Jan. 10, 2008
Kim McCloud and Theo Young have been hired as assistant football coaches at Baylor University, new Bears' head coach Art Briles announced Thursday. In addition, Colin Shillinglaw has joined the staff as Baylor's Director of Football Operations with Odell James and Beau Trahan being named assistant football operations directors.
After spending the past eight seasons as an assistant at the University of Nevada, McCloud will work with the Bears' cornerbacks. He coached the Wolf Pack secondary for seven (2000-2003, 2005-07) of his eight years at the Reno-school and spent one season (2004) as the program's wide receivers coach. Nevada has enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in its gridiron fortunes the past three seasons, earning three consecutive bowl bids and winning a share of the 2006 Western Athletic Conference title under the direction of head coach Chris Ault.
"I'm excited to have Kim (McCloud) join our staff," said Baylor head coach Art Briles. "He played a key role in helping rebuild the Nevada football program the past eight years and will bring a wealth of knowledge, as both a coach and player, to Baylor. Kim is a positive individual with a tremendous amount of energy, two things I'm very big on."
McCloud coached a pair of All-Western Athletic Conference performers at Nevada, including two-time (2005 and 2006) first-team honoree Joe Garcia, who ranked 14th nationally in interceptions as a senior in 2006. In his lone year as the Wolf Pack wide receivers coach, Nichiren Flowers earned first-team All-WAC honors after a 91-catch campaign that saw him finish second in the conference in both receptions and receiving yards. He also helped coach two of the Wolf Pack's leading tacklers in 2002 and 2003 in cornerbacks Marlon McLaughlin and Chris Handy.
A native of Los Angeles, McCloud began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Kaiser High School in Honolulu. He broke into the college ranks as a graduate assistant on head coach Larry Smith's Missouri staff in 1997 and helped the Tigers earn a Holiday Bowl invitation. In 1998, McCloud joined the University of Idaho's staff as cornerbacks coach where he helped the Vandals capture the Big West Conference title and cap the season with a Humanitarian Bowl victory.
McCloud was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at the University of Hawai'i, where he earned honorable mention All-WAC honors as a defensive back and was named to the 1990 All-WAC Academic Team. At Hawai'i, one of his teammates was Baylor defensive coordinator Brian Norwood. He signed a free agent contract with the NFL's San Diego Chargers in 1991 and played two seasons (1991 and 1992) in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
An all-city defensive back and wide receiver as a prep at Los Angeles City High School, McCloud received his bachelor's degree in economics and sociology from Hawai'i in 1991. He and his wife, Renee, have two children, Kaleb and Rachel.
Young joins the Bears' staff from Houston's Madison High School, where he has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach. The Bears' new defensive ends coach is no stranger to the collegiate coaching ranks, however, as he spent 12 seasons at Rice working for Head Coach Ken Hatfield--nine as defensive line coach and three as receivers coach.
"Theo (Young) enjoyed an outstanding playing career at Arkansas and has been a highly successful assistant at both Clemson and Rice under a great head coach in Ken Hatfield," said Art Briles. "He's high energy and has tremendous enthusiasm for the game. Theo is well known throughout the southwest and in Texas, which will be a tremendous asset to our program."
A native of Newport, Ark., Young played for Hatfield at the University of Arkansas, where he was a two-year starter at tight end and a four-year letterman from 1983-86. He captained the Razorbacks' team as a senior and received the program's Jim Wellons Dedication Award in 1985. All-told, he caught 21 passes for 341 yards in his collegiate career.
Following his Razorback playing days, he played two years (1987 and 1988) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, returning to Arkansas between seasons to complete his undergraduate degree in sociology, which he received in 1988. Young launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant working with running backs in 1990 and 1991, then spent one season (1992) at Tennessee-Chattanooga as the tight ends coach before joining Hatfield's Clemson staff as receivers/tight ends coach in 1993.
In 1996, Young was selected to participate in the NFL's Minority Coaching Advancement Program. As part of that program, he worked as an assistant with the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles during those organizations preseason camps.
A standout athlete at Newport (Ark.) High School, Young earned prep All-America honors as a tight end following his senior season and was a two-sport (football and basketball) all-state pick. He and his wife, Teri, have three children--Courtney, Thomas and Christian.
Briles also announced that Kendal Briles, originally hired to coach the Bears' safeties, will move to the offensive side of the ball and coach either inside or wide receivers. With the hiring of McCloud and Young, one offensive assistant's position remains to be filled on the Baylor coaching staff.
Shillinglaw has spent the past five seasons in a similar position on Art Briles' staff at the University of Houston. He will oversee every aspect of the Bears' football program, including team travel, academics, departmental budget, personnel, game-day operations and serve as the liaison to the Baylor's senior athletic staff.
Prior to joining the UH staff in 2003, Shillinglaw spent 12 seasons as head athletics trainer at Stephenville (Texas) High School. In 2001, he was promoted to assistant athletic director/head athletics trainer at Stephenville ISD. In his expanded role, he oversaw the department's budget, coordinated team travel for all teams, assisted in eligibility forms for the UIL and attended district.
An Iowa native, Shillinglaw spent two years at Waterloo Columbus (Iowa) High School, as assistant freshman wrestling coach and assistant junior varsity softball coach, before taking the Stephenville position. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1987 and earned his master's degree in sports health from Texas Tech in 1988. Shillinglaw and his wife, Donna, have two children, Kaylin and Matthew.
The 2008 football season will mark James' fifth as a member of the Bears' staff, as he was hired in August 2004 as assistant director of football operations and assistant strength coach. The Houston native was a four-year letterman for the Baylor football team (1997-2000) who played both quarterback and free safety.
James joined the Baylor staff from Waco's O & K Sports, a company he founded in August 2002. Prior to that, he spent one academic year (2001-02) as a teacher and coach in the Waco Independent School District. James served as the seventh grade basketball coach at Waco's St. Louis Catholic Middle School during the 2000-01 season, guiding the team to a district championship, while also working as a personal fitness assistant at Baylor's McLane Student Life Center.
He received his undergraduate degree in speech communication and sociology from Baylor in August 2001. James and his wife,Kai'Iah, a Baylor communications professor, have three children -- Alexis, Gabrielle and Solomon.
Trahan, a four-year football letterman at the University of Texas from 1999 through 2002, started his collegiate playing career as a quarterback and then moved to safety. He was a special teams standout during his Longhorn playing career and received his bachelor's degree (kinesiology) from UT in 2002.
Following his Longhorn player career, he launched his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball at Texas in 2003. From UT, Trahan joined Art Briles' staff as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Houston in 2004.
Since 2005, Trahan has worked as an assistant coach, working with quarterbacks, and teacher at Dickinson High School, which is outside the Houston area. He and his wife, Lauren, have one child, Abigail. Lauren is a Waco native who graduated from Vanguard High School and will be working as a doctor of Anesthesia at Providence Hospital beginning in August 2008.