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

California Coaches Conference

Master's in Coaching & Athletics Administration

June 24 - 28, 2018

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The California Coaches Conference, hosted by Concordia University Irvine’s MCAA 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 10 sport specific breakout courses (listed below) that allow coaches and athletics directors the opportunity to gain even more knowledge in their desired field using a hands-on approach.

To become a sponsor, call Kent Noyes at 949-214-3580

Keynote Speakers 2018

Royce Clayton

Royce Clayton

Major League Baseball/Oaks Christian High School Head Coach

Clayton made his major league debut on September 20, 1991, and by the start of the 1993 season he was the Giants' everyday shortstop.

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Christine Collins

Christine Collins

Head Women’s Basketball Coach at CUI

Christine Collins-Kiernan joined the Concordia coaching staff in the Spring in 2017 after seven years as the assistant coach at California State University, Northridge.

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Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson

Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson

Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson has served as lead pastor at Christ Lutheran Church and School since August of 2006 in pursuit of the congregation’s vision as a 21st century mission outpost where people are supported, equipped, and launched into mission, acting locally and impacting globally.

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Mark McElroy

Mark McElroy

Coach McElroy has been a Gaucho since he saw his first Saddleback game in 1971 at Mission Viejo High School and witnessed Rudy Holmes return a punt for a touchdown.

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Royce Clayton

Former MLB Player, Oaks Christian Head Coach

A shortstop by trade, Royce Clayton enjoyed a 17-year career in Major League Baseball from 1991 to 2007. A native of Burbank, California, Clayton was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the 1988 MLB June Amateur Draft out of St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, California. Clayton made his major league debut on September 20, 1991, and by the start of the 1993 season he was the Giants' everyday shortstop.

Clayton spent two more seasons in the Bay Area before he was part of a five-player trade that sent him to St. Louis. With the Cardinals, Clayton was named a National League All-Star in 1997 after a strong first half in which he stole 19 bases and collected 26 doubles. Midway through the 1998 season Clayton was involved in another five-player trade that sent him to Texas to bolster their playoff run. Clayton provided solid production at the plate and in the field but the Rangers fell to the New York Yankees, three games to none, in the American League Division Series.

He remained in Arlington until the turn of the century, when he signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox. From 2002 to 2007, Clayton also spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox before retiring following the 2007 season, in which he earned a World Series ring for his contributions in Boston. Clayton finished his career with 1,904 hits, including 363 doubles and 55 triples, along with 231 stolen bases and a lifetime batting average of .258.

In the 2011 film Moneyball, Clayton portrayed former Athletics shortstop Miguel Tejada. Following his retirement from MLB, Clayton spent a majority of time coaching youth baseball and, as of August 2016, Clayton has been the head baseball coach at Oaks Christian Academy in Westlake Village, California.

Christine Collins

Head Women’s Basketball Coach at CUI

During her time at Northridge, Collins-Kiernan worked in all areas including recruiting, fundraising, scouting reports, team budget, academics and social media. While competing in the Big West Conference, the team produced two Big West Players of the Year, Three Big West Freshman of the Year, two NCAA tournament appearances and, in 2012, they put together the best Division 1 turn around in the nation.

Prior to her role at Northridge, she served as the assistant coach at high school power house, Mater Dei. From 2006 to 2010, Collins-Kiernan ran the booster club, developed camps, managed marketing and led community service and weekly faith-based growth and motivation for the program. She helped transform a sub .500 team to a team who won 20 games and made it to the CIF Semi Finals. They went on to win two CIF Titles, two State Titles and one National Championship. The program produced the second Gatorade Player of the Year in school history and eight players who went on to play at the Division I level.

In her role as head coach for the Eagles, Collins-Kiernan strives to provide female student-athletes the opportunity to have a successful experience and prep them for a lifetime of success and strength following graduation.

Collins-Kiernan also coached at Troy High School from 1996 to 2006. She received her degree in Communicative Disorders from California State, Fullerton in 2006. She is married to Kevin Kiernan who coaches at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. They have four children, Brenden (16), Camryn (15), Devyn (11) and Kaidyn (8) and they reside in Fullerton.

Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson

Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church

Dr. Mike Gibson's responsibilities include: oversight for all areas of the church and school, visioning and planning, preaching, team leadership, stewardship development, partnerships with the Boards of Directors and Elders, lay leadership development, and global mission engagement. He is a 1984 Master of Divinity graduate from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Gibson's Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA is in church pathology and leadership. Pastor Mike is engaged globally in China, Southeast Asia, and, beginning in 2015, Africa. Mike’s recent interests are directed to helping the Body of Christ understand the shift of Christianity to the Global South and the beneficial influence that the Global South can bring to the church in the post-Christian Global North. (The Next Christendom, by Phillip Jenkins provides excellent insight on this subject.)

Pastor Mike additionally serves as the part-time Director of the Great Commission Institute at Concordia University Irvine. The purpose of the GCI is to ensure the integration and expansion of Great Commission activity in all aspects of university life, academics, and local and global mission through faith-based vocational development and training in Gospel proclamation. Pastor Mike’s goal for the GCI is for it to become the leading voice in the US for the discovery of what God is doing within the church of the Global South and its benefit and integration within the church of the Global North. He also serves as Adjunct Professor and Thesis Advisor as part of the Masters in International Studies – Asia.

Personal Purpose Statement: To awaken within the Body of Christ a global perspective on the Mission of God and influence ecclesiastical systems so as to free and empower them for mission fulfillment.

Mark McElroy

Head Football Coach at Saddleback College

Mark McElroy graduated from San Clemente High School in 1978 where he played football, wrestled and golfed. After playing football at Kansas State University for his freshman year, he found himself back at Saddleback College to play football. McElroy started at wide receiver for the conference champs in 1979 and helped lead the Gauchos to a final national ranking of 3rd in the nation. He then transferred to California State University, Chico, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1982 and finished his football career there. He completed two master's degrees; one in Leadership and Human Behavior from USIU and one in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. He finished his educational pursuits by earning a Doctorate in Sport Leadership from Brigham Young University in 1990.

Since arriving at Saddleback, McElroy has accumulated an overall record of 134-65, advancing to bowl games for 13 straight seasons (2001-13). He was named the Region IV coach-of-the-year in 2004 and 2006, and has had 10 former players advance to the NFL. A total of 139 players have transferred to DI or DIAA (sub-division) programs during his tenure and 292 players have transferred to 4-year institutions. In addition, McElroy was named the National Coach-of-the-Year by the American Community College Football Coaches Association for 2015 when the Gauchos went 10-3 and played in the state championship game.

Coach McElroy started his coaching career as an assistant in 1983 at his alma mater, San Clemente High School. He coached there until 1987, when he accepted a prestigious coaching position from LaVell Edwards at Brigham Young University. At BYU, he served as the head JV coach and an offensive assistant under Norm Chow where the team went 19-7 and was WAC Champions in 1989. He then coached at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, and helped the team to their best record in over 15 years with a 6-3 record. After this brief stint up north, he coached one year at Capistrano Valley High School before landing the head coach position at San Clemente High School. He took over a program that had been winless in league for 6 years and turned the program into an annual playoff contender. He served as head coach there for seven seasons posting a 43-28-3 record and leading the Tritons to their first playoff appearance in 14 years (1993) and their first league championship in 17 years (1995).

In addition to his coaching duties, McElroy loves to teach and is very active in physical education. He wrote the curriculum for the surfing program at Saddleback and this extremely popular program has waiting lists each semester for the classes. He also coached the Saddleback Surf Team to the NSSA State Championships in 2002. He has served as a professor in physical education at the graduate level at Azusa Pacific University for over 12 years.

In addition to his coaching and teaching duties, he has been involved in other professional endeavors. He was Vice President for Boys' and Men's Athletics for CAHPERD for 2000 & 2001. He authored a book entitled Coaching the No-Huddle Offense, produced six instructional videos for football, has presented at numerous clinics over the past 15 years and wrote the initiative to change the high school tiebreaker system in California in 1997. He believes strongly that teaching character to his athletes helps them become not only better football players, but also better people.

Sport-Specific Breakout Sessions

Advanced Theories & Strategies for Coaching:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Lacrosse
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf

Speed, Strength, and Conditioning

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

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For questions about event registration please contact Kent Noyes at or by phone at (949) 214-3580.

What are the conference rates & packages?

  • Graduate credit (4 graduate level units): $525/unit
  • Non-Degree Seeking credit (4 graduate level units): $525/unit (there is no federal financial aid available for non-degree seeking students)
  • Entire athletic staff: $149 (early-bird rate)
  • Staff roster due by June 13, 2018 or there is a price increase to $199
  • Concordia University/MCAA Alumni: Complimentary (not for academic credit)

Where will the conference be held?

The California Coaches Conference will be held at the Concordia University Campus in Irvine, California.

Concordia’s hilltop setting is located fifty miles south of Los Angeles, eighty miles north of San Diego, and six miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful campus sits atop a spectacular plateau overlooking Orange County.

Where can I stay?

Concordia University Irvine is able to provide housing for the conference on our main CUI campus in the dorms based on a first come, first served basis. Rates are $30 per night, per person. If interested, contact Davis Garton ( or call him at 949-214-3143. Current students may sign up through

Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn is a proud partner of the California Coaches Conference and is conveniently located near Orange County's John Wayne Airport and our campus. CCC attendees are offered a discounted single room rate of $149 per night which includes complimentary parking.

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Where do I park for the event?

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 to park in.

For more information about the CCC, please direct any questions to:

Kent Noyes
(949) 214-3580


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