Football Coaches Clinic



2017 Speakers

PJ FLECK
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

P.J. Fleck is the head football coach at the University of Minnesota. Fleck comes to Minnesota after spending four years as the head coach at Western Michigan, where he was 30-22 overall and 21-11 in the Mid-American Conference. While leading the Broncos, Fleck authored one of the most memorable turnarounds in college football history. The Broncos were 1-11 in his first year in 2013, but ended last season with a No. 12 ranking, a 13-1 record, a conference championship and a berth in the Cotton Bowl.

Earning FBS Region 3 Coach of the Year from the American Football Coaches Association, Fleck was also named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award and the George Munger Award after Western Michigan became the first team in MAC history to win each of its eight league games by 14 or more points.

"P.J. is a proven winner and a strong leader. He's built a unique, positive culture that gets the best out of his students on the field and in the classroom," said Coyle. "His infectious energy and passion make him a terrific coach and dynamic recruiter. I am excited he will be leading the Gophers for years to come."

Fleck, 36, is one the youngest and brightest minds in the game. He was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and this year led the Broncos to their first MAC Championship since 1988.

Off the field, Western Michigan had a program-record seven student-athletes named to the 2016 MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete team and the Bronco team posted a 3.14 program GPA in its most recent semester.


MATT PATRICIA
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Matt Patricia enters his fifth season as defensive coordinator and 13th year coaching in the NFL after he was named defensive coordinator on May 10, 2012. He originally joined the Patriots in 2004 as a coaching assistant.

Patricia spent five seasons as the Patriots' linebackers coach and one season coaching the safeties. Since moving to coach the Patriots on defense in 2006, the team has finished in the top-10 in fewest points allowed in nine of his 10 seasons with the defense. Patricia's 2015 defense finished in the top 10 in the NFL (10th) in points again. The 49 sacks by his defense were sixth-most in franchise history and most in the Bill Belichick era. Patricia has also helped the Patriots lead the NFL in turnover differential in 2012 (+25) and 2010 (+28) and finished first in the AFC in 2011 (+17). The plus-28 turnover differential in 2010 is tied with the 2011 San Francisco 49ers for the second highest single-season differential in the NFL since 1970.

Patricia joined the Patriots in 2004 as a coaching assistant and enjoyed immediate success, by helping coach the Patriots to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIX. The following season, Patricia aided Dante Scarnecchia as assistant offensive line coach in a season which the injury-riddled running back corps combined to rush for 1,388 yards on 395 carries. Prior to joining the Patriots, Patricia spent six seasons in the college ranks. Immediately preceding his move to the NFL, he was an offensive graduate assistant at Syracuse for three seasons. Prior to joining the Orange, he spent two seasons (1999-2000) as the defensive line coach at Amherst College. Patricia worked as an aeronautical engineer for two years before returning to coaching at Amherst in 1999. Patricia's first coaching experience came in 1996, when he served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


BILL POLIAN
HALL OF FAME GENERAL MANAGER

Pro Football Hall of Famer and six-time National Football League Executive of the Year Bill Polian joined ESPN in March 2012. Polian's ESPN role focuses on the NFL Draft, free agency and the multitude of other business-related aspects of pro football, including player transactions, trades, salary cap issues and league rules.

One of the most accomplished front office executives in NFL history, Polian helped build multiple successful franchises during his 24 years as a General Manager. In all, his teams made 17 playoff, eight conference championship game and five Super Bowl appearances, including the Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts. He also has the distinction of having drafted five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning, arguably one of the top players ever to play the position.

Widely praised as both a top talent evaluator and influential executive, Polian is the first six-time recipient (1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2009) of the NFL Executive of the Year award from The Sporting News, an honor bestowed on him by his peers. He served on several league committees: Competition Committee, Diversity Committee, Management Council Senior Executive Committee and Chairman of the College Relations Committee. He also played a key role in the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011 that prevented the loss of regular season games, establishing long-term labor peace.

Polian was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. He was inducted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in October 2012 and will be inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor on January 1, 2017. He was also honored by the New Orleans Touchdown Club with the prestigious Pete Rozelle Award in March 2013 for his distinguished contributions to the NFL. Additionally, Polian received the 2015 Bud Selig Mentoring Award by the McLendon Scholarship Steering Committee, composed of 26 minority athletics administrators, for being β€œat the forefront in creating equal opportunities for minorities in the field of athletics."


PAT SHURMUR
MINNESOTA VIKINGS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Pat Shurmur enters his 19th season of NFL coaching in 2017, taking over as Offensive Coordinator after handling the job for the final 9 games of 2016 on an interim basis. During his NFL coaching career, Shurmur has been a part of teams that have qualified for the playoffs 8 times, won 6 division crowns and played in Super Bowl XXXIX vs. New England to cap the 2004 season.

The 2016 Vikings battled injuries along the offensive line and inserted QB Sam Bradford as the starter in Week 2 after a preseason trade following a season-ending injury to Teddy Bridgewater. The veteran QB was reunited in Minnesota with Shurmur in 2016 after the duo had worked together in St. Louis (2010) and Philadelphia (2015). Bradford broke the NFL single-season completion % mark with his 71.6% effort and set a new Vikings record for completions in a season with 395, interception % (0.9; 5-in-552 att.) and completion % (71.6) in a season. Bradford notched the 4th highest passer rating in Vikings history (99.3) and the highest of his career along with 8 games with a passer rating of 100+ in the season, the most in his career and the 2nd-most by a Vikings QB.

The Vikings offense was ravaged with injuries along the line but found success in the air with TE Kyle Rudolph setting team records for receptions in a season (83) and career TDs (29). The WR unit was led by breakout performer Adam Thielen, who led the club with 967 yards, and Stefon Diggs led the team with 84 catches and 903 yards. Thielen entered 2016 with 20 career catches for 281 yards with 1 TD and posted 69 for 967 and 5 TDs during the season, highlighted by a 12-catch, 202-yard, 2-TD day at Green Bay, tied for the 3rd-best receiving yardage day in Vikings history.


Matt Patricia enters his fifth season as defensive coordinator and 13th year coaching in the NFL after he was named defensive coordinator on May 10, 2012. He originally joined the Patriots in 2004 as a coaching assistant.

MIKE SULLIVAN
NEW YORK GIANTS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Pat Shurmur enters his 19th season of NFL coaching in 2017, taking over as Offensive Coordinator after handling the job for the final 9 games of 2016 on an interim basis. During his NFL coaching career, Shurmur has been a part of teams that have qualified for the playoffs 8 times, won 6 division crowns and played in Super Bowl XXXIX vs. New England to cap the 2004 season.

The 2016 Vikings battled injuries along the offensive line and inserted QB Sam Bradford as the starter in Week 2 after a preseason trade following a season-ending injury to Teddy Bridgewater. The veteran QB was reunited in Minnesota with Shurmur in 2016 after the duo had worked together in St. Louis (2010) and Philadelphia (2015). Bradford broke the NFL single-season completion % mark with his 71.6% effort and set a new Vikings record for completions in a season with 395, interception % (0.9; 5-in-552 att.) and completion % (71.6) in a season. Bradford notched the 4th highest passer rating in Vikings history (99.3) and the highest of his career along with 8 games with a passer rating of 100+ in the season, the most in his career and the 2nd-most by a Vikings QB.

The Vikings offense was ravaged with injuries along the line but found success in the air with TE Kyle Rudolph setting team records for receptions in a season (83) and career TDs (29). The WR unit was led by breakout performer Adam Thielen, who led the club with 967 yards, and Stefon Diggs led the team with 84 catches and 903 yards. Thielen entered 2016 with 20 career catches for 281 yards with 1 TD and posted 69 for 967 and 5 TDs during the season, highlighted by a 12-catch, 202-yard, 2-TD day at Green Bay, tied for the 3rd-best receiving yardage day in Vikings history.


MARK HELFRICH
FORMER UNIVERSITY OF OREGON HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

Mark Helfrich is the former head football coach at Oregon. three seasons the Ducks have flourished under the native Oregonian's guidance, accumulating a 33-8 record (.805) and wins in the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl over Texas (30-7) and in the 2015 Rose Bowl over Florida State (59-20).

He had helped orchestrate the continuation of the program's offensive firepower in his brief head coaching tenure as the Ducks led the league in total offense (fifth in the country) for the sixth year in a row in 2015, in scoring offense (fifth in the nation) for the ninth straight season, and in rushing (fifth nationally) for the 10th time in many years.

Helfrich led Oregon to a first-year mark of 11-2 and a victory in the Alamo Bowl in 2013, joining Ducks' alum John Robinson as the league's only other coach to win a bowl game in his inaugural season (USC, 1976).

But 2014 resulted in an entirely different standard of success. While becoming only the school's second football coach ever to lead the program to a National Championship appearance, he guided Oregon to more single-season victories (13) than any other school in conference history. In the process, Helfrich avenged his only regular-season loss of the year to Arizona with a convincing 51-13 win in the conference championship game, handed defending national champion Florida State its only setback in two seasons, and benefitted from the play of the school's first Heisman Trophy winner ever.

Only one other team in school history had ever won as many as 11 football games in a single season (2001) prior to his arrival as offensive coordinator in 2009 – Helfrich now has been a part of five teams to do so – three as an Oregon assistant (2010, 2011, 2012) and two others in a head coaching capacity.

However he may have overcome his biggest challenge in 2015. Faced with breaking in a new quarterback who was limited to only one quarter of play during a four-game stretch, the Ducks overcame a 3-3 start to win their final six regular-season outings against a schedule that would include nine opponents who advanced to the postseason. Included were wins over the likes of Washington, California, Stanford, and USC who were all positioned among the nation's top-25 at one point of the season.

The 42-year-old Helfrich was appointed the school's 32nd head football coach on Jan. 20, 2013, following a quartet of seasons as the Ducks' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the program's most prolific era in school history. Oregon tallied a 46-7 ledger and four BCS bowl appearances from 2009-12.

He had spent three seasons as an offensive coordinator and 11 years coaching quarterbacks prior to his return to Eugene.

The first native Oregonian to head the university's football program in 71 years was named the program's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach following three seasons in the same capacity at Colorado (2006-08), five years as quarterbacks coach at Arizona State (2001-05) - which included his final three campaigns in Tempe, Ariz., as passing game coordinator - and three seasons as quarterbacks coach at Boise State (1998-2000).

It didn't take long for Helfrich to be recognized for his impact on the Ducks' offensive success as he was named by FootballScoop as its National Quarterbacks Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012, in addition to being one of three finalists as its national offensive coordinator of the year honor.

Following the 2014 season, the Ducks' former graduate assistant coach (1997) was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach-of-the-Year Award as well as the Maxwell Football Club Coach-of-the-Year honors.

He played a significant role in the development of Darron Thomas, who went on to lead Oregon to the 2011 BCS National Championship Game as a first-year starter, as well as the 2012 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. Thomas became the school's first signal-caller to throw more than 30 touchdowns in a single season on two separate occasions, finishing his collegiate career with a then school-record 66 scoring strikes.

Helfrich then tutored Pac-12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year and three-time first-team all-conference choice Marcus Mariota, who not only quarterbacked the Ducks to a 35-17 win over Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl but became the program's first freshman to earn first-team all-league honors since 1989.

But that was only the beginning as Mariota completed his collegiate career as the Ducks' third unanimous first-team All-American in school history as well as their first Heisman Trophy winner ever. He proceeded to become the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and the most decorated football player in the program's annals.

Over the course of his last 16 seasons, Helfrich has played a role with offenses that have ranked among the nation's top-eight in scoring offense nine times, the top-seven in passing efficiency five times, the top-six in rushing five times and the top-five in total offense seven times.

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October 20
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Holy Cross College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
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October 20
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Duke
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October 20
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
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October 20
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Tallahassee, Fla. (Tully Gym)
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October 20
W, 3-1
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
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October 20
NTS
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
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October 21
W, 49-14
USC
Notre Dame, Ind.
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NBC
Game Week Central
October 21
NTS
Head of the Charles
Boston, Mass.
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October 21
NTS
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
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October 22
12:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Cobb Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
October 22
2:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)

ACC Network Extra
Live Stats
Live Stream
October 22
All Day
Head of the Charles
Boston, Mass.
October 22
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 23
All Day
Quail Valley Intercollegiate
Vero Beach, Fla. (Quail Valley GC)
October 23
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 24
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (DeMartin Soccer Complex)

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October 24
All Day
Quail Valley Intercollegiate
Vero Beach, Fla. (Quail Valley GC)
October 25
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
October 26
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Fetzer Field)

ACC Network Extra
October 26
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBC Sports Chicago Plus
October 27
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Cary, N.C. (WakeMed Soccer Park)

ACC Network Extra
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October 27
12:00 PM
Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
E.P. Tom Sawyer Park (Louisville, Ky.)
October 27
5:00 PM
Purdue
West Lafayette, Ind.

Live Results
October 27
7:35 PM
Nebraska-Omaha
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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October 27
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Landfall Tradition
Wilmington, North Carolina
October 28
3:30 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind.

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October 28
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Wilmington, North Carolina
October 29
TBA
ACC Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
October 29
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
October 29
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Colorado
Evanston, Ill.
October 29
TBA
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill.
October 29
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Landfall Tradition
Wilmington, North Carolina
November 1
7:00 PM
Indiana Univ. PA
Notre Dame, Ind.
November 1
TBA
ACC Championship First Round
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November 2
All Day
Oracle ITA National Fall Championships
Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
November 2
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Oracle ITA National Fall Championships
Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
November 3
7:00 PM
Bethel Ind.
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 3
TBA
ACC Semifinals
Charleston, S.C. (MUSC Health Stadium)
November 3
7:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)

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November 3
7:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
November 3
All Day
Oracle ITA National Fall Championships
Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
November 3
All Day
Oracle ITA National Fall Championships
Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
November 3
All Day
Arizona State Invitational
Tempe, Ariz. (Whiteman Tennis Center)
November 3
All Day
Redbird Invitational
Normal, Ill. (Gregory Street Tennis Courts)
November 3
All Day
Western Michigan Invitational
Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
November 3
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 4
3:30 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
November 4
4:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)
November 4
All Day
Oracle ITA National Fall Championships
Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
November 4
All Day
Western Michigan Invitational
Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
November 4
All Day
Redbird Invitational
Normal, Ill. (Gregory Street Tennis Courts)
November 4
All Day
Oracle ITA National Fall Championships
Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
November 4
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
Arizona State Invitational
Tempe, Ariz. (Whiteman Tennis Center)
November 5
TBA
ACC Championship Quarterfinal
Campus sites
November 5
TBA
ACC Final
Charleston, S.C. (MUSC Health Stadium)
November 5
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
November 5
All Day
Redbird Invitational
Normal, Ill. (Gregory Street Tennis Courts)
November 5
All Day
Arizona State Invitational
Tempe, Ariz. (Whiteman Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
Elite Invitational
Columbus, Ohio
November 5
All Day
Western Michigan Invitational
Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
November 5
All Day
Oracle ITA National Fall Championships
Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
November 5
All Day
Oracle ITA National Fall Championships
Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
November 7
7:00 PM
Cardinal Stritch
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 8
TBA
ACC Championship Semifinal
Campus sites
November 9
2:00 PM
Indiana and Cincinnati
Bloomington, Ind.
November 10
TBA
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Campus Sites
November 10
12:00 PM
NCAA Great Lakes Regional
LaVern Gibson Championship Course (Terre Haute, Ind.)
November 10
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 10
7:35 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 10
All Day
USA Fencing North American Cup
Kansas City, Mo.

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