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Stevenson Chosen for Inaugural NCAA Advanced Coaching Program

INDIANAPOLIS — Frostburg State University head football coach Rubin Stevenson is among 20 ethnic minority football coaches chosen to participate in the first NCAA Advanced Coaching Program, which is a component of the recently created NCAA Coaches Academy.

Stevenson is the lone Division III coach selected to participate. Other coaches are from programs such as Iowa, Iowa State, Marshall, Georgia, Arizona State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Clemson.

"I feel it is a great honor to be among the first 20 coaches — and the only Division III participant — chosen for the Advanced Coaching Program," said Stevenson, who is in his fourth season as head coach of the Bobcats.

"I think this is a great opportunity for me to grow as a professional, and I look forward to the training. I would like to thank Athletic Director Ralph Brewer and Frostburg State University for their support."

The Coaches Academy is one of the NCAA’s initiatives to attempt to address the critical shortage of ethnic minorities in head coaching positions in the sport of football.

The mission of the Academy is to assist ethnic minority coaches in excelling in head coaching positions, to enhance and strengthen the skills that many ethnic minority coaches currently possess and to provide exposure and networking opportunities for these coaches.

The 20 coaches chosen for the Advanced Coaching Program will receive intense three-day training in areas such as communication, fiscal responsibilities, building a successful program, moral/ethical considerations and academic issues.

The Advanced Coaching Program will be held January 2-4, 2004, in Orlando, Florida, and precedes the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) convention.

The NCAA will administer all programs within the NCAA Coaches Academy and will receive support from the AFCA and the Black Coaches Association (BCA).

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780