Joe Dailey is no stranger to Turner Gill. As the former starting quarterback at both Nebraska and North Carolina, he has worked under Gill as a player and as a member of his coaching staff.
Their extensive working relationship led to Dailey's promotion to the position of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The promotion was the second during 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's and Big South's all-time leader with 10,266 passing yards. The four-year starter set a new program standard with 10,690 total offensive yards and ranks second in program history for touchdowns with 59.
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. Woodrum and fellow teammate John Lunsford were Liberty's first invitees to the NFL Combine since 2009.
Woodrum signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants following the 2016 NFL Draft and then began training camp with the Indianapolis Colts. Following the 2017 season, the Baltimore Ravens added Woodrum to their practice squad list where he worked out with the team during the offseason.
Additionally, Dailey has helped with the development of 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.
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.
Prior to Liberty's move to the FBS level, Dailey helped Liberty win four Big South titles (2012-14, 2016) and the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2014. Liberty 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.
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).
Calvert followed his breakout freshman season by rewriting Liberty's single-season passing record books in 2017. He finished the year with a program record 3,636 passing yards and 29 touchdowns, while matching the program record for completions. If Liberty was eligible for FCS national rankings, Calvert would have ranked No. 9 in the country in passing yards per game (303.5) and No. 7 in passing touchdowns (Liberty was not eligible due to its FBS transition process).
Dailey helped Liberty kicked off its two-year FBS transition process in grand style when the Flames posted a 48-45 win at Baylor on Sept. 2, 2017. The stunning victory was ranked as the seventh biggest upset in college football over the last 25 years in an article on ESPN.com (Sept. 6, 2017).
CAREER BEFORE LIBERTY
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. 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.
As a sophomore at Nebraska, Dailey established new quarterbacking standards. In Nebraska's matchup against Colorado, he became the first quarterback in program history to throw 300 yards in a game and also set a single-game passing record with 342 yards in a 59-27 victory over Baylor.
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.
Dailey transferred to North Carolina where he finished the last two years of his playing career. In 2006, he started seven games as quarterback and led the program with 1,316 passing yards and seven touchdowns. The following year, Dailey finished his Tar Heel days as a starting wide receiver.
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).
After his college career, Dailey worked under Gill during his final two seasons at Buffalo as 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's most recent connection with Gill was at Kansas, when he served as Gill's on-campus recruiting coordinator in 2010.
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 a run-oriented spread offense.
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