Morgantown, West Virginia – Now that the West Virginia Mountaineers are searching for a new wide receivers coach after Gerad Parker left to become the new tight ends coach at Notre Dame, there is one replacement for Parker that makes too much makes sense.
Bailey, 31, is one of the greatest wide receivers ever at West Virginia University and he’s very interested in becoming an assistant coach at his alma mater.
Bailey recently told The Voice of Motown Podcast, “I would love to come back to Morgantown and help the team out. I was mentioned as a possibility as the wide receivers coach and that’s something I would absolutely approach passionately.”
Bailey set the Mountaineer single season record for receiving yardage (1,279 yards) and tied the school record for most touchdown receptions (12) in a single season. His career receiving yards rank 13th in Division I football all-time and Bailey went on to be drafted in the 3rd round by the then-St. Louis Rams.
Bailey’s NFL career was cut short after he was shot multiple times in the head while sitting in a car with his family. Although the assailants were never apprehended, Bailey survived the attack and eventually attempted an NFL comeback. Although this attempt came up short, Bailey is a survivor and the newly open wide receivers coach position is the perfect opportunity for him to get back into football.
Born and raised in Miramar, Florida, Stedman Bailey would immediately re-open the Miramar to West Virginia pipeline that brought the Mountaineers Geno Smith, Ivan McCartney, Yodny Cajuste, as well as Bailey. Bailey knows Florida football and at only 31 years of age would be relatable to young players. He already has a tremendous relationship with many of the wide receivers on the current roster.
2022 is going to be a big year for the West Virginia Mountaineers and it’s my hope that Stedman Bailey will lead the young, talented wide receivers corps for many years to come.