Alabama Coaching Clinic Has Stars

Alabama's 2009 Coaching Clinic will features some of the most recognizable figures in football history as well as two of the more well-respected young coaches in the game. Tom Osborne, Derek Dooley, Jason Garrett, Stan Hixon and Ozzie Newsome are scheduled to speak in Tuscaloosa in March.

"The annual coaching clinic is one of our favorite events of the year," Alabama Coach Nick Saban said. "We are looking forward to hearing from some outstanding coaches and spending some time sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas to enhance professional development at all levels. We have a great lineup of speakers again this year which will include several of the region's championship-winning high school coaches."

Osborne was the head coach at Nebraska for 25 years and won three national title and 13 conference titles. He is Nebraska's athletics director.

Dooley serves as the head football coach and athletics director at Louisiana Tech where he led his team to the school's first bowl victory in more than 30 years last season.

Garrett is the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach with the Dallas Cowboys while Hixon is a 30-year coaching veteran who is the wide receivers coach with the Washington Redskins.

Newsome, a four –year starter and an All-America at Alabama, is the general manager of the Baltimore Ravens.

The clinic begins on the evening of Thursday, March 26, and includes a full day of guest speakers on Friday before wrapping up on Saturday, March 28 after the Crimson Tide holds one of the 15 spring practices.

Coaches interested in attending may access the registration form online at or . The clinic fee is $50, but those who register by March 25 will receive the "on the ball" discounted fee of $40. In addition to the full schedule of speakers, meals are included in the cost. For more information, call (205) 348-3692.

The 2008 Alabama Football Coaching Clinic speaking lineup included Bill Belichick, Vince Dooley, Al Groh, Dean Pees and Fernando Bryant.

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