Speakers

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Speakers 2020-03-10T17:09:34+00:00

Rogers Clinic Speakers

  • Rick Jones – Head Coach Greenwood High School (AR)
  • Rion Rhoades – Arkansas Razorbacks Assistant Coach
  • Nathan Foster – Defensive Coordinator Union HS (OK)
  • Aaron Danenhauer – Offensive Coordinator Bentonville HS
  • Tyler Schneider – Offensive Coordinator– Bixby HS (OK)
  • Jacob Gill – Defensive Coordinator/Safeties/Asst HC – Shiloh Christian HS (AR)
  • Rodney Flowers – Defensive Coordinator – Bixby HS (OK)
  • Sean Riley – Southwestern Assemblies of God U (TX)
  • Jeff Conaway – AD/Head Coach Shiloh Christian HS (AR)
  • Andrew Shanle – Head Coach Cypress Ridge HS (TX)
  • Bryant Davis – Offensive Coordinator Fayetteville HS (AR)
  • Deerick Smith – Director of Strength & Conditioning Southside HS
  • Adam Gaylor – Defensive Coordinator Jenks HS (OK)
  • Missouri State Coaching Staff
  • OK/AR State Champions

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FEATURED SPEAKER

Rick Jones – Head Coach Greenwood High School (AR)

Rick is the head football coach at Greenwood, AR High School. In his 30 seasons as a head coach, Jones’ overall record stands at 307-72 with nine state championships and five runners-up. His current record at Greenwood stands at 175-24 with eight state championships and three runners-up. His multiple achievements and awards include being named 18 times “Coach of the Year,” “2012 National Coach of the Year,” 2018 AFCA Power of Influence National Coach of the Year, and Oklahoma High School Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee, to name a few. But he’ll tell you his greatest accomplishment is building up and empowering others, especially young men, to be successful in life.

​”We don’t allow ourselves or anybody else to make excuses, because that sets you up for failure.”

Rick is a positive influencer that has taken motivational and leadership skills from the football field and applied the same principles to business and life. An accomplished speaker, he has visited 15 states and Canada to share his positive messages with business employees, coaches, leaders, students, athletes, teachers, administrators, doctors, churches, and civic groups.

FEATURED SPEAKER

Rion Rhoades – Arkansas Razorbacks Assistant Coach

Rion Rhoades gets his first opportunity at the FBS level after coaching the last 14 years as a head coach at the junior college level, including the last 13 as the head coach at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.

A former Hutchinson linebacker for Pittman in 1993, Rhoades returned to his alma mater as the head coach in 2007 after turning around a struggling Fort Scott CC program in just one year. At Hutchinson, Rhoades quickly worked his magic taking the Blue Dragons to a Region VI runner-up finish in his second year then kicking off a run of six straight seasons that saw his program win the Salt City Bowl, capped by an 11-1 season in 2014 that also claimed the Jayhawk Conference and Region VI championships.

In 2019, Rhoades’ squad finished 10-2 and No. 3 in the final NJCAA rankings after another Salt City Bowl title. The No. 3 finish was the highest the Blue Dragons have ever finished in the final poll and the fifth time a Rhoades-led Hutchinson team finished inside the Top 10 in his 13 years as head coach. He left the junior college ranks 106-55 as a head coach with a 99-50 mark at Hutchinson.

As a player at Hutchinson, Rhoades made an immediate impact as a freshman with 138 tackles as a linebacker to help Pittman and the Blue Dragons to a 6-5 season and a trip to the Valley of the Sun Bowl in 1993. As a sophomore and team captain in 1994, Rhoades led Hutchinson with 130 tackles and helped his team to a third-consecutive winning season with an 8-4 record and a ranking of 15th in the final NJCAA poll. Following his two years at Hutchinson as a player, Rhoades transferred to Western Illinois and then to Northwestern Oklahoma State, where he was an NAIA All-America linebacker.

Nathan Foster – Defensive Coordinator Union High School (OK)

Coach Foster just completed his 9th year as a defensive coach for Union High School in Tulsa. During his time at Union, he has coached cornerbacks and linebackers and has been the defensive coordinator for the past three seasons.

Aaron Danenhauer – Offensive Coordinator Bentonville High School

Coach Danenhauer has been the offensive coordinator and O-line coach at Bentonville since 2013. Prior to that he served as the freshmen offensive coordinator from 2008-2009 and the varsity offensive line coach in 2010. During his time at Bentonville, the Tigers have been a roll having won the state title in 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2014 and the runner-up in 2011, 2012, and 2017.

Tyler Schneider – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Bixby HS (OK)

Bixby High School has set a high standard in Oklahoma high school football. With Coach Schneider, the Spartans have five 6AII state championships (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) and one state runner-up (2017). This past season, the Spartans’ potent offense averaged 56.2 points per game.

Jacob Gill – Defensive Coordinator/Safeties/Asst HC – Shiloh Christian HS (AR)

Coach Gill graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2010 and began his coaching career at Olathe Northwest High School before moving to Siloam Springs High School to coach defensive backs. He moved into the co-defensive coordinator role in 2013. Coach Gill next moved to Springdale High School in 2014 as a defensive backs coach and was promoted to the special teams coordinator in 2015. In 2017, he was hired at Shiloh Christian to coach defensive backs before moving into the defensive coordinator role and is currently also the assistant head coach. Shiloh Christian made it to the state semi-finals in 2018 and were the state runner-up this past season. Coach Gill has been married to wife, Kala, for 11 years and has three sons: Colson (8), Keegan (6), and Cannon (2).

Rodney Flowers – Defensive Coordinator – Bixby HS (OK)

Coach Flowers just completed his 8th season for the Bixby Spartans. He has served as the defensive coordinator for the past six years and also coaches linebackers at Bixby. Coach Flowers has led the Spartan defense to five 6A-Div II state championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019 and a runner up finish in 2017. Prior to Bixby, Coach Flowers spent six years in Sulphur Springs (TX) coaching the defensive line. His 2008 team won the 4A-Div II state championship.

Sean Riley – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (TX)

Coach Riley is currently in his second season as the Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for SAGU. He also serves as an official kicking instructor/coach for the Dallas Cowboys Academy and a Blue Grey All-American Bowl Special Teams Coordinator. The Blue Grey game has had a kick or punt return for a touchdown six straight years. Prior to SAGU, Coach Riley coached Trinity Christian High School in Cedar Hill (TX) for eleven seasons and won two of the four state championship games they appeared in. In his eleven seasons, his Trinity Christian teams averaged six blocked punts, four blocked field goals, three kick returns for touchdowns, and two punt returns for touchdowns. The coverage teams were feared for their relentless style of swarm tackling.

Sean is a United States Navy veteran and played professional football for over ten years, making him one of the few college Special Teams Coordinators who also played professionally. Through the years, Sean has trained over 100 Division 1 kickers and punters.

Coach Riley completed his undergraduate and graduate studies from Liberty University Cum Laude and is currently finishing his doctorate in Strategic Leadership while serving as an associate professor in Sports Management at SAGU.

Jeff Conaway – AD/Head Coach Shiloh Christian HS (AR)

Coach Conaway’s Shiloh Christian football team is one of the top powerhouses in Arkansas 4A football, finishing as the state runner-up this past season. Coach Conaway is recognized as one of the best in his class earning Back to Back 1-4A Coach of the Year honors and also being named the NWA Democrat Gazette Coach of the Year.

Andrew Shanle – Head Coach Cypress Ridge HS (TX)

Coach Shanle has been involved with football from the 8-man game to the NFL.  After playing 8-man football in Nebraska, Andrew went on to play defensive back for the University of Nebraska, and then on to the NFL where he enjoyed stints with the Chicago Bears and also the Super Bowl Champion, New York Giants. He began his coaching career in 2008 at Brenham High School in Texas where he helped guide them to the finals the following year. In 2012 he returned to Nebraska to serve as the Director of Track and Field at Midland University before eventually heading back to Texas and filling the role of defensive coordinator for Coach Gene Johnson at Cypress Ranch High School where they were state finalists in 2014.  In 2019, Shanle was named the Athletic Coordinator and Head Coach at Cypress Ridge High School. He and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 14 years and have three children – Brode, Bryson, and Emery.

Bryant Davis – Offensive Coordinator Fayetteville High School (AR)

Coach Davis has been developing high school offenses for the past 10 years in Northwest Arkansas.  He started as an offensive coordinator for the freshmen team at Bentonville before moving to Fayetteville in 2013 to serve as the O-line coach and run game coordinator. Coach Davis then took over the offensive coordinator duties at Springdale High from 2015-2018.  During two of those seasons, Springdale had the best record since the high school split including the first home playoff game. Last season, Coach Davis returned to Fayetteville to take over the offensive coordinator duties. During his coaching career, his teams have had one state championship and three state championship appearances and also produced the all-time leader in touchdowns at the wide receiver position. In 2018, his Springdale team produced the 7A West statistical leader at the quarterback and running back positions.

Deerick Smith – Southside High School Director of Strength and Conditioning

Coach Smith has been working as a strength and conditioning coach at the high school level for the past six years.  He is a former D2 All-American offensive lineman and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Coach Smith has also had articles published in FNF magazine.

Adam Gaylor – Jenks High School Defensive Coordinator (OK)

Coach Gaylor has a wealth of experience at the high school and collegiate level. He began his career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College coaching the defensive backs and linebackers where he coached the SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Year – Kenneth West.

In 2005, he became the defensive coordinator at Wagoner High School in which his defense allowed an average of 10 points per game including two shutouts in the playoffs. He became the safeties coach at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2006 and then moved to Broken Arrow High School from 2007-2013. At Broken Arrow, Coach Gaylor was the defensive coordinator during a span in which the Tigers reached the state semi-finals twice and were state runner-up once in 2011. Their defense broke several records during that time. After successful stints as head coach at Westmoore and a defensive coordinator at Mustang High School, Coach Gaylor now runs the defense at Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma. Last season Jenks was the state runner-up. Gaylor’s defense held the top-scoring offense in Division 6A to 14 points in the state final game and held seven of their 13 opponents to 17 points or less.