Personnel

NATIONAL VS AMERICAN

NATIONAL TEAM COACHES:

NFL Coach Year Mike Stock Green Bay Packers FCS Bowl

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.

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 NFL SPECIAL TEAMS COACH OF THE YEAR RUNNER UP – 2007 GREEN BAY
*NFL SPECIAL TEAMS COACH OF THE YEAR – 1997 KANSAS CITY CHIEFSJim Collins FCS Bowl Coach

 

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.

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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 FCS Bowl Coach

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 IWU FCS Bowl Incarnate Word

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.

 

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Joshua Eargle - Assistant Coach:

Joshua Eargle will serve as Austin Peay’s offensive line coach and running game coordinator.

Eargle comes to Austin Peay from East Texas Baptist, where in his three seasons as head coach, he turned around a program that won three games in his first season to a share of the conference title in 2015.

The 2015 American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year, Eargle has experience at the FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III levels of collegiate coaching. Over that time, he has served on both sides of the ball, including as offensive coordinator (Monticello State, 2010) and defensive coordinator (Southeastern Oklahoma State, 2012). Despite being a man who has largely coached offense during his career, Eargle’s Southeastern Oklahoma State defense ranked 29th nationally among 156 Division II programs, and was 11th in pass defense.

At ETBU, Eargle’s ascent saw him coach 23 All-ASC first- and second-team players, including six Division III All-Americans—quarterback Josh Warbington and running back Kendall Roberson posted back-to-back All-American campaigns in 2014-15. In total, ETBU established 42 individual or team season records during Eargle’s three seasons at the helm.

Eargle gained his coaching start in 2003 as a graduate assistant at Southern Miss, spending two years as a GA and another season with the program in 2006—the 2003 Golden Eagle squad captured a Conference USA championship with an 8-0 league record, and the 2006 team won the East Division at 6-2.

Eargle also coached LSU’s offensive line in 2009, and his four FBS season’s yielded four bowl trips—2003 Liberty Bowl, 2004 New Orleans Bowl, 2007 GMAC Bowl and 2010 Capital One Bowl.

Austin Peay will be Eargle’s second FCS level stop—he coached the offensive line at Nicholls State in 2007-08. His other coaching homes have included Ouachita Baptist (2005) and Hallsville High School (2011). At the collegiate level, Eargle has had at least one player at each coaching stop earn an all-conference honor.

A 2001 Memphis graduate, Eargle won the inaugural Top Tiger Award, presented by Tommy West to the player who battled back from adversity or overcame difficult circumstances to return to the field. He earned his Master’s in Sports Administration from Southern Miss in 2004. He and his wife Kristen have three children–two daughters 

Arlan Johnson FCS Bowl Coach Trainer

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.

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AMERICAN TEAM COACHES:


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.

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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

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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 GM Philadelphia Soul

Phil Bogle – Philadelphia Soul GM (AFL Assistant Coach of the Year) (2016 Arena Bowl Champions)

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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.

 

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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