talent and leadership at Texas was what tempted him to stray.

“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.”