Monday, April 9, 2012

Former KU assistant Vic Shealy named first-ever football coach at Houston Baptist

Kansas assistant coach Vic Shealy talks to reporters after being promoted to defensive coordinator on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Kansas assistant coach Vic Shealy talks to reporters after being promoted to defensive coordinator on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at the Anderson Family Football Complex.


Former Kansas defensive coordinator Vic Shealy accepted the position of head football coach at Houston Baptist during a press conference at the school Monday.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston Baptist announced last year it would join the Div. I-AA Southland Conference in 2014. The Chronicle said HBU also could still play as an independent school in 2013.

Shealy, 50, spent two seasons as an assistant at KU under former coach Turner Gill. During his second year, he was promoted to defensive coordinator after Carl Torbush retired.

“We are really excited to be starting our football program under the direction of someone as experienced and successful as coach Shealy,” HBU athletic director Steve Moniaci said. “It is very special to be part of building a football program from the ground up, and we are confident we have the right guy for the job.”

Shealy has previously been an assistant at Richmond, UNLV, Air Force, Austin Peay State, Mars Hill College and a graduate assistant at Baylor. He also was the head coach at NAIA school Azusa Pacific from 1995-98.

“I am especially encouraged by coach Shealy’s commitment not only to football, but to the academic and spiritual mission of Houston Baptist University,” HBU President Dr. Robert B. Sloan Jr. said. “His outstanding coaching career and his commitment to college football will be a great asset in recruiting student-athletes and coaches for our football program, and I believe coach Shealy will provide great leadership both on and off the playing field as HBU’s first football coach.”


ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 2 months ago

Turner gets 6 million and Shealy gets a head coaching gig!


ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 2 months ago

I knew I should of been a christian football coach!

Gary Wirsig 6 years, 2 months ago

Well, you kinda need to be a Christian to be a Christian football coach, so....

Tribehawk 6 years, 2 months ago

Shealy must have left the last two years off his resume, right? That's the only explanation I can come up with.

Calijhawk 6 years, 2 months ago

Actually, I live across the street from Azusa Pacific, and they say he built a pretty good team here in the late 90's. Probably a good NAIA - level or D-III coach -- in over his head at the D-1 level. And remember, he didn't sign up at Kansas to be a DC...only a DB coach. The DC job got pushed on him on short notice because Torbush resigned too late in the year to secure a DC.

Jeff Coffman 6 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if they will have to attend class?

Sorry that wasn't very classy of me.

Really I hope Vic does a great job. He hit KU at the wrong time, and especially when the DC had to retire. Clearly he was over his head at KU, but hopefully he can get some things going on there.

Best of luck!

Osceola 6 years, 2 months ago

...and the tradition continues. LOL!!!!!

jhox 6 years, 2 months ago

Guess they couldn't find a decent junior high coach in the area who was interested in the job.

I wish him luck, but after what I saw last year, luck is not going to be nearly enough.

I should have become a football coach. Once you're in the "fraternity", you've got paychecks for life.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 6 years, 2 months ago

Why are people bashing Shealy? The last two years were a complete train wreck, I get it, but Shealy was the D-Backs coach and the D Coordinator thing got pushed on him last minute. Before KU he was a head coach at a lower level and did well. I hope Shealy does well at Houston Baptist.

Brak 6 years, 2 months ago

Show some class people, the former staff may have been a complete trainwreck but there is no need to keep trashing them now they are gone. Good luck coach, hopefully this situation is the right fit for you.

dlkrm 6 years, 2 months ago

The Jayhawks' defense was awful last year, but Shealy didn't have great players to work with. I'm sure he'll be successful (as successful as one can be at a brand new program!) at Houston Baptist. Best wishes, Coach!

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