Texas Tour Featuring Baylor Football
Head Coach Dave Aranda
This event took place July 15.
Baylor Football Head Coach Dave Aranda shared how he and his staff are building a culture of excellence that includes a commitment to the physical, social, and spiritual development of players and what fans can expect to see on the field this fall.
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About our Speaker
A 2020 National Champion and 25-year coaching veteran, Dave Aranda was named the 28th head coach in Baylor Football history on Jan. 16, 2020. Aranda came to Waco after four seasons as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at LSU, including a 2020 National Championship and a 2019 SEC Championship. Widely considered one of the top defensive minds in all of football, Aranda has a track record of producing NFL-ready players.
In his first season at Baylor, Aranda's program featured his first player earning All-America honors with Trestan Ebner being selected to four different All-America teams. Additionally, Ebner was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year and nine players were selected to the All-Big 12 team highlighted by first-team defensive back Jalen Pitre.
In six seasons as a defensive coordinator at a Power 5 Conference school, Aranda's defenses have been ranked in the Top 12 nationally in total yards five times. His defenses have also ranked among the top 10 in scoring four of the past seven years. Since taking over as the defensive coordinator at Utah State in 2014, Aranda's defenses have given up a touchdown or less in 48 of 108 games.
After he graduated from Redlands High School in California in 1994, numerous surgeries followed and ended his playing career. In 1995, he started his coaching resume at Redlands as an assistant coach. Aranda graduated from California Lutheran in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. In 2002, he earned his master's degree in interdisciplinary studies at Texas Tech.
Aranda and his wife, Dione, have two daughters, Jaelyn and Jordyn, and a son, Ronin.
About our Emcee
John Morris, Voice of the Bears
Recognized by the National Sports Media Association as the 2019 Texas Co-Sportscaster of the year, the “Voice of the Bears”, John Morris is in his 26th year as the signature voice of Baylor Athletics. This is his 34th year overall including eight years (1987 – 1994) working alongside the legendary Frank Fallon. Officially, he is Baylor’s Assistant Athletic Director for Broadcasting and his duties now include play-by-play for Baylor football and men’s basketball in addition to third tier television broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. Entering the 2020 season, Morris has broadcast 381 consecutive B.U. Football games. Morris has also been behind the mic for Baylor Baseball, Softball, Women’s Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Equestrian, Track & Field and Acrobatics & Tumbling.
A December, 1980 Baylor graduate, Morris worked 15-years as TV sports anchor and Sports Director on Waco’s CBS affiliate, KWTX-TV before moving into the Baylor post. Honored three times over a four year period with awards from the Texas AP Broadcasters for sports play-by-play, Morris and Pat Nunley also won a Katie Award from the Dallas Press Club for Baylor Basketball broadcasts on WBAP. At Homecoming in November, 1999, Morris was named one of Baylor’s outstanding young alumni. In November, 2002, he was honored with the Frank Fallon Sportsmanship Award from the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.
John Morris is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and graduated with honors from Danville (Ky.) High School in 1977. A proud father of three, Morris is married to the former Terri Melton, a 1985 Baylor graduate. They are the parents of Meagan (31) a Baylor graduate, Maddie (27) a Baylor Nursing School Graduate, and M.J. (24) a Baylor Mechanical Engineering Graduate. The Morris family is active at Harris Creek Baptist Church.