California Coaches Conference | Master's in Coaching and Athletics Administration | Concordia University Irvine

Hosted by the #1 Graduate Athletics Program in the Nation

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June 22-26, 2020 – Canceled

California Coaches Conference

Out of an abundance of caution for the entire campus community and the broader community, Concordia University Irvine is cancelling this event until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

The California Coaches Conference, hosted by Concordia University Irvine’s Master's in Coaching and Athletics Administration program, is an opportunity for coaches and athletics administrators across the country to gather in Irvine, CA for sport-specific, hands-on training. The conference offers 13 sport specific breakout courses that allow coaches and athletics directors the opportunity to gain even more knowledge in their desired field using a hands-on approach.

Conference Rates

$125

Individual Attendees (Non-Credit)

$149

Entire Athletic Staff (Early Bird Rate by June 13; Non-Credit)

$199

Entire Athletic Staff (Regular Rate after June 13; Non-Credit )

$555*

Per Unit for Graduate Degree-Seeking Credits

Free

CUI/MCAA Alumni (Non-Credit)

*subject to changes

It was worth every second. This is a gold mine for coaches. Concordia is at the forefront of what’s needed in the athletic realm. Even if they have their master’s degree, I think every coach should go through this program. The principles they teach in Concordia’s MCAA are the ones I’ve lived by for 32 years, so to be solidified in those is an awesome feeling.

Harold Strauss
MCAA student

Keynote Speakers

Ron Nocetti

Ron Nocetti

CIF State Executive Director and MCAA Adjunct Faculty

Ron Nocetti is currently the Executive Director for the California Interscholastic Federation.


Alvin Davis

Alvin Davis

Former MLB Player and Instructor

Alvin Davis was an All CIF baseball player at John W. North High School in Riverside, CA as well as an All American first baseman at Arizona State University, where he captained the Sun Devil baseball squad which captured the NCAA baseball championship in 1981.


Jason Negro

Jason Negro

Head Football Coach, St. John Bosco

Jason Negro, originally from Bellflower, CA, is a Saint John Bosco High School graduate from the class of 1991. While at Bosco, he lettered in both varsity football and baseball.

Krysten McCaughey

Shawn Harris

Athletic Director, Westcliff University

Shawn Harris arrived at Westcliff University after serving three years at the collegiate level, spending time at Vanguard University and Mt. San Jacinto College. Additionally, Shawn is also a certified agent of the Women's National Basketball Association.

 

Ron Nocetti

CIF State Executive Director and MCAA Adjunct Faculty

Ron Nocetti is currently the Executive Director for the California Interscholastic Federation. Prior to assuming this role, Ron served the CIF as the Associate Executive Director, Senior Director and Director of Championship Events. As a high school athletic director, Ron also sat on the board of California State Athletic Director’s Association. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco where he received a bachelor’s in economics, a master’s in sport management, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Ron also played baseball while attending USF. In addition to his role with CIF State, Ron is an adjunct professor for Concordia University Irvine’s MCAA program.

Ron’s Responsibilities for CIF State include:

  • Allied Organizations Liaison
  • Appeals
  • CIF Constitution and Bylaws
  • Interpretations
  • Commissioners
  • Eligibility
  • Executive Committee/Federated Council
  • Legislation
  • NFHS Hall of Fame
  • NFHS Liaison
  • NFHS Rule Committee
  • Sports Medicine

Alvin Davis

Former MLB Player and Instructor

Alvin Davis was an All CIF baseball player at John W. North High School in Riverside, CA as well as an All American first baseman at Arizona State University, where he captained the Sun Devil baseball squad which captured the NCAA baseball championship in 1981. He graduated from A.S.U. in 1982 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Finance.

Davis went on to play professional baseball for nine years with the Seattle Mariners, California Angels and the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League. While with the Mariners, he played in the 1984 M.L.B. All Star Game and was named the 1984 American League Rookie of the Year. Alvin compiled a .280 batting average, with 160 home runs and 683 RBI’s during his career, finishing as the Mariners’ career leader in eight different offensive categories.

Since retiring form professional baseball, Davis has donated hundreds of hours to both his local church and his community. Alvin has coached baseball from Little League through high school. He also oversees the financial ministry of his church, the Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church of Riverside, serves as an elder and small group leader. He is on staff in the Seattle Mariners organization as a special assistant in player development.

He and his wife Kim have been married for 37 years and have three married children; Jordan (Corinne), Justin (Jane), and Kayla (Jake), and six grandchildren, Eli, Norah, Raelyn, Everett, Roma and Macy. Kim enjoys teaching the Bible, discipling, counseling and mentoring women of all ages. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling from the The Master’s College, Santa Clarita, CA.

Davis credits Bobby Bonds and Dusty Baker as role models when he was growing up. His mother Mylie and brothers Bill and Mike have been major influences all through his life, along with Coaches Rich Stalder (JW North High school), Jim Brock (ASU) and pastors L.B. Moss, Ken Hutcherson and Milton Vincent.

Jason Negro

Former MLB Player and Coach

Jason Negro, originally from Bellflower, CA, is a Saint John Bosco High School graduate from the class of 1991. While at Bosco, he lettered in both varsity football and baseball. Jason later graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. While completing his degree, he began his coaching career in Bellflower where he coached Junior All American for five years.

After college, Coach Negro began his career at St. John Bosco in 1998 where he taught geometry and Algebra II and coached both varsity football and baseball. At Bosco he coached defensive backs and linebackers and held the position of defensive coordinator for one season. After three years at SJB, he found a new home with the Mustangs at Trabuco Hills High School. At Trabuco Hills he coached the varsity defensive backs his first year then the inside linebackers his second. In May of 2003, at age 29, he was named the head coach of the Mustangs; only the third head coach since Trabuco’s opening in 1987.

Coach Negro held the position of head coach at Trabuco Hills for seven years. During his time at Trabuco, the Mustangs made five straight playoff appearances, winning two Sea View League Championships. He also led the Mustangs to two CIF Semi-Finals appearances in 2006 and 2008 as well as two CIF Finals appearances in 2007 and 2009. Under his last 5 years of leadership the Mustangs boasted an impressive 40 – 10 record and a 10 – 4 playoff record. In the summer of 2008 Coach Negro was selected the head coach of the South All-Stars for the Orange County North/South All-Star game.

After his third season at St. John Bosco, Coach Negro, along with his incredibly talented staff, captured an undefeated Trinity League Championship and made a Pac 5 division semi-final appearance. The completion of his fourth season saw Coach Negro lead his team through an historic season. The 2013 Braves went 16-0, earning themselves a back-to-back Trinity League Title, CIF PAC-5 Division Championship Title, the Open Division California State Championship Title with a 20-14 victory over perennial power DeLaSalle, and a #1 National Ranking Title by Max Preps and USA Today. At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Coach Negro was an assistant coach to the US Army All-American Bowl Game in San Antonio, TX.

Coach Negro earned the prestigious honor of being named the 2013 National High School Coach of the Year by Max Preps as well as the American Football Monthly Magazine Coach of the Year, presented by Rawlings Football. In addition, he received the 2013 Xenith/Bill Yoast National Coach of the Year award presented by the US Army All-American Bowl. Locally, he was named the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Dream Team Coach of the Year and received top honors as the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Coach of the year.

In what is arguably one of the toughest leagues in the nation, the Braves have earned their fourth consecutive undefeated Trinity League title. In 2014 and 2015, the Braves were the PAC5 Division runner-ups.

2016 was another successful season for the Braves. A CIF Southern Section Championship over local power Mater Dei preceded another State Title in which the Braves defeated DeLaSalle 56-33. Coach Negro was named Long Beach Press-Telegram, CIF Southern Section Division 1, California Coaches Association CIF Southern Section Coach of the Year, and the USA Today California Coach of the Year.

In 2017, The Braves took two east coast trips (Florida and Washington, D.C.), and finished the season with an 11-3 campaign and a record setting 5th straight trip to the CIF-SS Division 1 Finals.

2018 was an exciting year as the doors to Panish Family Stadium were opened after being on the road for 3 seasons. Record setting continued as the Braves made their 6th straight appearance to the CIF-SS Division 1 Finals, falling just short of the title.

The 2019 season brought great success to Brave Nation. Behind the leadership of the #1 prep quarterback in the nation, the Braves took on a daunting preseason challenge and beat national powers De Matha, Good Counsel and Don Bosco Prep and entered the Trinity League with a solid 5-0 record. The Braves made their record setting 7th straight appearance to the CIF-SS Open Division Finals, defeating rival Mater Dei in dramatic fashion, coming back from a 28-5 deficit, to earn the CIF Championship. Following the defeat of De La Salle to earn the California State Championship title, the Bosco Braves were named undisputed National Champions. Coach Negro was named Press-Telegram Dream Team Coach of the Year, CIF-SS Open Division Coach of the Year, and earned the Cal Hi Sports Coach of the Year and Decade honor, as well as recognition from Max Preps as both the National Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Decade.

Coach Negro currently resides in Fountain Valley with his extremely supportive wife, Carrie (St. Joseph HS, ’91) and their two beautiful daughters, Rylie (15 years) and Reese (12 years). In addition to his coaching duties, Coach Negro also serves as a member of the CIF Southern Section Football Coaches Advisory Committee, is a member of the Eastbay Team Sales Advisory Board, and an annual participant of the Nike High School Elite Coaches Summit.

Shawn Harris

Athletic Director, Westcliff University

Shawn grew up in Berlin, Maryland, and earned a Bachelor of Science in management from the University of Phoenix, MCAA graduate from Concordia University of Irvine. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

As a decorated military veteran of the United States Marine Corps for eight years, he understands the importance of strong leadership, discipline, and the motto of "Leave no man behind," where he has demonstrated this countless time as a coach and Director of Athletics.

He also founded (ELA) a Leadership Academy, whose mission is to provide resources to stimulate education, leadership, and social growth; building character by equipping our youth with the vital skills necessary to become effective leaders in their immediate communities through empowerment, discipline, self-respect simultaneously through sports development; the organization serves as a viaduct to unify parents and educators, community leaders, local businesses, and all other community agencies that are dedicated and committed to the development of social and ethical behavior of our youth utilizing sports as a powerful elixir to build confidence and promote unity in our community. Shawn has a strong passion for serving God and his community, with a spirit of progression, not perfection.

Before becoming a Director of Athletics, Shawn was a distinguished retail executive for over two decades with the top fortune 500 companies in various locations throughout Southern California. In 2010 he was recognized for best in the community for his tireless work and had been a member of the Rotary Club of Menifee, is currently a Prince Hall Freemasonry, and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Shawn arrived at Westcliff University after serving three years at the collegiate level, spending time at Vanguard University and Mt. San Jacinto College. Additionally, Shawn is also a certified agent of the Women's National Basketball Association.

Shawn teaches student-athletes daily what it means to truly be a "winner" in every sense of the word. He lives out the concept that becoming a champion must first begin with thinking like a champion and preparing like a champion, not for personal glory or accolades, but for the good of the organization.

Shawn teaches our student-athletes what it means for Director of Athletics to care for student-athletes in the way that he invests in each of their lives. He chose to pursue a career in athletics because he was infected with the desire to influence young peoples' lives positively; because of that commitment, growth mindset and attitude has inspired a shared vision throughout the Athletic Department that creates momentum in his athletic program to move the needle from good to great, which allows him to prepare student-athletes to achieve excellence and a winning culture.

Past Conferences

Spend a Week in Sunny Southern California

The California Coaches Conference is held at the campus of Concordia University Irvine. Concordia’s hilltop setting is located 50 miles south of Los Angeles, 80 miles north of San Diego, and 6 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful campus sits atop a spectacular plateau overlooking Orange County.


Campus Housing

Concordia University Irvine is able to provide housing for the California Coaches Conference in the residence halls on our main campus on a first come, first served basis. Rates are $32 per night per person. If interested, please contact Dominique Stein or call her at 949-214-3049. Current students may sign up through housing.cui.edu

Parking

Parking is free on our campus. You will enter from one of two gates. At the security booth, indicate you are attending the California Coaches Conference. You will receive a map indicating the two lots that are available for parking.

Christopher Richardson, MCAA Graduate 2009

Christopher Richardson '09
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach, Cerritos College

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