Texas hires Todd Orlando as defensive coordinator

Todd Orlando (KXAN Photo)
Todd Orlando (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tom Herman added four members to his Longhorn football staff on Monday, including Todd Orlando as defensive coordinator.

Herman also hired Craig Naivar as co-defensive coordinator, Yancy McKnight as strength and conditioning coach and Tory Teykl as director of football operations. All four coaches join the Longhorns from Herman’s former staff at Houston.

“I couldn’t be more excited about adding this group of tremendous coaches and staff to our team at Texas,” Herman said. “Todd is as good as it comes in a defensive coordinator. He did an unbelievable job for us at Houston and has a long track record of leading defenses that speaks for itself. Craig was a critical part of our defensive staff at Houston and brings deep Texas roots and great relationships across this state.”

Tom Herman talks to the media during a news conference where he was introduced as Texas' new head football coach, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Tom Herman talks to the media during a news conference where he was introduced as Texas’ new head football coach, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Orlando has spent the past 12 seasons as a defensive coordinator, leading Houston’s defense for the past two seasons. This year, Houston finished with the 4th best rushing defense in the country.

“It’s a great opportunity to get back with Coach Herman and especially the defensive staff,” Orlando said. “To have a chance to win championships at one of the greatest institutions in the country is exciting to me and my family.”

“Our defense is going to be multiple,” Orlando said. “It’s an attack kind of mode. It’s player-friendly in terms of the concepts, and it’s very learnable. To have some of the athletes that I know we are going to have here, to be able to do it will be exciting.”