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Richt, Petersen head NIKE Clinic

Published February 22. 2010 05:00PM

The University of Georgia's Mark Richt and Boise State's Chris Petersen headline a long list of speakers for this year's Lehigh Valley NIKE "Coach of the Year" Clinic to be held March 4, 5 and 6 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center at I-78 and Route 100 in Fogelsville.

Richt will be the main speaker to kick off Saturday morning, the final day of the clinic, while Petersen will end the day on Friday with his talk on "Bronco Pyramid of Success".

Other Division I coaches slated to speak this year are Al Golden of Temple University on Thursday at 5 p.m., Todd Graham of the University of Tulsa on Thursday at 9:15, Dan Hawkins of the University of Colorado on Friday at 10:15 and Ron Zook of the Univesity of Illinois on Friday at 2:15.

Also on the agenda for Thursday will be Pitt's offensive line coach Tony Wise, Lehigh University's defensive coordinator Dave Kotulski, Pitt's secondary coach Jeff Hafley, Syracuse University's defensive coordinator Scott Shafer and Manheim Central's head coach Mike Williams.

Other Friday speakers include Greenville, Alabama High School Head Coach Ben Blackman, Shippensburg University's defensive coordinator Mark Maciejewski, Easton High head coach Steve Shiffert, Albright College coach John Marzka, Opelika, Alabama High School head coach Brian Blackman, Villanova University's Clint Wiley, Coordinated Health supervisor, Frank Lupin, DeLasalle High School's Steve Jacoby, Rutgers University's defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham, Colgate University's receivers' coach Chris Young, Lafayette College offensive line coach Stan Clayton and Clinic coordinator Jim Tkach.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the John C. Whitehead Coach of the Year Awards.

On Saturday, speakers will include Tri Valley head coach Mike Koget, Lancaster Catholic head coach Bruce Harbach, Lasalle High head coach Drew Gordon, Selinsgrove head coach Dave Hess, Selesianum, Delaware head coach Bill Dinardo and Villanova head coach Andy Talley.

Richt went to Georgia with the motto, "Finish the drill." After nine seasons between the hedges, he's demonstrated what that means by winning two SEC Championships (2002, '05), three SEC Eastern Division titles and tied for another, and his 82-22 record is fourth best in the country in winning percentage among active coaches (.788). And his emphasis on graduation has come to fruition as 102 Bulldog players have earned their degrees since December, 2004.

His 2008 team finished 10-3 - the sixth time in the last seven years the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games and also finished among the nation's top 10 teams in the final national polls.

Richt was named SEC Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2005. His record against non-conference teams is 34-3 and his teams are 30-4 when playing in an opponent's home stadium.

This past year, the Bulldogs finished with a record of 8-5 and defeated Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl by a 44-20 score.

He is one of only nine head coaches in Division I-A history to record 60 or more wins in his first six seasons and 70 or more wins in his first seven seasons and one of only seven to reach 80 wins in his first eight seasons. Richt is also one of only six coaches in history to win two SEC championships (2002, 2005) in his first five years, and one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons (2002-05).

After guiding the 2009 Broncos to a perfect 14-0, the school's seventh Western Athletic Conference Championship and its second Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Championship in four years, Petersen was named Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year, and WAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his four-year head coaching career.

Petersen led the Broncos to their highest national ranking in school history in 2009, as Boise State was No. 4 in the final USA Today Coaches' poll, No. 4 in the final Associated Press media poll. Boise State was also ranked fourth in the first BCS poll of the season (Oct. 18) and never fell lower than No. 7 in the BCS. Boise State spent the final five weeks of the regular season ranked sixth. Most impressively, Boise State managed to do so with one of its youngest teams ever, which boasts just four seniors.

In his four seasons at Boise State, "Coach Pete" has clearly established himself as one of the top young football coaches in the country, leading the Broncos to two BCS bowl games and a consistent presence in the national rankings each of those years. Under Petersen, Boise State has compiled an impressive 31-1 record in the WAC with a league championship in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and a runner-up finish in '07.

Considered one of the most innovative offensive minds in the college coaching ranks, Petersen and his staff has guided an offense that continues to be among the nation's best.

At the end of the 2009 season, the Broncos led the nation in scoring offense (42.21 ppg) and sacks allowed (5). Boise State also tied for first in the least interceptions thrown with three.

Advanced on-line registration is open until Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at and if registration is done by Thursday, Feb. 25, discounts wil apply.

For more information, go to the website listed above or contact Jim Tkach at (484) 225-2706 or by e-mail at

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