Guest Speaker Vance Bedford

Position: Texas Defensive Coordinator

Playing Experience
• A four-year letterman and starter at cornerback for the University of Texas from 1977-79 and also in 1981.
• A two-time All-Southwest Conference second team selection, Bedford played in the Cotton and Sun bowls twice during his career.
• He was selected captain of the 1981 team and earned Defensive Valuable Player honors in the 1982 Senior Bowl All-Star Game.
• Selected in the fifth round of the 1982 NFL draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played one season with the Cardinals and a year with the USFL`s Oklahoma Outlaws in 1984.


Coaching Experience
1985: Forest Brook High School
1986: Navarro JC (Assistant)
1987-92: Colorado State (Defensive Backs)
1993-94: Oklahoma State (Defensive Backs)
1995-98: Michigan (Defensive Backs)
1999-04: Chicago (NFL) (Defensive Backs)
2007: Oklahoma State (Defensive Coordinator)
Florida (Defensive Backs)
2010-13: Louisville (Defensive Coordinator)


Bowl Games Coached
2013: Sugar Bowl
2011: Belk Bowl
2010: Beef `O'Brady's Bowl
2010: Sugar
2009: BCS Nat'l Championship
2007: Insight
1999: Citrus
1998: Rose
1997: Outback
1995: Alamo
1990: Freedom

Coaching Highlights
• In 2012, the defense finished in the top 25 for the third straight season. The Cardinals were ranked 23rd in the nation in total defense and 16th in pass defense.
• Louisville finished 23rd in total defense in 2011 after ranking 14th in 2010. Bedford's defense was 10th nationally against the run, 17th in scoring defense and 21st in sacks in 2011.
• In 2010, Louisville was 10th in pass defense and seventh in the country in sacks.

• In 2009, he helped the Gators to a 13-1 record and a win over previously-undefeated Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.
• His secondary was one of the best in the nation, finishing seventh in the country in interceptions and second in the nation in pass efficiency defense.
• Joe Haden, a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns, was a consensus All-American in 2009 and was also named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.
• During the 2008 season, he guided a secondary that ranked third in pass efficiency defense and 20th in pass yardage defense. The group also tied the school record and led the nation with 26 interceptions.

Chicago (NFL)
• His unit returned seven interceptions for touchdowns during a four-year stretch, equaling the team`s total from the previous nine seasons combined.
• Developed three young talents in Mike Brown, Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher.

• Led the nation in pass defense in 1997 and ranked 20th in 1996.
• The Wolverines` 1997 national championship secondary set an NCAA record allowing just 8.8 yards per completion and finished fifth nationally by allowing just 133.8 passing yards per contest.
• His secondary in 1997 led the Big Ten and finished third nationally with 22 interceptions, and Charles Woodson became the only defensive player to ever win the Heisman Trophy.

Oklahoma State
• Coached two seasons at Oklahoma State University in 1993 and 1994.

Colorado State
• Led Rams to a trip to the 1991 Freedom Bowl and his 1990 secondary set a school record and led the nation with 25 interceptions.

All-BIG EAST Players
Adrian Bushell (2011-12), Johnny Patrick (2010), Calvin Pryor (2012), Hakeem Smith (2010-12)

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