The 41 year old Helfrich was oppointed Oregon’s 32nd Head Football Coach on Jan. 20, 2013 following a quartet of seasons as the Duck’s OC and QB coach during the program’s most prolific era in school history. He then guided the Ducks to a first year mark of 11-2 and a 30-7 Alamo Bowl triumph over Texas in 2013. Last year he coached Oregon to 13 wins and the National Championship game. His Ducks handed defending national champion FSU it’s only setback in 2 years in the National Semi-Finals. Helfrich has had phenomenal offensive success wherever he has coached including developing the Oregon attack led by Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota. He had explosive offensive tenures at Boise State (98-2000), Arizona State (2001-05) and Colorado (2006-08). He will speak on the exciting “Oregon Offense” in Orlando Friday night.
Jim McElwain, Florida
Date: Friday, Feb. 26th
Lecture Topic: "QB Play and the Gator Offense"
McElwain got off to a great start as Florida’s new head coach winning his 1st 6 games of the 2015 season, bringing the swagger back tot he Gator Nation. He has a proven track record on the offensive side of the ball having coached in the SEC on two national championship teams at Alabama. He came to Florida after rebuilding the Colorado State program 2012-14. Prior to that he was the OC for the great Alabama teams 2008-11. As an outstanding offensive coach he has tutored QB’s and WR’s at Eastern Washington, Montana State, Fresno State, Louisville, Michigan State and in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders. Coach McElwain will speak on QB Play and the Gator Offense at the Orlando Clinic on Friday night.
The 2014 ACC Coach of the Year Paul Johnson has lead Georgia Tech to 7 consecutive bowl games and to 3 championship game appearances while breaking records with his Spread Option Offense. In 18 years overall as a head coach with previous stops at Georgia Southern and Navy, he owned a career record of 165-74 entering the 2015 season. The mastermind behind Georgia Tech’s high octane spread option offense, Johnson’s teams have ranked in the top 6 nationally in rushing offense in each of his 7 seasons. Johnson started his coaching career at Avery County High School, NC. He served as an assistant coach at Lees-McRae JC, Georgia Southern, Hawaii, and Navy before getting his first HC at Georgia Southern in 2008. He was the head coach at Navy from 2002-07. He will lecture on “Techs Spread Option Offense” in Orlando on Saturday morning.
Dantonio entered his 9th season at Michigan State as one of the most accomplished head coaches in school history leading a program that has transformed itself into one of the nation’s perennial powers. Under Dantonio’s direction the Spartans have posted four 11-win seasons in the last five years. In the past two seasons alone, the Spartans have collected a 24-3 record – tied for the third-most wins among FBS schools. He is known as one of the top defensive minds in the country. Stopping the run has been the main theme for MSU and it lead to ranking #1 in the NCAA FBS in rushing defense in 2014. Dantonio’s 1st college job was at Ohio State. He served as an assistant at Kansas State & Youngstown State before his first HC job at Cincinnati in 2004. He will speak on his top ranked “Spartan Defense” on Saturday afternoon.
Since taking the helm of the Tennessee program 3 years ago, the efforts from Jones and his staff have instilled tremendous optimism for the future of Tennessee football. Under Jones’ leadership Tennessee has signed consensus top five recruiting classes in each of the last two years. In his first season on Rocky Top, the VOLs defeated No. 9 South Carolina, the first win for UT over a ranked opponent since 2009. Tennessee finished it’s 2nd season under Jones with a 7-6 record including a 45-28 win over Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl. He came to the Vols following consecutive Co-Big East Championships as the head coach at Cincinnati in 2011-12, following 3 good seasons as the head coach at Central Michigan. He served as an assistant at Wilkes, Farris State, Central Michigan and W. Virginia in his early career. He will speak on the “Multi-Dimensional Bunch Package” on Saturday night.
Coach Stoops has excited the Big Blue Nation by bringing Kentucky Football back to relevance this year in the rugged SEC. The Wildcats got off to a fast start in the SEC with a 4-1 record and wins over South Carolina and Missouri. Under Stoops direction Kentucky has 3 excellent recruiting classes and he has put his stamp as a defensive guru on the Big Blue. Stoops was DC at Florida State from 2010-12 inheriting a unit ranked 108th in the NCAA in total defense and turning it into one of the nation’s best. Stoops was a DC and DB coach at Arizona from 2004-09 working with his brother Mike who was the HC of the Wildcats. Prior to Arizona, he coached at Miami, Houston, Wyoming and South Florida following 4 years in the HS ranks. He will speak on “Kentucky Secondary Coverages and Techniques” on Sunday am.
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