Former Baylor head coach Art Briles has been hired by Mount Vernon High School

Former Baylor head coach Art Briles is the new head coach at Mount Vernon High School according to the school Friday evening. Just after 6pm the school released a statement confirming that they have hired Art Briles to be their new head football coach.

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Briles is currently coaching a semi-pro team in Italy. He hasn't coached anywhere else since his firing by Baylor back in late May of 2016.

Briles will return from overseas to take over the high school program. Briles has been a high school football coach in Texas for 20 previous years before he made the jump to the collegiate level. He had great success at Houston and then turned Baylor into a nationally prominent program during his time in Waco.

He was fired by Baylor in 2016 after the Pepper Hamilton report detailing a sexual assault scandal was presented to the Board of Regents. Briles has not coached in North America since that day.

In the statement released by Mount Vernon ISD, Briles says, "High school football is a Texas institution. As a coach it's my first love. You'll make no bigger impact in the world than when you shape the lives of young people, one practice, one game, one life at a time. I am excited to be coaching at Mount Vernon this fall."

Briles coached Baylor to a 65-37 record during his stint in Waco. The Bears won 3 bowl games during his tenure.