AMERICAN TEAM COACHES (WHITE)
Brian Ferguson – Jacksonville Sharks (AFL)
Brian Ferguson is set to Head Coach of the American Team of the National Bowl since 2014. Brian A. Ferguson offers more than fifteen years of accomplished experience in the coaching profession. Coach Ferguson is a current coach at Tusculum and spent 6 years as an assistant coach (Offensive Coordinator) in the Arena Football League with the Jacksonville Sharks. During his three year stint with the Jacksonville Sharks, Coach Ferguson has help lead the team to three conference championships and one Arena Bowl Championship. While coaching with the Sharks, Coach Ferguson has produced six All Arena players and has developed nine players that moved up to the Canadian and National Football League. Prior to joining the Sharks, Coach Ferguson spent two years as the running game coordinator/ offensive line & running back coach at Tiffin University.
Coach Ferguson started his coaching career in 1998, as a wide receivers coach at Largo High school. Following his one year stint at Largo High, Coach Ferguson was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an assistant strength coach. After spending the 1999-2000 seasons with the Buccaneers, Coach Ferguson moved on as the running backs coach/ head strength coach with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, a developmental league associated with the NFL. During his three year stint with the Fire, Coach Ferguson coached in back to back World Bowls. Following the 2000-2003 seasons Coach Ferguson accepted a position as an assistant strength coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Following the one year stint back in the NFL, Coach Ferguson became the running back coach at Jacksonville University. Upon leaving JU, Coach Ferguson took the running backs job with Team Alabama of the All American Football League. When the league folded Coach Ferguson was rehired by the Jacksonville Jaguars. While serving as an assistant strength coach in 2008, Coach Ferguson also volunteered at Bartram Trail High school as the offensive coordinator.
Coach Ferguson completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley CO. He is now in the process of completing his Masters of Arts in Human Performance and Physical Education with an emphasis in coaching. Along with the degrees held, Coach Ferguson is certified as a USA track and field Level 1 coach, USA weight lifting sports performance coach, and physical education teaching in the state of Florida.
Coach Ferguson has developed a passion for helping players develop into the best football players they can become. His coaching philosophy is to use coaching as a tool to help develop athletes intellectually, physically, socially, and morally so that they may use their gifts and talents to impact lives. Coach Ferguson strongly believes in developing the fundamentals of football through; explanation, demonstration, practice, praise and correction, and repetition. Coach Ferguson’s goal is to become the best football coach and someday become a head football coach.
Nathaniel “Lou” Seaward- Assistant Coach
Nathaniel Seaward brings 15 years of collegiate and high school coaching experience to the National Blue Team this year. Affectionately known as “Coach Lou”, he has coached 6 players who have gone on to play professional football and a dozen others who have played college football at all levels. During his career, “Coach Lou” has been an assistant coach at Missouri Western State University and Indiana State University. While coaching high school football in Northeast Florida, he has held the positions of Offensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator and Head Coach.
A 1994 graduate from Winterset High School in Winterset, Iowa, Seaward was a member of two state playoff teams (1991, 1993) and received All-District honors as a Corner Back (1992, 1993). He attended the University of Northern Iowa graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a minor in coaching. With the Panthers, he was a member of three consecutive Gateway Conference Championship Teams (1994-96). His Defensive Backs Coach at UNI was Dick Moseley.
Coach Ryan Lingenfelder -New Orleans Voo Doo (AFL)
Coach Lingenfelder is currently the Offensive Line and Defensive Line Coach for the AFL’s New Orleans Voo Doo and the the former Head Coach of the Wyoming Cavalry.Lingenfelder attended Northern Arizona University (1993-1998) where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Athletic Coaching. While attending Northern Arizona University, he was a four-year starter for the Lumberjacks football team, playing center.
During the spring of 1998, Lingenfelder was recruited by the Arizona Rattlers of the AFL. He played for the Rattlers and then the Portland Forrest Dragons before he fell victim to a career-ending knee injury. In 2010, he served as Defensive Coordinator when the Fever moved from the AF2 to the Indoor Football League (IFL).Prior to his time with the Fever, Lingenfelder spent two years as an assistant at the University of Idaho, working as an offensive line coach and as a tight ends coach for the Vandals.
Stanley Wrubluski – Iowa Barnstromers (IFL)
Wrubluski enters his third season in the Arena Football League as the Defensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Barnstormers. Prior to the 2014 season, Wrubluski was in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida coaching for the Jacksonville Sharks and has also spent time with the Orlando Predators. He spent one year with the Jacksonville Tomcats of the AF2 and a season in the Indoor Football League with the Eastern Kentucky Drillers. Wrubluski’s varied college oaching experiences include tenures at the University of Texas-El Paso, Valdosta State, Jacksonville University, University of Pikeville, and Lambuth University.
Jake Grande – Defensive Coordinator -Former Defensive Coordinator (AFL)
Jake Grande began at JU in 2011 at the same time he was coaching with the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. Since arriving on campus, Grande has coached safeties, linebackers and defensive backs and those playing under him have shown big improvement because of his efforts. In 2013, the Dolphins’ secondary was ranked second in the Pioneer Football League in pass defense and it included defensive back Andre Addison who was selected first team All Pioneer Football League after a season in which he recorded 68 tackles (four for losses) and had 10 pass breakups. That same season, two of his players, Ed Foley and Antonio McCrae, were named honorable mention. As linebacker coach in 2012 he helped mold a defensive unit that ranked high not only in the PFL, but nationally as well. That season, the Dolphins finished first in pass efficiency defense, pass defense and total defense in the PFL and the team was seventh in the FCS in pass efficiency defense and 14th in sacks with 32. The entire starting linebacker group earned PFL honors in 2012 as Tre Davis and Lane McCombs were second team All PFL and Taylor Marsh honorable mention. His first season of work with JU brought immediate results in 2011 as safeties coach. The secondary was 12th in the FCS in pass defense and 11th in pass efficiency defense. That year’s team saw safety Leonard Smith named to the PFL’s first team; Lacy McDougald to the second team (he led the conference in interceptions with five) and sophomore Schon Thomas honorable mentions. Before coming to JU, Grande was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Sharks from 2010 to 2013 and was a big part of the team’s 2011 AFL championship. He is a Wilkes University graduate where he was a second team all-conference corner and team captain for two seasons as he helped Wilkes win its first conference championship in 10 years.
James Rowe – Assistant Coach
Since coming to JU in 2012, James Rowe has been involved in a great deal of Dolphin success on both offense and defense. In 2013, Rowe helped mold one of the top receiving corps in the nation as part of a passing game that was sixth-ranked at 331.5 yards per game. That was part of a record-setting offensive year where the team finished averaging 522.7 yards per game. During that season, Rowe tutored first-team All-America wide receiver Andrew Robustelli who finished with a school record 1,063 yards on 51 catches and 11 touchdowns. He also coached wide receiver D’Andre Randle who finished with 865 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2012, Rowe came aboard as a graduate assistant working with cornerbacks and because of his efforts the team finished seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense and first in the Pioneer Football League in that category, pass defense and total defense. Prior to coming to JU, Rowe helped coach the Bethel University Wildcats to the West Division Mid-South championship. That led to a playoff appearance and a number 14 ranking in national polls. As part of that team, he coach All Conference performer Joe Skinner. He began his coaching life with Cocoa High School in 2007 and stayed through 2010. During that time the Tigers won state titles in 2008, ’09 and 2010 and he coached Class 2A state Player of the Year Matt Younger. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and played baseball at USF from 2004-07.
Nick Navarro – Wide Recievers Coach
Nick Navarro joined the Jacksonville University program in 2014 as coach of wide receivers after gaining experience in both the college and high school ranks. Navarro began his coaching career at Mountain View High School as a position coach with defensive backs and wide receivers in 1999 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2002 and continued in that position until 2006 when he moved to the University of Georgia. At Georgia, Navarro was defensive program coordinator and he then became freshman defensive coordinator at St. Francis High School (Mountain View, Calif.) in 2008. In 2009, Navarro was promoted to varsity offensive coordinator where he coached quarterbacks and wide receivers. During his tenure, he implemented the West Coast offense. In 2010, he was named head coach and offensive coordinator at St. Francis. Navarro received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from St. Mary’s College (California) in 2004 and has a Secondary Education Credential from Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, Calif.).
NATIONAL TEAM COACHES (BLUE):
Scotty Walden - ETBU Head Coach – 5+ Years as FCS – National Bowl Coach
One of the brightest and youngest offensive minds in the country, Scotty Walden is the Head Coach at East Texas Baptist University. Walden is one of the youngest offensive coordinators in all of NCAA at the age of 24 and won AFCA Asst coach of the year in 2015. Scotty has coached in the National Bowl since 2012 .
Skylar Watson - Defensive Coordinator/ LB Coach
Skylar Watson, of San Antonio, Texas; enters his first season as the defensive coordinator and linebacker’s coach here at Cisco College after earning his Master’s degree at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and coaching the linebackers the past two seasons. Watson, a graduate of Oklahoma Panhandle State in 2012, previously coached linebacker’s at Cisco College during the 2012 and 2013 season. Watson, played his football at Panhandle and also spent a season coaching in Goodwell, OK. This will be his 1st year as Defensive Coordinator and 3rd year overall at Cisco College.
Coach Josh Cochran- OL Coach
Coach Devario Dorsey- RB Coach
Coach Kirk Bryant-DB Coach