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Vic Shealy
Head Coach

Vic Shealy was named the first head football coach in Houston Baptist University history on April 9, 2012. Shealy won an NAIA national championship while head coach at Azusa Pacific University and served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Kansas prior to arriving at HBU.

In addition to serving as head coach at Azusa Pacific, Shealy, 50, was an assistant at Kansas, Richmond, UNLV, Air Force, Austin Peay State, Mars Hill College and a graduate assistant at Baylor.

In HBU’s first official season in 2014, the Huskies registered their first Southland Conference win on Homecoming, defeating Nicholls, 31-21, on Oct. 25. Five student-athletes earned all-conference honors, including two second-team selections, one academic all-conference honoree and one tabbed Freshman All-America. In Shealy’s second year, two more Huskies earned all-conference honors and one was named to the academic all-conference team. Linebacker Garrett Dolan ranked among the top 10 nationally in tackles per game and punter Christian Guzman ranked among the top 10 nationally in yards per punt.

Shealy served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Kansas, was the defensive coordinator at Richmond in 2009 and a 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.

As the head coach at Azusa Pacific from 1995-98, Shealy led 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 bachelor’s 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, Alabama. 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.