Feb. 22, 2010
The three announcements come as Dykes continues to complete his coaching staff in preparation for a March 17 spring practice start date. The hirings are subject to approval from the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana system.
Koonz joins the Louisiana Tech family after serving as a defensive quality control assistant at Texas last season, helping lead the Longhorns to a Big 12 title and appearance in the BCS national championship game against Alabama.
"I am really excited to have Jeff [Koonz]] join our staff," said Dykes. "He comes very highly recommended and has worked under some great defensive-minded coaches like Gene Chizik and Will Muschamp. He brings a lot of knowledge and will be a tremendous asset to the program. He has great experience for a young coach, coming from top programs and learning from successful people."
Prior to his one-year stint at Texas, Koonz was the secondary coach at Iowa State for two seasons under Chizik while also assisting with special teams. Koonz's year as overseeing the defensive quality control at Texas was his second stint with the Longhorns having previously served as a graduate assistant coach in Austin during the 2005-06 seasons, coaching the linebackers.
"What a great opportunity this is to be a part of a wonderful program like Tech's," Koonz said. "Coach Dykes' reputation in the football profession is phenomenal and to be a part of what he is doing at Louisiana Tech is exciting."
Kevin Curtis joins the staff coaching the cornerbacks after serving two years at Navarro Junior College where he coached the secondary. While at Navarro, Curtis' teams went 21-2, won two conference championships and were the 2009 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl champions. Curtis' teams were ranked first in the country in interceptions and had five all-conference honorees while he recruited the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and West Texas areas.
Curtis was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Big 12 safety at Texas Tech, playing for the Red Raiders when Dykes was on the Texas Tech staff. After a successful collegiate career, Curtis was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent three seasons. After one year with the Houston Texas, Curtis played two year as the team captain for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe before returning to the United States to coach.
"I am very pleased to bring Kevin Curtis on our staff," Dykes said. "I had an opportunity to work with and get to know him at Texas Tech where he was a great player. Kevin is an outstanding person whom I had the chance to see coach when I recruited the Navarro area and I knew it wouldn't be long before he was a highly sought-after coach on the Division I level. He is a great recruiter and will be a very strong, positive role model for our players."
Also joining the staff as a graduate assistant coach on the defensive side will be Trey Haverty. Haverty joins the Bulldogs after spending three years at TCU as a graduate assistant with the Horned Frogs, where he helped coach the nation's top-ranked defense in 2009.
Haverty joined TCU after serving as wide receivers coach in 2006. His first coaching position was at Midlothian High School in 2004.
As a senior at Texas Techh in 2004, Haverty led the Big 12 in receptions (7&) while placing second in receiving yards (1,019). Originally a walk-on player, Havery was a second team All-American by Sports Illustrated and a third team Associated Press All-American pick.
Haverty had 110 receptions for 1,326 yards and seven touchdowns in his Red Raider career (2001-04).
"Trey is an outstanding coach with a great future ahead of him," Dykes said. "We are so fortunate to have him join us here at Louisiana Tech. He brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge about the game and we are very fortunate to get him."
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