Press Release via WVU Athletic Communications and WVUSports.com
West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that former All-American and record-setting wide receiver Stedman Bailey will join the WVU coaching staff as a student assistant coach for the 2016 season.
“I know Stedman is very disappointed that he isn’t able to play football at this time. However, I am glad that he is going to turn an unfortunate situation into a positive one by coming back to WVU as a student assistant coach and more importantly finishing his degree. He was an important part of our football program as a player, and I look forward to him being with us once again. Like we say here - once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer.” - Dana Holgorsen
Bailey will enroll full-time at WVU to complete his bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies.
“First of all, I would like to thank the Los Angeles Rams organization, my teammates, coach Jeff Fisher, general manager Les Snead and the ownership for the way they have taken care of me and my family since they drafted me. They're a first-class organization and made me feel like part of the family, especially during the past few months, which have been a tough time. Moving forward, I would like to thank West Virginia University, especially coach Dana Holgorsen and athletic director Shane Lyons for making this opportunity available. Even though my playing career isn’t over yet, this gives me more time to heal so I can make a return. However, It is important to me to finish my degree. I loved my time as a Mountaineer football player and I look forward to working with coach Holgorsen and the Mountaineer football program.” - Stedman Bailey
After being drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the then-St. Louis and now Los Angeles Rams, Bailey played three years for the organization, before an incapacitating injury sidelined him at the end of the 2015 season.
“We couldn’t be happier for Stedman and this opportunity he has to complete his degree and join West Virginia’s coaching staff. His presence during our offseason program meant a great deal to his teammates, and his mentorship was invaluable to our young rookies. Stedman’s ability to teach, and his remarkable drive and determination will serve him well at West Virginia, and we wish him and his family the best as they step into the next chapter of their lives.” - Jeff Fisher, Los Angeles Rams head coach
While playing for the Mountaineers from 2010-12, Bailey played in 39 career games and started 34. He compiled 3,218 receiving yards on 210 catches and scored 41 touchdowns. His receiving touchdowns were the most in school history, he has the most 100-yard receiving games, his receiving yards were second most and he was No. 6 in scoring with 246 points.
As a junior, he finished with a school-record tying 114 catches for a school-record 1,622 yards and 25 touchdowns. The receiving touchdowns tied for the second-most all-time in a season nationally. He was named first team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, CBSSports.com, Phil Steele and SI.com and earned second-team accolades from the Associated Press, Walter Camp and FoxSports.com. The All-Big 12 first-team honoree was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, signifying the top receiver in college football.
He holds the school single-game receiving marks and three of the top five, including a school record 303 yards on 13 catches against Baylor. He is tied for the school record for most receptions in a game (14) and had four of the top seven marks.