Special Guest Speaker
Tony Dungy on "Uncommon Leadership"
Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first such win for an African American head coach. Dungy established another NFL first by becoming the first head coach to lead his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years. Dungy joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers' history. He has also held assistant coaching positions with the University of Minnesota, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings. Before becoming a coach, Dungy played three seasons in the NFL. He retired from coaching in 2009 and now serves as a studio analyst for NBC's Football Night in America. Dungy is the #1 NY Times bestselling author of Quiet Strength, Uncommon, and The Mentor Leader. Dungy has been involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations, including Family First, All Pro Dad, Abe Brown Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Boys & Girls Clubs. He and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of eight children.
San Diego Chargers
Former Southern California linebacker Joe Barry joined the Chargers after spending the last two seasons coaching the same position at his alma mater. He brings 10 years of NFL experience, including seven as linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and two as defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions.
A native of Boulder, Colo., Barry attended the same high school as Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano (Fairview High). He played at Fairview for Pagano’s father, Sam. Barry then began his collegiate playing career at Michigan before he transferred to USC, lettering in 1992 and ’93. He graduated in 1994 with a degree in communication.
Barry landed his first position job with Tampa Bay in 2001 and helped coach the team to a Super Bowl title following an ’02 season in which the Buccaneers led the NFL in total and scoring defense. It was the same season in which linebacker Derrick Brooks was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Joe Whitt Jr.
Green Bay Packers
Whitt joined the Packers on March 7, 2008, as defensive quality control coach. He was promoted to cornerbacks coach on Feb. 3, 2009.Since taking over as cornerbacks coach in ’09, the Packers have registered a league-high 85 interceptions, the most by the club over a three-year span since it recorded 95 INTs from 1943-45, with 43 of the 85 INTs coming from Whitt’s cornerbacks, the most in the league by a cornerback group over that span.
Whitt tutored CB Tramon Williams as he earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2010 and veteran CB Charles Woodson on his way to earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors from The Associated Press in 2009. Woodson also has earned a Pro Bowl bid each season under Whitt and twice been named first-team All-Pro.Under Whitt’s guidance, both Woodson and Williams have produced single-season career highs in all major categories.
Whitt has five years of college coaching experience (Auburn, The Citadel, Louisville).He played collegiately and coached as a student assistant at Auburn, where his father, Joe Sr., was on the coaching staff.
Born July 19, 1978, Whitt graduated from Auburn in 2001 with a degree in communications. He and his wife, Ericka, have two children, a son, Joseph Barrington, and a daughter, Ava Jeneé.