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Sacramento Football Clinic: Speakers

Max Miller Presents the
2nd Annual
Sacramento Football Clinic Of Champions
January 27 - 28, 2017 - Doubletree By Hilton
Lou Baiz

Lou Baiz
American River College - Defensive Coordinator

Lou Baiz is in his first season as Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for the Beavers. He spent the last two seasons at Folsom High School as the DC and the team finished the season 28-2 and won two section championships.

During his time at Sacramento State, 32 of his players have earned all-Big Sky honors. That list includes five players who earned the honor in 2009. He has also coached six All-Americans (Ryland Wickman, Anthony Daisley, Matt Logue, Cyrus Mulitalo, Brent Webber, and Mike Brannon) and 12 Big Sky all-academic selections.

Baiz also served as the Hornets’ defensive coordinator from 2006-2009. In his first year, he guided a unit which was one of the most effective in the Big Sky. Among the eight players that were named all-conference were a pair of linebackers who were taught directly by Baiz. Mulitalo earned honorable mention All-America honors after recording a team-high 120 tackles, including 11.5 for loss. Safety Brent Webber was also named third team All-American after ranking second in Div. I - AA with six interceptions. The following year, the team had eight players named all-Big Sky. Mulitalo and Brannon also garnered All-America honors from The Sports Network.

In 2008, Sacramento State led the Big Sky in rushing defense after allowing just 99.1 yards per game against conference foes. The team also ranked second in total defense, giving up 353.8 yards per game in Big Sky play. Individually, Mulitalo and Brannon each earned honorable mention All-America honors and defensive tackle Dallas Mauga joined the two on the all-Big Sky first team.

After one season of working with the defensive ends, Baiz returned to coaching the linebackers in 2004. Under his watch, both Jimmy Ellingson and Logue were named second team all-Big Sky. Ellingson ended the season with 132 total tackles while Logue tallied 89 to rank as the team’s top two tacklers. In 2005, Logue totaled 105 tackles and was named the co-Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year.

Baiz spent three years working in the San Diego State program as a graduate assistant before joining the Sacramento State staff in 1994. A native of Claremont, CA, Baiz worked with the offensive line, tight ends and linebackers in his time at San Diego State. The 1991 Aztecs finished 8-4 and earned a berth in the Freedom Bowl.

The Most Inspirational Player for Sacramento State in 1990, Baiz joined the Hornets in 1998 from Citrus College and was a standout linebacker for strong prep teams at Claremont High School.

He graduated from Sacramento State in 1991 with a degree in social science. Baiz added a master’s degree in recreation administration from Sacramento State in June of 1999. He and his wife, Brooke, are the parents of 10-year old twins, Reece and Shea.

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.

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.

Brown, who will turn 39 this season, and his wife, Kasey, have one son, Ty, and one daughter, Tatum. Kasey’s father is Mike Church, a former standout defensive back for the Mustangs who also twice served as an assistant coach at Cal Poly.

Joe Cattolico

Joe Cattolico
Sheldon High School - Head Coach




Ernie Cooper

Ernie Cooper
Granite Bay High School - Retired Head Coach




Ian Falconer

Ian Falconer
Pacific University Oregon – Offensive Line Coach

Ian Falconer enters into his seventh season with the Pacific football program in 2016. Falconer oversees the team’s run game and also does position-specific work with the Boxers’ offensive line.

In addition to his football duties, Falconer is in his fifth year as the university’s strength and conditioning coach.

Pacific’s 2015 team averaged 31.1 points and 403 yards of total offense a contest, including an average of 150 yards rushing a game. Four of the five starting offensive linemen earned all-conference honors. In 2014, the offense put up 30.3 points and 364 yards a game and in 2013 they averaged 34.6 points and 399 yards of total offense.

In his role as strength and conditioning coach, Falconer assists the entire Pacific program in developing weight programs designed to produce maximum performance. His “Power Hour” programs, offered twice weekly during the year, have proved popular for all segments of the athletic program.

Falconer came to Pacific from Lewis & Clark where he served as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Lewis & Clark from 2006 to 2009. He began his college coaching career at L&C, serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2003 season. In between Lewis & Clark stints, Falconer spent two years at NCAA Division III Oberlin College (Ohio), where he worked as the offensive line coach and assistant head coach. He also served as the Yeomen’s strength and conditioning coach and recruiting coordinator.

In addition to his college experience, Falconer spent the 2002 season as the assistant offensive line coach at West Linn High School.

Falconer played his college football at Portland State University. He was a four-year offensive line standout for the Vikings, earning All-Big Sky Conference honors at center as a senior. He played a key role on a Portland State offensive line that gave up only 12 sacks during the 2000 season.

Tony Franks

Tony Franks
St. Marys High School - Head Coach




Dan Gazzaniga

Dan Gazzaniga
Del Oro High School - Offensive Line Coach & Run Game Coordinator

Dan Gazzaniga is in his 7th season at Del Oro High School, serving in 2016 as Varsity Offensive Line coach and Run Game Coordinator. A veteran of 25 seasons of coaching, his contributions on offense helped lead Del Oro to their 4th California State Bowl appearance in 6 years. Gazzaniga’s coaching career began at UC Davis as a student-assistant before moving on to coach the offensive and defensive lines at Menlo-Atherton High. He then joined the staff at UC Davis as Offensive Line coach where he developed multiple NFL linemen over a 12 year span while helping UCD to a record of 102-38 and 8 NCAA playoff appearances. He then spent 4 years at Davis High in multiple roles including Varsity Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach, helping lead Davis to the CIF playoffs for the first time in 12 years. Upon joining the Del Oro staff, Gazzaniga made an immediate impact in his first season as offensive line coach, helping lead a record breaking offense to the 2011 State Bowl. Over the past 7 seasons, Gazzaniga has helped the Golden Eagles achieve 5 Section Championships, 3 NorCal Region Championships and 4 State Bowl appearances and the 2015 State Bowl title while posting a 72-28 record. Gazzaniga was an All-American at UC Davis, a past winner of UCD’s Outstanding Lineman Award, and a member of the 1980s "All-Decade Team”. He earned AP All-America honors and signed a free-agent contract with the (then) Los Angeles Raiders. While an athlete and coach, he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in exercise physiology.

Aaron Gingery

Aaron Gingery
Yuba City High School - Head Coach

Coach Gingery just completed his 22 year as a head football coach. Over the years he has guided Granada (Livermore) and Shasta (Redding) into multiple section title games. He has been awarded multiple league, section, and state coach of the year honors.
This past season was his first year at Yuba City High, and he led them to only their 5th playoff victory in the history of the school. Known for many years on the speaking circuit for his innovative and aggressive special teams, his high octane, record setting offense, and a swarming defensive scheme, Coach Gingery travels the off season presenting at clinics and camps around the country.

Sammy Lawanson

Sammy Lawanson
Sacramento State - Defensive Coordinator

Samuel Lawanson joined the Sacramento State coaching staff in June 2014. After two seasons coaching the Hornet running backs, Lawanson was named the team's defensive coordinator in Febraury 2016.

During his first season with the team, Lawanson coached Jordan Robinson to honorable mention all-Big Sky honors. Robinson was a key component to Sacramento State's record breaking offense, rushing for 862 yards and five touchdowns as well as catching 30 passes for 236 yards and four TDs.

Robinson was again recognized by the Big Sky coaches in 2015 as he earned honorable mention for the second consecutive season. That year, he was the team's leading rusher with 172 attempts for 809 yards and four touchdowns.

Lawanson has coached on both sides of the ball during his career. Most recently, he was the manager of player development in 2013 and the defensive quality control coach in 2012 at Arizona State. Lawanson began his collegiate coaching career in 1999 as the running backs coach at Cal Poly. After two seasons, he moved to the University of Tulsa where he coached linebackers from 2000-2002 and the secondary in 2003.

From May of 2004 through February of 2012, Lawanson was a defensive coordinator for three high schools in Texas. He was the co-defensive coordinator at Hillcrest in Dallas from 2004-05. He then took the reigns of the defense at Haltom HS for the 2006 season before moving to John Horn HS in Mesquite (2007-2011). During the 2010 season, he helped guide the team to a berth in the quarterfinals of the state 5A playoffs and a final ranking on 20th in the state.

Lawanson was a two-year starter at outside linebacker at San Diego State in 1995 and 1996. He was an honorable mention all-WAC selection following his junior season. Prior to attending SDSU, he played two years at Fresno City College.

Joey Montoya

Joey Montoya
Placer High School - Head Coach




Nino Pinocchio

Nino Pinocchio
Butte College - Defensive Coordinator

Nino will begin his ninth year with the Roadrunners and fifth year as defensive coordinator. Pinocchio has helped Butte continue as one of the top defenses in the state. He brought his 10 years of experience as an assistant coach at Paradise HS to the Roadrunners. In those 10 years his teams produced 3 NSCIF Section Championships, 2 EAL league championships and 1 WSL championship. Nino is also the manager at Butte County Juvenile Hall.

High School: Paradise High School
College: Butte Community College; Police Academy; Union Institute & University

Coaching Experience:
1997 Paradise High School (Junior Varsity, Assistant Coach)
1998-99 Paradise High School (Freshman Defensive Coordinator & Special Teams)
2000-01 Paradise High School (Freshman Offensive Coordinator & Special Teams)
2002-06 Paradise High School (Varsity Linebackers & Running Backs & Special Teams)
2007-09 Butte College (Outside Linebackers)
2010-Present, Butte College (Defensive Coordinator/Safeties)

Justin Reber

Justin Reber
Sacramento High School - Head Coach




Mark Speckman

Mark Speckman
Lawrence University - 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.

Jason Weatherby

Jason Weatherby
Calaveras High School - Head Coach




Paul Wulff

Paul Wulff
Sacramento State - Asst. head Coach / Offensive Line

Three-time Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year Paul Wulff was hired as Sacramento State's assistant head coach, run game coordinator and offensive line coach in February 2016.

Wulff played collegiately at Washington State and began his coaching career as an assistant at Eastern Washington in 1993. He was elevated to offensive coordinator in 1998 and became the Eagles' head coach in 2000. In his eight years at the helm, Wulff guided EWU to a 53-40 overall record, a share of two Big Sky championships and three NCAA FCS playoff berths. He was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year following the 2001, 2004 and 2005 seasons and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2007.

Wulff coached 23 players to FCS All-America honors, including 15 offensive lineman. His teams also featured quarterback Erik Meyer who was the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year, the Walter Payton Award winner and set the FCS record for pass efficiency. Wulff's offensive line was highlighted by Michael Roos who was an All-American for EWU before a long NFL career with the Tennessee Titans.

The success at Eastern Washington led to Wulff earning the head coaching job at Washington State in 2008. In his four seasons, the Cougars' offense improved its production each year. In 2011, his final year at WSU, Washington State ranked ninth in the FBS is passing offense (322.25 yards per game) and 33rd in total offense (422.42 ypg). The Cougars were the only team in Div. I to improve in total offense, total defense, offensive scoring and defensive scoring from 2010 to 2011.

Wulff joined Jim Harbaugh's staff with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 as a senior offensive assistant. The 49ers advanced to Super Bowl XLVII during his first season and made a trip to the NFC Championship game the following year.

He returned to college football in 2014 as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at South Florida. This past season, he was an offensive consultant at Iowa State for the final five games of 2015.

A native of Woodland, Calif., Wulff graduated from Davis High School before heading to Washington State. With the Cougars, he was a four-year letterman and earned second team all-Pac 10 and honorable mention All-American honors as a center in 1989.

He signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 1990 and went on to play for the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks and the New York/New Jersey Knights of the NFL World League

Alex Zavala

Alex Zavala
Galt Jr. Warriors - President