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Baylor Coaches Rank Among Nation's Elite




June 23, 2014


By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Insider

Collectively, they've been a part of 14 intercollegiate national championships, won somewhere around 3,500 contests and captured all but two of Baylor's 57 Big 12 titles.

With the latest additions of Mike McGraw for men's golf and Felecia Mulkey in Acrobatics & Tumbling, Baylor has a staff of head coaches that can arguably stack up with anyone.

"In my view, Baylor has the best coaching staff in the nation," said Director of Athletics Ian McCaw, who has now hired eight of the 14 current head coaches at Baylor. "The success speaks for itself, and we have been fortunate to have continuity and coaches who fit Baylor very well."

That continuity has paid off with no less than 10 of the current head coaches being the all-time winningest coaches in their respective sports. Baseball's Steve Smith has won more games at Baylor than any coach in school history with 721, but softball's Glenn Moore (564), Matt Knoll in men's tennis (425) and Kim Mulkey in women's basketball (404) have all won more than 400 games.

Scott Drew (224-161) became the men's basketball program's all-time wins leader last year and has a 17-5 postseason record (NCAA and NIT) compared to a 3-9 postseason record in the 96 years before he arrived.

The other all-time coaching wins leaders are Joey Scrivano in women's tennis (286), Jim Barnes in volleyball (167) and Marci Jobson in soccer (69). Ellen White is the only coach in the nine-year history of the equestrian program and has already led the Bears to a Big 12 championship and hunter seat national championship, while coach Todd Harbour led the women's cross country team to seven consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships.

With 44 victories in six seasons, football coach Art Briles has a ways to go to catch all-time leader Grant Teaff (128). But he is the first coach in program history to lead the Bears to four consecutive bowl games, an 11-win season, a Big 12 championship and BCS bowl bid.

Jay Goble is one of the more recent additions, taking over the women's golf program three years ago. But he's already led his team to its highest finish at the Big 12 tournament (2nd), coached the school's first Big 12 medalist (Lauren Taylor, 2013) and took the Lady Bears to just their second NCAA Championships berth in 2013.

Now, you add in McGraw and Felecia Mulkey to an already impressive group that has a few skins on the wall and stocked trophy shelves to their overflowing capacity.

McGraw won a total of six Big 12 titles as the head coach at Oklahoma State, leading the men's team to the 2006 national championship, and was also part of national championships as an assistant at OSU in 2000 and Alabama this spring.

Mulkey won four consecutive national A&T national champions at Oregon before packing her bags to come to Waco this summer.

Kim Mulkey, though, leads the pack as the only man or woman to win NCAA national championships in basketball as a player, assistant and head coach. And she's also won the most at Baylor, leading her Lady Bears to national championships in 2005 and 2012 and 13 NCAA Tournament appearances in 14 seasons.

Needless to say, we're proud of our coaches. Here is a synopsis of each of the head coaches (in alphabetical order) and their multitude of accomplishments both at Baylor and before they arrived:

Jim Barnes, Volleyball: With a 10-year record of 167-153, Barnes is the program's all-time winningest coach, leading the Lady Bears to two NCAA Tournament appearances and the school's only trip to the Sweet 16 (2009). He has an overall head coaching record of 330-251 that includes 35-27 at Wyoming and 128-61 at LaMar, where he won a pair of conference championships (1997, 2001). The highlight of his six years as an assistant at McNeese was a program-best 25 wins and Southland Conference runner-up finish in 1994.

Art Briles, Football: Taking over a program that had suffered 12 consecutive losing seasons, Briles has led the Bears to a six-year record of 44-32 and four consecutive bowl games for the first time in program history. Last year, he won a school-record 11 games (11-2) and the first Big 12 championship while earning the first BCS bowl bid. During his reign, Baylor has also produced its first Heisman Trophy winner (Robert Griffin III, 2011) and five NFL first-round draft picks. He has an overall college head coaching record of 78-60 that included a 34-28 mark and four bowl games at the University of Houston, where he led the Cougars to the 2006 Conference USA championship. On the high school ranks, he turned a downtrodden Stephenville program into a dynasty, winning four state titles in the 1990s.

Scott Drew, Men's Basketball: Ranked as one of the greatest rebuilding jobs in the history of college basketball, Drew brought the Baylor program out of the ashes and has led the Bears to a 12-year record of 224-161 that includes two Elite Eights, another Sweet 16 and the 2013 NIT championship in six postseason appearances. His 2008 team earned the program's first NCAA bid in 20 years and the first of six 20-win seasons in the last seven years. Drew's teams also made Elite Eight appearances in 2010 and '12 and the Sweet 16 last year, made it to the NIT finals in 2009 and won it all in 2013. Including his one season at Valparaiso, he has an overall head coaching record of 244-172. During his tenure as an assistant, Valpo made six NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 in 1998.

Jay Goble, Women's Golf: A relative newcomer to the Baylor coaching ranks, Goble has already led the team to its best-ever finish at the NCAA Championships (16th, 2012) and Big 12 tournament (2nd, 2013). His teams have also captured five tournament titles, including this year's Dallas Athletic Club Invitational. Individually, Lauren Taylor was the program's first Big 12 medalist and Hayley Davis is a two-time All-American who was the NCAA East Regional unner-up this year. As an assistant at Florida, Goble helped the Gators earn three consecutive NCAA regional appearances and a 10th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

Todd Harbour, Track & Field/Cross Country: Tasked with succeeding coaching legend Clyde Hart, Harbour has kept up the tradition with a combined 19 top-20 finishes over the last nine years with three in women's cross country, six in women's track (two indoors, four outdoors) and 10 in men's track (five indoors, five outdoors). Taking over cross country in 2000, he led the women to an unprecedented seven consecutive NCAA Championship berths (2003-09) that included a 15th-place showing in 2009. Since he took over the reins of the men's and women's track and field teams in 2005, Baylor has won eight individual NCAA national titles with 179 All-America certificates and 60 Big 12 individual titles. A world-class runner himself, Harbour still owns the collegiate record in the mile (3:50.34), won a school-record eight individual SWC titles, was the NCAA runner-up in the 1,500 meters three times and won a silver medal at the 1979 Pan American Games.

Marci Jobson, Women's Soccer: The former U.S. World Cup player has helped make Baylor's soccer program relevant again, leading the Bears to their first Big 12 Tournament championship (2012) and two NCAA Tournament berths. That 2012 season also included a program-best 19 wins and a first-ever trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. She is the program's all-time winningest coach with a six-year record of 69-35-21. Under Jobson's tutelage, Dana Larsen was a third-team All-American and the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in 2012. Her overall head coaching record is 92-52-30, which included a 23-27-9 mark in three seasons at Northern Illinois. As a player, she led St. Charles High School to two Illinois state championships (1992, '94), earned all-conference honors in four straight years at Wisconsin and SMU and played on the U.S. National Team for three years, earning a spot on the World Cup team in 2007.

Matt Knoll, Men's Tennis: Taking over a program that was entrenched in the Southwest Conference cellar (2-56 in league matches over the previous nine years), Knoll has built a tennis dynasty at Baylor with 20 Big 12 championships (12 regular-season, eight tournament), 17 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2004 national championship (Baylor's first in any sport). He has an 18-year record of 425-112 that also includes a runner-up finish in 2005, four Final Fours, 11 quarterfinals and 15 Round of 16 trips. Knoll also coached NCAA singles champions in 2004 (Benjamin Becker) and 2005 (Benedikt Dorsch). He has an overall head coaching record of 433-128 that included one year at Northern Iowa. During his tenure as an assistant, Kansas won two Big Eight titles and made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. As a player, he played at Kansas State and Washburn University, earning Academic All-America honors.

Mike McGraw, Men's Golf: Success seems to follow McGraw, who was just hired at Baylor on Monday. In an eight-year run as head coach at Oklahoma State, he led the Cowboys to five Big 12 titles, the 2006 national championship and five top-5 finishes in seven trips to the NCAA Championships. His teams won a total of 30 tournament titles and produced 21 All-Americans. And that was after winning a Big 12 title in his one year as the women's head coach. In his only year as an assistant at Alabama, the Crimson Tide repeated as national champions (2014). He was also part of a national championship as an assistant at OSU in 2000. On the high school ranks, McGraw led Edmond North to three state titles in four seasons after winning six state championships in seven years as an assistant at Edmond Memorial.

Glenn Moore, Softball: Coming off his third World Series appearance in the last eight years, Moore has established Baylor as one of the top softball programs in the nation with a 14-year record of 564-276, 11 NCAA Regionals and five Super Regionals. After taking the Lady Bears to their first World Series in 2007, Moore helped them to semifinal appearances in 2011 and '14. The program's all-time winningest coach, he won a single-season record 51 games in 2005 and '07, when Baylor captured its only Big 12 championship. With an overall head coaching record of 703-318, he was 117-25 in two-plus seasons at LSU, leading the Tigers to a pair of SEC championships and three NCAA Regionals. In his first stint as a head coach, Moore was 22-17 and led William Carey College to a runner-up finish in the Gulf South Conference. As an athlete, Moore played football and baseball at Southwest Mississippi Community College and tight end at Northwestern (La.) State before playing for the world-famous "The King and His Court" fast-pitch softball team.

Felecia Mulkey, Acrobatics & Tumbling: Joining the Baylor family on June 3, Mulkey won four consecutive NCATA national champions at Oregon and led the Ducks to a phenomenal five-year record of 43-3. While with the program, she coached 11 student-athletes to All-America honors, won 30 individual event titles at the national meet and had two Athlete of the Year honorees. Prior to Oregon, she built the Kennesaw State competitive cheer program into a national powerhouse with a pair of club national championships and a fourth-place finish at the 2008 All-Women's Division I Collegiate Championships. Mulkey cheered for two years at Southern Union State in Wadley, Ala., leading the Bisons to an eighth-place national finish in 1995.

Kim Mulkey, Women's Basketball: Mulkey's worst-to-first rebuilding of the Baylor women's program is nothing short of a miracle. She led a Lady Bears team coming off a seven-win season and last-place finish in the Big 12 to its first NCAA Tournament berth in program history in 2001. That was the first of 13 NCAA berths that have produced a pair of national championships (2005, 2012), three Final Fours, five Elite Eights and nine Sweet 16 appearances. En route to the '05 championship, Baylor knocked off three top-seeded teams, including Michigan State in the final. The 2012 team was a perfect 40-0, dominating Notre Dame, 80-61, in the final. She reached 400 career wins faster than anyone other than her mentor, Leon Barmore, and has a 14-year record of 404-86 (.825 winning percentage). In 15 years as an assistant at Louisiana Tech, the program won the 1987 national championship, made five Final Fours and had a record of 430-68. As a player, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee won four state championships at Hammond, La., and scored a then-national record 4,075 points; won two national championships (1981, '82), made four Final Four appearances and had a four-year record of 130-6 at Louisiana Tech; and won gold medals for USA at the 1984 Olympics and 1983 Pan Am Games.

Joey Scrivano, Women's Tennis: Using the same model that helped the men's program become a national power, Scrivano has had similar results with the Baylor women's team with a 12-year record of 286-86 with 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and Final Fours in 2008 and 2011. All told, his teams at Baylor have made five Elite Eights and nine trips to the Sweet 16, including this year. He has also netted 10 regular-season Big 12 championships and another seven at the Big 12 tournament and coached the NCAA singles champion in 2005 and finalist in 2008 (Zuzana Zemenova). Prior to Baylor, he led South Alabama to a three-year record of 60-18 with three NCAA Tournament berths and one Sweet 16 appearance. As an assistant at South Alabama, he led the team to an Elite Eight appearance in 1999. He also has been head coach three times of the Team Europe National Team that prepares U.S. juniors for the IT European tournaments.

Steve Smith, Baseball: In 20 years at the helm, Smith has bypassed legendary predecessor Mickey Sullivan and become Baylor's all-time winningest coach in any sport with a record of 721-491-1. His teams have made 13 NCAA Regional appearances four NCAA Super Regionals and the first World Series trip in 27 years (2005). Smith also has won three Big 12 Conference championships (2000, 2005, 2012) and made it to the finals of the Big 12 tournament six times. His 1999 team won a program-record 50 games (50-12), while the 2012 team won 49 games and came within two outs of a return trip to the World Series. As an assistant at Mississippi State and Texas A&M, Smith made six NCAA regional appearances and won a share of two conference titles. As an athlete, he quarterbacked Gulfport (Miss.) to a state football championship and earned all-state honors in baseball; lettered in both sports at Mississippi College; and pitched his final two years at Baylor, leading the SWC in ERA in 1982 (1.72) in a year that included future major league pitchers Roger Clemens, Norm Charlton Doug Drabek and Calvin Schiraldi. A fifth-round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in 1983, he ended his pro career with the Triple-A Phoenix Firebirds in '86.

Ellen White, Equestrian: As the only coach in the nine-year history of the Baylor equestrian program, White has put the team on the map with a Big 12 championship in 2010 and a Hunter Seat national title in 2012. She has led the Bears to the NCEA National Championships (previously Varsity Equestrian National Championship) all nine years and won that Hunter Seat title in 2012 by upsetting top-ranked Auburn in the semifinals and edging Texas A&M on points. Her program has earned No. 1 national rankings in 2009 and 2013, finished third overall in 2012 and was seeded No. 1 in Hunter Seat at the 2013 national meet. An accomplished rider herself, White was awarded U.S. Dressage Federation silver (1992) and gold (1999) medals and earned an invite to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in dressage.