Inside the Headset: NAIA Regional Coach of the Year Panel

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring our NAIA regional coaches discussion. The coaches recap their seasons, their team’s culture, and reflect on some influential leaders in their life. The regional selections for NAIA are: Region 1: Mike Jasper, Bethel University (Tenn.) Mike Jasper recently led his Bethel Wildcats to an 11-1 record and a berth in the NAIA playoffs. Coach Jasper is a graduate of Bethel and was the first-ever Wildcat drafted to the NFL in 2011 when selected by the Buffalo Bills. He spent three years in the National Football League with the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and Carolina Panthers. Region 2: Jordan Langs, Indiana Wesleyan University Jordan Langs had successful stops at previous institutions such …

Inside the Headset: POI Convention Round Table

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring our 2022 Regional Power of Influence Award winners in a roundtable discussion. The coaches discuss their journey, some of the mentors who have had an impact upon them, and some pillars of their football program. 2022 AFCA/AFCF Regional Power of Influence Award winners are: Region 1: Jim Kelliher, Abington (Mass.) High School Region 2: Rodney Saulsberry Sr., Whitehaven (Tenn.) High School Region 3: Dwight Lundeen, Becker (Minn.) High School Region 4: John King, Longview (Tex.) High School Region 5: Todd Sloat, Fall River (Calif.) High School Jim Kelliher has been the head coach at Abington High School for 49 years and currently sits fourth for career victories in Massachusetts history with …

Inside the Headset: GA Panel

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring our GA panel from the 2022 AFCA convention. The panelists discuss what they look for in a GA, how to be successful, and maintaining discipline through adversity. Our speakers included Bret Bielema, Sean Lewis, Ryan Riemedio, Dr. Alvin Parker, and Julian Griffin. Bret Bielema recently completed his second season as the Head Coach of Illinois. Bielema arrived in Champaign with 24 years of collegiate coaching experience and a 12-year record of 97-58 as head coach at Wisconsin and Arkansas. While at Wisconsin, he led the Badgers to three Big Ten championships and six consecutive bowl games including two Rose Bowls. Coach Sean Lewis recently completed his fourth season as HC at …

Inside the Headset: Ryan Day

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Ohio State’s Head Coach, Ryan Day. Coach Day discusses his experience at previous conventions, being successful at a historic university, and maintaining efficiency within his football program. Coach Ryan Day is currently in his 4th year as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football program. Coach Day will be leading his program as the 4th seeded team in this year’s College Football Playoff. At the conclusion of this season, Coach Day will have completed his 21st year of coaching football in the collegiate/professional ranks. He has seen success at Ohio State in the form of 2 Big Ten championships, and Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl victories, and 3 CFP …

Inside the Headset: Mike Leach

This week on Inside the Headset, we are honoring the life and legacy of Coach Mike Leach with his general session from the 2009 convention. Coach Leach was a pioneer in the game and the AFCA and the coaching community are better because of his impact. One of the masterminds of the air raid offense and a pioneer for the coaching profession, Coach Leach’s impact helped inspire a change in college football offense and spurred on a new generation of coaches. He was a two-time national coach of the year, had a 158-107 (.596) record, and impacted many lives on and off the field. Coach Leach’s coaching tree spreads across the majority of Power 5 football as well as into …

Inside the Headset: Sonny Dykes

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Sonny Dykes, head coach at TCU, the #3 seed in the 2023 College Football Playoff! Coach Dykes discusses his coaching path, recruiting philosophy, and some keys to building a winning program. Coach Dykes was named head coach at TCU on November 30, 2021, after 4 successful seasons at SMU. He has worked with reputable coaches such as Hal Mumme and Mike Leach. In 2006, Dykes received the Mike Campbell Top Assistant Coach Award from the American Football Coaches Association. Coach Dykes is now leading his 12-1 Horned Frogs into the College Football Playoff in his first year as Head Coach at TCU. Show Notes: 2:10 How I got started in coaching …

Inside the Headset: Jeremy Hawkins

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the Defensive Line Coach and Defensive Run Game Coordinator from Eastern Kentucky, Jeremy Hawkins. Coach Hawkins discusses the adversity faced in the profession, the financial sacrifice of being a coach, and his professional development with the AFCA. Jeremy Hawkins joined Eastern Kentucky’s staff as the defensive line coach in January 2020. Coach Hawkins has also spent time as player personnel director at LSU and UAB. He was a four-year letter winner at Troy and earned his bachelor’s degree in sports and fitness management in 2009 and a master’s degree in sports administration in 2014. Coach Hawkins was also recently selected as a member of the 2022 AFCA 35 under 35 class …

Inside the Headset: Jacob Bronowski

This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Miami University Ohio’s Special Teams Coordinator, Jacob Bronowksi. Coach Bronowski talks about his journey to special teams coordinator, how he adjusts for close games, and how he navigates being a great coach and a great family man. Coach Bronowski is in his first season at Miami (OH) University as the Special Teams coordinator. Coach Bronowski has also had stops at Tennessee, UCF, and Robert Morris. He got his start in coaching in 2017 as a special teams graduate assistant at his alma mater at the University of New Mexico. He played quarterback at UNM (2013) and also spent time as a special teams student assistant with the Lobos in 2014-16 before …

Inside the Headset: Mike Dovenberg

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring The College of San Mateo’s Offensive Coordinator & QB’s coach, Coach Mike Dovenberg. Coach Dovenberg was also part of the inaugural AFCA 35 under 35 class. Coach Dovenberg discusses his win against cancer, the unique experience and challenges of coaching players in junior college football, and where he gained a lot of his insight and guidance as a young coach in the profession.