Drake University football coaches are traveling this week to Guadalajara, Mexico, to serve as guest speakers at coaches' clinic for American football coaches in the country. The visit is part of the Drake coaching staff’s continuing relationship with members of the CONADEIP Football Conference, which Drake played in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl in Tanzania in 2011.
Drake head coach Chris Creighton and assistant head coach Rick Fox will travel to Mexico on Thursday, and participate in the clinic on Friday and Saturday. Defensive coordinator Brad McCaslin and assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Todd Frakes, who were not on the Tanzania trip, will accompany them on the trip this weekend as well.
“We spent two weeks with coaches from all over Mexico as part of the Kilimanjaro Bowl and they’ve invited us to their coaches’ clinic,” Creighton said. “We’re going to be doing classroom clinic and on-the-field teaching as well.”
In addition to hosting a clinic open to all participants, the Drake delegation will help run two practices alongside Mexican coaches.
“There are clinics going on throughout college football with staffs working to improve,” Creighton said. “Most of these coaches attend our national coaches conventions and they’ve invited us to theirs to help them improve.”
The 2011 Global Kilimanjaro Bowl was the first American Football game played on the continent of Africa, featuring Drake and an all-star team derived from players of the CONADEIP Football Conference.
“They’ve been playing American football for more than 100 years,” Creighton said. “They play great football in great atmospheres. It’s great football.”
In addition to the game, which Drake won, 17-7, the teams hosted youth camps, performed service projects with local orphanages, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. The game, and clinics were held at Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium in Arusha, Tanzania.
For his efforts in organzing the Kilimanjaro Bowl, Creighton was named a winner of the Giant Steps Award presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports as part of National Student-Athlete Day on April 6, 2011. Creighton, awarded for the Coaching category, was one of just five 2011 winners of the Giant Steps Award, given annually to individuals who use sport to positively affect social change, actualizing the mission of the NCAS. The awards honor student-athletes, athletic administrators, civic leaders, coaches, parents, organizations, and other individuals who demonstrate an outstanding ability to manage life on and off the field, and who demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of society.