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

Online July 12 - 22, 2021

$50

Individual Attendees
(non-credit)

$90

Entire Coaching Staff
(non-credit)

$555*
per unit

Graduate Credit
(4 total units)

Free

CUI/MCAA Alumni
(non-credit)

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California Coaches Conference

Hosted by the #1 Graduate Athletics Program in the Nation

Online July 12 - 22, 2021

The California Coaches Conference, hosted by Concordia University Irvine’s Master's in Coaching and Athletics Administration (MCAA) program, is an opportunity for coaches and athletics administrators across the country to connect for sport-specific training. The conference offers 6 sport-specific sessions throughout the conference with 8 sports to select from that allow coaches and athletic directors the opportunity to gain even more knowledge in their desired field while meeting LIVE in an online format.

Registration Includes:

  • Access to LIVE sessions
  • California Coaches Conference Resource Handbook
  • Certification of Professional Development

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2021 Keynote Speakers

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.

July 12, 2021 - 8:30AM PST


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.

July 15, 2021 - 8:30AM PST


Devin Wendel

Devin Wendel

Athletic Director & Activities Coordinator, Mt. Abraham Union Middle & High School

Devin is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director in Vermont. He also holds certifications as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and was just recently recognized as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

July 17, 2021 - 8:30AM PST


Cori Close

Cori Close

Head Coach, UCLA Women’s Basketball

Cori Close was named the Michael Price Family UCLA Women’s Head Basketball Coach on April 21, 2011, and is currently 198-104 (.656) overall. The 2020-21 campaign will mark Close’s milestone 10th season at the helm of the Bruins.

July 22, 2021 - 8:30AM PST

Devin Wendel

Devin Wendel

Athletic Director & Activities Coordinator, Mt. Abraham Union Middle & High School

July 17, 2021 - 8:30AM PST


Currently, I serve as the Athletic Director & Activities Coordinator at Mt. Abraham Union Middle & High School in Bristol, Vermont. After graduating from Mt. Abraham in 2007 I went on to obtain my BS in Athletic Training from Endicott College and have since worked in both capacities as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director here in Vermont.  In addition to my sports medicine background, I also hold certifications as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and was just recently recognized as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). Additionally, I obtained my MA in Coaching and Athletic Administration through Concordia University Irvine this winter. I have a passion for teaching the concepts of strength and conditioning and leadership to coaches, student-athletes, and anyone else who is willing to learn. Through my background in sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and athletic administration it is my goal to provide the best possible experience for student-athletes everywhere. I still live in Bristol with my family and when not at work I will likely be found fly fishing on one of our local trout streams.

Alvin Davis

Alvin Davis

Former MLB Player and Instructor

July 12, 2021 - 8:30AM PST


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

Jason Negro

Head Football Coach, St. John Bosco

July 15, 2021 - 8:30AM PST


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.

Cori Close

Cori Close

Head Coach, UCLA Women’s Basketball

July 22, 2021 - 8:30AM PST


Cori Close was named the Michael Price Family UCLA Women’s Head Basketball Coach on April 21, 2011, and is currently 198-104 (.656) overall. The 2020-21 campaign will mark Close’s milestone 10th season at the helm of the Bruins.

2019-20 was an historic year for Close and the Bruins. UCLA won its first 13 games of the campaign, setting a new program record for the most consecutive wins to start a season. The Bruins’ win over then-No. 6 Stanford marked Close’s 100th-career Pac-12 victory. A win over the Trojans in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals won the Bruins the season series over their crosstown rival. UCLA would, ultimately, finish the year 26-5 and was set to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The national postseason schedule, however, was canceled due to COVID-19.

Close helped guide the Bruins to a myriad of individual honors this past season. Junior Michaela Onyenwere earned AP Third Team All-America acclaim and also garnered All-Pac-12 recognition. Senior Japreece Dean also earned All-Pac-12 honors while Charisma Osborne picked up Pac-12 All-Freshman accolades. Dean was drafted with the 30th overall pick by the Chicago Sky in the 2020 WNBA Draft, becoming the fifth draft pick across Close’s tenure at the helm.

The 2018-19 season saw UCLA win 13 of its last 17 games and finish fourth in a highly competitive Pac-12 Conference, and Close was ultimately named the Media Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The Bruins collected nine road wins, the most since 2012-13 when the team had 13. UCLA also had seven top-25 wins, including a pair of top-10 wins over then-ranked No. 2 Oregon and No. 9 Maryland. In UCLA’s historic win over the Ducks on Feb. 22, the Bruins overcame a 22-point deficit and secured their biggest win since knocking off No. 2 Stanford in 2008. The loss for Oregon marked its only setback in Eugene that season.

UCLA, which ranked second in the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game (17.3) in 2018-19, ultimately finished 22-13 on the year, reaching the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament and collecting NCAA Tournament wins over Tennessee and Maryland, before falling to perennial power UCONN by a final score of 69-61. It was the fourth-straight Sweet 16 appearance for UCLA, making the Bruins one of just eight NCAA Division I programs to do so. In the final ESPN/USA Today rankings, UCLA rose 10 spots to No. 14, the highest leap by any program in the polls. Close produced her fourth WNBA draft pick as a head coach, as Kennedy Burke was picked in the second round by the Dallas Wings as the 22nd overall pick. Close guided the Bruins to a 27-8 overall record in 2017-18, including a tie for third place in the Pac-12 with a 14-4 mark. She was named the 2018 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I Region 5 Coach of the Year for the second time in her career. The Bruins reached the Sweet 16 for a record extending third consecutive year and ended the season with an Elite 8 appearance for the first time since 1999, falling to No. 1 Mississippi State on March 25, 2018. She also produced her second and third draft picks as a head coach as Jordin Canada was taken as the fifth overall pick in the first round by the Seattle Storm and Monique Billings was the 15th overall pick (third pick in the second round) by the Atlanta Dream.

In 2016-17, Close led the Bruins to a 25-9 overall record, including a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12 with a 13-5 record (the No. 1 conference in the country in RPI for the second straight season). She posted her 100th-career victory in a 95-47 win over Southern on Nov. 18, 2016. She also guided the Bruins to their first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in program history.

In 2015-16, Close led the Bruins to a 26-9 overall record and a third-place finish in the Pac-12 with a 14-4 record and guided the Bruins to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1999. Close was named the 2016 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I Region 5 Co-Coach of the Year (with Arizona State’s Charli Turner Thorne). She also produced her first draft pick as a head coach, as Nirra Fields was selected as the 32nd overall pick (eighth pick in the third round) by the Phoenix Mercury.

On April 4, 2015, Close led the Bruins to their first WNIT Championship in school history in UCLA’s first-ever appearance in the postseason tournament with a 62-60 win over West Virginia in Charleston, W.Va.. It marked UCLA’s first postseason title of any kind since winning the Pac-10 Tournament in 2006.

This is the first head coaching assignment for Close, who has worked as associate head coach or assistant on teams that have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 16 seasons, won at least 20 games in 16 of the previous 18 seasons and won or shared a total of 11 conference championships.

Close, who served on the Bruin coaching staff in 1994 and 1995, returns to Westwood after spending seven seasons as associate head coach at Florida State University. Considered one of the top offensive minds in the game, Close helped guide the Seminoles into a nationally-recognized program in her time. FSU ranked among the nation’s top 30 teams in scoring, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage her last two seasons.

Florida State advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of coach Close’s seasons in Tallahassee and won at least 20 games in all but one. Point guard play and offensive efficiency were strong points under Close’s direction. FSU shot at least 41.8 percent from the field in each of the last seven seasons and hit over 37 percent of its three-point attempts the last two seasons, including a school-record 212 made three-point shots in 2010.

In addition to her on-court tasks, Close was also instrumental in recruiting (she coached four first-team All-ACC Freshman team selections and five players selected in the WNBA Draft while at FSU) while also working with the school’s marketing department in their efforts to promote the program.

In 2010-11, Florida State posted a 24-8 record, finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an 11-3 mark, was ranked No. 20 in the final ESPN/USA Today poll and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after matching the program’s best tournament seed ever at No. 3. The 2010 FSU squad captured a share of the ACC regular season championship, set a school record with 29 wins and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Jacinta Monroe was selected in the first round of the WNBA draft, No. 6 overall, the highest of any FSU player.

The 2009 Seminole squad also won a share of the conference regular season crown and earned the highest seed into the NCAA Tournament in school history, at the time, at No. 3. The 2008 FSU team earned its highest regular season ranking ever in the polls to that point in time, at No. 18. In 2007, Florida State advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history and earned its highest ranking to that point, at No. 19, in the season’s final national poll. In Close’s initial season in Tallahassee, FSU posted its first 20-win campaign in 14 seasons.

Close joined the FSU staff after serving nine seasons (1995-2004), the last three as associate head coach, at her alma mater, UC Santa Barbara, class of 1993. Some of her duties included overseeing skill development of the players, on-court offensive coaching, recruiting and scheduling.

As UCSB’s player development coordinator, Close’s work led to such achievements as a 98 percent graduation rate, seven WNBA players, 15 professional players overseas, 12 Big West Conference MVPs, nine district All-Americans and one second-team All-American. Close was responsible for all offensive tactics, offensive instruction and game-time decisions which helped result in eight NCAA appearances, including three second round games and a trip to the Sweet 16, one NIT consolation championship and 10 Big West Conference regular season or tournament championships. The Gauchos landed three top-10 ranked recruiting classes during her tenure.

Close was also instrumental in fostering support and increasing revenue streams for the UCSB basketball program. She developed and implemented a comprehensive marketing plan, designed fundraising initiatives, coordinated speaking, community service and radio/television appearances and created a Fastbreakers booster program. Her efforts were rewarded in the women’s hoops program becoming the largest revenue producer in the department of athletics.

Close began her collegiate coaching career at UCLA while serving in the role of the restricted earnings coach on the first staff of then-new head coach Kathy Olivier in the 1994 and 1995 seasons. She earned her Master’s Degree in educational administration during her time at the university.

As a player, Close was a four-year starting point guard at UC Santa Barbara and captained the 1992 and 1993 teams, which each advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A native of Milpitas, Calif., she was a 1993 first-team All-Big West selection and the MVP of the 1993 conference tournament. Close was the first player in school history to record more than 1,000 points and 500 assists for a career and ranked among the top 10 in seven Gaucho statistical categories. She averaged a school-record 8.3 assists per game in 1993 which was among the top 10 marks in the nation that season. On April 30, 2005, Close was inducted into the UC Santa Barbara Athletics Hall of Fame.

Sport-Specific Breakout Sessions

Each sport-specific offering will meet for six 60-90 minute sessions. Attendees are welcome to attend all sessions of one sport or diversify across multiple sports offerings.

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Conference Rates & Packages

Attendees will gain access to LIVE online sessions over the course of 8 days. Sessions include:

  • 4 Keynote Speaker Addresses (60 min each)
  • 1 “Hot Topics” Panel Discussion (60 min)
  • 8 Sports-specific Breakout Sessions (60-90 min each)
  Early Bird
(Before June 1)
Regular Rate
Individual Attendees
  • Non-Credit

$40

$50

  • Graduate Credit (4 units)

$555*/unit

  • CUI/MCAA Alumni (non-credit)

Free

Group Rate
  • 2+ coaches, same school; non-credit

$75

$90

* Price is subject to change


Current MCAA/MSCE Students

Students will register for MCAA 590/MSCE 590 Coaching Academy via MyRecords to participate in the California Coaches Conference. Structurally, the course will be four weeks in length (July 12- August 6) with the first two weeks consisting of instructional time with live Zoom sessions for students. The final two weeks will be online allowing students to work on the signature, written assignment for the course.

If you have any questions or would like more information please reach out to us: [email protected] (academic advisor)


Sample Schedule

Monday, July 12th Tuesday, July 13th Wednesday, July 14th Thursday, July 15th Friday, July 16th
  • 8:30AM PST: Keynote - Alvin Davis
  • 9:30AM PST: Sport Session #1
  • 9:30AM PST: Sport Session #2
  • 8:30AM PST: Keynote - Jason Negro
  • 9:30AM PST: Sport Session #3
  • OFF
Monday, July 19th Tuesday, July 20th Wednesday, July 21st Thursday, July 22nd Friday, July 23rd
  • 8:30AM PST: Keynote- Devin Wendel
  • 9:30AM PST: Sport Session #4
  • 9:30AM PST: Sport Session #5
  • 8:30AM PST: Hot Topics Panel
  • 9:30AM PST: Sport Session #6
  • 8:30AM PST: Keynote - Cori Close
  • OFF

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

Kent Noyes

Kent Noyes
Senior Coordinator of Program Outreach
[email protected]
(949) 214-3580.

Jason Negro

Jason Negro
Head Football Coach, St. John Bosco High School

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