header Max Miller's Clinic of Champions

Sacramento Football Clinic: Speakers

Max Miller Presents the
4th Annual
Sacramento Football Clinic Of Champions
TBA, 2018 - Doubletree By Hilton
Jeff Baggett

Jeff Baggett
Bear River High School - Offensive Coordinator

 

 

 



Dan Diaz-Romero

Dan Diaz-Romero
Sierra College - Offensive Coordinator

Sierra's Air Raid offense moves the ball by using a "wishbone through the air" philosophy, with the goal in mind to get all 5 skill positions equal touches on game day. Mentoring the offensive line and coordinating the offense is Daniel Diaz-Romero, who enters his fifth year on Ben Noonan's staff since joining in 2013. Diaz-Romero grew up in Half Moon Bay and played football at UC Davis in 2003, where he was named a top scholar athlete. He received his BS in Exercise Biology from Davis in 2007 and earned his math and physical education teaching credential at Sac St. in 2009. He has since earned an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Central Missouri as well.

Diaz-Romero coached at Woodland HS (2005-08) and at NorCal powerhouse James Logan HS (2009-2012), where, in 2012, he was named the Logan Coach of the Year. In addition to his Sierra coaching duties, he is a math teacher at Center HS in Antelope.

Dan and his wife Hillary reside in Midtown Sacramento.


Mike Dimino

Mike Dimino
Del Campo High School - Head Coach

 

 

 


Jeff Evans

Jeff Evans
Granite Bay High School - Head Coach

 

 

 


Jim Gray

Jim Gray
Sierra College - Defensive Coordinator

Jim Gray enters his fifth season since joining Ben Noonan's staff in 2013, and will be entering his second season as the defensive coordinator for the Wolverines. He became part of the Sierra College program after 28 years of football coaching experience at multiple levels.

Gray played football, track, basketball and baseball at Douglas High School in Rapid City, SD. After graduating in 1980, he played for four years at South Dakota St. and, in 1985, tried out for the NFL's Miami Dolphins and the USFL's Arizona Wranglers. A Supervising Probation Officer for Sacramento County (1986-present), Gray has coached at Yuba College (1986-87), Del Campo HS (1987-90), Bella Vista HS (1990-95), the Placer HS Jr. Hillmen (1997-2006), and Placer HS (2006-13). In 2013 at Sierra, Coach Gray coached the versatile Calvin Burns to the All-Valley Conference 1st team.


Luke Huard

Luke Huard
Sacramento State - Offensive Coordinator

Luke Huard was named the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator at Sacramento State in February of 2017.

Huard came to the Hornets with a wealth of experience as both a player and coach. Most recently, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia State from 2013-16. Huard's quarterbacks set numerous records at GSU beginning with Ronnie Bell who had over 2,500 yards of total offense in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, Nick Arbuckle passed for more than 7,600 yards with 51 touchdowns. He was named the Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Year in 2015 after setting the league record with 4,368 passing yards and 4,273 yards of total offense. In all, nine Georgia State receivers or tight ends earned all-Sun Belt honors as part of Huard's offense.

Huard coached for four seasons at Illinois State from 2009-12. He began as the quarterbacks coach in 2009 before being elevated to offensive coordinator for the next three years. In 2012, the Redbirds led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in passing and total offense, averaging more than 30 points per game while compiling a 9-4 record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. During his time at ISU, he coached quarterback Matt Brown who was a three-time all-conference selection and was named MVFC Newcomer of the Year in 2009 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.

From 2007-08, Huard was a graduate assistant at Washington where he worked with the Husky quarterbacks. During that span, he helped coach Jake Locker who was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 2007 and went on to be a first round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans.

Huard starred at Puayllup High School where he was Washington's Gatorade Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American as a senior. He continued his career at North Carolina where he started four games as a freshman.

After college, he started his coaching career as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Washington HS in Tacoma, Wash. He then spent four years as the head coach at Interlatke HS where he led the team to its first winning season in 10 years in 2004. That same year, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Eastside Hawks, a semi-pro team which went 10-0 and won the Northwest Football League title.

Huard comes from a football family. His brothers, Brock and Damon, played at Washington and went on the careers in the NFL. His father, Mike, was the head coach at Puyallup HS where he coached all three as well as NFL QB Billy Joe Hobert.


Luke Huard

Luke Huard
Sacramento State - Offensive Coordinator

Luke Huard was named the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator at Sacramento State in February of 2017.

Huard came to the Hornets with a wealth of experience as both a player and coach. Most recently, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia State from 2013-16. Huard's quarterbacks set numerous records at GSU beginning with Ronnie Bell who had over 2,500 yards of total offense in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, Nick Arbuckle passed for more than 7,600 yards with 51 touchdowns. He was named the Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Year in 2015 after setting the league record with 4,368 passing yards and 4,273 yards of total offense. In all, nine Georgia State receivers or tight ends earned all-Sun Belt honors as part of Huard's offense.

Huard coached for four seasons at Illinois State from 2009-12. He began as the quarterbacks coach in 2009 before being elevated to offensive coordinator for the next three years. In 2012, the Redbirds led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in passing and total offense, averaging more than 30 points per game while compiling a 9-4 record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. During his time at ISU, he coached quarterback Matt Brown who was a three-time all-conference selection and was named MVFC Newcomer of the Year in 2009 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.

From 2007-08, Huard was a graduate assistant at Washington where he worked with the Husky quarterbacks. During that span, he helped coach Jake Locker who was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 2007 and went on to be a first round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans.

Huard starred at Puayllup High School where he was Washington's Gatorade Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American as a senior. He continued his career at North Carolina where he started four games as a freshman.

After college, he started his coaching career as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Washington HS in Tacoma, Wash. He then spent four years as the head coach at Interlatke HS where he led the team to its first winning season in 10 years in 2004. That same year, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Eastside Hawks, a semi-pro team which went 10-0 and won the Northwest Football League title.

Huard comes from a football family. His brothers, Brock and Damon, played at Washington and went on the careers in the NFL. His father, Mike, was the head coach at Puyallup HS where he coached all three as well as NFL QB Billy Joe Hobert.


Steve Jacoby

Steve Jacoby
De La Salle High School - Defensive Line Coach

 

 

 


Fred Kelley

Fred Kelley
Sacramento State - Tight End Coach & Recruiting Coordinator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kelley graduated from Liberty HS in Brentwood, Calif., in 2000. While there, he was an all-conference selection at running back.

He graduated from Sacramento State in December 2006 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He added his masters in kinesiology in 2009. Fred and his wife, Megan, were married in June of 2014. The couple welcomed their daughter, Paisley, in 2016.


Terry Logue

Terry Logue
Bear River High School - Co-Head Coach

 

 

 


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 second time in his first three years at the helm, Noonan guided Sierra College to a bowl berth as the 2015 season saw Sierra College victorious over host Fresno City College in the State Center Bowl. The Bowl victory marks the first win in the post season since 2008. Sierra players garnered several awards including 6 All-Conference, 4 All-State, and 2 All-American selections.
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 garnered several awards including 10 All-Conference, 4 All-Region, and 3 All-State selections. Sierra Football also produced during its 2013 season the Valley Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player. Ninty percent of Wolverine Football sophomores last year will transfer 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.


Scott Savoie

Scott Savoie
Bear River High School - Co-Head Coach

 

 

 


Troy Taylor

Troy Taylor
University of Utah - Offensive Coordinator

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
1st Year


Coaching Experience
2017- Utah
Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks
2016 Eastern Washington
Co-Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks
2012-15 Folsom High School
Co-Head Coach
2002-04 Folsom High School
Co-Head Coach
1996-99 California
1999 Tight Ends
Recruiting Coordinator
1997-98 Quarterbacks
1996 Wide Receivers
1995 Colorado
Graduate Assistant/Receivers
1994 Casa Roble High School
Assistant Coach

Postseason Games
2016 FCS Semifinals
1996 Aloha Bowl
1995 Cotton Bowl

Troy Taylor, who directed the top passing offense in the NCAA FCS in 2016 at Eastern Washington, begins his first season as Utah's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Taylor came to Utah after a highly-successful season as the co-offensive coordinator, play caller and quarterbacks coach at EWU. The Eagles, who averaged an FCS-best 401.0 passing yards per game in 2016, also ranked No. 2 nationally in total offense (529.6 ypg) and No. 3 in scoring offense (42.4 ppg). Eastern Washington finished 12-2, losing 40-38 in the FCS semifinals to Youngstown State.

Under Taylor, Eastern Washington sophomore Gage Gubrud set an NCAA FCS single-season record by passing for 5,160 yards, while throwing 48 touchdown passes. Gabrud, the 2016 FCS Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, averaged 368.6 passing yards per game, which also led the nation.

Taylor's instant success at Eastern Washington mirrored his lofty accomplishments as a high school coach and founder of The Passing Academy-a highly-regarded elite high school quarterback camp. His offense at Folsom High School in California set state records for passing in four straight seasons, as well as the record for most points scored in a season.

Among Taylor's most notable high school success stories was 2016 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year Jake Browning of Washington. Taylor coached Browning from the time he was in fifth grade until he graduated as one of the most prolific passers in prep history from Folsom High. Browning set national records for touchdowns in a season (91 in 2014, tied) and a career (229, in just three seasons). He set a number of California state high school records as well, including season (5,790) and career (16,775) passing yards.

Taylor's first coaching job was at Casa Roble High School in Sacramento, Calif., in 1994 and his first college coaching job was as a graduate assistant at Colorado in 1995. He then spent four years as a Cal assistant from 1996-1999, coaching the wide receivers (1996), quarterbacks (1997-98) and tight ends (1999). He was also Cal's recruiting coordinator in 1999.

Taylor left Cal to become an assistant athletic director at Christian Brothers High School (2000-01) in Sacramento, where he also taught and was an assistant football coach for one season (2000). Before taking the post at Eastern Washington in 2016, Taylor spent seven years as a high school coach and teacher, including two stints (2002-04 and 2012-15) as the co-head coach at Folsom. Folsom went 58-3 from 2012-15, winning four Sac-Joaquin Section championships and the 2014 CIF State Division I title.

Taylor also served as the Cal football radio analyst from 2005-2011.

Playing Career
A record-setting quarterback at Cal, Taylor later played two seasons for the New York Jets as a fourth-round draft pick in 1990. Taylor led the Pac-10 Conference in total offense in 1989 and finished his collegiate career as Cal's all-time leading passer (8,126 yards) and total offense leader (8,236 yards)-records that stood for 26 years until they were broken by Jared Goff in 2015.

 

 


Dannie Walker

Dannie Walker
Sacramento City College - Head Coach

 

 

 


Mark Watson

Mark Watson
Oak Ridge High School - Offensive Coordinator