Chris Lancaster enters the fourth year of his third tour of duty at Baylor, and his first as the Bears' special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
Lancaster spent the previous three seasons as Baylor's offensive line coach and is one of four current BU assistant coaches who have worked for Guy Morriss since he first became a Division I-A head coach at Kentucky in 2001. The Bears' 2003 offensive line, which relied on seven underclassmen among its 10-man rotation, helped pave the way for the school's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1995 in Rashad Armstrong. Baylor's 2003 ground attack ranked as the school's most productive since 1998. Lancaster's 2004 o-line protected well enough for BU quarterbacks to set school single-season records for completion percentage and total completions, while his 2005 unit helped Baylor post its highest scoring average since 1996.
He coached offensive tackles, tight ends and special teams at Baylor from 1993-96 for coach Chuck Reedy, a stint which included a trip to the 1994 Alamo Bowl and a share of the 1994 Southwest Conference title. One of Lancaster's former pupils, offensive tackle Fred Miller, was a two-year All-SWC performer who currently is the starting right tackle for the National Football League's Chicago Bears. He also was a graduate assistant coach at Baylor (1990-91) under legendary coach Grant Teaff, working with tight ends and linebackers, and helped the 1991 Bears to a Copper Bowl bid.
A native of Fort Rucker, Ala., Lancaster grew up in Atlanta, Ga. He was Clemson's starting fullback for three seasons (1985-87) before suffering a career-ending injury. Lancaster finished his career at Clemson as a student assistant coach in 1988-89 and worked with the running backs while earning his management degree in 1989. During his five seasons at Clemson, the Tigers won three ACC championships (1986-88) and played in five bowl games -- the Independence, Gator (twice) and Citrus (twice).
After serving as a graduate assistant at Baylor for two seasons, Lancaster returned to Clemson in 1992 as a graduate assistant and worked with the Tigers' tight ends before returning to Waco upon Reedy's hiring. Following his second stint in Waco, Lancaster coached the offensive line for two seasons at both Sam Houston State (1997-98) and McNeese State (1999-2000). McNeese State went to the 2000 Division I-AA playoffs and led the Southland Conference in both rushing and total offense. Lancaster protégé Wes Hines earned All-America honors and signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
While at Sam Houston State, in addition to guiding the offensive line, Lancaster was the Bearkats' run game coordinator in 1997 and their offensive coordinator in 1998. He coached Bearkat offensive lineman Greg Studdard, who played in the NFL with both Atlanta and the New York Giants.
In 2001, Lancaster began a two-year stay at Kentucky. After coaching the defensive ends for Morriss in 2001, he returned to overseeing the offensive line the following season.
As UK's defensive ends coach, Lancaster mentored Dennis Johnson, named the "Best Defensive Player" in the Southeastern Conference by The Southeastern Post magazine. Johnson led the SEC in tackles for loss, quarterback sacks and fumbles caused, in addition to setting a single-season school record for sacks. Johnson was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL Draft and Kentucky's other starting end, Chris Demaree, signed a free-agent contract with San Diego.
In his final season with the Wildcats, Lancaster's offensive line, led by first-team All-SEC standout Antonio Hall, provided the blocking for Artose Pinner to lead the SEC in rushing.
Lancaster has two daughters, Kaila and Klemson.