David Edward Bailiff (born May 26, 1958) is an American college football coach, who is currently the head coach at Texas A&M University–Commerce. He was the head coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas from 2007 to 2017. During his tenure as head coach, the Rice Owls played in four bowl games, winning 3 of them, and won the 2013 Conference USA football championship. He also coached at his alma mater, Texas State University, where he led the Bobcats to the NCAA Division I-AA National Semifinals in 2005.

David Bailiff
Bailiff at 2017 C-USA Media Days
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamTexas A&M–Commerce
Biographical details
Born (1958-05-26) May 26, 1958 (age 61)
Dallas, Texas
Playing career
1977–1980Southwest Texas State
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1984New Braunfels HS (TX) (DL)
1988Southwest Texas State (GA)
1989–1991Southwest Texas State (DL)
1992–1996New Mexico (DL/RC)
1997–1999Southwest Texas State (DC)
2000Southwest Texas State (AHC/DC)
2001TCU (AHC/DL)
2002–2003TCU (DC/DL)
2004–2006Texas State
2019–presentTexas A&M–Commerce
Head coaching record
Tournaments2–1 (NCAA D-I-AA Playoffs)
2-1 (NCAA Division II Playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 C-USA West Division (2013)
1 C-USA (2013)

Playing careerEdit

Bailiff played for three years as an offensive lineman and tight end for coach Jim Wacker at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. As a senior in 1980, he was team captain.

Coaching careerEdit

Early coaching careerEdit

After graduating in 1981, Bailiff's first coaching job was in the high school ranks in New Braunfels, Texas. After three years coaching the defensive line at New Braunfels High School, he left coaching and entered the private sector for four years. He returned to coaching in 1988 as a graduate assistant at Southwest Texas and was promoted the next year to a full-time position that he held until he was hired to coach the defensive line at the University of New Mexico by Lobos' head coach Dennis Franchione. In 1997, Bailiff returned to Southwest Texas as the defensive coordinator. In 2001, he was hired to serve in the same role at TCU by coach Gary Patterson. Following the 2002 season, in which the Horned Frogs' defense, led by All-American linebacker LaMarcus McDonald, ranked 2nd in the nation, Bailiff was named the nation's Top Assistant Coach by the All American Football Foundation.[1]

Texas StateEdit

On February 5, 2004, Bailiff again returned to his alma mater, which by now was known as Texas State University, this time as head coach. In his first season as the Bobcats' head coach, he guided them to a 5–6 record. In 2005, they finished the regular season 9–2 and were Southland Conference Champions. They then won two games in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, eventually losing to Northern Iowa. In 2006, the Bobcats were again 5–6.


Bailiff in 2009

On January 19, 2007, Rice University hired Bailiff as head coach, replacing Todd Graham. In 2008, he led Rice to a 9–3 record and an appearance in the 2008 Texas Bowl—only their second bowl appearance in 47 years. The Owls won that game 38–14 for Rice's first 10-win season since 1949, and Bailiff was rewarded with a five-year contract extension.[2] In 2012, Rice returned to bowl action with a win over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl.[3] The following season, Bailiff became the first coach in Rice history to record two 10-win seasons as Rice won its first outright conference championship since 1957 by defeating Marshall 41–24 and earning a berth in the Liberty Bowl.[4] In 2014, Bailiff led the Owls to a third consecutive bowl game as Rice defeated Fresno State 30–3 in the Hawai'i Bowl.[5]

In 2017, Bailiff was fired after the conclusion of a 1-11 season, his worst at Rice.[6]

Texas A&M–CommerceEdit

On December 9, 2018, Bailiff was hired as the head coach at Texas A&M University–Commerce.[7] He replaced Colby Carthel, who had been hired at Division I Stephen F. Austin State University. Bailiff was hired mainly due to his familiarity with the Lone Star Conference as a player, his relationship with Texas high school coaches, and having had success at schools that had traditionally not been football powers. Unlike his previous tenures at Rice and Texas State, Bailiff was taking over an A&M-Commerce program that had deep tradition and that was considered by most Division II football observers to be the best Division II program in Texas. In his first season at Texas A&M-Commerce, he led the Lions to an 11-3 record, finishing 2nd in the Lone Star Conference. The Lions went to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the fifth straight season. In the first round, they avenged their only conference loss by defeating # 3 and undefeated Tarleton State University, 23-16. In the second round, they defeated Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champion and previously undefeated Colorado School of Mines 23-3 to send them back to the Region 4 Championship for the second time in 3 years. They were defeated by # 4 Minnesota State-Mankato 42-21 to end their season at 11-3.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN# Coaches°
Texas State Bobcats (Southland Conference) (2004–2006)
2004 Texas State 5–6 3–2 3rd
2005 Texas State 11–3 4–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal 4
2006 Texas State 5–6 3–3 4th
Texas State: 21–15 10–6
Rice Owls (Conference USA) (2007–2017)
2007 Rice 3–9 3–5 5th (West)
2008 Rice 10–3 7–1 T–1st (West) W Texas
2009 Rice 2–10 2–6 T–5th (West)
2010 Rice 4–8 3–5 T–4th (West)
2011 Rice 4–8 3–5 4th (West)
2012 Rice 7–6 4–4 T–3rd (West) W Armed Forces
2013 Rice 10–4 7–1 1st (West) L Liberty
2014 Rice 8–5 5–3 T–2nd (West) W Hawaii
2015 Rice 5–7 3–5 5th (West)
2016 Rice 3–9 2–6 T–5th (West)
2017 Rice 1–11 1–7 6th (West)
Rice: 57–80 40–48
Texas A&M–Commerce Lions (Lone Star Conference) (2019–present)
2019 Texas A&M–Commerce 11–3 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals 11
Texas A&M–Commerce: 11–3 7–1
Total: 89–97
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Bailiff who became college head coaches:


  1. ^ "Official Bio at Texas State". Archived from the original on January 30, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2007.
  2. ^ "Rice, Bailiff agree to new 5-year deal". ESPN. Associated Press. January 2, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2009.
  3. ^ McDanal, Jonathan (December 29, 2012). "Armed Forces Bowl 2012: Rice vs. Air Force". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Harvey, Randy (December 7, 2013). "Rice proves the smart pick for C-USA title". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Anteola, Bryant-Jon (December 24, 2014). "Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State suffers blowout loss against Rice". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Hill, Glynn A. (November 27, 2017). "Rice fires football coach David Bailiff". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  7. ^ Scott, Ryan. "Former Rice, Texas State coach Bailiff picked for head A&M-Commerce position". Herald-Banner. Retrieved 2018-12-09.

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