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The names you should know
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Dr. Thom Park
Nancy Cubit
Larry Haylor

Dr. Thom Park
President, Thom Park & Associates, Inc.

WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW HIM: Dr. Thom Park, president of Thom Park & Associates, Inc., located in Tallahassee, Fla., provides the career coach and their family a comprehensive, intellectual, professional, full-service coaching resource for sound advice, career advocacy, contract agency or just plain good counsel.

During Dr. Thom Park’s 15-year coaching career, he served under Jerry Claiborne at the University of Maryland as the recruiting coordinator for the Terrapins, which captured three straight ACC titles and won 20 consecutive games. Dr. Park also spent 20 years as a vice president and financial advisor for one of the nation’s top financial services corporations – Morgan Stanley. Now, Park, President of TP&A, Inc., makes numerous lectures on the coaching clinic circuit and is regarded as a national expert on coaches’ contracts and sports agency. He has authored two books and been featured in more than 100 publications – including a regular stint as a contributing writer for American Football Monthly.

Dr. Park’s book, co-written with Ken and Carol Ozee,“A Football Coach’s Career Playbook: A Personal Portfolio That Gets You The Job” is currently in its sixth edition and is mandatory reading for any coach looking to build a championship resume. Plus, Dr. Park’s frequent contributions to AFM are essential for any coach looking to enhance every facet of their careers. Whether it is advice on recruiting, tax shelters or salary negotiations, Dr. Thom Park is the man to know – period.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: “Thom Park is one of the best kept secrets in college athletics administration.” – Bobby Bowden, head coach, Florida State

Nancy Cubit
President, AFCWA

WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW HER: Nancy Cubit, born in Philadelphia, is wife of 28 years to Stanford University quarterbacks coach Bill Cubit, mother of three and the President of the American Football Coaches Wives Association for 2004.

Formed in 1989 by Patti Edwards, Ellie Mallory, Donell Teaff, Dorothy Faye McClendon, Carol James and Janice Walden, the AFCWA is a national organization that works in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Association. Wives of these great competitors have come together in an effort to support and serve in their own communities and across the country. Whether it is the NFL, NCAA, NAIA or countless junior college and high school football programs around the country – these ladies share a common bond that brings them all together.

The AFCWA currently has over 500 members, which will meet January 4-7 in Orlando, Fla., for its annual convention held simultaneously with the AFCA convention each year.

Between supporting Stanford University and Western Michigan University, where her son Ryan is a freshman quarterback, Nancy Cubit can be found at encouraging coaches wives at all levels.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: “Camaraderie, service and support is the main goal of the AFCWA. There are so many people out there that have no clue as to what kind of hurdles coaches’ families are faced with. They think football coaches work only on Friday nights or Saturday and Sunday afternoons and that’s it. It is just really a unique experience to meet new people that understand the ups and downs of the business. The AFCWA is for wives of coaches at all levels.” – Nancy Cubit

Larry Haylor
Head Coach, Western Ontario University (Canada)

University of Western Ontario head coach Larry Haylor is the winningest coach in Canadian intercollegiate football history. He secured the record as the Mustangs defeated the Waterloo Warriors (Ontario) on Sept. 6, 2003, by a score of 62-12 in Waterloo, giving Haylor win No. 154 – breaking the record previously held by David “Tuffy” Knight, a former Waterloo and Laurier head coach.

Knight is now an assistant with the Laurier Golden Hawks, who showed up at the stadium for their home game last night just as Haylor and the Mustangs were boarding the bus back to London, Ontario. According to sports writer Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press, Knight does not want to let go of the record lightly.

“I think there were a couple of games he (Haylor) was suspended for giving the officials heck, so I want to check on that (record),” Knight jokingly told the reporter.

Haylor, who just finished his 19th season with Western, has posted a winning record every season since taking the helm of the Mustangs in 1984. In 1994, he guided Western to an undefeated season (12-0) to win his second Vanier Cup. He won his first Cup in 1989 (11-1).

Canadian Intercollegiate All-time Wins
1. Larry Haylor, Western, 154-34-4 (79.4)
2. Dave Knight, Waterloo/Laurier, 153-85-4
3. Bruce Coulter, McGill/Bishop’s, 137-80-2
4. Don Loney, St. Francis Xavier, 133-31-2
5. Doug Hargreaves, Queen’s, 128-103-3

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: “It is nice to be recognized with something unique in the country. This has been a milestone. It’s been nice to get this over with.” - Larry Haylor


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