Recently AFW President Jim Barnes served as the program organizer and moderator for the International Education Session at the American Football Coaches Associations (AFCA) annual convention held in San Antonio, Texas. This is he third consecutive year Coach Barnes, who has been a member of the AFCA for 29 years, has served as the organizer for this event that serves American football coaches in the US and from all around the world.
This year’s featured speaker was Coach Dan Hawkins who recently served as the head coach for the USA men’s team that won the world championship at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) senior tournament this past summer held in Canton, Ohio. Coach Hawkins has also served as a football coach at all levels of football in the United States most notably as the head coach at Boise State University and the University of Colorado. He was also the head coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the professional Canadian Football League and has advised various club teams outside the US.
Coach Hawkins shared thoughts and insights from coaching over 30 years that includes many experiences at the international level. Coach Hawkins talked included encouragement in the concept of being a servant-leader as well as thoughts of football strategies, game planning, practice organization and motivation.
Coach Hugo Lira, Head Football Coach from TEC de Monterrey PUEBLA shared thoughts regarding coaching attributes, leadership and administrative principles that have helped his university team ascend to the upper echelon in the highly competitive CONADEIP league in Mexico. Coach Lira also had numerous football experiences at the international level playing in NFL Europe and being invited to an NFL training camp. He also served multiple years, overlapping with Coach Barnes, as a staff member for IFAF U19 World Development teams.
Paul Vincent Miravel, who had been a highly successful head coach of club and national teams in France, was the final speaker. Coach Miravel also held the role of technical director for both IFAF and the well-respected German International League and for many years oversaw coaching development on the European continent.
Afterward the international education session, Coach Barnes lead a small group session with coaches from various countries exploring ways the AFCA could better serves coaches developing American football around the globe.