University of Houston defensive coordinator David Gibbs, whose defense had a dramatic turnaround from 2012, has received a new two-year contract from the school that sources indicate includes a significant pay raise.
Sources told FOX 26 Sports UH officials began negotiating the new deal with Gibbs prior to the conclusion of the season.
"Coach Gibbs was an outstanding addition to our staff a year ago, and he certainly made an immediate impact on our defense," said Tony Levine, UH head coach.
"Coach Gibbs is a great teacher and role model for our student-athletes, and we were able to accomplish many defensive goals this past season. Our defense established an identity as we led the nation in turnovers and were one of the most improved in the nation in scoring defense, and with nine returning starters we are excited about the upcoming season."
Gibbs made $300,000 this past season, the first year of his original two-year contract.
Financial terms of his new contract were not available.
In 2013 the UH defense led the nation in turnovers with 43.
The Cougars also gave up an average of 21.8 points per game, which ranked 20th in the nation.
That is a dramatic turnaround from 2012 when UH was ranked 110th in points allowed, while giving up 36.3 points per game.
Gibb's defense also recorded its first conference shut out in 24 years when Houston whipped SMU 34-0.
"The City of Houston has become home for my family and I'm thrilled to be a part of what we're building at the University of Houston," Gibbs said.
"I'm very appreciative of Tony Levine, (athletics director) Mack Rhoades and our student-athletes and I'm looking forward to building upon the tradition at UH."