NORTH DAKOTA STATE HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
Chris Klieman, head coach of three-time defending Football Championship Series National Champion North Dakota State, will be one of the featured guest speakers at the 2018 University of Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic on March 22-24. Brian Kelly, Dick Corbett Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame, and all of his assistant coaches, as well as other featured guest speakers to be announced in the near future, will give presentations at the clinic. Klieman, has won four conference championships and three national championships in his first four years as the Bison head coach, has a 54-6 record at NDSU while finishing atop the Missouri Valley Football Conference all four years. Klieman has been part of all six FCS national championship teams in his seven years since coming to NDSU in 2011 as the defensive backs coach. He was the defensive coordinator in 2012 and 2013 and was elevated to head coach in 2014. North Dakota State is 33-5 against FCS top 25 teams under Klieman. NDSU has had 21 players named to All-America teams, including Buck Buchanan Award-winning defensive end Kyle Emanuel, and five CoSIDA Academic All-America ® selections. A three-time finalist for the STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award presented to the FCS Coach of the Year, Klieman came to NDSU following a nine-year stay at Northern Iowa where he was the defensive coordinator, co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach from 2006-10 under head coach Mark Farley and 1991-93 under head coach Terry Allen.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
P.J. (Philip John) Fleck is the head football coach at the University of Minnesota. Fleck comes to Minnesota after spending four years as the head coach at Western Michigan, where he was 30-22 overall and 21-11 in the Mid-American Conference. While leading the Broncos, Fleck authored one of the most memorable turnarounds in college football history. The Broncos were 1-11 in his first year in 2013, but ended last season with a No. 12 ranking, a 13-1 record, a conference championship and a berth in the Cotton Bowl. Earning FBS Region 3 Coach of the Year from the American Football Coaches Association, Fleck was also named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award and the George Munger Award after Western Michigan became the first team in MAC history to win each of its eight league games by 14 or more points. “P.J. is a proven winner and a strong leader. He’s built a unique, positive culture that gets the best out of his students on the field and in the classroom,” said Coyle. “His infectious energy and passion make him a terrific coach and dynamic recruiter. I am excited he will be leading the Gophers for years to come.” Fleck, 36, is one the youngest and brightest minds in the game. He was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and this year led the Broncos to their first MAC Championship since 1988. Earning FBS Region 3 Coach of the Year from the American Football Coaches Association, Fleck was also named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award and the George Munger Award after Western Michigan became the first team in MAC history to win each of its eight league games by 14 or more points. Off the field, Western Michigan had a program-record seven student-athletes named to the 2016 MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete team and the Bronco team posted a 3.14 program GPA in its most recent semester.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Matt Patricia enters his fifth season as defensive coordinator and 13th year coaching in the NFL after he was named defensive coordinator on May 10, 2012. He originally joined the Patriots in 2004 as a coaching assistant. Patricia spent five seasons as the Patriots’ linebackers coach and one season coaching the safeties. Since moving to coach the Patriots on defense in 2006, the team has finished in the top-10 in fewest points allowed in nine of his 10 seasons with the defense. Patricia’s 2015 defense finished in the top 10 in the NFL (10th) in points again. The 49 sacks by his defense were sixth-most in franchise history and most in the Bill Belichick era. Patricia has also helped the Patriots lead the NFL in turnover differential in 2012 (+25) and 2010 (+28) and finished first in the AFC in 2011 (+17). The plus-28 turnover differential in 2010 is tied with the 2011 San Francisco 49ers for the second highest single-season differential in the NFL since 1970. Patricia joined the Patriots in 2004 as a coaching assistant and enjoyed immediate success, by helping coach the Patriots to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIX. The following season, Patricia aided Dante Scarnecchia as assistant offensive line coach in a season which the injury-riddled running back corps combined to rush for 1,388 yards on 395 carries. Prior to joining the Patriots, Patricia spent six seasons in the college ranks. Immediately preceding his move to the NFL, he was an offensive graduate assistant at Syracuse for three seasons. Prior to joining the Orange, he spent two seasons (1999-2000) as the defensive line coach at Amherst College. Patricia worked as an aeronautical engineer for two years before returning to coaching at Amherst in 1999. Patricia’s first coaching experience came in 1996, when he served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
HALL OF FAME GENERAL MANAGER
Pro Football Hall of Famer and six-time National Football League Executive of the Year Bill Polian joined ESPN in March 2012. Polian’s ESPN role focuses on the NFL Draft, free agency and the multitude of other business-related aspects of pro football, including player transactions, trades, salary cap issues and league rules. One of the most accomplished front office executives in NFL history, Polian helped build multiple successful franchises during his 24 years as a General Manager. In all, his teams made 17 playoff, eight conference championship game and five Super Bowl appearances, including the Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts. He also has the distinction of having drafted five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning, arguably one of the top players ever to play the position. Widely praised as both a top talent evaluator and influential executive, Polian is the first six-time recipient (1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2009) of the NFL Executive of the Year award from The Sporting News, an honor bestowed on him by his peers. He served on several league committees: Competition Committee, Diversity Committee, Management Council Senior Executive Committee and Chairman of the College Relations Committee. He also played a key role in the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011 that prevented the loss of regular season games, establishing long-term labor peace. Polian was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. He was inducted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in October 2012 and will be inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor on January 1, 2017. He was also honored by the New Orleans Touchdown Club with the prestigious Pete Rozelle Award in March 2013 for his distinguished contributions to the NFL. Additionally, Polian received the 2015 Bud Selig Mentoring Award by the McLendon Scholarship Steering Committee, composed of 26 minority athletics administrators, for being €œat the forefront in creating equal opportunities for minorities in the field of athletics.”
MINNESOTA VIKINGS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Pat Shurmur enters his 19th season of NFL coaching in 2017, taking over as Offensive Coordinator after handling the job for the final 9 games of 2016 on an interim basis. During his NFL coaching career, Shurmur has been a part of teams that have qualified for the playoffs 8 times, won 6 division crowns and played in Super Bowl XXXIX vs. New England to cap the 2004 season. The 2016 Vikings battled injuries along the offensive line and inserted QB Sam Bradford as the starter in Week 2 after a preseason trade following a season-ending injury to Teddy Bridgewater. The veteran QB was reunited in Minnesota with Shurmur in 2016 after the duo had worked together in St. Louis (2010) and Philadelphia (2015). Bradford broke the NFL single-season completion % mark with his 71.6% effort and set a new Vikings record for completions in a season with 395, interception % (0.9; 5-in-552 att.) and completion % (71.6) in a season. Bradford notched the 4th highest passer rating in Vikings history (99.3) and the highest of his career along with 8 games with a passer rating of 100+ in the season, the most in his career and the 2nd-most by a Vikings QB. The Vikings offense was ravaged with injuries along the line but found success in the air with TE Kyle Rudolph setting team records for receptions in a season (83) and career TDs (29). The WR unit was led by breakout performer Adam Thielen, who led the club with 967 yards, and Stefon Diggs led the team with 84 catches and 903 yards. Thielen entered 2016 with 20 career catches for 281 yards with 1 TD and posted 69 for 967 and 5 TDs during the season, highlighted by a 12-catch, 202-yard, 2-TD day at Green Bay, tied for the 3rd-best receiving yardage day in Vikings history.
NEW YORK GIANTS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
FORMER UNIVERSITY OF OREGON HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
Mark Helfrich is the former head football coach at Oregon. three seasons the Ducks have flourished under the native Oregonian’s guidance, accumulating a 33-8 record (.805) and wins in the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl over Texas (30-7) and in the 2015 Rose Bowl over Florida State (59-20). He had helped orchestrate the continuation of the program’s offensive firepower in his brief head coaching tenure as the Ducks led the league in total offense (fifth in the country) for the sixth year in a row in 2015, in scoring offense (fifth in the nation) for the ninth straight season, and in rushing (fifth nationally) for the 10th time in many years. Helfrich led Oregon to a first-year mark of 11-2 and a victory in the Alamo Bowl in 2013, joining Ducks’ alum John Robinson as the league’s only other coach to win a bowl game in his inaugural season (USC, 1976). But 2014 resulted in an entirely different standard of success. While becoming only the school’s second football coach ever to lead the program to a National Championship appearance, he guided Oregon to more single-season victories (13) than any other school in conference history. In the process, Helfrich avenged his only regular-season loss of the year to Arizona with a convincing 51-13 win in the conference championship game, handed defending national champion Florida State its only setback in two seasons, and benefitted from the play of the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner ever. Only one other team in school history had ever won as many as 11 football games in a single season (2001) prior to his arrival as offensive coordinator in 2009 €“ Helfrich now has been a part of five teams to do so €“ three as an Oregon assistant (2010, 2011, 2012) and two others in a head coaching capacity. However he may have overcome his biggest challenge in 2015. Faced with breaking in a new quarterback who was limited to only one quarter of play during a four-game stretch, the Ducks overcame a 3-3 start to win their final six regular-season outings against a schedule that would include nine opponents who advanced to the postseason. Included were wins over the likes of Washington, California, Stanford, and USC who were all positioned among the nation’s top-25 at one point of the season. The 42-year-old Helfrich was appointed the school’s 32nd head football coach on Jan. 20, 2013, following a quartet of seasons as the Ducks’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the program’s most prolific era in school history. Oregon tallied a 46-7 ledger and four BCS bowl appearances from 2009-12. He had spent three seasons as an offensive coordinator and 11 years coaching quarterbacks prior to his return to Eugene. The first native Oregonian to head the university’s football program in 71 years was named the program’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach following three seasons in the same capacity at Colorado (2006-08), five years as quarterbacks coach at Arizona State (2001-05) – which included his final three campaigns in Tempe, Ariz., as passing game coordinator – and three seasons as quarterbacks coach at Boise State (1998-2000). It didn’t take long for Helfrich to be recognized for his impact on the Ducks’ offensive success as he was named by FootballScoop as its National Quarterbacks Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012, in addition to being one of three finalists as its national offensive coordinator of the year honor. Following the 2014 season, the Ducks’ former graduate assistant coach (1997) was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach-of-the-Year Award as well as the Maxwell Football Club Coach-of-the-Year honors. He played a significant role in the development of Darron Thomas, who went on to lead Oregon to the 2011 BCS National Championship Game as a first-year starter, as well as the 2012 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. Thomas became the school’s first signal-caller to throw more than 30 touchdowns in a single season on two separate occasions, finishing his collegiate career with a then school-record 66 scoring strikes. Helfrich then tutored Pac-12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year and three-time first-team all-conference choice Marcus Mariota, who not only quarterbacked the Ducks to a 35-17 win over Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl but became the program’s first freshman to earn first-team all-league honors since 1989. But that was only the beginning as Mariota completed his collegiate career as the Ducks’ third unanimous first-team All-American in school history as well as their first Heisman Trophy winner ever. He proceeded to become the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and the most decorated football player in the program’s annals. Over the course of his last 16 seasons, Helfrich has played a role with offenses that have ranked among the nation’s top-eight in scoring offense nine times, the top-seven in passing efficiency five times, the top-six in rushing five times and the top-five in total offense seven times.
OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
Bob Stoops has been the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma since 1999. During the 2000 season, Stoops led the Sooners to an Orange Bowl victory and a national championship.
Prior to coaching at Oklahoma, Stoops held various coordinator and position-coach positions at Iowa, Kansas State and Florida. In 2000, Stoops led his team to three consecutive wins over ranked teams including
Texas, Kansas State and Nebraska. Stoops was awarded the 2000 Paul “Bear” Bryant Award and the 2000 and 2003 Walter Camp Coach of the Year.
YOUNGSTOWN UNIVERSITY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
Bo Pelini has been the head football coach at Youngstown State since 2015. Prior to that, he served as head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers from December 2007 until November 2014.
Prior to leading the football program at Nebraska, he was the defensive coordinator for the LSU Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Former Head Football Coach
University of Minnesota
North Illinois University
Jerry Kill is a former head football coach and current Associate Athletic Director for Administration at Kansas State University. He played college football at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas from 1979 to 1982. Kill served as the head coach at Saginaw Valley State University, Emporia State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Northern Illinois University and the University of Minnesota. During the course of his career he was credited with bringing several programs to new heights, and these successes led to increasingly more prestigious coaching positions. Yet, despite his regular season success, when Kill was forced to retire for health reasons, he left the game without ever having won a single FBS bowl or post-season game.
Director of Analytics
Matt Sheldon is the director of analytics and football research for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He is a professional football coach, analyst and researcher with extensive NFL experience in research/analytics, coaching, quality control and video editing with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. Additionally, he has worked with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Wisconsin Badgers of the NCAA. Sheldon also served as director of sports solutions development with Zebra Sports, the official provider of player tracking for the NFL. Sheldon has consulted with teams and leagues at the professional, collegiate and high school levels in North America and Europe. His areas of focus include strategy/tactics and decision-making, athlete tracking systems and elite athlete performance. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and the University University of Wisconsin M.B.A. Program.*
Victor John Fangio is the current defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). Prior to the Bears, Fangio was defensive coordinator for San Francisco 49ers, the Stanford Cardinal, linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens and defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Carolina Panthers.*
North Dakota State
Matt Entz guided one of the top defenses in Division I football in his first year as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at North Dakota State in 2014.Entz coached a pair of All-Missouri Valley Football Conference linebackers in Carlton Littlejohn and Travis Beck. Littlejohn led the Bison with 117 tackles and was second nationally with four forced fumbles. He came to NDSU in January 2014 after one season as the associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Western Illinois in 2013, and spent three previous years at Northern Iowa. He was named the AFCA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008.
Legendary Football Coach
Randy Hart has served as a college assistant coach for over forty seasons including over twenty at the University of Washington. Hart primarily served as a defensive line coach during his career. Hart coached under four College Football Hall of Fame members, Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, Jim Young, and Don James. Hart’s participation in 10 Rose Bowls are the second most in the game’s history. Hart retired from coaching after the conclusion of the 2015 season.
Legendary Head Football Coach
Lou Holtz has served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary (1969-1971), North Carolina State University (1972-1975), the University of Arkansas (1977-1983), the University of Minnesota (1984-1985), the University of Notre Dame (1986-1996), and the University of South Carolina (1999-2004), compiling a career record of 249-132-7. Holtz’s 1988 Notre Dame team went 12-0 with a victory in the Fiesta Bowl and was the consensus national champion. Holtz is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. Holtz also coached the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL) during the 1976 season. On May 1, 2008, Holtz was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Head Football Coach
Bill O’Brien is the current head coach of the Houston Texans of the National Football League.. He was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 2012 to 2013. O’Brien began his coaching career in 1993 at Brown University before spending more than a decade coaching in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He joined the New England Patriots in 2007 where he eventually served as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 2011. In his first season as head coach, he led the team to an 8-4 record and won ESPN’s National Coach of the Year award. After the 2012 season, O’Brien garnered significant interest to return to the National Football League (NFL) as a head coach and interviewed with both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. O’Brien decided to stay at Penn State, citing that it would send a poor message to leave after just one season. After his second season, he left Penn State to become the head coach of the Texans. [Wikipedia]
Former Head Football Coach
Mack Brown was most recently head football coach of the Texas Longhorns football team of the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a college football commentator for ESPN. Prior to his head coach position at Texas, Brown was head coach at Appalachian State, Tulane, and North Carolina. Brown is credited with revitalizing the Texas and North Carolina football programs. The Longhorns beat the University of Southern California in the 2006 Rose Bowl, Ohio State at The Horseshoe in September 2005, and division rival Oklahoma in 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2013. The 2005 season was capped off by victories over Colorado and USC to win the Big 12 Conference and national championships, respectively. In 2006 he was awarded the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award for “Coach of the Year.” On November 27, 2008, Brown achieved his 200th career win, making him the first Texas coach to reach that mark. [Wikipedia]
Rod Marinelli joined the Dallas Cowboys on January 18, 2013 as the club’s defensive line coach, and on January 28, 2014, he was promoted to defensive coordinator. Marinelli has 40 years of coaching experience, including 20 in the NFL. Dallas, Marinelli was with the Chicago Bears for four seasons, serving as the club’s assistant head coach/defensive line coach in 2009 followed by three seasons as the club’s assistant head coach/defensive coordinator (2010-12). Through his 10 years with Tampa Bay, the defensive line accounted for 328.5 sacks – tops in the league during that span among NFL lines. In 2002 Tampa Bay led the NFL in total defense (252.8) and points-per-game (12.3) en route to the club’s Super Bowl XXXVII win. Before making the leap to the NFL coaching ranks, Marinelli was an assistant at the collegiate level for 20 years. He coached the defensive line at Southern California (1995), was assistant head coach/defensive line at Arizona State (1992-94) and was the defensive line coach at the University of California (1983-89) before adding the responsibilities of assistant head coach at the school (1990-91). He began his collegiate coaching career at Utah State in 1976 and spent six seasons as the school’s defensive line coach (1976-81) before coaching the offensive line and special teams in 1982. His first coaching job was as an assistant at his alma mater, Rosemead, Calif., High School from 1973-75. [Wikipedia]
Head Football Coach
Ron Rivera is the current head coach of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Rivera played college football at the University of California in Berkeley, and was recognized as an All-American linebacker. He was selected in the second round of the 1984 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears, and was a backup on the 1985 team which won Super Bowl XX. As a coach, Rivera was the defensive coordinator for Bears in the 2006, who were NFC champions and competed in Super Bowl XLI. In 2011, he was named head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Rivera was recognized as the NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2013 and in 2015.Since taking over the Panthers, he has led the team to three straight divisional titles, and an appearance in Super Bowl 50.
Head Football Coach
Jacksonville Jaguars Head Football Coach, Gus Bradley has been added as a featured speaker to the University of Notre Dame’s Coaches Clinic. Coach Bradley just completed his first season as the Head Coach in Jacksonville. He played college football at North Dakota State University, where he helped win the 1988 NCAA Division II National Football Championship as a free safety and punter. Bradley started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at North Dakota State in 1990, and went on to hold several coaching positions there, including linebackers coach, defensive coordinator, and assistant head coach. In 2006, Bradley joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their defensive quality control coach, working closely with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. In 2007, he was promoted to linebackers coach. Bradley was then hired by the Seattle Seahawks as their defensive coordinator in 2009. In 2012, he coached the Seahawks’ defense to 4th in the league in yards allowed and 1st in the league in points allowed. It was the second consecutive season that his defense finished in the top 10 in both categories.
Legendary Football Coach
Dante Scarnecchia recently retired after the 2013 season with the New England Patriots. Coach Scarnecchia started his career at his alma mater, California Western University. He would also go on to coach at Iowa State, Southern Methodist University, Pacific, and Northern Arizona before starting his coaching career in the NFL. His first job in the NFL was as a Special Teams and Tight Ends Coach for the New England Patriots from 1982 to 1988. He then spent two seasons as the Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line Coach before returning to the New England Patriots for the rest of his career. In total, Coach Scarnecchia spent 30 years as a New England Patriots coach, with the last 14 as Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach. He is the only coach in Patriots history to be a part of all seven Super Bowl teams. He retired with three Super Bowl Championships.
Legendary College Football Coach
Dan Radakovich retired from his 48 year football coaching career in 2008. He spent 30 years coaching college football, and 18 years coaching in the NFL. Radakovich began his career at his alma mater Penn State in 1957, where he remained an assistant coach until 1969. Radakovich was responsible for coaching the linebackers when Penn State became known as “Linebacker U.” While coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line from 1974 to 1977, he won two Super Bowls. He would go on to coach for the 49ers, LA Rams, Broncos, Vikings, Jets, Browns, and St. Louis Rams in the NFL, while also coaching at Cincinnati, Colorado, and North Carolina State in college, before completing his career with 13 seasons at Robert Morris. Radakovich led RMU’s defensive unit to many impressive seasons. In 2006, he led the Colonials to first in total defense in the FCS and second in all of Division I. The 2006 team also led the FCS in pass defense and pass efficiency defense, while finishing in the top eight in rushing defense, sacks, and tackles for loss
Head Football Coach
Central Michigan University
John Bonamego is the current head football coach at Central Michigan University of the Mid-American Conference. He has two decades of college and pro coaching experience. He played college football at Central Michigan. Bonamego has also coached for Maine, Lehigh and Army at the college level. He has been an assistant for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints in the NFL.
High School Recruiting Analyst
Tom Lemming is a high school football recruiting analyst. Tom Lemming serves as the host of The Lemming Report on CBS Sports Network, the only national weekly high school football recruiting show. He is the editor of The Tom Lemming Prep Football Report, considered by many to be “the bible” of college football recruiting.
Former Nevada Head Coach
Creator of the “Pistol Offense”
Christopher T. Ault (born November 8, 1946) is a former American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served three stints at the head football coach at the University of Nevada, Reno (1976-1992, 1994-1995, 2004-2012), leading the Nevada Wolf Pack to a record of 233-109-1 over 28 seasons and guiding the program from the NCAA’s Division II to Division I-AA in 1978 and then to Division I-A in 1992. Ault was also the athletic director at Nevada from 1986 to 2004. He was the school’s starting quarterback from 1965 to 1967. He is currently a consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Ault was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2002, seven years after his first retirement from coaching in 1995.
Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Line Coach
Notre Dame Alumnus
Andrew Robert Heck (born January 1, 1967) is a former professional football player, an offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, and Washington Redskins. He played twelve seasons in the NFL and is the current offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Born, a New Years baby, Jan 1 1967, in Fargo, North Dakota, Heck attended W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb southwest of Washington, D.C.. He enrolled at the University of Notre Dame, where, as a co-captain, he helped lead the Fighting Irish to a national championship in 1988 under head coach Lou Holtz. Heck was a first round selection of the Seattle Seahawks in the 1989 NFL Draft, the fifteenth overall pick, and signed a five-year contract exceeding $2.7 million following a one-week holdout.
Heck moved into coaching and spent three years at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, starting with two years as a graduate assistant. He moved to the NFL as an assistant coach in 2004.
2001-2002 University of Virginia (GA)
2003 University of Virginia (TE)
2004-2005 Jacksonville Jaguars (AOL)
2006-2012 Jacksonville Jaguars (OL)
2013- Kansas City Chiefs (OL)
Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach
2009 AP Coach of the year
Marvin Ronald Lewis (born September 23, 1958) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). Lewis has held the position since January 14, 2003, and is currently the second-longest tenured head coach in the NFL behind Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. He is also the longest tenured coach in Bengals history. Previously, he was the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens from 1996 to 2001, whose record-setting defense in 2000 helped them win Super Bowl XXXV 34-7 over the New York Giants.
Taking over after a franchise worst 2-14 record in 2002, Lewis led the Bengals in 2005 to their first winning season and first AFC North division title in fifteen years. He is the first Bengals coach since team founder Paul Brown in 1970 to be named coach of the year by the Associated Press, an award he won in 2009 following a 10-6 regular season and another division title. Lewis has guided the Bengals to five straight playoff appearances from 2011-2015 and an 8-0 start in 2015, both firsts in franchise history, and holds the record for most wins as a Bengals head coach.
Former NFL Head Coach
Innovator of the “No Huddle Offense”
Samuel David “Sam” Wyche (born January 5, 1945) is a former American football player and current coach at Pickens High School in South Carolina. Wyche is a former player and former head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. Perhaps best known for introducing the use of the No-huddle offense as a standard offense (as opposed to use at the end of the half), Wyche’s greatest achievement as a head coach was leading the Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, which they lost to the 49ers 20-16, relinquishing the lead with only 34 seconds remaining.
Wyche’s 64 wins with the Bengals were the most by a coach in franchise history until October 30, 2011, when he was surpassed by Marvin Lewis.
Chicago Bears Head Coach
2009 CFL Coach of the year
Marc Marlyn Trestman (born January 15, 1956) is an American football coach who is the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL).
Trestman has also served as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He led the Alouettes to two consecutive Grey Cup championships and was named CFL Coach of the Year in 2009. He played college football as a quarterback for three seasons with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, and one season at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
New England Patriots Head Coach
5 time Superbowl Champion
American football head coach, Bill Belichick was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1952. The son of a longtime college coach, Belichick got his own start in coaching in 1975 when he took a job with the Baltimore Colts. By the 1980s, he was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants and praised as one of the brightest minds in the game. After a rocky stint as head coach of the Cleveland Browns in the early 1990s, the New England Patriots hired Belichick in 2000. He’s guided the franchise to four Super Bowl victories.
PAC-12 Network Analyst (2012)
UCLA Head Coach (2011)
Rick Neuheisel is an American football analyst, former coach, former player, and attorney. He served as the head football coach at the University of Colorado Boulder from 1995 to 1999, at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2002, and at his alma mater, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), from 2008 to 2011, compuling a career college football coaching record of 87-59. From 2005 to 2007, Neuheisel was an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL), as quarterbacks coach for two seasons and offensive coordinator for one.
Special Teams Coach
New Orleans Saints
In McMahon’s first season as coordinator in 2008, New Orleans finished as one of only four teams to rank in the top 10 in both punt return average (fourth) and kickoff return average (eighth). Bush scored on two punt returns vs. Minnesota to tie an NFL record. Hartley, an undrafted rookie at the time, started his field goal streak by making all 13 attempts.McMahon served as assistant special teams coach for his first two years in New Orleans, following a one-year stint as tight ends/special teams coach at East Carolina. In 2005, the Pirates finished in the top 20 in the nation in field goal accuracy and had a pair of solid return men. McMahon also tutored tight ends as part of a staff that directed ECU to the fourth-highest passing total in school history. He spent 13 years at the University of Illinois (1992-2004), working primarily with the special teams, tight ends and wide receivers.
One of the game’s finest teachers and motivators over the last quarter-century, Murphy is Harvard’s all-time winningest coach, and since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, only one Ivy coach has compiled more wins than his 156. His Harvard teams have captured nine Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, ’04, ’07, ’08, ’11, ’13, ’14, ’15) and have combined to own the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision’s best record over the last 15 seasons (123-26, .826).Murphy is the first Harvard coach since the iconic Percy Haughton to lead the Crimson to three unbeaten, untied seasons in his tenure (2001, ’04, ’14). Having previously coached five seasons at Cincinnati and two at Maine, Murphy owns career records of 188-108-1 overall, 156-63 with the Crimson and 17-5 in The Game, the annual rivalry tilt between Harvard and Yale.
Urban Meyer is currently the head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Meyer served as the head coach of the Bowling Green Falcons from 2001 to 2002, the Utah Utes from 2003 to 2004, and the Florida Gators from 2005 to 2010. During his time at the University of Florida, he coached the Gators to two BCS National Championship Game victories, during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. Meyer’s winning percentage through the conclusion of the 2009 season (.842) was the highest among all active coaches with a minimum of five full seasons at a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program.In 2014, he led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten Conference title under his tenure as well as the program’s eighth national championship.
San Fransisco 49ers
Chip Kelly is the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He is the former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Before coaching in the NFL, he was the head coach for the University of Oregon Ducks from 2009 to 2012, leading the program to four consecutive BCS bowl game appearances including the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.
Former Head Coach (Miami Dolphins)
Current Assistant Coach (Indianapolis Colts)
Philbin is the offensive line and assistant head coach for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, a position he held from 2012 to 2015. Philbin was also the former Offensive Coordinator of the Green Bay Packers, guiding the Packers to a win in Super Bowl XLV.
Head coach Brian Kelly, a veteran in his 26th season as a collegiate head coach, brings a championship tradition to his seventh year as the 29th head football coach at the University of Notre Dame. Currently the winningest active coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Kelly has guided the Irish to 55 wins over his tenure, ranking fifth in school history. Kelly is the first coach to ever take Notre Dame to a bowl game in each of his first six years at the helm. His 149 victories as a head coach since 2001 are more than all but two active FBS head coaches.