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NCCU’s Boyer selected for NFL/NCAA Coaches Academy

Kenny Boyer

Kenny Boyer

INDIANAPOLIS – Kenny Boyer, a member of the North Carolina Central University football staff, is one of 30 NCAA football coaches selected to attend the fifth annual NFL and NCAA Coaches Academy on Feb. 20-22 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Boyer, the defensive quality control assistant with the Eagles, is entering his second season at NCCU. He played football at Jackson State University before graduating in 2012.

“It is great to see our coaches getting recognized and receive opportunities that will enhance their development and our football program overall,” said NCCU head coach Jerry Mack. “The knowledge and expertise that they receive from programs like this, allows us to stay on the cutting edge of the constant change in college athletics.”

The academy was developed in 2011 as a collaborative effort between NCAA leadership development and NFL Player Engagement to positively influence diversity numbers in the college game and as a way for talented football coaches to gain exposure.  Taking place during the annual NFL and NCAA Summit, the academy enables college coaches to meet NCAA athletics professionals, student-athlete affairs administrations, NCAA national office staff and NFL representatives and current and former NFL players.

“Continuing the education of administrators and coaches can provide a better, more complete experience for athletes, whether on campus or in the professional arena,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement membership chief inclusion officer. “The partnership with the National Football League has a positive impact on the sport and those charged with developing the game and its participants. The exposure of aspiring coaches to a collection of the top minds in football – discussing topics like financial literacy, mental health and locker room culture – is crucial now and in the future.”

The keynote speakers for the 2015 academy include Dennis Green, former NFL and NCAA head coach; NFL Network analyst and former NFL general manager Charley Casserly; and University of Memphis Director of Athletics Tom Bowen.

At the academy, coaches are trained in a variety of areas that encourage effective coaching and improve the athletes’ well-being at both the college and professional levels. The coaches gain knowledge from workshops and interactive discussions. Topical education and conversation during the academy can include: effective communication with campus and community constituents; the importance of building a culture focused on the overall success of athletes on and off the field; budget management of a football program; coaching strategies and philosophies.

Attendees will be able to grow a professional network of individuals that include NCAA and NFL staff and other key resources in the sport. During the weekend, the group will receive advice about transitioning from a position coach to a coordinator from Ball State University offensive coordinator Joey Lynch and University of Connecticut co-defensive coordinator Vincent Brown. Lynch and Brown are also slated to take part in a session regarding game planning for an opponent, as well as ways to communicate that plan to today’s athletes.

The academy is one of three programs that NCAA leadership development and the NFL collaborate on annually, all tailored to specific points in a football coach’s career. The Future Football Coaches Academy is held in January for student-athletes who recently completed their eligibility and select individuals who have shown a desire to enter the college football coaching profession. In June, the NCAA Champion Forum kicks off a unique, yearlong professional development opportunity for current coordinators as well as assistant and associate coaches, providing a realistic view of the head coach’s role and the preparation necessary to build a successful program.

NCAA leadership development and members from the Association selected the college coaches for the 2015 NFL and NCAA Coaches Academy. The leadership development department, located at the NCAA national office, coordinates and facilitates cutting-edge education and customized training for athletes, coaches and athletics administrators from NCAA member institutions, conference offices and the national office. The staff annually hosts more than 20 programs at little or no cost to the membership, with expert curriculum designed to enhance the well-being and personal development of NCAA athletes, and provides ongoing education to athletics professionals who serve their needs. For more information, visit


The participants selected for the 2015 NFL and NCAA Coaches Academy are:
Tim Belmore, offensive coordinator, University of Mary
Kenny Boyer, quality control assistant coach, defense, North Carolina Central University
Antonio Bradford, associate head coach, offensive line, Alabama State University
Shelton Bynum, linebackers coach / assistant special teams coordinator, Johnson C. Smith University
Brendan Carter, graduate assistant coach, wide receivers, McKendree University
Gerald Chatman, defensive line coach, Butler University
Darrin Chiaverini, assistant coach, wide receivers and special teams, Texas Tech University
Cornelius Coleman, defensive line coach, Robert Morris University
Chris Collins, defensive backs coach / co-special teams coach, Catawba College
Ari Confesor, wide receivers coach, University of Rhode Island
Autry Denson, running backs coach, Miami University (Ohio)
Jared Diekmann, video coordinator, Southeast Missouri State University
Ramal Faunteroy, defensive line coach, Shepherd University
Danny Freund, wide receivers coach, University of North Dakota
Joe Gaglione, linebackers coach, John Carroll University
Will Glover, Bethune-Cookman University
Jonas Jackson, defensive line coach, Savannah State University
Lamar Manigo, tight ends coach, Norfolk State University
Tim McGorry, offensive coordinator, Moravian College
Justin Montgomery, defensive line coach, Berry College
Darren Paige, wide receivers coach, Midwestern State University
Herb Pickens, defensive coordinator, Lincoln University
Justin Poindexter, tight ends coach, Southern University, Baton Rouge
Albert Poree, defensive quality control coach, cornerbacks, Mississippi State University
David Price, defensive coordinator, Hiram College
Steve Shipp, offensive coordinator, Johnson C. Smith University
Ryan Smaha, director of football operations, California State University, Sacramento
Rashad Watson, defensive coordinator, Missouri Southern State University
Chris Zarkoskie, strength and conditioning intern, University of New Hampshire