April 9, 2012
HOUSTON – Vic Shealy, who won a national championship while head coach at Azusa Pacific and most recently served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach the past two seasons at Kansas, has been named Houston Baptist University’s first head football coach, HBU President Dr. Robert B. Sloan Jr. and Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci announced Monday.
In addition to serving as head coach at Azusa Pacific University, Shealy, 50, was an assistant at Richmond, UNLV, Air Force, Austin Peay State, Mars Hill College and a graduate assistant at Baylor.
“I am especially encouraged by Coach Shealy’s commitment not only to football, but to the academic and spiritual mission of Houston Baptist University,” Sloan said. “His outstanding coaching career and his commitment to college football will be a great asset in recruiting student-athletes and coaches for our football program, and I believe Coach Shealy will provide great leadership both on and off the playing field as HBU’s first football coach.”
“We are really excited to be starting our football program under the direction of someone as experienced and successful as Coach Shealy,” Moniaci said. “It is very special to be part of building a football program from the ground up, and we are confident we have the right guy for the job.”
Shealy served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Kansas last season and was the secondary coach for the Jayhawks in 2010. He was the defensive coordinator at Richmond in 2009 and at Austin Peay in 1994. At UNLV, he was the assistant head coach from 2005-08, after serving as secondary coach at Air Force from 1999-2004. Shealy was also assistant head coach at Austin Peay from 1988-89.
Shealy was the head coach at Azusa Pacific from 1995-98, leading the Cougars to the NAIA national championship in his final season. He posted an overall record of 27-14-1 at Azusa Pacific, including a 12-2 record during the championship run. His first team went 4-4-1, followed by a 7-3 season in 1996, the program’s first winning season in seven years. Shealy was named NAIA Coach of the Year and the Shutt National Coach of the Year in 1998.
While at Richmond, the Spiders were ranked No. 1 nationally for seven weeks and ranked ninth in scoring defense en route to an 11-2 season. Shealy helped Air Force to a pair of bowl appearances in the Silicon Valley Bowl in 2000 and the San Francisco Bowl in 2002. He also appeared with Baylor in the Liberty Bowl in 1985 and has seen six of his former players go on to careers in the National Football League.
Shealy earned his degree in physical education from Richmond in 1984, then a master’s degree in physical education from Baylor in 1986. He was born in Nashville, Tenn., but grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Ala. He initially attended Liberty University, where he played quarterback, before transferring to Richmond and serving on his father’s staff as a coach. His father, Dal, was the head coach at Mars Hill in 1969, at Carson-Newman from 1970-73 and at Richmond from 1980-88, compiling a 79-74 record. Dal also had stints as an assistant at Baylor, Tennessee and Auburn from 1974-1978.
Shealy and his wife, Holly, have four children: Dal, Jake, Will and Kate.