Doug Marrone enters his first season as Buffalo’s head coach and his eighth season in the NFL coaching ranks. Marrone spent the previous four years as the head coach of his alma mater’s football program at Syracuse University from 2009-12 and led the program to a 21-17 record in the last three seasons. He guided the Orange to an 8-5 mark in 2010 and 2012 – with both campaigns culminating in a New Era Pinstripe Bowl Championship. Syracuse’s offense set several program records in 2012 for total yards (5,681), passing yards (3,619) and first downs (300).In 2011, the Orange had a school-record and league-leading 28 student athletes named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. After guiding Syracuse to the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl Championship, Marrone was tabbed the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region 1 Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.
Kerry Collins, the National Football Leagues fifth overall pick in the 1995 draft, spent 17 years in the NFL. He is a 2-time Pro Bowler from Lebanon, Pennsylvania and a first team All-American at Penn State University. In 2000, Collins passed the 3,000-yard marker for the first time in his career and posted a career-high 22 touchdowns as he led the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV. In 2002 with the Giants, Collins enjoyed the most prolific season by a quarterback in Giants history. He set a team record, was first in the NFC and was fourth in the NFL with 4,073 passing yards, surpassing Phil Simms’ 1984 record of 4,044 yards. In 2008, Collins started the final 15 games and lead the Titans to the NFL’s best record. Collins finished the season with an 80.2 passer rating, the third-best mark of his career, and he became just the 15th player in NFL history to surpass 35,000 career passing yards. In his spare time, Collins enjoys country music and spending time on his ranch. He is married to his wife Brooke and they have a daughter, Riley. Collins also actively supports his K.C. for Kids Foundation.
Ronnie Carter joined the TSSAA in 1978 as an Assistant Executive Director. He was named Executive Director in 1986. When he retired in June of 2009, he was the fifth longest tenured active Executive Director in the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations).Honors and Awards Include: National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Service Award as a Contributor, First recipient of the "Ronnie Carter Award", given by UCA/Varsity each year at its National competition, Tennessee School Boards Association Hall of Fame Inductee (2009), Fred Russell Lifetime Achievement Award (2010) presented by the Nashville Sports Council, TSSAA Hall of Fame (2011), NFHS National High School Hall of Fame (2013).
Doug Killgore, a national board Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA), is in his 15th year as activities director for Central Arkansas Christian School in North Little Rock, AR. He also serves the school as an assistant principal and, as a former opera singer, has supervision of the fine arts department. Killgore has taught 18 Leadership Training courses from the NIAAA’s curriculum, has presented workshops or taught at five national conferences and state conference in six states. He serves as the NIAAA Board Secretary and is currently past president of the Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators Association. Killgore was the recipient of the NFHS Citation at the NIAAA’s national conference in 2010 and was the Section 6 nominee for the NIAAA’s Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award in 2010 and 2011. He was selected as Arkansas’ 3A Athletic Director of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and the state Athletic Director of the Year in 2007.
Carl Torbush was named head coach of the East Tennessee State University football program on June 21, 2013, and tasked with resurrecting a program that will kick off a new era of play in the fall of 2015. Torbush, whose career includes head coaching stops at North Carolina and Louisiana Tech, has built a strong reputation as an outstanding defensive strategist after having served as a defensive coordinator at six FBS programs, including Alabama, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Kansas, Texas A&M and UNC. The most notable coaching stop on Torbush's resume was at North Carolina, where he served as defensive coordinator from 1988-97 before being promoted to head coach for three seasons (1998-2000).
Jeffrey F. Winter is the Managing Partner of DiCesare-Winter Productions, Inc. and is a veteran public address announcer of over 1,300 different sporting events on the high school, college and professional level. During the last 16 years, he has become experienced at announcing most major sporting events including football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer on the NCAA Division I level. DiCesare-Winter Productions puts on interactive P. A. Announcing clinics and works with state high school associations in “Creating Excellence In Public Address Announcing”. Several years ago, they developed the Institute of Public Address Announcing, which is the only online resource center for P. A. Announcers. Script books, “clean” music play lists and other resources for 8 different sports can be found at ThePAGuys.com.