March 22, 2013
Rick Greenspan, Rice University's Director of Athletics, has announced that Rice head football coach David Bailiff has received a three-year extension on his contract, extending him through the 2016 season.
"David Bailiff has worked tirelessly to build our football program and establish a solid foundation for future achievements on the field and in the classroom," Greenspan said. "His recruiting efforts have been highly productive due to his great familiarity with the State of Texas high school coaches and his candor and integrity. We were pleased with the manner in which the staff led our team to a successful bowl victory this winter and seek even higher levels of accomplishment. We are working strategically to enhance facilities, budgets, schedules and other factors to assist his efforts. David's very positive relationships on and off campus make him a tremendous asset to our football program and athletic department. I look forward to working with David, his staff and team as we plan on a very successful 2013 season."
"We are very fortunate to have David Bailiff as our head football coach." Rice President David Leebron said. "He embodies the values of Rice - he cares about the lifetime success of our student-athletes, inspires them to succeed academically and encourages them to make positive contributions to our community. He brings the true historic spirit and integrity of intercollegiate athletics at Rice to all he does. He values achievement and excellence in all dimensions, has taken our team to two bowl games, and concluded this last season in a spectacular fashion with an exciting Armed Forces Bowl victory."
"I appreciate the commitment that Rick and President Leebron have shown in our efforts by extending my contract," Bailiff said. "We are building something special here, something that every Owl can point to with pride. I have said over and over that I have the greatest job in the world because I have the chance to coach some of the greatest young men in America and I look forward to what these young men will accomplish in their time at Rice."
Bailiff came to Rice in January of 2007 and has led the Owls to a pair of bowl championships in his six seasons, matching Jess Neely as the only Rice football coaches to have won multiple bowl games. This past year, Bailiff led the Owls to a five-game winning streak to end the season, culminating with a 33-14 win over Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
His 2008 Texas Bowl win over Western Michigan was the Owls' first bowl victory in over 50 years while tying the school record with 10 wins. He as honored by his peers in the league by being named Conference USA Coach of the Year for his efforts that season.
Bailiff has seen two of his recruits drafted in each of the last two NFL Drafts (Cheta Ozougwu in 2011 and Scott Solomon in 2012) and has sent a total of five players who were developed during his tenure to the league (Jarett Dillard, James Casey, Ozougwu, Andrew Sendejo, Solomon).
In 2011 Bryce Callahan became the third Owl under Bailiff to earn multiple Freshman All-America honors and Bailiff has also produced a pair of All Americans (Jarett Dillard and Kyle Martens) in the past five years.
The Owls have led Conference USA football teams in GPA in each of their six seasons under Bailiff and in 2010 were honored by the American Football Coaches Association as the co-winners of the Academic Achievement Award. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees and has served as a member of the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the past four seasons.
He has also made good on his promise to keep the Owls active in community work, as the Owls have been tireless in their efforts with local schools and hosting a series of free clinics. In July of 2009, Bailiff accepted an invitation to join with four other college football coaches on a goodwill tour to visit military personnel stationed in Afghanistan and again honored our troops in 2011 by participating as a driver the "Crossing of America" tour. Several times each year, he and members of the team donate their time to pack and ship supplies to troops deployed overseas.
In 2012, he was honored by the Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) with their Coaches Choice Award, which recognizes a coach that is committed to fostering student-athlete development and welfare through a positive athletic and academic atmosphere.