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.
LARRY SMITH | 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.
RICHARD OWENS | OFFENSIVE LINE
Head Coach Bill Clark named Richard Owens the offensive line coach on February 13, 2019. Owens returns to UAB after spending 2012-14 with the Blazers.
A five-year NFL tight end with the Vikings, Rams and Jets from 2004-09, Owens began his coaching career in 2010 at the University of Arkansas and was with the Razorbacks as a graduate assistant working with tight ends for two seasons.
Owens then joined the Blazers in 2012 and worked with tight ends, and in 2013 was named the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. In 2014, Clark’s first year at UAB, Owens was tight ends coach.
Following the 2014 season, Owens was at South Alabama for three years as the tight ends coach in 2015 and the offensive line coach from 2016-17. Most recently, he worked at the University of Louisville, his Alma Mater, as the tight ends coach and director of on-campus recruiting.
Owens and his wife Tina have one daughter, Rylan.
JOE CRADDOCK | TIGHT ENDS
Joe Craddock was named tight ends coach on January 16, 2020, and in his first season with the Blazers. Craddock is a local native of Chelsea, Ala., and has had coaching stints at Clemson (2012-14), SMU (2015-17) and Arkansas (2018-19).
Craddock inherits a group highlighted by Hayden Pittman and Gerrit Prince, who each have played major roles within the offense. Pittman is a three year starter and had 21 catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns in 2019, while Prince contributed four catches for 23 yards and a touchdown last year.
Craddock spent the last two years as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas. In his first season with the Razorbacks, he engineered one of the most productive tight end units in the nation as they ranked second nationally in tight end touchdowns and fourth in tight end first downs.
Prior to Arkansas, Craddock became the youngest offensive coordinator in the country at the time, joining SMU in 2015 and leading the Mustangs’ offense for three years.
With the Mustangs, Craddock guided quarterback Ben Hicks to numerous SMU passing records, including career passing yards (9,081), TD passes (71), TDs responsible for (74), completions (718) and 300-yard games (12).
Over his three seasons with the Mustangs, Craddock’s offense produced a 3,000-yard passer (Ben Hicks, 2017), two 1,000-yard rushers (Xavier Jones, 2017; Braeden West, 2016) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Courtland Sutton, 2017 and 2016; Trey Quinn, 2017).
During the 2017 regular season, Craddock’s unit ranked No. 8 in the FBS in scoring offense (40.2 points), No. 13 in total offense (493.8 yards) and No. 16 in passing yards (308 yards). SMU was one of just two teams in the country that featured a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and multiple 1,000-yard receivers in All-Americans Sutton and Quinn.
For his efforts, Craddock was named a nominee for the Broyles Award, which is annually presented to the nation’s top assistant coach.
Before his time in Dallas, Craddock coached at Clemson for three seasons as an offensive graduate assistant (2013-14) and a player development coach (2012).
During his time at Clemson, Craddock assisted in the development of current NFL star Deshaun Watson. In 2014, the Tigers’ averaged 448.2 yards of total offense per game, ranked No. 21 in scoring offense (35.4) and was one of just 14 teams in the FBS to average both 200 yards rushing and passing per game.
Craddock played quarterback at Middle Tennessee from 2004-08. Upon graduating with a degree in liberal arts, he spent two years playing professionally in the Italian Football League from 2009-10. While playing for the Parma Panthers, Craddock guided his team to the Superbowl Italiano, defeating the Catania Elephants 56-26 in the championship game.
Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Craddock was the offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Briarwood Christian, from 2010-11. Briarwood went 25-4 during Craddock’s tenure and finished as the state runner-up in 2010.
Craddock and his wife, Abby, have a daughter Charlie Kathryn, and a son Joe Cain.
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.