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PLAYMAKER 2017

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
1:00pm - 4:00 pm



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2017 SPEAKERS

MAIN SPEAKERS


  • Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director Emeritus
  • Craig Flowers, US Army Colonel (retired)
  • Bennie Wylie Jr., Performance Lab Director of Sports Performance, Former Texas Longhorns Head of Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Brian Hodnett, Jacksboro High School Football Coach
  • Russell Lucas, Hamlin High School Football Coach/Athletic Director

TIMEOUT SPEAKERS



2017 Speaker Biographies

Todd Moebes

Cooper High School, Abilene, Texas

TIMEOUT SPEAKER

Coaching Experience

Cooper High School, Abilene, Texas: 2006 – Present
Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator 2011 – Present
Defensive Coordinator - 2007-2011

Head Coaching Highlights:

2011 – 3-AAAAA Bi-District Champions, Area Champions , Regional Finalist
2012 – 3-AAAAA Bi-District Champions, Area Champions, Regional Finalist
2013 – 3-AAAAA Bi-District Champions, Area Champions, Regional Finalist

Players named to All-District Teams – 60
Players named to the All-Big Country Super Teams – 19
Players named to the Texas High School Football All-State Teams – 13
Players selected for the Texas High School Football Academic All-State Teams – 21

Katy High School, Katy, Texas: 2002 – 2006
Secondary and Linebackers Coach
5A State Champions – 2003
5A State Finalist – 2005

Education/Playing Experience

Katy High School, Katy, Texas - Graduated 1997
Football – Team Captain
Sam Houston State University – Graduated 2002
Football – Team Captain

Honors/Awards

Selected to coach 2013 FCA All-Star Football Game
Named to 2013 Texas High School Football All-Star Selection Committee



Bennie Wylie Jr.

Performance Lab Director of Sports Performance, Former Texas Longhorns Head of Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Bennie Wylie brings an extensive strength and conditioning coaching background to Yancy Camp. Bennie and his teammate Jill May recently won NBC’s fitness TV Series Strong. Bennie and Jill competed against nine other well-known fitness coaching specialists from around the country and their female partners who went through fitness transformations along the way.


Bennie currently coaches all levels of fitness programs at PrimeTime Sports in Abilene, TX. As the Performance Lab Coach, Bennie coaches and mentors high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, and all ages of adults who quickly realize Bennie has a passion for helping them lead healthy lifestyles by enjoying the many great benefits of working fitness in to their lives.


Bennie Wylie brings an extensive strength and conditioning coaching background to Yancy Camp. Bennie and his teammate Jill May recently won NBC’s fitness TV Series Strong. Bennie and Jill competed against nine other well-known fitness coaching specialists from around the country and their female partners who went through fitness transformations along the way.


Bennie currently coaches all levels of fitness programs at PrimeTime Sports in Abilene, TX. As the Performance Lab Coach, Bennie coaches and mentors high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, and all ages of adults who quickly realize Bennie has a passion for helping them lead healthy lifestyles by enjoying the many great benefits of working fitness in to their lives.


Bennie joined the Texas Longhorns staff in January 2011 as head strength and conditioning coach for football for three years. Before Texas, Bennie spent one season as football head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tennessee after serving the previous seven seasons at Texas Tech University under the same title.


Bennie helped Mike Leachs’ Red Raiders produce a 46-18 overall record, including an 11-2 season in 2008. The Red Raiders were bowl eligible all seven years of his tenure there. Wylie guided the development of 14 NFL draft picks while at Texas Tech, including WR Wes Welker and Michael Crabtree, who was selected 10th overall in the 2009 draft. That draft featured four Red Raiders selected in the first four rounds. Crabtree also won back-to-back Biletnikoff Awards as the nation’s top receiver in 2007 and 2008. In addition, in 2008 QB Graham Harrell was named AT&T All-America Player of the Year, won the Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation’s top senior QB, and was a Heisman Trophy candidate. In all Bennie has coached over 100 collegiate Football players who were groomed for their careers in the NFL.


Prior to his tenure at Texas Tech, Bennie was an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys for four seasons under another one of his mentors–Joe Juraszek. His first assignment with the Cowboys was to prepare Emmitt Smith for the upcoming season. In addition, Wylie spent the spring seasons heading the Dallas Desperados arena football team. The Cowboys had nine Pro Bowl selections during Wylie’s four seasons in Dallas.


Bennie would be remiss not to include all the great athletes he has had the privilege of coaching, his mentors, and the outstanding coaches that have shared his path–Kent Morgan, Blair Prince, Aaron Uzzell, Yoseph Zendrei, Caesar Martinez, and Anna Craig. Check out BennieWylie.com where you’ll see a list of a few of the many high profile clients Bennie has and/or is coaching. Bennie is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association and the Titleist Performance Institute. He graduated from Sam Houston State University, where he was a four-year letterman in football from 1994-97. It was here that his career began under the tutelage of his strength and conditioning coach and friend, Ben Pollard. Wylie was an All-Southland Conference running back and team captain as a senior in 1997 after averaging 4.8 yards per carry and leading the Bearkats in rushing. In 1994, he was named the Bearkats’ Freshman of the Year. He received a degree in kinesiology in 1999.


Bennie and his wife, the former Jennifer Small of Plano, Texas, have twin sons, 11 year-olds Braden and Caden, and a daughter, 3 year-old Hope.




Colonel Craig Flowers

US Army Colonel (retired)

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US Army Colonel (retired) J. Craig Flowers is a native Texan. Before his 2012 retirement from active duty, he served 25+ years in our Army as a Human Intelligence Officer.

Having served ten years abroad, including three years in the Kingdom of Morocco, his last decade of service was at West Point. His duties at West Point included; Director of Cadet Affairs, Assistant Baseball Coach, NCAA recertification Title IX sub-committee chair and member of the West Point Athletics Committee.

Army Baseball’s 2005 record was 39-14 and included the first ever four-game sweep of Navy and first win in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, Tallahassee, FL.

Craig is the Director of Athletics Consulting and Development for Horizon Performance LLC. Horizon Performance assists with the selection and development of NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS, Green Berets, Army Special Operators and NCAA Athletics Programs in the SEC, Conf-USA, the Sun Belt and Big-12 conferences. www.HorizonPerformance.com

He is the founder of The Sideline Leadership Company, providing leader and character development training for coaches, players, the "Air it Out" football camps and major corporations. He specializes in reaching and teaching today’s generation of student-athlete. He is often heard on Austin’s #1 Sports Talk Radio Show, “The B&E Show”, FM 104.9, The Horn.

Craig attended Ranger Junior College for one year before earning a degree in Economics and playing baseball for the TCU Horned Frogs. He has a MA from Kansas University. He and his wife Beth, of 28 years, live in Austin, TX.




Brian Hodnett

Jacksboro High School, Jacksboro, Texas

MAIN SPEAKER
Currently in his 10th year of coaching, Coach Hodnett is in his 3rd year serving as the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Jacksboro ISD. His wife Mandy teaches 3rd grade and they have 2 boys, Kason is 4 and Hank 1. Coach Hodnett is a Graduate from Lubbock Christian University and is originally from Hamlin.

“I am so excited about being involved with PlayMaker! We have a great line-up of speakers to bring a challenging and uplifting message. I hope to see you there.”


Hugh Sandifer

Wylie High School, Abilene, Texas

TIMEOUT SPEAKER
Hugh Sandifer is a 1973 graduate of Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas. He attended Abilene Christian University, lettering in basketball and baseball. He received his B.S. and his M.ED from ACU.

Coach Sandifer has spent his entire 35 years in the coaching profession at Wylie High School with a variety of coaching responsibilities. He has been head coach/athletic director for the last 28 years. During this tenure, the Bulldogs have advanced to the playoffs 23 times with a current 20 year playoff streak. The Bulldogs have played in seven Class AAA semi-finals, three state championship games, and were the Class AAA State Champions in 2004. The overall record for the Bulldogs under Sandifer is 243–97–4.

Coach Sandifer ended a 13 year stint as head basketball coach at Wylie in 1995. The Bulldogs compiled a 231-132 record while gaining 7 district championships and advancing to the playoffs for 9 years.

Coach Sandifer is a life member of the Texas High School Coaching Association and served as President in 2005-06. He was honored with the Tom Landry Award in 2004 and the Chuck Moser award in 2001. Sandifer has twice been a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association “Power of Influence” Award, and was awarded the first Coaches Achievement Award by the Texas Association of Sports Officials in 2005. In 2006, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of Abilene Christian University during the school’s Centennial celebration. In 2012, Coach Sandifer was elected to coach the North All-Star football team and was also inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor.

Hugh and his wife Brenda, a Wylie High School counselor, have been married for 34 years and have two daughters: Dakota and Madison.


Grant Teaff

AFCA Executive Director Emeritus

MAIN SPEAKER

Grant Teaff served the Association as Executive Director from 1994 to 2015, and was named AFCA Executive Director Emeritus on February 25, 2016.

 

During his 22 years leading the Association, he moved the AFCA office from Orlando, Florida, to Waco, Texas, increased the membership and gave a voice to all segments of the coaching profession. Teaff expanded the Board of Trustees so that all segments of AFCA membership would have representation. He also formed college assistant coaches committee’s and a minority issues committee, which gave strong voices to all collegiate assistant coaches and minority coaches. Safety for student-athletes, and education and personal development of all members was a top priority for Teaff. That’s why he created the American Football Coaches Foundation to raise money for the education and personal development of every member. The Foundation now has four signature events that help it reach its goals each year. Three Power of Influence golf tournaments are held in Dallas, Chicago and Washington, D.C., along with the nationally recognized CEO Coach of the Year® dinner in New York City.

 

Teaff helped design the AFCA national headquarters in Waco, Texas, which is large enough to take care of an ever-expanding staff, and through its architecture and interior design, is a positive representation of football coaches across America. He also increased the amount of publications the AFCA produces each year, started an online educational venue and increased the number of educational opportunities for members at the national convention. Teaff put a great emphasis on expanding membership services and used the notoriety of AFCA members to help charities that serve others reach unprecedented success. The AFCA promoted and became involved in numerous All-Star college events, which included divisional players for the first time. Teaff expanded the amount of honors presented by the AFCA, which have become some of the most cherished awards given in football. One of his final goals was to make sure that the AFCA became the elective voice of its membership, so that they could educate coaches, protect student-athletes and the game itself.

 

In his 22 years, Teaff became one of the most effective administrators in intercollegiate athletics. In 2002, the Sporting News ranked Teaff as one of the most powerful administrators of college athletics. In December 2004, he was named one of the most influential people in college sports by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.

 

Teaff has been heavily involved in the administrative side of intercollegiate athletics. He served on 20 or more key NCAA committees. Teaff currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Football Foundation, USA Football and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. He has always been active in fundraising and speaking for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He served two terms as Chairman on the FCA Board of Trustees.

 

Teaff came to the AFCA after 21 years as head football coach at Baylor University. He ended his head-coaching career following the 1992 season.

 

Prior to his arrival at Baylor in 1972, Teaff served as head coach at McMurry College (1960-65) and Angelo State University (1969-71). He was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas Tech for three years between his first two head coaching positions.

 

Teaff’s outstanding career as a college coach has placed him in eight Halls of Fame, including the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame. He won 170 football games, two Southwest Conference Championships and coached in 20 post-season bowls and all-star games. He was Coach of the Year six times in the Southwest Conference, and received National Coach of the Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America. In 2006, Teaff was honored with the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, one of the highest honors a coach can receive from the AFCA.

 

Teaff’s values are rooted in his West Texas upbringing. He began to develop his leadership skills as a student at Snyder High School. He was captain of his high school, community college and senior college football teams. He quickly became a leader in his chosen profession. Teaff was involved in national issues as a coach, and as an administrator. As Executive Director of the AFCA, he was involved in every issue that affects the college game, and became a strong spokesman for the game of football. As a nationally known author and motivational speaker, Teaff loves to share his leadership techniques with those involved in education, the business world and particularly with coaches. Teaff consistently encourages coaches to use the power of their influence to make a difference in the lives of their players beyond the game.

 

Teaff and his wife Donell are the parents of three daughters and have four grandchildren. The Teaff’s are deeply involved in their community, having worked for years with Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Red Cross, Friends for Life, Camp Success for children with reading disabilities and his 55-plus years of leadership in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Teaff is a Deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Waco.

 

Teaff has written seven books: “I Believe,” “Winning,” “Seasons of Glory,” “Coaching in the Classroom,” “Grant Teaff with the Master Coaches,” “A Coach’s Influence: Beyond the Game” and "Grant Teaff with the Master Coaches, Vol. II."




Russell Lucas

Hamlin High School, Hamlin, Texas

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Coach Russell is in his 24th year of coaching and 6th year as the Head Football coach and Athletic Director at Hamlin High School. Coach Lucas has led the Pipers to 5 consecutive playoff appearances; the 2009 squad was the first playoff appearance for the Pipers in 8 years. His record in Hamlin is 46-23 with a career record of 65-44. He also served as the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director in Rotan Texas with other coaching stops in San Saba, Kermit, Albany, and Mineral Wells.

Lucas was selected as one of the coaches for the 2006 Myrle Greathouse FCA All Star Football game in Abilene, Texas. In 2007 he was elected and served a 3 year term on the Texas High School Coaches Association board of directors. Coach Lucas was awarded the Mirabeau B. Lamar award for being an outstanding educator by the Rotan school district in 2006.

Russell and his wife Rosie have 3 sons, Tyler a senior sports medicine major at Abilene Christian University, Ryne a junior history education major also at ACU, and Tucker who is a junior at Hamlin High School.

Speaker Alumni

  • Coach Kent Jackson
  • Coyte Cooper
  • James Morton
  • Steve Coleman
  • Dallas Huston
  • Gary Gaines
  • Spike Dykes
  • Bob Wager
  • Mike Copeland
  • Jimmie Keeling
  • Paul Wright
  • Cammie Petree
  • Jacob Cox
  • Bob Cervetto
  • Mike Ables
  • Cliff Watkins
  • Heather Collier
  • Del Van Cox
  • Stephen Hernesmeyer
  • Rosie Lucas
  • Shane Mobley
  • Casey Thompson
  • Brent West
  • D.W. Rutledge
  • Jae Head
  • Sam Harell
  • Steve Keenum
  • Brad McCoy
  • Bob Shipley
  • Willie Franklin
  • Case Keenum
  • Case McCoy
  • Coly McCoy
  • Steve Warren
  • Denney Faith
  • Joseph Gilliespie
  • Caden Smith
  • Wayne Hutchinson
  • Keith Woolf
  • Alan Wartes
  • Julie Goodnough