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Baylor football coach Matt Rhule finalizes his first coaching staff

Matt Rhule finalizes his 2017 coaching staff with the hire of QB Coach Glenn Thomas, who was previously his offensive coordinator at Temple.

The 2017 Baylor coaching staff is complete, as Head Coach Matt Rhule announced the hiring of QB coach Glenn Thomas, and assigned positions for the rest of the staff.  Thomas was previously his offensive coordinator at Temple.

Phil Snow - Defensive Coordinator
Matt Lubick - Co-Offensive Coordinator (Wide Receivers)
Jeff Nixon - Co-Offensive Coordinator (Running Backs)
Francis Brown - Assistant Head Coach (Defensive Backs)
George DeLeone - Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
Joey McGuire - Assistant Coach (Tight Ends)
Elijah Robinson - Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)
Mike Siravo - Assistant Coach (Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator)
Glenn Thomas - Assistant Coach (Quarterbacks)

With his first staff, Rhule is bring over a combined 146 years of collegiate coaching experience, 33 years in the state of Texas, and 27 years of NFL experience to the Baylor football program.  

“I am excited to get our coaches in place and begin building for the 2017 season,” Rhule said. “This staff is full of experienced, talented coaches who will develop our young men to be the best that they can be in the classroom, on the football field and in the community.”

In addition, David Wetzel and Shawn Bell, two early hires of Rhule's from the Texas High School football ranks, will assume off the field roles.  Bell will be an offensive analyst, while Wetzel will be the Associate AD for High School relations.  The third highs school coach, Joey McGruire, was named the tight ends coach.  

Rhule carried over 6 coaches from his Temple coaching staff, including both of his coordinators in Thomas and Phil Snow, who will continue to be his defensive coordinator.  The rest of the defensive staff came over to Baylor whole, while the offensive staff needed to be rebuilt.  

That building job included grabbing coaches from the NFL (Nixon from San Francisco 49ers), the SEC (Matt Lubick from Ole Miss and previously OC at Oregon), and his Temple Staff (Thomas and DeLeone).  With McGuire sliding up to tight ends coach, this is a very experienced offensive staff from a wide array of systems, most notably the Chip Kelly coaching tree out of Oregon, with Lubick coaching with Kelly as a Duck, and Nixon coaching with Kelly as a 49er.  

Overall, three coaches on the offensive side of the ball have NFL experience in Thomas (7 years with Atlanta, including 3 as QB Coach), Nixon (10 years with Philadelphia, Miami, and San Francisco) and DeLeone (6 years with San Diego, Miami and Cleveland).  

The Bears start spring practice on March 18th, with their annual spring game on April 20th. 


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