Houston Baptist announced Vic Shealy as the first head football coach in the schools history at a press conference earlier today.
Shealy, who spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Kansas, will lead Houston Baptist into the FCS Southland Conference in 2014. The school has not ruled out playing an independent schedule in 2013.
At the 1:30 press conference today, athletic director Steve Moniaci said that the search committee knew Shealy was their man because of three things you won't find in his bio; the fact that he is a great Christian man, a great family man, and a great coach...in that order.
The new head coach took the podium briefly and touched on a few a few objectives both short term and long term of the program. Shealy's focus to build the program starts with pursuing championships and understanding the process that it takes, spiritually, mentally, and physically to compete at that level. The goal for the first year of the program is to have a winning record, and will be followed by winning a conference title, earning and FCS playoff spot, and winning a national championship in the years to come.
Shealy explained that he considers the job at HBU a great opportunity in part because it allows him to work under Dr. Robert Sloan, an administrator that is very highly regarded from his time as the President and Chancellor at Baylor, and is someone that Shealy described as an administrator that "gets football". Sloan told reporters today that the University plans to build an on campus stadium in the near future.
The presser was very short, and it was evident that Moniaci and Dr. Sloan are confident that they poured through the pool of applicants (said to be at about 100), full of qualified Texas high school coaches, former Division 1 head coaches and assistants and a handful of NFL coaches to find the right man for the job.
When the live feed ended, the press convened to ask questions and Shealy noted that he hoped to have one position on his staff filled by the end of the week.