header Max Miller's Clinic of Champions

Reno Football Clinic: Speakers

Max Miller Presents the
39th Annual
Reno Football Clinic Of Champions
March 1-2, 2019 - Grand Sierra Resort

TBD
Tony Amantia

Tony Amantia
Reed High School - Head Coach

Tony Amantia, in his first season at the helm at Reed, has led the Raiders to the Nevada Class 4A state football championship.

The Reed players say Amantia's energy got the program back on track after a devastating loss at Reno, 39-0, on Oct. 13. After that game, the Raiders rolled through the rest of the season, kept it going in the playoffs, and then avenged that loss to Reno by beating the Huskies in the Northern 4A Regional championship, 24-21.

Amantia said one of the first things he noticed when taking over the Reed program was how the good players are at getting fired up.

"We have an innate ability, that I haven't seen too many squads have, in all my years of coaching, where they really can get the juice going. When we play like that, we usually play pretty darn good," Amantia said. "I just tapped into it. I kind of have a little fire in me, so it kind of meshes, we get each other going."


Eric Borja

Eric Borja
Spanish Springs High School - Head Coach

 

 

 



Josh Brown

Josh Brown
Cal Poly - Defensive Coordinator

Josh Brown, who spent the 2009 season as the defensive quality control coach at the University of Kansas, working directly with the linebackers, was hired at Cal Poly in early 2010 as an assistant coach in charge of the inside linebackers. In April 2011 he was promoted to defensive coordinator.

The Mustang defense showed considerable improvement from 2011-13, climbing to No. 45 in scoring defense and No. 57 in total defense in the FCS in the fall of 2012. The 2013 team finished No. 19 in scoring defense and No. 25 in rushing defense.

Brown, is a 2003 San Jose State graduate with a bachelor's degree in sociology. He played football at San Luis Obispo High School in the early 1990s.

Brown coached the linebackers and was recruiting coordinator at Sacramento State for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Hornets posted their first six-win season in 15 years in 2008 and had the No. 14-ranked rush defense in the Football Championship Subdivision in 2007. Both squads produced a pair of first-team All-Big Sky Conference linebackers as well as an honorable mention.

Brown was a defensive graduate assistant at Arizona State in 2006, an assistant coach at Foothill College from 2000-05, an assistant at Gavilan Col-lege for the 1999 season and was linebackers coach at San Luis Obispo High School in 1998, helping the Tigers to a 12-2 mark and CIF-Southern Section runner-up finish.

At Cal Poly, Brown coached Buck Buchanan Award candidate Nick Dzubnar, who broke the school record for tackles in a season in 2014 and currently is on the roster of the Los Angeles Chargers. Rush linebacker Josh Letuligasenoa signed a free-agent contract with the Green Bay Packers following the 2017 NFL Draft.

A 1994 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, Brown played two seasons at Gavilan College and one year at Oklahoma. He earned his master's degree in curriculum and instruction, secondary education, at Arizona State in 2007.


Larry Cunha

Larry Cunha
Roseville High School - Head Coach

Coach Cunha has 31 years of teaching experience and 33 years of coaching experience. I have been Roseville High Schools' Head Varsity Football coach since 1992. I am the second longest tenured head football coach, at one high school, in the greater Sacramento area. I have coached high school football for 33 seasons. I have held the following coaching/athletic positions at Roseville High School: Head Varsity Football Coach, Assistant Varsity Football Coach, Head Freshman Football Coach, Head Track Coach, Assistant Track Coach, Assistant Wrestling Coach, Assistant Athletic Director and Interim Athletic Director.

My approach, be it in the class room or on the playing field, is simple and direct: set high standards and expectations and then work as hard as possible to exceed those standards and expectations. Work ethic, discipline, honesty, integrity, commitment and a good sense of humor are characteristics that I want our students and student-athletes to learn , develop, demonstrate and exhibit.

Coaching & Teaching Recognitions: Optimist All Star Head Coach; Assistant Optimist All Star Coach; National Football League, High School Coach of the year Finalist; National Football Foundation, Sacramento Chapter Distinguished Coaching Award; Sierra Foothill League Coach of the Year; Sierra Foothill League Football League Representative; Capital Valley Conference Football League Represenative; Teacher that Makes a Difference (twice).


Shawn Dupris

Shawn Dupris
Spanish Springs High School - Head Coach

Dupris was the Southwest Division coach of the year last season at Bonanza, where he posted a 23-28 record in six seasons. The Bengals began 2011 with seven wins in their first eight games and in 2010 averaged nearly 40 points per game.

 



Tony Franks

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

 

 



Jack Garceau

Jack Garceau
Rio Linda High School - Head Coach

 

 



Robert Gray

Robert Gray
Rincon High School - Head Coach

 

 



Fred Gruidici

Fred Gruidici
San Jose State - Special Teams Coach

Fred Guidici returned to San Jose State University in February 2017 as the Spartans' first quality control coach. He was named the Spartans' special teams coordinator again in February 2018. Guidici is in his second tenure as a San Jose State assistant football coach and his fifth season on the coaching staff.

His first coaching stint with the Spartans covered the 2012 through 2014 seasons. San José State enjoyed a variety of special teams successes.?He was the special teams coordinator all three seasons and coached the running backs in 2012 when the Spartans won the Military Bowl and finished 21st in the final Associated Press national poll.

The 2013 Spartans were the co-national leader for blocking seven opponent's kick scoring tries. Three of them came in the San Diego State game alone. For the first time in school history, the Spartans recorded back-to-back seasons of at least 100 kick-scoring points with a single-season team record 108 in 2012 and 105 in 2013. Punter Harrison?Waid and placekicker Austin Lopez finished their careers as the University's leaders in yards per punt and kick scoring points, respectively. The 2012 San José State team successfully executed its first onside kick attempt in two years which resulted in a touchdown in the school's 62-52 victory over #16-Fresno State. The win was the Spartans' first over a top-20 ranked opponent since the 2000 season.

Guidici joined the San José State University staff in March 2012 as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. That year, the Spartans set a single-season school record for kick-scoring points, produced the program's highest percentage of field goals made in a season, scored points on punt defense and tied the San José State season record for kickoffs returned for a touchdown record.

The 1989 San José State graduate has more than 25 years of professional and college coaching experience.?He coached at Santa Clara University for three seasons (1990-92), Stanford University for two seasons (1993-94), Menlo College (1996-2011) and College of San Mateo (2015-16). Guidici worked with Pro Football Hall of Fame and Super Bowl winning coach Bill Walsh (1931-2007) at Stanford as a defensive assistant coach.

Guidici spent the 1995 season with the Oakland Raiders as the defensive quality control coach. He moved on to the San José SaberCats of the Arena Football League in 1996 and coached the team's offensive and defensive lines and assisted with special teams coaching in his first three ARENA League seasons. Guidici returned to the Arena Football League's San Jose team as an assistant coach for the 2015 season. The SaberCats posted a 20-1 record and won the Arena Bowl - the league's equivalent to the Super Bowl.


Jonathan Himebauch

Jonathan Himebauch
Toronto Argonauts - Offensive Line Coach

Jonathan Himebauch enters his second season with the Double Blue. Himebauch returned to Toronto as the club's Offensive Line Coach midway through 2017 after previously serving as the team's Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach during the 2015 season. The native of Greenwich, Connecticut, has 19 years of coaching experience, including six seasons in the CFL and another seven with NCAA programs. In Toronto, Himebauch reunited with head coach Marc Trestman, who he previously coached with from 2009-2011 in Montreal where they won two Grey Cups (2010, 2011).

Career Coaching Experience
2017-Pres Offensive Line Coach, Toronto Argonauts
2016 Offensive Line Coach, Nevada (NCAA)
2015 Offensive Line Coach/Assistant Head Coach, Toronto Argonauts
2014 Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator, Edmonton Eskimos
2012-13 Offensive Line Coach, Wake Forest University (NCAA)
2009-11 Offensive Line Coach, Montreal Alouettes
2006-08 Offensive Line Coach, San Diego State (NCAA)
2005 Head Coach, Harvard-Westlake High School
2004 Offensive Line Coach, UNLV (NCAA)
2003 Offensive Line Coach, Calgary Stampeders
2002 Offensive Line Coach & Tight Ends, Santa Barbara City College
2000-01 Graduate Assistant on Offence, UNLV (NCAA)
1999 Offensive Line Coach, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
1998 Offensive Line Coach, Damien High School

Himebauch joined the Argonauts on September 12, 2017, and helped establish a newfound running attack that helped fuel a playoff run for the Argos. In the nine games following his hiring, the team averaged 100.6 rushing yards per game - up from 65.4 in the previous 11 games - and increased their average net offence from 372 yards per game to 428 yards per game. Under Himebauch's tutelage, Sean McEwen earned East Division Most Outstanding Lineman honours and received his first career CFL All-Star nomination.

In 2015, as the Argos' offensive line coach and assistant head coach, Himebauch helped coach an offence that ranked third in total points (375) and first in total touchdowns (33). Under Himebauch's tutelage, rookie offensive lineman Greg Van Roten was selected as an East Division All-Star in his first CFL season while running back Brandon Whitaker also received East Division Himebauch's football experience includes many years as a player, including one regular season game and a playoff game for the Toronto Argonauts in 1999. Himebauch spent time in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a member of the XFL with the Los Angeles Xtreme as well as NFL Europa with the Rhein Fire between 1998 and 2001. He played college football at the University of Southern California where he was a two-year starter at centre, a team captain and won a Rose Bowl championship over Northwestern in 1996.

Himebauch graduated from USC in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in English. He also earned a Master's degree in education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001.


Matt Hoeffs

Matt Hoeffs
Dublin High School - Head Coach

 

 



Steve Jacoby

Steve Jacoby
De LaSalle High School - Co Head Coach

 

 



Danny Jones

Danny Jones
Amador Valley High School - Head Coach

 

 

 


James Jones

James Jones
Cal Poly - D.L. Coach

James Jones III, associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Northern Colorado the last two seasons and who has coached at the college level for over two decades, joined the Mustang coaching staff in April 2018. He coaches the defensive line.

Jones was defensive line coach at San Jose State from 2013-15 and was special teams coordinator at Northern Colorado for the 2011-12 season. At San Jose State, he coached Travis Raciti (Eagles, Vikings, Broncos) and Isaha Irving (Bears).

Jones also coached at Dartmouth (2005, 2008-10), Kentucky State (2007), Kansas State (2006), Prairie View A&M (2004), Texas Southern (1996 as a student assistant, 2003), Wagner (2000-02), Cornell (1999), Morehouse (1998) and Bowling Green (1997 as a graduate assistant). He coached teams that competed in the 2006 Texas Bowl (Kansas State) and 2015 Cure Bowl (San Jose State).

Besides coaching defensive linemen, he was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M in Texas.

Jones received a bachelor's degree in biology from Texas Southern in 1998 and completed a master's degree in education at Wagner in 2002. He has completed National Football League coaching internships with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005 and the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.

Jones and his wife, Shondrela, have two sons, James IV (who plays football at Air Force) and Weslyn, and a daughter, Jzunie.

"It's great to be able to have a defensive coordinator from the Big Sky take our position as defensive line coach," said Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh. "His experience will be extremely valuable both to our position players as well as support for Coach Josh Brown on the defensive side of the ball.

"His recruiting experiences at San Jose State make him a valuable California recruiter as well," Walsh added. "Lastly, his time at Dartmouth allows him to understand the academic piece both as a recruiter and a mentor to our current players. We're excited to have him on our team."


Dave Keller

Dave Keller
Greenville High School - Co Head Coach

 

 

 


Frank Leonard

Frank Leonard
Trinity Christian - Head Coach

23 years Coaching
8 years CA JC Def Coordinator{Monterey Peninsula College}
2 Years Europe[Head Coach Naples,OC Lazio}
2 Years LB Coach Cal Poly SLO[93,94]
1 Year NAIA DC[Culver-Stocton,96]
3 years Head Varsity 11man,[Pacific Grove,North Salinas]
Last 7 years, Head Football Coach 
Trinity Christian High School, 8 Man [Monterey CA. ]

Current Record at Trinity 45-19[mid year 7]

Overall Carrer Head Coaching Record 73-32-1


Tim McCandless

Tim McCandless
Folsom High School - LB Coach

 

 

 



Travis Neese

Travis Neese
Varsity - West Regional Manager/UCLA Cheer Coach

Travis is a graduate of Arizona State University and a former cheerleader with the nationally-ranked Sun Devil Cheer Squad. In 2003, Travis moved to southern California and took over as State Director for the Universal Cheerleaders Association while coaching on the high school level. In 2005, Travis moved into collegiate coaching as head coach at Loyola Marymount University, where he worked for six seasons. Travis returned to high school coaching in 2013 as the head coach for Mira Costa High School and works for Varsity Brands in apparel and customer development. He is thrilled to be part of the UCLA Bruin Spirit Program.


Rex Norris

Rex Norris
Atavus

Born and raised in Texas, Rex Norris spent over 20 years as an assistant and head high school football coach in both Texas and Washington State. In that time, he also won ten state titles and placed as a national finalist four times coaching a widely respected rugby team. Norris is the son of former college and NFL assistant coach, Rex Norris, Sr.

At Atavus, Rex is responsible for the development and delivery of content to educate coaches on the Atavus Tackle System, as well as providing coach consulting services to elite programs across the nation.


Ben Noonan

Ben Noonan
Sierra College - Head Coach

Coach Noonan earned his M.S. in Kinesiology in 2004 from Texas A&M University of Kingsville, Texas and his B.A. in English in 2000 from Bemidji State University in Minnesota. He began his career in higher education at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he earned his AA in 1998. Ben's coaching experience is impressive-at age 26 he was offensive coordinator at West Texas A&M (NCAA Div. II) for a football team ranked #10 in the nation. His offense set several school records during his tenure there.

After two years at West Texas he left for Baylor University (NCAA Div. I), where as a graduate assistant he served as the Quarterbacks coach; he moved to Alabama State University (NCAA Div. IAA) following that to serve as their Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach for one year.

From 2009-2012 he served as Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Physical Education Instructor at Citrus College. During his four years as the offensive coordinator there, Noonan's quarterbacks set school records for yards, completions and touchdowns.

For the third time in his first six years at the helm, Noonan guided Sierra College to a bowl berth in 2018. The 2018 season saw host Sierra College victorious over Sacramento City College in the Nor Cal Grizzly Bowl. The Bowl victory marks the second win in the post season since Noonan's arrival, the first against host Fresno City College in 2015. Under his direction in 2013, Sierra's football team enjoyed its first winning season since 2009, earning a bowl berth in the San Francisco Community College Bowl.

Sierra players have traditionally garnered several post season awards, most notably 9 All-American selections in the past 6 seasons.

An average of Ninety percent of Wolverine Football sophomores have transferred to 4-year universities, and under Ben's leadership Sierra's football student athletes have been involved in several community service projects.

Coach Noonan is as passionate and competitive about his students' academics as he is about their performance as athletes. He has vowed to increase both his team's GPA and the team transfer rate each year, and cites "academic excellence" at the top of his list of objectives he seeks to instill in his students and student athletes.


Jay Norvell

Jay Norvell
University Nevada Reno - Head Coach

Jay Norvell, an innovative offensive mind and former All-Big Ten defensive back as a player, is in his second season as the head coach .

In year one, Norvell established a foundation for his vision of the program, installing new systems on offense, defense and special teams. The foundation was cemented in the final game of the season as Norvell led the Wolf Pack to a 23-16 victory over UNLV in the Battle of the Fremont Cannon to retain possession of the Fremont Cannon.

Overall, the record was 3-9 with three of the Pack's losses coming by an average of just four points. Norvell's first career victory as a head coach came at Mackay Stadium on Oct. 7, 2017 when the Pack topped Hawai`i 35-21. That victory launched a seven-game stretch where Nevada closed the 2017 season scoring more than 34 points per game and capturing three victories.

The appointment marked the first head coaching tenure for Norvell, but he arrived at Nevada well versed in the game of football, bringing a resume at the time that included 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, the Indianapolis Colts, the 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.


Ryan Partridge

Ryan partridge
Liberty High School - Head Coach

 

 



Tommy Perry

Tommy Perry
UNR - Special Teams Coach

Tommy Perry will coach the special teams unit in his second season under head coach Jay Norvell and the Nevada football program.

In his first season at the helm of the special teams, the Wolf Pack ranked fourth in the Mountain West in both kickoff returns and punt returns under Perry's guidance. Nevada averaged 22.1 yards per return on kickoffs and 10.0 yards per return on punts. During his rookie season, Daiyan Henley's 23.1 yards per return average on kickoffs ranked inside the top 50 nationally and was sixth in the conference. Additionally, Nevada placekicker Spencer Pettit hit a career-long 47-yard field goal last season in Perry's first year.

Perry came to Reno after a four-year stint as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at North Texas. He did a complete transformation of the Mean Green special teams unit when he arrived in 2013 and the results were evident. In the 2014 season the Mean Green placekicker hit 15-of-17 field goal attempts, setting a school record with his conversion rate of 88.2. Perry's kickoff return defense was fifth in the nation in 2014, holding its opponents to only 16.4 yards per return. Additionally the Mean Green's punter finished the season with the second-highest punting average in Conference-USA at 44.8 yards per kick.

In Perry's first season with North Texas, the team led the nation with eight blocked kicks, including five blocked punts, which also led the nation. Of those five blocked punts, three resulted in touchdowns. Perry's impact on special teams was also felt on the return game as the top returner averaged 27.6 yards per kick return, which included a 99-yard touchdown return against No. 9 Georgia.

The North Texas running backs also thrived under Perry in 2013. Former Mean Green back Brandin Byrd posted his first 1,000-yard rushing season and two of the top-10 longest rushes in school history. North Texas as a team rushed for 31 touchdowns that year, the second-most in school history and most since 1951.

Perry has over a decade of coaching experience and prior to North Texas he spent four seasons as an assistant at South Alabama where he served in the same capacity, coaching the running backs and special teams. In 2012, the first season at the FBS level for South Alabama, Perry coached placekicker Michel Chapuseaux, who set the school record for scoring with 84 points. In the offensive backfield, the duo of Kendall Houston and Demetre Baker both finished among the top 10 in FCS Independent rushing and scoring.

Prior to his time at South Alabama, Perry spent three seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide working as both a graduate assistant and intern under Nick Saban and Mike Shula. The Crimson Tide went undefeated in the regular season in the fall of 2008, advancing to the Southeastern Conference championship game as well as the Allstate Sugar Bowl. After posting a 12-2 record, the team ranked sixth in both the final Associated Press and USA Today top-25 polls.

Perry began his coaching career as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Texas in 2004, also serving as an academic advisor for the Longhorns. He became a linebacker and strength coach at Texas A&M-Commerce later that year, moving over to coach running backs and handle kickoff return duties in 2005 for the Lions. Perry has additional experience coaching at the professional level after working as a special teams assistant and head strength coach for NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals in 2006.

Perry graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a degree in English and history. He played two seasons for the Aggies as a fullback, inside linebacker and defensive end, while also participating on special teams. He then earned his master's degree in health and human performance from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2005.

Perry and his wife, Angela, have two daughters, Joanna Rose and Jude. He is the grandson of 1957 Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow.

The File on Tommy Perry
Born: Aug. 29, 1980
Hometown: Monroe, La.
Family: Wife - Angela; Daughters - Joanna Rose, Jude
Education: Bachelor's, Texas A&M University, 2003; Master's, Texas A&M University - Commerce, 2005

Coaching Experience
2017-present: Special Teams, Nevada
2013-16: RBs/Special Teams, North Texas
2009-12: RBs/Special Teams, South Alabama
2006-08: Graduate Assistant/Intern, Alabama
2006: Special Teams/Strength, Amsterdam Admirals
2005: RBs/Special Teams, Texas A&M-Commerce
2004: Asst. Strength & Conditioning, Texas

Playing Experience
Tyler Junior College: Linebacker (2000-01)
Texas A&M: Linebacker (2002-03)


Justin Reber

Justin Reber
Bella Vista High School - Head Coach

Coach Justin Reber is entering his 1st season on staff with the Panthers. Hartnell College is excited to have Coach Reber as a member of its staff and as a faculty member in the Physical Education/ Kinesiology Department. Prior to joining Hartnell, Coach Reber was a head High School coach for Saddleback Valley Christian HS in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Rio Linda HS in Sacramento, CA, Sacramento Charter HS and El Dorado HS in Sacramento, Ca. During those 7 years he compiled a 61-21 overall record with 6 league championships and 5 "Coach of the Year" honors. As the Head Coach of his High School teams, he also called the offense, and over his 7 year span his offenses averaged 42 points per game. Prior to those positions, in 2009 Coach Reber served as the offensive coordinator for Sacramento City College, where they were conference champions and were champions of the Laney College Eagle Bowl. The offense that season averaged 41 points per game.

Coach Reber was born and raised in Sacramento, California where he graduated from Capital Christian High School in 1998. After High School he attended Sacramento City College for two years and then received an athletic scholarship to play football at Montana State University. Coach Reber received his BA in Child Development, and his Master's degree in Sports Science through the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. Coach Reber has a daughter named Harlow (5) and when he is not coaching or teaching he enjoys spending time with her at the beach and Disneyland.


Ricky Rodriguez

Ricky Rodriguez
James Logan High School - Head Coach

 

 



Derek Sage

Derek Sage
UCLA - Tight Ends Coach

Prior to coming to UCLA Sage served as the outside receivers coach at Washington State which ranked second in the nation in passing offense (366.8 yards per game) and led the Pac-12 in passing yards per game (366.8), touchdown passes (37) and total passing yards (4,769).

Prior to coming to the Pac-12, Sage served three seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Toledo. The Rockets ranked seventh in the NCAA in total offense (517.8 yards/game) in 2016. In his three seasons at Toledo, the Rockets combined for a 28-10 record, went to three bowl games and Sage mentored seven all-conference receivers, including first-team selection Cody Thompson who ranked 10th nationally with an average of 107.4 receiving yards per game in 2016.

Sage also served stints at Wyoming (2010-13) where he tutored four all-conference performers and with Coach Kelly at the University of New Hampshire from 2005-09. UNH earned bids to the FCS playoffs in each of his five seasons with the program, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. All-American David Ball set New Hampshire receiving records for career receptions (304) and career receiving yards (4,655). He also became the NCAA career leader in TD receptions with 58, breaking Jerry Rice's previous record of 51 at Mississippi Valley State.

Sage arrived at New Hampshire from the University of Nevada, where he had served as a graduate assistant in 2003-04. In 2002, he served as offensive line and tight ends coach at Moorpark College. Sage played tight end for Sacramento City College for two years (1998-99) and completed his college career at CSUN, where he earned two letters at tight end in 2000 and 2001.


Jim Snelling

Jim Snelling
McQueen High School - Head Coach

 

 



Robert Snelling

Robert Snelling
Bute Jr. College - Head Coach

Snelling enters his thirteenth season with the Butte Football Program after spending the 2004-2005 season as an Asst. at Arizona State University. Coach Snelling has helped develop numerous Division 1 talented offensive linemen, including NFL first round pick, Danny Watkins and 7th round Dallas Cowboy selection, Geoff Swaim. Coach Snelling previously coached the wide receivers & tight ends for the Roadrunners in 2003. He also returns to his alma mater where he played tight end during the 1997-1998 seasons. He brings his experience as a former Roadrunner, Division 1 student-athlete, and professional. Snelling also teaches in the Kinesiology and Public Service Departments.


Mark Speckman

Mark Speckman
UC Davis - Asst. Head Coach

A veteran of prep, college and Canadian football, Mark Speckman, entering his 36th year in the profession, will serve as assistant head coach and running backs coach.

This marks the third reunion between the two coaches: Speckman served as offensive coordinator to Hawkins at Willamette before taking over the Bearcat helm in 1998, then more recently with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. He guided Willamette to an 82-59 record in 14 years, including two Northwest Conference championships, eight league title games and three NCAA Division III postseason appearances. Speckman's 2008 team finished 11-1 and ranked fourth nationally, earning him his second Northwest Conference Coach of the Year award and AFCA Division III West Region Coach of the Year acclaim.
Before becoming the Bearcat head coach, Speckman assisted Hawkins as the OC from 1995 to 1997. The program won the conference crown each year and advanced in the NAIA playoffs in the final two, culminating with a national runner-up finish in 1997.

In 2012, Speckman returned to California to head the football program at Menlo College. He served just that one season with the Oaks, leading his team to a school record for total rushing yards. A year later, Speckman reunited with Hawkins as the running backs and tight ends coach with the Montreal Alouettes. He remained on the staff until 2014, when the Alouettes reached the East Division final. That opened the door to return to college football: Speckman has served as the offensive coordinator at Division III Lawrence University for the past two seasons.

Formerly a Hall of Fame linebacker at Menlo and an honorable-mention NAIA All-American at Azusa Pacific, Speckman began his coaching career with brief but successful stints at Livingston High School and Gilroy High School. It was during those early years that he introduced the "Fly offense," a system for he which he has since written articles and released two video series. It is a sophisticated scheme that has served him throughout his coaching career.

However, Speckman's greatest success at the high school level came in Merced, California. In eight seasons, he guided Merced High to 81 wins, back-to-back 14-0 seasons, six Central California Conference championships and two Sac-Joaquin Section titles. Speckman's 1990 Bears team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 5 in USA Today. Then in 1994, when a new high school opened in Merced, Speckman assumed the helm at Golden Valley High, where he started a varsity program despite having only sophomore and junior players. His overall 113-48-3 record as a high school coach then earned him a spot on Hawkins' staff at Willamette.

In addition to coaching football, Speckman has also become well-known for his motivational speaking engagements. Born without hands, he avoided drawing attention to himself as a younger athlete but has since embraced his own story to the point of earning numerous speaking appearances, including bookings at Boeing, Nike, Northwest Mutual, Patterson Dental, the Million Dollar Roundtable and other organizations. Speckman also co-authored a book called Figure It Out: How I Learned To Live In A Digital World Without Digits in 2009.


Casey Taylor

Casey Taylor
Capital Christian - Head Coach

 

 

 



Karl Terrell

Karl Terrell
South Fork High School - Head Coach

Coach Karl Terrell started coaching football in 1995 when his kids were of age to play youth football. Coach Karl helped revive the program that was absent in the community for over a decade. He proceeded to coach all the levels of the youth program and was the president for 5 years presiding over all 3 teams and cheerleaders. During those 5 years the teams made the playoffs on all levels, including a triple AAA championship the last year. In 2000 Coach Terrell moved on to the High School level winning the JV League title in 2001. In 2002 he took over the Varsity Program and took them to their 1st divisional playoffs appearance in 10 years. His teams continued to be a section playoff team for the next 7 years only missing it in 2006. Playoffs not again until 2014 and then won back to back league titles in 2017 & 2018. The Redwood Bowl Champsionship title in 2017, runnerup in Sections in 2018 as a 8 person Football Squad. Coach Karl has called all phrases of the game. 1st 10 years of offense the next 10 of defense, back to offense again. Knowing and doing special teams throughout.


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, enters his second season as UC Davis' defensive coordinator.

During his inaugural season with the Aggies (2017), he led a defensive unit responsible for helping the team collect five victories against Division I competition, equal to the combined total from the previous three seasons.

Throughout his last three years 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.

"I'm really excited about being back home in the Sacramento region. Growing up in this area, I have always been aware of UC Davis football, its championship culture and outstanding academic reputation," said Tucker.

"I already feel a great sense of Aggie Pride and cannot wait to join Coach Hawkins to continue the proud tradition at UC Davis."

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.

That impressive turnaround led to Tucker's next head coaching position at Los Angeles Valley College, which allowed his wife and children to spend more time with extended family that lived throughout the region.

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.

Quintin Mikell, an 11-year veteran who retired after competing for the Carolina Panthers, and Chris Carr, another defensive back that ended his nine-year career with the New Orleans Saints, are two of Tucker's protégés from Boise State who enjoyed successful professional careers. Drafted by the New York Jets with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, former Bronco Kyle Wilson is another highly touted defensive back that is currently on the Saints' roster.

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.

In the upcoming years, it was Tucker's leadership that helped the program experience a successful transition to Division II competition, which ultimately led to a promotion as the Cougars' defensive coordinator. Sioux Falls quickly made a name for itself by winning another 20 games in the three years following its NAIA title appearance, which helped Tucker receive his first head coaching opportunity when West Hills College invited him to lead its program.

Combined with his two seasons at the helm of Molosses D' Asnieres, a FFAF organization that advanced to the national semifinals and national finals in 1998 and '99 respectfully, Tucker's combined record as a head coach is an impressive 48-10-1 (.822).

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.


Tim Walsh

Tim Walsh
Cal Poly - Head Coach

Tim Walsh
Head Coach o 10th Year o UC Riverside '77
51-52 at Cal Poly (Nine Years)
168-134 Overall (27 Years)
Tim Walsh, who guided the Mustangs to the No. 1 ranking in team rushing offense for four consecutive regular seasons (2013-16), was named Cal Poly's 16th head football coach on Jan. 9, 2009.
After guiding the Mustangs to a 4-7 mark in his first campaign, Walsh turned the program around with three consecutive winning seasons (7-4, 6-5, 9-3), a Great West Conference title in 2011 and, in his fourth year at the helm of the Mustangs, a share of the Big Sky Conference crown and an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth in 2012.

Cal Poly returned to the FCS?playoffs in 2016, posted a 7-5 overall mark and finished fourth in the Big Sky.

Cal Poly is 26-22 in its first six seasons in the Big Sky.

Now in his 10th year at the helm of the Mustangs, Walsh was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the United States Military Academy for two seasons before arriving in San Luis Obispo.

Walsh has compiled a 168-134 record in 27 seasons as a college head coach, including four years at Sonoma State (27-14 from 1989-92), 14 more seasons at Portland State (90-68 from 1993-2006) and nine at Cal Poly (51-52 from 2009-17). He guided Sonoma State to the Northern California Athletic Conference title in 1991 (ending UC Davis' streak of 20 consecutive conference titles), a pair of NCAA Division II playoff berths while at Sonoma State and four more postseason berths while at Portland State.

A charismatic speaker and motivator, Walsh guided Sonoma State to three winning seasons in four years at the helm of the Seawolves and 10 more above-.500 campaigns in his 14-year term at Portland State. With the Vikings, Walsh coached 14 All-Americans and 11 Academic All-Americans.

Portland State joined the Big Sky Conference in 1996. During Walsh's 11 seasons when the Vikings were in the Big Sky, he coached players who earned 39 first-team All-Big Sky honors, 51 on the second team, 80 honorable mentions, 58 Academic All-Big Sky honorees, 59 Big Sky Players of the Week, 20 national player of the week honorees, five Walter Payton Award finalists and one Buck Buchanan Award finalist.

Cal Poly's 2009 squad posted a 4-1 record at home, finished No. 6 in the nation in punt returns (15.60), No. 11 in turnover margin (+1.00), 19th in rushing offense (178.45 yards per game) and 23rd in time of possession (31:22) and was ranked as high as No. 12 in the national polls.

A total of 10 Mustangs earned All-Great West Conference first- or second-team honors, including first-teamers Jake Romanelli (fullback), Ryan Shotwell (defensive end) and James Chen (defensive tackle).

The 2010 Mustang squad also finished 4-1 at home en route to a 7-4 mark. The Mustangs earned six come-from-behind victories, split six games on a very difficult road schedule one year after going winless (0-6) and winning three straight games late in the year to put Cal Poly in a position to compete for a playoff berth.

Cal Poly's triple-option offense finished fourth in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 252.91 yards a game, and 14th in rushing defense, allowing only 106.82 yards a contest. The Mustangs also were No. 3 in punt returns and No. 16 in both time of possession and sacks allowed.

Cal Poly finished the 2010 season with national rankings of No. 24 in The Sports Network media poll and No. 23 in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll. The Mustangs were ranked in the top 25 of both polls for the final 11 weeks of the regular season.

Cal Poly posted a winning record for the eighth time in nine years. The Mustangs captured their fourth Great West title, put together a midseason four-game winning streak and won three straight home games after trailing at halftime.

The Mustangs finished sixth in the nation in rushing offense, No. 16 in punt returns and No. 27 in scoring offense. Cal Poly was No. 1 in the nation in interceptions thrown with one and No. 28 in rushing defense.

Cal Poly was 5-0 at home and finished No. 1 in the FCS in passing efficiency, No. 3 in rushing offense, No. 7 in scoring offense, No. 8 in sacks allowed and No. 13 in total offense. The Mustangs lost to eventual national runner-up Sam Houston State in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

While the 2015 squad slipped to 4-7 facing arguably the toughest schedule in school history, Cal Poly still finished No. 1 in rushing offense and averaged 33.8 points a contest, No. 22 in the FCS. Fullback Joe Protheroe was named to the All-Big Sky first team and quarterback Chris Brown surpassed the 3,000-yard mark in career rushing and passing.

Four Mustangs earned first-team All-Big Sky honors in 2016, including Protheroe for a second time. Linebacker Chris Santini and offensive linemen Matt Fisher and Joey Kuperman also were selected.

Despite a 1-10 mark in 2017, two Mustangs earned All-Big Sky accolades - fullback Jared Mohamed on the first team and defensive tackle Augustino?Elisaia on the second unit. Mohamed became the 21st Mustang to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, accumulating 1,172 yards and scoring four touchdowns en route to third-team All-American honors. He rushed for more than 100 yards in a game seven times in 2017.

A Serra High School (San Mateo, Calif.) graduate, Walsh played football at UC Riverside in the mid-1970s as a backup quarterback and earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1977.

He began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Serra, spending four years (1977-80) as an assistant coach before becoming head coach (1981-85) at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. Walsh moved into the college coaching ranks in 1986, becoming an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Santa Clara for one year.

In 1987 and 1988, Walsh was offensive coordinator at Sonoma State before becoming head coach of the Seawolves (then the Cossacks) in 1989. His first season in Rohnert Park produced a 4-6 mark, but Walsh guided Sonoma State to 7-3, 9-2 and 7-3 records in his final three years there.

Walsh embarked upon a 14-year head coaching career at Portland State in 1993, guiding the Vikings to NCAA Division II playoff berths each of his first three seasons.

Portland State elevated its athletics program to Division I in 1996 and, though the Vikings struggled in the first three years at that level, there was steady progression -- from 3-8 to 4-7 and 5-6. The 1999 Viking team began a string of seven winning campaigns in eight seasons, including a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) playoff berth in 2000.

Walsh piloted Portland State to a quartet of second-place finishes in the Big Sky along with a third and three fourth-place finishes. In 14 seasons at the helm, Walsh's Vikings were 62-21 at home. He earned two wins against FBS schools -- Hawaii in 2001 and New Mexico in 2006 -- and was 3-0 against Cal Poly while at Portland State along with a 2-1 mark against the Mustangs while at Sonoma State.

Walsh was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award (FCS Coach of the Year) in 1999.

In 2008, Walsh's second season at Army, the Black Knights finished ninth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing offense (241.42 yards per game), fourth in sacks allowed (1.00) and 15th in time of possession (31:45).
While at Army, Walsh's recruiting responsibilities included nine Western states.


Jeff Walters

Jeff Walters
Del Oro High School - Head Coach

He is just the second head coach in Del Oro history to have attended the school. Coach Walters has 17 years of coaching experience and 5 of those as a head coach.

Coach Walters' journey began as a youth football coach in the inaugural season of the Del Oro Jr. Golden Eagles as a 14 year old high school freshmen. Beginning with Pee Wee division and working his way up through the age groups, Walters was able to gain valuable experience that laid a solid foundation for the future.

Following the completion of his senior year, he was offered a position as a Quarterback coach for the Del Oro freshmen team. He gladly accepted and began working with the frosh staff while concurrently attending California State University - Chico. In those years Walters grew not only in coaching, but in his philosophy of football as a vehicle for life lessons. Those two seasons also saw the Del Oro Varsity team reach section championships, winning in 2005. The opportunity to be involved in both were also instrumental this early in his coaching career.

In 2006, the rising cost of gas caused Walters to seek a team closer to the University, though he hoped to one day return home. This brought him to Durham high school (Durham, CA). As a member of the Trojan coaching staff, Walters was hired as a JV Defensive Coordinator and 2 months later was promoted to Varsity Assistant Defensive Coordinator.

In 2008, He was hired at Whitney high school, (Rocklin, CA) as the JV Offensive Coordinator and began his student teaching program with the Wildcats.

That year Whitney recorded its first Section Championship, adding yet more experiences and learning opportunities for the young coach.

In 2009, Walters received his first teaching position as a Social Science teacher at Freedom high school (Oakley, CA). The Falcons tabbed Walters as a QB Coach, while also assigning him the role of Special Teams Coordinator at the JV level. By week 6 he had been promoted to the Varsity Special Teams position and served in that capacity until 2012. In that time Walters was part of 3 NCS playoff teams and the schools 1st League championship.

In 2013, Walters was named Head Coach at Liberty high school (Brentwood, CA). Coming into a program that had not experienced a playoff game since 2003 and no league championships since 1985, Walters realized that the place to begin the rebuild was with character and culture. The answer for him was simple - "Pride Matters... Doing things 100 percent right 100 percent of the time on the field, in the classroom, and in the community."

Over the 4 year span he served as Head Coach at Liberty, Walters was on pace to crack the top 5 all-time wins in his first five years. Finishing with a record of 22-21 (24 - 19 on the field), he is the only coach in program history (100 Years of football) to take a team to the playoffs twice (2013, 2014); Only second coach to record 9 wins in a season; first to host a home playoff game ; only coach to win a playoff game; and highest league placement in 2 decades (2nd place - 2014). 2013 saw the schools 1st defeat of rival Heritage and 2014 the Lions ended a nine year losing streak to Freedom. In all 4 seasons his offense ranked in the top 10 all-time in school history in terms, of points, yardage, and average.

Personal highlights include Positive Coaching Alliance's - National Double Goal Coach Award finalist (2014
& 2015), SF GATE coach of the year nominee (2015), and Bay Valley Athletic League Coach of the Year 2013.

As a camp coach, Walters has participated in the NFL High School Player Development program, Camp Kiffin (University of Southern California), Poly Aiga Polynesian Football program, Literacy Bowl All-star Classic (Head Coach), and Navarro Bowman ProCamps.