Liberty Linebackers Coach Josh Bookbinder has been invited to participate in the inaugural AFCA 30 Under 30 Coaches Leadership Institute.
The American Football Coaches Foundation® and NCAA Leadership Development have partnered for a prestigious program aimed at training premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession.
Participants will meet at the 2016 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 10-13, for a full day of focused, interactive lectures on topics including ethics, leadership, NCAA rules, financial management, hiring and player safety.
With the American Football Coaches Foundation® and NCAA Leadership Development's involvement, the AFCA aims to emphasize responsible influence, the importance of ethical behavior and the development of today's student-athlete.
The 30 participants who were selected are an average age of 27 and include in their ranks nine FBS coaches, four FCS coaches, two NCAA Division II coaches, five NCAA Division III coaches, three junior college coaches, three NAIA coaches and four high school coaches.
"The selection of 30 young coaches out of our vast organization was an amazing process," said AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff. "I believe we have an absolutely outstanding class. This is the beginning of something I think will be important for the future. These coaches will train to be leaders in making our great game safer. We also look at this program as one of many methods to develop future leadership within the Association."
Bookbinder just completed his fourth year on staff at Liberty, including his third season as the Flames' linebackers coach (outside linebackers in 2013, linebackers in 2014-15).
During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Bookbinder helped junior linebacker Nick Newman earn All-Big South second teams honors. Newman led Liberty in tackles in 2015 (74) and ranked No. 9 in the Big South in tackles per game (6.7).
Bookbinder is the second member of Head Football Coach Turner Gill's staff to participate in a national professional development program.
Following the 2012 season, newly promoted Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Joe Dailey took part in the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.
The NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy provides an opportunity for current and former NFL players who are looking to continue their careers on the football sidelines to learn leadership, management and administrative skills from football coaches at all levels.
Name (Age) - School Cody Baethke (27) - Central College (Iowa) Nick Benedetto (29) - West Virginia State Josh Bookbinder (29) - Liberty Re'quan Boyette (29) - Duke Terry Bradden Jr. (24) - Inlet Grove (Fl.) High School Greg Burns (25) - Widener Adam Conway (28) - Dordt College Spencer Danielson (27) - Azusa Pacific Mike Dovenberg (26) - Gavilan College Kwahn Drake (29) - Tulane Richan Gaskins (29) - Allegheny College Matt Guerrieri (26) - Duke Brian Johnson (28) - Mississippi State Vandyke Jones (24) - Independence Community College Burl Jordan (27) - Houston Baptist Joe Joyce (28) - Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (Minn.) High School Chris Kappas (29) - University of Mount Union Sean Michael Lewis (29) - Bowling Green State Michael Lichten (29) - Becker College Josh Martin (27) - Arizona State Eric Marty (29) - East Los Angeles College Luke Matthews (26) - Hawaii AJ Milwee (29) - Akron Kyle McElvany (29) - Dundee (Mich.) High School Michael McGee (27) - Siena Heights Jason Onyebuagu (27) - North Carolina Central Salim Powell (28) - Southeast Missouri State Tavita Pritchard (28) - Stanford Blake Purvis (27) - Brookhaven (Miss.) Academy Steven Steele (26) - Dakota State
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