Teaff To Lecture in Nehlen Series

Grant Teaff, Hall of Fame football coach and executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, will be this fall's speaker in the Don Nehlen Distinguished Lecturer Series presented by West Virginia University's School of Physical Education and its athletic coaching education program.

Teaff, speaking on Thursday, October 10, will address students and interested faculty at 11 a.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center, followed by a luncheon visit with the School of Physical Education faculty. A session open to the general public will begin at 7 p.m., also at the Erickson Alumni Center. Both lectures are free of charge.

Teaff, who became director of the AFCA in 1994 after two years as athletic director at Baylor, leads an organization of more than 8,000 members dedicated to the improvement of the coaching profession and the game of football since its founding in 1922. The AFCA stands as the single entity solely representing all levels of football and the football coaching profession. The AFCA works closely with the NCAA, NACDA, the NAIA, the National Football League, the Canadian Football League, Football Federation USA, the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Pop Warner Football and other organizations involved in the game. Nehlen served as AFCA president in 1997.

Baylor's all-time winningest football coach and a 2001 inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame, Teaff posted a 170-151-8 career record at Baylor, Angelo State and McMurry (his alma mater). At Baylor, he led the Bears to a pair of Southwest Conference titles and eight bowl berths.

The School of Physical Education will offer at least one lecture each year in the series, featuring outstanding coaches from professional, collegiate and international sports. The series began in 2001 with a presentation by legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler. The series was established to honor Nehlen, who is serving as an adjunct professor in the School of Physical Education after his retirement from coaching in 2000.

For more information on the Don Nehlen Distinguished Lecture Series, contact: Dean Dana Brooks, School of Physical Education (304) 293-3295, ext. 5285

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