Carey Bailey
Current position
TitleDefensive line coach
ConferenceSouthland Conference
Biographical details
BornBluefield, West Virginia
(1969-01-16) January 16, 1969 (age 51)
Alma materTennessee
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2012 July-August
West Virginia (GA)
Louisiana–Lafayette (LB)
Louisiana–Lafayette (DT)
Middle Tennessee (DL)
Oklahoma State (DL)
Minnesota (DL)
Howard (HC)
Lamar (DL)
Atlanta Falcons (LB Intern)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

Carey Isiah Bailey (born January 16, 1969) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive line coach at Lamar University, a position he has held since February 2012. Bailey served as the head football coach at Howard University from 2007 to 2010, compiling a record of 8–34.

Early years and playing career[edit | edit source]

In 1987, Bailey graduated from Morgantown High School in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was an All-America nose guard and an all-state center for the Mohigans in 1986.

Bailey is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee and a former defensive tackle on the Volunteers football team. He was a four year letterman for Johnny Majors and was a member of the 1989 and 1990 Southeastern Conference championship teams. As a junior, Bailey led the Volunteers in sacks and tackles for loss. While he was at Tennessee, the Volunteers participated in the 1988 Peach Bowl, 1990 Cotton Bowl Classic, 1991 Sugar Bowl, and the 1992 Fiesta Bowl. Bailey graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

West Virginia University[edit | edit source]

Bailey began his coaching career in 1993 as a graduate assistant at West Virginia University under head coach Don Nehlen. He worked with the defensive secondary and in strength and conditioning. During his first year in Morgantown the Mountaineers went undefeated and won the Big East Conference championship. In 1994, Bailey worked with a secondary that led the Big East in interceptions. He coached in the 1994 Sugar Bowl and the 1995 Carquest Bowl.

Virginia Military Institute[edit | edit source]

Bailey served as the defensive ends coach at the Virginia Military Institute from 1995 to 1997. While at VMI He developed the Keydet defensive line into one of the best in the Southern Conference and guided two of his pupils into post-season recognition.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette[edit | edit source]

Bailey coached at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for five seasons under three different head coaches—Nelson Stokley, Jerry Baldwin, and Rickey Bustle. He served as linebackers coach in 1998 and defensive tackles coach from 1999 to 2002. The Ragin' Cajuns led the Sun Belt Conference in sacks during the 2001 football season. They also led the conference in punt returns for the 2001 and 2002 football seasons.

Middle Tennessee State University[edit | edit source]

In 2003, Bailey served as defensive line coach at Middle Tennessee State University for Andy McCollum. He improved a defensive line that had finished nearly last in every statistical category the year before, to the top three in sacks, tackles for loss, and quarterback hurries.

Oklahoma State University[edit | edit source]

Bailey became the defensive line coach at Oklahoma State University in February 2004, where he worked for head coach Les Miles. While at OSU, the Cowboys finished the 2004 season leading the Big 12 Conference in turnover margin, turnovers gained, fumbles recovered and earned a berth in the 2004 Alamo Bowl. While at OSU, Coach Bailey recruited Ryan McBean to the Cowboys. Ryan McBean was the last Oklahoma State defensive lineman to be drafted to the NFL since 2007.

University of Minnesota[edit | edit source]

Bailey was the defensive line coach at the University of Minnesota from 2005 to 2006, where he worked under Glen Mason. In his first year at Minnesota, three of his pupils earned All-Big 10 honors which included the Big 10 Conference Defensive Newcomer of the Year and first team freshman All-America Steve Davis. In 2005, Minnesota defeated Michigan for the first time in 19 years to recapture the Little Brown Jug given to the winner of the 100 plus year-old rivalry. During the 2006 season the defensive line accounted for 20.5 sacks. The Minnesota defense led the Big 10 in turnover margin, red zone defense, and turnovers gained. Another pupil of Bailey, defensive end William VanDeSteeg, led the Big 10 in sacks during to 2006 season (conference games). While at Minnesota, the Golden Gophers participated in the 2005 Music City Bowl, and the 2006 Insight Bowl.

Howard University[edit | edit source]

On February 17, 2007, Bailey was named head football coach at Howard University. While leading the Bison, he produced four first team All-America players (Sheridan Broadcast Network), and eleven All-Conference (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) players. Bailey resigned from his position on December 6, 2010.

Lamar University[edit | edit source]

Bailey accepted the position of defensive line coach at Lamar University on February 16, 2012. In 2012 the Lamar Defense produced its best performance since joining the Southland Conference in 2010, and two of Bailey's pupils garnered All-Conference recognition.

Atlanta Falcons[edit | edit source]

In June of 2012, Carey Bailey was selected to participate in the BIll Walsh Fellowship program with The Atlanta Falcons. Coach Bailey worked with the Linebackers during the 2012 pre-season training camp.

Personal[edit | edit source]

Bailey and his wife Angela have two daughters, Evann Leigh and Leah Nicole. On September 25, 2009, he was inducted into the Morgantown High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Over the span of his coaching career 14 of his pupils have played professional football. Coach Bailey has produced 5 All-America and 21 All-Conference players.

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