(Augusta, GA) –Paine College officials announced today that former NFL Player, Edwin R. Bailey, joined the Paine College football program as the new Assistant Head and Offensive Line Coach. Nicknamed “Pearl”, Bailey played 11 years as a starting left guard for the Seattle Seahawks. A fifth-round draft choice in 1981 out of South Carolina State University, Bailey started 120 games as left guard from 1981-1991 on some of the most successful teams in NFL franchise history and helped the Seahawks advance to the playoffs four times [1983, 1984, 1987 and 1988].
Born in Savannah, Georgia Bailey caught football fever early on and while playing football at Tompkins High School, he earned the All-American and two-time First Team All-City titles (1974-1976).
Bailey played college football at South Carolina State for the late Bill Davis who later hired Bailey as a Savannah State University assistant coach. Bailey held the position for one season and helped guide the SSU Tigers to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Bailey returned to his Alma Mater and coached offensive line in 1999. Later, he coached the offensive line for the XFL’s New York/New Jersey Hitmen but after the league folded, Bailey returned to college football as an assistant coach for Benedict College and Shaw University.
“We are building a winning team of coaching staff for our football program,” said Dr. George Bradley, President. Ed Bailey has an impressive background in that he has extensive experience on a professional level, in the civic area and in higher education. He has exhibited effective leadership, and possesses both coaching and recruiting expertise.”
Bailey was a three-time All-American and three-time All Conference Lineman during his matriculation at South Carolina State University (1977-1981) where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In 2004, Bailey furthered his education and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Charter Oaks University.
Among the many accolades, Bailey was inducted into the Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame and into the South Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bailey has devoted much of his life to mentoring young people and even held a Director of Operations position for the AMIkids Beaufort and AMIkids Savannah River Challenge in 2009-2012, and 2006-2009, respectively. He’s worked with the mentally challenged patients and trained them with life skills.
“I am very familiar with the Augusta area because I lived here for 10 years,” said Bailey. Already, it feels like I’ve returned ‘home’. Augusta has a rich football tradition within the local high schools. The return of Paine College football to Augusta will be beneficial to the quality football players that come out of this area,” said Bailey. “I look forward to being a part of the Paine College Lion nation and fully understand the level of excellence that is expected both on and off the court.
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Photo caption: Edwin R. Bailey, new Assistant Head and Offensive Line Coach at Paine College.