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Kendal Briles joined the Florida Atlantic coaching staff in January of 2017 with his primary focus geared towards the Owls’ offense.
Biles comes to FAU with a decade’s worth of experience, including three years of work as the offensive coordinator of Baylor’s high-powered offense. He took over the play-calling reigns in Dec. of 2014 prior to Baylor's appearance in the 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Previous to the Cotton Bowl, Briles spent three seasons as the passing game coordinator and seven years coaching the Bears' receiving corps.
Honored for his recruiting ability, Briles was named the Big 12 Recruiter of the Year in both 2013 and 2014 and earned multiple Big 12 Recruiter of the Year awards in 2014 (Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) after Baylor signed a class ranked No. 22 nationally by ESPN and No. 23 by Scout.
On the field, Briles mentored four All-Americans and five total NFL prospects during seven seasons as wide receivers coach. He coached two of the most prolific receivers in school history, All-Americans Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans) and Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys), as well as 2013 All-American Antwan Goodley (Green Bay Packers) and 2014 All-American Corey Coleman (Cleveland Browns). His pupils also included All-Big 12 honorees and NFL signees Lanear Sampson (Pittsburgh Steelers), Tevin Reese (San Diego Chargers) and tight end Jordan Najvar (Dallas Cowboys). As passing game coordinator, Briles helped guide a top five-ranked passing attack for four straight seasons from 2011 to 2014 (No. 4 in 2014, No. 5 in 2013, No. 4 in 2012, No. 4 in 2011).
After his first season as offensive coordinator, Briles was named a 2015 Broyles Award finalist (by the Rotary Club of Little Rock) and National Quarterbacks Coach of the Year finalist (by FootballScoop). The Bears persevered through an injury-plagued season to finish No. 13 nationally and played in a school-record sixth straight bowl game. The Baylor offense again led the nation in both scoring (48.1 points/game) and total offense (616.2 yards/game) for the third consecutive season, and its rushing offense finished No. 2 nationally (326.7 yards/game).
Nine Baylor offensive players earned 2015 All-Big 12 honors, led by a pair of unanimous All-Americans in Spencer Drango and Biletnikoff Award winner Coleman. Briles mentored Baylor quarterback Seth Russell, who earned All-Big 12 honorable mention despite an injury-shortened season putting up astonishing statistical numbers through seven games – 35 combined TDs and 358.0 yards-per-game in total offense – leading BU to a No. 2 national ranking.
Following multiple quarterback injuries, Briles orchestrated an offensive switch at season's end that culminated in the Russell Athletic Bowl, when a wide receiver and several running backs took snaps in wildcat/single-wing formations. Baylor crushed No. 10 North Carolina with a punishing rushing attack that amassed an NCAA bowl record 645 yards on the ground (as well as a Russell Athletic Bowl record of 756 total yards).
The record-setting Bears offense averaged 365.9 passing yards per game en route to the 2014 Big 12 Championship. Briles' 2014 receiving corps included honorable mention All-American Coleman (1,119 yards, 11 TDs) and All-Big 12 honoree Goodley and Freshman All-American KD Cannon.
Briles was a FootballScoop finalist for 2014 National Wide Receivers Coach of the Year. In 2013, the Big 12 champions averaged 359.1 yards through the air and "Wide Receiver U" boasted All-American Goodley (1,339 yards, 13 TDs), All-Big 12 selections Reese (First Team) and Levi Norwood (Honorable Mention).
Briles was recognized in 2013 as the "Big 12 Recruiter of the Year" by Scout/FOXSportsNet and a national "Top 50 Recruiter" by 247Sports following Baylor's signing class that was ranked 24th by Athlon and 25th by Scout.com.
In 2012, Williams broke the school record for single-season receiving yards (1,832) and set single-game marks of 17 receptions and 314 yards at West Virginia en route to being named just the sixth unanimous All-American in Baylor history. Wright concluded his Baylor career with every major school receiving record (16 total) under Briles' tutelage. In addition to Wright, Briles also coached All-Big 12 honoree Reese, a sophomore in 2011 who totaled 877 yards and seven TDs on 51 receptions. Kendal Briles entered coaching in 2008 following a highly successful high school and collegiate playing career.
Collegiate Playing Career
Briles began his collegiate playing career at the University of Texas where he redshirted as a true freshman (2001). He played in seven games as a safety in 2002, but was slowed due to an ankle injury. In his first game on defense, Briles picked off two passes in the Longhorns' shutout of Baylor to share player of the game honors.
In 2003, when Art Briles was named Houston's head coach, the younger Briles left the Longhorn program for the opportunity to play once more for his father, this time at Houston. Kendal sat out the 2003 season due to transfer rules, then caught 25 passes for 311 yards as a 2004 junior. In his final season at Houston, Briles ranked second on the team in receptions with 45 catches for 369 yards and one touchdown. Born in Abilene, Texas, Kendal Briles worked in private business in the Houston area after graduating from the UH with a sport management degree in 2005.
High School Playing Career
Briles gained his prep experience at both Wolfforth Frenship High School and Stephenville High School. He was a two-time Texas 4A Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-State quarterback while also playing safety. He totaled 9,322 yards of total offense and 98 total touchdowns over his final two high school seasons. He spent his senior season at Wolfforth Frenship and earned his second Offensive Player of the Year honor after passing for 3,584 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 1,074 yards and 19 scores.
As a junior, playing for his father at Stephenville, Briles earned 1999 Texas 4A Offensive Player of the Year recognition after leading the team to a 16-0 record and the 4A state title. He passed for 3,137 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior while rushing for 1,331 yards and 16 scores. He also earned a pair of letters in track, was an all-district basketball player and was a 2014 Texas High School Football Hall of Fame inductee.
Born: November 10, 1982
Hometown: Stephenville, Texas
Education: B.S. in Kinesiology and Sports Management, Baylor ‘05
Family: Sara (wife), Jaytn and Kru (sons), Kinley (daughter)
2015-16 – Baylor (Offensive Coordinator/QB)
2012-14 – Baylor (Passing Game Coordinator/Receivers/Offensive Recruiting Coordinator)
2008-11 – Baylor (Assistant Coach/Inside Receivers/Offensive Recruiting Coordinator)