Jan. 19, 2007
HOUSTON - David Bailiff was introduced on Friday as the 18th head football coach in the history of Rice University by Rice Athletic Director Chris Del Conte.
Bailiff, 48, has spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX where he posted a 21-15 record while leading the Bobcats to their first Southland Conference championship and the semifinals of the NCAA Division 1AA playoffs in 2005. He replaces Todd Graham, who led the Owls to a 7-6 record and their first bowl bid since 1961 before resigning on January 11th to become the head coach at Tulsa.
In his past two seasons at Texas State, Bailiff produced standouts both on the field and in the classroom. He produced both the Southland Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in 2005 (Barrick Nealy and Fred Evans) and the league's Student Athlete of the Year for football in 2006 (Walter Musgrove). Overall, he produced a total of 14 All Southland Conference first team selections, and 13 players who were named to the academic all conference squad in his last two years.
While his own background has been as a defensive coach, Bailiff's squads have led the league in total offense in each of the last two seasons.
Faced with a rebuilding season after his 2005 Southland title, Bailiff's 2006 Bobcats closed with a rush, winning four of their last six and wrapping up with a 28-21 win at Sam Houston State. That victory knocked the Bearkats out of contention for the league title and gave the Bobcats their first win in Huntsville since 2000.
In addition to re-energizing the Bobcats fortunes on the field, Bailiff also engineered a program that was embraced by the community in San Marcos.
For the past two summers, Bailiff and the Bobcats made a point of getting out in the community to meet with area business leaders and personally deliver schedule posters for the coming seasons. Beyond that, team members were involved in projects throughout the community from making appearances at San Marcos elementary schools' Citizenship Days to lending a hand for Habitat for Humanity projects. The Bobcats also took time way from preseason drills each season and helped students move in to the dorms.
Thanks to these efforts, Texas State set school record for total attendance as well as attendance average during the 2005 season and then bettered that mark in 2006.
The 2005 season was truly a magical one. The Bobcats went 9-2 during the regular season with their lone losses coming on the road at Division I-A Texas A&M as well as at Nicholls State, the 2005 SLC co-champion.
In the team's first Division I-AA playoff game, the Bobcats stormed back from a 35-16 deficit against Division I-AA national power Georgia Southern to score 34 unanswered points and beat the Eagles 50-35. The `Cats then defeated Cal Poly 14-7 to move on to the national semifinals. Only a 40-37 overtime loss to Northern Iowa stood between Texas State and an appearance in the Division I-AA National Championship Game.
Bailiff was named the American Football Coaches Association's Region 5 Coach of the Year and finished third in the voting for the Eddie Robinson Award presented annually to the top coach in Division I-AA.
In 2004, Bailiff inherited a team which was picked to finish last in the Southland Conference. But the Bobcats posted a 5-6 record and headed into the final week of the season still with conference championship aspirations. Texas State would end up going 3-2 in the Southland Conference and finished third in the league, the team's highest ranking in the SLC since 2000.
Bailiff's roots with Texas State already ran deep when he was named the Bobcats' 14th head coach Feb. 5, 2004. He was a team captain during his playing career at what was then Southwest Texas State University. He would return to coach at Texas State during two separate stints, serving as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in the late 1990s.
Prior to being named head coach, Bailiff spent three seasons on the staff at TCU. He served as the Horned Frogs' defensive coordinator in both 2002 and 2003 while working with the team's defensive lineman.
The 2003 Horned Frogs posted an 11-2 record and were ranked 25th in the final Associated Press writers poll and 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Bailiff was part of a staff which built quite a tradition on defense at TCU. During his three seasons in Fort Worth, the Horned Frogs were ranked 24th, 1st and 38th in the country in total defense and 10th, first and ninth against the run.
In 2002, TCU allowed just 240.2 yards of total offense per game which led the country. The Horned Frogs surrendered an average 64.8 yards on the ground. During the year, the Frogs held Tulane to a school-record -53 yards rushing. TCU also ranked second in the country in pass efficiency defense, allowing opponents to complete less than 39 percent of their passes.
Six TCU defensive players earned all-conference accolades in 2002 including Conference USA Defensive Player of the year and Second-Team All-American LaMarcus MacDonald.
While at TCU, the Horned Frogs played in a bowl game every season - the galleryfurniture.com bowl (2001), AXA Liberty Bowl (2002) and the Plains Capital Fort Worth Bowl (2003).
Bailiff, who is known as one of the premiere recruiters in the state of Texas, joined the TCU staff after serving as assistant head coach at Texas State University.
He began his coaching career as the defensive line coach at New Braunfels High School (1982-84). He went into private business from 1984-88 before returning to the coaching ranks.
His first collegiate coaching position was at Texas State, serving as a defensive graduate assistant coach in 1988 before being elevated to the Bobcats' defensive line coach in 1989. He worked under the late John O'Hara for one year and with Dennis Franchione for two years during his first coaching stint in San Marcos.
Bailiff left Texas State in 1992 for an assistant coaching position at New Mexico where he handled the defensive line and recruiting. He returned to Texas State in 1997 as defensive coordinator and added assistant head coach responsibilities to his role in 1999.
It was in 1999 that Bailiff was selected the NCAA Division I-AA Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. While at TCU Bailiff was also honored as the Top Assistant Football Coach by the All-American Football Foundation following the Horned Frogs' 2002 season.
As a player, Bailiff was named All-Lone Star Conference as well as All-America honorable mention while playing at Texas State from 1977-80. He served as a team captain in 1980 and was named honorable mention to the Lone Star Team of the Decade.
Bailiff is married to the former Angie Daniels of Versailles, Mo. He has a daughter, Brooke (22), and the couple has twin nine-year-old sons, Grayson and Gregory.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT David Bailiff:
MACK BROWN--HEAD FOOTBALL COACH UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS:
"David is a bright rising star in our business. He is a great communicator and a tremendous football coach. He had success at Texas State and he'll do the same at Rice. David is a perfect fit in the state of Texas and I think Rice hit a home run in hiring him."
GARY PATTERSON--HEAD FOOTBALL COACH, TCU:
"David is a great person, a great coach and a great human being. He will be a perfect fit for Rice."
DENISE M. TRAUTH--PRESIDENT, TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY:
"We hate the fact that we are losing him, but we want our people to be successful and this is a wonderful opportunity for David. We wish him all the success in the world. That a school like Rice University would hire David is a great compliment not only to him but also to Texas State."
D.W. RUTLEDGE--EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ASSOCIATION:
"David Baliff will run a disciplined program and he has a genuine concern for his players, not only on the field, but more importantly in the classroom and socially. His knowledge of the game is substantial, and I have been impressed with his ability to communicate his ideas. He is a true teacher and understands how to create an environment in which people feel confident and enthusiastic. There is no doubt in my mind that David will be a great asset for Rice University in a variety of ways."
David Bailiff COACHING RECORD
Head Coach, Texas State University
2005: 11-3 (Southland Conference Co-Champions, NCAA Playoffs)
Prior Coaching Experience
1982-84: New Braunfels High (Defensive Line)
1988: Texas State (Graduate Assistant-Defense)
1989-92: Texas State (Defensive Line)
1992-97: New Mexico (Defensive Line/Recruiting)
1997-99: Texas State (Defensive Coordinator)
1999-2000: Texas State (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator)
2001: TCU (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line)
2002-03: TCU (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
2001 galleryfurniture.com Bowl
2002 AXA Liberty Bowl
2003 Fort Worth Bowl
2005 NCAA I-AA National Semifinalist