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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Inside the Headset with the AFCA takes you in-depth with interviews, career breakdowns, and coaching development with football coaches around the country.

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Drew Hollingshead, Offensive Coordinator - WKU
On this week’s episode of Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Western Kentucky Offensive Coordinator, Drew Hollingshead. In this conversation, Coach Hollingshead discusses getting established in the coaching profession, working under legendary coach Mike Leach, and becoming an Offensive Coordinator for the first time. Coach Hollingshead, who is entering his second season with the Hilltoppers, was a member of the 2023 AFCA 35 Under 35 Class.  Follow Coach Hollingshead and WKU Football on social media here:   @WKUCoachDrew & @WKUFootball  Show Notes:   1:35 Playing for and learning from many great coaches and CFL Internship.   15:48 Recruiting players to fit your culture and working under Mike Leach.   34:45 Finding confidence as a young coach and opportunity as an OC at WKU.  
51:17 7/11/24
Alex Golesh, Head Coach - USF
On this week’s episode of Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with USF head coach, Alex Golesh. In this conversation, Coach Golesh discusses his approach to recruiting, how he learned and developed as a young coach, and how he built his staff as a first-time head coach. Coach Golesh who is entering his second season in Tampa, was a member of the 2020 AFCA 35 Under 35 Class.   Follow Coach Golesh and USF Football on social media here:   @CoachGolesh & @USFFootball  Show Notes:   1:35 Breaking into the profession and the benefits of coaching multiple positions.   18:30 Approach to recruiting and developing as a young position coach.   43:30 Coaching at schools with high expectations and tailoring an offense to fit your personnel.  1:20:00 Building your staff as a first-year head coach and experience in AFCA 35 Under 35. 
65:54 6/27/24
Chris Klieman, Head Coach - Kansas State
On this week’s episode of Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Chris Klieman, the head coach at Kansas State. In this conversation, Coach Klieman discusses how he focuses on preparing his players for life after football, how he makes himself present as a Head Coach, and why he chose to join the AFCA’s Board of Trustees. Coach Klieman boasts a long and successful career as a coach, with notable stops as the head coach at North Dakota State and Kansas State.    Follow Coach Klieman and K-State football on social media here:   @CoachKli & @KStateFB  Show Notes:   1:35 Transitioning from a player to a coach and learning curves as a young coach.  11:05 Constantly learning and improving as a coach becoming a coordinator and a head coach for the first time.   21:47 Returning to your alma mater, continuing the tradition at North Dakota State, and joining the AFCA’s Board of Trustees.  
31:40 6/20/24
Dominique Bowman, Secondary - Temple
On this week’s episode of Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Dominique Bowman, the Defensive Backs coach at Temple. In this conversation, Coach Bowman discusses his approach to interviews, getting an early start in the profession, and how he used social media to build his reputation. Coach Bowman is entering his second season with the Owls and was a member of the 2020 AFCA 35 Under 35 class.   Follow Coach Bowman and Temple Football on social media here:   @Dbowman85 & @Temple_FB  1:05 Coordinating the defense at a young age and making the jump to the college ranks.   15:12 Navigating the interview process and holding Assistant Head Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator positions.   30:33 Opportunities at Marshall and Arkansas and experience in AFCA 35 Under 35.  
51:01 6/13/24
Chennis Berry, Head Coach - South Carolina State
On this week’s episode of Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm we sit down with Chennis Berry, the head coach at South Carolina State University. In this conversation, Coach Berry talks through the journey he took into the coaching profession, the impact that building relationships can have on your career, and coaching HBCU football. Coach Berry is beginning his first season at South Carolina State after a successful tenure at Benedict College.   Follow Coach Berry and South Carolina State Football on social media here:   @coachberry77 & @SCState_Fb  Show Notes:   1:05 Starting your journey in the profession and navigating being let go from a position.  16:28 Developing as a young coach and getting opportunities through past relationships.  31:54 Serving as an interim Offensive Coordinator and learning to call plays.   43:25 Returning to North Carolina A&T and growing as a coordinator.   1:00:21 Getting the opportunity to be a head coach at Benedict and coaching HBCU football.      
85:34 6/6/24
The Extra Yard | National Football Foundation
On this episode of The Extra Yard, AFCA Executive Director, Craig Bohl, sat down with Steve Hatchell and Matthew Sign of the National Football Foundation. Steve Hatchell serves as the President and CEO and Matthew Sign serves as the COO of the NFF, which is an organization that strives to support football student athletes in their pursuit of academic excellence through a variety of programs, such as the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, the National Scholar-Athlete Program, the Future for Football initiative, and their annual Awards Dinner in Las Vegas. In this episode, they discuss the history of the National Football Foundation, some of the initiatives that the organization runs, and the impact that football has had on our society.   Learn more about the National Football Foundations and their initiative and programs here: https://footballfoundation.org  Show Notes:   0:39 Episode Introduction  3:31 Programs and Initiatives run by the National Football Foundation  21:24 Impact of football on the community and the players  25:16 Episode Conclusion   
25:29 6/4/24
Brennan Marion, Offensive Coordinator - UNLV
On this weeks’ episode of Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Brennan Marion, the Offensive Coordinator at UNLV. In this conversation, Coach Marion discusses why building relationships with players is central to who he is as a coach, how he has continued to grow as a coach, and the origin of the Go-Go Offense. Coach Marion, fresh off his first season in Las Vegas, helped lead the Rebels to a 9-5 record and a bowl appearance in 2023.   Follow Coach Marion and UNLV football on social media here:   @BrennanMarion4 & @unlvfootball  1:05 Finding success at the high school level through relationships and innovation.   14:33 Jumping up to the college level and first opportunity as a position coach in college.   32:51 Opportunities to serve as an OC at Howard and William & Mary and the development of the Go-Go Offense.   47:30 Opportunities at Pitt and Texas and developing authentic relationships with players.  
70:48 5/30/24
Anthony Goliver, Graduate Assistant - UCLA
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Anthony Goliver a defensive GA at UCLA. In this conversation, Coach Goliver discusses his transition from serving in the US Marine Corps to coaching at UCLA, getting the opportunity to coach on-base while in Japan, and his future goals in the profession. Coach Goliver is a 7-Year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is entering his third season with the Bruins.  Follow Coach Goliver and UCLA Football on social media:  @anthony_goliver & @UCLAFootball  Show Notes:   1:06 Experience in the Marines and coaching while on base in Japan.   11:35 Soldiers to Sidelines Program experience and transition to UCLA.  22:00 Navigating staff changes and growing as a young coach.  27:54 Future goals and advice to young GA’s. 
36:28 5/23/24
The Extra Yard | Mental Health Awareness
On this episode of The Extra Yard, we sit down with Clark Flatt of the Jason Foundation and Dr. Don Arterburn of Baylor Athletics to discuss mental health awareness. May is Mental Health Awareness month, and Mr. Flatt and Dr. Arterburn talk about preparing coaches to recognize warning signs of mental health struggles in their players and staffs, how coaches can help players navigate through mental health struggles, and how to handle crises and emergencies should they arise.   Learn more about the Jason Foundation and the NCAA’s Mental Health Best Practices here: https://jasonfoundation.com/ & https://www.ncaa.org/sports/2016/5/2/mental-health-best-practices.aspx  Show Notes:   0:47 Episode Introduction  2:20 Clark Flatt – President, Jason Foundation  17:32 Dr. Don Arterburn – Director of Mental Health Services, Baylor Athletics   42:01 Episode Conclusion 
42:08 5/21/24
Van Malone, Asst. Head Coach - Kansas State
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Van Malone, the Assistant Head Coach and Corners coach at Kansas State. In this conversation, Coach Malone discusses his journey into the profession following a successful NFL career, his passion for developing young athletes, and his commitment to pushing for minority inclusion in the game of football. Coach Malone, who is entering his sixth season in Manhattan, KS, helped lead the Wildcats to a 9-4 record and a victory in the Pop-Tarts Bowl in 2023.   Follow Coach Malone and K-State Football on social media here:   @VanBMalone3rd & @KStateFB  Show Notes:   1:05 Getting started in the coaching profession following an NFL career.  16:00 Adjusting, growing, and learning as a young college coach.  34:51 Opportunities at Texas A&M, Tulsa, and Oklahoma State and finding on field success in the DB room.   45:02 Taking on a Coordinator role at SMU and an Assistant Head Coach role at K-State.   1:02:55 Being heavily involved in Minority Advancement in the coaching profession.  
75:50 5/16/24
Jason Simpson, Head Coach - UT Martin
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Jason Simpson, the Head Coach at UT Martin. In this conversation, Coach Simpson discusses the importance of using your network, being willing to self-evaluate and change for the betterment of the team, and joining the AFCA Board of Trustees this year. Coach Simpson is entering his 19th season at UT Martin and has led the Skyhawks to three straight OVC Championships.   Follow Coach Simpson and UT Martin Football on social media here:   @Coach_JSimpson & @UTM_FOOTBALL  Show Notes:  1:04 Getting started in the profession, using your network, learning, and growing as a young coach.   27:12 Navigating through difficult times in the profession, first experience as a coordinator, being able to adjust and change.   46:08 Challenges that come with being a Head Coach, working to maintain success, identifying coaches with a high potential for success.  
72:50 5/9/24
Mike Babcock, Head Coach - McKendree
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Mike Babcock, the Head Coach at McKendree University. In this conversation, Coach Babcock discusses his humble beginnings in the profession, how he has navigated the ever-changing world of college football, and his commitment to pushing the game of football forward. Coach Babcock is entering his 12th season leading the Bearcats and has been a member of the AFCA Board of Trustees since 2023.  Follow Coach Babcock and McKendree Football on social media here:  @MikeBabcock44 & @Mckendree_FB  Show Notes:  1:04 Becoming a coach after playing, value of coaching on both sides of the ball, humble beginnings as a coach.  21:23 First full-time job at San Diego, navigating the profession with your significant other, juggling other responsibilities on top of coaching.   40:41 Opportunity at Colorado State-Pueblo, learning from mentors and peers, transition to McKendree.  57:52 Differences between being the Head Coach and an Assistant Coach, finding comfort in longevity, moving football forward.  
83:15 5/2/24
Joe Gillespie, Head Coach - Midway HS (TX)
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Joe Gillespie, the Head Coach at Midway High School in Waco, Texas. In this conversation, Coach Gillespie shares why he chose to pursue coaching, some of the behind-the-scenes conversations that take place when making career decisions, and his passion for high school football in the state of Texas. Coach Gillespie was hired at Midway in January after stints as the Defensive Coordinator at Tulsa and TCU.   Follow Coach Gillespie and Midway HS Football on social media here:   @joe_gillespi3 & @MidwayFB  1:04 Fulfilling the dream of being a football coach, getting on staff at Stephenville HS, challenges that come with leading a successful high school program.   26:49 The impact that player health has on success, getting the opportunity to move to coaching in college, determining if a job is the right fit.  46:00 Learning curves that came with being a first-time coordinator, behind the scenes conversations that happen in job transitions.  1:01:28 Coaching at a place with no previous connections to the staff, similarities in successful teams at the high school level and the college level, returning to high school football.  
79:43 4/25/24
Mike Bloomgren, Head Coach - Rice
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Mike Bloomgren, the Head Coach at Rice University. In this conversation, Coach Bloomgren takes us through his career that has taken him to schools across the country, explains the value of coaching at different levels of football, and talks through how he took the lessons others taught him and applied it to his coaching. Coach Bloomgren, who led the Owls to a bowl game last season, was recently selected as a member of the AFCA Board of Trustees.   Follow Coach Bloomgren and Rice Football on social media here:  @mbloom11 & @RiceFootball  Show Notes:   1:05 Starting out as a football coach, playing football vs. coaching football, including your significant other in career decisions.   17:23 Sharpening your tools as a young coach and experience coaching in the NFL.  28:15 Opportunity to coach at Stanford, interviewing and hiring coaches, making the jump to being a head coach.   43:42 Turning down head coaching jobs in order to find the right fit, creating a culture, being named to the AFCA Board of Trustees. 
52:26 4/18/24
Jeff McMartin, Head Coach - Central College
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Jeff McMartin, the Head Coach at Central College. In this conversation, Coach McMartin discusses why he got into coaching, getting to serve as the head coach at his alma mater, and being selected as the President of the AFCA this past January. Coach McMartin has served as the Head Coach at Central College for 20 years and the Dutch have never finished a season below .500 during his tenure.   Follow Coach McMartin and Central College Football on social media here:   @mac4fb & @CUI_Football  1:00 Getting started in the coaching profession, taking advantage of unexpected opportunities, working as a Graduate Assistant.  23:07 Getting your first full-time job, involving your family in decisions to move/change jobs, serving as a track coach and a football coach.   35:58 Sharpening your tools as you go throughout your career, flipping to the offensive side of the ball, taking your first coordinator job.   51:32 Taking your first head coaching job at your alma mater, finding success year after year, experience being a part of the AFCA.   
71:42 4/11/24
Clark Lea, Head Coach - Vanderbilt
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Clark Lea, the Head Coach at Vanderbilt University. In this conversation, Coach Lea talks through his journey to becoming the head coach of his alma mater, working hard to earn job opportunities, and the value of constantly learning. Coach Lea, who was recently appointed to the AFCA Board of Trustees, is entering his fourth season with the Commodores.   Show Notes:  1:19 Early years in the coaching profession.  17:57 First experience as a full-time coach being responsible for a position group.  32:00 Years spent as a position coach to prepare yourself for a coordinator position.  40:10 Challenges as a first-time coordinator and first-time head coach. 
49:30 4/4/24
Jay Norvell, Head Coach - Colorado State
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Jay Norvell, the head coach at Colorado State University. In this conversation, Coach Norvell takes us through the journey he took to get to where he is today, his experiences in both high level college football and the NFL, and the people that helped him grow throughout his career. Coach Norvell, who just completed his second season leading the Rams, was recently selected to the AFCA Board of Trustees, representing the Mountain West Conference.   Show Notes:  1:01 Introduction  1:19 When did you know that you wanted to be a football coach?   3:23 Transitioning from a player to a coach  5:17 Impact of being around well-known, popular coaches  8:01 Transitioning from defense to offense  10:49 Ending NFL career and beginning coaching career  12:27 Opportunities to coach at Northern Iowa and Wisconsin  14:58 Growth experienced while at Wisconsin  16:34 Transition to Iowa State  18:32 Largest areas of growth up to this point in your career  20:54 Learning as a coach.   23:56 Experience in the NFL   29:42 Takeaways from being an NFL coach  32:50 Developing your own offense in preparation for a coordinator job  36:51 Learning curves that come with being a first-time coordinator  39:55 How are you continuing to develop yourself professionally as you grow in your career?  42:58 Experience at Oklahoma, stepping away from being a coordinator  46:57 Process behind becoming a Head Coach for the first time  48:57 Importance of building relationships   51:44 Building a Staff and Investing in Minority Coaching Programs  55:54 Being named to the AFCA Board of Trustees  57:40 Conclusion 
60:11 3/28/24
Craig Bohl, Executive Director - AFCA
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Craig Bohl, the new Executive Director of the AFCA. In this conversation, Coach Bohl walks through his career as a coach, shares his love for College Football, and talks about his new role with the AFCA. Coach Bohl is a well-respected football coach and has had a long career of success highlighted by his time as the head coach at North Dakota State and, most recently, Wyoming.   Show Notes:  1:00 Introduction  1:26 When did you decide you wanted to be a football coach?  2:12 How did you grow in your first few years coaching?  2:56 Differences between working as a Student Assistant and a Graduate Assistant  4:21 Transition to North Dakota State   5:07 How did you go about sharpening your tools as a young coach?  6:51 Experience at North Dakota State  7:34 Learning to coach unfamiliar positions   9:15 Transition to Tulsa  10:31 Transition to Wisconsin  12:25 When did you start going to the AFCA convention?  15:11 What position would you say is your position?  16:40 First Coordinator position with Rice  17:56 Differences between Year 1 and Year 2 as a coordinator  19:31 Experience at Duke  20:18 Uniqueness of working at Private Schools  21:47 What advice would you give your younger self?  23:34 Opportunity to return to Nebraska   25:09 Differences in coaches over time  26:36 Nebraska Football Culture  31:08 Opportunity to take over as the Defensive Coordinator at Nebraska  32:25 First Head Coaching opportunity at NDSU  34:00 How did you know you were ready to be a head coach?  35:19 Constructing a coaching staff as a head coach  38:16 Experience in interviews  39:50 What are some common characteristics of successful teams?  41:40 What was your recruiting philosophy?  44:38 Finding the right fit in a job  49:13 What did you do on Day 1 at Wyoming?  50:06 What are some takeaways from your time in the profession?  52:20 What attracted you to the Executive Director position with the AFCA?  53:54 What led you to get involved with the AFCA Board?   54:47 Why is it important to get involved with the AFCA as a young coach?  55:45 Conclusion   
57:52 3/21/24
Ben Gibboney, Defensive Coordinator - Carnegie Mellon
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Ben Gibboney, the defensive coordinator at Carnegie Mellon. In this conversation, Coach Gibboney discusses how he got his start in the coaching profession, his unique journey to where he is today, and being selected as the 2023 Division 3 Assistant Coach of the Year by the AFCA. Coach Gibboney helped the Tartans to a 10-1 record in the 2023 season.   Follow Coach Gibboney and Carnegie Mellon football on social media here:   @CoachGibboney & @TartanFB  Show Notes:   1:05 Introduction  1:33 When did you decide to become a football coach?   3:49 How did you go about finding your first coaching opportunity?   5:43 What was it like coaching with your father?   6:58 Transition to Shippensburg   8:28 Experience taking time away from coaching   10:25 Trying to find a coaching job while being out of the profession  12:13 Balancing life as a part-time coach while also having another job  15:34 Leveraging your jobs to prepare you for future jobs  17:38 Transition from part-time coach to full time defensive coordinator  20:03 Replacing a well-known and well-respected long-time coach  22:24 Working through kinks as a first-time coordinator  25:21 How did you work to improve your craft as a coach?  27:39 What advice would you give to your younger self?  29:20 Working with Bone Marrow foundations at Carnegie Mellon  31:31 Being named the AFCA’s 2023 D3 Assistant Coach of the Year  35:25 Conclusion   
38:08 3/14/24
Justin Robinson, Defensive Coordinator - Marian
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we sit down with Justin Robinson, the defensive coordinator at Marian University. In this conversation, Coach Robinson discusses why he chose to be a football coach, the impact that high school football had on his career and being selected as the 2023 NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year by the AFCA. Coach Robinson helped the Knights to a 9-2 season and a berth in the NAIA playoffs.   Follow Coach Robinson and Marian Football on social media here:   @Coach_Jay53 & @MarianUFootball  Show Notes:   1:04 Introduction  1:19 What made you decide that you wanted to be a football coach?   3:45 How did you get rolling in the profession?   6:35 Learning to be a coordinator without a lot of experience.   9:33 Challenges you experienced as a first-time coordinator.  13:13 What did coaching High School Football teach you?   16:42 Making the transition to college coaching.  19:45 Including your family in career decisions.   23:50 What was the biggest thing you had to adapt to in coaching in college?   26:35 How do you learn to step back and listen?   29:50 What attributed to your success at Hanover?   32:15 Transition to UT Martin.  34:34 Differences in levels of football you have experienced?   38:18 Maturing in your career decisions.   41:49 What advice would you give your younger self?   43:50 How did opportunities as a position coach make you a better coordinator?   47:00 Involvement in the AFCA and social media to promote professional development.  49:55 Being named 2023 NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year.   53:00 Conclusion 
56:20 3/7/24
Gerry Gallagher | Kurt Tippmann | Rodney Saulsberry Sr. | Lee Wiginton | John Mannion
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we are featuring the 2023 Power of Influence Roundtable. This year's Regional Winners, Gerry Gallagher of Delbarton School in New Jersey, Rodney Saulsberry Sr. of Whitehaven High School in Tennessee, Kurt Tippmann of Snider High School in Indiana, Lee Wiginton of Allen High School in Texas, and John Mannion of Mountainside High School in Oregon talk about why they chose to be coaches, special moments they have experienced as coaches, and how the AFCA has aided them in their development throughout their careers.    Show Notes:   1:16 Introduction  1:55 What has impacted you in your career? What special moments have you experienced?   17:55 What has your experience been at the AFCA convention and how has the association helped you in your development as a coach? 
36:45 2/29/24
Doug Socha, Lenoir-Rhyne | Mike Feminis, Saint Xavier | Chuck Hepola, Evangel | Matt McCarty, Northwestern
This week, on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we are featuring the 2023 D3 COTY Panel. In this discussion, Former Keiser HC Doug Socha, Saint Xavier HC Mike Feminis Evangel HC Chuck Hepola, Northwestern HC Matt McCarty, discuss what contributed to their successful seasons and what the AFCA has meant to them in their careers.  1:20 Introduction  1:39 What contributed to your special seasons?   12:19 What has the AFCA meant to you and your development throughout your career?   20:23 Conclusion  
22:24 2/22/24
Christian Taylor, Defensive QC - Buffalo Bills
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we hear from Christian Taylor, current Defensive Quality Control coach for the Buffalo Bills. In this episode, Coach Taylor discusses the importance of making and sustaining good connections, having a willingness to do what is best for the team, and creatively adapting schemes to fit the skillsets of your players. Coach Taylor was recently named the 2023 AFCA FCS Assistant Coach of the Year serving as the Offensive Coordinator at William & Mary before accepting a position on the Buffalo Bills staff.   Follow Coach Taylor on social media here: @CoachChristianT  Show Notes:   1:05 Introduction  1:25 When did you know that you wanted to be a football coach?   2:27 What was the transition from player to coach like in your first job at William & Mary?   4:12 Learning to coach a position that you didn't play  6:55 How did coaching different positions help you as a coach?  8:57 Transition to coaching the quarterbacks at William & Mary  10:30 Experience taking over a position group   12:17 Experience leaving your alma mater for a new role  13:40 Process behind your transition to San Diego State  14:45 How did you prepare for your first interview?   16:27 Experiencing transitioning from FCS to FBS  17:34 Positives of taking a step back from coaching a position to a quality control position  19:13 Transition to and experience at Michigan  25:39 Transition to San Diego in first full-time role  27:49 What was your experience in a full-day interview?  29:16 Making sure a school is the right fit  30:34 Experience in first stint at San Diego  32:46 Transition to Illinois Wesleyan  36:05 Learning curves that come with being a first-time coordinator  38:16 Holding multiple roles and using it to grow  38:55 Transition back to San Diego  40:58 What led to your success at San Diego?  43:14 How have you developed as a coach?   44:37 Transition back to William & Mary and serving as the OC and the RB coach  47:20 Did you feel extra pressure when coaching at your alma mater?   48:45 Developing creativity in a scheme   51:26 Feelings associated with being named AFCA FCS Assistant Coach of the Year  53:01 Conclusion 
56:06 2/15/24
Curt Fitzpatrick | Greg Chimera | Jerheme Urban | Jason Couch | Chris Winter
This week, on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we are featuring the 2023 D3 COTY Panel. In this discussion, Cortland HC Curt Fitzpatrick, Johns Hopkins HC Greg Chimera, Trinity HC Jerheme Urban, Alma HC Jason Couch, and Wartburg HC Chris Winter, discuss the special moments from this past season, the purity of Division 3 football, and the impact that the AFCA convention has had on their careers.  Show Notes:   1:10 Introduction  1:22 In your past season, what special moments occurred and how did your team respond to trials?   19:35 What impact has the AFCA Convention had on your career development?   30:26 Conclusion 
32:31 2/8/24
Jim Clements, Kutztown | Chennis Berry, SCSU | Josh Lamberson, UCM | Paul Simmons, Harding
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we are featuring the 2023 D2 COTY Panel. In this discussion, Kutztown HC Jim Clements, Central Missouri HC Josh Lamberson, Harding HC Paul Simmons, and former Benedict College HC Chennis Berry discuss the special seasons they just completed and the important role that the AFCA Convention has played in their development as coaches.  Show Notes:   1:04 Introduction  1:28 Moments and lessons from special seasons  28:12 How has the AFCA Convention helped in your development as a coach?   40:16 Conclusion  
42:26 2/1/24
Greg Gasttuso, Head Coach - Ualbany | Clay Hendrix, Head Coach - Furman | Todd Stepsis, Head Coach - Dranke
This week on Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we are featuring the 2023 FCS COTY Panel. In this discussion, Albany HC Greg Gattuso, Furman HC Clay Hendrix, and Drake HC Todd Stepsis dive into what culture means to their programs, challenges they faced throughout the season, and how they have grown as football coaches.   Show Notes:   1:04 Introduction  1:17 Culture within your programs  5:19 Challenges and moments that boosted your teams to success  9:55 Leadership within your programs  18:08 Personal growth throughout your career  25:02 Conclusion   
27:22 1/25/24
Mike Norvell, Head Coach - Florida State | David Braun, Head Coach - Northwestern | Jerry Kill, Former HC - NMSU
On this week’s episode of Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we are featuring the 2023 FBS COTY Roundtable. In this discussion, Florida State HC Mike Norvell, Northwestern HC David Braun, and Former New Mexico State HC Jerry Kill dive into the culture they have established in their programs, challenges and defining moments from the season, and how they have developed as coaches.   Show Notes:   1:06 Introduction  1:15 Culture within your programs  7:47 Challenges and Obstacles that helped you toward success  14:09 Leadership within your programs  20:42 Personal Growth throughout your career  30:36 Conclusion 
32:48 1/18/24
GA Career Forum Panel, 2023 AFCA Convention
On this week’s epsiode of Inside the Headset – Presented by CoachComm, we are featuring the Graduate Assistant Panel discussion from the 2023 AFCA Convention. In this discussion, panelists Fred Farrier, Justin Burke, Charles Huff, Joseph Henry, and Kenny Dillingham, discuss how they began their careers as GAs and how that experience shaped them for future success.  Show Notes:   1:06 Introduction  12:30 Breaking into college coaching  15:40 Getting your first GA job  19:59 Roles that GA’s can take and how to seek out opportunities  36:18 Identifying GA Candidates  42:24 As a coordinator, what do you need from a GA?   55:52 Career development and job selection  1:04:17 Balancing goals of being a FBS Coach and taking a job at a lower division   1:12:48 Value of GA’s in recruiting   1:15:21 What separates average recruiters from great recruiters?  1:26:13 How can young coaches become more knowledgeable in the beginning of their career?  1:34:30 Importance of discipline in your program  1:38:11 Work Life balance throughout your career  1:42:24 Final Comments  1:47:34 Conclusion 
111:29 1/4/24
Joey McGuire, Head Coach - Texas Tech
On this week’s episode of Inside the Headset presented by CoachComm, we are featuring Texas Tech Head Coach, Joey McGuire’s High School Academy talk from the 2023 AFCA Convention. In this conversation, Coach McGuire expresses his passion for high school football, discusses how he has created cultures at each school he has coached at, and talks about how High School football relates to College Football. Coach McGuire just finished his second season leading the Red Raiders.   Connect with Coach McGuire and Texas Tech Football on social media here:   @JoeyMcGuireTTU & @TexasTechFB  Show Notes:   1:06 Introduction  1:37 When did you know that you wanted to be a football coach?   4:10 What have you done to create a culture of success in your programs?   6:27 What are the commonalities and differences between High School and College football?  8:27 Who are some coaches who have influenced you?   10:51 How have analytics changed the game?  15:31 What things do successful coaches have in common?  18:12 How do you go about promoting High School players to college coaches  22:00 Preparing High School players for NIL and the Transfer Portal  29:10 What’re traits of a great assistant coach?  32:11 Why is High School football important today?   35:28 Conclusion 
38:39 12/28/23
Bret Bielema, Head Coach - Illinois
On this week’s episode of Inside the Headset presented by CoachComm, we are featuring Illinois Head Coach, Bret Bielema’s General Session speech from the 2023 AFCA Convention. In this talk, Coach Bielema discusses how he creates a culture of being Tough, Smart, and Dependable, defines important characteristics of Illinois Football, and gives some practical advice to young coaches. Coach Bielema just completed his third season as the Head Coach of the Fighting Illini.  Connect with Coach Bielema and Illinois football on social media here.  @BretBielema & @IlliniFootball   Show Notes:   1:06 Introduction  3:41 Career Highlights  5:20 Tough. Smart. Dependable.  7:35 Characteristics of Illinois Football  13:55 Practice Planning   19:21 In-Practice Drills  31:05 Culture outside of the building   32:08 Choose a job you love  33:10 Conclusion 
35:00 12/21/23