NCAA to host Champion Forum
'Still work to do' in realm of hiring minority coaches
The NCAA has invited 12 football coaches and eight directors of athletics from Division I programs to its 2012 Champion Forum, the top tier of the NCAA’s coaching academy programs. The Champion Forum will be held Tuesday-Thursday in Dallas, in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention.
The Champion Forum features a select group of football coaches who are identified as ready to step into a head football coaching position at an NCAA college or university. The Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences, along with the National Football League also serve as program organizers and sponsors, and help select the participants.
“The Champion Forum introduces the football coaches to individuals and processes that they otherwise might not have known or been exposed to,” said Robert Vowels, vice president for NCAA student-athlete affairs. “Networks are critical when seeking a head coaching position. We’ve seen progress in minority hiring at the head coach level in football, however, there is still work to do. The forum exposes underrepresented numbers to key networks in football which ultimately may help balance the diversity in the head coaching ranks.”
During the forum, Western Kentucky President Gary Ransdell, the football coaches, athletic directors and invited administrators and speakers will have time to develop professional relationships in a one-on-one environment. There will be simulated interview sessions, keynote speaker presentations, instruction on working with search firms, media training, NCAA enforcement guidance, and opportunities to discuss key aspects of becoming a head football coach in a more informal, private setting. The list of speakers includes NCAA, athletic conference and NFL administrators, current head coaches and business affiliates.
Through the forum, the football coaches will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of a number of issues and topics. These include the thought process of a director of athletics who is hiring a coach; the intricacies of being a head football coach at a college or university; how to best utilize outside resources, such as search firms; and how to manage a message when engaging in media and public speaking opportunities. They also will have time to meet with speakers to discuss their experiences and expertise.
|Harlon Barnett||Secondary||Michigan State||Greg Byrne||Arizona|
|Torrian Gray||Secondary||Virginia Tech||Jeff Long||Arkansas|
Special teams coordinator
|South Florida||John Currie||Kansas State|
|Greg Knox||Running backs||Mississippi State||Ross Bjork||Mississippi|
Associate head coach
Passing game coordinator
|Miami (Fla.)||Doug Woolard||South Florida|
|Kansas||Chris Del Conte||Texas Christian|
|Daron Roberts||Cornerbacks||West Virginia|
|Michael Smith||Wide receivers||Kansas State|
|Dennis Springer||Wide receivers||Northwestern|
|Lorenzo Ward||Defensive coordinator||South Carolina|