Haverty Named LU Defensive Coordinator
Trey Haverty has been named defensive coordinator announced Lamar University head football coach Ray Woodard Tuesday morning. Haverty replaces Craig McGallion who announced his retirement in November.
“Trey has got a very good background,” said Woodard. “He gained experience at TCU under Gary Patterson, coached at Texas Tech and has served as a coordinator. He has coached with some very good people and is very knowledgeable about the sport. He is eager to be defensive coordinator at this level, and I think he is going to bring some enthusiasm into our defense.”
Haverty brings 10 years of coaching experience to LU. He comes to Beaumont after spending the previous three seasons at Texas Tech working with safeties and linebackers. During his time in Lubbock, Haverty helped coach the Red Raiders to two Bowl appearances. Texas Tech defeated Arizona State in the 2013 Holiday Bowl, and faced LSU in the 2015 Texas Bowl.
Haverty spent the first two seasons in Lubbock working with the Red Raiders’ safeties before moving to outside linebackers in 2015. He made the switch linebackers for the 2015 campaign. During his time working with the safeties, Haverty produced one of the nation’s best in J.J. Gaines. During his senior season, Gaines was fifth on the team with 63 tackles and recorded two interceptions.
Prior to his stint with Texas Tech, Haverty spent two seasons at TCU coaching on both sides of the ball and helped coach the team to two bowl appearances. During the 2011 season, he worked with the Horned Frog safeties, before making the switch to the offensive side of the ball to coach receivers. That season the Horned Frogs advanced to the Poinsettia Bowl.
As coach of the safeties, Haverty mentored Tekerrein Cuba into a second-team All-Mountain West selection. That same season, freshman Jonathan Anderson recorded 17 stops against BYU which was the most tackles by a TCU player since the 2004 campaign. He switched to receivers and helped the Horned Frogs make a successful transition into the Big 12 the following season, and produced an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, Josh Boyce.
“Lamar University is the right place for me,” said Haverty. “Being a defensive coordinator at the Division I level is something that I want to do. I’ve been around some good coaches in my career, and I believe the timing is right for me. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Beaumont and the university, and I’m ready to get to work.”
Haverty began his coaching career in 2006 working with receivers at Cisco Junior College. Following that season, Haverty made his first coaching stop at TCU to serve as a graduate assistant coach for the Horned Frogs. He spent the next three seasons working with the TCU defense before being named defensive coordinator at Millsaps College.