Texas adds Jeff Traylor, Brick Haley to football staff

Ezra Siegel

Texas head coach Charlie Strong added two more members to his staff Friday morning. 

Texas announced that Jeff Traylor, former Gilmer High School head coach, is officially joining as its new special teams and tight ends coach, while Brick Haley, former LSU defensive line coach, is taking the same spot at Texas. 

Traylor fills an opening left by former tight ends coach Bruce Chambers, who was dismissed in December after holding that spot since 2003. He marks the second major addition to Strong’s staff this offseason, with new wide receivers coach Jay Norvell joining the team in January.

"Having an opportunity to coach at the University of Texas is a dream come true," Traylor said. "It's special because of what it stands for in the state, the tradition, the pride and how proud people are to be from there. It's just a unique place. They do things right, and who doesn't want to be a part of that? When you believe in the man that's calling you, and you believe in the place you're going, you've got to be a part of it."

At Gilmer, Traylor coached 14 consecutive winning seasons and produced several top college recruits, including incoming Texas cornerback Kris Boyd. In 2014, he capped off an undefeated season with his third state championship.

Strong hopes Traylor can make an impact as a coach and a recruiter. With years of experience in coaching Texas high school football, Traylor is a familiar face for in-state recruiting prospects and their coaches. The Longhorns hope this familiarity translates into better recruiting and ultimately better on-field success.

"Jeff's a tremendous football coach who has built a program at Gilmer that has had unbelieveable success," Strong said. "He's a guy that we've watched, admired and really gotten to know. East Texas has so many great players that it really helps us to have a guy like Jeff on staff that knows the area so well. We're excited to have him on board."

Haley joins the Longhorns after serving as the defensive line coach for LSU since 2009. With the Tigers, he led a line that tallied 109 sacks and forced 42 turnovers during his six years. Haley helped lead an inexperienced defensive line at LSU, which he will also be tasked with at Texas. The Longhorns will lose star linemen Malcom Brown and Cedric Reed this season. 

"Brick is a guy we're so excited to be bring on our staff." Strong said. "He has such a great reputation for developing defensive lineman and has developed so many great players over the years. He just brings so much experience as a coach having worked not only with the defensive line, but also as a defensive coordinator."

Haley also has experience coaching at Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Baylor.