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Reno Football Clinic: Speakers

Max Miller Presents the
36th Annual
Reno Football Clinic Of Champions
February 24 - 25, 2017 - Grand Sierra Resort

Tim Brantner

Tim Brantner
McQueen Youth Football - Head Coach

9 years coaching High School Varsity football as an Offensive Coordinator.
12 Years of coaching youth, 8 as head coach for 6-13 year olds.
I retired from high school to coach my own son in youth football.
My record as head coach in youth the last 7 years is 51-5 and 46-2 over the last six seasons. My teams have been in 5 straight Championships and are going for our 3rd win.
I have been the head coach for FBU all-star teams the last 3 years.

Jamar Cain

Jamar Cain
San Jose State

Coach Cain comes to San Jose State after three seasons at North Dakota State. He was instrumental in consensus All-American Kyle Emanuel winning the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award as the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The new San Jose State defensive line coach spent one season at Wyoming (2013), four seasons at Cal Poly (2009-12), three seasons at Missouri State (2006-08) and a season at Ohio University (2005). The 2002 New Mexico State University graduate began his college coaching career in 2004 as the recruiting coordinator at Sacramento City College.
Jamar is an outstanding defensive line coach – very technical. He’s had an incredible run the last three years at North Dakota State. He’s from Sacramento and he’s going to be a great recruiter of the Sacramento area for us. He understands (recruiting) the Bay (Area) and he understands California,” Brennan said

Tim Camp

Tim Camp
Eastern Oregon University - Head Coach

Tim Camp became the head football coach at Eastern Oregon University in February 2008.

During his time as head coach, he has compiled a record of 47-40, which is the second most wins in program history. He sits two wins away from becoming the all-time winningest football coach at EOU.

In 2008 Coach Camp took over an EOU program that went 1-10 in 2007 and in his first season as the head coach, he compiled a 5-6 record in a very difficult Frontier Conference. The Mountaineers improved to 7-4 in his second season as head coach. The seven wins is the second most wins in a single season, and only the third time in the program’s 81-year history that any team has achieved that.

Eastern Oregon won five games in 2010 but finished third in the Frontier Conference. Under Coach Camp’s guidance the Mountaineers broke 18 school records. In 2011, the Mountaineers won a program high eight games in the season, marking the fourth time in program history that EOU has won seven or more games in a season.

EOU finished the 2013 season with a 6-5 record, which saw the Mountaineers win six of its last seven games, including wins over No. 3 Carroll, No. 21 Montana Western and No. 25 Southern Oregon. EOU broke five school records in 2013.

Coach Camp has produced 53 All-Frontier Conference players, including the 2012 Frontier Defensive Player of the Year and the 2009 Co-Frontier Offensive Player of the Year, and 10 All-Americans.

Prior to be named head coach at EOU, Camp served as an assistant coach for two years at EOU. He served as an offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and camp coordinator.

Before coming to EOU, Coach Camp served as the offensive coordinator at Bucknell University and the offensive line and tight ends coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

From 1997-2002, Camp served as offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. In 2000, he was promoted to offensive coordinator.

Camp's collegiate coaching career began in the fall of 1996 at Western Oregon University, where he coached the offensive line, tight ends and special teams.

Camp earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Oregon State University in 1995. He was a four-year starter on the offensive line for the Beavers, and received All-Pac-10 honors. Camp signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers after his OSU graduation.

Jeff Casteel

Jeff Casteel
University of Nevada - Defensive Coordinator/LB

Veteran defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel enters his first season as a member of the Nevada coaching staff under head coach Jay Norvell. He also coaches the Wolf Pack linebackers.

Casteel runs the 3-3-5 defensive scheme, utilizing a three defensive linemen and a host of linebackers and defensive backs. He has more than 30 years of coaching experience and was Football Scoop’s 2014 Linebackers Coach of the Year, Rivals' 2007 Defensive Coordinator of the Year and the 2008 Big East Coordinator of the Year.

He has coached in 15 bowl games, including 14 straight from 2001 to 2015. While at Arizona, Casteel helped the Wildcats to four straight bowl games and tutored, among others, linebacker Scooby Wright, who became a unanimous All-American and the Pac-12’s Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year. Wright was among the top five nationally in total tackles, tackles for loss (29), sacks (14) and fourth in forced fumbles in 2014.

Casteel was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at West Virginia during the 2003-11 seasons and spent the 2002 season in Morgantown as co-coordinator. He worked with the defensive line at WVU in 2001 and as defensive ends coach at UTEP in 2000.

Among some of Casteel's noteworthy defenses at WVU were units that were No. 4 nationally in turnover margin in 2003; No. 7 nationally in turnover margin and No. 15 in total defense in 2005; best in the Big East and No. 13 nationally in rushing defense and 25th in turnover margin in 2006; No. 7 in total defense, No. 8 in scoring defense, No. 9 in turnover margin and top-20 marks in sacks and rushing defense in 2007; No. 11 in scoring defense and top-20 marks in turnover margin and pass efficiency defense in 2008; and No. 3 nationally in total defense in 2010.

He was the defensive line and strength coach at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W. Va., in 1989 and 1990 and assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 1991 to 1999 at Shepherd before moving to Division I football at UTEP. Shepherd teams won West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles six times while he was assistant head coach. He was part of a WVU staff that led the Mountaineers to an average of 10 victories per season from 2006-11, two of those under Rich Rodriguez.

He began his coaching career at California University in Pennsylvania as a graduate assistant from 1984-86, and then coached the defensive line at Palmetto High School in Miami, Fla., for a year.

Casteel has coached in 15 bowl games in his career: 2015 New Mexico Bowl, 2014 Fiesta Bowl, 2013 Independence Bowl, 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, 2011 Orange Bowl, 2010 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Gator Bowl, 2008 Car Care Bowl, 2007 Fiesta Bowl, 2006 Gator Bowl, 2005 Sugar Bowl, 2004 Gator Bowl, 2003 Gator Bowl, 2002 Continental Tire Bowl, 2000 Humanitarian Bowl.

Casteel and his wife, Rosemary, have two children, Jacob and Sarah. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from California University (Pa.).

Coaching Career
2017 – Nevada, defensive coordinator/linebackers
2012-15 – Arizona, defensive coordinator/linebackers
2003-11 – West Virginia, defensive coordinator/linebackers
2002 – West Virginia, co-defensive coordinator/linebackers
2001 – West Virginia, defensive line
2000 – UTEP, defensive ends
1991-99 – Shepherd University (W. Va.), assistant head coach/defensive coordinator
1988-90 – Shepherd University (W. Va.), defensive line/strength and conditioning
1987 – Palmetto High School (Miami, Fla.), defensive line
1984-86 – California University (Pa.), graduate assistant

Timmy chang

Timmy Chang
University Nevada Reno - TE/Inside Receiver Coach

Chang joins Nevada's staff as the inside receivers coach. Chang comes to Nevada from Emory & Henry, where he was the team's offensive coordinator last year. Emory & Henry finished 6-4 last season and averaged 33 points per game.

Coach Chang the former Hawaii quarterback set the NCAA record for total offense (16,910) while accounting for 123 touchdowns. He was a four-time All- WAC pick. He also has been an assistant at SMU (2012-2013) and Jackson State (OC from 2014-2015) after a four-year career in the NFL and CFL.

"Timmy is a ball of energy and a very smart person," Emory & Henry coach Curt Newsome said when hiring Chang. "Any school would be lucky to have a coach like him, and I know that we'’re excited. He's a great guy."

Steve Dilley

Steve Dilley
Carson High School - Defensive Coordinator

Coach Dilley made his mark the past several years as Carson High’s special teams coordinator now he is running Carson’s defense

Dilley played high school football at Burrows High in Ridgecrest, Calif., and then went on to play two years at Siskiyous Community College. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

"I'm excited," said Dilley, who has worked with defensive backs, wide receivers and run special teams under Roman in the past seven years.

Dilley came to the Carson program when Roman took the reins from Shane Quilling seven years ago. Dilley’s hard work, especially coordinating special teams, has earned Roman’s respect.

BS/MS Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
2008- Present- Carson High School
Sierra League titles 2009, 20010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
4x Regional Finalist
2002-2006- Burroughs High School
Desert Sky League Title 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
2005 CIF Southern Section Title

Shawn Dupris

Shawn Dupris
Damonte Ranch High School - Head Coach

2012-Present -- Damonte Ranch High School, Reno, NV
Head Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator

2007-2011-- Bonanza HS, Las Vegas, NV
Head Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator

2006 -- Centennial HS, Las Vegas, NV
Varsity QB/WR/DB

2002-2005 -- Rapid City Stevens HS, Rapid City, SD
Varsity QB/WR/DB

2000-2001 -- Karlskoga Sweden Wolves, Sweden
Professional Football
Starting QB/Offensive Coordinator

1998-2000 -- Rapid City Central HS, Rapid City, SD
Varsity QB/WR

Rapid City Central (1993)
Graduated with Honors 308 GPA
Academic All State Football
National Honor Society Member

Southwest State University Marshall , Minnesota-general studies
Cameron University-Lawton, OK --Health/Physical Education
Grand Canyon University - Masters of Education

**Rapid City Central HS (1990-1993)**
Multiple Passing and Touchdown Records for the school and South Dakota
1993 - All State Quarterback
1993 - Elite 45 state/region winner
1993 - South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year

**Post 22 American Legion Baseball**
Four Year Starter

**Rapid City Central HS**
Three year starter Basketball

**Southwest State University (1993-1996)**
Starting QB
2 Time All Conference Quarterback
Multiple School and NCAA/NAIA Passing and Touchdown Records
Led nation in passing 2 years
All American 2nd Team

**Cameron University**
Two year starting pitcher -Varsity Baseball

**Karlskoga Wolves Professional Football Club (2000-2001)**
Starting Quarterback and Offensive Coordinator
Led League in Passing, Touchdown and Points scored

American Legion Post 320
Head Coach

South Middle School
Head Basketball Coach-7th Grade

South Middle School
Head Basketball Coach -8th Grade

Tony Franks

Tony Franks
St. Mary's High School - Head Coach




Tim Garcia

Tim Garcia
Butte College - Secondary & Special Teams Coach

Tim enters his thirteenth season with the Roadrunners and will coach the corners and special teams. He also coordinated the strength & conditioning program for numerous years. Garcia was named Samson Equipment 2012 Junior College Strength Coach of the Year. Garcia's eighteen year experience, will help the Roadrunners continue their strong tradition. Garcia was responsible for running back Alex Green's (Hawaii/Green Bay Packers) development at Butte. Garcia also aided in the developed of Mycal Swaim (E. Michigan/Tampa Bay Buccaneers). While at Bishop Amat High School , Garcia coached quarterback Chris Rix (Florida State) and Jason Leech (USC). Tim also teaches classes in the Kinesiology and Public Service Departments.

The Garcia File

Lives in Chico

High School: Bishop Amat, La Puente , Ca
College: Mt. San Antonio (1984-85)
College: Chico State University (B.A., Public Administration)?Chico State University (M.A., Kinesiology, 2005)

Playing Experience:
1984-85 Mt. Sac
1986-87 Chico State University

Coaching Experience:
1989 Northview HS (Secondary, Special Teams Coordinator)
1995 Bishop Amat HS (Junior Varsity, Assistant coach)
1996-99 Bishop Amat HS (Head Freshman Coach, Assistant Varsity)?2000 Bishop Amat HS (Linebackers, Special Teams Coordinator)
2001-02 Butte College (Safeties, Special Teams Coordinator)
2005-10, Butte College (Running Backs)
2011 Butte College (Safeties/Special Teams Coordinator)
2012- Present/ Butte College (Corners/Special Teams Coordinator)

Bowl/Playoff Experience:
2001 Tri Counties Bank Holiday Bowl
2002 Tri Counties Bank Holiday Bowl
2005 US Bank Holiday Bowl
2007 Stockman's Bank Bowl?2008 State Center Bowl
2008 California State Championship
2009 Premier West Bank Bowl
2010 ASBG Bowl?2011 Grafitti Bowl
2012 State Center Bowl
2013 Gridiron Classic Bowl
2013 California State Championship
2014 Gridiron Classic Bowl (State Playoffs)

Fred Kelley

Fred Kelley
Sacramento State - Special Teams Coordinator

Former Sacramento State player Fred Kelley is in his third tenure as a member of the coaching staff. Kelley serves as the team's tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.

Kelley also served as the team's special teams coordinator from 2013-15. In his final year, punter Smith Heath earned honorable mention all-Big Sky honors after averaging a career high 41.1 yards per punt. Heath placed 24 of his 66 punts inside the 20-yard line and had only two touchbacks during the season.

During the 2016 season, Kelley saw four of his tight ends combine to catch 22 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown. The group was led by John McGill who had 13 receptions for 112 yards and a TD.

Kelley coached three all-Big Sky selections during the 2014 season. Kicker Brad Cornish earned first team all-league honors after tying the Sacramento State single-season record with 14 made field goals and finishing the year with 98 points. Tight end Chris Broadnax and special teams standout Russell Smith each were named honorable mention. Broadnax caught 26 passes for 281 yards with a pair of touchdowns while Smith had 58 tackles in eight games and played on all four special teams.

In 2013, Kelley saw solid production from each of his position groups. Four tight ends combined to catch 43 passes for 396 yards and seven touchdowns. The group was led by freshman Cole Hikutini who ranked second on the team five TD catches. On special teams, Justin Weldon recorded the finest season by a punter in school history. Weldon was named second team all-Big Sky after averaging 44.9 yards per punt which placed him fourth nationally and second in the conference. Weldon also set Sacramento State records with a career average of 44.2 yards per punt and with a long of 78 yards which came against UC Davis.

Kelley previously coaches at Sacramento State in 2007-08. During that time, he worked with the offensive line and helped mentor Matt Lemley, Kyle Leitzke and Ray Navar to all-Big Sky Conference honors. He returned for the 2011 season where he was the offensive assistant.

Kelley spent the 2012 season at Humboldt State and served as the Lumberjacks' offensive line coach.

The Northern California native also played for the Hornets during the 2005 season and ended the year with 17 total tackles, including one for loss. Prior to coming to Sacramento State, he spent one year at Idaho and two at Los Medaños JC. At LMC, he played fullback and linebacker. As a sophomore in 2001, he was named the school's Male Athlete of the Year and also earned all-conference honors at linebacker.

After his playing career, Kelley spent two years as the head junior varsity football coach at Florin High School in Sacramento. He has also worked as a strength and conditioning coach at San Jose State. Kelley was the assistant offensive line coach at UC Davis in 2010 and also served as the head coach of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield for two years. While leading Rodriguez, he helped the Mustangs to a Solano County Athletic League title in 2009.

Matt Kirk

Matt Kirk
University Nevada Reno - Safety Coach

Kirk is a longtime junior college coordinator in Southern California. He played receiver at Victory Valley College and went on to play at Chico State. He coached at a number of juco programs, including East Los Angeles College, El Camino College, West Los Angeles College and, most recently, Long Beach City College. He’s been a defensive coordinator since 2008.

Matt Mumme

Matt Mumme
University Nevada Reno - Offensive Coordinator/QB

A disciple of the noted “Air Raid” offensive attack, Mumme comes to the Pack after four seasons as the head coach of LaGrange College in Georgia. He played quarterback at Kentucky under his father, Hal Mumme, one of the noted architects of the pass-happy Air Raid system.

Mumme arrived in Reno with 14 years of coaching experience under his belt, including 10 as an offensive coordinator at New Mexico State, Southeastern Louisiana, McMurry, Davidson and LaGrange. In his coaching career, he has guided a top-10 passing offense in the nation 11 times, including three times as the top passing offense in the nation and once as the top team in total offense.

Mumme’s offense led the USA South conference in passing for the fourth straight year in 2016, averaging more than 360 yards per game. The Panthers led NCAA Division III in passing yards per game in 2013 and were sixth in 2014. They finished fifth in the nation in passing this season.

Mumme’s offenses at Davidson broke numerous school records. Quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff broke the school passing record and was sixth in the nation, while receiver Lanny Funsten became an All-American under Mumme, setting a single-season school record with 100 receptions.

In two seasons at McMurry, Mumme’s War Hawks were second in Division III in passing yards and led all of college football with 45 touchdown passes. His offense produced 6,699 passing yards and 71 touchdowns, driving the team’s first winning season in 10 years.

Mumme has coached 10 all-conference quarterbacks and receivers. Mumme also coached All-American quarterback Martin Hankins at Southeastern Louisiana. Hankins threw for 7,777 yards and 65 touchdowns and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, the Heisman Trophy for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Series.

His 2003 offense at SELU led the nation in both passing offense and total offense. The 2004 Lions offense also led the nation in passing under Mumme’s direction.
Mumme holds a degree in human environmental studies with a minor in business from the University of Kentucky, and he also earned a master’s in business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. His wife, Fayedra, is a licensed professional counselor.

Coaching Career
2017 – Nevada, Offensive Coordinator
2013-16 – LaGrange, Head Coach
2011-12 – Davidson, Offensive Coordinator
2009-10 – McMurry, Offensive Coordinator
2005-08 – New Mexico State, Co-Offensive Coordinator
2003-04 – Southeastern Louisiana, Quarterbacks Coach

Jay Norvell

Jay Norvell
University of Nevada - Head Coach

Jay Norvell was hired as the 26th head football coach in Nevada program history on Dec. 9, 2016, ushering in a new era of Wolf Pack football.

The appointment marks the first head coaching tenure for Norvell, but he is certainly well versed in the game of football with a 31-year coaching career that spans college football’s top levels and the National Football League. Norvell, 53, has coached in both the BCS National Championship Game with the Oklahoma Sooners and Super Bowl XXXVII with the Oakland Raiders.

Throughout his three decades of coaching, he has stops at Iowa, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, and most recently, Arizona State.

An All-Big 10 defensive back during a stellar playing career at Iowa, Norvell has made his coaching mark on the other side of the ball, coordinating offensive schematics while at Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona State. He’s tutored a number of top players, including NFL wide receivers Kenny Stills, Sterling Shepard, and Marvin Harrison, as well Ryan Broyles, who left Oklahoma as the NCAA’s all-time receptions leader.

Throughout his career Norvell has had a hand in postseason football as well with 14 bowl game appearances, including the 2009 National Championship, four NFL playoff games, and the Super Bowl appearance.

He spent the 2016 season with Arizona State, his only year with that program, before coming to Nevada. Prior to his time with the Sun Devils he served the 2015 season as the wide receivers coach at Texas and took over play-calling responsibilities for the Longhorns at the beginning of the season, helping to produce two wins over top 15 teams.

Before his one year at Texas, Norvell spent seven seasons at Oklahoma, which included three as the assistant offensive coordinator and receivers coach (2008-10), and four years as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach (2011-14). While with the Sooners he coached three of the top four players on OU’s all-time receptions list, including Broyles, Stills and Juaquin Iglesias, oversaw five of the program’s top six single-season reception marks, and helped his receiving corps earn 10 all-conference and three academic all-conference first team honors. In 2014, Oklahoma ranked 20th in the nation in scoring offense and was 23rd in total offense.

Under Norvell, the Sooners also had a strong rushing attack as the team ranked 10th in rushing offense in 2014 and was 18th in 2013, which were the program’s highest averages since 1990. He worked with a number of talented running backs at OU, including All-Pro Demarco Murray and All-American Samaje Perine.

Prior to his appointment at Oklahoma, Norvell served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both UCLA in 2007 and Nebraska from 2004-06. The Cornhuskers were one of only two teams in the nation to rank in the top 25 in total offense, scoring offense, rushing offense and passing offense in 2006. That same year Nebraska totaled nine wins and finished the regular season as Big 12 North Division Champions.

Aside from the college game, Norvell coached for six seasons in the NFL, four of which were with the Colts and two with the Raiders. While with Oakland he coached tight ends for two seasons and worked alongside an offense that included Hall of Fame receivers Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. His trip to the Super Bowl in 2002 was led by an offense that led the NFL in total yards and passing yards per game. Norvell joined the Colts coaching staff in 1998 as the wide receivers coach and mentored Harrison to 385 receptions, 5,376 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns during his tenure. His time with the Colts was also the first four seasons of two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning’s career.

Norvell was assistant head coach at Iowa State from 1995-97 where he worked with quarterbacks and receivers, including Sage Rosenfels, who went on to play with the Minnesota Vikings. From 1989-94, Norvell coached offensive line, receivers and special teams at Wisconsin, which followed his first full-time position as receivers coach at Northern Iowa in 1988.

A 1986 graduate of Iowa, Norvell was an All-Big Ten defensive back and recorded a league-high seven interceptions in 1985 as he helped the Hawkeyes put together a 10-2 record, a conference championship and a spot in the Rose Bowl. He was a member of the Chicago Bears in 1987 before he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater.

Norvell, who hails from Madison, Wis., has a wife, Kim, and son, Jaden. He is the author of a book, “Complete Wide Receiver,” which was published in 2012.

Tommy Perry

Tommy Perry
University Nevada Reno - Special Teams Coach




Paul Preheim

Paul Preheim
Golden West High School - Head Coach



Charlie Ramirez

Charlie Ramirez
Pittsburg High School - Defensive Coordinator



Bodie Reeder

Bodie Reeder
Eastern Washington University - QB Coach

The 2017 season will be the first season for Bodie Reeder as EWU's quarterbacks coach, having joined the Eagles on Feb. 1, 2017 after a three-year stint at Oklahoma State.

Reeder spent the 2014-16 seasons working with quarterbacks at OSU and working in offensive quality control. The former player and 2010 graduate of Eastern Illinois University previously was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin-Stout from 2011-14. He previously spent two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater.

Oklahoma State played in bowl games all three of Reeder’s seasons there, including victories in the 2016 Alamo Bowl (defeated Colorado 38-8) and the 2014 Cactus Bowl (defeated Washington 30-22). The Cowboys also played in the Sugar Bowl following the 2015 season (lost to Mississippi 48-20).

The 2016 OSU team was 10-3 and second in the Big 12 with a 7-2 record. The Cowboys were ninth in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in passing offense (323.9 per game) and 17th in scoring (38.6 per game).

Most recently, Reeder helped coach OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph, who was ranked seventh nationally in passing as a junior in 2016 with an average of 314.7 yards per game. He completed 63 percent of his passes for a total of 4,091 yards, 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

The previous season, Rudolph was 19th in FBS (290.0 per game), finishing with 3,770 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Quarterback J.W. Walsh accounted for 24 touchdowns (11 rushing, 13 passing) in 2015.

Reeder was an assistant at Wisconsin-Stout for four seasons, and was offensive coordinator his last three. Besides coaching the team’s quarterbacks, he also taught kinesiology at the school. Among the players he coached was all-conference quarterback Hank Kujak.

He coached in 2010 and 2011 as a graduate assistant at Eastern Illinois and worked with defensive backs.

Reeder began his college career at Wyoming, then transferred to Eastern Illinois where he had 3,741 passing yards, 23 touchdown passes, and 356 career completions in 30 games. The Panthers advanced to the NCAA playoffs in 2007 and 2009.

Reeder is a 2004 graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School in 2004, and in his career passed for 6,582 yards and 67 touchdowns. As a freshman starter, Reeder and M-S finished 4-5. But the table was set for three straight playoff appearance as the Bulldogs compiled records of 6-4, 7-3 and 11-1 in his final three seasons.

Eric Smith

Eric Smith
Winning Edge - Director of QB/Leadership Coach

Eric Smith is a former NCAA Division 1 Quarterback where he played at Bowling Green State from 1984-1988. He has also coached high school football in Redding, CA. Currently, he is the owner of Winning Edge Skills, a quarterback development business. Eric coaches quarterbacks and hosts Quarterback-Receiver Skill development camps throughout Northern California, Nevada and Oregon.

Eric is also a founding partner and certified leadership speaker, trainer and coach with the John C. Maxwell Team.

Eric has written articles on developing quarterbacks and developing leaders for American Football Monthly and is a regular contributor to USA Football.

Coach Smith can be reached at 530-945-4144
email: winningedgeqb@gmail.com
twitter: @winningedgeqbr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/winningedgeskills/
Web: www.winningedgeskills.com

Andrew Sowder

Andrew Sowder
San Jose State - Offensive Coordinator

Sowder was the wide receivers coach at Texas in 2016. The Longhorns were 16th nationally in total offense and featured running back D'Onta Freeman, the national rushing leader in average yards per game at 184.4. Sowder also was an assistant coach at Bowling Green, Eastern Illinois and West Texas A&M. The 2011 Baylor University graduate was a tight end for the Bears in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Mark Speckman

Mark Speckman
UC Davis - Offensive Coordinator

Mark Speckman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Vikings and his role of offensive coordinator.

Speckman joined the staff at Lawrence after serving for the last two seasons as the running backs and tight ends coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Speckman has a long and successful history as a head coach and is one of the experts in the game on the “Fly” offense.

Speckman was a head coach at the collegiate level for 15 seasons, including 14 at Willamette University. Speckman coached Willamette 1998-2011 and compiled a record of 83-59. The Bearcats won the Northwest Conference in 1999 and 2008 and made appearances in the NCAA Division III playoffs in 1999, 2004 and 2008.

Speckman’s 2008 team finished with an 11-1 record and was ranked as high as fourth nationally. Speckman was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year and was named American Football Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year in 2008. Speckman, who has been named a conference Coach of the Year 10 times, also served as the head coach at Menlo College in 2012 before going to the Canadian Football League.

Speckman and his wife, Sue, have three children, and live in Appleton.

Casey Taylor

Casey Taylor
Capital Christian - Head Coach &
Director of Northern California Football Coaches Alliance




Robert Tucker

Robert Tucker
U.C. Davis - Defensive Coordinator

Robert Tucker, a proven winner at the college and international levels throughout his 19-year career, is UC Davis’ new defensive coordinator. Throughout the last three seasons as the head football coach at West Hills College and Los Angeles Valley College, Tucker’s teams posted a combined 30-3 overall record and won a bowl game each year.

In 2014, West Hills College selected Tucker to lead its program — a decision that resulted in immediate success. Before his arrival, the team posted a 2-8 record; after he joined the staff, the Falcons won a Northern California Football Conference championship, posted the best record in school history by winning 10 of 11 games and hosted the school’s first bowl game since 1982.

This extraordinary season led the Golden Coast League to honor Tucker as its 2014 Co-Coach of the Year.

As was the case at West Hills, Los Angeles Valley College experienced an unprecedented level of success throughout his tenure by winning 20 of 22 games and collecting championships each of his two seasons. By capturing a Golden State Bowl title in 2015, the Monarchs ended a 19-year championship drought.

Not only did Tucker lead LAVC to another championship the following season, his team also set a new all-time school record by posting a perfect 11-0 record.

Tucker’s recent success at LAVC is another highlight of a storied coaching career that includes three bowl championships in as many seasons, five Division I bowl appearances at Boise State and Colorado, another bowl bid as a member of Oregon’s coaching staff, two NAIA National and two IFAF World Championships, most recently in 2015 as the U.S. National Football Team’s defensive coordinator.

Whether it is at the Division I, Division II, NAIA or international levels, student-athletes, players and teams thrived in the classroom, and on the field, under Tucker’s tutelage.

Throughout his six years at Boise State (2000-06), Tucker played a key role in the program’s rise to national prominence as a member of Hawkins’ coaching staff. As the team’s safeties coach and recruiting coordinator, the Broncos became a national power, and posted a 56-11 overall record, which included a 37-3 mark and a 31-game win streak against conference opponents.

Shortly after he accepted the Colorado’s head coach offer, Hawkins selected Tucker to help rebuild the program. From 2006-10, Tucker served as the team’s coordinator of recruiting and director of football operations before resuming his coaching career at the University of Sioux Falls.

In Tucker’s first year as the team’s assistant head coach/special teams coordinator and defensive back coach, Sioux Falls advanced to the NAIA Championship Game with a 13-1 record.

During the offseason, Tucker returned to the French Federation of American Football and gained additional international coaching experience as Team France’s defensive coordinator. After the National Team’s season ended, he returned home to resume his coaching duties at Sioux Falls.

When he arrives to campus, the Aggies’ new defensive coordinator will work alongside the individual responsible for his first professional position. Mere months after Tucker received his degree in 1997, Hawkins — Willamette’s head coach at the time — invited Tucker to join his staff as its defensive back coach/defensive line assistant coach.

As a Willamette student-athlete, Tucker led the football program to its first postseason appearance in 28 seasons. In addition to earning All-America honors as a senior, the program named him its Most Valuable Player and Male Athlete of the Year.

Tucker earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Willamette and a master’s degree in physical education, with an emphasis in athletic administration, from Idaho State.

A Northern California native, Tucker played for Mike Alberghini while attending Grant High School from 1989-’93, competing in the Optimist All-Star football and baseball games as a senior. He was also selected team captain in 1992 — the year Grant won its first San Joaquin Section championship.

Casey Taylor

Mark Watson
Oakridge High School - Offensive Coordinator