Feb. 21, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame football program will play host to its annual coaches clinic on April 4 and 5, 2008, on the Notre Dame campus. This year’s clinic is not just open to football coaches but also to fans that would like an advanced football course taught by some of the best coaches in the country.
On Friday, April 4, participating coaches and fans will have an opportunity to attend the FCA luncheon as well as a hosted dinner and social hour on Friday evening. Those involved in the weekend’s activities will have a tremendous experience – including interactive presentations from Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, the Irish coaching staff as well as visiting coaches.
Chalk-talk sessions will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to become familiar with various coaching techniques and a chance to know the coaches and other visitors. In addition to various presentations, participants will get an exclusive look at the ’08 Fighting Irish team practice as well as tour the Notre Dame Stadium locker room and peruse items from local exhibitors.
Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian has been named as a guest speaker at the Coaches Clinic and will address those in attendance on Saturday morning, April 5. Polian was hired by the Colts on Dec. 22, 1997, and has been a driving force behind the Colts success over the last decade as he drafted Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney, Bob Sanders and Joseph Addai, to name a few. Since 1999, no team has more regular-season wins than the Colts and they have made the playoffs in eight of the past nine seasons. The 2006 Colts capped off a great season by defeating the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI to claim the fourth championship in franchise history.
Polian has been honored as the NFL’s Executive of the Year an astonishing five times and is one of just three men who has won the award multiple times. In fact, he and George Young are the only men to have received the honor at least five times. In 20 seasons as a general manager or president with Indianapolis, Carolina and Buffalo, Polian’s teams have qualified for the playoffs 14 times, reached the conference championship game seven times and appeared in four Super Bowls.
Reservations are currently being accepted and pre-registration ends March 28. For more information or to download registration forms, log onto www.ndcoachesclinic.com or contact Chad Klunder in the Notre Dame football office at (574) 631-8643 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.