2001 Alamo Bowl
One of the most successful high school football coaches in Texas history, Texas Tech running backs coach Art Briles is in his third season on the South Plains.
Briles? responsibility with the program is to incorporate the running game with the highly-touted passing game of second-year head coach Mike Leach.
When Briles accepted the position, he inherited one of the nation?s top running backs in Ricky Williams and a corps of underclassmen. Williams finished the 2001 campaign as the nation?s second-leading receiver and was a First-Team All-Big 12 selection as an all-purpose back and a second-team pick as a running back. Williams finished second in the Big 12 with 122.7 all-purpose yards per game.
Briles spent 12 seasons at Stephenville (Texas) High School prior to his arrival at Texas Tech. During his tenure, the Yellowjackets won four state championships, including back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999. His 1998 team posted a national record 8,650 yards of total offense and also holds the third and fourth positions on the national all-time list. During a six-year stretch, he set a record as his teams posted a 90-2-1 mark during the run. While coaching high school, Briles developed six Division I quarterbacks and had five quarterbacks throw for over 3,000 yards in a season.
Briles has spent his entire coaching career in the state of Texas. He began at Sundown as an assistant in 1979 and moved on to Sweetwater for four seasons as an assistant in 1980. His first head coaching opportunity came at Hamlin in 1984-86, where he also served as athletic director.
In 1986, Briles began a two-year stint at head coach and athletic director at Georgetown, before moving on to Stephenville in 1988.
Briles received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech in 1979 and a Master?s of Education from Abilene Christian University. He played collegiately at the University of Houston as a wide receiver from 1974-77.
Briles and his wife, Jan, have three children, Jancy, who will attend the University of Houston?s pharmacy school this fall; Kendal, a redshirt freshman football player at Texas; and Staley, a junior in high school.