COLUMBIA — The Missouri football program announced two staff moves Thursday, promoting former offensive analyst and interim tight ends coach Garrick McGee as a full-time offensive assistant coach, and hiring longtime college defensive coordinator and former Kansas City Chiefs defensive backs coach David Gibbs as a defensive assistant.
Neither has yet been given an official title, pending completion of human resources processes, per releases issued by the program Thursday afternoon. McGee will likely continue coaching tight ends or take over wide receivers, with current receivers coach and former Missouri tight end A.J. Ofodile also an option for tight ends coach.
Both hires have distinct ties to the state, the University of Oklahoma and the Big 8 Conference.
McGee played quarterback at Arizona State from 1991-92, transferred to Northeast Oklahoma A&M for a year and finished with the Sooners from 1994-95. He started coaching after graduating, first as an assistant at Langston University in Langston, Okla., and then with Northern Iowa before taking a quality control position with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2000-01. After stops as wide receivers coach at Toledo (2002), UNLV (2003) and Northwestern (2004-05), he was named the Wildcats' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, leaving after the 2007 season to perform the same duties at Arkansas from 2008-11. He was head coach of Alabama-Birmingham from 2012-13 before taking over OC and quarterback coaching roles at Louisville (2014-15) and Illinois (2016-17).
"I'm really pleased and excited to be able to retain Garrick as part of our staff," Missouri coach Barry Odom said in the release. "He is very deserving of this opportunity, as he's proven himself all throughout his career to be an outstanding coach and mentor of young men.
"The work he did with our staff last season was clearly impactful, and I thought it was really impressive with how seamless his transition was back to coaching when we asked him to take over our tight ends for the bowl game"
Gibbs played defensive back at Colorado from 1987-90, and won a national title with the Buffaloes as a member of the '5th Down' team. He was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma (1991-92) and Colorado (1993-94), coached defensive backs at Kansas for two seasons and was Minnesota's defensive coordinator from 1997-2000.
Gibbs was defensive backs coach for the Denver Broncos from 2001-04, Auburn's defensive coordinator in 2005, and returned to coach defensive backs in the NFL for the Chiefs from 2006-08 and Houston Texans (2009-10). He coached defensive backs for a UFL team for a season, then returned to college football as Houston's defensive coordinator from 2013-14, and held the same position at Texas Tech the last three three seasons.
The hire of Gibbs is to replace Odom's brother Brian Odom, who was made Oklahoma's inside linebackers coach earlier this week after two seasons with Missouri as outside linebackers coach. Brian Odom played running back at Oklahoma for two seasons.
Gibbs' defenses at Houston and Texas Tech were often in the top 20 of turnovers forced, an area Missouri's defenses have been lacking in recent years. The Red Raiders were 79th nationally last year with 18 takeaways, 6th nationally with 29 turnovers forced in 2017, 112th with 13 in 2016, 24th with 25 in 2015, and the Cougars ranked No. 11 with 30 takeaways in 2014 and first in 2013 with 43. The Tigers' national ranks from 2018 to 2013 were 94th, 81st, 60th, 97th and 8th.
Gibbs won't be defensive coordinator, but Odom is hoping he can improve Missouri's numbers, and spoke highly of Gibbs' ability to find ways to coach defensive players into generating turnovers.
"I'm excited to have David join our staff," Odom said in a release. "He's got an extensive track record of success in his career, and I'm confident he'll be a great addition to our athletic department, football program and defensive room. His history of coaching and coordinating at a high level speaks for itself, and I know our staff will take advantage of his experience in all areas. He will be a great fit with our culture at Mizzou and our kids will enjoy working together and learning from him."
A timeline for naming Gibbs' and McGee's official positions was not immediately released.
Missouri's spring game will be Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m.
Additionally, a future non-conference home-and-home was announced Wednesday by Massachussetts.
The Tigers and UMass will play a home-and-home in Amherst in 2024 and Columbia in 2025.