Cody Schultz, running backs and tight ends coach for the Buccaneer Football team, is one of 30 former student-athletes and select individuals who aspire to be future collegiate football coaches who have been selected to attend the 2015 NCAA and AFCA Future Football Coaches Academy (FFCA). The 2015 FFCA will take place January 11-13, 2015, in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
Schultz completed his first season with the Bucs in 2014.
The FFCA is an educational event for student-athletes who recently completed their collegiate eligibility and select individuals who have shown a desire to enter the college football coaching profession; who want to learn about the industry; and who want to explore coaching careers with the primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. For many, their passion for the game remains as their playing days reach an end, and they have turned to coaching to stay involved with the sport they love.
“I am proud that the NCAA is able to continue collaborating with the AFCA to offer a wonderful opportunity for the next generation of football coaches to learn about the intricacies of the coaching profession,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer, “and, most importantly, how to become effective and efficient leaders within the realm of intercollegiate athletics.”
The 2015 group will hear from East Carolina University football coach Ruffin McNeill, and then get the opportunity to hear from former FFCA participants regarding their progress since attending past NCAA and AFCA Future Football Coaches Academies, which includes Gerald Chatman, assistant coach and assistant recruiting coordinator at Butler University; Rob Calabrese, offensive graduate assistant at the University of Central Florida; Spencer Danielson, linebackers coach at Azusa Pacific University; and James Daniels, running backs coach at Becker College.
Participants will also attend various AFCA Convention sessions geared toward the graduate assistant experience, including a panel featuring Pennsylvania State University football coach James Franklin and Southern Methodist University defensive coordinator Van Malone.
The Future Football Coaches Academy is one of three football-centric programs offered annually by NCAA leadership development tailored to the specific points in a football coach’s career: The NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy in February provides an opportunity for current full-time position and assistant coaches at NCAA member institutions and current and former NFL athletes to expand their knowledge and insight into the world of college football coaching. In June, the NCAA Champion Forum kicks off a unique, yearlong professional development opportunity for current coordinators, assistant and associate coaches to grasp a realistic view of the role of a head football coach and the preparation necessary to build a successful program.
NCAA leadership development and members from the Association selected the participants for the 2015 Future Football Coaches Academy. The group, which is located at the NCAA national office, coordinates and facilitates cutting-edge education and customized training for student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators from NCAA membership institutions, conference offices and the national office. The staff annually hosts more than 20 programs at little or no cost to the membership, with expert curriculum designed to enhance the well-being and personal development of NCAA student-athletes, and provides ongoing education and topical training to athletics professionals who identify and serve student-athlete needs. For more information, visit ncaa.org/leadershipdevelopment
The participants, in addition to Schultz, selected for the 2015 FFCA are:
Kevin Abrams, graduate assistant coach, defense and special teams, State University of New York at Buffalo
Ryan Barry, wide receivers coach, North Carolina Wesleyan College
Kevin Callahan, running backs coach, Amherst College
Michael DeTerlizzi, graduate assistant coach, defense and football operations, Charleston Southern University
Siriki Diabate, graduate assistant coach, linebackers, Syracuse University
James Emma, defensive line coach, California Lutheran University
Troy Emrey, graduate assistant coach, wide receivers, Sul Ross State University
Wes Graham, quarterbacks coach, Knox College
Henry Harvey, cornerbacks coach, Mount Saint Joseph University
John Hughes, assistant defensive line coach, Sacramento State University
Tristian Johnson, linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coach, Kentucky Wesleyan College
Marcus Jones, defensive back and kick returner, University of Minnesota
Philip Kaiser, linebackers coach, defensive intern, Wilmington College
Eli Keimach, graduate assistant coach, offensive unit, Duke University
Tony Koehling, graduate assistant coach, offensive line, Ohio University
Kevin Koger, assistant coach, tight ends and special teams, University of Michigan
Rick Lyster, assistant defensive coach, Monmouth University
Nicholas Mata, wide receivers coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach, Johnson C. Smith University
Brett Nelson, quarterback, University of Louisville
Ralph Ord, running backs coach, Austin College
Matt Purdom, offensive line coach, Drake University
Sean Reeder, assistant coach, offensive line and tight ends, California Lutheran University
Ty Reed, quarterbacks coach, McDaniel College
Jaquon Robinson, running backs coach, Troy University
Brody Rohach, quarterback, Wayne State University
Curry Sexton, wide receiver, Kansas State University
Connor Waggoner, assistant coach, defense, Humboldt State University
Vernard Williams, running backs coach, Williams College
Mike Young, assistant coach, defensive line, Central College