June 3, 1939 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Saint Paul's (VA)
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||0–6 (NCAA D-II playoffs)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
7 CIAA (1973, 1979, 1981–1984, 2001)
Willard Bailey (born June 3, 1939) is a former American football college coach and an alumnus of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, who graduated in 1962. He has been a head football coach for a total of 40 seasons. He served as head coach at Virginia Union University (1971–1983 and 1995–2003), Norfolk State (1984–1992), Saint Paul's College, Virginia (2005–2010) and Virginia University of Lynchburg (2011–2013). Bailey has compiled a record of 238 wins, 168 losses, and 7 ties. As a coach in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Bailey has won seven conference championships, six with Virginia Union and one with Norfolk State. His Virginia Union Panther football teams made 5 straight appearances in the Division II football playoffs in 1979,1980,1981,1982, and 1983, while his Norfolk State Spartan football team made one appearance in the Division II football playoffs in 1984.
In a press release dated February 1, 2011, Bailey's retirement was announced. Succeeding Bailey as Saint Paul's head football coach was former assistant coach Kevin Grisby.
These are players from Bailey's Virginia Union Panther, Norfolk State Spartan, and Saint Paul's Tiger teams who went on to the National Football League/Canadian League/Arena League:
Norfolk State: Willie Gillus, A. J. Jimerson
Saint Paul's: Greg Toler (the first player from the school to be drafted by the National Football League)
Bailey now coaches for Virginia University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg VA. V.U.L. hasn't had a football program since 1954, and they've hired Coach Bailey in 2011.
Head coaching record
|Virginia Union Panthers (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1971–1983)|
|1979||Virginia Union||10–2||8–0||1st||L NCAA Division II First Round|
|1980||Virginia Union||9–2–1||L NCAA Division II First Round|
|1981||Virginia Union||11–1||8–0||1st||L NCAA Division II First Round|
|1982||Virginia Union||8–3||6–1||1st||L NCAA Division II First Round|
|1983||Virginia Union||9–2||6–1||1st||L NCAA Division II First Round|
|Norfolk State Spartans (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1984–1992)|
|1984||Norfolk State||10–2||6–1||1st||L NCAA Division II First Round|
|Virginia Union Panthers (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1995–2003)|
|Virginia Union Total:||157–72–6|
|Saint Paul's Tigers (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (2005–2010)|
|Virginia–Lynchburg Dragons (Independent) (2011–2013)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
- "NCAA Career Statistics". NCAA. Retrieved 2010-06-21.