What to Watch For at the 2015 AFCA Convention

It’s almost time for my favorite time of year, clinic season. Once again, the AFCA will be kicking off 2015 with the National Convention, and boy are there a lot of great speakers.

You can find the link to the complete schedule of speakers and events at the bottom of this article. There is always a lot going on at the convention, but below you’ll find the list of speakers who really caught my eye as I was going through the schedule.

(Thanks to jml on Coach Huey’s forum for helping me find this)

Personally I’m most excited about getting to listen to Paul Johnson speak, as I have stated over and over again that I believe he is most underrated playcaller and offensive mind in college football.


4:00 PM – National HS Coaches Forum

  • Howard Schnellenberger – Retired Head Coach of Louisville, Miami, and Florida Atlantic
  • Dr. Brian Hainline – Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA

5:00 PM – Ruffin McNeil – East Carolina

7:00 PM – Coordinator’s Philosophy – Calling Plays in the Red Zone – Mike Canales – University of North Texas


9:00 AM – Graduate Assistant/ Career Forum

  • James Franklin – Penn State
  • Van Malone – SMU
  • Glen Caruso – University of St. Thomas
  • Kalen DeBoer – Eastern Michigan
  • Dutch Baughman – 1A Athletic Director’s Assoc
  • Carlos Alvarado – Chairman – Murray St

General Sessions

1:50 PM – A Message from AFCA President Mike Welch

2:10 PM –┬áBret Bielema – Arkansas

3:10 PM – Doc Holliday – Marshall

4:10 PM – The Master Coach Series

  • Jerry Moore – (Retired) Appalachian State University
  • Bill Curry – (Retired) Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Georgia State
  • Ken Sparks – Carson-Newman
  • Grant Teaff – AFCA

6:00 PM – Defensive Playcalling – Don Brown – Boston College


8:00 AM – Dr. Greg Shelley – Rise Above Performance – Creating a Championship Culture – Coaching the New Generation Student Athlete

9:00 AM – John Wristen – Colorado State University – Pueblo – Building it from Scratch and Having Fun doing It

General Sessions

1:50 PM – AFCA Special Presentations

2:10 PM – Joe Ehrmann – Coach For America

3:10 PM – Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech

4:10 PM – Gary Patterson – TCU

The full list of speakers is available on the AFCA’s site here.

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