The Bears fall to Kansas State, on November 19, 2016.
Previously, Briles spent three seasons as the passing game coordinator and seven coaching the Bears' receiving corps.
A talented recruiter, Briles was named the Big 12 Recruiter of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.
Briles earned multiple Big 12 Recruiter of the Year awards in 2014 (Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) after Baylor signed a class ranked 22nd nationally by ESPN and 23rd by Scout.
Briles mentored four All-Americans and five total NFL prospects during seven seasons as wide receivers coach. He coached two of the most prolific receivers in school history, All-Americans Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans) and Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys), as well as 2013 All-American Antwan Goodley and 2014 All-American Corey Coleman. His pupils also included All-Big 12 honorees and NFL signees Lanear Sampson (Pittsburgh Steelers), Tevin Reese (San Diego Chargers) and tight end Jordan Najvar (Dallas Cowboys). As passing game coordinator, Briles helped guide a top-five ranked passing attack for four straight seasons from 2011 to 2014 (No. 4 in 2014, No. 5 in 2013, No. 4 in 2012, No. 4 in 2011).
After his first season as offensive coordinator, Briles was named a 2015 Broyles Award finalist (by the Rotary Club of Little Rock) and National Quarterbacks Coach of the Year finalist (by FootballScoop). The Bears persevered through an injury-plagued season to finish 13th nationally and play in a school-record sixth-straight bowl game. The Baylor powerhouse offense again led the nation in both scoring (48.1 points/game) and total offense (616.2 yards/game) for the third consecutive season, and its rushing offense finished second nationally (326.7 yards/game).
Nine total Baylor offensive players earned 2015 All-Big 12 honors, led by a pair of unanimous All-Americans in Spencer Drango and Biletnikoff Award winner Coleman. Briles mentored Baylor quarterback Seth Russell, who earned All-Big 12 honorable mention despite an injury-shortened season (put up astonishing statistical numbers through seven games, 35 combined TDs and 358.0 yards-per-game in total offense, and led BU to No. 2 national ranking).
Following multiple quarterback injuries, Briles orchestrated an offensive switch at season's end that culminated in the Russell Athletic Bowl, when a wide receiver and several running backs took snaps in wildcat/single wing formations and Baylor crushed No. 10 North Carolina with a punishing rushing attack that amassed an NCAA bowl-record 645 yards on the ground (Russell Athletic Bowl-record 756 total yards).
The record-setting Bears offense averaged 365.9 passing yards per-game en route to the 2014 Big 12 championship. Briles' 2014 receiving corps included honorable mention All-American Coleman (1,119 yards, 11 TDs) and All-Big 12 honoree Goodley and freshman All-American KD Cannon.
Briles was a FootballScoop finalist for 2014 national wide receivers coach of the year. In 2013, the Big 12 champs averaged 359.1 yards through the air and "Wide Receiver U" boasted All-American Goodley (1,339 yards, 13 TDs) and All-Big 12 selections Reese (first team) and Levi Norwood (honorable mention).
Briles was recognized in 2013 as the "Big 12 Recruiter of the Year" by Scout/FOXSportsNet and a national "Top 50 Recruiter" by 247Sports following Baylor's signing class that was ranked 24th by Athlon and 25th by Scout.com.
Williams in 2012 broke the school record for single-season receiving yards (1,832) and set single-game marks of 17 receptions and 314 yards at West Virginia en route to being named just the sixth unanimous All-American in Baylor history. Wright left Baylor having established every major school receiving record (16 total) under Briles' tutelage.
In addition to Wright, Briles also coached All-Big 12 honoree Reese, a sophomore in 2011 who totaled 877 yards and seven TDs on 51 receptions.
The son of former Baylor head coach Art Briles entered coaching in 2008 following a highly successful high school and collegiate playing career.
A two-time Texas 4A Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state quarterback, Briles also played safety. He totaled 9,322 total-offense yards and 98 total touchdowns over his final two high school seasons.
He spent his senior season at Wolfforth Frenship High School and earned his second Offensive Player of the Year honor after passing for 3,584 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 1,074 yards and 19 scores.
As a junior, playing for his father at Stephenville High School, Kendal Briles earned 1999 Texas 4A Offensive Player of the Year recognition after leading Stephenville to a 16-0 record and the 4A state title. He passed for 3,137 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior while rushing for 1,331 yards and 16 scores. The younger Briles also earned a pair of letters in track and was an all-district basketball player.
In 2014, Briles was elected to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
Following a standout prep career, Briles signed a national letter of intent with the University of Texas and redshirted as a true freshman in 2001. He played in seven games as a safety in 2002, but was slowed due to an ankle injury. In his first game on defense, Briles picked off two passes in the Longhorns' shutout of Baylor in 2002 to share player of the game honors. When his father was named Houston's head coach, the younger Briles left the Longhorn program and became a Cougar. He sat out the 2003 season due to transfer rules, then caught 25 passes for 311 yards as a junior in 2004. In his final season at Houston, Briles ranked second on the team in receptions with 45 catches for 369 yards and one touchdown. Born in Abilene, Texas, Kendal Briles worked in private business in the Houston area after graduating from the UH with a sport management degree in 2005.
Kendal and his wife, the former Sarah Reimer-Lukert, are the parents of two sons, Jaytn and Kru, and one daughter, Kinley.
|THE BRILES FILE|
|Born||Nov. 10, 1982|
|Family||Wife Sarah; sons Jaytn and Kru, daughter Kinley|
|2003-05||Houston Wide Receiver|
|2008-11||Baylor inside receivers/offensive recruiting coordinator|
|2012-2014||Baylor passing game coordinator/receivers/offensive recruiting coordinator|
|2015-||Baylor offensive coordinator/quarterbacks|
|2001||Holiday Bowl (player)|
|2002||Cotton Bowl (player)|
|2005||Fort Worth Bowl (player)|
|2006||Liberty Bowl (student assistant)|
|2010||Texas Bowl (assistant coach)|
|2011||Alamo Bowl (assistant coach)|
|2012||Holiday Bowl (passing game coordinator)|
|2014||Fiesta Bowl (passing game coordinator)|
|2015||Cotton Bowl (offensive coordinator)|
|2015||Russell Athletic Bowl (offensive coordinator)|