Alford, Heavner Picked for NCAA Academy

Dec. 11, 2008

TUCSON - University of Arizona volunteer student football aides James Alford and Kris Heavner have been accepted to the NCAA Future Coaches Academy in Tennessee next month.

Both UA football lettermen are relatively new to the trade, as the program's title implies. Alford completed his fifth year on the Arizona football team this year but opted to assist coaches rather than play. Heavner, who completed his eligibility in 2007, also worked as a volunteer assistant. Alford worked with UA's defense, notably linebackers coach Tim Kish, while Heavner helped offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes work with quarterbacks.

The NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy assists individuals who have recently completed their collegiate eligibility and have a desire to enter the college football coaching profession. The Academy is sponsored and administered by the NCAA.

The program in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 11-13, is part of the American Football Coaches Association annual convention.

In order to enhance the Academy's programs, it receives support from the AFCA, the largest and primary professional association for football coaches at all levels of competition.

The two will participated in NCAA orientation programs, be on hand for a head coaches panel, match up with coaches as mentors, and listen to specific coaching overviews by AFCA leaders, among other events.

In addition, the Academy will receive support from the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) and the National Football League (NFL). The program is sponsored by NCAA Diversity and Inclusion, and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.

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