The newly-created football program at Houston Baptist University has a leader, as Vic Shealy was officially introduced at a Tuesday press conference.

The 50-year-old arrives fresh from a two-year stint at Kansas. Shealy served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Kansas last season and was the secondary coach for the Jayhawks in 2010.

Prior to that, the native of Nashville held the defensive coordinator post at Richmond in 2009, and was the assistant head coach from 2005-08 at UNLV, after serving as secondary coach at Air Force from 1999-2004.

"I am especially encouraged by Coach Shealy's commitment not only to football, but to the academic and spiritual mission of Houston Baptist University," HBU president Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr. said. "His outstanding coaching career and his commitment to college football will be a great asset in recruiting student-athletes and coaches for our football program, and I believe Coach Shealy will provide great leadership both on and off the playing field as HBU's first football coach."

Shealy's greatest success came as the head coach for Azusa Pacific, going 27-14-1 in four seasons. That includes a 12-2 mark and national championship in 1998 which earned him NAIA coach of the year honors.

The Huskies will participate in the Southland Conference.