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Steven Jones Named to AFCA's 35 Under 35


AFCA | 12/10/2021


The AFCA is pleased to announce the selections for its 2022 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute. This year’s class was chosen from a field of over 200 high-quality applicants.

The AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute is a prestigious program aimed at identifying and developing premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession. Selected participants are invited to attend the one-day institute that 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.

RELATED ARTICLE: How to Apply for the AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute

Members of the AFCA 2022 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute receive a stipend to assist with expenses incurred while attending the AFCA Convention. They will be published in the bi-monthly AFCA Magazine, AFCA Insider weekly email blast, and/or have their articles and videos added to the AFCA Educational Library. Additionally, participants will be placed on the AFCA Foundation Committee and become a part of a prestigious network of rising coaches in the profession along with many other great benefits.

To be eligible, applicants had to be born on or after January 1, 1987, and must be currently serving as a high school head coach, two-year college full-time assistant or head coach, or NAIA/NCAA (all divisions) full-time assistant or head coach. Applicants were required to submit a resume, five references, and a 1,600-word article or five-minute live instructional video on an offensive, defensive, special teams, or position-specific topic of the applicant’s choosing back in the summer.

Due to the 2021 Convention being moved to the AFCA Digital library, the 2021 AFCA 35 Under 35 representatives will also take part of the program at the 2022 AFCA Convention.

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Those interested in applying for next year’s class, submissions for the AFCA 2023 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute will run from July 1st to July 31st, 2022.

Congratulations to the 2022 Class!

Name School Position
Michael Banks Illinois State Assistant Head Coach
Nick Charlton UCONN Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Jack Cooper Rhode Island Defensive Coordinator
Billy Cosh VMI Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Nick Davis Ottawa University Head Coach
Malcolm Dixon Coastal Carolina Tight Ends
Todd Drury Missouri S&T Head Coach
Julian Griffin UTSA Running Backs
Zach Hanson Tulsa Offensive Line
Cody Hawkins UC Davis Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Jeremy Hawkins Eastern Kentucky Defensive Line
Brock Hays Louisiana Tech Running Backs
Andrew Jackson West Virginia Defensive Line
Ryan Jirgl Oberlin College Defensive Coordinator
Jerrod Johnson Indianapolis Colts Quality Control
Gregory Jones Wake Forest Linebackers
Steven Jones El Dorado High School Head Coach
Randall Joyner Ole Miss Defensive Line
Jake Landry Temple Quarterbacks
DJ Mangas LSU Passing Game Coordinator
Mickey Mental Notre Dame College Head Coach
Brian Metz Ohio University Tight Ends
Mike Mickens Notre Dame Defensive Backs
Mike Miller Maryland Tight Ends
CJ Nightingale Wheaton College Defensive Coordinator
William Peagler Michigan State Running Backs
Ryan Smith Virginia Tech Defensive Backs
Will Stein UTSA Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers
AJ Steward Oregon State Running Backs
Tyler Stockton Ball State Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Tyler Sutton San Diego Offensive Coordinator
Pete Thomas Louisville Quarterbacks
Frederick Walker Massachusetts Quarterbacks
Michael Washington Coastal Carolina Wide Receivers
Dallas Whitaker Somerville High School Head Coach
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