Tom Herman penned a thank you note to the Houston Cougars community for two wildly successful years. Herman now turns his sights to the Texas Longhorns.
Tom Herman is now the head football coach of the Texas Longhorns, but that does not, in any way, mean he is ungrateful to the University of Houston for giving him his first head coaching opportunity. Herman and his wife Michelle penned a thank you letter to the Houston community acknowledging all the support over the past two years.
A sincere thank you to the University of Houston players, fans, alumni and administration. We have always maintained that we love this university and this city and that remains true to this day. Coaches and players will come and go, but no one can take with them the accomplishments that belong to this University. Our goal when we got here was to invest all of our time, effort and energy into improving the culture, fan support, facilities and national relevancy, so that if we ever left this university, it would be in a better place than when we got here. We believe the University of Houston will continue its rise to prominence and we will proudly watch from a distance. And to our beloved players – relationships extend well beyond the football field. You will always be considered a part of our family and our door will always be open for you.
— Tom and Michelle Herman
Buoyed by Houston’s facilities, fertile recruiting grounds and unapologetic scheduling, Herman was able to prove himself the nation’s top young head coach. He guided his team to victories over some of the game’s great programs, such as Florida State and Oklahoma, and signed stud recruits to a program that, upon his hiring, was not considered among the state of Texas’ five best places to play.
It was a mutually beneficial partnership that propelled Herman from Broyles Award winner to $5 million man in two short years, while ultimately reaffirming that with the proper staff in place, Houston can be a big-time program.