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39 NCAA football coaches selected for 2016 NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy

The academy was developed as a collaborative effort to boost diversity in the college game.

Thirty-nine NCAA football coaches are among the participants selected to attend the 2016 NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy Feb. 19-21 in Tampa, Florida.

A committee composed of coaches and administrators from the Association membership selected 29 participants from the NCAA. The NFL selected 30 participants, many also current NCAA coaches, through an internal process.

The academy was developed in 2011 as a collaborative effort between NCAA leadership development and NFL Player Engagement to boost diversity in the college game. The invitees from NCAA member schools are coaches who have fewer than eight years of college coaching experience. The college coaches will learn and network with NCAA athletics administrators, NCAA national office staff, current and former NFL players, NFL directors of player personnel and NFL Player Engagement staff.

“Continuing the education of administrators and 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 – specifically on important topics such as financial literacy and mental health to the locker-room culture – is crucial now and in the future.”

The keynote speakers and panelists for the 2016 academy include NCAA athletics directors, current and former NCAA and NFL head coaches, and football industry experts.

At the academy, coaches are trained in a variety of areas that encourage effective coaching and improve student-athlete well-being at both the college and professional levels. The coaches gain knowledge from a variety of workshops and interactive discussion sessions. Topical education and conversation during the academy can include effective communication with campus and community constituents; the importance of building a culture focused on the overall success of athletes, both on and off the field; budget management of a football program; and coaching strategies and philosophies. The group will grow a professional network of individuals that include the other participants, NCAA and NFL staff, and other key resources in the sport.

The academy is one of three programs NCAA leadership development tailors to specific points in a football coach’s career. The American Football Coaches Association/NCAA 30 Under 30 Coaches Leadership Institute is a professional development and networking opportunity offered in January at the AFCA Convention to select individuals who have shown a passion for the college football coaching profession. In June, the NCAA Champion Forum will kick off a unique, yearlong professional development opportunity for current coordinators, assistant and associate coaches in order to help them grasp a realistic view of a head football coach’s role and the preparation required to build a successful program.

NCAA leadership development, located in Indianapolis, coordinates and facilitates education and training for student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators. The staff annually hosts programs at little or no cost to members, using expert curriculum designed to enhance the well-being and personal development of college athletes. The staff also provides ongoing education and topical training to athletics professionals who identify and serve student-athlete needs. For more information, visit

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2016 NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy participants (NCAA selections)

Steven AycockOffensive line coachJackson State
Benjamin BuysRunning backs coach / recruiting coordinatorAzusa Pacific
Chadd BraineDefensive coordinatorEast Stroudsburg
Ranier Caldwell Offensive Coordinator Mississippi Valley State
Tyler CardOffensive line coachSul Ross State
Chuck MiesbauerDefensive backs coach / special teams coordinator / recruiting coordinatorMary
Matthew ClarkTight ends coachLouisiana-Monroe
Ryan CrowOffensive coordinator / offensive line coachBaldwin Wallace
Benjamin GrayLinebackers coachElmhurst
Ryan HansenCo-offensive coordinator /
director of player development
Maryville (Tennessee)
David HartCo-coordinator of special teams / wide receivers coachMorehouse
Deon HenryDefensive backs coach / coordinator of football operationsRowan
Joseph HenryTight ends and fullbacks coach / punt coordinator / video coordinator / director of football operationsPrairie View A&M
Bruce JacksonDefensive coordinatorStillman
Donovan JacksonOffensive line coach / run game coordinatorSavannah State
Theron JonesLinebackers coach / video coordinatorFayetteville State
Adam KirbyOffensive line coach / recruiting coordinatorMcMurry
Todd McCombNickels and safeties coach / director of football operations / recruiting coordinatorWinston-Salem State
Lorrel McCookOffensive line coachCheyney
Adam MorrisWide receivers coachCampbell
Bemi OtulajaDefensive line coachMarist
Lamar OwensSlot backs coachGeorgia Tech
William Pluff Jr.Defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach / strength and conditioning coordinatorUtica
Mario PriceRunning backs coach / recruiting coordinatorLouisiana-Monroe
Anthony ScottOffensive coordinatorLincoln (Pennsylvania)
Antone’ SewellAssistant head coach / offensive coordinatorBowie State
Dwight SuttonAssistant coachEastern Kentucky
Marlon WatsonDefensive backs coachAlabama A&M
Raymond WoodieAssistant head coach / linebackers coach / special teams coordinatorSouth Florida

2016 NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy participants (Current NCAA coaches selected by NFL)

Montiese CultonLinebackers coachTexas A&M-Commerce
Thabiti Davis

Wide receivers coach / special teams coordinator

Winston-Salem State
Autry DensonRunning backs coachNotre Dame
Abe ElimimianSecondary coachHawaii
Felton HugginsPassing game coordinator / wide receivers coach / recruiting coordinatorLaGrange
Cleo LemonWide receivers coachFindlay
Charles LockettRunning backs coachBethany (West Virginia)
Cory PeoplesDefensive backs coachCharleston Southern
Chip VaughnDefensive backs coachWinston-Salem State
Chad WilliamsDefensive coordinatorValdosta State
Roosevelt WilliamsDefensive coordinatorLincoln (Pennsylvania)