Coaches to Convene as USA Football Family

Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer. The 2018 USA Football National Conference was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, January 26-28, 2018.

By USA Football

The thought of uniting America’s vast football family across high school and youth levels was once like throwing a forward pass in 1869.

It wasn’t fathomable.

It is now.

USA Football, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee that works for and with coaches to advance their training and development, invites them to an all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet of knowledge and networking.

The National High School Football Coaches Alliance, powered by USA Football, and the 2019 USA Football National Conference are game-changing opportunities to learn and earn your program an advantage.

The sixth annual USA Football National Conference returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 22-24. The event is the nation’s largest annual gathering of high school and youth football administrators and coaches, uniting more than 1,500 participants for three days of professional and program development. The National Conference also stands among the greatest networking opportunities in scholastic and youth football with attendees and presenters from coast to coast.

Registration is now open at

Coaches, athletic directors and subject matter experts across the spectrum of America’s favorite sport lead presentations in large- and small-group sessions, sharing insight to make a program and its athletes the best they can be.

Past National Conference speakers include Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter, Tony Dungy, Bill Polian and Mike Singletary; Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden; National High School Hall of Fame coach Chuck Kyle of Cleveland St. Ignatius; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis; former NFL defensive back, Rhodes Scholar and neurosurgery resident at Harvard/The Massachusetts General Hospital Myron Rolle, MD; and dozens more.

“Football stands on innovation and perpetual learning, which comprise the heart of our National Conference,” USA Football CEO Scott Hallenbeck said. “Orlando is an extraordinary host for the football family, and we look forward to exciting, expert-driven insight that will be gained there in February.”

The National High School Football Coaches Alliance, formed this past March, delivers unprecedented collaboration among high school coaches stretching 37 states.

Led by state high school coach association directors, the Alliance will provide

access to unique and progressive professional development and continuing education platforms, digital and physical coaching tools and communication vehicles extending beyond state and regional borders.

“This is a significant ‘first’ for high school football,” said Rob Younger, Oregon Athletic Coaches Association executive director and inaugural president of the Alliance. Younger worked as an Oregon high school educator and football coach for more than 40 years. “The Alliance brings coaches together in ways we’ve not seen before and strengthens our community through USA Football’s exceptional and vast coaching resources.”

Coaches association leaders convened this past January at the 2018 USA Football National Conference in Orlando. The group met with USA Football to discuss forming the Alliance, benefitting their members and football-playing student-athletes nationwide.

The Alliance’s physical and digital platforms are powered by USA Football. Supporters of the Alliance include the National Organization of Coaches Association Directors, which generates revenue and assists athletic and other student activities of high schools in its members’ states.

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