Previous Job: OC/QB coach, Louisville
The third Louisville coach following Strong to Texas, Shawn Watson brings continuity from the Cardinals and Big 12 experience from his past to UT.
Watson was with Strong's staff at UL from 2011-13. Before that, he was on staff at Nebraska and Colorado from 1999-2010, back when both programs were in the Big 12.
His prior experience came in the Midwest at several schools, including Northwestern, Illinois and Miami (Ohio). For Watson, the chance to join strong at a program like UT was too good to pass up, per TexasSports.com:
In my opinion, Texas is one of the greatest football programs in the country. It has a long tradition of excellence as a university and as an athletic program and, undoubtedly, in football. The opportunity to continue to work with Charlie was hard to pass up with our friendship. We were able to accomplish a lot of really cool things at Louisville and we have great chemistry together. Just being with him, I love what he stands for. It's about the kids and about them being better men and, along with that, you develop champions.
Watson's rapport with Strong should help greatly with the transition.