May 27, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS - University of Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly was a guest speaker May 26 at the 2010 NCAA Football Coaches Academy in Indianapolis. Kelly spoke to the attendees about leadership, specifically what he feels are characteristics of a good leader including how leaders should be cognizant of their own strengths and weaknesses.
Among those invited to attend was Lorenzo Guess, assistant director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame. Guess was tight ends coach at the University of Cincinnati in 2009 and was the defensive backs coach at Kentucky State in 2007 and Tiffin in 2005.
The mission of the NCAA Football Coaches Academy is to assist ethnic minority football coaches with career advancement through skills enhancement, networking and exposure opportunities while raising awareness regarding the substantial pool of talented ethnic minority coaches.
The objectives of the program are to: increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure head coaching positions, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in head coaching at the intercollegiate level, motivate assistant coaches and coordinators to pursue careers as head coaches at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, introduce ethnic minority coaches to senior-level coaches and administrators, raise public awareness of the existing talent pool of ethnic minority coaches and promote the coaching profession to student-athletes, graduate assistants and others.
The Football Coaches Academy is designed to improve and reinforce various aspects of securing, managing and excelling in head football coaching positions at the intercollegiate level. Recognized football coaches, leaders in athletics and higher education will serve as faculty for the three-day workshop.
Coaches must apply to attend the workshop and are required to have at least three years college football coaching experience. The NCAA also offers a Future Football Coaches Academy for recent graduates interested in the coaching profession as well as an Expert Coaches Academy that requires at least eight years of college football coaching experience.