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College football coaches selected for leadership academy

Academy is collaboration between NCAA leadership development, NFL Player Engagement

Thirty-four NCAA football coaches are among the participants selected to attend the 2017 NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy on Feb. 9-12 in Tampa, Florida.

A committee composed of coaches and administrators from the Association membership selected 25 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 2017 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 who 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 and assistant and associate coaches 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.

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2017 NFL and NCAA Coaches Academy participants

(NCAA selections)

Milo Austin
Director of Football Operations/ TEs/Inside Receivers Coach Morehead State University
Brent Barnes
Offensive Coordinator
Millikin University
Raymond Bell
Leadership Coach/Assistant Quarterback Coach
Virginia Union University
Glen Brittich
Defensive Coordinator
Elmhurst College
Kermit Buggs
Assistant Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator /Safeties
Old Dominion University
Ron Burton
Defensive Line
Michigan State University
Gerald Cooper
Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Erik Frazier Jr.
Assistant Football Coach (Wide Receivers)
University of Dayton
Mike Hart
Running Backs
Syracuse University
Des Kitchings
Assistant Head Coach for Offense/Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
North Carolina State University
David Lord
Defensive Line Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
University of Redlands
Dell McGhee
Running Backs
University of Georgia
Matthew Middleton
Recruiting Coordinator and Receivers Coach
University of South Dakota
LaMar Morgan
Defensive Backs Coach
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Isaac Parker
Full-Time Assistant Coach/Co-Coordinator
Lewis & Clark College
Eli Rasheed
Defensive Line
Iowa State University
Mike Reed
Defensive Backs
Clemson University
Diron Reynolds
Defensive Line
Stanford University
James Roberson
Wide Receivers Coach
Howard Payne University
Karl Scott
Texas Tech University
Brandon Shelby
Defensive Backs coach
Indiana University, Bloomington
Ahmaad Smith
Defensive Backs/ Asst. Academic Coordinator/Asst. Special Teams Coach
Catawba College
Lance Taylor
Running Backs
Stanford University
Zach Watkins
Co-Defensive Coordinator/Special Teams Coordinator
Washburn University of Topeka
Alonzo Hampton
Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator.
University of South Florida

2017 NFL and NCAA Coaches Academy participants

(Current NCAA coaches selected by NFL)


Curome Cox
Defensive Backs Coach
University of Connecticut
David Clowney
Wide Receivers Coach
Florida International University
Taylor Mehlhaff
Football Special Teams Assistant (Quality Control)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Edwin Mulitalo
Defensive Line Coach
Southern Virginia University
Willie Ponder
Receivers Coach
Colorado Mesa University
Brad Quast
Outside Linebackers
The College of New Jersey
Spencer Toone
Defensive Coordinator (Safeties)
Idaho State University
Carnell Williams
Running Backs
University of West Georgia
Tory Woodbury
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks & Receivers Coach
Johnson C. Smith University