CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern wide receivers coach Mike DeTerlizzi was selected to participate in the 2018 AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute presented by the American Football Coaches Foundation and NCAA Leadership Development, as announced Monday afternoon.
"I'm very grateful and humbled to be a part of this opportunity through the AFCA," DeTerlizzi commented. "It's an honor to represent the university and be selected with this class of coaches."
This prestigious program is aimed at identifying and developing premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession and will take place on Sunday, January 7, during the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
"We're very proud of Mike being named to the AFCA Coaches Leadership Institute to represent not only himself but also the university and his generation of coaches within the profession," head coach Mark Tucker said. "We're looking forward to him attending, learning, and bringing back the knowledge he gains to help the program."
This year's class was chosen from a total of 138 applicants. In order to be eligible, applicants must have been born on or after January 1, 1983, and must be currently serving as a high school head coach, a two-year college full-time assistant or head coach, or an NAIA/NCAA full-time assistant or head coach. Applicants were required to submit a resume, five references, and a 1,600-word article on an Offensive, Defensive, Special Teams, or position-specific topic of the applicant's choosing.
Selected participants are invited to attend the one-day institute, which features a curriculum of interactive lectures focused on topics specifically tailored to emphasize leadership in the coaching profession, ethics, influential responsibilities, career progression, and family balance.
In addition to receiving this exclusive educational opportunity and becoming a part of the great network of rising coaches in the profession, participants will also receive other benefits, including a stipend to assist with 2018 AFCA Convention expenses; publication in the bi-monthly AFCA Magazine, weekly AFCA Insider email blast, and/or have their articles added to the online AFCA Educational Library; and placement on the 2019 AFCA Foundation Committee.
About the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."