NCAA News Release
NCAA Selects 25 Coaches for NCAA Expert Coaches Academy, May 29-31, in Miami
For Immediate Release
Friday, May 19, 2006
Associate Director of Public and Media Relations
--- The NCAA has selected the 25 football coaches who will participate
in its 2006 NCAA Expert Coaches Academy, which takes place May 29-31 at
the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida.
Expert Coaches Academy is one of the NCAA’s initiatives that addresses
the critical shortage of ethnic minorities in head coaching positions
in the sport of college football, primarily at the Division I level.
Of the current 117 Division I-A head football coaches, five are
African-American. In Division I-AA, there are two African-American
head football coaches and one Native American head football coach.
Less than 2.7 percent of head football coaches in all NCAA divisions
are ethnic minorities, excluding the historically black coaches and
The 25 football coaches selected for the Expert Coaches Academy are:
Dino Babers, University of California at Los Angeles, recruiting coordinator/running backs coachJonathan Cannon, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, offensive coordinatorGerald Carr, University of Buffalo, offensive coordinatorJon Carr, University of Toledo, wide receivers coachJames Franklin, Kansas State University, offensive coordinatorGregory Green, Kentucky State University, defensive coordinatorMichael Haywood, University of Notre Dame, offensive coordinator/running backs coachAnthony Jones, Alabama A&M University, head football coachBrian Jones, University of Missouri, running backs coachErnest Jones, Central Michigan University, assistant football coachAubrey Kelly, Indiana State University, defensive coordinatorAaron Kelton, Columbia University, assistant football coach, defensive backs coachRonald Lambert, Tennessee State University, defensive coordinatorMichael Locksley, University of Illinois, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coachWilliam Humberto Lund, Colby College, special teams coordinator/linebackers coachWoody McCorvey, Mississippi State University, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coachGeorge McDonald, Western Michigan University, defensive coordinatorOrlando Mitjans, Eastern Kentucky University, assistant football coachJay Norvell, University of Nebraska, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coachKenneth Allen Phillips, Fayetteville State University, head football coachRoderick Plummer, Cornell University, defensive back coach/special teams coordinatorMichael Simpson, University of Albany, defensive coordinatorDwayne Walker, University of California at Los Angeles, defensive coordinatorEarnest Wilson, New Mexico State University, assistant football coachTom Williams, San Jose State University, defensive coordinator
mission of the Expert Coaches Academy is to assist the coaches with
career advancement, networking and exposure opportunities, and to raise
awareness regarding the substantial pool of talented and qualified
coaching candidates. Most of the participants are Division I-A or I-AA
offensive or defensive coordinators, assistant head coaches, head
coaches in Division II or III, or have experience in years that
elevates them to the consideration level for head coaching positions.
NCAA Expert Coaches Academy program has had two participants attain
status of head coach since the program began in 2004. Norries Wilson,
who participated in the 2004 NCAA Expert Program, was named head
football coach at Columbia University in December 2005. Ron Prince,
who participated in the 2005 NCAA Expert Program, was named the head
football coach at Kansas State University, also in December 2005.
the span of one prolific week, two recent graduates of the NCAA Coaches
Academy have been selected as head football coaches in Division I,”
said Charlotte Westerhaus, vice president of the NCAA Office of
Diversity and Inclusion. “That not only reflects well on the stellar
quality of the academy, but most importantly, it speaks directly to the
outstanding caliber of recent participants,” Westerhaus said referring
to coaches Prince and Wilson.
The coaches will participate in workshops during the three-day program that focus on:
communication (networking, booster relations, interviewing skills, building a portfolio)fiscal responsibility (fundraising, budgeting, development)building
a successful football program (managing staff, game strategy,
maintaining relationships with senior officials at the university, in
athletics departments, alumni, student-athletes, faculty and the
community)compliance (gambling issues, NCAA rules and regulations/infractions, agents, integrity, mental choices); and academics (fraud, support, retention, success)
NCAA administers its Expert Coaching Academy with support from the
American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); the Black Coaches
Association (BCA); and the National Football League (NFL). The academy
will precede the BCA convention, which also is being held at the Doral
Golf Resort and Spa.