The newest head coach of the Houston Texans David Culley has spent 27 years in the NFL, with the last two being on the Baltimore Ravens staff as assistant head coach, passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Though his tenure in Baltimore was short, Culley left a lasting impression on the staff, including Head Coach John Harbaugh.
"David Culley is prime example of the term 'servant leadership,'" said Harbaugh. "He is singularly focused on conducting himself in a manner that brings out the very best in everyone around him. He is one the finest communicators and teachers I've encountered – someone who is able to dig deep into the potential of his players, helping maximize their own abilities in a way that benefits the entire team. Two of his greatest qualities are how he genuinely connects with people and the approach with which he motivates them. Most importantly, David is an outstanding man who cares about creating success for others in the most positive way."
Ravens Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome shared similar sentiments, acknowledging the positivity and leadership Culley brings to the table.
"I have known David Culley for over 40 years, and from the first time I met him, I knew he was a tremendous man and charismatic leader," said Newsome. "David hosted me on my recruiting trip to Vanderbilt. From the moment I stepped on campus, his leadership and genuine nature shined through. He is a supremely personable coach who understands what it takes to build a winning culture within an organization. His energy is infectious. He will give all of himself from his first step into the building in the morning through practice and until the last second of every day. David deserves this opportunity, and I'm happy for him."
Culley became the first head coach hired by chairman and chief executive officer Cal McNair. Culley is the fourth head coach of the Houston Texans franchise and the third Black head coach currently in the NFL alongside Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin and Miami's Brian Flores.
Houston Texans announce David Culley as Head Coach.