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A Kick Return System
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
An overview of special teams philosophy, NMU’s kick return system, and off-season drills.
Man-to-Man Teaching Progression
Chadd Braine, Def. Coordinator
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Covers the five-point progression designed to stop the run and rush the passer.
The Words of a Champion Part I
Tom Wender, Linebackers Coach
MHSFCA Hall of Fame coach discusses building a successful program and how to change a losing attitude.
The Words of a Champion Part II
Tom Wender, Linebackers Coach
MHSFCA Hall of Fame coach discusses responsibility of the head coach and gives advice to young coaches.
Turning Adversity Into Opportunity
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
Coach Anderson discusses how to turn adversity into opportunity, and the three questions that are the foundation of the NMU program.
Coaching Quarterbacks
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An Overview of the basic techniques and drills used to develop quarterbacks.
Linebacker Drops in the Traditional 3-Deep Zone
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An overview of linebacker play in the 3-deep zone including adjustments to one-back sets and trips.
NMU Football Championship Manual: Part I
NMU Football Staff
Provides guidelines for success on and off the field. Covers Academics, Body Maintenance and Character/Attitude.
NMU Football Championship Manual: Part II
NMU Football Staff
Provides guidelines for success on and off the field. Covers Speed/Strength/Football Skills and Knowledge of the Game.
The Equipment Manager
John Tessaro, Equip. Manager
How the role of the equipment manager has changed, and how it impacts the team.
Coach/Athletic Trainer Relationship
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Discusses the dynamics of the coach/athletic trainer relationship.
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Discusses the importance of hydration and important strategies regarding proper hydration.
Updated: Feb 08, 2006, 4:10 PM ET

Mike Conway

Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, California University of Pennsylvania

Mike Conway finished his fourth season as the Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the California Vulcans. Under Conway’s direction, the Vulcans have ranked among the top 25 in NCAA Division II in total defense three times in the last four years, forging a new tradition of defensive dominance and excitement for the future of California football.

Originally from Brashear, Pa., Conway received his undergraduate degree in sociology and communications from Olivet Nazarene University (1983) and his Master’s Degree in Health Education from Penn State University (1992). Conway was a two-time All-American offensive lineman at Olivet Nazarene and played professionally in the CFL, USFL and NFL before a back injury forced his early retirement.

Conway’s coaching career started at Washington & Jefferson College in 1984. He served as the Presidents’ defensive coordinator for 10 years, helping to compile a 98-8-1 record, which included two berths in the NCAA Division III Championship Game.

In 1995, Conway went at Purdue University for one season before taking on the challenge of rebuilding Olivet Nazarene’s program as the head coach. In four seasons, he guided ONU to a 31-14 overall record, including winning records all four years and a trip to the NAIA National Championship game in 1998.

The next three seasons, Conway coached the defensive line at Arkansas State University, served as Associate Head Coach at Geneva College and was the Head Coach at Southwestern College in Kansas before rejoining forces with his long-time mentor John Luckhardt at Cal U.

“Mike is the soul of our program,” Luckhardt said. “He is the catalyst that ignites the chain reaction at Cal U. “His intensity permeates the defensive unit. Mike is one of the finest defensive coaches in the country.”

Coach Conway and his wife Beth reside in California, Pa., with their two sons, Dakota (13) and T. D. (11).


Articles by Mike Conway:

Defensive Line Pass Rush Basics



Biography and photograph courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania.
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