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Big Ten coaches headline NIKE Clinic

Published January 19. 2011 05:00PM

The Annual NIKE Coach of the Year Clinic comes to the Lehigh Valley on March 3, 4 and 5 this year with a pair of Big Ten head coaches headlining the three-day sessions.

Purdue's Danny Hope and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz will be joined by Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson, Syracuse's Doug Marrone and Yale's Tom Williams.

Local coaches that will also be part of the sessions include Kutztown University head coach Ray Monica (Stopping the run in the 4-2-5 Golden Bear Blitz Package), Lehigh University assistant Dave Cecchini (Lehigh screen game attacking and Attacking the Tampa 2 defense), Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout (Inside and Outside Toss Play), Lafayette College's John Loose (Defending the Navy Triple Option), Central Catholic's Harold Fairclough (Building a championship program and the Viking Quarterback Run Game) and Mike Cerimele of Velocity Sports.

Hope, who just finished his second year as head coach of the Boilermakers, will talk on "Developing and Implementing Leadership Simplifying Offensive Line Play".

He became the 34th head football coach in Purdue history Jan. 1, 2009. He spent the 2008 season as associate head coach, working with the offensive line, managing recruiting and monitoring academics. He was named to the position Jan. 11, 2008, with a succession plan in place for him to become head coach upon the retirement of Joe Tiller at the end of the year. Hope is under contract through the 2014 season.

"Coaching the Offensive Line" will be the main theme of Ferentz's talk.

He completed his 12th year as head football coach at the University of Iowa. His tenure as Iowa's head football coach trails only Hayden Fry, who led the Hawkeyes for 20 seasons (1979-98). Ferentz ranks second in longevity among Big Ten Conference football coaches.

Johnson enjoyed success as the head coach at Georgia Southern (1997-2001) and Navy (2002-2007) before being named Georgia Tech's 12th head coach on Dec. 12, 2007. Johnson will talk on "The Georgia Tech Option Offense" and Marrone will speak on "Offensive Line Pass Protection and Practice Fundamentals and Drills".

In just three seasons at Georgia Tech, Johnson has compiled a record of 26-14.

In 13 seasons overall as a head coach, Johnson owns a career record of 133-53.

Johnson enjoyed success as the head coach at Georgia Southern (1997-2001) and Navy (2002-2007) before being named Georgia Tech's 12th head coach on Dec. 12, 2007.

Williams' topic has not been announced as of yet.

Marrone, a former pro football player and successful coach in the Division I collegiate ranks and the National Football League, returned to his alma mater as the program's 28th head coach this past fall. Marrone, whose coaching resume includes stints at Georgia Tech and Tennessee, was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006 through last season.

The clinic will once again feature the presentation of the John Whitehead Awards.

Registration can be done online at and for more information you can contact clinic director Jim Tkach at 484-225-2706or by e-mail at

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