3 days after hiring his first assistant coach, special team coordinator Vince Okruch, Rutgers head coach Chris Ash has hired Drew Mehringer as the offensive coordinator.
Mehringer will come to The Banks following a one-year stint at Houston as the WR coach and recruiting coordinator. At Rutgers, he will of course be the offensive coordinator and will also coach the quarterbacks.
Before Houston, Mehringer was the co-offensive coordinator and FCS James Madison, where he helped the school shatter just about every offensive record imaginable.
Mehringer was a quarterback at Rice in 2006, then suffered a career ending injury and became a student assistant until he graduated in 2010. He was a graduate assistant from 2010-2011 at Iowa State before holding the same position at Ohio State from 2012-2013.
It is clear Chris Ash went all-in on Mehringer, who is a high-risk, high-reward hire. Only 28, Mehringer is incredibly young but due to the fact that he was a student assistant for 3 years, he has more experience than you'd think.
In addition, Mehringer has an excellent track record in his one year as a recruiting coordinator. Houston's class is currently ranked 24th in the country and they aren't a power 5 team. He has helped Houston lock down 5-star DT Ed Oliver, big-time 4-star WR Tyrie Cleveland, as well as 4-star recruits Courtney Lark and Na'Ty Rodgers. That is an incredible recruiting effort for a group of 5 school like Houston.
Houston's head coach Tom Herman had high praises for Mehringer, referring to him as "the brightest young coach in America and is more than ready to run his own offense"
This could turn out to be a very good hire for Chris Ash and is his most significant move to date.
Welcome Coach Mehringer!