Meet Baylor’s new head coach, Erik Kimrey
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The next chapter of Baylor football has begun. The Red Raiders welcomed Erik Kimrey as head coach Thursday. Baylor believes he’ll be the one to bring championships back to the river bank.
“Once I could get him to say yes, then it was an extremely easy decision,” Baylor headmaster Chris Angel said.
Erik Kimrey gave up his hometown and a spot on the University of South Carolina coaching staff to be the Red Raiders’ new head coach and join former headmaster Chris Angel.
“Over 15 years ago working with Mr. Angel, Herb Barks brought us up here on a visit, and I immediately fell in love with this place. Since then, I’ve considered it to be a dream job of mine,” Kimrey said.
“Having the opportunity to have him come and join me is really a dream for us,” Angel said. “I know what he is capable of doing, and I know what value the Kimrey family brings to Baylor and Chattanooga that everybody is going to be extremely impressed and blown away with what happens.”
It’s been ten years since Baylor played for a state championship — 48 since Baylor’s only state title. Adding salt to the wound, Baylor has lost to rival McCallie six straight years — while the Blue Tornado has stormed away with three straight state championships.
“The first thing you have to do is believe,” Kimrey said. “I’ve been through this. I took over Hammond when it had been a long time since they won a championship and hadn’t beaten their rival in a while. The thing we have to focus on is being Baylor School and the best version of ourselves. That’s all we can control. We can’t control other schools and what they do. But I think if we live that and embody who we are, we’re going to put ourselves in a great place to win championships here.”
Kimrey is no stranger to winning. Hammond won 12 state titles in 15 years under his leadership. Kimrey was also the youngest coach in South Carolina history to win 100 games. In 17 years with the Skyhawks, Kimrey lost only 20 games.
“As I was going through the process of interviewing all of these coaches, I kept in my mind comparing him to this guy, and he is the right guy for the position who can instill the philosophy that we need to be successful here at Baylor,” Angel said.
Kimrey brings SEC experience with him, as well. Most recently, as the tight ends coach on Shane Beamer’s Gamecocks staff.
“Learned so much this past year being in that operation, watching Shane Beamer come in and build the culture. How he did that is something that’s truly inspiring to me. Working on offense with a guy like Marcus Satterfield and his knowledge. I can’t wait to take a lot of what I’ve learned and make sure we implement it appropriately, that fits our players and their skill sets,” Kimrey said. “We love Columbia. Columbia will always be our home. But we’re excited about this new journey and making this our new home for many, many, many years to come.”