LA Tech’s Hays invited to AFCA event

Louisiana Tech running back coach Brock Hays is one of just 35 coaches across the country invited to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute.

This year’s class was chosen from a field of over 200 high-quality applicants. He was one of just two in-state coaches (LSU’s DJ Mangas) and three Conference USA coaches (UTSA’s Julian Grffin, UTSA’s Will Stein) to be included in the prestigious group.

Hays just completed his third season with the Bulldogs. He has been a part of two bowl teams in Ruston, including the 10-win team that captured the Walk-ons Independence Bowl with a victory over Miami in 2019.

The Grambling State alum has coached the Bulldog tailbacks for three years. He has also spent time at Southern Miss, Nicholls State and Louisiana College while also coaching on the high school level early in his career.

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.

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 MagazineAFCA 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.


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