Houston head football coach Tony Levine announced the hiring of Doug Meacham as the program’s offensive coordinator Monday along with the promotion of current assistant Travis Bush to assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator.
Meacham comes to Houston after serving the last eight years as the inside receivers/tight ends coach and passing game coordinator at Oklahoma State where the football program experienced one of its most successful eras while consistently ranking among the nation’s top offenses. The high-powered offensive attack helped lead OSU to seven bowl games including a 2012 Fiesta Bowl win over Stanford.
“We are excited to welcome Doug, his wife Kendall and their children Peyton, Cole and Brooks to the University of Houston family,” said Levine who is coming off his first season as Houston’s head coach. “Throughout the last eight seasons, Oklahoma State has continually set a benchmark for offenses across the nation. The explosive, high-scoring product they placed on the field is synonymous with what the University of Houston has seen in the past and what we plan to replicate in the future. We feel the combination of skills from he and Travis, along with the rest of our offensive staff, will benefit the program and its student-athletes greatly.”
In five of Meacham’s eight years with Oklahoma State, the Cowboy offense averaged over 40 points per game and ranked seventh or better nationally in total offense. The 2012 Oklahoma State offense averaged 547 yards and 45.7 points per game.
From 2010-12 alone, the Cowboys scored more than 50 points 15 times, broke the 60-point mark in seven contests, the 70-point mark twice and the 80-point plateau.
“I’m obviously extremely excited to join the University of Houston family. Tony Levine is an unbelievable man and I’m really looking forward to being in a position under his leadership,” said Meacham. “What really captured my attention about the University of Houston is how progressive of a place it is. The administration has the University headed in the right direction and I’m excited about the program’s future.”
Under Meacham’s watch, sophomore receiver Josh Stewart earned All-Big 12 honors in 2012 as he finished the year with 101 receptions for 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns. Josh Cooper, now a member of the Cleveland Browns, finished in the top 10 of the Big 12 in receiving in both 2010 and 2011.
“I’ve had a long-standing relationship with Doug Meacham. We were teammates as players and we’ve coached together for as long as I’ve been head coach at Oklahoma State,” said Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy. “This is an exciting opportunity for him and his family and one that I know he’ll do well with. Houston is getting someone who has been very helpful to Oklahoma State’s offensive success. We wish him the best.”
A first-round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft, tight end Brandon Pettigrew was a finalist for the 2008 Mackey Award under Meacham as the 2008 Cowboy offense that ranked among the top 10 nationally in rushing, total offense, scoring and pass efficiency.
“I coached with Doug at Oklahoma State and he did an excellent job. I’m thrilled to see him receive this opportunity to be the offensive coordinator at Houston,” said North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora. “He’s a very innovative coach who understands how to scheme a defense and will generate a lot of excitement with his style of play. He’s always been a fantastic recruiter and he develops great relationships with his players throughout their careers. He has a great family and I wish him nothing but success at Houston.”
Prior to his time at Oklahoma State, Meacham was instrumental in establishing a record-setting offense at Samford in his three seasons as the program’s offensive coordinator. He directed an attack in 2004 that set several school records, including passing yards (2,986), pass completions (256) and completion percentage (59.8).
Prior to Samford, Meacham worked the same kind of magic at Henderson State, where he was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. During the 2000 season at Henderson State, Meacham coached an offense that broke two Division II national passing and receiving records, four Gulf South Conference records and nine school passing and receiving records.
Meacham’s history of record-breaking offenses began even before his stint at Henderson. He joined the staff at Jacksonville State as offensive coordinator in 1997 and in just his first season, JSU went 7-4 and recorded the biggest turnaround in Division I-AA. During his tenure at Jacksonville State, Meacham’s offensive unit broke 21 school passing and receiving records.
Meacham also spent three years as the offensive coordinator at Georgia Military College. He first joined the GMC staff in 1991 and served as offensive line and tight ends coach. In 1994, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and helped guide the school to an impressive 35-8 record during his tenure.
A three-year starting offensive lineman at Oklahoma State (1983-86) and an honorable mention All-American as a senior, Meacham was born Dec. 16, 1964, in Arlington, Texas. He is married to the former Kendall Deas and they have three children: Peyton, Cole and Brooks.
The 2013 season will mark the second with the Houston program for Bush who began 2012 as the program’s running backs coach before taking over as the team’s quarterbacks coach and offensive play caller in the season’s second week.
In 2013, Houston returns 1,768 of its 1,814 rushing yards (97.5 percent), 2,964 of its 3,936 passing yards (75.3 percent) and 3,511 of its 3,936 receiving yards (89.3 percent).