Former University of Kansas Jayhawks defensive coordinator Vic Shealy was introduced as the 1st head football coach at Houston Baptist University.
Shealy, 50, who won a national championship while head coach at Azusa Pacific University, was introduced by HBU Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci.
“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. stated. “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.”
Shealy, who is married to Holly and they have four children, is excited about the opportunity to start something new at Houston Baptist. During his interview session, he came in with a plan of action and disclosed how he would take each step in building every facet of the Huskies football team.
“Our goal is to take Greater Houston and make that our backyard,” Coach Shealy said. “I’ll work out of my car right now and if I need to put a needle in a ball and pump it up, then I’m not too good to do that too.”
The son of a football coach doesn’t have an office right now, but that’s not stopping his determination and enthusiasm. His goal is to make the start-up HBU-program competitive and an eventual contender that will pursue championships as a member of the Southland Conference.
HBU will begin play in the Southland Conference , which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision, in 2014. The team hopes to play an “exhibition type” schedule against Division I and II schools, junior colleges, and even a team from Monterrey, Mexico next year.
Shealy, who was selected from a pool of nearly 100 applicants, served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Kansas last season and was the secondary coach for the Jayhawks in 2010. Five finalists were interviewed during the past couple of weeks, but he was the one who stood out.
He was the defensive coordinator at Richmond in 200 and at Austin Peay in 1994. At UNLV, he was the assistant head coach from 2005-2008, after serving as secondary coach at Air Force from 1999-2004. He was also an assistant head coach at Austin Peay from 1988-89.
Shealy was the head coach at Azusa Pacific from 1995-1998, leading the Cougars to the NAIA national championship in his final season. He posted an overall record of 27-14-1 at Azusa Pacific, including a 12-2 record during the championship run. His first team went 4-4-1, followed by a 7-3 season in 1996, the program’s first winning season in seven years. Shealy was named NAIA Coach of the Year and the Shutt National Coach of the Year in 1998.
While at Richmond, the Spiders were ranked No. 1 nationally for seven weeks and ranked ninth in scoring defense en route to an 11-2 season. Shealy helped Air Force to a pair of bowl appearances in the Silicon Valley Bowl in 2000 and the San Francisco Bowl in 2002. He also appeared with Baylor in the Liberty Bowl in 1985 and has seen six of his former players go on to careers in the National Football League.
Shealy earned his degree in physical education from Richmond in 1984, then a master’s degree in physical education from Baylor in 1986. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Shealy grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama. He initially attended Liberty University, where he played quarterback, before transferring to Richmond and serving on his father’s staff as a coach. His father, Dal, was the head coach at Mars Hill in 1969, at Carson-Newman from 1970-73 and at Richmond from 1980-88, compiling a 79-74 record. Dal also had stints as an assistant at Baylor, Tennessee and Auburn from 1974-1978.