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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.

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


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 a group made up of 30 NCAA coaches and 30 NFL athletes.


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

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)