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NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy

The NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy provides an opportunity for current, full-time intercollegiate football coaches at NCAA member institutions and current (and former) NFL athletes to expand their knowledge and insight into the world of intercollegiate football coaching.

During the three-day academy, the NCAA Leadership Development staff and the National Football League Player Engagement are able to educate and train selected participants in a variety of areas that encourage effective coaching and improve student-athlete well being at both the intercollegiate and professional levels. Topical education and conversation during the academy may include: effective communication with campus and community constituents; the importance of building culture focused on the overall success of the student-athletes both on and off the field; budget management of a football program; coaching strategies and philosophies.

As a participant, you will gain knowledge from a variety of workshops and interactive-discussion sessions. You will also be able to network with individuals that include the other participants, NCAA and NFL staff and other key resources in the industry. Keynote speakers have included Arizona State head coach Todd Graham, Baylor University head coach Art Briles, legendary NFL coach Dan Reeves and Tyrone Willingham, the former head coach at Notre Dame, Stanford and the University of Washington.


Current position coaches, coordinators and assistant or associate head coaches at NCAA member institutions and current and former NFL athletes are eligible to apply. In total, 60 participants will be selected, with the 2015 group made up of 30 NCAA coaches and 30 NFL athletes.

Upcoming Academies

The 2015 NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy will take place February 20-22, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Hyatt Regency Louisville in conjunction with the NCAA and NFL Athletics Professionals Workshop.

The NCAA and NFL will provide lodging, meals, and program materials. The only costs to the participants shall be travel costs and hotel incidentals.


The online application is currently open. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 12, 2014. Click here to access the online application, via NCAA Program Hub. [NOTE: Creating a login will be necessary to access Program Hub.]

Form more infomation about the selection porcess, Click Here (PDF)

Contact Us

For more information about the NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy, please contact Justin W. Paysinger, assistant director of leadership development, via email at or by phone at 317-917-6036. 

Key Dates

  • Nov. 3 (Application open)
  • Dec. 12 (Application closes)
  • January 12, 2015 (Applicants notified)
  • Feb. 20-22, 2015 (Program dates)