Coach Jim Barnes, President of American Football Worldwide, has been invited and will return to be the featured speaker and clinician at the highly-regarded American Football Junior Alpine Camp & Clinic in Thonon-les-Bains, in southeast France. The Academy runs from August 23rd through August 28th. During morning and afternoon sessions coaches from France will be instructing the aspiring players who range from ages 13 to 18. Enrollment is derived from players in France and neighboring Switzerland whose ambition drives them to develop greater technical skill in playing American football. Coach Barnes will observe on field drills to take notes and make potential constructive suggestions regarding drill implementation and skill development.
In the evenings, Coach Barnes will speak on all phases of the game to the approximately 30 coaches who also attend the academy. Offense, defense, and special teams concepts will all be covered with an emphasis on the coordination of skill development through technical training at numerous positions.
This past January, Coach Barnes was the head coach for the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U19 World Development Team which held a one-week camp in Arlington, Texas. One hundred players from around the world attended the camp which culminated in a jamboree scrimmage and a game in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The IFAF World Team nearly pulled off the upset in falling to USA Select 20-15 in the final minute.
Coach Jim Barnes has collected over 25 years worth of coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level, 16 of those as a head coach. As a head coach he lead his teams to 116 victories and as a player (Augustana College) and a coach (College of Wooster & Augustana College) has been a part of over 200 collegiate victories.
As a college head coach, in just five seasons at the College of Wooster Jim ranks 4th in all-time wins and 1st in winning percentage for those who served over one season. He lead a team effort reviving a 1-9 program to a 9-1, co-championship seasons just three years later. In eleven seasons at Augustana, Jim is the 2nd winningest coach in school history and as a head coach has the 6th best overall winning percentage all-time in the rugged College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. His Vikings football teams won three conference championships and competed in the national playoffs twice.
The academy is hosted at the Moynat Joseph Sports Complex in Thonon-les-Bains. The leading facility of its kind in the region it has two drive-grass fields, a weight room, two indoor gymnasiums and a hall of honor. Coach Larry Legault, highly successful head coach of the two-time defending national champion Thonon-les-Bains Black Panthers and formerly the senior national team of France has been the camp director for ten seasons.