Aaron Burks and Preston Pehrson join the Texas Tech staff in key off-the-field positions


LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells bolstered his recruiting operation Monday afternoon with the hiring of Aaron Burks as Director of Player Personnel and Preston Pehrson as Director of Recruiting.

With his hiring, Burks will return to his native Lone Star State to manage the outbound marketing aspects of Tech’s recruiting operation, while also implementing strategy for social media communications to prospective student-athletes. He will also assist with all official and unofficial visits to campus.

Burks, a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, arrives in Lubbock after spending the previous three seasons as the On-Campus Ambassador for the Washington football program. The Huskies secured three-consecutive top 25 recruiting classes during his tenure, which was highlighted by a No. 15 overall ranking from Rivals for the 2018 class and a No. 16 ranking for 2019.

Burks joined the Washington staff shortly after ending his playing career at Boise State. He was a regular at wide receiver throughout his career for the Broncos as he appeared in 47 games from 2010-13, totaling 47 receptions for 743 yards and four touchdowns.

Burks signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent shortly after his playing career ended in 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Boise State in 2013. Burks and his wife, Abby, are currently expecting their first child.

Pehrson, meanwhile, will oversee the recruiting database from the initial evaluation process to the student-athlete’s arrival on campus as well as Tech’s walk-on program, an area that was highly successful for Wells and his staff at Utah State. Pehrson will also work closely with Wells on roster and scholarship management, while also assisting with official and unofficial visits.

Pehrson, who has an extensive background in recruiting, moves to Lubbock following two seasons as the Director of Player Personnel at the University of Houston. He previously held the same title at Navy for roughly six months after serving as a recruiting coordinator for three full seasons with the Midshipmen.

Pehrson managed the entire recruiting process while at both Houston and Navy, organizing official and unofficial visits while also setting up weekly and monthly recruiting trips for the coaching staffs to visit and evaluate prospects. He was responsible for the outbound marketing efforts via social media for both schools to attract potential student-athletes.

Prior to moving into a personnel position, Pehrson spent four seasons at Georgia Tech, three as a graduate assistant coach and the other as an offensive quality control assistant. The Yellow Jackets were an impressive 33-21 during his four seasons, which featured four postseason appearances and a pair of bowl victories.

Georgia Tech was Pehrson’s second position at the collegiate level as he previously served as a graduate assistant at Lamar during its 2011 spring practices. He worked as the outside linebackers coach and assistant tight ends coach at Houston Christian High School in 2010 prior to his hire at Lamar.

Pehrson, whose father Dale Pehrson retired in 2018 after 23 years as an assistant coach at Navy, including the final four as the defensive coordinator, broke into the coaching ranks with two different internships with the Midshipmen, the first in 2006 and the other in 2009.

Pehrson attended Jacksonville University as a baseball student-athlete for two years before transferring to the University of Texas for one year. He finished his playing career at Towson where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2009.

In between, Pehrson was selected in the 47th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He played two seasons in the minor league system before joining the coaching profession. Pehrson and his wife, Kim, are parents to a daughter, Austin.


Matt Dowdy

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