Bailey was previously head coach at Assumption College for eight years
Cory Bailey enters his third season on the Chanticleer football staff. The former Assumption College head coach serves as Coastal’s recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach.
In his first season with the Chants, Coastal’s defensive line helped the unit tie a then school record with 23 quarterback hurries thanks to end Roderick Holder recording six – second on the CCU single-season list – and tackle Jeffery Salley adding four. Holder added three sacks while end Calvin Hollenhorst was tabbed second team All-Big South.
In year two, Holder and Hollenhorst helped raise the Chanticleer’s defensive stature as Coastal set team records for sacks in a season (29.0) and quarterback hurries (33). Holder, who set a Big South record by returning two fumbles for touchdowns, was named first team All-Big South as he tallied 6.5 sacks — a half sack from the CCU record — and 12.5 tackles for loss — second on the CCU single-season list. Hollenhorst was named second team All-Big South and transfer defensive tackle Leroy Cummings made a big impact up front as he recorded five quarterback hurries and recovered three fumbles — second on the CCU single-season list.
Bailey spent eight years as the Assumption head coach and compiled a 32-50 record over two stints. From 2004-07, he posted a 13-28 record and was 19-22 from 2009-12, leaving the institution to pursue an opportunity in the private sector for the 2008 season.
Under Bailey’s guidance, the Greyhounds posted back-to-back winning records (2009 and ‘10) for the first time in program history. The 2010 season was highlighted by victories over Division I opponents Fordham University and Wagner College. The `Hounds victory over Fordham came on the road at Bailey’s alma mater and was the first road victory for Assumption over a Division I program.
Assumption ranked among the NCAA Division II top 15 in sacks over the past two seasons and among the top 30 in tackles for loss. The `Hounds ranked ninth in sacks (3.0 per game) in 2012 and 27th in tackles for loss, while ranking 11th in sacks and 29th in tackles for loss in 2011.
Prior to his tenure at Assumption, Bailey coached at King Philip Regional High School (Wrentham, Mass.) from 2002-04 as the head freshman coach, varsity defensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He additionally completed an internship with the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers (summer 2003).
In 2001, Bailey took a break from coaching to play professionally with the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe after being a seventh-round draft selection. He started at offensive guard and did all the long snapping while also participating in film breakdown and scouting of opponents. Bailey was an assistant coach at Iona College during the 2001 season, coaching tight ends, offensive tackles and long snappers. Prior to that, he spent one season as an assistant coach at Dean Junior College, coaching both the defensive line and the special teams while coordinating the strength and conditioning programs.
Bailey was a standout performer for head coach Nick Quataro at Fordham University from 1994-97. He earned first team All-Patriot League honors at center in both 1996 and ‘97, was a team captain in 1997 and was named his team’s Most Valuable Player. Bailey graduated from Fordham with a bachelor of arts in economics with a minor in communications in May 1998.
After graduation, he signed as a free agent with the National Football League’s New York Giants. He also was a clinician at the New Jersey High School Coaches’ Clinic.
A Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Bailey hails from Westwood, Mass., where he was an All-Scholastic performer at Xaverian Brothers High School.
Bailey and his wife Lisa have four daughters, Olivia, Stella, Fiona and Charlotte.