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Orlando, FL 2016 Guest Speakers !
Jimbo Fisher- Florida State
Date: Friday night
Lecture Topic: “FSU Offense”
In his fourth year as head coach at FSU in 2013, Fisher planted the Seminoles back at the top of the college football world, leading Florida State to a 14-0 mark en route to the final national championship of the BCS era. FSU has built on that success in the seasons since. Fisher enters his seventh season with a 68-14 record, including four bowl wins and three ACC Championships. His winning percentage is the second-best in the nation among active coaches. After 22 seasons as a college assistant, including three as FSU’s offensive coordinator, Fisher in 2010 took over for the legendary Bobby Bowden- the second winingest coach in major college football. He has tutored three first-round NFL draft picks at the position while at FSU. The 2015 season culminated with a fourth consecutive BCS or “New Years Six” Bowl appearance for the Seminoles – an unprecedented feat matched only by Alabama. He served as an offensive assistant at Auburn, Cincinnati and LSU before coming to FSU as OC in 2007.
Tom Herman – University of Houston
Date: Friday night
Lecture Topic: “Shotgun Play Action and QB Runs”
Tom is one of the hottest young coaches in the nation having led his Houston Cougars into National Championship contention with less than 2 years of HC experience anywhere. He went 13-1 in 2015 in his 1st Cougar season finishing #8 in the nation after defeating FSU in the Peach Bowl. Then Houston routed #3 Oklahoma to open the season this year. Prior to his arrival at Houston, he helped develop record-setting and explosive offenses in each of his 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator, including three seasons as OC and QB’s coach at Ohio State where he helped the Buckeyes win the 2015 College Football Championship. Herman’s quarterbacks in 2014 ranked second nationally with a team passing efficiency rating of 167.72. Herman previously spent three years as the OC and QB’ss coach at Iowa State. Herman coached offenses at Rice, Texas State, Sam Houston, Texas and Texas Luthern.
Charlie Strong - Texas
Lecture Topic: "Philosphies and Fundamentals of a Winning Defense"
A two-time conference coach of the year and the architect of a revitalized University of Louisville program that posted at least 11 wins in each of his final two seasons, Charlie Strong is in his third year as the Texas head coach. Strong the 29th head coach in UT history, spent the previous four seasons as Louisville head coach. During his final two years, Louisville was the nation’s fourth-winningest program, posting a 23-3 record. At UT, he is continuing the process of re-building the Longhorns, with back to back Top 10 recruiting classes. The Longhorns bring back 14 starters from a 2015 team that posted upsets of No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 13 Baylor last season and they opened the 2016 season with an impressive victory over Notre Dame. Prior to Louisville, Strong built an impressive resume as an assistant coach, including 11 seasons as a defensive coordinator in the SEC at Florida and South Carolina and four years as an assistant coach at Notre Dame.
As Mike MacIntyre entered his fourth season as head coach at the University of Colorado this fall, his Buffalos got off to the teams best start in moving years with 4 wins in their 1st 5 games. The victories included PAC 12 wins over both Oregon and Oregon State. The only loss was a hard fought 45-28 game to the highly ranked Michigan Wolverines. MacIntyre has spent six seasons as a collegiate head coach. He coached San Jose State to a 10-2 record in 2012, with a final regular season ranking of No. 24 in the final BCS Standings. The 2012 season under MacIntyre is one of the best in San Jose State’s nearly 120-year football history. MacIntyre arrived at San Jose State after two years as the defensive coordinator at Duke University. He spent five seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys coaching defensive backs after coaching at Ole’ Miss for 4 years.
A new era in UCF football began in 2016 as the Knights announced the hiring of Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost as the 10th head coach in program history.
Frost brings the high paced exciting wide open Oregon offence to UCF. Frost was the Oregon OC as Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy following a 2014 campaign where he threw for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns with just four interceptions. Frost originally kicked off his career on the sidelines as a graduate assistant at Nebraska in 2002, then held the same role with Kansas State in 2006. His first full-time position came as the linebackers coach for Northern Iowa in 2007 and then as co-defensive coordinator in 2008. As a player he was an outstanding QB at Nebraska and as a senior in 1997, Frost was a Johnny Unitas Award finalist.
Kirby Smart - Georgia
Date: Sunday am
Lecture Topic: "Defensive Techniques and Philosophy"
In December 2015, Kirby Smart officially came home to Georgia as the new Bulldog coach. Smart, who got his start in coaching as a Georgia administrative assistant in 1999 had served on the Alabama staff the past nine years, the past seven as Defensive coordinator. During his tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide won three BCS National Championships. Smart has been recognized by the AFCA as Assistant Coach of the Year and the Broyles Award winner as college football’s top assistant coach. A former standout defensive back and scholar-athlete at Georgia, Smart was one of the nation’s most respected defensive coordinators. Prior to joining the Alabama staff in 2007, Smart spent the 2006 season as safeties coach with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. He served six years on the collegiate level at Georgia (2005), LSU (2004), Florida State (2002-03), and Valdosta State (2001-02).
Willie Fritz - Tulane
Lecture Topic: “Defense & the Kicking Game”
This year Fritz becomes the 40th head football coach in the 121-year history of Tulane football program. With 193 career victories, Fritz is currently the fourth active winningest HC among coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He was also twice named the national coach of the year, including AFCA FCS Coach of the Year in 2011 and the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year in 2012. Fritz, 55, comes to Tulane from Georgia Southern where he spent two seasons and led the Eagles to a combined record of 17-7, a 2014 Sun Belt Conference title and the school’s first-ever NCAA bowl game while leading the nation in rushing both years. Fritz led the Eagles to a 9-3 overall record and a perfect mark of 8-0 in conference play during his first season at Georgia Southern in 2014. He served as head coach at Sam Houston State from 2010-13 where he led the team to back to back Southland Conference titles. He previously coached at Blinn College, Central Missouri, Coffeyville JC and HS in Kansas and Texas.
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