UNM football names Dailey to be new offensive coordinator

Joe Dailey, who was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Liberty, will work in the same role for the University of New Mexico football team. (Les Schofer via UNM Athletics)

If you can’t beat him, hire him. That’s what New Mexico has done with regard to its hiring of Joe Dailey, the Lobos’ new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach who worked in the same role at Liberty.

UNM confirmed Dailey’s hiring on Saturday.

The Flames earned their first road win as a Football Bowl Subdivision program with a 52-43 victory at UNM on Sept. 29. Liberty scored 42 points in the first half.

Dailey, who played quarterback at Nebraska and North Carolina, joined Liberty’s coaching staff as quarterbacks coach in 2012. Two years later, he was promoted to passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Then, again he was promoted before the 2016 season to become the Flames’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Last year, during the Flames’ inaugural FBS season, Liberty ranked 48th in total offense and 35th in scoring offense.

“I reached out to Joe Dailey because of the impression that Liberty’s offense and quarterback made on me,” UNM coach Bob Davie said in a statement. “That was the starting point. Joe has an unbelievable background having played the position, and he has coached under some great coaches.”

Since Dailey will also be the Lobos’ quarterbacks coach some shuffling is expected to take place for the UNM assistants’ roles, that will be announced soon. Apollo Wright was the Lobos’ quarterback coach last year.

Dailey takes over for Calvin Magee, who left the Lobos after one season as offensive coordinator and running backs coach to become the tight ends coach at Ole Miss. Magee reunited with Rebels offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez. Magee had worked with Rodriguez when Rodriguez was the head coach at West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona.

Magee installed the spread offense at UNM after the Lobos had used the triple option for six straight seasons. Davie said he wanted to continue in that direction of an offense based on run-pass-option schemes.

Liberty utilized some run-pass-option schemes against the Lobos, as well as effective deep back-shoulder fade passes from quarterback Stephen Calvert, who threw for 417 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-41 passing.

Dailey had signaled he was leaving Liberty last month when he posted a message on Twitter thanking Flames fans, the News and Advance in Lynchburg, Va. reported.

Dailey was basically reacting to Liberty coach Hugh Freeze, who was hired early December and said he was not going to change his offensive philosophy.

Dailey, who is from Freehold, N.J., was not on the recruiting trail with Liberty because his wife, Carrie, gave birth to the couple’s fourth child last month, according to the News and Advance.

UNM plays at Liberty on Sept. 28.

“He will be able to mesh our offensive concepts because of his unique background as a player and a coach,” Davie said. “I think he will be a great addition to our staff.”

Share Your Story

Nativo Sponsored Content

Ad Tango


"

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
Aggie QB Maldonado gains offensive award
College
New Mexico State sophomore quarterback Dino ... New Mexico State sophomore quarterback Dino Maldonado has been named the College Sports Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week. Maldonado completed 24-of-32 passes ...
2
UNM volleyball has Vegas trip in mind as MWC ...
College
The quest for a Las Vegas ... The quest for a Las Vegas holiday begins on Tuesday. After navigating a successful pre-conference schedule, the University of New Mexico volleyball team begins ...
3
McCarthy, who coached 1992 Aggies into Sweet 16, dies ...
College
LAS CRUCES - Former New Mexico ... LAS CRUCES - Former New Mexico State men's basketball coach Neil McCarthy died Saturday at his home in Utah. He was 81 years old. ...
4
Return trip not so happy for Lobo QB Terry ...
College
Late Friday night, Texas A&M's fans, ... Late Friday night, Texas A&M's fans, known as the 12th Man, gathered at Kyle Field for the Midnight Yell when they go through game ...
5
New Mexico State holds off South Carolina State for ...
College
Emergency starting quarterback Dino Maldonado found ... Emergency starting quarterback Dino Maldonado found his club's first-ever matchup with South Carolina State quite to his liking. The New Mexico State third-stringer, pressed ...
6
Ellis, a standout Lobo in the '60s, dies at ...
College
The lights would go down, and ... The lights would go down, and player introductions would begin: Ira Harge. Claude Williams. Mike Luc ...
7
In wake of blowout loss, Lobos can hope experience ...
College
The University of New Mexico got ... The University of New Mexico got a nice payday with $1.1 million for playing at Texas A&M ($200,000 paid in June 2015 when the ...
8
Texas A&M blanks Lobos, 34-0
College
That Texas A&M defense. Oh, that ... That Texas A&M defense. Oh, that Aggie defense. Its performance proved to be a definite 'Gig'em' for Aggie fans, yet frustration and some expected ...
9
It can't get much tougher for Lobos Saturday
College
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – ... COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M (2-0), ranked No. 5 in the coaches' poll and No. 7 in ...