During his 14 years as Arizona’s football coach, Dick Tomey produced a coaching clinic each spring, but none like he will bring to Pima College on Saturday.
In partnership with PCC and the Positive Coaching Alliance, Tomey has arranged for the inaugural Southern Arizona Coaches Institute, football edition at Pima’s College of Fine Arts.
It won’t be the typical on-the-field clinic. All will be done indoors from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tomey and Pima College athletic director Edgar Soto will join New York Jet special teams coach Jeff Hammerschmidt, former Army head coach and Arizona defensive coordinator Rich Ellerson, ex-UA quarterback and president of the AIGA Foundation for Polynesian football players George Malauulu, All-Pac-10 safety and NFL player Brandon Sanders, Ironwood Ridge football coach Matt Johnson, Desert View coach Robert Bonillas and Cienega football coach Pat Nugent at the one-day clinic.
It is open to any coach from youth leagues through high school. Cost: $30, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration: soazcoachesinstitute.com.
“I’ve never been part of anything quite like this,” said Tomey. “Most coaching clinics have a lot of lectures and X’s and O’s. We won’t have any of those. We won’t go outside on the field. We’ll have Q&A sessions, we’ll have panel discussions, we’ll have position-related groups.”
This isn’t a get-rich scheme. None of the proceeds will go to Tomey.
“We think that the future of football in Tucson are the youth football programs,” he said. “We are bringing in Cameron Campbell from Houston; he has conducted more than 150 workshops in Texas . He is just outstanding in a setting like this.”
Soto said that this will be the first of three SACI days at PCC.