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Tony Levine, University of Houston TOPIC: "Special Teams"
Tony Levine became the head coach at the University of Houston in December 2001 and led his team to a Ticket City Bowl win on January 2nd, 2012, its first bowl victory since 1979. Levine’s coaching experience is extensive. He served as the special team’s coordinator for the Cougar’s from 2008 until taking over as head coach. Levine spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant special teams and strength & conditioning coach for the Carolina Panthers. He also was special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach from 2004-05 and Director of Football Operations in 2003 at Louisville. In 2002, he coached special teams/tight ends at Louisiana Tech. Prior to that he spent 1997-99 at Texas State where he was assistant wide receiver/tight end coach and Co-Recruiting Coordinator. Levine’s coaching career started in 1996 at Highland Park High School in Minnesota.
Mike Leach, Washington St. University TOPIC: "Washington State Offense"
Mike Leach came to Washington State in November 2011 after a successful coaching career at Texas Tech where his program recorded a school record 84 victories and 10 bowl bids in his 9 years as head coach. A fact worth noting also is that while at Texas Tech, 17 Red Raiders were drafted by NFL Teams. Prior to Texas Tech, Leach spent one season as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 1999 and two seasons in the same capacity at Kentucky from 1997-98. Leach was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Iowa Wesleyan from 1989-91, head coach for Pori, Finland in the European League in 1989 and linebackers coach at College of the Desert in 1988. Leach’s coaching career began at Cal Poly in 1987 where he mentored the offensive line.
Dave Christensen, Wyoming, TOPIC: "Wyoming Offense"
Christensen was hired as Wyoming’s head coach in December 2008 and led the Cowboys to a bowl game in his first season becoming only the 2nd Cowboy head coach to accomplish that feat. He also became the first coach to win a bowl game in his first season. Christensen has two bowl wins since taking over as head coach. He served as an assistant coach under Gary Pinkel from 1992-2000 at the University of Toledo and at Missouri from 2001-08, where he coached the offensive line. In 2007, he was named National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com and was runner up for the 2007 Frank Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in the nation each season. Christensen came to Toledo from Idaho State University where he coached the offensive line, tight ends and running backs from 1990-91. Christensen started his coaching career in 1988-89 where he served two seasons as a graduate assistant offensive line coach for the Washington Huskies.
David Shaw, Stanford, TOPIC: "Stanford Offense"
In Shaw's first season as head coach in 2011, Stanford posted an 11-2 record and made its second consecutive BCS Bowl appearance, in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Stanford won its first nine games of the season to extend its winning streak to 17. Shaw became just the ninth major college head coach in history to post 11 or more wins in his first season. For his efforts, he was named the Pac-12 Conference's Coach of the Year, becoming just the third head coach in Stanford history to earn the award. He was also named Regional Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association of America. Shaw was the team's offensive coordinator for the entire tenure of head coach Jim Harbaugh from 2007 to 2010. Prior to returning to Stanford as offensive coordinator, Shaw was Harbaugh's passing game coordinator at the University of San Diego and an assistant coach in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, and Baltimore.
Paul Rhoads, Iowa St. TOPIC: "Defensive Football/Fundamentals of Defensive Back Play"
Paul Rhoads was hired as Iowa States head coach in 2008. In 2009, after an 8-27 record the previous three seasons, he led his team to an Insight Bowl victory. In 2011, the Cyclones rallied from a 24-7 deficit to beat No. 2 Oklahoma State in prime time. It was the biggest game in school history and its biggest win. He was the first Cyclone coach to win seven games in his first season since 1907. He was the Cyclones inside linebackers coach in 1995 and the secondary coach from 1996-99. Rhoads came back to Iowa State after spending eight seasons as defensive coordinator for the Pitt Panthers from 2000-07 and the 2008 season at Auburn in the same role. Six of Rhoad’s former defensive backs have been drafted by the NFL and he has taken his team to 7 bowl games including the 2005 Tostitos Fiesta bowl and the 2000 and 2002 Insight Bowls.
Ken Niumatalolo, Navy TOPIC: "Navy Football Option"
Niumatalolo’s 32 wins are the most wins in school history by a coach in his first four years, while Navy’s 10 wins in 2009 are tied for the most wins in school history. He is the first coach in school history to lead Navy to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons and the first Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in his first two years as a head coach. Under Niumatalolo’s reign, Navy has recorded its 10th straight victory over Army and has a 15 game winning streak over the other two Service Academies. Niumatalolo was promoted to head football coach in 2007. Prior to that, he had two coaching stints at the Naval Academy for a combined 10 seasons as assistant head coach and offensive line coach. Niumatalolo also spent three seasons coaching at UNLV from 1999-01. His coaching career started in 1992 where he coached three seasons as offensive line coach for his alma mater, Hawaii.
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