Kendal Briles finds career as a football coach at Baylor University

Former Frenship High School quarterback Kendal Briles is once again on the sidelines with his father –-this time as an assistant coach at Baylor University.

Briles transferred to Frenship High School before his senior year after being named the Texas 4A Offensive Player of the Year in 1999. He had led Stephenville High School to a 16-0 record and the 4A state title that year while playing for his father, Art Briles.

When his father took a job on the Texas Tech coaching staff the next year, Briles came to Frenship, where he passed for 3,584 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 1,074 yards and 19 touchdowns. He earned his second Offensive Player of the Year honor that year at Frenship.

Briles went on to the University of Texas, where he played defense as a safety in 2002 after redshirting in 2001. He was slowed by an ankle injury, but played in seven games.

His father was named the University of Houston’s head coach in 2003, and Briles left the Longhorns to join him. He sat out one season and then played as a receiver in 2004 and 2005.

In 2006, Briles graduated with a degree in sports management and went into business for a private construction company in Houston until 2007, when he was hired at Baylor as an inside receiver coach.

Kendal Briles

Age: 26
Favorite Teachers: Russell Arendale, Don Black
Favorite Subject: Athletics
Hobbies: Working out, hunting and fishing

“We’re trying to get ready. We’ve got to get us a big win this week,” Briles said Tuesday, looking forward to Baylor’s game against Texas A&M this weekend.

Briles said he misses competing as a football player, but does not miss the frequently accompanying injuries.

“This is kind of what I always saw myself doing. Coming out of college, I thought I’d try a different avenue, and I wanted to be back in football,” said Briles. “I see myself staying here at Baylor as long as I can, as long as we keep trying to win,” he said. “This is definitely a great opportunity for me. I’m very pleased with where I am right now.”

Briles married his wife, Sarah, in April of this year. They met at the University of Houston.

Briles said he is still keeping up with the Frenship football from Waco.

“I’m rooting for the Tigers. Hopefully they’ll have a long playoff run and win the state championship,” he said.

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