The NFL and NCAA will host the sixth annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy in Tampa, FL, Feb. 19-21. The three-day program, developed in 2011 by NFL Player Engagement and the NCAA, will train and educate 58 coaches/coaching prospects – including 29 former NFL players (listed below) – in a variety of areas that encourage effective coaching and improve student-athlete well-being at all levels.

Keynote speakers for the 2016 academy include former NFL general manager CHARLEY CASSERLY; NFL Senior Vice President of Football Operations and former NFL general manager ROD GRAVES; University of South Florida Athletic Director MARK HARLAN; University of Michigan Athletic Director WARDE MANUEL; and former NFL head coach and general manager MIKE SHERMAN. Other guest speakers and panelists will include coaches from the high school and professional levels.

“The NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy offers an opportunity for former NFL players who are currently coaching at the high school and collegiate levels to learn firsthand from experts about the personal values, individual behavior styles and viability of a career in coaching,” said CHARLES WAY, vice president of NFL Player Engagement. “This education and training helps to create a positive environment for players, coaches and staff at all levels of football.”

“Continuing the education of 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 / 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 is crucial now and in the future.”

In keeping with NFL Player Engagement’s industry leading peer-to-peer model, participants will gain knowledge and insight into the world of coaching from those who have been successful on the sidelines. Sessions will consist of workshops and interactive discussion panels with NFL, NCAA and high school coaches, business leaders and athletic administrators. Topics include: effective communication with campus and community constituents; the importance of building developmental culture for the overall success of the athletes both on and off the field; coaching strategies and philosophies. Participants will grow a professional network of individuals that include fellow coaches, NCAA and NFL staff and other key resources in the sport.

The NFL also partners with the NCAA on the Champion Forum, an initiative for those who have been identified as potential head coaches by college administrators. This program simulates the intercollegiate interview process from researching the position to their first staff meeting after becoming a head coach.


2016 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy Participants


Name Team Affiliation Coaching Title / Institution
STEVEN AYCOCK Offensive Line Coach / Jackson State University
ANTONIO BANKS Former (MIN) Assistant Strength Coach / University of Tennessee (2011-2012)
CHRISTOPHER BARBER Former (CIN, TB) Defensive Coordinator / Lakeland High School
DONNELL BENNETT Former (KC, WAS) Head Coach / Coral Springs Christian Academy
CHADD BRAINE Defensive Coordinator / East Stroudsburg University
DIAELLO BURKS Former (CAR) Head Coach / LaGrange Grangers (GA Force Arena Football League)
NOAH BURROUGHS Former (JAX) Assistant Coach / Nassau Community College
BEN BUYS Running Backs Coach/ Azusa Pacific University
TYLER CARD Offensive Line Coach / Sul Ross State University
MATTHEW CLARK Tight Ends Coach / University of Louisiana at Monroe
DAVID CLOWNEY, IV Former (BUF, CAR, GB, NYJ) Wide Receivers Coach / ASA College
RYAN CROW Offensive Coordinator / Baldwin Wallace University
MONTIESE CULTON Former (NYJ) Assistant Linebackers Coach / Texas A&M University at Commerce
THABITI DAVIS Former (NYJ) Wide Receivers Coach / Winston Salem State University
AARON DE LA TORRE Former (DAL, PIT) Head Coach / Irving High School
AUTRY DENSON, JR. Former (CHI, IND, MIA) Running Backs Coach / University of Notre Dame
CHRISTOPHER ELLIS Former (BUF, PIT) Defense Ends Coach / Christopher Newport University
ABE ELIMIMIAN Former (CHI, SD) Secondary Coach / University of Hawaii
HEBRON FANGUPO Former (KC, SEA, WAS) Graduate Assistant / Brigham Young University
DARRELL FULLINGTON Former (MIN, NE, TB) Assistant Coach / Miami Northwestern High School
KEITH GOGANIOUS Former (BAL, BUF, JAX) Head Coach / Bishop McNamara High School
BEN GRAY Assistant Football Coach / Elmhurst College
RYAN HANSEN Co-offensive Coordinator / Maryville College
JAMES HARRELL Former (DET, KC, TB) Defensive Coordinator / Plant High School
DAVID HART Wide Receivers Coach / Morehouse College
DEON HENRY Secondary Coach / Rowan University
JOSEPH HENRY Tight Ends and Fullbacks Coach / Prairie View A&M University
FELTON HUGGINS Former (JAX, BUF) Wide Receivers Coach / LaGrange College
LEONARD HUMPHRIES Former (IND) Defensive Backs Coach / Football University
BRUCE JACKSON Defensive Coordinator / Stillman College
DONOVAN JACKSON Offensive Line Coach / Savannah State University
RODREK JONES Former (CIN, STL, WAS) Athletic Director / Central Collegiate Academy
THERON JONES Linebackers Coach / Fayetteville State University
ADAM KIRBY Offensive Line Coach / McMurry College
JEFF KOPP Former (BAL, JAX, MIA, NE) Head Coach / Providence High School
KYLE KRAMER Former (CLE) Tight Ends Coach / Mid America Nazarene College
CLEO LEMON Former (BAL, JAX, MIA, SD) Wide Receivers Coach / University of Findlay
CHARLES LOCKETT Former (PIT) Running Backs Coach / Bethany College
TODD MCCOMB Outside Linebacker and Safeties Coach / Winston-Salem State University
LORELL MCCOOK Offensive Line Coach / Cheyney University
DELL MCGEE Former (ARI, DET) Running Backs Coach / University of Georgia
CHUCK MIESBAUER Defensive Backs Coach / University of Mary
ADAM MORRIS Wide Receivers Coach / Campbell University
BEMI OTULAJA Defensive Line Coach / Marist College
LAMAR OWENS A-Backs Coach / Georgia Tech University
CORY PEOPLES Former (PHI) Cornerbacks Coach / Charleston Southern University
WILLIAM PLUFF, JR. Defensive Coordinator / Utica College
MARIO PRICE Running Backs Coach / University of Louisiana at Monroe
ANTHONY SCOTT Offensive Coordinator / Lincoln University
ANTONE SEWELL Defensive Coordinator / Bowie State University
DWIGHT SUTTON Cornerbacks Coach / Eastern Kentucky University
HURLEY TARVER Former (SF, CLE, DAL, GB, TB) Head Coach / Tampa Bay Patriots (Minor League Football)
CHIP VAUGHN Former (NO, PHI, IND) Defensive Coaching Intern / Winston-Salem State University
MARLON WATSON Defensive Backs Coach / Alabama A&M University
JEN WELTER Defensive Coaching Intern / Arizona Cardinals
CHAD WILLIAMS Former (BAL, SF) Defensive Coordinator / Valdosta State University
ROOSEVELT WILLIAMS Former (CHI, CLE, NYJ) Defensive Coordinator / Lincoln University
RAYMOND WOODIE Defensive Coordinator / University of South Florida


About NCAA Leadership Development

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

About NFL Player Engagement

NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at

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