One of the toughest areas to coach is special teams, mostly because special teams are six separate units.
And while UH head coaches have been generous in allotting practice sessions to special teams, newly hired Michael Ghobrial is one of the few coordinators to work exclusively with the specialists. In the past, a punter would walk the sidelines alone working on drops. Now Ghobrial accompanies punter Stan Gaudion, offering observations and tips. Ghobrial also will work closely with the kickers. Last year, UH attempted only nine field goals (converting four).
The hiring was one of the benefits of the NCAA’s decision to allow teams to add a 10th assistant coach.