Three-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Belichick will be the headline speaker at the 2012 Nebraska Spring Football Coaches Clinic. Belichick just completed his 12th season as head coach with New England, guiding the Patriots to the AFC Championship and a Super Bowl appearance for the fifth time in the past 11 seasons.
The annual coaches' clinic will also feature expanded time with the Nebraska coaching staff and a number of championship prep coaches. The three-day event will take place from March 8-10 in Lincoln, and registration is now open to coaches by visiting bigredfootballschool.com or Huskers.com.
The event has moved to the start of spring practice in 2012 and will give the attendees exclusive sessions with the Nebraska staff on both the first and second day of the event. Those at the clinic will also have the opportunity to watch the first practice of the spring as the Huskers install the basics of their offensive and defensive schemes. The event also coincides with the Nebraska boys' high school basketball tournament, a time when many high school coaches are already visiting Lincoln.
"We are fortunate to have put together a lineup of speakers and activities that will be as good as any coaching clinic around the country," Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini said. "When you think of successful coaches, you start with Bill Belichick. His record in the NFL is unbelievable, and his teams play with great discipline, focus and attention to detail. His insight will be invaluable to a coach at any level.
"As a Nebraska coaching staff, we are happy that this year's schedule will allow us to spend more time and teaching opportunities with the coaches that attend, and I hope everyone finds that to be instructional and informative."
Belichick guided the Patriots to Super Bowl XLVI after posting a 13-3 regular-season record and leading New England to its ninth AFC East title during his tenure. In addition to appearing the Super Bowl this season, the Patriots captured the Lombardi Trophy following the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons, and also represented the AFC in the contest after the 2007 season.
Since arriving in New England before the 2000 season, Belichick has posted an impressive 139-53 record in the regular season, winning at least 10 games in 10 of his 12 seasons. Belichick is 16-6 in the playoffs with the Patriots, and his 17 overall postseason victories is a tie for the third-most in NFL history, trailing only Tom Landry and Don Shula.
A three-time NFL Coach of the Year (2003, 2007, 2010), Belichick's first NFL head coaching job was with the Cleveland Browns from 1991 to 1995. Belichick also has a long track record of success as a defensive assistant in the NFL. As defensive coordinator under Bill Parcells, Belichick played a key role in the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl in the 1986 and 1990 seasons, and he also helped New England to the Super Bowl in 1996 as a defensive assistant. Belichick started his NFL coaching career in 1975 with the Baltimore Colts and just completed his 37th season of coaching in the league.
In addition to his success, Belichick has developed an impressive coaching tree. Current NFL or college head coaches that have worked under Belichick include Romeo Crennel (Kansas City Chiefs), Jim Schwartz (Detroit Lions), Nick Saban (Alabama), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa), Bill O'Brien (Penn State) and Charlie Weis (Kansas). While Belichick's career has been only in the professional ranks, his father, Steve, was an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy for 33 seasons.
Belichick will address the clinic on the second evening of the three-day clinic. The Spring Coaches Clinic will also feature four 2011 Nebraska high school state championship coaches, including Lincoln Southeast's Ryan Gottula, Elkhorn's Mark Wortman, Ron Mimick of David City Aquinas and Carlie Wells of Elgin Public-Pope John. Additionally, Bingham (Utah) High School Coach Dave Peck, a three-time state champion, and Vista Murrietta (Calif.) High School offensive coordinator Eric Peterson will also be featured speakers at the event.
The clinic will kick off on Thursday, March 8 with an evening session with the Nebraska coaching staff. The Huskers' defensive staff, led by new coordinator John Papuchis will conduct positional chalk talks beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by Tim Beck and the offensive staff at 8 p.m. A new feature in 2012 will be an additional two hours of the Husker coaches breaking down Nebraska schemes on Friday morning, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Friday will also feature three of the high school coaches and Nebraska Head Football Strength Coach James Dobson, before the full day culminates with Belichick speaking to the group at 7 p.m. The three-day event wraps up Saturday morning with a pair of high school coaches, followed by the opportunity to watch Nebraska's first practice of the spring.
Cost of the clinic is $55 per person. For more information visit the 2012 Coaches Clinic link on the football home page of Huskers.com or contact the Nebraska football office at 402-472-3116.