Title: Defensive Coordinator
Experience: 16th Year
Alma Mater: Sacramento State, '91
Bio: The longest tenured football coach in the Big Sky Conference, Lou Baiz is in his fourth season as the team’s defensive coordinator. A former Hornet linebacker, Baiz has been with Sacramento State for the past 15 years. During that span, he has primarily coached on the defensive side of the ball and has also worked as the team’s financial aid liaison and assistant head coach. Along with his defensive coordinator responsibilities, Baiz will also coach linebackers during the 2009 season.
During his time at Sacramento State, 32 of his players have earned all-Big Sky honors. That list includes five players who earned the honor last season. He has also coached six All-Americans (Ryland Wickman, Anthony Daisley, Matt Logue, Cyrus Mulitalo (3x), Brent Webber and Mike Brannon) and 12 Big Sky all-academic selections.
In his first year as defensive coordinator (2006), Baiz guided a unit which was one of the most effective in the Big Sky. Among the eight players that were named all-conference were a pair of linebackers who were taught directly by Baiz. Mulitalo earned honorable mention All-America honors after recording a team-high 120 tackles, including 11.5 for loss. Safety Brent Webber was also named third team All-America after ranking second in Div. I-AA with six interceptions. The following year, the team had eight players named all-Big Sky. Mulitalo and Brannon also garnered All-America honors from The Sports Network.
In 2008, Sacramento State led the Big Sky in rushing defense after allowing just 99.1 yards per game against conference foes. The team also ranked second in total defense, giving up 353.8 yards per game in Big Sky play. Individually, Mulitalo and Brannon each earned honorable mention All-America honors and defensive tackle Dallas Mauga joined the two on the all-Big Sky first team.
After one season of working with the defensive ends, Baiz returned to coaching the linebackers in 2004. Under his watch, both Jimmy Ellingson and Logue were named second team all-Big Sky. Ellingson ended the season with 132 total tackles while Logue tallied 89 to rank as the team’s top two tacklers. In 2005, Logue totaled 105 tackles and was named the co-Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year.
Baiz spent three years working in the San Diego State program as a graduate assistant before joining the Sacramento State staff in 1994. A native of Claremont, Calif., Baiz worked with the offensive line, tight ends and linebackers in his time at San Diego State. The 1991 Aztecs finished 8-4 and earned a berth in the Freedom Bowl.
The Most Inspirational Player for Sacramento State in 1990, Baiz joined the Hornets in 1988 from Citrus College and was a standout linebacker for strong prep teams at Claremont High School.
He graduated from Sacramento State in 1991 with a degree in social science. Baiz added a master’s degree in recreation administration from Sacramento State in June of 1999. He and his wife, Brooke, are the parents of 5-year old twins, Reece and Shea.
Recruiting Area: All high schools and junior colleges in the Sacramento area.
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