Speakers

State Champions from the Midwest States. Key Note - Division I Coach and other speakers.

Speakers 2019-01-30T20:03:18+00:00

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Mark Farley
University of Northern Iowa – Head Coach

UNI head coach Mark Farley, once known as the “walk on from Waukon”, has led the Panthers to a mark of 134-67 in his 16 years at the helm of the program.

The Farley File Awards & Honors

  • 2007 Eddie Robinson Award recipient
  • 2007 Schutt Sports FCS Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly
  • 2007 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year finalist
  • 2007 Led UNI to first perfect regular season in Gateway history
  • 2005 Guided UNI to first national title game appearance
  • 2005 Northwest Region Coach of the Year (Football Gazette)
  • 2001, 2007 AFCA NCAA FCS Region 4 Coach of Year
  • 2001, 2007 Gateway Bruce Craddock Coach of the Year
  • Placed 3rd in 2001 Eddie Robinson Award balloting
  • Placed 10th in 2003 Eddie Robinson Award balloting
  • Placed 12th in the 2008 Eddie Robinson Award balloting
  • Placed 15th in 2005 Eddie Robinson Award balloting
  • Best record (11-3) for MVFC rookie coach

Playing Experience/Highlights

  • University of Northern Iowa, 1983-86
  • Three-year starter at inside linebacker
  • Led the team in tackles 1984-86
  • 1985 Gateway Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year
  • Co-captain of 1985 1-AA national semi-final team
  • Three-time first team all-conference
  • Two-time honorable mention all-American
  • Two-time academic all-American
  • Outstanding Senior Athlete-Variety Club of Iowa
  • UNI Purple and Old Gold Award

OTHER SPEAKERS:

Clint Brown
South Dakota State University – Defensive Coordinator

  • Coached at the collegiate level for 22 years at SDSU, UNO, Wayne State, NE Wesleyan
  • Member of 1994 Huskers
  • Native of Arlington, NE

Randy Dreiling
St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Overland Park, KS) – Head Coach

  • Since the season of 2000, Coach Dreiling is 199-34 (85% win percentage)
  • In the last 17 years, he has played in 16 state semi-final games advancing to 12 state championship games
  • 8 Time State Champion
  • 2018 State Champion

Tom Wilson
Dowling Catholic High School (West Des Moines, IA) – Head Coach

  • Overall record of 245-61 (152-22 at Dowling Catholic)
  • 5 Time State Coach of the Year
  • 10 State Champions Games
  • 7 Time State Champion including the last 6

 

Kim Nelson
Roosevelt High School (Sioux Falls, SD) – Head Coach

  • 40thyear as Head coach
  • 278 –129 overall
  • 2011 State Champs, Runner Up in 1983, 2002, 2014,2015,2017
  • SD State Football Coach of the Year in 2011
  • Power of Influence National Finalist
  • Finalist for National Football Coach of the Year in 2014
  • 8 time Conference Coach of the Year
  • 4 time Region Coach of the Year
  • Metro Coach of the Year (Edina, MN.) 2007
  • SF Washington Hall of Fame (2015)
  • South Dakota Football Coaches Hall of Fame (2017)

Keith Riggs
Jenks High School (Jenks, OK) – Head Coach

  • Head Football Coach 2018
  • Assistant Head Coach / Def. Coordinator 2010 –2017 (4 State Championships, 1 Runner-Up)
  • Assistant Coach 2003-2009 (3 State Championships, 3 Runner-Ups)
  • Named to “Hudl 100” 2017 honoring key players in Sports and Technology

Mark Weisman
University of Iowa – Assistant Strength & Conditioning

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • Hawkeye football letterman from 2012-2014
  • Ranks 3rd in career rushing touchdowns at Iowa
  • Team captain as a junior and senior at Iowa
  • Finalist for Burlsworth Award presented to the top former walk-on

John Walsh
Guyer High School (Denton, TX) – Head Coach

  •  5 out of the last 10 years in the final 4
  • 3 title appearances – winning 2 State Championships

Developed several Division I QB’s:

  • Colby Freeman – Texas A&M/ACU
  • Kirby Freeman – Miami
  • Jarrett Lee – LSU
  • JW Walsh – Oklahoma State
  • Jerrod Heard – Texas
  • Shawn Robinson – TCU

Brian Wilken
Newell-Fonda High School (IA) – Head Coach

Topic: Mustang Defense – Individual and Team Drills

  • Head Coach at Newell-Fonda since 2000
  • Career record of 163-57
  • Won 2014 State Championship after starting season 0-3
  • Named IFCA State Coach of the Year in 2013
  • Regional Coach of the Year in 2003, 2005, 2011, 2014, and 2017
  • Assistant for 2002 North Shrine Team and Head Coach in 2016
  • Also serves as head boys track coach, assistant junior high baseball coach, and athletic director

Bill Arnold
Topeka Hayden High School  (KS) – Head Coach

Topic: Ins and Outs of Hayden Wing T Offense and program

  • 3 year letterwinner at Benedictine College
  • Nine years as assistant at Arkansas City High School before moving to head coach at Scott City for seven years.
  • HC at Hayden for 12 seasons.
  • 157-54 career record
  • State Title in 2008
  • Runner-up in 2009, 2014, 2016

Chris Holt
Lathrop High School  (MO) – Head Coach

Topic: Weekly Program Organization: Semi-Two Platoon Football- Coach Them All!

  • HC for four seasons at Lathrop
  • Over 125 wins with 1 state title, 2 runner-up
  • 7 district titles
  • Missouri Coach of the Year
  • Named regional and district Coach of the Year multiple times
  • 2018 State Runner-up

David Braun
North Dakota State University  – Coordinator

  • His D-line ranked 2nd in Big Sky Conference in tackles for loss and 2nd in sacks per pass attempt
  • Co-defensive coordinator at Winona State from 2011-2015
  • Winona State defense was 1st in the conference in sacks, pass defense, and first down defense in 2012
  • Played at Winona State where he was a two-year captain and all-conference selection in 2005 and 2006

Jon Holmes
Bishop Miege High School (KS) – Head Coach

Topic: Gap run game and RPO’s off gap runs

  • 4A state champs 2018
  • 7 years as HC with record of 71-12
  • 4 state titles and have played in the title game 6 of 7 years
  • 2014 and 2016 Kansas City Metro Coach of the Year
  • 10 former players currently playing at FBS or FCS level

Tyson Veidt
Iowa State University – Asst Head Coach/LB Coach

  • 2018 Nominee for Broyles Award given to nation’s top assistant coach
  • 2017 Iowa State Defense ranked 2nd in Big 12 and 26 nationally in scoring defense
  • 2017 defense ranked 3rd in Big 12 in total defense
  • Named linebacker Coach of the Year by Football Scoop
  • Transformed Joel Lanning from quarterback to All-American linebacker in 2017

Mike Cunningham
Northwest Missouri State University  – O-Line Coach

  • Native of Milford, NE
  • Previously coached at Minnesota State-Mankato, North Dakota, Nebraska, Winona State University, Concordia-St. Paul
  • At Winona State University his line allowed just 19 sacks, half of the 38 allowed the year prior to his arrival and ran for 21 rushing touchdowns, surpassing the 13 scores in both 2015 and 2014.
  • Averaged 160.8 rushing yards per game, an improvement of nearly 37 yards per contest and gained 28 more first downs on the ground

Kyle Peterson
Aurora High School (NE) – Head Coach

  • 4th season at Aurora High school with a 38-9 record
  • Two state finals appearances in 4 years
  • 2015 & 2018 State Champion
  • Head Coach of 2018 South team of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl

Justin Smith
Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School (IA) – Head Coach

  • 2 State Titles as head coach at Wakefield High School (NE)
  • Two state playoff appearances in 4 years at Lincoln Northeast HS
  • 50-16 record at Sergeant Bluff-Luton with 5 straight playoff appearances and two semi-final appearances

Jud Hall
Scottsbluff High School (NE) – Offensive Coordinator

  • 18 years as an Assistant Coach in Colorado and Nebraska
  • 6 years as Scottsbluff High School Offensive Coordinator
  • 2018 – Class B State Runner-Up
  • 2014-2015 Western Conference Male Assistant Coach of the Year
  • 2013 – West Nebraska All Star Game Assistant Coach
  • 2009-State Championship Team in Colorado (1A – Yuma)

Todd Dunn
Lawson High School (MO) – Head Coach

  • 2003 and 2013 State Runner-Ups
  • 2007 State Champions
  • 2016 State Semi-finalist

Andy Means
Millard South High School (NE) – Head Coach

  • Played WR / DB at Holdrege High School. Played Corner at Nebraska 1978-1980. 2nd team All-Big Eight in 1979, Honorable Mention All-Big Eight in 1978 & 1980. Academic All-Big Eight in 1980.
  • Assistant Coach & Teacher at Grand Island in 1982, Assistant Coach & Teacher in Cedar Bluffs from 1983-1985. Assistant Coach & Teacher at Millard South from 1986 – 2003.
  • Head Coach and Teacher at Millard South from 2004- Present. Current record is 109-56.
  • 2009 Undefeated State Champion.
  • Runners-up in 2008 and 2010. Only one of 5 coaches in Class A to make the finals 3 years in a row.
  • Millard South has made the playoffs 12 of the last 15 years.
  • Metro-Conference Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2005 & 2009.
  • Nebraska Coaches Association Football Coach of the Year in 2009.
  • Millard Public Schools High School Teacher of the Year in 2016.

Jeff Tomlin
Grand Island High School (NE) – Head Coach

  • 16 years as head coach at Grand Island High School
  • Prior to Grand Island, spent 13 years at Alliance High School with 9 as head coach
  • 2 years at O’Neill High School and 2 years as undergrad assistant at Chadron State College
  • 20 teams have qualified for state playoffs
  • 6 times in the quarterfinals, 3 times in semifinals, and one runner-up finish
  • 9 Conference Championships and 6 District Championships
  • Head coach in the Shrine Bowl (2008)
  • Huskerland Prep awarded him the Coach Mike Behrends Award (2013)
  • S. Marine Corps Semper Fi Coach of the Year 2016

Jeremy Christiansen
Fremont-Mills High School (IA) – Head Coach

  • 15th year as coach at Fremont Mills
  • 2018 State Semi-finalist
  • 2011 State Champion
  • 6 Dome Appearances in the last 9 years

Zac Kliment
Creighton High School (NE) – Head Coach

  • Class D-1 State Champions 2018
  • Huskerland Preps 2018 D1 Coach of the Year
  • 6 year assistant coach at Creighton with a record of 60-8 while in charge of the offense and defense
  • Assistant Coach at Briar Cliff University 1 year
  • Wide receiver for Sioux City Stampede (2017 MFA Champions, 2018 NEFL Champions)

 

Mitch Roberts
Johnson-Brock High School (NE) – Head Coach

  • Class D-2 State Champions 2018
  • 2016 State Qualifiers
  • 2017 State Quarterfinalist
  • 2018 Huskerland D2 Coach of the Year

Chris Healy
Worth County/Northeast Nodaway High School (MO) – Head Coach

  • 2017 State Champions 2018 State Runner-Ups
  • 4 District Championships (13, 15, 17, 18)
  • 7 years assistant:2007
  • 2011 State Champions
  • 2006 State Runner-Ups
  • 4 District Championships (06, 07, 10, 11)