OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
BRYANT VINCENT | OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR / QUARTERBACKS
A familiar face will return to the sidelines as head coach Bill Clark has named Bryant Vincent the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the UAB football team.
Vincent was the offensive coordinator for the 2014 Blazer team that established virtually all of UAB's offensive school records, including total offensive yards (5,182), total points (398) and points per game (33.2).
"Bryant's familiarity with UAB and Birmingham will make for a seamless transition as our offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach," Clark said. "The offense in 2014 thrived under his direction and we are excited to hit the ground running with an experienced group heading into the 2018 season."
Under Vincent's direction in 2014 he guided an offense that gained 2,637 yards through the air and 2,545 yards on the ground while scoring more than 30 points in eight games and more than 40 points in five games.
In his offense, current Chicago Bears' star running back Jordan Howard set the UAB single season rushing record with 1,587 yards and 13 touchdowns, and starting quarterback Cody Clements completed 66 percent of his passes for 2,227 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Vincent inherits a team in 2018 that returns 10 starters on offense, including Freshman All-America running back Spencer Brownwho will eye Howard's record as a sophomore, and All-Conference quarterback A.J. Erdely who tied Howard's touchdown record with 13 rushing scores in 2017.
Vincent also has the luxury of four returning offensive linemen, while top OL reserve Rishard Cook played in 12 games with four starts and should move into the vacated role left by graduate Chris Schleuger. At wide receiver, every single player who caught a pass in 2017 is returning for the 2018 campaign.
"We are more than excited to be back at UAB and part of Blazer Nation," Vincent said. "Coach Clark and his staff have accomplished unbelievable things here. I look forward to being a part of that championship environment daily and taking the next step together. My family is very appreciative of Coach Clark and Jennifer and we can't wait to begin."
Prior to his return to UAB, Vincent spent 2015 and 2016 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of South Alabama.
Vincent helped guide the Jaguars to the 2016 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl led by record setting quarterback Dallas Davis. In Vincent's offense, Davis threw for the most yards in school history (2,706) and his 2,951 total yards of offense are second most in program history.
Vincent and his wife Holli have two sons, Brady who is a sophomore in college and Bret who is in sixth grade.
RANDY PIPPIN | CLINIC DIRECTOR
Randy Pippin, the Director of Player Relations, joined the UAB staff in 2015.
In his role, Pippin serves as the chief organizer and communicator for the Blazers’ high school camps and clinics which have continued to increase exponentially over the last two years. He will also be in charge of high school player relations.
Pippin’s other area of expertise is his ties and relationships with NFL personnel. Pippin will have day-to-day interactions with current Blazers and help them reach their goal of playing at the next level through his deep-routed NFL connections.
Pippin has 28 years coaching experience at all different levels, including 14 years as a head coach. Prior to arriving in Birmingham, Pippin spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Division II East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
Pippin headed to East Central University after two years as the defensive coordinator at East Texas Baptist from 2011-12 where he also headquartered the Texas and Oklahoma Nike Coach of the Year Clinics.
Prior to joining the staff at ETBU, Pippin coached at the high school level as the head coach at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Classical Academy finished 12th in the state in 2010 despite being the smallest school in its class.
While in Colorado, Pippin also served as the National Director of the Glazier/Mega Football Coaching Clinics before East Texas Baptist. He joined Glazier after being the head coach at Northwest Mississippi CC, where he guided the Rangers to the North Division Championship in 2006. While there, he signed and coached future 2nd round pick of the Miami Dolphins Daniel Thomas.
Pippin was also the head coach at the University of West Alabama from 2001-2003. During his time with the Tigers he earned Small College Coach of the Year in Alabama in 2002 after West Alabama defeated Arkansas-Monticello, Delta State, West Georgia and North Alabama in the same season for the first time in school history.
Prior to taking the job at West Alabama, Pippin was the head football coach and athletic director at Middle Georgia College (1998-2000). He guided MGC to two 10-win seasons and made two appearances in the bowl championships, defeating Northwest Mississippi, 41-3, and Lackawanna, 35-7. He helped Kendrell Bell move on to the NFL, where he was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Pippin also spent two seasons (1996-97) as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee Tech where he enjoyed record breaking success for the Golden Eagles.
Before joining Tennessee Tech, Pippin had a very successful time as the head coach at Trinity Valley CC (1993-95), where he guided the Cardinals to a 24-8-2 record, which included the 1994 Junior College National Championship. During his time at Trinity Valley, he produced 19 all-conference players and six All-Americans. That list includes kicker Matt Bryant and cornerback Al Harris, both who had stellar NFL careers.
The 1994 season saw not just a national championship, but a 12-0 mark and the No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA through the entire season. For his efforts, Pippin was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year and was recently inducted into the TVCC Hall of Fame.
Before being named the head coach at Trinity Valley, Pippin served as the team’s defensive coordinator (1990-92) for three seasons coaching and recruiting several future NFL players.
Pippin’s first full time job was the Defensive Ends Coach at MTSU in 1988-89 where the Murfreesboro school won the OVC and Pippin signed/coached Mike Caldwell, a 10 year NFL Linebacker for the Browns and Eagles and current New York Jets Assistant Head Coach along with Kenny Tippins of the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons.
Pippin started out as a graduate assistant coach at Tennessee Tech University in 1986-87 in charge of the Outside Linebackers.
Pippin, a Mesquite, Texas, native played his football for North Mesquite High School, Cisco Junior College and Tennessee Tech University where he obtained his two degrees and began his coaching career. Pippin is married to the former Sally Horton and they have four girls; Natalie, Holly, Libby and Gracie. He published an award winning instructional book on the 4-2-5 defense called "CHAOS" which is still available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble bookstores.
LARRY SMITH | OUTSIDE WIDE RECEIVERS
In 2017, Larry Smith’s first season coaching the outside wide receivers, he helped guide the Blazers to their most wins in program history which included impressive numbers from his receivers.
Smith oversaw the development of standout Andre Wilson who finished the 2017 season with 54 catches for 677 yards and six touchdowns. Wilson’s 54 catches were the fifth most in school history while his 677 yards ranks 10th all-time. Wilson earned All-Conference USA Honorable Mention accolades.
The offense gained 4,728 yards in 2017 which was the seventh most in school history and 2,347 of those yards came through the air. Smith also assisted in the progress of Ronnie Turner Jr. who hit his stride towards the end of the season to finish third on the team with 28 catches 262 yards. Both Wilson and Turner Jr. were juniors in 2017 and look to increase their numbers under Smith as seniors.
Overall, UAB returned from a two-year hiatus in 2017 to set the program record for FBS wins in a season (8), Conference USA wins (6) and finished with a perfect 6-0 record at home for the first time ever. The Blazers’ appearance in the Bahamas Bowl was just the second bowl game in program history.
Smith joined the UAB coaching staff in the January of 2016 after spending three years coaching at Jacksonville State. He worked under current UAB head coach Bill Clark in 2013 as a graduate assistant, then spent 2014-15 as the quarterback’s coach.
In 2015, Smith helped JSU quarterback Eli Jenkins earn All-America honors as Jenkins compiled nearly 4,000 yards and 36 touchdowns. The Gamecocks reached the Football Subdivision National Championship game for the first time in program history.
Smith played quarterback at Vanderbilt University from 2007-11 and started 27 games in his career. As a senior, he led the Commodores to a 4-2 start before suffering an injury which held him out until the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Additionally, he started nine games as a junior, 11 games as a sophomore and one game as a freshman (Music City Bowl).
Smith played for UAB head coach Bill Clark at powerhouse Prattville High School and was named Mr. Football in Alabama as a senior in 2006 after leading the Lions to a perfect 15-0 record and the 6A state title.
Smith was 39-2 as a starter with no regular-season losses at Prattville and finished with a school record 6,011 passing yards and 54 touchdowns.
Smith is a 2011 graduate of Vanderbilt and earned his degree in human and organizational development.
JODY WRIGHT | ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/OFFENSIVE LINE
The UAB football program is adding another familiar face to its coaching staff for the upcoming 2018 season as it welcomes back Jody Wright to serve as the offensive line and assistant head coach, Bill Clark announced on Wednesday.
Wright rejoins the Blazers after previously serving as the running backs coach during the record-breaking 2014 season under Clark, when the Green and Gold were led by former Blazer greats Jordan Howard and D.J. Vinson in the backfield.
"We couldn't be more excited having Jody back on our staff," Clark said. "He has a great offensive mind and his familiarity with the program will pay immediate dividends. He is inheriting an experienced and talented group and we are looking forward to big things from his unit in 2018."
Under Wright's guidance, Howard became the benchmark in UAB's record book, holding the top spot in nearly every statistical category, including single season rushing yards (1,587), single season rushing touchdowns (13) and career yards gained per game (107.3). Vinson holds the record for most touchdowns (5) and points scored (30) in a single game against Alabama A&M in 2014.
Wright got his start with Coach Clark in 2013 as a member of the Jacksonville State staff, where he worked as the passing game coordinator with an emphasis on the tight ends.
Most recently, Wright was the Director of Player Personnel at the University of Alabama from 2015-17. He also spent three seasons under Nick Saban prior to his stint with Jacksonville State, serving as the wide receivers graduate assistant in 2010 before transitioning into the role of offensive analyst in 2011-12, where he worked with running backs and receivers.
Wright graduated from Jacksonville State in 2004 and earned his master's degree from Mississippi State, where he worked as an offensive graduate assistant under Sylvester Croom from 2005-08 and one year with Dan Mullen in 2009 as the Coordinator of Football Pperations.
He attended high school at Pickens Academy and played for his father, Lynn, winning Alabama state titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Wright was named an All-State running back during his final two seasons of high school.
CASEY WOODS | INSIDE WIDE RECEIVERS / TIGHT ENDS
Casey Woods is in his second season on the sidelines and his third year overall at UAB coaching the inside wide receivers and tight ends.
In 2017, Woods’ unit was led by slot receiver Collin Lisa who hauled in 33 catches for 439 yards. His group also featured a pair of tight ends who came on late in the season, including true freshman Hayden Pittman who finished with 119 yards and two touchdowns.
Overall, Woods helped UAB return from a two-year hiatus in 2017 to set the program record for FBS wins in a season (8), Conference USA wins (6) and finished with a perfect 6-0 record at home for the first time ever. The Blazers’ appearance in the Bahamas Bowl was just the second bowl game in program history.
Although 2017 was Woods’ first season in-game coaching at UAB, he arrived in Birmingham in January of 2016 to help rebuild the program after its disbandment in 2014.
Along with coaching tight ends and wide receivers, Woods has been on the front lines of UAB’s nation-wide recruiting efforts and roster management.
Prior to joining the Blazers, Woods spent three years as the Director of Player Personnel at Auburn University from 2013-15. During his time at Auburn, the Tigers amassed a record of 27-13, which included a run to the national title game in 2013 and a 12-2 overall record.
In 2012, Woods coached the wide receivers and served as the recruiting coordinator for Arkansas State. The Red Wolves were 10-3 in Woods’ lone season and won their final eight games, including a 17-13 victory over No. 25 Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
From 2009-11, Woods was as an offensive quality control assistant at Auburn. He was a member of the 2010 national championship team led by current NFL star Cam Newton. Auburn finished the season 14-0 and defeated Oregon 22-19 in the Fiesta Bowl to claim the title.
Woods was a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, in 2008. He played in 41 games for the Vols from 2003-07 as a wide receiver and holder. In his five seasons in Knoxville, the Vols went 44-20 overall and had three 10-win seasons.
Woods is a native of Starkville, Mississippi, and played his high school ball at Starkville Academy.
He and his wife Lauren have two children, daughter Waverly Grace and son Sawyer Davis.
HINDLEY BRIGHAM | RUNNING BACKS
In 2017, Hindley Brigham’s first season as running backs coach, he guided the Blazers to one of Conference USA’s most potent rushing attacks highlighted by FWAA Freshman All-American and C-USA Freshman of the Year Spencer Brown.
Brown shattered the record books on his way to earning the league’s top freshman honor. Brown rushed for 1,329 yards which was the third most yards in a single season at UAB and the second most in the history of the league for a freshman. His 10 rushing touchdowns were also the seventh most in a single season for the Blazers.
It took Brown just eight games to break Jordan Howard’s freshman rushing record, and he surpassed the Pro Bowler’s total with a career-high 209-yard performance at Southern Miss. His 209-yard outing at USM was the seventh highest rushing total in a game in program history and just the eighth time a Blazer has rushed for over 200 yards.
In total, Brown had six 100-yard rushing games with five of them coming in C-USA action. He was added to the Doak Walker Award Watch List midway through the season and averaged 102.2 rushing yards per game.
Overall, UAB’s 2,381 rushing yards were the fourth most in school history and its 27 rushing touchdowns tied a single season record.
UAB returned from a two-year hiatus in 2017 to set the program record for FBS wins in a season (8), Conference USA wins (6) and finished with a perfect 6-0 record at home for the first time ever. The Blazers’ appearance in the Bahamas Bowl was just the second bowl game in program history.
Brigham was named UAB’s running backs coach in May of 2017 after spending the previous year as the Blazers’ Offensive Analyst.
A standout running back for local Mountain Brook High School, Brigham began his playing career at Baylor and was a second team Academic All-Big 12 performer following his sophomore season. After two years with the Bears, Brigham transferred to Furman where he etched his name into the record book from 2002-03.
He led the Paladins in rushing in both 2002 and 2003, which included running for 1,042 yards and five touchdowns in 2003. In addition to being named a team captain for the 2003 season, he was also honored as a Second Team All-Southern Conference performer.
Brigham was also bestowed the John Bagwell Offensive Back Award by the Furman coaching staff for the ’03 season. For his career, Brigham compiled nine 100-yard rushing games, and currently ranks 11th all-time with 2,034 rushing yards. Brigham capped off his college career with a 145-yard and one touchdown performance in a 63-21 victory over Chattanooga.
In 2007, Brigham coached running backs at Birmingham Southern under head coach Joey Jones, where he led a unit that amassed 1,833 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns during the Panthers return to the gridiron following a 68-year hiatus.
From 2010-11, Brigham was an English teacher at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama while also coaching soccer and basketball. He returned to his Alma Mater of Mountain Brook in 2012 where he coached running backs for one year.
He graduated from Furman in 2003 with a degree in political science and earned his second degree in English from the University of Montevallo in 2015.
Brigham and wife Erin reside in Vestavia Hills, Ala., and have one daughter, Dorothy Jean.