Baylor Football Coaching Staff

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Jan 1, 2022
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Dave Aranda

Dave Aranda

Head Coach

A 2020 National Champion and 24-year coaching veteran, Dave Aranda was named the 28th head coach in Baylor Football history on Jan. 16, 2020. Aranda comes to Waco after four seasons as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at LSU, including a 2020 National Championship and a 2019 SEC Championship. Widely considered one of the top defensive minds in all of football, Aranda has a track record of producing NFL-ready players. In six seasons as a defensive coordinator at a Power 5 Conference school, Aranda's defenses have been ranked in the Top 12 nationally in total yards five times. His defenses have also ranked among the top 10 in scoring four of the past seven years. Since taking over as the defensive coordinator at Utah State in 2014, Aranda's defenses have given up a touchdown or less in 48 of 108 games. Over LSU’s final five games of the 2019 season, including the SEC Championship and College Football Playoff, the Tigers allowed only 18 ppg with wins over No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 4 Georgia, Texas A&M and Arkansas. In that stretch, the Tigers’ defense allowed only 295.0 yards per game and intercepted six passes.

Jeff Grimes

Jeff Grimes

Off. Coordinator & TE

Jeff Grimes has been named offensive coordinator at Baylor, head coach Dave Aranda announced Monday. A 28-year coaching veteran, Grimes, who has led the BYU offense since 2018, was named a finalist for the 2020 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

Ron Roberts

Ron Roberts

Def. Coordinator & ILB

Thirty-year coaching veteran Ron Roberts was named Baylor Defensive Coordinator on January 21, 2020. Longtime associates, Aranda served as defensive coordinator under Roberts at Delta State in 2007. Roberts comes to Waco from Louisiana-Lafayette where he has coordinated the defense since 2018. Under his leadership, the Ragin’ Cajuns led the Sun Belt Conference and ranked 18th nationally in scoring defense in 2019 allowing only 19.7 ppg, an improvement of 87 spots in the rankings and a difference of -14.5 ppg.

Shawn Bell

Shawn Bell

Quarterbacks

Former Baylor great Shawn Bell joined the football staff in December 2016. After serving as an offensive analyst in 2017, he was elevated to offensive line coach in March 2018. He moved to tight ends under new head coach Dave Aranda in January 2020. The former record-setting Baylor quarterback returned to his alma mater following 10 seasons on the sidelines at the high school level, the last eight as head coach at Cedar Ridge, Magnolia West and Clifton.

Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson

Running Backs

Justin Johnson joined the Baylor Football staff in February 2020. He serves as running backs coach. Johnson joined Baylor following a one-year stint in 2019 as running backs coach at his alma mater, the University of Houston. He helped UH achieve its 18th straight season with at least 1,500 rushing yards in 2019. The Cougars’ rushing attack ranked 37th in FBS, averaging 188.2 yards per contest.

Eric Mateos

Eric Mateos

Offensive Line

Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson

Defensive Line

Dennis Johnson joined head coach Dave Aranda's football staff in January 2020. He serves as defensive line coach. Johnson, a LSU graduate and member of the school’s 2011 Southeastern Conference Championship team, comes to Waco following a 2019 season spent as an analyst at LSU. He served from 2016-18 as a full-time coach, first with the outside linebackers (2016-17) before moving to defensive line (2018). He moved off the field in 2019 for medical reasons. Johnson is also a talented recruiter with an innate ability to land big-time recruits. He has played a pivotal role in LSU’s last three signing classes that ranked No. 5 (2019), No. 15 (2018) and No. 7 (2017) nationally.

Caleb Collins

Caleb Collins

Outside Linebackers

Kevin Curtis

Kevin Curtis

Cornerbacks

Ronnie Wheat

Ronnie Wheat

Special Teams & Safties

Vic Viloria

Vic Viloria

Director of Athletic Performance

Viloria spent three seasons at LSU under head strength coach Tommy Moffit from 2018-2020 after a one single season with his alma mater SMU in 2017. Prior to his time at LSU and SMU, Viloria worked as the head strength and conditioning coach under the direction of Jimbo Fisher at Florida State from 2010-2017 where he helped the program to multiple ACC titles and a national championship in 2013.

 
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