Head Coach Jake Spavital
Jake Spavital was introduced as the head football coach at a press conference Nov. 30 in the End Zone Complex at Texas State. He is Texas State’s 20th head coach since the program began in 1904.
Spavital comes to Texas State after serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under head coach Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia from 2017-18. During his tenure with the Mountaineers, West Virginia featured one of the most potent offenses in all of college football. In 2018, WVU ranked No. 8 nationally in total offense during the regular season after accumulating 5,724 yards, including 3,939 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. West Virginia ended the regular season ranked No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the coaches’ poll after spending the entire season nationally ranked for the first time since 2007.
During the 2017 campaign Will Grier threw for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns. The Mountaineer offense ranked No. 3 nationally in fourth-down conversion percentage, No. 8 in fewest tackles for loss allowed, No. 13 in passing offense, No. 16 in passing efficiency, No. 20 in total offense and No. 25 in first-down offense, fewest sacks allowed and passing yards per completion.
Prior to his return to West Virginia, he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under head coach
Sonny Dykes at California during the 2016 season. He guided the Golden Bears to a top-25 national ranking in eight different categories, including No. 4 in passing offense (358.8 yards per game), No. 8 in first down offense (335), No. 10 in total offense (518.3 yards per game) and No. 22 in scoring offense (37.1 points per game). Cal established single-season school records for pass completions (383), fewest fumbles lost (3) and fewest turnovers (15), while equaling a school mark for most field goals made (22). The Golden Bears set NCAA FBS single game records with 118 plays and 40 first downs in a 52-49 double overtime win over Oregon.
Cal Quarterback Davis Webb earned Athlon’s Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year honors after passing for 4,295 yards and 37 touchdowns that season. He ranked No. 3 nationally in completions and points responsible for, No. 4 in total yards, No. 5 in passing yards and No. 8 in passing touchdowns.
Prior to Cal, Spavital spent three years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under head coach Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M from 2013-15. He shared play-calling duties during the 2013 season before earning full responsibility from 2014-15. The Aggies enjoyed a 25-14 record during Spavital’s three-year stint, including 8-5 marks in his final two years as the offensive coordinator.
In 2014, the Aggies led the Southeastern Conference and tied for No. 7 nationally in passing touchdowns (39) and were No. 12 nationally in passing offense (305.5).
In 2013, the Aggies set single-season SEC and school records with 4,593 passing yards and had 6,999 total yards of offense to rank No. 2 in SEC and Texas A&M history, No. 4 nationally in total offense (538.4) and No. 7 in passing offense (353.3). The Aggies broke the school record for completion percentage by connecting on 69.3 percent of their passes and finished No. 3 in SEC history. Quarterback Johnny Manziel threw 37 touchdown passes, tying for No. 4 in the nation, while passing for 4,114 yards, ranking No. 8 nationally.
From 2011-12, Spavital spent his first tenure at West Virginia under Holgorsen as the quarterbacks coach. He spent two seasons with Heisman candidate Geno Smith, helping him rack up 11,662 passing yards and 98 touchdowns for his career. The Mountaineers ranked No. 9 nationally in passing efficiency (161.97) and scoring offense (39.5 point per game), No. 10 in passing offense (330.2 yards per game) and total offense (502.0 yards per game). Smith was No. 5 nationally in passing yards (4,205), passing yards per game (323.5 yards per game) and No. 6 in passing efficiency (163.86).
In his first season at West Virginia, Spavital helped lead the Mountaineers to a 10-3 overall record and a win over Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl. West Virginia ranked No. 6 nationally in passing offense (346.9 yards per game) and was No. 13 in scoring offense (37.6 points per game), No. 15 in total offense (469.5 yards per game) and No. 19 in passing efficiency.
Spavital spent the 2010 as an offensive graduate assistant at Oklahoma State and Houston in 2009, both under Holgorsen. Spavital began his coaching career as an offensive quality control assistant under head coach Gus Malzahn at Tulsa in 2008.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Spavital was a two-year letterman as a quarterback and punter for Missouri State from 2004-07. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2008.
Spavital was a Consensus First-Team All-State quarterback at Tulsa’s Union High School, posting a 26-1 career record as the starting quarterback and leading Union to the Class 6A state title in 2002.
Spavital is married to the former Mehgan Morris, one of the top Mountaineer gymnasts in school history. They have a daughter, Madison Grace, and a son, Landyn Zachary. His father, Steve, is a former high school football coach, while his brother Zac is the defensive coordinator at Texas State.