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Head Coach Rick Fox

Rick Fox was named the 26th head coach in Drake football history on Dec. 11, 2013 following six seasons on staff as an assistant under Chris Creighton. Fox served as the assistant head coach, offensive line coach and special teams coordinator prior to taking the reins of the program following Creighton's departure.

In his first season as head coach, Fox led the Bulldogs with a 7-4 record. Drake ended the 2014 season winning five of its last six games.

“On behalf of Drake University, I am thrilled to welcome Rick Fox as our new head football coach,” Hatfield Clubb said. “He and Chris Creighton have worked together to build a culture of integrity and excellence in our football program and he is the perfect person to lead the Bulldogs into a new era at Drake University. Rick brings experience, knowledge and a deep sense of caring to his work. I am excited for the future of our program under his leadership.”

Fox, a veteran coach with 27 years of experience, was a member of Creighton’s staff for the past six seasons and guided an offensive line that has generated 4,000 or more total yards in each of the last three seasons. In 2010 he was named the Football Championship Subdivision Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

During the 2012 season, his linemen paved the way to Drake’s highest yardage total (4,543 yards) since 2004 after amassing 4,085 yards in 2011. Both accomplishments were even more remarkable in light of the fact that the offensive line went through several re-shufflings due to injury, yet still managed to protect quarterback Mike Piatkowski as he went on to set nearly every single-season and career passing record at Drake.

As the Bulldogs’ special teams coordinator, Drake ranked fifth in the nation in FCS in 2010 in both punt and kickoff coverage, allowing opponents an average of just 3.4 and 16.1 yards per return, respectively. Drake's punt-return average of 13.5 led the PFL and ranked 15th nationally. In 2013, Fox’s kickoff coverage unit led the PFL with a net average kickoff of 41.2 yards. On special teams, punter/kicker Billy Janssen earned all-conference honors at both positions in 2011 and twice was named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week. In  2013 Cam Bohnert earned the same honor as the Bulldogs’ punter.

Fox joined Creighton’s first staff at  Drake with an extensive coaching background after serving as offensive coordinator at Centre (Ky.) College from 1999-2007. He was promoted to associate head coach at Centre in 2006. During his eight seasons at Centre, Fox coached 16 first-team all-league performers and 50 total offensive all-conference players.

Fox was offensive line coach and special teams coordinator at Wheaton (Ill.) College from 1992-99 and offensive line coach at Aurora (Ill.) University from 1987-92. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Wheaton College in 1986.

As an undergraduate, he was captain of the Wheaton football team in 1985 and graduated in 1986 with a bachelor of arts degree in history and secondary education. He also earned a master's degree in Biblical studies from Wheaton.

He was recipient of the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service to Centre College in 2005. Fox and his wife Julie have three children, Rebecca (18), Hannah (16) and Caleb (14).