After former Head Coach Matt Rhule left Baylor to take the same job with the Carolina Panthers, the majority of the current Baylor football players elected to endorse Associate Head Coach/Defensive Ends Coach Joey McGuire (formerly the Tight Ends Coach) for the vacant leadership position. Baylor students, alumni, and fans alike joined in the campaign to fill the role with the coach who had been a source of passion and stability for the team. Joey McGuire was named Interim Head Coach for the short period between Rhule’s departure and Dave Aranda’s arrival, but once the LSU DC was named Head Coach, McGuire’s unknown status at Baylor became a source of anxiety for Baylor Nation. Within only the three years he’s spent with the Baylor football team, Joey McGuire has quickly become a fan and team favorite.
He was an extremely exciting hire for Matt Rhule in 2017 as he had built quite the reputation for himself in the Texas football world. McGuire was the Head Coach at Cedar Hill High School where he helped the team earn three state championships– two of which occurred in 2013 and 2014 (and the third in 2006). Before he took the reigns at Cedar Hill, the team had never won a playoff game, but during McGuire’s 14 years at the school, they saw 12 consecutive playoff appearances. Cedar Hill under McGuire had a 141-42 record, appeared in four title games, and were named champions in nine bi-district challenges as well as seven district match ups. After the team’s 2006 state title, McGuire was named Dallas Cowboys Coach of the Year and in 2013, he was honored as Texas Coach of the Year by Dallas Morning News, MaxPreps, SportsDayHS, and Chevy Silverado. Before being named Cedar Hill Head Coach, McGuire was an assistant coach from 1997-2002 and coached at Crowley High School from 1995-1996 to start his coaching career.
Although he’s not the Baylor football Head Coach, Joey McGuire is a significant figure on the team, both on the field and during recruiting. His Texas roots and historical victories have made McGuire a hot commodity on the coaching front, which was evident as Texas and Oklahoma both tried to get him on staff. We’re so lucky that’s decided to stay at Baylor and I hope that his relationship with Dave Aranda will only make the Bears stronger!