Paul Chryst will be the next coach at Pittsburgh. He was the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin and quarterbacks coach in 2005, and was previously Wisconsin's tight ends coach in 2002. Wisconsin averaged 44.6 points, fourth best in the nation, and 467 yards per game this season. He was offensive coordinator at Oregon State from 2003-04 and served as an assistant with the San Diego Chargers from 1999-2001. His 23-year coaching career includes 16 seasons on the collegiate level and seven years in the professional ranks.
Dave Christensen, University of Wyoming
Friday, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. TOPIC: "Wyoming Spread up Tempo Off"
Dave Christensen has just completed his third year at Wyoming. He led the Wyoming Cowboys to a bowl game in his first season, becoming only the second Cowboy head coach to accomplish that feat. While the offensive coordinator at Missouri, Christensen was named the 2007 National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com and was also runner-up for the 2007 Frank Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in the nation each season. He helped lead the Missouri Tigers to the Big 12 Championship game in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons as champions of the Big 12 North.
Christensen served as an assistant coach under Gary Pinkel from 1992 to 2008 -- first at the University of Toledo from 1992-2000 and then at Missouri from 2001-08. Christensen was Pinkel's offensive coordinator from 1997-2008, and coached the offensive line for 17 seasons at Toledo and Missouri. Beginning in 2005, Christensen devised and implemented one of college football's most exciting, no-huddle, spread offenses. The Tigers finished the 2006 season with the nation's No. 8 ranked offense, averaging 425.6 yards per game, and that included the nation's No. 10 ranked passing attack, at 276.2 yards an outing. In his final seven seasons at the University of Toledo, the Rockets' offense set or reset some 75 school records.
Tim Beckman, Illinois
Friday, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
TOPIC: "Building a Program to be Competitive"
Tim Beckman was named the 23rd head football coach at the University of Illinois Dec, 9, 2011. Beckman came to Illinois after three years as head coach at Toledo, where he led the Rockets to two bowl appearances and a Mid-American Conference West Division co-championship.
Beckman engineered an impressive turnaround at Toledo in his three years at the helm. The Rockets improved to 5-7 in 2009 before going 8-5 with a 7-1 record in the MAC, and a berth in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in 2010. Toledo posted an 8-4 record this season, including another 7-1 MAC record, a share of the MAC West Division title and a berth in the Military Bowl. In the last two seasons, Beckman has compiled a 14-2 record in MAC games, second-best in the conference over that span.
He has learned under some of the finest coaches in America, including Pat Dye, Urban Meyer, Mike Gundy and Jim Tressel. Before accepting Toledo's head coaching position, Beckman had 21 years of experience as an assistant coach. He served as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State (2007-08), the cornerbacks coach at Ohio State (2005-06), the defensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Bowling Green (1998-2004), the defensive coordinator at Elon (1996-97), the secondary coach/recruiting coordinator at Western Carolina (1990-95) and as a graduate assistant at Auburn (1988- 89).
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State University
Saturday, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
In just five seasons, Mark Dantonio has restored the pride and tradition of Spartan football. Dantonio has led Michigan State to a school-record five consecutive bowl appearances and back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in program history. The Spartans have won 24 Big Ten games the past four seasons, the most of any team in the conference, and claimed a share of the Big Ten Championship in 2010. Dantonio has 31 years of collegiate coaching experience and coached his 16th bowl game as the Spartans faced No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl. It was Dantonio's third New Year's Day game as a head coach, as he guided MSU to appearances in the 2009 Capital One Bowl against Georgia and the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Alabama. Dantonio owns a 43-22 record (.662) at Michigan State, which marks the most wins by a Spartan head coach in his first five seasons. He has won at least nine games in a season three times, tying him with the most seasons of at least nine wins of any coach in program history; he is also the first Spartan coach to accomplish that feat within his first five years. MSU has won 21 of its last 26 games, dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season; the 21 wins are the highest two-year total in school history. The pride is definitely back!
When Robb Akey accepted the Vandal head coaching job last December, he brought with him an attitude of "climbing the ladder." For Akey, the next rung on the ladder always was a head coaching position. As for his team, he is positioning the Vandals to climb the Western Athletic Conference ladder. In addition to bringing back the pride of the Vandal program, Akey seeks to restore the confidence that the team and Vandal fans have in their head coach.
Additional Guest Speakers
Blaise Winter, an eleven year veteran of the NFL with Colts, Packers and Chargers, Blaise played collegiately at Syracuse University, where he was named MVP of the team in 1983. He has gone on to be recognized as one of the nation’s premier motivational and inspirational speakers. Referring to himself as a “self-made man with flaws” Coach Winter speaks with a fresh and sincere style that showcases his passion for making a difference. His program has transformed ordinary people into high performance achievers and energizes the creative fire in each of us.
Craig Rundle, completed his 15th season as the head football coach at Albion College in 2011 winning the MIAA Championship with a perfect 6-0 league record and being selected to compete in the NCAA Division III Play Offs. Rundle has led Albion to great success on the gridiron, winning 86 games and five Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships. In addition, the Britons played in the NCAA Division III Playoffs in 1998, 2005, and 2011.
Doug Pearson just finished his 10th year as the Head Football Coach at St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo. During his tenure Coach Pearson has led the Titans to 6 D-1 Play-Off Appearances. His 2004 Titans were Regional Champions losing in the State Semi’s. In 2010 Pearson’s Titans made a 2nd Regional Final Appearance. The 2010 Titans finished with an11-2 record which is the single season record for wins at St. John’s. Coach Pearson’s record at St. John’s Jesuit is 79-32 in 10 years. Doug’s Overall Record is 121-60 over 17 years as a Head Coach.
12 years head coach, 3 State Championships, 1 runner-up, 6 regional championships, 117-26 overall record.
20 Year Football Coach, 2006 Schutt National Coach of the Year. 5 State Championships 4 as a Defensive Coordinator, 1 as a Head Coach. Head Coach year was our 4th in a row, an Indiana Football Record.
Defensive Coordinator at Ithaca 2003 to present, Asst, Coach Ithaca 1998 -2003. Head Coach Vestaburg High School 1994 – 1997. JV Coach Vestaburg 1983 -1993.
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