header Max Miller's Clinic of Champions

Sacramento Football Clinic: Speakers

Max Miller Presents the
5th Annual
Sacramento Football Clinic Of Champions
January 25-26, 2019 - Sacramento Holiday Inn - Downtown


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).

TJ Ewing

TJ Ewing
Monterey High School - Head Coach

Coach Ewing is the Head Varsity Football Coach at Monterey Trail High School. Coach Ewing was one of the founding staff members at Monterey Trail and continues to see amazing possibilities for the campus and athletic program.

Monterey Trail High School Era
Monterey Trail Head Football Coach since the school opened in 2004.
2008 Monterey Trail High School's first ever football playoff appearance. 2009 Monterey Trail High School made school history winning 1st
Delta River League Championship and SJS Section Finalist.
2009 Delta River League Coach of the Year
2010 Monterey Trail High School made school history with back to back SJS Section Finalist
2010 Sacramento's News 10 Coach of the Year
2011 Monterey Trail football played on national television playing on ESPN 2014 SJS Semifinalist
Playoff Appearances 2008,2009,2010,2014,2015,2016,2017

San Mateo High School Era
1999-2003 Numerous Bay Area Sports Focus Coach of the week. Playoff Appearances 2002, 2003,
2003 PAL Coach of the Year
2003 San Mateo County Times Coach of the Year
2003 CCS Division III Section Champions

Tony Franks

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



Jack Garceau

Jack Garceau
Rio Linda High School - Head Coach

"I began coaching football at Rio Linda High School after my playing days came to an end, following the advice of my father-in-law Dave Venable, who was the offensive line coach at RLHS at the time. I quickly fell in love with the players and community. The Knights won the section championship in 2004 and I decided that it was time to see what else was out there and try to become a head coach. I landed at Hiram Johnson High School and was their head coach for two seasons. I decided that it was not a good fit at HJHS and came back to RLHS in 2007. I became a teacher on campus that same year and served as the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach until 2013 for Coach Mike Morris. When he stepped down after that season I was welcomed to Coach Justin Reber's staff under the same title. After the 2014 season I decided that I wanted to coach my own son, James, with the Wheatland Jr Pirates program. When this job opened again this January, as a family, we decided that it was a sign that I should apply for the position and return to where I was most comfortable as a coach and try to restore some of the tradition that seems to have been lost over the past few years.
I treasure this position and I hold it in the highest regard. I don't care who you are, you don't understand what Rio Linda has to offer unless you have been here. It is unlike any other place in this region. My wife of 15 years, Amanda, is a 1996 graduate of RLHS. Our two children, James (10) and Avery (7), are extremely excited for this opportunity as well. I am honored to be here and I look forward to seeing some familiar faces every Friday night! GO KNIGHTS!"

2015-2016 Wheatland Jr Pirates Offensive Coordinator
2007-2014 Rio Linda High School Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
2005-2006 Hiram Johnson High School Head Coach
2003-2004 Rio Linda High School Varsity Offensive/Defensive Line
2001-2002 Rio Linda High School JV Defensive Coordinator

2001 Graduate California State University, Sacramento

1998-1999 Eastern New Mexico University
-Team Captain
-2 year starter on Offensive Line
1996-1997 Sacramento City College
-1996 National Runner-Up
-1997 Shrine Bowl Champions
1996 Ponderosa High School Graduate

Dano Graves

Dano Graves
Cal Poly - Asst. Coach, QB Coach

Dano Graves, who lettered three years at Cal Poly and redshirted the 2015 season, was hired as the Mustangs' quarterbacks coach prior to the 2017 Spring Camp.

The Folsom High School graduate finished No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference in passing efficiency and the team captain was named the team's most valuable player and most inspirational player.

"With his playing experience at quarterback, Dano has demonstrated his skills and knowledge with the position and he has the ability to coach," Mustang head coach Tim Walsh said. "The players love him."

Graves attended the Air Force Academy for two years, playing on the Prep School team in 2011 and the Falcons' junior varsity squad in 2012, before transferring to Cal Poly.
At Folsom High, Graves was named 2010 MaxPreps National Player of the Year after passing for 3,702 yards and 62 touchdowns and rushing for 994 yards and 23 more scores. His 85 touchdowns is a state record and Graves led Folsom to a 14-1 record and the state Division II championship.

Graves also accumulated 4,756 yards and 66 touchdowns rushing and passing as a junior in 2009 and compiled 23 games of 200-plus yards passing and five games of 100-plus yards rushing in his prep career.

Robert Gray

Robert Gray
Rincon High School - Head Coach



Matt Hoefs

Matt Hoefs
Dublin High School - Head Coach



Steve Jacoby

Steve Jacoby
De La Salle High School - Defensive Line Coach




Danny Jones

Danny Jones
Amador Valley High School - Head Coach




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 Candless

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.

Ryan Partridge

Ryan partridge
Liberty High School - Head Coach



Justin Reber

Justin Reber
Hartnell Jr. College - Offensive Coordinator

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.

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
UC Davis - Defensive Coorinator

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.

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.