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    David Dean, Head Coach - University of West Georgia

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 20:04

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring West Georgia Head Coach, David Dean. Coach Dean shares why he loves coaching in the state of Georgia, highlights how he builds a positive team culture within his program, and shares his personal experience with the AFCA. David Dean is currently in his fifth season as the Head Coach of WGU, returning to a program where he was part of two Gulf South Conference championships and three trips to the NCAA Playoffs as an assistant in the 1990s. Since returning back to the WGU sidelines, Coach Dean has continued the programs success as and has lead the Wolves to multiple Division II playoff appearances while producing numerous All-Americans. In the second week of the season in 2019, Coach Dean rewrote history, becoming the third coach in Gulf South Conference history with 100 wins Prior to arriving to West Georgia, Coach Dean spent 16 years coaching at Valdosta Sate including 9 years as the Head Coach. During his time at Valdosta State, Coach Dean won two Division II national championships while leading one of the best programs in the country during that time. The success of Dean's Valdosta State program resulted in numerous individual plaudits. He captured American Football Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year honors following both national titles. He was also named 2007 Coach of the Year by Schutt Sports, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year, and GSC Coach of the Year in 2010. [1:48] Start of Interview [2:02] Coaching in the state of Georgia [3:44] Building culture in a program [6:55] Preparing for a big matchup [9:09] Challenges of coaching at historically strong programs [11:36] Personal connection with the FCA [14:15] Camaraderie within the AFCA [15:30] Value of the AFCA annual convention

    Will Finley, Head Coach - Waldorf University

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 22:53

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Waldorf University Head Coach, Will Finley. Coach Finley shares his plan for handling adversity, highlights the importance of building a strong coaching staff, and explains his motivations that drive his passion for coaching. Will Finley became the head coach for the Warriors in the spring of 2020 after spending one season as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. In his first season as the Warriors head coach, Finley led Waldorf to a 6-3 record overall and in NSAA play, good for a third-place finish in the standings. Coach Finley was also named to the 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute by the AFCA. Coach Finley's team earned a season-best ranking of No. 24 in the NAIAFBALL Top 25 poll, landed 17 players on the NSAA All-Conference Teams and 1 player the first 1st Team All-American honors in program history. As defensive coordinator in 2019, his first season on the Waldorf staff, Coach Finley helped the team to a 7-3 overall record and the program's first NAIA Top 25 ranking as Waldorf finished the season No. 23 in the nation. Coach Finley began his coaching career as the running backs coach at Benedictine from 2011-13, while working on his Masters, and moved to linebackers coach at Benedictine from 2013 through 2018. He also served as interim defensive coordinator for the Ravens in 2018, helping guide the team to the NAIA National Championship game. [1:48] Start of Interview [3:14] Biggest change in year two as a head coach [4:41] Handling adversity [6:01] Preparing to become a head coach [7:26] Building a coaching staff [10:22] Learning from other coaches [13:36] Motivation for coaching [15:04] Building a playbook [18:53] 35 Under 35 experience

    Bob Trott, Defensive Coach

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 26:44

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring longtime college coach, Bob Trott. Coach Trott discusses the importance of cultivating relationships throughout the coaching journey, discusses the evolution of recruiting in the college game, and gives advice on how to maintain professional development. Bob Trott is a former College and NFL coach where he most recently spent time as the Defensive Coordinator at East Carolina. His coaching career spans four decades, which includes 17 years at the FBS level and nine seasons in the NFL. Coach Trott has experienced action in 12 bowl games as either a player or coach. Coach Trott was also Defensive Coordinator and Safeties coach at James Madison for three years (2016-18) prior to ac­cepting the Pirates' post. Coach Trott groomed seven FCS All-America selections, a national and CAA defensive player-of-the-year choice and 18 all-league picks while at JMU. Coach Trott's NFL experience includes defensive staff assignments with the New York Giants (1991-92), New England Patriots (1993-95) and Cleveland Browns (2005-08). In addition to JMU and Richmond, Coach Trott also served as de­fensive coordinator at Arkansas (1984-89), Clemson (1990), Duke (1996-01), Baylor (2002) and Louisi­ana-Monroe (2003-04).  In 2017, Coach Trott received the FootballScoop.com FCS Coordinator-of-the-Year honors. [1:49] Start of Interview [2:49] Enjoying every spot in the coaching journey [4:43] Building the culture at Air Force [5:38] Cultivating relationships [13:06] Evolution of college recruiting [16:56] Adapting on the defensive side of the ball [20:43] Maintaining professional development [23:38] Protecting the game of football

    Bud Foster, Former DC - Virginia Tech

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 36:40

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring longtime Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator, Bud Foster. Coach Foster shares the life lessons he learned through coaching, speaks on his personal relationship with Hall of Fame Coach Frank Beamer, and highlights how he adapted his defensive schemes to compete with everchanging offenses. Bud Foster is the former longtime Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator where he spent 33 seasons coaching. The architect of Tech's famed Lunch Pail Defense, Foster was the the longest continually tenured FBS assistant coach at the same school with those 33 years of service until his retirement in 2019. Coach Foster held the distinction of serving as Tech's defensive signal caller starting in 1995 before taking over sole possession of defensive coordinator duties in 1996. Coach Foster was a key component in helping the Hokies register the nation's longest active bowl streak recognized by the NCAA, a 26-year stretch that began in 1993. Coach Foster was a recipient of the 2006 Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in the country, and was a finalist on three other occasions (1999, 2001, 2005). Coach Foster was named the Division I-A Defensive Coordinator of the Year by the AFCA after helping lead the Hokies to the 1999 national championship game. Under Coach Foster's leadership, his defenses had led the nation in a major defensive statistical category nine times and have placed in the top five 44 different times. Since Coach Foster was promoted to Defensive Coordinator (1996), 45 of his defensive players where drafted into the NFL including 11 players picked in the first/second round. [1:05] Start of Interview [1:58] Life lessons football teaches [6:22] Favorite memories while coaching [11:50] Relationship with Frank Beamer [19:12] Navigating coaching opportunities [24:00] Staying at one school for most of your career [28:42] Adapting defensive schemes over the years

    Alex Washington, Head Coach - Carroll HS (LA)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 24:26

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Carroll High School Head Coach, Alex Washington. Coach Washington highlights his experience transitioning from player to coach, shares lessons he learned while working as a Graduate Assistant, and discusses his methods on how he keeps his players accountable on and off the field. Alex Washington is entering his fourth season as the Head Coach of Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana. This is his fifth season overall coaching at Carroll since beginning as an assistant coach in 2017. Prior to Carroll, Coach Washington spent two seasons at Bastrop High school (LA) as an assistant coach under head coach Brad Bradshaw. Before transitioning to the high school level, Coach Washington spent two seasons at Division II Livingstone College (NC). Washington got his start in the coaching world from AFCA Executive Director, Todd Berry when he hired him onto his coaching staff at the University of Louisiana-Monroe as a Graduate Assistant in 2012. Coach Washington is no stranger to Carroll High School, having played for the Bulldogs from 2003-2006. Washington had a decorated high school career where he was an All-State Offensive Linemen and a highly touted recruit. He ended up signing with the University of Ole Miss where he played in 38 games and helped lead the Rebels to two Cotton Bowl victories during his time in Oxford. [1:03] Start of Interview [1:55] Starting in the coaching profession [3:52] Maintaining relationships with former coaches [5:03] Personal transition from playing to coaching [6:33] Lessons learned while as a Graduate Assistant [9:13] Networking and looking for jobs [13:00] Maintaining a positive public image [15:18] Separating yourself from other coaching candidates [18:53] Keeping players accountable on and off the field.

    Cody Wells, Wide Receivers - Jacksonville State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 25:28

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Jacksonville State Receivers Coach, Cody Wells. Coach Wells reflects on this past year's football season that was impacted by COVID, discusses last week's thrilling upset victory over Florida State, and gives insight on how to keep a team focused going forward after a big win. Cody Wells enters his sixth season on John Grass' staff after returning in 2016 to take over as the quarterbacks coach. The 2021 season will be his third leading the JSU wide receivers. He has played a large role in helping JSU claim three OVC titles and just six OVC losses in four seasons, extending the Gamecocks' streak of conference titles to an OVC-record five from 2014-18. While leading the receiver room, Wells has coached three All-Conference players and lead a unit that has been consistently at the top of the conference in multiple receiving categories. Wells returned to JSU after spending the 2015 campaign as quarterbacks coach of the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. Prior to ULM, Coach Wells assisted with the JSU wide receiver uint that helped propel the Gamecocks to an unprecedented amount of success during his one season in 2014. In that season, the Gamecocks went 10-2, which included a perfect OVC record and fourth OVC title. [1:05] Start of Interview [1:51] Playing football during the Covid season [3:45] Learning from losses [8:55] Live in the moment, play in the now [10:56] 2 minute drill mentality [13:59] Beating FSU on the final play [19:45] Keeping focused after a big win

    Todd Berry, Charlie Weatherbie, & Fisher DeBerry - Former HC's for Army, Navy, & Air Force

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 34:39

    This week on this special edition of Inside the Headset, we are featuring the former Head Coaches of the military academies that coached during the tragedy of 9/11. These coaches include former Air Force Head Coach Fisher DeBerry, former Navy Head Coach Charlie Weatherbie, and former Army Head Coach Todd Berry. In this episode all three coaches tell their personal 9/11 stories while coaching at their military academy institution, discuss what recruiting was like post 9/11, and highlight the unique experiences of coaching at a military academy. Todd Berry is the current Executive Director for the AFCA where he has served since 2016. Coach Berry served four years as the Head Coach for the Army Black Knights from 2000-2003 which included the 2001 9/11 season. Prior to his stint at Army, Coach Berry was the Head Coach of Illinois State from 1996-1999 where he lead the Red Birds to two FCS postseason playoff appearances. Most recently Coach Berry was the Head Coach of the Louisiana-Monroe football program where he coached from 2010-2015. Fisher Deberry is the former Head Coach of the Air Force Falcons. Coach DeBerry coached the Falcons from 1984-2006 and achieved a great amount of on-field success during his 21 seasons at Air Force. Under Coach DeBerrys leadership, Air Force dominated the Commander-in-Chiefs series going on to win the trophy 14 times. In addition to that, Coach DeBerrys Air Force teams won three conference titles and also went to numerous postseason bowl games where they won a total of six during his tenure. Due to Coach DeBerry's historic career where he won six coach of the year awards, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Charlie Weatherbie is the former Head Coach of the Navy Midshipmen. Coach Weatherbie spent seven seasons (1995-2001) at Navy where he lead the Midshipmen to one bowl win. Prior to Navy, Coach Weatherbie spent three seasons as the Utah State Head Coach where he won a conference championship in 1993. Coach Weatherbie's last head coaching spot was at the University of Louisiana-Monroe where he coach from 2003-2009. During his time at Louisiana-Monroe Coach Weatherbie lead the Warhawks to a conference championship in 2005. Coach Weatherbie is currently the director of the First Baptist Orlando Love Orlando Initiative, which distributes funds in the greater Orlando, Florida area to prevent homelessness. [1:16] Start of Interview [2:35] Life at West Point on 9/11 [3:59] Message to players on 9/11 [8:05] Managing adversity on and off the field [13:52] Recruiting post 9/11 [22:24] Playing for the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy [27:24] Experience coaching at multiple Academy Institutions [29:38] Closing thoughts on the 9/11 Anniversary

    Tyler Sutton, OC - San Diego

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 21:14

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring University of San Diego's Offensive Coordinator and Running Backs Coach Tyler Sutton. Coach Sutton highlights his early coaching experience as a graduate assistant, shares advice on how to become an effective coordinator, and explains his philosophy for coaching running backs. Tyler Sutton enters his ninth season as an assistant coach with San Diego in 2021 and his second as the offensive coordinator. Sutton has risen through San Diego's coaching ranks over the last eight seasons after joining the Toreros in 2013 as a volunteer offensive assistant before being promoted to assistant coach for the 2014 season. He started coaching the running backs before taking on the special teams coordinator role in 2018. He also served as the team's recruiting coordinator during his tenure. In his time with USD, Sutton has been a part of six consecutive seasons of nine or more wins, seven conference championships, five FCS Playoffs appearances, and two FCS playoff wins. Prior to coaching in San Diego, Sutton spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, University of Redlands. He served as the Bulldogs' defensive line coach and added special teams coordinator responsibilities for the 2012 season. Sutton began his coaching career at Granite Hills High School in San Diego County. Coach Sutton played football at The University of Redlands where he spent four seasons and received All-Conference honors his senior year. [1:03] Start of Interview [1:57] Personal start into coaching [4:13] Lessons learned working as a graduate assistant [6:10] Interviewing for coaching jobs [7:44] Coaching players that you played with [9:06] Becoming an effective coordinator [11:17] Getting players to "buy in" [12:50] Running Back coaching Philosophy

    Reilly Murphy, Head Coach - Lake Erie College

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 26:32

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Lake Erie College Head Coach, Reilly Murphy. Coach Murphy discusses his different experiences coaching at various college levels, provides insight on how to turn a struggling program around, and highlights the culture of accountability he has created within his team. Reilly Murphy is entering his third season as the Head Football Coach at Lake Erie College.  Murphy came to Lake Erie College after serving as the offensive coordinator for fellow Division II member Fayetteville State University. While heading the offensive side of the ball the Broncos ranked among the top offenses in the country with an average of 32.33 points per game while rushing for 216 yards per contest, 26th in Division II. Fayetteville State was also in contention for the NCAA playoffs after being ranked regionally before the defeat in the championship game. Murphy's coaching career is diverse as he has coordinated offenses at private, public, and historically black colleges. He previously also served as the offensive coordinator of Dixie State University. Before that he was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Western New Mexico University. Murphy has also coached at Bethel College, Notre Dame College, and Grossmont College. During his collegiate career, Murphy attended Grossmont where he played quarterback and led the Griffins to a national championship in 2005. He was an Academic All-American and was honored with the Joe Roth Memorial Award given annually to a California Junior College football player who best exemplifies characteristics of leadership, humility, and class. He was then granted a scholarship to play at Indiana State where he was a two-year starter and named the Gateway Conference's Newcomer of the Year in 2006. [1:04] Start of Interview [1:17] Coaching at different college levels [3:11] Being an effective recruiter [6:1] Turning a program around [9:13] Building up players in a program [11:55] Culture of accountability [19:08] Personal 35 Under 35 experience

    Cris Reisert, Head Coach - Tiffin University

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 27:30


    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Tiffin University Head Coach, Cris Reisert. Coach Reisert shares the importance of learning the opposite side of the ball, discusses his personal transition from player to coach, and goes into detail throughout his journey to becoming a head coach. Cris Reisert is entering his third season as the Head Football Coach at Tiffin University. Tiffin officially claimed the conference championship title in 2020 with a perfect 6-0 mark, playing a spring season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reisert earned his second consecutive Great Midwest Coach of the Year honor with an undefeated run through the league standings to officially make it back-to-back trophies. During the 2019 campaign, Reisert led the Dragons to arguably the best season in program history. Tiffin finished the regular season 9-1 along with a perfect 7-0 mark in GMAC play to claim the conference title. As a result, the Dragons earned their first-ever berth into the NCAA DII playoffs. Prior to Tiffin, Reisert served for two seasons as Ohio Dominican's offensive coordinator, helping to lead the Panthers to some of the top offensive numbers in Division II. Reisert directed one of the best offenses in the nation in 2017 as ODU led the country in completion percentage, passing efficiency and fewest turnovers committed, ranked second in third-down conversions, third in passing offense and fourth in total offense. Prior to that Reisert spent three seasons as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Elon University. Prior to working at Elon, Reisert spent the 2013 season as the assistant offensive line coach at Ball State University. As a four-year starter at quarterback for Ohio Dominican, Reisert set 10 NAIA passing records and was named the 2007 NAIA Player of the Year. [0:27] Start of Interview [0:56] Learning the opposite side of the ball [3:22] Transition from playing to coaching [6:33] Lessons learned coaching the Offensive Line [9:50] Coaching Tight Ends [13:32] Becoming a Coordinator [16:39] Learning from other coaches [19:05] Putting together a coaching staff [22:30] Personal 35 Under 35 testimony


    Chip Vaughn, Defensive Assistant - New York Jets

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 27:51

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring New York Jets Defensive Assistant, Chip Vaughn. Coach Vaughn details his personal football journey, explains the motto he lives and coaches by, and discusses embracing challenges and adversity. Chip Vaughn is entering his second season with the New York Jets as a defensive assistant coach where he works with the secondary. Prior to the Jets, Vaughn spent one season as the defensive backs coach for the Air Force Falcons where he helped the team finish the 2019 season with a pair of wins over Power 5 programs and a top-25 national ranking. Coach Vaughn has also spent time at Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State where he also coached the defensive backs. Vaughn was selected to the 2020 American Football Coaches Association 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute. A Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship coach with New Orleans during training camp in 2018, he was also one of 15 coaches selected to participate in the 2018 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy. Vaughn is a former fourth-round selection by New Orleans in 2009 and was a part of the Saints XLIV Super Bowl team. Vaughn also spent time with other NFL franchises including the Eagles, Colts, and Panthers before retiring in 2011. [0:25] Start of Interview [0:54] Personal football journey [5:45] "Keep Grinding" motto [9:04] Playing confident, not cocky [13:42] Lessons learned coaching at the high school level [18:22] Embracing challenges and adversity [20:54] Personal 35 Under 35 experience

    Adam Morris, Passing Game Coord. - Campbell

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 26:35

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Campbell University Quarterbacks Coach, Adam Morris. Coach Morris discusses the recently founded Coaches Coalition group, shares what recruiting looks like at the FCS level, and highlights the importance of the AFCA 35 Under 35 program. Adam Morris is entering his ninth year at Campbell University where he serves as the Camels' offensive pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Despite playing a four-game, all-FBS schedule in 2020, Coach Morris lead one of the top offenses in the country finishing 4th overall in offense at the FCS level. Following the season, Morris was selected to the AFCA 2021 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute. Prior to becoming the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, Coach Morris spent six seasons as Campbells wide receiver coach where his receivers set multiple season season records. Morris came to Campbell after spending the 2012 season as an offensive quality control coach at Liberty University. Prior to Liberty, Coach Morris spent two season at the University of Kansas where he served as the quality control coordinator for special teams in 2010 and defensive quality control in 2011. Morris got his start in the collegiate ranks at his alma mater, Ithaca, where he served as assistant director of football operations and offensive quality control staff member. [0:27] Start of Interview [0:57] The Coaches Coalition group [4:00] Working in the NFL [8:44] Continued growth in the coaching journey [14:37] Recruiting gameplans [19:02] Importance of the 35 Under 35 Institute

    Jeris Getter, QC - Dayton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 21:55

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring University of Dayton's Assistant Coach, Jeris Getter. Coach Getter discusses his journey with cerebral palsy, highlights the importance of building lasting relationships with players, and explains his why. Jeris Getter is entering his second season at the University of Dayton as Assistant Defensive Coach, Scout Special Teams and Scout Offense. He is a 2017 Indiana University East graduate, where he earned his bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and minor is Sports Marketing and Management. Currently he is attending graduate school at Ohio University studying Coaching Education. Previously Getter was an Assistant Football Coach at Earlham College from May 2017 to November 2018. At Earlham, he had various positions that included coaching defensive line, defensive backs and linebackers. [0:25] Start of Interview [0:50] Coaching with cerebral palsy [2:02] Personal football journey [5:36] Building strong relationships with players [11:58] Not letting others define you [15:31] Advice for people who want to coach but feel as if they don't "fit the mold"

    Tyler Carlton, OC - Wofford

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 38:16


    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Wofford's Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Tyler Carlton. Coach Carlton highlights the importance of leaving a positive impacts on players, shares how he has turned past negatives into positives, and gives his testimony on how the AFCA 35 Under 35 program has helped his career thus far. Tyler Carlton was named the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator at Wofford in July of 2021. Carlton spent five seasons on the coaching staff at Western Carolina and during the 2019 season was co-offensive coordinator. Prior to working with the Catamounts, he spent four seasons working at Clemson under offensive coordinator Chad Morris. Serving as an offensive analyst at Clemson, Carlton's duties included assisting the offensive staff on a day-to-day basis while also aiding in video breakdown of opponents. Carlton was an American Football Coaches Association 35 Under 35 honoree in 2017. A 2009 graduate of Tulsa, earning a degree in exercise science, Carlton got his coaching start at Tulsa as a student assistant in 2008-09, progressing to offensive quality control assistant in 2010 under Morris. While on staff, he was a part of two bowl appearances including a win over Ball State in the 2008 GMAC Bowl and defeating Hawaii in the 2010 Hawaii Bowl. Originally from Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Carlton played collegiately at Tulsa as both a wide receiver and punter from 2004-06 where he was a member of the 2005 Conference USA championship squad. He also earned a bowl ring as the Golden Hurricanes won the Liberty Bowl. [0:33] Start of Interview [1:09] Leaving a positive impact on players [4:36] Being let go and dealing with adversity [10:07] Turning positives into negatives [18:53] Decision to accept job at Wofford [25:53] Making smart decisions not quick decisions [31:13] Personal 35 Under 35 experience


    Jake Griedl, Head Coach - Marshall H.S. (TX)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 29:27

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Marshall High School (TX) Head Coach, Jake Griedl. Coach Griedl discusses the importance of investing time in your athletes, speaks on the challenges of coaching at a historically good programs, and gives advice to young coaches who aspire to advance in the coaching ranks. Jake Griedl is entering his third season as the Head Coach for Marshall High School. Griedl came to Marshall in the spring of 2017 serving as the Offensive Coordinator. At Marshall, Griedl coordinated an offense that ultimately set program season records for points scored and total yards in 2018, as the Mavs won a second straight district championship and went three rounds deep in the playoffs. In seven years as a high school assistant coach, Griedl has worked with teams that have won six district championships and he has coached in a total of 24 playoff games in those seven seasons. Prior to Marshall, Griedl served as the wide receivers coach at Class 6A powerhouse Lake Travis from 2013-2016. Griedl's time at Lake Travis culminated in 2016 with the Class 6A state championship. Prior to Lake Travis, Griedl coached wide receivers at Boerne High School in 2012-2013. His first coaching job came at the collegiate level in 2011-2012, when he served as wide receivers coach/return specialist coach as a graduate assistant at Southern Arkansas University. Griedl received a B.A. in History from Concordia University-Nebraska in 2012, where he was a three-year starter and team captain at slot receiver. In 2021 Coach Griedl was named to the AFCA 35 Under 35 class. [0:28] Start of Interview [1:01] Lessons learned from other coaches [5:47] Exceeding expectations [10:03] Investing time in your athletes [12:10] Challenges of coaching at a program with a rich history [18:30] Advice for young coaches [22:48] What the 35 Under 35 program as done for him

    Aaron Smetanka, Head Coach - Saint Vincent College

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 25:57

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Saint Vincent College Head Coach, Aaron Smetanka. Coach Smetanka describes the meaning behind his teams “Rise Together” motto, shares the importance of developing players on and off the field, and gives his personal takeaways from the COVID-19 football season. Aaron Smetanka is entering his third season as the Head Coach for the Saint Vincent Bearcats. Prior to St. Vincent, Smetanka was the Head Coach at Greensburg Central Catholic High School in 2017 and 2018. During those two seasons he oversaw all aspects of the Centurion football program, in addition to his head coaching role, he coordinated both the offense and special teams, while also serving as quarterback coach, strength and conditioning coach and equipment manager. After a brief stint at Chartiers Valley, Smetanka rejoined his alma mater as quarterback coach, a position he held for three seasons. Smetanka held a variety of responsibilities in this role, in addition to coaching the team's quarterbacks, he was heavily involved in recruiting, scouting, and breakdown of game film, while also providing positive guidance and mentorship to the Bearcat players. In addition to his coaching experience, Smetanka has been a coach and speaker for the Coaching Boys into Men program, an initiative aimed at promoting healthy relationships, building leadership skills and decreasing violence among high school boys. Smetanka was chosen as a featured speaker at the 2018 Coaching Boys into Men Summit, and was named the national MVP Coach of the Year, earning recognition from the United Way in its 2018 annual report. Coach Smetanka was also inducted into the AFCA 35 Under 35 program in 2021. [0:29] Start of Interview [1:02] "Rise Together" motto [4:40] Creating strong team culture [6:13] Developing players on and off the field [10:12] Team speaker program [13:55] Takeaways from the COVID season [20:44] Personal growth in the 35 Under 35 program

    Justin Hood, Defensive Quality Control - Green Bay Packers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 24:18

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the Green Bay Packers Defensive Quality Control Coach, Justin Hood. Coach Hood highlights the importance of integrity and coaching the “right way”, details his personal experience transitioning from college into the NFL, and speaks about the benefits of AFCA 35 Under 35 program. Justin Hood is entering his first season as the Defensive Quality Control Coach for the Green Bay Packers. Hood arrived in Green Bay after working as the secondary coach and defensive pass game coordinator at Kent State in 2019-20. Prior to that, Hood coached for three years at the FCS level, working first at Davidson College (N.C.), where he was promoted from secondary/recruiting coordinator in 2016 to safeties/passing game coordinator in 2017, and then coached linebackers at Western Carolina University in 2018. In 2014-15, Hood was the defensive coordinator/secondary coach for Capital University (Columbus, Ohio). He spent two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois (2012-13) working with the nickelbacks and cornerbacks. A former cornerback at Ashland (Ohio) University, Hood began his post-playing career at the University of Oregon as an intern and quality control coach (2011-12), assisting with running backs and recruiting for a team that finished in The Associated Press top five both seasons. [0:31] Start of Interview [1:26] Striving the learn and serve [3:16] Being smart when accepting a new job [6:14] Doing things the right way [9:45] Lessons learned while at Davidson [12:08] Buying into the Head Coaches philosophy as an assistant [15:33] Transitioning from college into the NFL [18:50] Benefits of the 35 Under 35

    Chris Oliver, Head Coach - Lindsey Wilson College

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 25:49

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Lindsey Wilson College Head Coach, Chris Oliver. Coach Oliver reflects on his teams' journey to winning the NAIA National Championship, details how he's built a football program from the ground up, and speaks on the importance of having strong senior leaders in the locker room. Chris Oliver is entering his 12th season as head football coach of the Blue Raider football program. This past spring Coach Oliver lead his team to an undefeated 11-0 record and took home the first NAIA National Championship in program history. Coach Oliver has been the head coach at Lindsey Wilson since the inception of the football program in 2010. Over the past seven seasons the Blue Raiders have made the playoffs six times and have won multiple Mid-South Conference division titles under Coach Olivers direction. Prior to Lindsey Wilson, Oliver spent five seasons as assistant coach at Ohio Dominican. Just like building the Lindsey Wilson program, Oliver helped start the Ohio Dominican football program. During his time at Ohio Dominican, Oliver led one of the most prolific offenses in the NAIA. In his last three seasons, Coach Oliver consistently lead his offense near the top of most statistical categories including total offense and passing offense. Prior to Ohio Dominican, Oliver served as a student-assistant at The Ohio State University. Oliver assisted with the Buckeyes' tight ends and special teams. He also assisted with scouting and worked closely with recruiting. [0:30] Start of Interview [1:09] Reflecting on journey to winning the NAIA National Championship [3:40] How to build a program from the ground up [7:50] Trusting the process [14:05] Importance of having strong senior leaders [19:35] The "Make a Way" motto

    Randy Hedberg, Quarterbacks - North Dakota State

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 23:54

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring North Dakota States Quarterback Coach and Associate Head Coach, Randy Hedberg. Coach Hedberg highlights the importance of developing relationships in the coaching world, goes in depth on how he prepares his quarterbacks to be successful on gameday, and shares why coaches need to be adaptable to an ever-changing profession. Randy Hedberg has been North Dakota States Quarterback Coach since 2014. He was elevated to Associate Head Coach and passing game coordinator in 2019. While at North Dakota State, Coach Hedberg has help the Bison win four FCS National Championship Titles and has coached multiple NFL quarterbacks including Carson Wentz and Trey Lance. Hedberg has been part of Bison teams that have produced six of the top seven seasons of total offense in NDSU history. Prior to North Dakota State, Hedberg was the Head Coach for nine seasons at North Central Conference rival St. Cloud State and came to NDSU after six seasons as the Quarterbacks Coach and Co-Offensive coordinator at Southern Illinois. Before Coach Hedberg began his coaching career in 1982, he was a starting NFL quarterback where he spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. [0:32] Start of Interview [0:42] Developing relationships in the coaching world [2:11] Being adaptable [4:00] Preparing players for the next level [9:20] QB preparation during the week [14:33] What coaches look for when recruiting QB's [17:48] Utilizing new technology in football

    Scott Wachenheim, Head Coach - VMI

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 18:41

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Virginia Military Institute's (VMI) Head Coach, Scott Wachenheim. Coach Wachenheim highlights the unique challenges of coaching during the pandemic, shares the importance of recruiting players that fit your program, and gives tips on how to turn a struggling football program around. Scott Wachenheim recently completed his sixth season as the as the Head Coach of VMI. This past season, Coach Wachenheim lead the team to a 6-2 overall record and was named the Southern Conference Champions for the first time since 1977. Coach Wachenheim has brought excitement and success to a program that has not experienced a lot of it since the 1970s. Prior to VMI, Coach Wachenheim spent five season at the University of Virginia where he primary coached the offensive line. Wachanheim also has NFL coaching experience under his belt as he spent one season as the tight ends coach with the now named Washington Football team. Coach Wachenheim graduated from the Air Force Academy with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and was a four-year starter from 1980-83. He earned first team All-WAC and honorable mention All-America honors his senior year. Wachenheim began his coaching career at Air Force in 1984 when he served as offensive coordinator of the Air Force Academy junior varsity squad before embarking on his active duty commitment. [0:29] Start of Interview [0:50] Coaching during the pandemic [2:36] Lessons learned while at the Air Force Academy [4:38] Recruiting players that fit your program [7:30] What it takes to turn a program around [12:49] Learning from other coaches

    Duane Taylor, Offensive Coordinator - Alabama A&M

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 29:12

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Alabama A&M’s Offensive Coordinator, Duane Taylor. Coach Taylor discusses how to coach with confidence, highlights the importance of learning from other coaches, and gives his philosophy for coaching the receiver position. Duane Taylor recently completed his third season as the offensive coordinator for the Alabama A&M football program. This past season, Coach Taylor helped lead the Bulldogs to their second ever SWAC National Title where they finished the season with a perfect 5-0 record. Prior to Alabama A&M, Taylor spent two separate stints at Hampton University where he began as the passing game coordinator and eventually became the Offensive Coordinator for the Pirates. In between his two stints at Hampton, Coach Taylor was the Offensive Coordinator at Fayetteville State University. Coach Taylor was a four-year lettermen while playing quarterback at Winston-Salem State University. While playing under center, Taylor led FSU to back-to-back CIAA Championships in 2002 and 2003 in addition to holding over 25 school records. [0:27] Start of Interview [1:00] Personal Coaching Journey [2:45] Coaching with Confidence [4:55] Preparing yourself for a Head Coaching position [6:35] Learning from other coaches [10:28] Past Season Success [14:14] Philosophy for coaching receivers [21:20] Leveraging National HBCU media coverage

    K.C. Keeler, Head Coach - Sam Houston State

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 23:24

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring current FCS National Champion and Sam Houston State University Head Coach, K.C. Keeler. Coach Keeler shares the importance of viewing obstacles as opportunities, discusses implementing newfound techniques, and highlights the significance of developing relationships through football. K.C. Keeler recently completed his seventh season as head coach of the Sam Houston State University Bearkats, capping it off with an FCS National Championship. Faced with a season full of adversity, the Bearkats overcame numerous challenges to win the national title under Keeler's direction. Prior to taking over at SHSU, Keeler spent time as the head coach at Delaware, which is his alma mater, from 2002-2012. His Fightin' Blue Hens won the FCS national championship in 2003 and reached the national championship game in 2007 and 2010. Before Delaware, Keeler produced an 88-21-1 record at Rowan University (1993-2001). This coaching stint, in Glassboro, N.J., included seven NCAA Division III playoff appearances including five trips to the National Championship game. Keeler began his coaching career as an assistant at Amherst College in 1981 before moving to Rowan University in 1986, where he was later named head coach in 1993. Among Keeler's coaching honors are selections as AFCA FCS National Coach of the Year, Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, Maxwell Club Tri-State Coach of the Year and the All-America Football Foundation Johnny Vaught Head Coach Award. [1:40] Start of Interview [2:03] Winning the National Championship [4:17] Turning obstacles into opportunities [11:13] Implementing newfound techniques post-pandemic [13:37] Personal challenges and lessons learned along the journey [16:37] Developing countless relationships through football

    Taylor Chapatte, Passing Game Coord. - San Diego

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 22:36

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring San Diego’s Passing Game Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach, Taylor Chapatte. Chapatte discusses how to build a winning culture, highlights the unique differences of coaching at the FCS and Division III level, and shares his personal involvement with the AFCA. Taylor Chapatte is entering his fourth season with San Diego and second as the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach. In his first two years, he was the wide receivers coach. Chapatte joined USD after spending three seasons at the University of Puget Sound, where he coached the wide receivers (2015-16), quarterbacks (2017) and served as the recruiting coordinator for all three years from 2015-17. In addition to his recruiting and position responsibilities, he was the play caller and pass game coordinator in 2016 and 2017. He played a key role in helping lead the team to its most conference wins in school history during 2015. Prior to his stop at Puget Sound, Chapatte was at the University of Redlands for three years (August 2012-December 2014) as the wide receivers coach, co-special teams coordinator and video coordinator. [1:42] Start of Interview [2:17] Expanding your football skillset [6:15] Building a winning culture [8:41] Turning negatives into positives [11:36] Coaching at a non-athletic scholarship institution [14:46] Differences of coaching at the FCS and Division III level [16:59] Personal involvement with the AFCA

    Ed Jones, Assistant AD of Player Development - Baylor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 28:11

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Baylor Assistant AD of Player Development, Ed Jones. Jones discusses his personal journey from coaching to player development, shares the importance of mentoring athletes to become well-rounded individuals, and gives insight on the future of player development in college athletics. Ed Jones serves as Assistant AD for Player Development under head coach Dave Aranda in the Baylor Football program. Jones made the move to Waco following two seasons (2019-20) at Kansas, where he served as Director of Player Development. Jones went to Kansas after three seasons (2016-18) at his alma mater, Houston, where he spent the final two in the same role for the Cougars. At Kansas, Jones was responsible for the overall development of the student-athletes in the football program. Jones continued to administer the Beyond The Field program, which he created at Houston, to provide programming for the football student-athletes. The programming focused on the personal wellness, community impact and career development of the student-athletes. He created the KU Football Player Committees: career development, community impact, player wellness and social action. The committees were responsible for many student-athlete initiatives in the program. [1:42] Start of Interview [2:55] Personal journey from coaching to player development [5:01] Building culture within a football program [7:38] Networking with other player development leaders [10:08] Writing a book on player development [12:30] Helping athletes become well rounded individuals [16:35] Preparing athletes for life after football [21:11] The future of player development

    Mike Mendenhall, ST Coordinator - Princeton

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 26:12

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Princeton’s Special Teams Coordinator and Outside Linebackers Coach, Mike Mendenhall. Mendenhall discusses his personal journey into college coaching, shares the unique aspects of coaching at an HBCU and Ivy League program, and highlights ways he uses technology on the football field. Mike Mendenhall is entering his sixth season as the outside linebackers coach at Princeton, and his impact has been felt during his tenure. He helped the Tigers win both the 2016 and 2018 Ivy League championships by coaching outside linebackers in dominant defensive units. Mendenhall came to Princeton after five years as the special teams coordinator/linebackers coach at North Carolina Central. During his time there he won one conference title with the program and help NCC increase their win total three years in a row. [1:39] Start of Interview [2:25] Benefits of being a multi-sport athlete [5:47] Personal journey to college coaching [8:41] Utilizing your former coaches [10:32] Unique aspects of coaching in the Ivy League [13:37] Importance of academics during recruiting [15:04] Unique aspects of coaching at an HBCU [19:30] Using new technology on the football field

    Tobruk Blaine, Dir. of Beyond Football - San Jose State

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 21:53

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring the San Jose State University Coordinator of Beyond Football, Tobruk Blaine. Blaine discusses three key pillars of the Beyond Football program, shares the importance of impactful leadership, and highlights the value of pursuing personal goals. Tobruk Blaine is the coordinator for the Beyond Football program at San Jose State University. In her role, she is responsible for enhancing the lives of football student-athletes. Through the Beyond Football program, student-athletes develop career-focused proficiencies and cultivate knowledge, relationships and skills necessary to establish a successful personal and professional life beyond the game of football. This mission is accomplished by encouraging student-athletes to explore opportunities around them, identify key interests, and inspire themselves and others through a culture of volunteerism in a greater community. Blaine joined the San Jose State athletic department with a background in coaching, teaching, fund raising and program building. Previously, she was a high school and college cheerleading coach at Eagle and Rocky Mountain High Schools (in Idaho) and at Boise State University. [1:36] Start of session [2:08] Implementing the Beyond Football program [4:34] Three pillars for the Beyond Football program [8:12] Off-field contributions lead to on-field success [10:51] Cultivating personal relationships with coaches and athletes [13:24] Expanding the program to Beyond Sparta [16:01] Pursuing personal goals

    Neal Brown, Head Coach - West Virginia

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 43:17

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring West Virginia University Head Coach, Neal Brown’s session from the 2021 AFCA Virtual Convention. Coach Brown has been named the honorary head coach of the 2020 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his leadership in the Morgantown community and his commitment to education, developing future leaders and giving back. During this session, Coach Brown shares the personal impact of Coach John Schlarman, discusses the importance of developing a plan, and highlights key principles that guide the Mountaineer football program. Neal Brown is the head coach for the West Virginia Mountaineer football program. Brown has implemented a “5th-Quarter Program” for the team to assist in the development of the total player. The pillars of the program are character development, leadership development, real life, social responsibility and career development. In September 2020, Brown was named the honorary head coach for the AllState AFCA Good Works Team, honoring him for his commitment to leadership, the Morgantown community and Mountaineer Nation as a whole. Prior to taking over at WVU, Brown spent the previous four years as the head coach at Troy University (2015-18). Before that, Brown spent two years (2013-14) as the offensive coordinator under Mark Stoops at Kentucky. He also spent three years at Texas Tech (2010-12) as the offensive coordinator after his first stint at Troy as an assistant coach from 2006-09. [1:55] Start of session [4:24] The influence of coaches [7:57] Overcoming adversity: Coach John Schlarman [14:01] Three important lessons to focus on as a coach [17:35] How you coach matters [20:05] Preparing to become a head coach [29:34] Developing a motto and a mission [33:49] Creating environmental principles [38:24] Maintaining an organizational flow chart and plan

    Eddie Kennison - Dir. Of Player Development, LSU

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 22:09

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring LSU's Director of Player Development, Eddie Kennison. Kennison discusses the importance of player development, shares the impact of social media in college football, and highlights the value of developing relationships with players and coaches. [1:35] Start of interview [2:05] Benefits of incorporating player development [6:23] Developing personal relationships [8:33] Cultural landscape shift in football [11:10] Important core values translating to development [13:13] Impacting the coaching staff [16:11] Key moments throughout the past year

    Phil Tran - Archbishop Spalding HS

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 36:27

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Archbishop Spalding High School assistant football coach, Phil Tran. Coach Tran highlights his experience as an AFCA member, discusses the importance of expanding your personal skillset, and shares the value of coaching multiple sports at the high school level. Phil Tran is an Assistant Coach for the Varsity Football and Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey teams at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, MD.  Most recently, prior to Archbishop Spalding, Tran was the Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach and Assistant Football Coach at Calvert Hall College High School from 2018-2019 and at the Gilman School in 2017. Tran was the 2019 NHSSCA Maryland Coach of the Year and a 2021 NSCA National High School Strength Coach of the Year nominee. Coach Tran played college football at Baylor University, where he lettered, earned 1st Team Academic All-Big XII honors, and won a post graduate scholarship. [0:29] Start of interview [1:00] From Juris Doctorate to the gridiron [7:07] AFCA value on a personal level [13:50] Continuing to grow as a coach [15:15] Importance of contributing to the profession [19:37] AFCA as a mentor [21:10] Coaching multiple sports to expand your skillset [32:55] Enthusiasm combined with a willingness to learn

    Ramal Faunteroy, Defensive Line & Director of Player Development

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 28:52

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Defensive Line Coach and Director of Player Development, Ramal Faunteroy. Coach Faunteroy highlights ways to continue to grow as a coach, shares his experience leading FCA meetings, and discusses the future of player development at the collegiate level. Ramal Faunteroy most recently coached Defensive Line and was the Director of Player Development at Fairmount State University, where he spent three seasons with the program. Before arriving at Fairmont State, Faunteroy spent one season as that Defensive Line Coach and Run Game Defensive Coordinator at Seton Hill University. Prior to spending the 2017 season at SHU, Faunteroy spent the 2016 campaign at NCAA Division I Furman University. Before making the move to Furman, Faunteroy spent seven seasons at Division II powerhouse, Shepherd University, where he played a key role in Shepherd's 13-1, national runner-up campaign. [0:28] Start of interview [0:37] Personal journey into coaching [4:13] Importance of education in coaching [5:57] Continuing to grow as a coach [9:12] Impacting players on a spiritual level [13:16] Building relationships with athletes [15:58] Managing multiple roles [18:55] Diversifying your skillset [21:30] Future of player development

    AJ Artis, Director of Football Strength and Conditioning - USF

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 31:57

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring University of South Florida Director of Football Strength and Conditioning, AJ Artis. Coach Artis shares the significance of expanding your skillset, highlights his personal networking experience, and discusses the importance of coaching with passion. AJ Artis joined the Bulls’ staff as Director of Football Strength and Conditioning in March of 2021 following three seasons working with the Tennessee football program. At Tennessee, Artis served as assistant director of football sports performance. Prior to his arrival in Knoxville, Artis spent two seasons at Duke (2016-18) working as the assistant director of strength and conditioning. Prior to Duke, Artis had stints at Appalachian State (2015-16) and Campbell (2014-15). As a graduate assistant at Appalachian State, he worked with the Mountaineers football program, which recorded its first-ever bowl win during his tenure. At his alma mater Campbell, he logged valuable experience with football, baseball, men's and women's basketball, soccer, softball, track & field and wrestling as a strength and conditioning intern. [0:27] Start of interview [0:47] Expanding your skillset [3:07] Creating your coaching philosophy [5:42] Tailoring workouts to maximize athletic potential [9:30] Journey to becoming a strength coach [17:06] Advice for young coaches [21:18] Developing a culture at a new program [25:30] Finding your passion

    Brian Metz, Tight Ends - Ohio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 27:42

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Ohio University Tight Ends Coach, Brian Metz. Coach Metz shares his unique journey to collegiate coaching, discusses the importance of creating a game plan for networking, and highlights key reasons for establishing a growth mindset. Brian Metz completed his first season as the Ohio football program's tight ends coach in 2020 under 16th-year head coach Frank Solich. Metz spent the 2019 season as a graduate assistant at UNLV, working with the Rebels’ quarterbacks. Prior to UNLV, Metz worked as an offensive graduate assistant from 2016-18 with the Ohio football team. Metz spent the 2015 season at Memphis, where he served as an offensive intern working with the wide receivers. [1:00] Start of interview [1:28] Personal coaching journey [4:16] Networking within the coaching profession [7:47] Having a game plan for the AFCA convention [12:41] Approaching convention without a job [16:15] Creating a growth mindset [19:58] Structuring your time to become a better coach [22:29] Valuing influential relationships

    Nick Davis, Defensive Coordinator - Rose-Hulman

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 25:41


    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Rose-Hulman Defensive Coordinator Nick Davis. Coach Davis highlights the value of coaching Division III football, shares the significance of creating favorable matchups on the field, and discusses the importance of helping other coaches develop professionally. Nick Davis enters his ninth season on the Rose-Hulman staff and his sixth year as defensive coordinator in 2020. He also currently serves as the strength and conditioning coordinator, and linebackers coach for the Fightin' Engineers. He was promoted to assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2018 season. Prior to his promotion to defensive coordinator, Davis served as special teams coordinator, video coordinator and running backs coach. Prior to his stint at Rose-Hulman, Davis spent two years at Ottawa University on the defensive side of the football, where he coached defensive backs in 2010 and linebackers in 2011. Davis also previously served as a strength and conditioning football intern at the University of Michigan and Western Illinois University in 2010. [1:01] Start of interview [1:25] Wearing multiple hats [4:44] Recruiting academic talent [9:32] Promoting the program through social media [13:10] Putting together a defensive philosophy [17:13] Creating favorable matchups [19:33] Effectively teaching defensive systems


    Ray Anderson, Athletic Director - Arizona State

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 38:03


    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Arizona State’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletic Director Ray Anderson. In his session from the 2021 AFCA Virtual Clinic, Ray Anderson highlights some intricacies of the hiring process, shares his requirements for selecting the best applicant, and discusses the significance of loyalty in the coaching profession. Ray Anderson was named Arizona State University’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director in 2014. Highly influential in the world of collegiate athletics, Anderson is a board member of the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame, Pac-12 Athletic Director Chairman, a member of the ITA Board of Directors, on ASU’s Advisory Council, as well as the ASU Sports Law & Business Program’s Board of Directors. In recent years, Anderson was also a member of the NCAA Football Oversight Committee, Chair of the new Ad Hoc NCAA Football Competition Committee, and the Green Sports Alliance Advisory Board. Prior to taking the helm at ASU, Anderson was making his impact felt with the NFL as executive vice president of football operations since August 2006, and previously as the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Atlanta Falcons for four years. During the week of Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, he was presented with both the Paul J. Tagliabue Award and John Wooten Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding leadership with a desire to improving his community. [1:07] Start of interview [2:11] Hiring at the collegiate level [3:45] Finding the right individual [9:27] Social media influence on hiring [12:39] Qualities and characteristics of a great applicant [15:45] Narrowing the scope of applicants [22:34] Red flags in the hiring process [25:22] Evaluating coaching philosophy [28:49] Adding responsibility as a young coach [32:04] Accepting an offer


    Kris McCullough, Offensive Coordinator - East Central University

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 22:25

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring East Central University Quarterbacks Coach and Offensive Coordinator Kris McCullough. Coach McCullough shares his unique coaching journey, discusses the importance of learning virtually, and highlights the significance of developing trusting relationships among your team. In 2018, Coach McCullough began coaching at East Central University, where he currently serves as the quarterback's coach and offensive coordinator. He has also previously served as the special team's coordinator at ECU. Prior to joining the Tigers' staff, McCullough spent time as the running backs coach at Fairmont State University. He also took on special teams and video coordinator responsibilities. Before tackling these roles, Coach McCullough spent time as a quality control coach at Old Dominion University and an offensive assistant at Henderson State University. [1:01] Start of interview [1:20] Personal journey in football [2:24] The importance of taking initiative [3:54] Building trust as a new coach [5:08] Obtaining a position with a small network [7:37] Establishing a personal network [11:14] The significance of gaining experience and knowledge [13:57] Earning a coordinator role [15:46] Establishing mutual respect as a young coach [18:58] Lessons learned as a young coordinator

    Marvin Nash, Offensive Coordinator - San Marcos HS (TX)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 21:38

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring San Marcos High School Recruiting Coordinator and Offensive Coordinator Marvin Nash. Coach Nash offers the value of building relationships, highlights the adaptability of the recruiting process, and shares the importance of being present in your current role. Last year, Marvin Nash began coaching at San Marcos High School (TX), where he currently serves as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Prior to San Marcos, Nash served as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Eaton High School (TX). He has also spent time coaching at Denton Guyer High School (TX). [1:01] Start of interview [1:26] Knowing people by name and need [3:34] Coaching everyone differently [6:11] Unique recruiting adaptations [10:04] Marketing your athletes for the next level [12:27] Promoting all levels of collegiate football [14:06] A relational profession: Reuniting with former colleagues [16:25] My humble middle school beginning

    PJ Gibbs, Defensive Coordinator - Palmetto Ridge HS (FL)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 29:37

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Palmetto Ridge High School Defensive Coordinator and Outside Linebackers Coach PJ Gibbs. Coach Gibbs discusses the value of recruiting, shares examples of how he creates accountability among players and highlights the significance of admitting personal mistakes. In 2018, PJ Gibbs joined the Bears at Palmetto Ridge High School (FL), where he currently serves as the defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and outside linebackers coach. Prior to Palmetto Ridge, Gibbs served as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Gulf Coast High School (FL). Gibbs has also spent time coaching the defensive backs at Howell High School (NJ) and Manasquan High School (NJ). [2:02] Start of interview [2:41] The importance of trust in the recruiting process [4:20] Laying out a transparent and honest perspective [7:11] Successful attributes of recruiting [10:35] Learning new systems throughout the COVID-19 pandemic [14:13] Creating the black shirt defense mentality [18:41] Installing a successful defensive package [20:59] Adapting to the offensive evolution [24:30] Admitting personal coaching mistakes

    Justin Grandenetti, Offensive Coordinator - Jack Britt HS (NC)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 35:45

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Jack Britt High School Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach Justin Grandenetti. Coach Grandenetti talks about the significance of time management, highlights key aspects of the recruiting process, and shares the value of positively impacting players’ lives. In 2014, Justin Grandenetti joined the Buccaneers at Jack Britt High School (in Fayetteville, North Carolina), where he currently serves as the offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. Prior to Jack Britt High School, Grandenetti served as a recruiting specialist at Athletes for College. Before taking on the aforementioned role, Grandenetti spent time coaching the wide receivers at Pace University (2008-13). [2:02] Start of interview [2:46] Educating and networking with other coaches [5:36] Wednesday night dinner tradition [7:45] Connecting with players [9:19] The importance of time management [15:09] The recruiting process [19:48] Modern recruiting advice [26:33] Finding the best collegiate fit [29:00] Leaving a lasting impact

    Urban Meyer, Head Coach - Jacksonville Jaguars

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 24:15

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the Jacksonville Jaguars’ newly hired Head Coach, Urban Meyer’s general session from the 2021 Virtual AFCA Convention. Coach Meyer shares the significance of learning performance cause and effect, discusses two courses of action for improvement, and highlights the ultimate work environment. Urban Meyer joined the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars after spending two years (2019-21) as the Assistant Athletics Director for Athletics Initiatives and Relations at Ohio State University. Prior to taking on an administrative role, Meyer served as the head coach at OSU. The Buckeyes won the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship in 2014 and won Big Ten Conference titles in 2014, 2017 and 2018. Prior to Ohio State, Meyer was the head coach at the University of Florida, where he guided the Gators to a pair of BCS National Championship victories in 2006 and 2008. Meyer's coaching resume also includes stops at the University of Utah (2003-04) and Bowling Green State University (2001-02), where he served as the head coach. Meyer also spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame (1996-2000), Colorado State University (1990-95) and Illinois State University (1998-89). [2:04] Start of general session [2:48] Performance levels not meeting expectations [3:38] Looking into the 'why' instead of the 'what' [4:03] Evaluating cause and effect [4:49] Two improvement strategies [6:37] B.C.D. - Blame, Complain and Defend [7:40] Gaining the individual best [14:05] Team performance and collective best [16:11] Elevating work ethic [20:29] Coach Meyer's coaching journey

    2021 AFCA Virtual Convention Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 23:14

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring the annual AFCA Convention Playbook. The AFCA’s Mario Price and Mike Cross break down everything you need to know going into the 2021 AFCA Virtual Convention. They answer some of the most important questions surrounding the virtual format, as well as highlight the daily convention themes and general session speakers. [2:11] Start of interview [3:02] The when and where of convention [3:36] Convention website [5:21] How to access the digital library [6:03] Troubleshooting any login issues [7:28] Day 1: Buzz sessions and the X's and O's at convention [11:00] Day 2: Culture-related sessions and outside the lines [12:15] Where to find PDS/HSCA codes at convention [15:03] Day 3: Historical sessions [19:55] Video availability Check out the home page for the 2021 Virtual Convention here. Check out the FAQ page for the 2021 Virtual Convention here. You can follow the AFCA on Twitter. Be sure to Rate, Review, and Subscribe to the Inside the Headset podcast and follow us on Twitter. Have any questions, comments, or ideas for the show? Send us an email at podcast@afca.com. 

    Matt Rhule, Head Coach - Carolina Panthers

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 59:50

    This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the Carolina Panthers’ Head Coach Matt Rhule’s general session from the 2020 AFCA Convention. Coach Rhule discusses the importance of developing a brand, highlights key components of a team, and shares the significance of coaching young people. Matt Rhule joined the NFL's Carolina Panthers after spending three seasons (2017-19) as the head coach at Baylor University. Rhule helped rebuild the Baylor program, guiding the team from a 1-11 finish in his first season to an 11-3 record and appearance in the Big 12 Championship and the Sugar Bowl in 2019. He was voted the Chuck Neinas Coach of the Year by his peers in 2019. Rhule's coaching resume also includes multiple stops at Temple University, where he served as the head coach (2013-16) and offensive coordinator (2008-11). Prior to taking over the offense reigns at Temple, Rhule mentored the defensive line (2006) and served as the Owls' recruiting coordinator (2007). He has also served as an assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants (2012). From 2002-05, Rhule was an assistant at Western Carolina, serving as assistant head coach during his last three seasons. He also was part of the staffs at UCLA (2001), Buffalo (1999-2000) and Albright College (1998). [2:09] Start of general session [3:01] Importance of the AFCA Convention [7:36] Starting with the end in mind [9:13] The process of winning [11:30] The role of a head coach [15:08] Building a recognizable brand [21:31] Creating the best team through empowerment [25:38] Doing what you can do with what you have [37:00] Setting expectations for the coaching staff [51:38] Tips for young coaches

    David Shaw, Head Coach - Stanford

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 34:11

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Stanford University Head Coach David Shaw’s general session from the 2016 AFCA Convention. Coach Shaw highlights the significance of developing meaningful relationships, discusses the importance of remaining patient with young players, and shares the value of building a consistent culture. David Shaw is currently in his 10th season as Stanford’s Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football. A 1995 Stanford graduate, Shaw is the 34th head coach in Stanford history, and the winningest coach in program history. Throughout his time at Stanford, he has led the Cardinal to three Pac-12 titles and a pair of Rose Bowl wins in three trips to The Granddaddy of Them All. Under Shaw's leadership, Stanford has won at least 11 games in four different seasons, and has appeared in a bowl game in eight of nine seasons. Shaw’s coaching resume also includes nine years of NFL experience with the Philadelphia Eagles (1997), Oakland Raiders (1998-2001) and Baltimore Ravens (2002-05). Shaw began his NFL coaching career as the quality control coach with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997. After three seasons of quality control with the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2000, Shaw moved into the role of quarterbacks coach in 2001, as the Raiders won a second straight AFC West title. Shaw’s last coaching job in the NFL with Baltimore included a stint as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. His tenure included an AFC North title in 2003. He launched his coaching career at Western Washington, where he coached outside linebackers in 1995 and the tight ends in 1996. [2:12] Start of general session [3:54] Loving and impacting your players [5:50] Building a program or watching it crumble [10:03] Making adjustments year-to-year [12:08] Competitive versus combative environments [16:42] Staff improvements [19:07] Patience with young players [22:14] Recruiting the right players [23:31] Focusing on the process over the goal

    Brian Kelly, Head Coach - Notre Dame

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 34:14

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring University of Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s general session from the 2010 AFCA Convention. Coach Kelly shares the importance of choosing to win, highlights the significance of physical and mental development, and shares the value of instilling belief and confidence in players. Brian Kelly is currently in his 30th season as a collegiate head coach and his 11th as the head coach at Notre Dame. Kelly began his coaching career as a linebackers coach and defensive coordinator at Assumption College (1983-1986) after he graduated from there as a four-year letter winner. After spending the 1987 season at Grand Valley State as a graduate assistant, Coach Kelly became the defensive coordinator in 1989 and head coach in 1991, where he eventually led the Lakers to back-to-back National Championships. In 2004, he became Central Michigan's head coach. Following that, Kelly took over at Cincinnati in 2006, where he led a sensational program turnaround. At the conclusion of the 2009 season, Coach Kelly was named the head football coach at Notre Dame. He has led the Fighting Irish to nine bowl appearances, including a national championship game, and five of the program’s bowl victories have come under his guidance. [1:41] Start of general session [2:29] Surrounding yourself with great influences [4:05] Choosing to win [10:25] Establishing mental and physical development [13:14] Eliminating confusion [14:46] Implementing effective leadership [18:03] Setting expectations [22:33] Discovering the process [31:01] Know, love, and believe in what you are doing

    Pat Fitzgerald, Head Coach - Northwestern

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 48:02

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Northwestern University Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald’s general session from the 2016 AFCA Convention. Coach Fitzgerald highlights his coaching journey, discusses the significance of developing a culture with key cornerstones, and shares insight on the responsibility coaches possess to impact players. Pat Fitzgerald is currently in his 15th season at the helm of the Northwestern football program, making him the second-longest tenured Big Ten head coach. Fitzgerald began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Maryland (1998) after he graduated from Northwestern, where he was a two-time All-American linebacker and winner of the Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award (1995 & 1996). After spending the 1999 season at Colorado as a graduate assistant, Coach Fitzgerald joined Idaho’s staff as a linebackers coach. In 2001, he returned to Northwestern, where he initially worked with the defensive backs, but later switched over to linebackers in 2002. Following the sudden passing of Randy Walker on June 29, 2006, Coach Fitzgerald was named Head Coach of Northwestern. He has led the Wildcats to nine bowl appearances, and four of the program’s five bowl victories have come under his guidance. [1:55] Start of general session [3:54] A special thank you [5:12] Falling in love with football [7:08] The influence of high school football [9:47] Northwestern playing days [13:28] The coaching journey [19:42] Perspectives of a head coach [22:28] Building a culture with key cornerstones [39:15] External culture and brand begin with recruiting

    Jimmy Robertson, Head Coach - Fairleigh Dickinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2020 19:58

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Fairleigh Dickinson University Head Coach, Jimmy Robertson. Coach Robertson shares his experience of coaching multiple sports, discusses the importance of putting your personal touch on a program, and highlights the significance of building a recognizable brand. Jimmy Robertson enters his first season as the head football coach of FDU and his sixth season with the FDU Football Program in 2020. Prior to becoming head coach, Robertson was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Devils from 2015-2019. Robertson came to FDU from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he coached the previous four seasons. He served as quarterbacks coach from 2012-2014, after coaching the wide receivers in 2011. Prior to his four years at USMMA, Robertson played in the German Football League (GFL) for the Plattling Blackhawks in 2009 and 2010. Additionally, he served as the assistant quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, during the 2009 season. [0:30] Start of interview [0:57] Playing internationally in the GFL [2:21] Coaching in America while playing in Germany [3:11] Head tennis coach and quarterbacks coach at USMMA [5:40] Professional development gleaned from collegiate tennis [7:38] Developing an offensive philosophy [9:06] Placing your fingerprint on a program [11:46] Laying the foundation for a culture [15:23] Building the FDU Fast Five-Star brand

    Aaron Fletcher, Cornerbacks - University of Tulsa

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2020 23:04

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring University of Tulsa Cornerbacks Coach, Aaron Fletcher. Coach Fletcher discusses the importance of influences, shares the significance of the Legacy of Black Wall Street, and highlights what it means to be more than a coach. Aaron Fletcher is in his sixth season as an assistant coach at The University of Tulsa. Fletcher has been a part of two bowl teams with the Hurricane, including the 2015 Camping World Independence Bowl and the 2016 Miami Beach Bowl. Before joining the staff at Tulsa, Fletcher spent three years (2012-14) as an assistant coach at Houston Baptist University, where he was part of a coaching staff that instituted the football program at the school. Previously, Fletcher coached at three Dallas-area High Schools: DeSoto, Lancaster, and David W. Carter High School. [0:27] Start of interview [0:46] Deciding to coach football [1:45] Developing a consistent quality of play [3:00] Winning every play, one play at a time [4:07] Learning about the Tulsa Massacre [9:03] The Legacy of Black Wall Street [12:38] Player involvement and support [14:10] Gaining national attention [18:29] Being more than a coach

    Steve Rapp, Offensive Coordinator - Dr. Henry Wise HS (MD)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2020 27:52

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Henry Wise High School Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Steve Rapp. Coach Rapp discusses the importance of developing a team identity, highlights the significance of running a fast-paced offense, and shares some fun and impactful drills to incorporate at practice. Steve Rapp joined Wise High School (MD) as a in 2013. He is responsible for all offensive-related game planning, alignment, and technique. Prior to joining the Pumas, Rapp served as the offensive coordinator at Northwestern High School (MD), where he also handled all recruiting responsibilities for Division I, II, and III institutions. Before taking over as the offensive coordinator, Rapp spent time as the quarterbacks coach, passing game coordinator, and head junior varsity coach at Northwestern High School. He is also an avid academic mentor for students. [0:30] Start of interview [0:52] Making the decision to coach football [1:45] One word tempo play [3:14] The difference between good and great [5:03] Forming a team identity [6:48] The importance of numerous plays [8:28] Offensive philosophy [11:37] Developing buy-in for tempo [14:07] Incorporating fun drills that emphasize technique

    Jarrick Farmer, Head Coach - Clarksville HS (TX)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2020 21:01

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Clarksville High School Athletic Director and Head Coach Jarrick Farmer. Coach Farmer shares the significance of coaching multiple sports, discusses the challenges of becoming a head coach during an ongoing pandemic, and highlights the newfound responsibilities of serving as an athletic director. Jarrick Farmer took over as the Athletic Director and head football coach at Clarksville High School (TX) in July 2020. Prior to joining the Blue Tigers, Farmer served as the cornerbacks coach at Gilmer High School (TX) and the defensive backs coach at Hallsville High School (TX). Before joining each of those East Texas schools, Farmer worked as the defensive coordinator and head girls track coach at Atlanta High School (TX), where he won a state championship. Coach Farmer also has experience at the collegiate level, serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Arkansas. There, he helped contribute to the Razorbacks' 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl victory. [0:31] Start of interview [1:41] Coaching multiple sports [3:08] Choosing to coach girls track [3:45] University of Arkansas strength and conditioning [6:13] Catalyst to success [6:56] Coaching multiple positions [9:32] Becoming a head coach [11:04] Pandemic-related challenges [13:28] Creating buy-in quickly [16:30] Serving as athletic director

    Brad Spencer, Offensive Coordinator - North Central College

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2020 45:31

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring North Central College Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Brad Spencer. Coach Spencer Brad Spencer joined the North Central College coaching staff as a wide receivers and tight ends coach in 2004. After 11 seasons as the wide receivers coach, Spencer was promoted to assistant head coach and offensive coordinator prior to the 2015 season. He also serves as the program's recruiting coordinator. In 2019, Spencer and the NCC Cardinals won the 2019 Division III National Championship. Prior to joining the North Central College coaching staff, Spencer was a four-year letter winner for the Cardinals. As a wide receiver, Spencer graduated as the Cardinals' all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. [0:29] Start of interview [2:38] Family lineage tied to football [5:32] Setting meaningful goals [10:59] Navigating a coaching transition [17:15] Encountering new challenges [23:06] Developing recruiting responsibilities [24:25] Juggling multiple roles with time management [29:03] Inserting a personal touch on offense [37:53] National Championship: Victorious satisfaction

    Jason Lovvorn, Head Coach - First Baptist Academy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2020 25:55

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring First Baptist Academy Head Coach Jason Lovvorn. Coach Lovvorn shares his view on creating player buy-in, offers insight on serving as the Head of School, and highlights the significance of developing relationships through the AFCA 35 Under 35 program. Jason Lovvorn joined the FBA staff in 2008 after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baylor University. He was named the Head Football Coach at FBA in 2009, Athletic Director in 2010, and Dean of Students in 2011. In 2013, Coach Lovvorn and the FBA Saints won the TAPPS Division III State Championship, capping a perfect season. Following that season, in 2014, Lovvorn was named Head of School. Coach Lovvorn was also named a member of the 2018 AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute, which featured a curriculum of interactive lectures focused on topics specifically tailored to emphasize leadership in the coaching profession, ethics, influential responsibilities, career progression, and family balance. Additionally, Coach Lovvorn served as a speaker and field coach during the Skills and Drills sessions at the 2020 AFCA convention. Lovvorn played college football for three years at Baylor University and one year at Howard Payne University. An FBA alumnus, Coach Lovvorn has a passion to help FBA students strive for excellence academically, athletically, and most importantly, spiritually. Lovvorn also received a Masters of Education (M.Ed) degree from Dallas Baptist University in 2010. [0:31] Start of interview [0:46] Early success factors [3:27] Establishing quick player buy-in [5:57] Developing student-athletes for the next level [8:56] Naming the new Head of School [13:47] Differentiating the roles [16:56] Developing relationship through 35 Under 35 [20:35] The "Skills and Drills" experience

    Brayle Brown, Offensive Coordinator - Oklahoma Baptist

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2020 22:11

    This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Oklahoma Baptist University Associate Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Brayle Brown. Coach Brown shares his transition into the coaching profession, offers insight on implementing a two-quarterback system, and highlights the importance of translating key concepts to players on the field. Brayle Brown joined the OBU coaching staff in 2019 as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. Following a record-setting season by the Bison offense, he was promoted to associate offensive coordinator. Prior to joining the OBU staff, Brown spent the previous year as a graduate assistant, coaching running backs at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He also served one season as a graduate assistant at Avila University, an NAIA program in Kansas City, Missouri. Brown played college football at the University of Louisiana Monroe, appearing in 24 games, including two starts, during his sophomore and junior campaigns. [0:32] Start of interview [0:59] Implementing something new [2:51] Creating meaningful football schemes [6:56] Getting into the coaching profession [7:49] Landing the first opportunity [9:30] Gaining different perspectives [11:27] Translating your knowledge to the players' ability [13:36] Putting the athletes in the best position possible [16:10] Contributing success factors [18:29] Coach Todd Berry's influence

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