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NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy

The NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy provides current, full-time college football coaches at NCAA member schools, some former NFL athletes, the opportunity to expand their knowledge and insight into the world of college football coaching.

Key dates

  • Nov. 2, 2016 (application open; 8 a.m. EST)
  • Dec. 7, 2016 (Application deadline; Noon EST)
  • Jan. 4, 2017 (Selected participants notified)
  • Feb. 10-12, 2017  (Program dates)

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 college 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.

In 2015, the focus on athlete well-being was prominent, which makes the partnership between the NCAA and NFL that began more than five years ago increasingly valuable.

As a participant at this academy, 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, legendary NFL coaches Dan Reeves and Dennis Green, NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, and Tyrone Willingham, former head coach at Notre Dame, Stanford and the University of Washington.


Current full-time position coaches, coordinators and assistant or associate head coaches at NCAA member institutions are eligible to apply.

Upcoming academies

The 2017 NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy will take place Feb. 10-12, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.

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 application for the 2017 academy will open at 8 a.m. Eastern time on Nov. 2, 2016. The deadline to apply is noon Eastern time on Dec. 7, 2016.

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The NCAA and NFL collaborate annually to educate and train football coaches rising up the ranks.