AFCA Announces Participants Selected for the 2018 AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute

The AFCA is pleased to announce the individuals selected to participate in the 2018 AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute presented by the American Football Coaches Foundation and NCAA Leadership Development. This prestigious program is aimed at identifying and developing premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession and will take place on Sunday, January 7, during the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This year’s class was chosen from a total of 138 applicants. In order to be eligible, applicants must have been born on or after January 1, 1983, and must be currently serving as a high school head coach, a two-year college full-time assistant or head coach, or an NAIA/NCAA full-time assistant or head coach. Applicants were required to submit a resume, five references, and a 1,600-word article on an Offensive, Defensive, Special Teams, or position-specific topic of the applicant’s choosing.

Selected participants are invited to attend the one-day institute, which features a curriculum of interactive lectures focused on topics specifically tailored to emphasize leadership in the coaching profession, ethics, influential responsibilities, career progression, and family balance. In addition to receiving this exclusive educational opportunity and becoming a part of the great network of rising coaches in the profession, participants will also receive other benefits, including a stipend to assist with 2018 AFCA Convention expenses and publication in the bi-monthly AFCA Magazine, weekly AFCA Insider email blast, and/or have their articles added to the online AFCA Educational Library; and placement on the 2019 AFCA Foundation Committee.


Congratulations to the 35 Under 35 Class of 2018!





Andrew Breiner

Fordham University

Head Coach

Jake Brown

Stephen F. Austin State

Running Backs

Zohn Burden

Virginia Tech

Running Backs

Tyler Carlton

Western Carolina University

Wide Receivers

Dan Carrel

University of Houston

Outside Linebackers

Charles Clark

University of Oregon


Matt Clark

Hutchinson Community College

Run-Game Coordinator/Offensive Line

Christopher Collins

Georgia State University


Eric Daniels

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers

Geoff Dartt

Western Kentucky University

Offensive Line

Cort Dennison

University of Louisville

Inside Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator

Michael DeTerlizzi

Charleston Southern University

Wide Receivers

Kenny Dillingham

University of Memphis

Quarterbacks & Tight Ends

Seth Doege

Bowling Green State University

Wide Receivers

Matt Drinkall

Kansas Wesleyan University

Head Coach

Drew Dudzik

James Madison University

Outside Receivers

Eli Gardner

Stonehill College

Head Coach/ Defensive Coordinator

Jay Harbaugh

University of Michigan

Running Backs/Co-Special Teams Coordinator

Braxton Harris

Howard Payne University

Head Coach

Tremaine Jackson

Abilene Christian University

Defensive Coordinator

Matt Jones

Texas Southern University

Run-Game Coordinator/Offensive Line

Willy Korn

Coastal Carolina University

Wide Receivers

Marquase Lovings

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Defensive Ends

Jason Lovvorn

First Baptist Academy (Texas)

Head Coach

Chris Marve

Vanderbilt University

Inside Linebackers

Kirby Moore

Fresno State

Wide Receivers

Sherrone Moore

Central Michigan University

Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator

LaMar Morgan

University of Louisiana-Monroe

Defensive Backs

Dan Mulrooney

Anna Maria College

Head Coach

Lamar Owens

Georgia Tech

Special Teams Coordinator/Slot Backs

Carlos Perez

McNeese State University

Defensive Ends

Andrew Sowder

San Jose State University

Offensive Coordinator/ Tight Ends

Justin Stepp

Southern Methodist University

Wide Receivers

Andrew Thacker

Temple University


Thad Wells

Blacksburg High School (Va.)

Head Coach