Coaching Roundup

Morgantown native Carey Bailey, who was a graduate assistant at West Virginia University in the early ‘90s, has been hired as the new defensive line coach at Oklahoma State.

Bailey goes to Oklahoma State from Middle Tennessee State where he spent one season but helped take the Blue Raider defensive line from last in the league in sacks to near to top. In addition to coaching the defensive tackles at Middle Tennessee, Bailey recruited Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.

"Carey Bailey is a great addition to our football staff at Oklahoma State," said OSU head coach Les Miles. "He has established himself as one of the really outstanding young coaches in the game."

Before arriving at Middle Tennessee State, Bailey served five years as an assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette. Prior to joining the UL-Lafayette staff, Bailey served as the defensive line coach at Virginia Military Institute for three seasons.

Prior to arriving at VMI, Bailey was on the staff at West Virginia working with the defensive secondary when the Mountaineers won the Big East Conference title in 1993 and led the Big East in interceptions in 1994.

Bailey, who graduated from Morgantown High in 1987, played collegiately at the University of Tennessee and was part of two SEC championship teams. He was a four-year letterman from 1988 to 1991 and led the team in tackles for lost yardage and in quarterback sacks during his junior season. As a senior he was part of a Tennessee team that led the SEC in total defense.

He finished his collegiate career with 96 total tackles and 7.5 quarterback sacks and participated in four bowl games including the 1988 Peach Bowl, 1990 Cotton Bowl, 1991 Sugar Bowl and 1992 Fiesta Bowl.

Throughout his professional career, Bailey has coached some of the best players in the game, including six players who earned first team All-Conference honors under his tutelage. He was on the West Virginia staff that led the Mountaineers to the 1994 Sugar Bowl and the 1995 Carquest Bowl.

Bailey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Tennessee in 1992. He and his wife, Angela, have one daughter, Evann Leigh (4).

Another former member of the Mountaineer football staff landed a new job recently. Darrell Hazell, who was WVU's running back coach in 1999 and 2000, accepted a position as the wide receiver coach at Ohio State.

Hazell had an offer to remain on West Virginia's staff once Rich Rodriguez took over the head coaching position from Don Nehlen following the 2000 season, but instead Hazell, a native of Cinnaminson, N.J., decided to take a job closer to his home and family. Darrel spent the past three years as the Scarlet Knights' wide receiver coach before moving on a couple of weeks ago to Columbus.

"Darrell is one of the top coaches in the country," said Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel upon announcing Hazell's appointment. "He has a wealth of experience. He is an excellent recruiter and is very impressive from an Xs and Os standpoint. He also comes very highly recommended. The people he has worked for can't say enough nice things about him."

A three-year starter at Muskingum College in Ohio (1983-85), the 39-year-old Hazell has also coached at Oberlin College (the 1986 and '87 seasons), Eastern Illinois (1988), Oberlin (1989-91), The University of Pennsylvania (1992-94), Western Michigan (1995-96) and West Point (1997-98). Tressel's staff at Ohio State will definitely have a West Virginia flavor. The Buckeyes' head strength coach is Al Johnson, who served in that role at WVU for 13 years. Bernardo Amerson, a former Mountaineer linebacker (1993- 96) and assistant strength coach, is in his second year as an assistant under Johnson at OSU.

There are now a number of former Mountaineer assistant football coaches spread around the country. Of course, in the Big East Conference, Steve Dunlap is the assistant head coach and linebacker coach at Syracuse, while Dave McMichael is the tight ends and tackles coach at Connecticut. A couple members of the Pitt staff have West Virginia ties. Chris LaSala, who is in his seventh years as the director of football operations, is a 1988 WVU grad, and recently named Panther strength coach Mike Kent is a 1982 graduate of Fairmont State (W.Va.) College and Parkersburg native. The only West Virginia tie among the three incoming Big East schools is at South Florida, where the Bulls' passing game coordinator and quarterback coach is Rod Smith, who was a quarterback for WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez while he was a Glenville (W.Va.) State. Smith also served as a GA under Rodriguez in 2000 while Rich was the offensive coordinator at Clemson, and Smith was set to come to West Virginia as a graduate assistant on Rodriguez's first staff at WVU in 2001 before getting a full-time offer at South Florida.

Elsewhere, Kevin Ramsey, who was the secondary coach at WVU in 1993-94, recently completed his first season at Arizona State. Another former Mountaineer defensive back coach, David Lockwood (2000-01), has been the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Minnesota the past two seasons. A pair of former Mountaineer players, Doc Holliday and Curt Cignetti, have been on the North Carolina State staff the past four years. Bill Legg, another former WVU player and assistant coach (1995-2000), spent two seasons at Marshall before moving on to Purdue last year. Phil Elmassian, who was WVU's defensive coordinator in 2001, was at Marshall in 2002 and Purdue last season before packing his much traveled suitcase again recently to take a job as the secondary coach at Nebraska. Paul Randolph, who was West Virginia's defensive line coach in 2002, recently completed his first season in that same position at Alabama.

Dan Simrell, who was the Mountaineers' quarterback coach and offensive coordinator from 1991-99, completed his fourth season as the head coach at the University of Findlay, a Division II school in Ohio. Dale Williams, Rob Keys and Dan Hott, each of whom served as GAs at WVU (Williams and Keys were also players), are all assistants at Findlay under Simrell. Todd Graham, a Mountaineer defensive coach in 2001 and 2002, finished his first season as the defensive coordinator at the University of Tulsa.

Chip West, a former GA at WVU who had spent the past four seasons as the wide receiver coach at Colgate, was recently hired at James Madison. He will return to Mountaineer Field when WVU hosts the Dukes on Sept. 25.

In the NFL, George Henshaw, a former Mountaineer player and coach whose son Mike is a defensive back for WVU, is an assistant coach with the Tennessee Titans, but another one-time West Virginia player and coach, Jerry Holmes, was released from his position as the defensive back coach with the San Diego Chargers after this past season. Holmes, who coached WVU DBs from 1995-98, spent 1999 & 2000 with the Cleveland Browns, 2001 with the Washington Redskins and the past two years in San Diego.

Former West Virginia assistant coach Desmond Robinson (1988-91 & 1995-96) is out of coaching, now serving as the superintendent at a prep school in Connecticut. His son, Jason, is currently a student at WVU.

This story appeared in a recent issue of the Blue & Gold News print edition.

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