Red Raiders complete 2018 football coaching staff

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LUBBOCK - Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced the completion of his coaching staff for the 2018 season Thursday with the hiring of Adam Scheier as special teams coordinator.

The addition of Scheier, who spent the 2017 season as a quality control coach at Ohio State, brings Tech to a full staff of 10 assistant coaches now allowed by the NCAA. In addition to the hiring of Scheier, Kingsbury has also promoted third-year linebackers coach Zac Spavital to co-defensive coordinator.

"We're excited to complete our staff with Coach Scheier and also announce the promotion of Coach Spavital," Kingsbury said. "Coach Scheier will bring an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm to our special teams units. I'm excited for him to join our program."

Scheier arrives in Lubbock having coordinated special teams units in each of his last 18 years as a collegiate coach with similar stops at Wake Forest (2014-16), Bowling Green (2009-13), Lehigh (2002-08) and Princeton (2000-01).

"I'm thankful for the opportunity to join Coach Kingsbury and his staff at Texas Tech," Scheier said. "I look forward to developing relationships with our players and getting started with spring practice this weekend. My family and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the Lubbock community and join the Red Raider family."

A 22-year collegiate coaching veteran, Scheier helped build several of the nation's top special teams units during his three years at Wake Forest as the Demon Deacons ranked fourth nationally in net punting during his first season in 2014 and then eighth in 2015. Wake Forest led the ACC each of those two seasons and also ranked 13th nationally for kickoff coverage in 2014.

Alex Kinal became one of the nation's top punters under Scheier's guidance as he was a two-time semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. Kinal ended his tenure at Wake Forest ranked fourth all-time in career punting as he averaged 41.8 yards per punt over his four seasons.

Scheier, who was also the tight ends coach at Wake Forest and Bowling Green, was instrumental in the development of Cam Serigne, who set the Wake Forest single-season record for receptions by a tight end as just a redshirt freshman in 2014. Serigne caught 54 passes for 531 yards and five touchdowns that season, earning second team Freshman All-America honors by College Football News and third team accolades by Athlon Sports.

Serigne, who played three seasons under Scheier, added 562 receiving yards through the air the following season, which ranked second all-time among Wake Forest tight ends. He closed his career in 2017 as the school's all-time career leader for both receptions and receiving yards by a tight end.

Scheier was similarly successful during his stint at Bowling Green as the Falcons regularly ranked among the top special-teams units in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). During his five-year tenure, Bowling Green blocked 16 kicks, returned three kickoffs for a touchdown and added four more touchdowns via punts during that span alone.

In his final season, Bowling Green led the MAC and finished fourth in the nation for punt return average. Bowling Green returned two punts for a touchdown in 2013 as the Falcons led the MAC and ranked fourth nationally in punt return average. The Falcons were also the conference leader for kickoff return average as the Falcons finished 14th nationally in the category.

Bowling Green returned a punt for a touchdown in 2012 as well as Scheier led a special teams unit that was third in the MAC for punt return average. The Falcons notched a pair of blocked kicks in a win over Ohio that season and then added a blocked punt against San Jose State in the Military Bowl.

Scheier tutored Brian Schmiedebusch to All-MAC honors in both 2011 and 2012 as he was among the top punters in the country. Schmiedebusch averaged an impressive 45.3 yards per punt in 2011, which ranked fifth nationally and helped the Falcons finish fifth nationally as a team in net punting.

Schmiedebusch, a Ray Guy Award semifinalist, closed the 2011 campaign ranked eighth in MAC history for single-season punting average and second all-time among Bowling Green greats. He connected on three punts that went for 70 yards on the season, including a booming 81-yarder that was just the third in school history to go over 80 yards.

Bowling Green relied heavily on its tight ends throughout his tenure as Scheier's position group earned All-MAC honors on three occasions with Jimmy Scheidler in 2009 and Alex Bayer in both 2012 and 2013. The Falcons won the MAC title in 2013 as Bayer ranked second on the team with 37 receptions for 593 yards and four touchdowns.

Scheier began his coaching career shortly after a four-year career at Dartmouth College where he was named the Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior. He earned his degree in psychology from Dartmouth shortly after his playing career concluded in 1995.

Scheier, a native of The Bronx, New York, remained at Dartmouth for the 1996 season where he assisted in coaching the secondary. He moved to Columbia University a year later to coach the strong safeties and outside linebackers for three seasons (1997-99). While in New York, he also earned his master's degree in education from Columbia in 1998.

Scheier and his wife, Erica, have three daughters, Callie, Riley and Maddie, as well as a son, Brady.

2018 – Texas Tech Assistant Coach (Special Teams Coordinator)
2017 – Ohio State Quality Control Coach (Kicking)
2014-16 – Wake Forest Assistant Coach (Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends)
2009-13 – Bowling Green Assistant Coach (Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends)
2005-08 – Lehigh Assistant Coach (Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
2002-04 – Lehigh Assistant Coach (Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs)
2000-01 – Princeton Assistant Coach (Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
1997-99 – Columbia Assistant Coach (Strong Safeties/Outside Linebackers)
1996 – Dartmouth Assistant Coach (Secondary)

Kliff Kingsbury – Head Coach
David Gibbs – Defensive Coordinator
Kevin Johns – Offensive Coordinator/Inside Receivers
Clay McGuire – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs
Zac Spavital – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Brett Dewhurst – Safeties
Terrance Jamison – Defensive Line
Clay Jennings – Defensive Backs
Brandon Jones - Offensive Line
Emmett Jones – Outside Receivers
Adam Scheier – Special Teams Coordinator
Rusty Whitt – Strength and Conditioning Coach