Frank Okam is in his first season on the Baylor coaching staff, where he works with the defensive line.
A former All-American and six-year NFL veteran, Okam (OH-cam) came to Baylor following a four-year stint at Rice from 2014-17, the last two seasons as defensive line coach.
Under Okam's leadership in 2017, Rice defensive end Brian Womac was a first team all-conference selection, set a school record with 22 tackles for loss and led Conference USA in tackles for a loss and sacks. Additionally, defensive tackle Roe Wilkins was honorable mention All-Conference USA after posting 6.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss.
Okam was promoted to defensive line coach at Rice prior to the 2016 season after spending two years as a graduate assistant with the Owls.
Okam was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, where he played for three seasons from 2008-10. He also saw time with Seattle (2010) and Tampa Bay (2010-12). He finished his career with the New York Giants in 2013.
A four-year letterman at defensive tackle at Texas, Okam was a freshman All-American in 2004 and a two-time All-Big 12 honoree for the Longhorns. In 2005, he helped Texas to both Big 12 and BCS National Championships. He earned his degree from Texas in 2007 and a master's degree from Rice in 2017.
Okam, a native of Pine Bluff, Ark., graduated from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas. While at Lake Highlands, he was a Parade and US Army All-American.