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The NFL and NCAA will host the sixth annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy in Tampa, Florida, Feb. 19-21. The three-day academy hosted by NFL Player Engagement and the NCAA, will provide 58 coaches and coaching prospects — including 29 former NFL players — with training and education to encourage effective coaching and to improve student-athlete well-being at all levels.
Keynote speakers for the 2016 academy include former NFL general manager Charley Casserly; NFL senior vice president of Football Operations and former NFL general manager Rod Graves; University of South Florida athletic director Mark Harlan; University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel; and former NFL head coach and general manager Mike Sherman. Other guest speakers and panelists will include coaches from the high school and professional levels.
“The NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy offers an opportunity for former NFL players who are currently coaching at the high school and collegiate levels to learn firsthand from experts about the personal values, individual behavior styles and viability of a career in coaching,” said Charles Way, vice president of NFL Player Engagement. “This education and training helps to create a positive environment for players, coaches and staff at all levels of football.”
“Continuing the education of coaches can provide a better, more complete, experience for athletes, whether on campus or in the professional arena,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer. “The partnership with the National Football League has a positive impact on the sport and those charged with developing the game and its participants. The exposure of aspiring coaches to a collection of the top minds in football is crucial now and in the future.”
In keeping with NFL Player Engagement’s peer-to-peer model, participants will learn about coaching in workshops and interactive discussion panels with NFL, NCAA and high school coaches, business leaders and athletic administrators.
In addition to coaching strategies and philosophies, participants will learn how to effectively communicate with campus and community constituents and the importance of building a developmental culture to help their athletes succeed on and off the field. They will also have the opportunity to develop a professional network of fellow coaches, NCAA and NFL staff and other key resources in the sport.
2016 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy Participants
Steven Aycock, Offensive Line Coach, Jackson State University
Antonio Banks (MIN), Assistant Strength Coach, University of Tennessee (2011-2012)
Christopher Barber (CIN, TB), Defensive Coordinator, Lakeland High School
Donnell Bennett (KC, WAS), Head Coach, Coral Springs Christian Academy
Chadd Braine, Defensive Coordinator, East Stroudsburg University
Diaello Burks (CAR), Head Coach, LaGrange Grangers (GA Force Arena Football League)
Noah Burroughs (JAX), Assistant Coach, Nassau Community College
Ben Buys, Running Backs Coach/ Azusa Pacific University
Tyler Card, Offensive Line Coach, Sul Ross State University
Matthew Clark, Tight Ends Coach, University of Louisiana at Monroe
David Clowney, IV (BUF, CAR, GB, NYJ), Wide Receivers Coach, ASA College
Ryan Crow, Offensive Coordinator, Baldwin Wallace University
Montiese Culton (NYJ), Assistant Linebackers Coach, Texas A&M University at Commerce
Thabiti Davis (NYJ), Wide Receivers Coach, Winston-Salem State University
Aaron De La Torre (DAL, PIT), Head Coach, Irving High School
Autry Denson, Jr. (CHI, IND, MIA), Running Backs Coach, University of Notre Dame
Abe Elimimian (CHI, SD), Secondary Coach, University of Hawaii
Christopher Ellis (BUF, PIT), Defense Ends Coach, Christopher Newport University
Hebron Fangupo (KC, SEA, WAS), Graduate Assistant, Brigham Young University
Darrell Fullington (MIN, NE, TB), Assistant Coach, Miami Northwestern High School
Keith Goganious (BAL, BUF, JAX), Head Coach, Bishop McNamara High School
Ben Gray, Assistant Football Coach, Elmhurst College
Ryan Hansen, Co-offensive Coordinator, Maryville College
James Harrell (DET, KC, TB), Defensive Coordinator, Plant High School
David Hart, Wide Receivers Coach, Morehouse College
Deon Henry, Secondary Coach, Rowan University
Joseph Henry, Tight Ends and Fullbacks Coach, Prairie View A&M University
Felton Huggins (JAX, BUF), Wide Receivers Coach, LaGrange College
Leonard Humphries (IND), Defensive Backs Coach, Football University
Bruce Jackson, Defensive Coordinator, Stillman College
Donovan Jackson, Offensive Line Coach, Savannah State University
Rodrek Jones (CIN, STL, WAS), Athletic Director, Central Collegiate Academy
Theron Jones, Linebackers Coach, Fayetteville State University
Adam Kirby, Offensive Line Coach, McMurry College
Jeff Kopp (BAL, JAX, MIA, NE), Head Coach, Providence High School
Kyle Kramer (CLE), Tight Ends Coach, MidAmerica Nazarene College
Cleo Lemon (BAL, JAX, MIA, SD), Wide Receivers Coach, University of Findlay
Charles Lockett (PIT), Running Backs Coach, Bethany College
Todd McComb, Outside Linebackers and Safeties Coach, Winston-Salem State University
Lorell McCook, Offensive Line Coach, Cheyney University
Dell McGee (ARI, DET), Running Backs Coach, University of Georgia
Chuck Miesbauer, Defensive Backs Coach, University of Mary
Adam Morris, Wide Receivers Coach, Campbell University
Bemi Otulaja, Defensive Line Coach, Marist College
Lamar Owens, A-Backs Coach, Georgia Tech University
Cory Peoples (PHI), Cornerbacks Coach, Charleston Southern University
William Pluff, Jr., Defensive Coordinator, Utica College
Mario Price, Running Backs Coach, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Anthony Scott, Offensive Coordinator, Lincoln University
Antone Sewell, Defensive Coordinator, Bowie State University
Dwight Sutton, Cornerbacks Coach, Eastern Kentucky University
Hurley Tarver (SF, CLE, DAL, GB, TB), Head Coach, Tampa Bay Patriots (Minor League Football)
Chip Vaughn (NO, PHI, IND), Defensive Coaching Intern, Winston-Salem State University
Marlon Watson, Defensive Backs Coach, Alabama A&M University
Jen Welter, Defensive Coaching Intern, Arizona Cardinals
Chad Williams (BAL, SF), Defensive Coordinator, Valdosta State University
Roosevelt Williams (CHI, CLE, NYJ), Defensive Coordinator, Lincoln University
Raymond Woodie, Defensive Coordinator, University of South Florida