Eric Russell joined the TCU football staff prior to the 2015 campaign.
Russell came to TCU after spending the previous three seasons as assistant head coach and special teams coordinator at Washington State University.
In his final season with the Cougars, Russell guided the special teams units to another year of improvement as the kickoff coverage team finished tied for first in the Pac-12 and the punt return team was fourth in the conference in return average. The Cougars also blocked three kicks during the season including a USC field goal attempt in the 10-7 victory over the Trojans in Los Angeles. Russell also saw senior kicker Andrew Furney close out his career earning All-Pac-12 accolades for the second straight season after recording the fifth-most points in WSU single-season history.
In 2012, the Cougars’ special teams saw improvement across the board as WSU improved in three of four categories over 2011.
Russell, who previously worked on Mike Leach’s staff at Texas Tech, had spent the previous two years as tight ends/special teams coach at Tennessee.
In 2011, the Volunteers ranked in the upper half of the Southeast Conference in three of four special teams categories, ranking fourth in kickoff returns and sixth in punt returns and kickoff coverage.
During his first season in Knoxville, Russell sparked improvement in UT’s special teams units. The Vols successfully pulled off two fake punts for first downs and a kickoff reverse that sent true freshman Da’Rick Rogers on a 78-yard runback.
The 44-year-old Russell has a reputation as one of the top special teams coaches in the country and was special teams coordinator at Texas Tech in 2009 under Leach. For his efforts, Russell was a nominee for the 2009 Frank Broyles Awards honoring the nation’s top assistant coaches.
The St. Maries, Idaho, native arrived in Lubbock after two highly successful seasons in the same position at Louisiana Tech under Derek Dooley. In 2008, he helped make the Bulldogs the No. 1-ranked special teams unit in the nation in the accumulation of net punting, punt returns, kickoff return defense and kickoff returns.
Prior to Louisiana Tech, Russell spent 13 seasons at North Texas, including five as the special teams coordinator.
Prior to joining the North Texas staff in 1994, Russell served as a graduate assistant at New Mexico in 1993 and at Idaho in 1991.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations from Idaho in 1991.
Russell is married to the former Shannon Cook of Tyler, Texas, and the couple has a son, Hayden, and a daughter, Hadleigh.
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