Missouri has a new defensive line coach.
Coach Barry Odom announced on Thursday that the Tigers have hired veteran defensive line coach Brick Haley.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with Brick Haley, I have had tremendous respect for him over the years,” said Odom in a press release. “He will be a great mentor and teacher for our student-athletes and will bring leadership and coaching qualities that will make Mizzou Football better in every way. I’m excited to welcome Brick, Tina and the kids to the Mizzou Family!!” said Odom.
Haley comes to Missouri from Texas where he was the defensive line coach with the Longhorns the past two seasons. In 2016, Texas’ defense led in the Big 12 in sacks (3.42 per game) and tackles for loss (7.6 per game), and ranked 5th and 16th nationally in those categories, respectively.
In total, Haley has accumulated 26 years as a full-time defensive coach, including the last 13 as a defensive line coach.
Prior to Texas, Haley coached defensive linemen at LSU from 2009-14 after two years as the Chicago Bears’ defensive line coach. He also was a defensive line coach at Mississippi State (2004-06), a linebackers coach at Georgia Tech (2002-03), Baylor’s defensive coordinator (1999-2001) and an outside linebackers coach at Clemson (1998) and Houston (1997).
Haley marks Missouri’s fourth defensive line coach in the 2016 calendar year. Longtime defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski was not retained by Odom, Chris Wilson left the job after a month to pursue a position with the Eagles and Jackie Shipp in late November following an internal matter where his conduct didn’t meet Missouri’s expectations for coaches.
“I’m very pleased and really excited to be joining Coach Odom’s program,” Haley said. “We haven’t worked together, but I’m very aware of him and the reputation he has in the coaching profession. I look at this as an unbelievable opportunity to work with someone who has such an impressive passion and work ethic. It didn’t take me long in our conversations to know that Coach Odom is the right guy and someone you want to work with. I believe that Mizzou is a place where the sky is the limit, and I’m looking forward to being part of the program.”