AFCA's Executive Director - Grant Teaff
When Grant Teaff was named Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association in February 1994, he approached his new role as a coach, by formulating a master game plan.
The plan actually was 20 major goals, which included moving the AFCA office from Orlando, Florida, to Waco, Texas, increasing the membership and having inclusive leadership, which gave a voice to all segments of the coaching profession. Teaff expanded the Board of Trustees so that all segments of AFCA membership would have representation. He also formed college assistant coaches committee’s and a minority issues committee, which gave strong voices to all collegiate assistant coaches and minority coaches. Safety for student-athletes, and education and personal development of all members are a top priority for Teaff. That’s why he created the American Football Coaches Foundation to raise money for the education and personal development of every member. The Foundation now has four signature events that help it reach its goals each year. Three Power of Influence golf tournaments are held in Dallas, Chicago and Washington, D.C., along with the nationally recognized CEO Coach of the Year® dinner in New York City.
Teaff helped design the AFCA national headquarters in Waco, Texas, which is large enough to take care of an ever-expanding staff, and through its architecture and interior design, is a positive representation of football coaches across America. He also increased the amount of publications the AFCA produces each year, started an online educational venue and increased the number of educational opportunities for members at the national convention. Teaff put a great emphasis on expanding membership services and used the notoriety of AFCA members to help charities that serve others reach unprecedented success. The AFCA promoted and became involved in numerous All-Star college events, which included divisional players for the first time. Teaff expanded the amount of honors presented by the AFCA, which have become some of the most cherished awards given in football. One of his final goals was to make sure that the AFCA became the elective voice of its membership, so that they could educate coaches, protect student-athletes and the game itself.
In his 21 years, Teaff has executed that plan at a championship level, and in the process has become one of the most effective administrators in intercollegiate athletics. In 2002, the Sporting News ranked Teaff as one of the most powerful administrators of college athletics. In December 2004, Teaff was named one of the most influential people in college sports by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.
Teaff has been heavily involved in the administrative side of intercollegiate athletics. He has served on 20 or more key NCAA committees. Teaff currently serves on the NCAA Football Recruiting Subcommittee and the Football Issues Committee, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the National Football Foundation, USA Football and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. Teaff has always been active in fundraising and speaking for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He served two terms as Chairman on the FCA Board of Trustees.
Teaff came to the AFCA after 21 years as head football coach at Baylor University. He ended his head-coaching career following the 1992 season.
Prior to his arrival at Baylor in 1972, Teaff served as head coach at McMurry College (1960-65) and Angelo State University (1969-71). He was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas Tech for three years between his first two head coaching positions.
Teaff’s outstanding career as a college coach has placed him in eight Halls of Fame, including the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame. He won 170 football games, two Southwest Conference Championships and coached in 20 post-season bowls and all-star games. He was Coach of the Year six times in the Southwest Conference, and received National Coach of the Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America. In 2006, Teaff was honored with the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, one of the highest honors a coach can receive from the AFCA.
Teaff’s values are rooted in his West Texas upbringing. He began to develop his leadership skills as a student at Snyder High School. He was captain of his high school, community college and senior college football teams. He quickly became a leader in his chosen profession. Teaff was involved in national issues as a coach, and as an administrator. As Executive Director of the AFCA, he is involved in every issue that affects the college game, and has become a strong spokesman for the game of football. As a nationally known author and motivational speaker, Teaff loves to share his leadership techniques with those involved in education, the business world and particularly with coaches. Teaff consistently encourages coaches to use the power of their influence to make a difference in the lives of their players beyond the game.
Teaff and his wife Donell are the parents of three daughters and have four grandchildren. The Teaff’s are deeply involved in their community, having worked for years with Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Red Cross, Friends for Life, Camp Success for children with reading disabilities and his 55-plus years of leadership in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Teaff is a Deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Waco.
Teaff has written six books: “I Believe,” “Winning,” “Seasons of Glory,” “Coaching in the Classroom,” “Grant Teaff with the Master Coaches” and “A Coach’s Influence: Beyond the Game.”