Former Tarleton State track standout Justin Hobbs is returning to the program as an assistant coach.

Tarleton head track and field coach Pat Ponder announced the hiring Tuesday morning, saying Hobbs will work with sprinters and hurdlers, both men and women.

Hobbs, a Lorena native, was a four-year letterman for the Texans through 2008, reaching the Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 400 meter hurdles. He also competed on the 4x400 relay.

Hobbs returns to the Texans after a three-year coaching stint at Texas Tech.  He was a graduate assistant for the Red Raiders while pursuing his masters degree in exercise and sports science.

"It feels great to be back at the place I started," said Hobbs.  "I have a lot of respect for Tarleton and Coach Ponder. I'm excited to get the chance to come back and coach."

Hobbs replaces Brandon Couts, who left Tarleton to become head track and field coach and an assistant football coach in Greenville, his hometown. Ponder is excited to add Hobbs.

"He is a huge asset to us with the knowledge he gained at Tech," said Ponder.  "What's nice about Justin is he knows the Tarleton system and has a wealth of knowledge from the outside as well. We are blessed to have him."