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Kendal Briles Age: 32 Current position: Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach - Baylor Alma Mater: Houston (Signed with UT) Current Salary: $400K with heavy incentives Kendal Briles Bio (Official Baylor Site) Kendal Briles is entering his eighth season at Baylor and his first since being promoted to offensive coordinator. Briles took over the play-calling reigns in December 2014 prior to Baylor's appearance in the 2015 Cotton Bowl. Previously Briles spent three seasons as the passing game coordinator and seven coaching the Bears' receiving corps. A talented recruiter, Briles was named the Big 12 Recruiter of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. Briles earned multiple Big 12 Recruiter of the Year awards in 2014 (Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) after Baylor signed a class ranked 22nd nationally by ESPN and 23rd by Scout. Briles mentored four All-Americans and five total NFL prospects during seven seasons as wide receivers coach. He coached two of the most prolific receivers in school history, All-Americans Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans) and Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys), as well as 2013 All-American Antwan Goodley and 2014 All-American Corey Coleman. His pupils also included All-Big 12 honorees and NFL signees Lanear Sampson (Pittsburgh Steelers), Tevin Reese (San Diego Chargers) and tight end Jordan Najvar (Dallas Cowboys). As passing game coordinator, Briles helped guide a top-five ranked passing attack each of the last four seasons (No. 4 in 2014, No. 5 in 2013, No. 4 in 2012, No. 4 in 2011). The record-setting Bears offense averaged 365.9 passing yards per-game en route to the 2014 Big 12 championship. Briles' 2014 receiving corps included honorable mention All-American Coleman (1,119 yards, 11 TDs) and All-Big 12 honoree Goodley and freshman All-American KD Cannon. Briles was recognized in 2013 as the "Big 12 Recruiter of the Year" by Scout/FOXSportsNet and a national "Top 50 Recruiter" by 247Sports following Baylor's signing class that was ranked 24th by Athlon and 25th by Scout.com. Williams in 2012 broke the school record for single-season receiving yards (1,832) and set single-game marks of 17 receptions and 314 yards at West Virginia en route to being named just the sixth unanimous All-American in Baylor history. Wright left Baylor having established every major school receiving record (16 total) under Briles' tutelage. In addition to Wright, Briles also coached All-Big 12 honoree Reese, a sophomore in 2011 who totaled 877 yards and seven TDs on 51 receptions. The son of head coach Art Briles entered coaching in 2008 following a highly successful high school and collegiate playing career. A two-time Texas 4A Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state quarterback, Briles also played safety. He totaled 9,322 total-offense yards and 98 total touchdowns over his final two high school seasons. He spent his senior season at Wolfforth Frenship High School and earned his second Offensive Player of the Year honor after passing for 3,584 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 1,074 yards and 19 scores. As a junior, playing for his father at Stephenville High School, Kendal Briles earned 1999 Texas 4A Offensive Player of the Year recognition after leading Stephenville to a 16-0 record and the 4A state title. He passed for 3,137 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior while rushing for 1,331 yards and 16 scores. The younger Briles also earned a pair of letters in track and was an all-district basketball player. In 2014, Briles was elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Following a standout prep career, Briles signed a national letter of intent with the University of Texas and redshirted as a true freshman in 2001. He played in seven games as a safety in 2002, but was slowed due to an ankle injury. In his first game on defense, Briles picked off two passes in the Longhorns' shutout of Baylor in 2002 to share player of the game honors. When his father was named Houston's head coach, the younger Briles left the Longhorn program and became a Cougar. He sat out the 2003 season due to transfer rules, then caught 25 passes for 311 yards as a junior in 2004. In his final season at Houston, Briles ranked second on the team in receptions with 45 catches for 369 yards and one touchdown. Born in Abilene, Texas, Kendal Briles worked in private business in the Houston area after graduating from the UH with a sport management degree in 2005. Kendal and his wife, the former Sarah Reimer-Lukert, are the parents of two sons, Jaytn and Kru, and one daughter, Kinley. THE BRILES FILEBornNov. 10, 1982CollegeHouston, 2005FamilyWife Sarah; sons Jaytn and Kru, daughter KinleyPLAYING EXPERIENCE2001-02Texas • Safety2003-05Houston • Wide ReceiverCOACHING EXPERIENCE2008-11Baylor • inside receivers/offensive recruiting coordinator2012-2014Baylor • passing game coordinator/receivers/offensive recruiting coordinator2015-Baylor • offensive coordinator/quarterbacksPOSTSEASON EXPERIENCEYearBowl2001Holiday Bowl (player)2002Cotton Bowl (player)2005Fort Worth Bowl (player)2006Liberty Bowl (student assistant)2010Texas Bowl (assistant coach)2011Alamo Bowl (assistant coach)2012Holiday Bowl (passing game coordinator)2014Fiesta Bowl (passing game coordinator)2015Cotton Bowl (offensive coordinator)
I am becoming more convinced that Baylor is going to win the national championship this year. Obviously they have some good teams left to beat but their offense is - in a word - unbelievable. I know Kendall Briles is young, but I think we have to give him our highest consideration... his knowledge of this offense, his recruiting abilities are impressive. The doubters will say he's too young, and there are others on that Baylor coaching staff who are running the show. There may be some truth to that. That said, his name is Briles -- he was a good college player (signed by UT) and is a key piece to one of the most prolific offenses to ever play in the NCAA. He may not be interested in this position, but I would at least put out fliers and sell him on the fact that if he wins here he will be able to land just about any big p5 job in the country. I would tell him that we would allow him to put together a very experienced staff of college coaches and great recruiters who will help him as he learns to be a great head coach. I also am extremely high on Major Applewhite. Again, he may have better options but I would at least reach out to him and sell this as a great launching pad for his head coaching career. The reality is that if Tom Hermann gets a bigger gig, they will lure Applewhite to take over. I know the game the other night for Willy Fritz was just one game, but color me unimpressed. Yes his record is impressive, but when you dig into his schedule you find out that they REALLY dumb that thing down as Georgia Southern. I have not looked at his SHSU numbers but keep in mind, that's a different ball game, you get immediate I-A transfers there and there are other things that make winning at that level a lot easier than at FBS. The other name that I like is Mike Norvell at ASU -- however, he also may be out of reach as he is making 900K as a coordinator there now. That said, if he wants to be a head coach, perhaps he would give us consideration. The exciting thing about this next hire, is that with the right package and support from the ENTIRE administration, we could really transform this program. We have all of the key pieces in place..gmg
Athlon Sports article on the top ten coordinators on the rise. Several names with Texas ties, which I think is a must for this next hire. 2. Doug Meacham, Co-Offensive Coordinator, TCU Meacham’s arrival in 2014 was a big reason why TCU emerged as a playoff contender last season and is in the mix once again in 2015. The Horned Frogs averaged only 25.1 points a game in 2013 but jumped to 46.5 last season and 51 per contest in 2015. Prior to joining Gary Patterson’s staff at TCU, Meacham called the plays at Houston in 2013 and worked as an assistant for Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State from 2005-12. 3. Mike Norvell, Offensive Coordinator, Arizona State Norvell has experienced a fast rise through the assistant ranks. After working for one season as a graduate assistant at Central Arkansas in 2006, Norvell was hired by Todd Graham at Tulsa in 2007 and worked with the Golden Hurricane until 2010. The Texas native followed Graham to Pittsburgh in 2011 and to Arizona State in 2012. Norvell has called the plays since coming to Tempe, and the Sun Devils never finished lower than third in scoring offense within the Pac-12 from 2012-14. 4. Lincoln Riley, Offensive Coordinator, Oklahoma Riley is a Mike Leach and Air Raid disciple, and despite the sluggish showing against Texas in Week 6, the first-year coordinator is off to a fast start at Oklahoma. The Sooners are averaging 37 points per game and 6.4 yards per play in 2015. The Texas native worked at Texas Tech under Leach from 2007-09 and was hired by Ruffin McNeill at East Carolina prior to the 2010 season. The Pirates had a prolific offense under Riley, including a No. 2 rank in the American Athletic Conference in 2014 by averaging 35.8 points per game. Riley is just 32 years old and is stock will only increase over the next few seasons. 5. Kendal Briles, Offensive Coordinator, Baylor After Philip Montgomery left Baylor to be the head coach at Tulsa, Briles was handed the keys to a high-powered Ferrari. While his father – Art Briles – is instrumental in the Bears’ offense, this unit is thriving under Kendal’s direction. Through five games, Baylor is averaging 64.2 points a game and ranks first nationally by averaging 9.1 yards per play. The Texas native has worked as an assistant with the Bears since 2008 and is regarded as one of the Big 12’s top recruiters. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/college-footballs-top-10-coordinators-rise-2015#sthash.ZuAVjvbq.dpuf