Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach
Jay Derby is entering his 18th season on the Ouachita staff after coming to OBU from Delta State with head coach Todd Knight.
Derby will be in his 12th season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He served as the recruiting coordinator for Ouachita from 1999-2004, coached the defensive line from 1999-2001 and coached the wide receivers from 2002-2003.
In 2015, the Tiger offense averaged more than 30 points per game for its seventh year in a row, setting team records in non-consecutive seasons. The offense has now joined the 300/4,000 club the last five seasons with more than 4,000 yards of total offense and 300 plus points per season.
In 2014, the OBU offense broke the school record in scoring set in 2013, averaging 37.7 points per game, leading the team to its seventh consecutive winning season.
In 2012, the American Football Coaches Association named three finalists for the NCAA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year. Derby was one of those finalists, recognizing him for his community involvement and the productivity of Ouachita's offense.
In Derby's second season as offensive coordinator for the Tigers, the offense set numerous school records. In the homecoming game against Arkansas Tech, the offense set the school record for most yards in a game (573), as well as the record for most passing yards in a single game (478). Also during the 2011 GAC Championship campaign the offense ranked first in points per game and total offense.
In his 13 years as a quarterback coach, Derby has coached four different Ouachita record-holders in all statistical categories, along with three different quarterbacks earning All-Conference honors, including the 2011 GAC Offensive Player of the Year Casey Cooper. In 2010, Eli Cranor set the Ouachita record for passing yards, total offense in a single season and the Gulf South Conference/Ouachita record for completion percentage in a single game at 93.8% against Southern Arkansas. In 2008, Lance Parker set the school record for most passing yards in a single game at 478 against Arkansas Tech. In 2011, Casey Cooper set the rushing record for QB’s with just under 1,000 yards rushing. In 2014, Kiehl Frazier led the offense to a school record of points per game and a regular-season record of 10-0, the first undefeated/untied regular season in school history. The top 3 passers in Ouachita history have all been coached by Derby.
Derby has coached and recruited over 70 All-Conference and NFL athletes in his career, including 2 different offensive players of the year, 3 freshmen of the year, 6 professional athletes, and the only 2 active roster NFL products from Ouachita, Julius Pruitt (WR) of the Miami Dolphins and Phillip Supernaw (TE) of the Tennessee Titans.
Derby, a native of Goldsboro, N.C., played football at Guilford College in North Carolina where he won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship as a senior. He began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1992, coaching wide receivers and tight ends.
Derby went on to Methodist College for a year coaching running backs, and then to Delta State, where they won DSU’s first ever Gulf South Conference Championship and a birth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs, where his responsibilities included tight ends, receivers and special teams over a five year span.
Derby and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Caroline, 15 and Anna, 11.
Recruiting Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach
Brett Shockley is entering his 11th season as Offensive Line / Tight Ends Coach & his ninth as Recruiting Coordinator.
During the 2015 season, OBU’s offense kept up its record setting ways. The OL/TE’s helped lead the way for an offense that set a school record in points per game with 37.7 and also helped the offense reach 4,000 total yards or more and 300 total points or more for the fifth consecutive season. His units have also helped the Tigers average more than 30 points per game for the seventh consecutive season.
Shockley’s units are known for giving Ouachita’s record setting quarterbacks time and the 2009 unit was the best in all NCAA divisions by only allowing four sacks on the season. In ten seasons, the Tigers front five are averaging 9.1 sacks allowed per season. The groups have been equally impressive in opening running lanes, paving the way for seven 1,000 yard rushers and have averaged 2,382 rushing yards per season in his tenure.
Shockley has been privileged to coach 3 pro players (P. Supernaw, NFL (Tennessee Titans); R. Richard, Arena League; B. Ruffing European League), 7 All-Americans (P. Supernaw ’11; A. Sprinkle ’13, ’14; Calhoun ’14; M. Russell ’14, ‘15; R. Richard ’10, ’11; K. Smith ’10, ’11; C. Godbolt ’11), and 21 All-GSC or GAC players during his tenure with Ouachita.
Shockley is a 2001 graduate of the University of Arkansas where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Agricultural Marketing. While there, he was a three year letterman playing Tackle and Guard for the Razorbacks. He participated in the 1999 Citrus, 2000 Cotton, & 2000 Vegas Bowl Games.
He and his wife Leigh Anne have one daughter Madison Anne, 3.
Wide Receivers Coach
Rickey Rogers is entering his 4th season with the Ouachita Tiger Football coaching staff. This is his 3rd season as Wide Receivers Coach and Kick/Punt Return Coach. Under Rogers’ tutelage in 2015, Ke’Vontae Pope was named to the Super Region Three defense as a return specialist. He finished the season leading the conference in kickoff return average at 29.6 yards per return. His 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Southeastern Oklahoma state was the second longest return in the GAC this season. Pope was named to the All-GAC Second Team as a return specialist and earned honorable mention honors at wide receiver.
Rogers was a four year started for Ouachita at wide receiver from 1997-2001. He was a team captain for the Tigers and ranked fourth in total career yards after his senior season. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist with a BA in Physical Education and completed his MS in May of 2012. Rogers joins the Tiger staff after working in the education field and the private sector for the past few years.
He and his wife, Lydia, have 3 children: Rickey, Reyna, and Ryan.
Running Backs Coach
Kane Bryen is entering his second season with the Tigers, continuing to coach the OBU running backs as a graduate assistant. The running backs helped contribute to Ouachita’s 10-0 conference record, and their second Great American Conference Championship. The running backs played a large role in the Tigers season total of 2852 yards rushing, with an average of 237 rushing yards per game. Senior running back, Steven Kehner, attained the highest number of single season touchdowns in the GAC Conference with a total of 21 touchdowns.
Bryen is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, as of May 2013, where he earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. At SWOSU, Bryen was a four-year starter on the
Bulldog’s offensive line.
Before coming to Ouachita, Bryen worked as the offensive line coach at Cisco Junior College in Cisco, TX from 2013-2014. Bryen is a native of Thomas, OK, where he attended and graduated from Thomas High school. Deitra Bryen, Kane’s wife of four years, is also a Thomas native.
Director of Football Operations
David White is entering his second season as the Director of Football Operations with the Ouachita Baptist University Football Team. White, who is no stranger to Ouachita, has been working in college football for seven years, beginning in the spring of 2009 as a student-assistant for Ouachita Football. Upon graduating college, he stayed at Ouachita as an assistant football coach in which he served multiple roles of Assistant Special Teams Coach, Video Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant, while also pursuing his Masters degree.
Upon completion of his degree, White joined the football video staff of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks for the 2014 football season and spent the spring of 2015 with the athletic video staff of the Florida State Seminoles. In addition to handling team administrative responsibilities, he also serves as the video coordinator. Those responsibilties include all video and technology needs for the team.
David is a native of Crossett, Arkansas and a 2012 Graduate of OBU where he holds a BA in Kinesiology. He also holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Social Science from Henderson State University.