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Joe Dailey

Title: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Joe Dailey is certainly no stranger to Turner Gill, as the former starting quarterback at both Nebraska and North Carolina has worked under Gill both as a player and as a member of his coaching staff.

Their extensive working experience together made Gill's decision following the 2015 season easier when Dailey was promoted to the position of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

The promotion was the second of Dailey's time at Liberty. After joining the staff as quarterbacks coach in 2012, he was promoted to passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach heading into the 2014 season.

During his time at Liberty, Dailey instructed Josh Woodrum, the most successful and decorated quarterback in program history.

Woodrum finished the 2015 season as the program and Big South's all-time leader with 10,266 passing yards. The four-year starter as set a new program standard with 10,690 total offensive yards and ranks second in program history with 59 touchdowns.

During Dailey's first season in 2012, Woodrum was added to the Jerry Rice Award watch list, finishing the year No. 13 in the final voting for the top FCS freshman in the country. Woodrum finished his first year under center throwing for 1,966 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Following his first year at Liberty, Dailey was given the chance to participate in the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy. The organization provides an opportunity for current and former NFL players who are looking to continue their careers on the football sidelines to learn leadership, management and administrative skills from football coaches at all levels.

In 2013, Woodrum threw for 19 touchdowns and 2,581 yards, the second-highest passing season by a sophomore in program history. For his efforts, Woodrum was named to the Big South second-team all-conference list.

Woodrum was an All-Big South second-team selection for the second year in a row in 2014, after accounting for 52.8 percent of Liberty's total offensive touchdowns (19 passing touchdowns and nine rushing touchdowns).

Woodrum racked up four 300-yard passing games and ranked second in the Big South in total offense (266.8 yards per game). He led the conference in passing efficiency (147.57), helping him finish his career ranked third in school history in career passing efficiency (140.9).

During Woodrum's final year at Liberty, Dailey helped the four-year starting quarterback pick up wins over No. 7 Montana and No. 4 Coastal Carolina, plus lead the Flames to a win over Georgia State, Liberty's second win over a FBS program in as many years and fourth in program history. 

Following Woodrum's senior year, Dailey's top pupil was invited to participate in the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He was also one of 22 FCS players invited to the 2016 NFL Combine. Along with fellow teammate John Lunsford, Woodrum was Liberty's first invitee to the NFL Combine since 2009.

Additionally, Dailey has helped with the development to two younger quarterbacks, each leading the Flames to a Big South title. With Woodrum on the sidelines due to an injury in 2014, Stephon Masha guided Liberty's offense during the Flames' upset win over No. 1 Coastal Carolina, a victory that pushed Liberty into the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

In 2016, Stephen Calvert took over as the starting quarterback midway through the season and the true freshman guided the Flames to the program's eighth Big South title. Calvert was named a HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America honorable mention selection and finished in 10th place in the final voting for the Jerry Rice Award (top freshman FCS player in the country).

Since joining Gill's staff, Dailey has been instrumental in helping Liberty win four Big South titles (2012-14, 2016) and earning the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2014.

Liberty also finished the 2014 season ranked No. 17 in the country, the program's highest year-end ranking since 2008. The Flames were 9-5 in 2014, matching the second-highest win total in program history.

Dailey came to Liberty from Bethune-Cookman, where he served as the Wildcats' quarterbacks coach for the 2011 season.

A six-game winning streak to end the 2011 campaign helped Bethune-Cookman complete the year with an 8-3 record, going 6-2 in MEAC play. The Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 15 in the country in scoring offense (33.91 points per game) and No. 12 in total offense (435.27 yards per contest).

Bethune-Cookman finished the season ranked No. 5 in the country in rushing offense (259.27 yards per game), where the Wildcats operated out of the run-oriented spread offense.

Prior to his current role as Liberty's quarterbacks coach, Dailey's most recent connection with Gill was at Kansas, when he served as Gill's on-campus recruiting coordinator in 2010.

Dailey came to Lawrence, Kan., with Gill after working the final two seasons under Gill at Buffalo. While working with the Bulls, Dailey served as Buffalo's tight ends coach (2009) and offensive graduate assistant (2008).

During his first season as the tight ends coach, Dailey helped senior tight end Jesse Rack earn all-conference honors. In 2008, Buffalo captured the program's first-ever Mid-American Conference title and finished the season with an 8-6 record and a trip to the 2009 International Bowl.

Buffalo ranked No. 34 in the country in scoring offense in 2008, scoring 30.29 points per game. The following season, the Bulls ranked No. 39 in the country in total offense, averaging 405.42 yards per contest.

Dailey completed his collegiate playing career by throwing for 3,458 yards and 26 touchdowns, while completing 52.7 percent of his pass attempts (274-of-520).

As a sophomore at Nebraska, Dailey established new quarterbacking standards for the Huskers. He set a single-game passing record with 342 yards in a 59-27 victory over Baylor, and became the first quarterback in program history to throw for 300 yards in a game earlier during the same year against Colorado.

After starting all 11 games in 2004, Dailey finished the season with 2,025 passing yards, the third-best season passing mark in Nebraska history. Dailey was a team captain as a sophomore, as well as a two-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team.

Following the 2004 season, Dailey transferred to North Carolina where he finished up the final two years of his collegiate playing career. In 2006, he started seven games at quarterback and led the program with 1,316 passing yards and seven touchdowns. The following year, Dailey completed his Tar Heel days as a starting wide receiver.

Dailey completed his degree in African-American studies from North Carolina in 2007 and his master's degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty in 2014.

Dailey was one of the nation's most highly touted run-pass high school quarterbacks in 2003 when he graduated from St. Peter's Prep near his hometown of Jersey City, N.J. During his senior year, he threw for 1,378 yards and 19 touchdowns, to go along with 783 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns and seven two-point conversions.

Dailey and his wife, Carrie, have a daughter, Stella June, and two sons, Noah Hansen and Myles Joseph.

Dailey at a Glance
Coaching Experience
      2012-present – Liberty (QB, Passing Coord., Off. Coord.)
      2011 – Bethune-Cookman (QB)
      2010 – Kansas (On-campus RC)
      2008-09 – Buffalo (TE, Off. GA)
Recruiting Area: Virginia (Virginia Beach area), Connecticut, Florida (Central Florida/West Palm), Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont
Education: B.A., African-American Studies (North Carolina, '07), M.A., Executive Leadership (Liberty, '14)
Hometown: Freehold, N.J.
Wife: Carrie
Children: Stella June, Noah Hansen and Myles Joseph