A former Clarence Fulton Secondary track and field star has a new prestigious job title in the biggest football league in the world.
Sarah Bailey has been named the new director of football research and development for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
The new title for Bailey comes after she spent six years with the Los Angeles Rams, three as football analyst and three as the manager of football analytics.
Bailey graduated from the Vernon high school in 2011 after an exceptional athletic career that was punctuated with a provincial gold in the 800-metre race and a scholarship to the NCAA.
She spent two years at Jacksonville University in Florida running track, before transferring to the University of the Pacific to pursue a mathematics degree.
Her prowess in the books led to an internship with the then San Diego Chargers doing digital media analytics. Bailey returned to B.C. to do a master’s in statistics from Simon Fraser University, after which she was hired by the Rams.
Initially hired as a sports performance analyst to work primarily with the athletic trainers and strength staff to analyze workload and optimize performance, her role expanded over the year.
The Rams won the Super Bowl in 2022, triumphing over the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20. Bailey was given a ring for her efforts throughout the season.
In 2023, her role with the Titans will consist of leading the analytics department, which will provide information to assist the coaching staff and scouting department in both college and pro.