David Bibee is in his second stint at Middle Tennessee, having joined Rick Stockstill’s staff in 2008 after two years at Chattanooga. Bibee will be in charge of the Blue Raider safeties for the seventh straight season.
Under Bibee’s guidance, sophomore Kevin Byard turned in an unforgettable season with a career-best 106 tackles to go with five interceptions and five pass breakups. Byard put two of his picks in the end zone to match is school record and enters 2014 as the NCAA’s active leader in interception return yards (326).
Bibee was faced with breaking in two new starters in 2012 so he turned to Byard and Jajuan Harley. The pair registered 74 tackles each, combined for seven interceptions and forced three fumbles. Byard went on to earn FWAA Freshman All-American honors and Harley was a two-time Defensive Player of the Week winner.
The 2011 campaign saw the Blue Raiders rank 44th nationally in pass defense thanks to a career year by safety Eric Russell. Russell led the team in tackles and interceptions, while ranking second in tackles for loss.
Bibee’s 2010 unit was once again very solid behind the play of All-Conference pick Jeremy Kellem, Kevin Brown, and Derrick Crumpton. The threesome combined for 15 pass breakups and helped the Blue Raiders have the nation’s 30th ranked pass defense.
In 2009, his safeties had eight interceptions, nine tackles for loss, 12 breakups, three sacks, and three fumble recoveries in helping the Blue Raiders finish second in the Sun Belt in pass defense. Kellem and Brown were 4th and 6th on the team in tackles, and Kellem earned First Team All-Conference honors.
Bibee, who has 33 years of coaching experience including 26 on the collegiate level, has served as an assistant coach at Ole Miss, North Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Austin Peay State, Appalachian State, South Carolina, Tennessee Tech, Clemson, East Tennessee State, and Chattanooga.
He has coached a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player in former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown, seven All-Americans including the Blue Raiders’ all-time tackles for loss leader Dennis Mix, and nine NFL draft picks. His list of draft picks coached includes former Blue Raider great James Griffin; Clemson safety Antwan Edwards, a first-round selection by the Green Bay Packers; and former Baylor High School and Virginia kicker Kurt Smith of the San Diego Chargers. Bibee has also had five different safeties at MT earn player of the week honors.
Prior to his stint at Chattanooga, Bibee worked in the local high school ranks as head football coach at Baylor School in Chattanooga from 2000 to 2005. He guided the Red Raiders to the Division II state semifinals in 2000 and 2005. After the 2005 season, Baylor defensive lineman Jacques McClendon was elected Division II Class AAA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year and was later drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round.
McClendon received a scholarship to play football at the University of Tennessee, and 24 other players went on to sign scholarship agreements.
Bibee’s coaching career began at Tennessee, where he served as a student assistant for Coach Bill Battle. He moved on to the staff at Ole Miss in 1978, where he was placed in charge of the defensive scout teams on Steve Sloan’s first Rebels’ staff.
He left Ole Miss to coach the defensive secondary and work as recruiting coordinator at North Alabama for one year and held the same positions for one year at Middle Tennessee (1980).
Sparky Woods hired Bibee at Appalachian State in 1984 to be his assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and secondary coach. Bibee helped the Mountaineers compile a 38-19 overall record during that span, with back-to-back Southern Conference titles in 1986 and 1987. The Mountaineers ranked first, third, and fifth nationally in scoring defense during his tenure.
Bibee joined Woods at South Carolina in 1989 to work as assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator, and secondary coach.
He was part of Mike Hennigan’s first coaching staff at Tennessee Tech in 1996, holding the posts of defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the Golden Eagles for one season. He coached alongside current Atlanta Falcon Head Coach Mike Smith.
Prior to heading to the Baylor School, Bibee coached the secondary and outside linebackers at Clemson from 1997 to 1999, where he was on staff with Stockstill. Working for head coach Tommy West, Bibee helped the Tigers to a Peach Bowl berth in 1997.
Bibee is a 1977 graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in health education. He played football for the Volunteers from 1973 to 1976 and was a member of the 1973 Gator Bowl team and the 1974 Liberty Bowl squad.
Bibee is married to the former Lisa Carter of Savannah, Tenn. The couple has three daughters, twins Ashlee and Allison, and Lindsay.
THE BIBEE FILE
Season at MT: 7th
Date Hired: February 27, 2008
Recruiting Area: Mideast Tennessee (Chattanooga), South Central Florida, Northwest Georgia
Birthdate: May 31, 1954
Hometown: Bristol, TN
Spouse: the former Lisa Carter
Children: Ashlee, Allison, Lindsay
High School: Tennessee High School, 1973
College: Tennessee, B.S. Health Ed., 1977
Safety at Tennessee, 1973-76
1977: Tennessee (student assistant)
1978: Ole Miss (defensive assistant)
1979: North Alabama (secondary/rec. coord.)
1980: Middle Tennessee (DB/recruit. coord.)
1981-82: Austin Peay (DB/recruit. coord.)
1984-88: Appalachian State (Asst. HC/DB)
1989-93: South Carolina (Asst. HC/DB)
1996: Tennessee Tech (DB/rec. coord.)
1997: Clemson (outside linebackers)
1998: Clemson (secondary)
1999: East Tennessee (co-defensive coord.)
2000-2004: The Baylor School (head coach)
2006-07: Chattanooga (secondary)
2008-: MT (safeties)
1973: Gator Bowl (player)
1974: Liberty Bowl (player)
1990: Blue-Gray Classic (coach)
1998: Peach Bowl (coach)
2009: New Orleans Bowl (coach)
2011: GoDaddy.com Bowl (coach)
2013: Armed Forces Bowl (coach)