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 …

Bryan Nardo

Inside the Headset: Bryan Nardo

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the Defensive Coordinator at Gannon University, Bryan Nardo. Coach Nardo discusses his start in coaching and his career path, his defensive and recruiting philosophy, and the impact the AFCA has had on his career. Bryan Nardo is currently coaching at Gannon University as the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach. He was appointed in February 2022 after 2 years at Youngstown State and 8 years at Emporia State. Coach Nardo was named the Great Lakes Football Conference Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 while working at Missouri S&T in Rolla, MO. He was also selected as a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute …

Inside the Headset: Jameson Croall

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Jameson Croall, the Head Coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Coach Croall explains the unique opportunity coaching at a service academy, his coaching path, and some key takeaways from his involvement with the AFCA. Coach Croall was recently named USMMA Football’s head coach in August 2022. This will be his 11th year with the program, first as HC. The previous 10 years Coach Croall served as the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach. A 2009 graduate of Springfield College, Croall played for four years as an offensive lineman for the Pride while earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education. He graduated with his master’s degree from Springfield in 2020. …

Inside the Headset: Eli Gardner

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Stonehill College’s head football coach Eli Gardner. Coach Gardner discusses the new changes in a coach’s career, the change to Division 1 FCS for Stonehill College, and his experience with the AFCA 35u35. Coach Gardner is in his seventh year as the head coach at Stonehill. He served in other roles at Stonehill before taking over the head coaching position with experience as the special teams & defensive coordinator and associate head coach. Coach Gardner was a part of the 2018 AFCA 35U35 class at the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, NC. Coach Gardner is a 2008 graduate of Western New England University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports …

Inside the Headset: Juwan Lewis

This week on Inside the Headset we are featuring Davenport University’s running backs coach, Juwan Lewis. Coach Lewis discusses his passion for educating others, shares how his faith guides him to pour into both his players and his family, and reflects on the impact his community has had on his coaching career. Coach Juwan Lewis joined the Davenport staff in 2021 as the running backs coach and high school recruiting coordinator. Prior to coaching at Davenport Coach Lewis was an influential leader at the University of Findlay. Coach Lewis has also coached at Hiram College and Mount Union. Coach Lewis started coaching following a career in Arena Football. Coach Lewis played college football at Eastern Michigan University and Ferris State …

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: Paul Michalak

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Trinity University’s Assistant head coach, and the AFCA’s D3 Assistant Coach of the Year, Coach Paul Michalak. Coach Michalak talks about both his and his family’s football journey, shares what it is like recruiting at a non-scholarship, high academic performance university, and gives us insight into the advanced technology used to run Trinity’s camps.