Show cover of Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Inside the Headset with the AFCA takes you in-depth with interviews, anecdotes, and breakdown of X&O's with football coaches around the country.


Jeremy Hawkins, DL - Eastern Kentucky
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the Defensive Line Coach and Defensive Run Game Coordinator from Eastern Kentucky, Jeremy Hawkins. Coach Hawkins discusses the adversity faced in the profession, the financial sacrifice of being a coach, and his professional development with the AFCA. Jeremy Hawkins joined Eastern Kentucky's staff as the defensive line coach in January 2020. Coach Hawkins has also spent time as player personnel director at LSU and UAB. He was a four-year letter winner at Troy and earned his bachelor's degree in sports and fitness management in 2009 and a master's degree in sports administration in 2014. Coach Hawkins was also recently selected as a member of the 2022 AFCA 35 under 35 class this past winter. 1:45 What drives your passion to coach? 3:55 How do you stay consistent with your energy? 6:35 Time as Player Personnel Director 7:30 Hard times in the coaching profession 12:00 How did you address difficulties financially? 18:20 Professional development with AFCA 21:47 NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship 26:30 Setting the bar for next year’s class 27:00 Social Media/Conclusion
29:28 12/01/2022
Bryan Nardo, DC - Gannon University
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the Defensive Coordinator at Gannon University, Bryan Nardo. Coach Nardo discusses his start in coaching and his career path, his defensive and recruiting philosophy, and the impact the AFCA has had on his career. Bryan Nardo is currently coaching at Gannon University as the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach. He was appointed in February 2022 after 2 years at Youngstown State and 8 years at Emporia State. Coach Nardo was named the Great Lakes Football Conference Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 while working at Missouri S&T in Rolla, MO. He was also selected as a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute in 2019. 1:20 When did you decide to coach? 2:45 Who did you reach out to for beginning your career? 4:25 Experience as student coach 6:15 Family in the coaching profession 8:20 Work/Life Balance 10:52 How to separate work from home 14:00 Transitioning to a new job 17:25 How long till you got your next job? 18:50 Defensive Philosophy Going to Gannon 21:45 Who do you go to for X&O’s help? 24:12 Experience recruiting at different levels 28:12 What does being a part of the AFCA 35u35 Class mean to you? 30:10 Social/Conclusion Twitter: @CoachNardo27 Email:
32:54 11/17/2022
Jameson Croall, Head Coach - United States Merchant Marine Academy
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Jameson Croall, the Head Coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Coach Croall explains the unique opportunity coaching at a service academy, his coaching path, and some key takeaways from his involvement with the AFCA. Coach Croall was recently named USMMA Football's head coach in August 2022. This will be his 11th year with the program, first as HC. The previous 10 years Coach Croall served as the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach. A 2009 graduate of Springfield College, Croall played for four years as an offensive lineman for the Pride while earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education. He graduated with his master’s degree from Springfield in 2020. Show Notes: 0:51 Start of Interview 1:07 What sets apart military academies from other football universities 3:12 Is military service commitment required, what does that look like? 6:30 What is your approach when recruiting at high schools? 9:02 Is your current position the end goal? 12:44 What are the first stats you look at after the game (excluding the score)? 13:48 Magic conversion percentage 14:30 How much of a priority is time of possession? 18:27 How have you developed your offensive philosophy? 21:00 What games do you want to watch the most during a bye-week? 22:06 What are the rewarding parts of coaching a player at a service academy? 25:15 What roles have you played as a coach and within your community; the correlation to serving your team and becoming head coach 28:18 Coaching Volleyball 30:10 What has been your experience with the AFCA and what growth have you seen within yourself sense becoming a 30 Under 30 member? 33:45 Social Media 34:36 End of Interview Twitter: @CoachCroall @USMMAFootball
36:27 11/10/2022
Eli Gardner, Head Coach - Stonehill College
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Stonehill College’s head football coach Eli Gardner. Coach Gardner discusses the new changes in a coach’s career, the change to Division 1 FCS for Stonehill College, and his experience with the AFCA 35u35. Coach Gardner is in his seventh year as the head coach at Stonehill. He served in other roles at Stonehill before taking over the head coaching position with experience as the special teams & defensive coordinator and associate head coach. Coach Gardner was a part of the 2018 AFCA 35U35 class at the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, NC. Coach Gardner is a 2008 graduate of Western New England University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. Gardner completed his Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Endicott College in 2014. 1:44 Journey of Climbing the Coaching Ladder 3:16 When did you meet your wife? 4:53 How to prepare family for reality of coaching 7:33 Coaching goals when you first started? 9:54 What changes have you created at Stonehill? 12:11 Any new hires at Stonehill? 16:01 What are some unforeseen responsibilities for you as the HC 19:56 Changes from D2 to D1-FCS 24:32 How prepared were you for the change in divisions 27:16 Prepping players for the jump 29:46 Spring Recruiting - Post D1 Announcement 32:46 Experience with 2018 AFCA 35u35 class 36:13 Social/Conclusion Twitter Accounts to Follow For More: @CoachEliGardner @StonehillFB
39:01 11/03/2022
Julian Griffin, RBs - UTSA
This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Julian Griffin, the running backs coach at UTSA. Coach Griffin discusses his role as NFL Liaison, his recruiting approach, and the importance of having mentors in the profession. Julian Griffin played wide receiver at ULM from 2008-2012 before becoming a coach at Texas A&M Kingsville. His coaching stops include ULM, Central Methodist, SMU, Arkansas, and is now present at UTSA as the running backs coach. Coach Griffin earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise fitness from ULM in 2012 and his master’s degree in education from Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2015. 2:11 What do NFL scouts look for? 4:07 Experience with PRO Days 6:29 Working with athletes outside of current discipline for NFL 9:44 What do you look for in a RB? 13:57 Who do you look to for advice? 16:01 Relationship with Coach Callaway 19:57 Playing with a target on your back 23:14 Approach when coaching an athlete 26:07 Conclusion 26:39 Social Twitter: @Coach_Griffin_
29:08 10/27/2022
Juwan Lewis, RBs - Davenport University
This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Davenport University’s running backs coach, Juwan Lewis. Coach Lewis discusses his passion for educating others, shares how his faith guides him to pour into his players and his family, and reflects on his community's impact on his coaching career. Coach Juwan Lewis joined the Davenport staff in 2021 as the running backs coach and high school recruiting coordinator. Prior to coaching at Davenport Coach Lewis was an influential leader at the University of Findlay. Coach Lewis has also coached at Hiram College and Mount Union. Coach Lewis started coaching following a career in Arena Football. Coach Lewis played college football at Eastern Michigan University and Ferris State University. In high school Coach Lewis played in the Army All-American Bowl.   0:56 Spring Ball and Recruiting 1:40  How do you adapt to a new OC? 3:35 When did you decide you wanted to coach? 6:15 Player Knowledge vs. Coaches Knowledge 9:40 Why is sharing knowledge so important? 12:30 Who has influenced your coaching style? 17:30 How has becoming a father impacted you as a coach? 19:55 How have you adjusted your time to present for both your team and your family? 23:08 The Stable mantra 25:59 Social Media Twitter: @Coach_Jlew
28:42 10/20/2022
Jacob Bronowski, ST Coordinator - Miami (Ohio)
This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Miami University Ohio’s Special Teams Coordinator, Jacob Bronowksi. Coach Bronowski talks about his journey to special teams coordinator, how he adjusts for close games, and how he navigates being a great coach and a great family man. Coach Bronowski is in his first season at Miami (OH) University as the Special Teams coordinator. Coach Bronowski has also had stops at Tennessee, UCF, and Robert Morris. He got his start in coaching in 2017 as a special teams graduate assistant at his alma mater at the University of New Mexico. He played quarterback at UNM (2013) and also spent time as a special teams student assistant with the Lobos in 2014-16 before completing his degree in liberal arts in 2016. 0:29 Start of Interview 0:47 When did you know that you wanted to coach? + Start in coaching  4:37 How did you end up with special teams?  6:36 How did not having previous knowledge of special teams impact your career? 8:41 When did you become responsible for all four phases of the special teams? 12:00 What do you implement to try and win when games are close at the end of the fourth quarter? 16:21 How to be a great coach and a family man  19:41 Conclusion and Social Media Twitter: @coachjbronowski
22:36 10/13/2022
Mike Banks, DBs - Illinois State
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Illinois State’s defensive backs & defensive associate head coach, Mike Banks. Coach Banks talks about his time coaching at his alma mater, what he looks for in upcoming players, and his professional development. Mike Banks is in his fifth season as an assistant coach in 2022 working with the team's defensive backs. Prior to joining the staff full-time, Banks worked the previous two seasons with the ISU football staff as a graduate manager, while working towards completion of his master’s degree. Banks was a four-year letterwinner for the Redbirds (2011-14) as a cornerback and started all 50 career games he played in. He ranks No. 3 all-time at ISU in career passes defended with 46. Banks received his bachelor’s degree in health education from Illinois State in December 2015 and his master’s degree in psychology of sport and physical activity from Illinois State in May 2018. He was also recognized as a part of the 2022 AFCA 35u35 class this past January. 1:50 Longevity at Illinois State 3:12 Time with Coach Travis 4:30 Transition from player to coach 6:04 Things you look for in a DB 7:08 Things you hate to see in a player 9:26 Advice for young coaches with kids 11:19 Transition after COVID 14:34 Role as Defensive Asst. HC 17:04 Mentors outside of Illinois State 19:38 Perseverance in applying for 35u35 22:02 Social/Conclusion Twitter: @Coach_MBanks24
25:39 10/06/2022
Inside the Headset - Mike Miller, Co-OC - Maryland
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the Co-Offensive Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach at the University of Maryland, coach Mike Miller. Coach Miller discusses his time as a walk-on at UAB, the impact of his head coaches on his career path and some advice for how to be successful at such a young age in the profession. Mike Miller has been the tight ends coach at Maryland for the past three seasons and will continue to serve in that position and as the co-offensive coordinator going into his fourth season. Under Coach Miller, as passing game coordinator, Maryland set five school records; 5,740 total yards, 3,960 passing yards, 339 completions, a 69.2 completion percentage, and 26 passing touchdowns tied school records. Prior to coming to Maryland in 2019 Coach Miller worked at Alabama, 2017-2018, Charlotte Christian High School in North Carolina, 2016, and Clemson University 2015. Coach Miller started coaching in 2014 as a student coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham after walking on and later earning a scholarship as one of the team's quarterbacks. In 2019 Coach Miller was named to 247 Sports 30Under30 list and was a part of the AFCA’s 35 Under 35 2022 class. 1:45 Growing up in a football household 5:17 Recruitment & Life as a Walk On 10:16  Defensive Student Assistant 12:57 Transition from offense to defense 15:02 Why take the HS job? 23:52 What steps did you take to be successful 29:17 Advice for young coaches 32:47 Social/Conclusion Twitter: @CoachM_Miller
36:25 09/29/2022
Joe Troche, Head Coach - Luther College
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Luther College's head coach, Joe Troche. Coach Troche discusses his recruiting philosophy, creating a new culture, and his emphasis on hiring and retaining the right people on staff. Coach Troche was named the head football coach of Luther College on December 14th, 2021. He was most recently at St. Olaf as the recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator for his alma mater. He began his collegiate coaching career at UW-Eau Claire as a graduate assistant working with the inside and outside linebackers and also had a stop at Hamline University for 8 seasons and for the last two years there was the defensive coordinator. 1:25 New Chapter as Head Coach 4:37 How did your time as an admissions counselor help you with current career? 6: 38 Mentors 9:47 How to recruit 11:55 How did you learn about your local area 14:22 Creating a new culture 17:07 Implementing your staff 18:10 Retainment of Staff 20:15 Impact of Spring Ball 22:38 Social/Conclusion Twitter: @CoachTroche56
25:23 09/22/2022
Matt Myers, HC - Kansas Wesleyan
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Kansas Wesleyan’s new head coach, and the 2021 AFCA’s NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year, Coach Matt Myers. Coach Myers talks about the new transition to head coach, the pressures of maintaining a successful program as an alum, and the impact the AFCA has had on his journey. Matt Myers was named the head coach of the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes in December of 2021 after six years with the program. Coach Myers joined the Coyotes coaching staff in 2016 following a four-season career playing at Kansas Wesleyan; he is also the first alumni head coach since 1936. During Coach Myers time at Kansas Wesleyan, the Coyotes have won three KCAC Championships and hold a 61-11 record. Coach Myers has always dreamed of being Kansas Wesleyan's head coach and looks forward to continuing the program's history of excellence. 2:15 Advice for you as a new coach 3:38 Keeping the program consistently successful 4:30 Moving away from the coordinator role 6:20 How to build trust with staff 9:00 Coaching as an alum 13:20 Pressure from external sources 14:30 Takeaways from spring ball 17:55 AFCA 2021 NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year 19:35 AFCA convention experience 21:45 Socials/Conclusion Twitter: @Myers_KWU
24:52 09/15/2022
Mike Dovenberg, OC - College of San Mateo
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring The College of San Mateo’s Offensive Coordinator & QB’s coach, Coach Mike Dovenberg. Coach Dovenberg was also part of the inaugural AFCA 35 under 35 class. Coach Dovenberg discusses his win against cancer, the unique experience and challenges of coaching players in junior college football, and where he gained a lot of his insight and guidance as a young coach in the profession. Mike Dovenberg joined the CSM coaching staff in January 2017, after spending the previous three seasons as the Head Football Coach at Gavilan College in Gilroy, CA. During Dovenberg’s tenure at Gavilan from 2014-2016, over 40 players earned the opportunity to continue their football and academic careers with scholarships to four-year programs. Coach Dovenberg most recently helped graduate and transfer 45 players from the 2021 College of San Mateo team to 4 year institutions. With the College of San Mateo, Coach Dovenberg has helped lead the team to be the 2019 NorCal champions and 4x Bay 6 conference champions. 1:30 Cancer Free 2:40 Perspective after diagnosis and cancer fight 3:52 Mental & Physical Well Being 6:05 49ers OTAs 8:50 JUCO players success moving on 11:35 Coaching philosophy for limited player time 13:17 Last Chance U - Fact or Fiction? 15:35 Getting the right guys in the program and onto the next level 17:17 Where do you go to learn more? 19:20 Inaugural AFCA class 22:05 Coach Social Media/Conclusion Twitter: @CoachDovey
24:50 09/08/2022
Paul Michalak, Assistant Head Coach - Trinity University
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Trinity University’s Assistant head coach, and the AFCA’s D3 Assistant Coach of the Year, Coach Paul Michalak. Coach Michalak talks about both his and his family’s football journey, shares what it is like recruiting at a non-scholarship, high academic performance university, and gives us insight into the advanced technology used to run Trinity’s camps. Coach Paul Michalak is entering his 14th season at Trinity University, where he serves as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, camp coordinator, and linebackers coach. In 2021 coach Michalak was named he AFCA’S Division 3 Assistant Coach of the Year. The Trinity Tigers have experienced a great deal of success due to Coach Michalak’s defense. Prior to coaching at Trinity Coach Michalak was a GA and then the defensive line coach at Carthage College in Wisconsin. Coach Michalak also played at Carthage and was a member of their 2004 Championship team. [1:01] Start Interview [1:23] Career [4:09] How to tell your significant other you coach football [5:47] Being a quality coach but also being a quality man off the field [7:59] What would the offer have to be for you to consider moving schools and how would you approach that? [9:11] How has the quality of your players impacted your decision to stay at one institution for so long? [10:56] What is it like recruiting at a high academic, non-scholarship program? [13:48] What has been your experience as Trinity’s camp coordinator? [15:43] Using technology to make camp testing easier [18:38] AFCA D3 Assistant Coach of the Year [20:33] Conclusion   Twitter: @CoachMichalak
23:00 09/01/2022
Darren Jackson, Head Coach - Sterling College
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Sterling College’s head football coach, Darren Jackson. Coach Jackson tells us how he got his start in coaching, explains how he balances work and family and walks us through the changes he is making at Sterling. Darren Jackson is the head coach at Sterling College. Coach Jackson was hired in the spring of 2022 and will be relying on his extensive experience and faith-based values to lead Sterling this season. Prior to coaching at Sterling Coach Jackson was the head coach at Trinity Bible College and was also a member of the football staff at Liberty University, his alma mater. In addition to these positions. Coach Jackson has also coached at Evangel University and Colorado Mesa University with both teams boasting a slew of accolades during Coach Jackson’s time at the respective schools. Coach Jackson is also a member of the AFCAs 35Under35 2020 class and the 2016 Coach of the Year (received while coaching at Trinity Bible). [0:55] Start of Interview [1:03] Getting Acclimated to New Position [1:56] Resume [2:20] ‘When did you know you wanted to be a ball coach?” [3:35] Family and Career [6:46] “How have you put your stamp on the Sterling football program?” [10:23] What have you kept and what have you changed at Sterling? [13:04] “P.R.I.D.E” [16:53] Trinity Bible Compared to Sterling College [19:10] What are the standout differences between Trinity Bible and Sterling College? [20:43] What is recruiting like at a faith-based institution? [22:55] How have experiences with the AFCA helped you develop as a coach? [26:33] Social Media and Contact Information Twitter: @CoachJackson623
29:20 08/25/2022
Tim Brooks, Defensive Assistant - McKinney Boyd HS (TX)
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring McKinney Boyd High School’s assistant coach, Tim Brooks. Coach Brooks describes his coaching path, shares his coaching philosophy, and talks about his experiences with the AFCA’s 30 Under 30. Tim Brooks is an assistant coach at McKinney Boyd High School. Prior to coaching high school Coach McKinney was the defensive coordinator at University of Saint Mary and a defensive backs graduate assistant at Texas A&M Commerce. Coach Brooks was a part of a record setting team at Saint Marys and developed a strong defensive coaching philosophy there. In 2017 Coach Brooks was also named to the AFCAs 30 Under 30. [0:53] Start of Interview [1:29] Background of Current Position [2:35] Texas Football [4:49] Transitioning to Defense [7:50] How did you become a defensive coordinator? [9:30] First year as a DC [11:09] Looking back at your first game as a DC [12:05] What prompted the move to high school coaching from college coaching? [15:24] Being successful with the changing talent you have each season [17:36] Coaching Philosophy + Developing as a coach [21:33] 30 Under 30 Experience [25:37] Social Media Twitter: @CoachTimBrooks  
28:18 08/18/2022
Josh Jones, Safeties - Northwestern State
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Northwestern State’s safeties coach and recruiting coordinator, Josh Jones. Coach Jones talks about chasing knowledge of the game, shares his experience recruiting in the heart of high school football, and discusses what it’s like being a member of the AFCA’s 35Under35 Institute. Josh Jones is the safeties coach and recruiting coordinator at Northwestern State. Coach Jones began his coaching career as a GA at three schools, Arkansas Tech, Troy, and Missouri Western University. Following his graduate assistantships, Coach Jones became the cornerbacks coach at Henderson State. Coach Jones then spent two years on staff with the UCA Bears before going to Central Arkansas and following head coach Steven Campbell to South Alabama. Coach Jones then spent a season at Arkansas- Pine Bluff before coming to Northwestern State where he has been for three years. Coach Jones has accumulated many prestigious awards as a player and a coach. This includes developing a first-team All-SWAC player and the most number of interceptions in the NCAA in 2015. Coach Jones broke school records and attended the Cactus Bowl as a player. [1:26] Collegiate Playing Career [2:52] Learn the game, don’t chase the money- the benefits of being a GA at 3 schools [7:44] Synergy [10:17] Destigmatizing DBs [11:56]  “As a young coach, how do you continue to develop?” [14:05] Looking to Improve [15:06] Recruiting in the Heart of High School Football [18:16] AFCA 35Under35 Twitter: @Coach_JonesNSU
24:11 08/11/2022
Matt Perotti, Head Coach (Sprint Team) - Alderson Broaddus
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Alderson Broaddus University’s head sprint football coach, Matt Perotti. Coach Perotti explains sprint football, discusses recruiting, and gives insight into how he learns more about the game. Matt Perroti is the head sprint football coach at Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia. The Battler’s sprint football team was formed in 2019 and Coach Perotti was hired as the defensive coordinator, linebackers coach, and recruiting coordinator. In his inaugural season Coach Perotti had two All-CSFL Second Team players and one honorable mentions player. Prior to coaching at AB Coach Perroti was the offensive coordinator at Torrington High School in Connecticut. Coach Perroti grew up in North Canaan, CT where he lettered in football, wrestling, skiing, and baseball at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Following high school Coach Perroti played safety for two years at Franklin Pierce University before transitioning to Franklin and Pierce’s offensive line and special teams coach. [0:57] Spring Recruiting - Sprint Football [2:56] Where do you look for players? [5:25] What is sprint football? [6:34] Is there a difference in the style of play? [7:26] How do you pitch sprint football to high school linemen? [8:49] Weigh-in Process [10:05] “What does your strength and conditioning program look like?” [12:39] Taking care of the little things (Coaching Philosophy)  [18:15] Where do you go to learn more about sprint football? Twitter: @CoachPerotti  
25:04 08/04/2022
Aaron Pflugrad, OC - Northern Arizona
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Northern Arizona University’s, Aaron Pflugrad. Coach Pflugrad takes us through his coaching philosophy, talks about quarterback recruiting, and shares the impact his father had on his coaching journey. Over the past eight years, Aaron Pflugrad has made himself quite the career at Northern Arizona coaching the Lumberjacks. Coach Pflugrad is the Offensive Coordinator and the quarterback coach at North Arizona and has been for the past five years. During his first three seasons with the Lumberjacks Coach Pflugrad was the wide receivers coach. Prior to starting his career in Northern Arizona Coach Pflugrad was a GA at Arizona State and also played at the collegiate and professional levels. Coach Pflugrad played the first two years of his college career at the University of Oregon and his final two at Arizona State where he collected a slew of prestigious awards. Following his college career Coach Pflugrad signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles and played in the UFL with the Omaha Nighthawks in 2012. [0:24] Start of Interview [1:00] Growing up as a college coach’s kid [3:05] When did you decide you wanted to be a college football coach? [4:38] Coaching with your dad, “what has that experience been like?” [6:19] Managing a professional relationship with a family dynamic in the coaches room [7:34] What coach do you look to when you need help with your position group? + Quarterback Coaching Strategy [10:26] Putting Your Offense Together [12:26] Recruiting at the FCS Level [15:01] What are you looking for when reviewing a quarterbacks film and when you meet them face-to-face? [17:41] What will this generation of quarterbacks look like? [19:51] QBs, does height matter? [21:07] How do you keep your offense motivated from week to week? [23:07] Social Media
26:18 07/28/2022
AJ Steward, Running Backs - Oregon State
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Oregon State’s Running Backs Coach, AJ Steward. Coach Steward discusses stepping outside his comfort zone, applying his life philosophy to his coaching philosophy, and using AFCA 35under35 to climb the coaching ladder AJ Steward attended Kansas from 2007-2011 where he spent most of his career as a tight end. Following his playing career Coach Steward coached at Rice, BYU, Arizona, and now at Oregon State. Coach Steward is the running backs coach at Oregon State. In the 2021 season running back, B.J. Baylor was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and received honorable mentions for the All-American team. Also under Coach Steward OSU achieve a record average of 6.4 yards gained per play. Coach Steward is also a member of the 2022 35Under35 class. [0:28] Start of Interview [1:27] Start of Coaching Running Backs [4:29] Gaining Confidence [6:35] Do you think you were more successful because you were outside your comfort zone? [8:55] Faith and Family - Life Philosophy [12:06] Big Brothers Teach Life Lessons [14:31] Little Brothers Can Give Good Advice Too [15:43]  How do you use the prestigious history of Oregon State running backs to motivate current players? [17:26] Future in Coaching [19:08] Awards and Staying Motivated [21:12] 35 Under 35 and Climbing the Ladder [24:00] Social Media Twitter: @Coach_Steward
26:52 07/21/2022
David Shaw, Head Coach - Stanford
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Stanford’s Head Coach, David Shaw. Coach Shaw speaks about his dad’s legacy, shares his impressive list of mentors, and discusses the importance of community. David Shaw is preparing for his 12th season as the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football at Stanford University. Coach Shaw is Stanford's winningest coach in program history. In 11 seasons Coach Shaw and his teams have accomplished the following: 93 wins, 8 bowl games with 5 wins, 4 Pac-12 Championship appearances, with 3 wins, and 3 Rose Bowl appearances. Additionally, Coach Shaw is the longest-tenured Black head football coach at any one FBS school as well as the winningest Black head coach in Power Five history. Coach Shaw has nine years of NFL coaching experience from time spent with the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, and Baltimore Ravens. Coach Shaw also coached at the University of San Diego in 2006 when they won the Pioneer League Championship and the Division 1-AA Mid-Major national title. Coach Shaw started coaching in 1995 after graduating from Stanford and finishing his four years of collegiate eligibility. While at Stanford Coach Shaw was coached by many, including his father Willie. In addition, Coach Shaw is also the Chair of the NCAA Football Rules Committee and serves on the AFCA Board of Trustees. Twitter: @CoachDavidShaw  [0:50] Start of Interview [1:07] Family Connection to Stanford [3:02] Playing at Stanford [4:08] Willie's Legacy [4:55] Deciding to Coach  [7:47] Western Washington University [8:08] Experience On the Other Side of the Ball (Defense) [9:23]  Mentors [13:33] Lessons for Young Coaches [13:57] Proudest Moments as Stanford's Head Coach [15:36] Coast to Coast, Recruiting Academics and Athletics [18:08] Love Your Community [20:10] From New coach to Mentor [22:21] “Until you get fired” [22:43] Conclusion
26:40 07/14/2022
Mike Short, Head Coach - St. Cloud HS (FL)
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring St. Cloud High Schools, Head Coach Mike Short. Coach Short speaks about the importance of multiport involvement, discusses how he is learning to find balance in his professional life and shares his experience with Turf Tank. Mike Short is the head coach at St. Cloud High School in Florida. He became the head coach at St. Cloud for a second time in March of 2022. First inspired to coach in college coach short has been all over the country serving as a high school football coach and at times a wrestling coach too. Coach Short spent three seasons at Southern Lee HS, in North Carolina, then went on to spend the 2006-2008 seasons at Gateway HS. In 2009 Coach Short served in a few roles on the St. Cloud staff until 2011. In 2021 Coach Short served on the West Orange staff before moving to Colonial High School for the 2013-2015 seasons. Coach Short also spent one season at Lake Howell before coaching at East River on two different occasions. Coach Short has also spent time coaching in Texas at Robinson ISD High School where he left to return to St. Cloud. Coach Short has lots of experience in coaching and has had the opportunity to experience a diverse range of football programs. [0:51] Start of Interview [1:04] Why Coaching? [3:34] Everything is Bigger in Texas (Football) [5:09] Benefits of Being a Multisport Coach [7:12] Should Players Be Multisport Athletes? [8:57] Technology and Getting Kids to the Next Level [11:14] Balance- Why High School Coaching is Different [13:15] Turf Tank [16:26] Coaching Offense vs. Defense [18:53] Social Media Account Information
21:46 07/07/2022
Tyler Roehl, OC - North Dakota State
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring North Dakota State’s, Offensive Coordinator, Tyler Roehl. Coach Rhoel goes in-depth about his coaching philosophy, gives insight into the Crew Chiefs, and talks about life after football. Tyler Roehl is a former All-American running back turned coach at his alma mater, North Dakota State. Roehl now serves as the Bison’s Offensive Coordinator and Tight End and Fullbacks coach. Roehl is no stranger to success, team accomplishments while Roehl has been a Bison include the following: Great West Football Conference championship, national championship, seven FCS titles, and eight Missouri Valley Football Conference titles. Roehl’s tight ends and fullbacks set a school record of 4,601 rushing yards. The “Crew Chiefs” also contributed 51 caught passes for 677 yards, 17 of the team's 29 receiving touchdowns in 2019. In 2021 the Bison’s rushing offense was ranked number 2 in the FCS. Roehl also signed as an undrafted free agent to the Seattle Seahawks in 2009 and later coached for two seasons at Moorhead High School before returning to North Dakota State. [0:27] Start of Interview [1:38] History with and commitment to NDSU and the community [4:36] Offensive Philosophy  [9:48] Evolutionary Cycle of Football and Being the Anomaly [12:17] Observations of High School Football; Finding Fullbacks and Tight Ends [13:45] Recruiting Players From Other Sports [15:29] The “Crew Chiefs” [18:47] Lifelong Value of Coaching High School Football [23:45] Preparing Players for Life after Football [25:18] Good Works Team [27:43] Conclusion
30:16 06/30/2022
Bobby Hauck, Head Coach - Montana
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the University of Montana’s head coach, Bobby Hauck. Coach Hauck discusses his deep history with the university, explains Montana’s unique football culture, and shares why he decided to serve on the AFCA Board of Trustees.  Bobby Hauck is preparing for his fourth season in his second stint as the head coach at the University of Montana. Hauck first coached at Montana in 1988 after graduating in 1987 and is now the winningest coach in Montana's history. In addition, Hauck's Grizzlies are the most academically successful of any program in school history, including five 4.0 GPAs. In this second stint as Montana's head coach, it is likely that Coach Hauck will seek to win more Big Sky Conference championships and again outscore his opponents by over 1,000 points in under 100 games. Hauck got his start in coaching immediately after he graduated college, he served as a defensive line and defensive backs coach at Montana from 1988 to 1989. Hauck then took on many responsibilities as he joined the UCLA staff from 1990 to 1992, served as the OLB coach from 1993 to 1994 at Northern Arizona, and then took on more responsibility at Colorado from 1995 to 1998 and spent 1999 to 2002 coaching at Washington before heading back to Montana. In 2003 Hauck returned to Montana as head coach and remained there until 2009. From 2010 to 2014 Hauck served as the head coach at UNLV and then as the associate head coach and special teams coordinator at San Diego State from 2015 to 2017. Starting in 2017 Hauck is serving as the head coach at Montana once again. [0:30] Start of Interview [1:04] History with the University of Montana [3:35] Montana’s Recruiting Philosophy and Unique Culture [6:34] Staffing Characteristics [8:21] Making Connections [9:50] Staff Retention [11:35] FBS vs.FCS football [14:17] Serving on AFCA Board of Directors
18:20 06/23/2022
Tony Hull, Running Backs - ULM
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the University of Louisiana Monroe's running backs coach Tony Hull. In this episode, Coach Hull talks about coaching in his home state, transitioning from working as an engineer at NASA to coaching, and shares how he puts players in a position to be successful. Tony Hull, one of the most respected coaches in the state of Louisiana, is entering his second season at The University of Louisiana Monroe and his first season as the team's running backs coach. Hulls first year with the Warhawks he served as the outside receivers coach. Hull returned home to Louisiana after serving for four years as the associate head coach and running backs coach at Kansas (2016-19) and as the co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach at Hawai’i in 2020. From New Orleans, Louisiana, Hull coached Pooka Williams Jr., now with the Cincinnati Bengals, to consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2018 and 2019, a feat accomplished only once before in Kansas football history. Hull joined the collegiate coaching ranks after a distinguished coaching career in the Louisiana high school ranks. In nine seasons as the head coach and offensive coordinator of Warren Easton High School in New Orleans, Hull led the stagnant program into a contender. He arrived at Warren Easton in 2007, the school’s first season playing football following Hurricane Katrina, and guided the Eagles to playoffs in seven of his nine seasons. His resume included a state championship game appearance in 2014 and a state semifinals showing in 2015. Hull developed the Eagles’ players on the field as he mentored 45 players who went on to earn Division I football scholarships. Six of those players earned a nod in ESPN’s Top-300 lists, while one of his athletes was named the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Louisiana Football. [1:46] Start of interview [2:30] Coaching in your home state [3:32] Transitioning from engineer to football coach [7:49] Turning a program around [10:08] Building relationships with your coaching staff [13:01] Coaching at Hawaii [19:20] Playing with an underdog mentality [23:25] Controlling what you can control [26:06] Putting players in positions to be successful
32:08 06/16/2022
Jamey Chadwell, Head Coach - Coastal Carolina
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Coastal Carolina Head Coach, Jamey Chadwell. In this episode, Coach Chadwell talks about maintaining success with increasing public expectations, details the value of keeping a coaching staff intact, and shares how he approaches recruiting and roster management in the transfer portal era. Jamey Chadwell is entering his fourth season as the Head Coach of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. In just three seasons, Chadwell has built Coastal into one of the best teams in the Sunbelt Conference with back-to-back 10+ win seasons and a conference title in 2020. The 2020 season marked Coastal Carolina’s first-ever undefeated regular season and the first time that the Chanticleers were ranked in either the Associated Press Top 25 Poll or the AFCA Coaches Poll. Due to his success in the 2020 season, Chadwell racked up over 10 coach of the year honors including the AFCA FBS Region 2 Coach of the Year and Sun Belt Football Coach of the Year. Prior to taking over as the head coach of the Chanticleers, Chadwell served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Coastal Carolina. Chadwell came to Coastal after four seasons as the head coach at Charleston Southern. He was named Big South Coach of the Year three times (2013, 2015, and 2016), led CSU to conference titles in 2015 and 2016, and guided the Buccaneers to the NCAA Division I FCS Championship Playoffs in both of his last two years. Chadwell, a former Buccaneer assistant coach, returned to CSU after head coaching stops at Delta State, going 3-8 in his lone season (2012), and North Greenville, going 22-14 in three seasons (2009-11). [1:47] Start of interview [2:22] Building a nationally recognized program [4:45] Maintain success with increasing expectations [6:34] Transitioning a program from FCS to the FBS level [10:11] Keeping a coaching staff intact [15:20] Cultivating a culture of fun [16:58] Evolving as a coach [19:35] Finding the right fit in recruiting [21:31] Roster management in the era of the transfer portal
25:50 06/09/2022
Jim Catanzaro, Head Coach - Lake Forest College
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Lake Forest College Head Coach, Jim Catanzaro. In this episode, Coach Catanzaro details the value of recruiting multi-sport athletes out of high school, highlights his personal coaching philosophy, and shares the impact that the transfer portal has had at the Division III level. Jim Catanzaro will be entering his 14th season as the Foresters' head coach and 16th season with the program overall. In addition to being the head coach, Catanzaro also serves as the teams offensive coordinator and was named the Athletic Director of Lake Forest in July of 2021. A two-time Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year finalist and Midwest Conference Coach of the Year winner (2012), Catanzaro was the first coach in program history to lead to Foresters' to the NCAA D-III playoffs (2020,2021). Coach Catanzaro has lead his players to 115 All-MWC selections as head coach and defensive players to 68 honors since joining the staff. The Foresters have broken or tied team records 124 times in the last 12 years. Catanzaro came to Lake Forest from NCAA Division II Wingate University, where he was the defensive line coach for three seasons and was part of the South Atlantic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2004. Prior to his time at Wingate, Catanzaro was the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, and head strength coach for three seasons at Glenville State College. The Pioneers claimed the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2001 and he was a member of that year’s WVIAC Coaching Staff of the Year. At the national level Catanzaro has served on the NCAA Division III Football Committee since 2016 and as a Regional Advisory Committee member since 2014. In 2019 he was appointed as one of two NCAA Division III members to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Board of Trustees. [1:46] Start of interview [2:05] Playing multiple sports in college [4:02] Cross training for football [5:35] Recruiting multi-sport athletes [9:05] Personal coaching philosophy [10:36] Value of coaching both sides of the ball [13:42] Enjoying the process to becoming great [17:55] Being open to input from experienced coaches [20:18] Working on the AFCA Board of Trustees [22:29] Transfer portal impact at the Division III level
27:03 06/02/2022
Brian Bohannon, Head Coach - Kennesaw State
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Kennesaw State University’s Head Coach, Brian Bohannon. In this episode, Coach Bohannon details his journey starting the Kennesaw State football program from the ground up, highlights the importance of being passionate about what you do, and shares how he combines old and new school coaching philosophies to be successful. Brian Bohannon has constructed Kennesaw State from the ground up and turned the Owls into a powerhouse program at the FCS level in just seven seasons. Hired on March 24, 2013 and tasked with building a football program from scratch, Bohannon embraced the challenge and quickly turned Kennesaw State into the best five-year start-up program in college football history in 2019 with a 48-15 overall record, two Big South Conference championships, three straight appearances in the FCS Playoffs and four playoff victories. Bohannon is a four-time finalist for the Eddie Robinson award as the nation’s top FCS head coach, including a runner-up finish in 2018 and a third-place finish in 2017. He was named the AFCA National Coach of the Year in 2017 and is a three-time Big South Conference Coach of the Year. Bohannon is tied for first in Big South Conference history with 63 victories and he become the fastest coach to win 45 games when he reached the benchmark with a 38-35 win over Campbell on Nov. 9, 2019. In the first five years of the program, 100 national polls have been released with the Owls appearing in over 67-percent of the rankings. Of those 100 polls, Kennesaw State has been inside the top-10 41-percent of the time. In a sideline career that’s spanned 23 years as either an assistant or head coach, Bohannon has been part of teams that averaged 8.6 wins per season and reached the postseason 18 times. Prior to Kennesaw State, he was a part of two national championships while at Georgia Southern, while Georgia Tech played in a bowl game in each of his five seasons on staff. A Griffin, Georgia, native and former wide receiver at the University of Georgia, Bohannon joined the Owls after spending the previous five seasons as quarterbacks/B-backs coach at Georgia Tech where he helped engineer one of the country’s most prolific spread option offenses. [1:53] Start of interview [2:47] Hosting summer football camps [5:53] Starting a football program from scratch [14:05] Being passionate about what you do [18:41] Climbing the ladder and sustaining success [23:44] Combining old and new school football
31:23 05/26/2022
Matt Wells, Analyst - Oklahoma
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Former Utah State and Texas Tech Head Coach, Matt Wells. In this episode, Coach Wells shares his past experience coaching his alma mater at Utah State, highlights the importance of getting players involved in the local community, and shares what being a part of the Allstate Good Works team has meant to him. Matt Wells was named the honorary coach for the Allstate Good Works Team this past year. Coach Wells was most recently the head coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 2019-2021. Beginning with his arrival at Texas Tech, Wells stressed the importance of building a positive, player-driven culture within the football program. He described it as having a "We, Us and Our" mentality, meaning it takes every individual, inside and outside of the program, to contribute for the Red Raiders to be successful on Saturday. That motto applied to the Red Raiders' work in the community as well as the Texas Tech football program committed countless hours to various non-profit organizations and local school districts over his tenure. During the 2020-21 academic year alone, the Red Raiders combined for more than 1,200 hours of community service, serving organizations such as the local YWCA, the South Plains Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock and Habitat for Humanity, among others. Prior to Tech, Wells was the head coach for his alma mater at Utah State, following two seasons as an assistant coach on staff. Utah State experienced its best stretch in history during Wells’ tenure as the Aggies won 44 games and played in five bowl games under his guidance, quite the feat for a program that had only eight postseason trips to its record prior to his promotion. Wells, the fourth-longest tenured coach in program history, departed Utah State as the only coach to lead the Aggies to at least three bowl games as well as multiple bowl victories. In fact, Wells was a player (1993), a coordinator (2012) or the head coach (2013-14) for four of Utah State’s five bowl wins in its history. Wells closed his tenure in Logan as the second-winningest coach in program history with 44 victories. Wells has also had coaching stops at New Mexico, Louisville, Tulsa, and Navy. [1:45] Start of interview [2:05] Spring ball [2:30] Coaching at his alma mater [4:20]  Leaving a place he loved for another role [7:05] Maintaining program success with staff turnover [10:30] Transition from Offensive Coordinator to HC [13:18] Developing a player-driven culture and volunteerism [15:30] What it meant to be the Head Coach of the Allstate Good Works Team [16:20] Being back home and on the Oklahoma staff
20:07 05/19/2022
Paul Winters, Head Coach - Wayne State
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Wayne State University Head Coach, Paul Winters. In this episode, Coach Winters highlights the various factors that go into selecting a coaching job, shares his thoughts on the evolving nature of college football, and details his personal involvement with the AFCA. Paul Winters is entering his 19th season as the Wayne State University head football coach this upcoming football season. Winters is the school leader in coaching victories with 93 and is a three-time GLIAC Coach of the Year award winner (2006, 2008, and 2019). His 2011 squad set the school record for overall wins (12) and road wins (8), while winning four consecutive road playoff games to reach the national title contest. After guiding the winningest team in school history in 2011, he was honored for his efforts with the AFCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year award. Since 2004, Coach Winters has coached 197 All-GLIAC award winners as well as 515 Academic All-GLIAC honorees. Prior to his appointment at WSU, Winters was the offensive coordinator and running backs coach at his alma mater Akron University (1995-2003). After the 2000 season, and for the second time, Winters was nominated for the Broyles Award, a national honor recognizing the nation’s top Division I-A assistant coach. In addition, he was chosen Assistant Coach of the Year by the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation from among 13 universities and colleges in the region. Before returning to Akron following the 1994 campaign, Winters was an assistant football coach at the University of Wisconsin for two seasons (1990-91). Prior to UW, he was on the coaching staff at the University of Toledo for four seasons (1986-89). A former member of the AFCA Division II Board of Coaches, Winters served on the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee as well as the NCAA Rules Committee.  Winters is entering his fifth year on the AFCA Board of Trustees after being selected in January of 2017. [1:49] Start of interview [2:28] Maintaining longevity at one program [4:32] Factors that go into accepting a new job [6:10] Being where your feet are [7:10] Evolving nature of college football [10:21] Inspiring others to coach [11:54] Building a coaching staff [13:18] Personal involvement with the AFCA [15:11] Working in compliance at Wisconsin
20:33 05/12/2022
Tim Lester, Head Coach - Western Michigan
This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Western Michigan’s Head Coach, Tim Lester. In this episode, Coach Lester shares his personal experience coaching at his alma mater, highlights how he seeks out young coaching talent in college football, and details what it’s like preparing for weekday games in the Mid-American Conference. Tim Lester is entering his sixth season as the head coach at Western Michigan. Lester has risen through the coaching ranks after completing a Hall of Fame playing career at Western Michigan. He was a four-year starter at quarterback at WMU from 1996-99, leading the Broncos to a Mid-American Conference championship appearance his senior season. In five years leading the Broncos, Lester has led the team to four winning seasons and three bowl appearances. In addition to the teams on-field success, Lester has coached 69 Academic All-MAC selections which ranks second most in the league during his tenure. Lester also made a stop as an assistant coach at his alma mater during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Prior to taking the head coaching position at Western Michigan Lester was the quarterbacks coach at Purdue in 2016, mentoring sophomore signal-caller David Blough to 25 touchdown passes and 3,352 yards, averaging more than 279 yards passing per game. Lester served as Syracuse’s quarterbacks coach from 2013 to 2015 and doubled as offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015. Prior to working at Syracuse, Lester was the head coach at Division III Elmhurst (Illinois) College from 2008 to 2012. Over five seasons, he posted a 33-19 record for a .635 winning percentage, second highest in school history. In his final season in 2012, he led the Bluejays to a 10-2 record and a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) championship as well as Elmhurst’s first NCAA playoff appearance. Lester was named the CCIW Coach of the Year that season. Lester also served as an assistant at North Central College (2007) and Elmhurst (2002-03). He was the head coach at Division II Saint Joseph’s College in 2004, receiving Independent Football Alliance Coach of the Year honors. [1:50] Start of interview [2:36] Coaching at your alma mater [5:31] Experience coaching at many levels of college football [9:29] Value of a great support staff [11:49] Preparing players for the NFL [15:51] Developing young talent [21:53 ] Looking for great assistant coaches [27:18] Playing a schedule with numerous weekday games [31:11] Balancing school with the MAC schedule
41:33 05/05/2022