Carey Bailey
Carey Bailey

Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Line

Third Season

Recruiting Areas:
Dallas Metroplex

Former University of Tennessee standout Carey Bailey is in his third season as defensive line coach at Lamar University.

The former head coach at Howard University (2007-10) brings nearly two decades of coaching experience into his position at Lamar. The Cardinals defensive line gained a ton of recognition not only in the Southland Conference, but across the country last season. Senior end Jesse Dickson became one of the most imposing forces in the country under Bailey's guidance. Dickson finished the season ranked among the league's top 10 in tackles, tied for third in sacks and was second in tackles for losses.

National publications began to take notice of Dickson's work on the field. Shortly after receiving first-team All-Southland honors, Dickson was named the SLC Defensive Player of the Year by College Sports Madness. He followed that up by becoming Lamar's first All-America selection since it resurrected the program.

Between Dickson, and classmate Mark Murrill at the other end, the Cardinals had one of the more dominant one-two punches that has come through the Southland in a long time. The duo combined to record 119 total tackles, 25 tackles for losses, 7.5 sacks and one interception in 2013. Throw in sophomore Omar Tebo (37 tackles, 6 TFLs) who fought his way into the starting lineup despite his underclassman status, and Bailey's troops presented a very imposing force.

In addition to his linemen, Carey produced one of the nation's top punt return units. Led by CFPA National Punter Returner of the Year, Kevin Johnson, the Cardinals finished second in nation averaging better than 16 yards per return with three touchdowns.

Bailey has coached 14 players who went on to play professional football, and has coached 20 all-conference players and five All-Americans.

Prior to taking the top spot at Howard, Bailey spent two seasons as the defensive line coach at Minnesota. The Gophers played in a pair of bowl games while Bailey was on staff. Bailey also served as defensive line coach at Oklahoma State (2004) and Middle Tennessee State (2003), helping the Cowboys to the 2004 Alamo Bowl.

Bailey spent five seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette (1998-2002) coaching the defensive line, special teams and linebackers. During Bailey's tenure, the Ragin' Cajuns ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in total defense, twice led the league in punt returns and also led the conference in fumbles recovered and sacks.

His first full-time coaching job came at Virginia Military Institute where he was defensive line coach from 1995-98. Bailey also worked at West Virginia University as a graduate assistant.

While a player at Tennessee, Bailey helped the Volunteers to a pair of Southeastern Conference championships and four straight bowl appearances. As a junior, Bailey led Tennessee in sacks and tackles for loss. He earned his diploma from Tennessee in 1992.

Bailey and his wife Angela have two daughters, Evann Leigh and Leah Nicole.


2014 Fall Camp - Defensive Line

Senior Joe Okafor's move to the outside should strengthen LU's defensive front


Crawfish Bowl set for 7 p.m. kickoff Tuesday evening

Red-White game will cap spring practices


Lamar Football Camp - Defensive Line

The Cardinals return five defensive linemen for the 2012 season


Carey Bailey invited to participate in Atlanta Falcons Training Camp

Bailey is taking part in the NFL's Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program


Flight Plan::Football

The Lamar Cardinals (7-4 OVR) (4-3 SLC) head to Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles, LA to compete against McNeese State (6-4 OVR) (4-3 SLC) in their final game of the season. Game time is slated for 6PM.


Highlights: UIW 20 - LU 31

(BEAUMONT, TX) The Lamar Cardinals take home the close win over Incarnate Word with a final score of 20-31. Lamar had yet another record breaking game when Mark Roberts became the first player in Lamar history to record 1,000 receiving yards.

The Cardinals will travel next week to McNeese to take on the Cowboys.


Flight Plan::Football

(BEAUMONT, TX); The Lamar Cardinals are set to take on the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals in the Big Red's final home game. It is also senior night for the Cards, and there will be a ceremony before the game honoring them individually.

Game is slated for 7PM at Provost-Umphrey Stadium and online at www.bigredsn.com


The Big Red SN Guys: Lamar at UCA Chalk Talk

(BEAUMONT, TX) The Big Red SN Guys, also known as Jordan and Wesley, discuss this weekend's game at Central Arkansas, and what the Cardinals need to do to defeat the Bears.

Kickoff is set for 3 PM in Conway, Arkansas and will be aired on KUIL.

Follow Jordan @BRSN_Jordan and Wesley @BRSN_Wesley


FB Highlights: Cardinals defeat Huskies 72-14

(BEAUMONT TX); The Huskies of Houston Baptist rolled into town to take on the Cards for their Homecoming. Lamar wasted no time with HBU, the duo of Caleb Berry and Mark Roberts dominated the first quarter and half. Caleb hooked up with Mark four times for touchdowns, which included an eighty one yard score late in the 1st Quarter. Just before halftime Caleb found Mark one more time for a touchdown which gave him the schools all-time record for receiving touchdowns with nineteen. Not to be out done, Caleb passed for a record seven touchdowns in the first half. Lamar led 62-7 at the midway point. The Big Red defense smoothered the Huskies all night by constantly putting pressure on their quarterbacks which led to 6 takeaways, 4 interceptions and 2 fumbles. Final score was Lamar 72-14 and the Cards now have 6-3 and 3-2 in Conference play. The Cardinals will travel to Central Arkansas next Saturday to take on the Bears.

    Rotating Image