Former University of Texas and NFL player Frank Okam has been named Baylor’s defensive line coach after he served the last two seasons in the same capacity at Rice.
Okam replaces Elijah Robinson, who left Baylor last month when he became Texas A&M’s defensive line coach under new coach Jimbo Fisher.
“Frank is a living embodiment of everything the young men in our program should want to accomplish,” said Baylor coach Matt Rhule. “He’s a college graduate, an All-American, a Big 12 champion, a national champion, an NFL draft pick and then he continued life after football earning his master’s degree from Rice and is now one of the top young football coaches in the country.”
Okam played on the defensive line for the Longhorns from 2004-07 where he was a freshman All-American and a two-time all-Big 12 choice before graduating in 2007. He helped Texas win the 2005 national championship.
He was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Houston Texans where he played for three seasons. He also played for Seattle, Tampa Bay and the New York Giants before finishing his career in 2013.
Serving as Rice’s defensive line coach in 2016-17, he helped defensive end Brian Womac make first team all-Conference USA last season. Okam was a graduate assistant at Rice in 2014-15.
“Personally, having the chance to come to a school like Baylor in the Big 12 is really exciting for myself and my career,” Okam said. “Working with Coach (Phil) Snow and the rest of the defensive staff has been great. They have taken me under their wing to teach me the system and help me get comfortable with the players so that when we hit spring ball, we are ready to go.”