About the AFCF

What is the Foundation

The Foundation was established by the AFCA in 1998 to fund its education mission. Contributions generated by The Foundation will ensure that the coaching community will continue to have the finest possible professional development and educational tools . . . now and in the future. These tools will be accessible and affordable to coaches from high schools, colleges, and universities - small and large, rich and poor, big city or small town, and everything in-between.

The American Football Coaches Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Its specific responsibility is to seek contributions from a broad range of donors - friends, businesses, corporations, foundations and trusts, to support and implement existing AFCA educational programs; and, to develop exciting and dynamic new initiatives that will serve the coaches, the student- athletes, and the schools they represent.

In addition to raising funds for current educational objectives, The Foundation has begun to build an Endowment. Income from the Endowment will provide financial security for AFCA professional education programs in uncertain times. Gifts to The American Football Coaches Foundation qualify for income tax and estate tax charitable deductions.

Mission Statement

The AFCF shall engage in a variety of activities to promote and advance education in coaching the game of football at the youth, amateur and recreational levels and shall promote and support generally the sport of amateur or recreational football at the secondary and collegiate levels of education.


When the Pigskin and Kickoff Classics were eliminated by the NCAA following the 2002 season, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) was faced with the loss of a significant source of funding for its programs.

With that in mind, the AFCA Board of Trustees authorized the creation of the American Football Coaches Foundation (The Foundation) to serve the Association through funding of educational opportunities for AFCA members.

"In past years, the income from the Pigskin Classic was an important part of financing AFCA programs, primarily the education of our coaches nationwide, "AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "Through our publications and the annual convention, the AFCA has made a strong commitment to the education and personal development of our coaches. With the loss of that revenue, the board decided it was the appropriate time to form a foundation that would continue to fund our programs," Teaff said.

“Coach George Smith is not only an influence on young people, but the influence is multiplied many times in the beliefs of the young people he helped mold into amazing human beings. George is an outstanding coach, but more importantly, he is an outstanding gentleman.” —Tina Jones, Principal of St. Thomas Aquinas High School