Holmes Community College Offensive Coordinator Tim Stowers has been chosen to speak at this year's National AFCA Coaches Convention in Nashville, Tenn. on Jan. 7-11. Coach Stowers will lecture on Monday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m.
This lecture will take place during the Junior College General Session and the title of the segment is "Chalk War" which features Holmes' option attack vs. the Laney Eagles Defense. Coach Stowers will match wits against Coach Josh Ramos, Defensive Coordinator from Laney Junior College out of California.
Coach Stowers said he's thankful for this opportunity. "I have coached for 35 years and have never felt I was at work," Coach Stowers said. "The opportunity to influence student athletes today in a positive manner which will have a positive impact on all they come in contact with in the future to me is really what coaching is all about. The opportunity to speak before your peers who adhere to the aforementioned philosophy is a privilege.
"I know Coach Ramos is a highly competitive individual and has done a superior job at Laney College and know he will have a sound and well-researched plan."
Stowers said the format of a head-to-head competition is different and should produce effective results. "Anytime you go to a clinic you try and come away with one to two things that could possibly be incorporated into a program in some shape or form," Stowers said. "However, this unique format could allow for more items to be utilized into a program than the traditional style. This format requires coaches to think outside the box in a short duration of time in an acute manner. It possibly creates a more game like atmosphere."
He said Holmes had a season to remember. "We feel like we play in the SEC of Junior College Football, and Coach Koonz and our staff do the best job in the state of developing players. It was such a pleasure to watch those players developed in the Holmes CC program win the Graphic Edge Bowl Championship on the floor of the UNI Dome and finish ranked #7 nationally by the NJCAA. That being said, I feel the season was a resounding success and provides next year's team a positive building block."
The Bulldog offense finished second in the NJCAA in rushing yards per game with a 304.6 yard per game average. The team also finished first in yards per catch with a 21.7 yards per catch average. D.J. Montgomery had a 27.5 per catch average to lead the country.
"What an honor for the Holmes Community College Football Program and Coach Stowers and his offensive staff to represent Holmes CC at the National Convention," Head Coach Jeff Koonz said. "Coach Stowers' speed option offense has been nationally-recognized as one of the most productive offenses in the country. Coach Ramos is going to have his hands full battling with Coach Stowers."