NATIONAL VS AMERICAN
Coach Mike Stock – Green Bay Packers(NFL)*
NFL’s Coach Mike Stock formerly of the Green Bay Packers will return to head coach the FCS BOWL Navy Team returning to National Bowl weekend. In 1983 he coached the New Jersey Generals offensive backfield, including hall of fame running back Herschel Walker. He then returned to Notre Dame, where he coached wide receivers and running backs through 1986. From 1987 through 1991 he coached special teams, then wide receivers, and finally tight ends for the Cincinnati Bengals. From 1992 through 1994 he coached wide receivers at Ohio State. From 1995 through 2000 he was the special teams coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. From 2001 to 2003 he was the Washington Redskins special teams coach. In 2004 he was the special teams coach for the Saint Louis Rams. For the 2006 through 2010 seasons, he was Head Special Teams Coordinator for the Green Bay Packers.
NFL SPECIAL TEAMS COACH OF THE YEAR RUNNER UP – 2007 GREEN BAY
*NFL SPECIAL TEAMS COACH OF THE YEAR – 1997 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Coach Jim Collins – Defensive Coordinator / Scouting Liaison
Coach Jim Collins has been a National Bowl defensive coordinator since its inception. Last year he was awarded NFL’s New York Giants Coach of the Week as a head coach of JP Stevens in New Jersey. Jim also has acted as the scouting liaison and has oversaw the NFL scouting meetings and interviews with National Players. He has been instrumental in the logistics support of the National Bowl weekend. We are extremely excited to have Jim back at the FCS BOWL.
Coach Scotty Walden – Offensive Coordinator
One of the brightest and youngest offensive minds in the country, Scotty Walden is the Head Coach at East Texas Baptist University. Walden is one of the youngest offensive coordinators in all of NCAA at the age of 24 and won AFCA Asst coach of the year in 2015. Scotty has coached in the National Bowl since 2012 and is a great assistant to NFL Coach Mike Stock.
James Parham -OL/DL Coach
James Parham has spent years as a Pro player and formerly a Pro OL Coach with the Trenton Freedom arena team. James has coached in the National Bowl since 2011 and we are excited to have him back at the FCS Bowl.
Robert Churchman – Assistant Coach:
Robert is head of Football Operations at University of Incarnate Word and has coached in the National Bowl since 2012. We are excited to have Churchamn back at the FCS Bowl.
Joshua Eargle - Assistant Coach:
Arlan Johnson – DL Coach
Chris Hughes – Assistant DL/OL Coach:
Chris Hughes Coached 12 years (1993-2004) at Gauley Bridge High School. Serving as D-coordinator for 4 years, O-coordinator for 2 years and Head Coach for a season. He was a player coach fro the Mountain State Titans (2001-2005, 2003 OVFL Champs). Owner and operator or the WV Lightning 4 years (2008-2011, 2008 and 2010 USFA Champs and MLFE National Champs). Coach Indoor ball for the Huntington Hammer Of the UIFL (2011). Currently coaching at WV State University. Chris was a player in Arena and Semi-Pro for 19 years. Chris has coached in the National Bowl Since 2012 assisting with the OL.
Head Coach Chris Thompson – Lehigh Valley Steelhawks/ Philadelphia Soul (PIFL/AFL)*
Coach Chris Thompson and his staff will return to coach the “American” team in the FCS BOWL. Coach Thompson is going into his 4th season coaching the FCS-National Bowl Weekend.
Chris Thompson: Head Coach/Asst. General Manager/Offensive Coordinator Thompson enters his 5th season with the Steelhawks organization and won them a PIFL Conference Championship in 2014. Prior to Thompson coming to the Steelhawks, he worked for the Philadelphia Soul (AFL) as the Manager of Football Programs. Thompson also spent 6 years with the Reading Express Organization as a former Quarterback, Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Assistant General Manager. In his 6 seasons there he helped the Express to achieve an amazing 73- 27 record. He had responsibilities that ranged from selling sponsorships, selling group tickets, and recruiting players to name a few. In his first 3 seasons as a Head Coach, he has yet to miss the post season action and has enjoyed helping more than 20+ young men move up to higher professional leagues, like the NFL, CFL, and AFL. Over the years coaching and managing, he has accumulated five Northern Division Championships in 2006 – 2009 & 2011, two Eastern Conference Championships, the 2009 AIFA Bowl III Championship by beating the Wyoming Calvary 65-42 in Casper, Wyoming and 8 out of the last 9 seasons has participated in post season action. Thompson has recruited and coached several players over the years who have made it to the next level, signing contracts in those leagues like wide receivers Tyrone Collins and Tom Gilson, defensive ends Larry Ford and Brian Brikowski, and Offensive
Linemen Travis Miller and Mike Simons to name a few. This will be his 10th season involved with professional Indoor Arena Football as a former player, coach, and front office personnel. Thompson also had a successful playing career both collegiately and professionally where he played Indoor Arena football for six years in multiple leagues. He attended Bloomsburg University on a football scholarship after graduating from Manheim Central High School in 1997. As a former record setting Quarterback and captain of the Bloomsburg University football team, he helped lead the team to back-to-back PSAC and Lambert Cup Championships in 2000 and 2001 along with a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs both years. In 2000, the Huskies played Delta State for the Division II National Championship game on ESPN but lost to the Statesmen. In 2001, the Huskies went back to the NCAA Div. II playoffs and lost to Grand Valley State in the quarterfinals but finished up with a record of 22-4 in those 2 years. He graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and currently resides in Lancaster, PA with his wife Leeann, daughter Haley, and son Kellen.
Phil Bogle – Philadelphia Soul GM (AFL Assistant Coach of the Year) (2016 Arena Bowl Champions)
Coach Bernie Nowaotarski - Philadelphia Soul Defensive Coordinator (2016 Arena Bowl Champions)
Coach Nowaotarski is currently the Defensive Coordinator of the World Champion Philadelphia Soul and FCS Bowl assistant coach. In the past he spent time with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and was the Head Coach of the Harrisburg Stampede of the Pro Arena league (PIFL). In Nowotarski’s 10+ seasons of indoor coaching, he has amassed an 83-29 regular season record. His 11-5 playoff record includes five division titles, three conference championships, and two national championship victories with different teams (Reading Express 2009 and Harrisburg Stampede 2013). He was named Coach of the Year in both of those championship seasons.
Coach Ron James – DL Coach/Asst. DC (AFL Tampa Bay Storm – Head Coach)
Coach Shane Stafford – WR Coach/Asst. OC (AFL Tampa Bay Storm – Assistant Coach)
Coach Beau Bell – LB Coach (AFL Philadelphia Soul – Starting LB)
*DENOTES HEAD FCS BOWL HEAD COACH