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Future Football Coaches Academy

When the football helmet, cleats and shoulder pads are taken off for a final time but the passion for the game remains, it is natural for student-athletes to turn to a new a wardrobe: visor, whistle and clipboard. For many, transitioning from the glory of the gridiron to the sideline is a natural move when it comes to the X’s and O’s, but the learning curve for coaching a football team is steep at the start.

The Future Football Coaches Academy (FFCA) is a professional development and networking opportunity for those new to coaching football at an NCAA institution and no more than three years past receiving an undergraduate degree.

During the three-day program held in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention, you will attend exclusive academy workshops, engage in a variety of convention sessions and network with key individuals in the industry. During FFCA, you will learn the aspects of securing, managing and excelling as a coach: the intersection of personal values with coaching opportunities, impact of behavioral styles, examination of coaching as a viable profession and realistic view of entry-level football coach.

Additionally, recognized football coaches and leaders will serve as your mentors, addressing issues on a more personal basis. Through these experiences, you will walk away with a big-picture understanding of the intercollegiate football coaching profession, increased self-awareness as a new football coach and a vast network of individuals to help you take that next career step.

For 30 selected participants, the NCAA and AFCA will cover the cost of travel to and from the convention, hotel accommodations and meals during the program, as well as program materials. Additionally, the NCAA and AFCA will cover the cost of a one-year AFCA membership for each selected participant.


The application for the Future Football Coaches Academy is currently closed. Please check back in the fall for information regarding the 2016 Future Football Coaches Academy

All applicants must submit a resume, reference letter (from a current NCAA head football coach, offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator), and a personal statement. For more details on the application process and a list of what to include in the personal statement, please Click Here (PDF).  


Applicants must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree within the last three years.

Contact Us

For more information about the Future Football Coaches Academy, please contact Sunny Russell, postgraduate intern of Leadership Development, via email at  or by phone at 317-917-6246. 




Sept. 11 (Application opens)
Oct. 22 (Application closes)
January 11-14, 2015
(Program dates)
Louisville, Kentucky
(Program Location)

“FFCA was an awesome way to dip your feet in the water and understand what it takes to be a G.A., what it takes to be an intern - understand the networking side of things, how to get your foot in the door.”

Lukkes Gilgan
Offensive Graduate Assistant
University of New Mexico