ARTICLE I Articles of Agreement

NAME: The name of the corporation is The American Football Coaches Association.

PURPOSE: The American Football Coaches Association is to maintain the highest possible standards in football and the profession of coaching football; to provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching; to make the game as safe and entertaining as possible through the rules of play; to have a strong voice in intercollegiate legislation affecting football programs; to exchange freely information on coaching methods and techniques, and to promote good fellowship and social contacts within the Association.

CORPORATE OFFICE: The site of the headquarters of the organization shall be determined by the Board of Trustees.

AMENDMENTS: The Constitution and bylaws may be amended only after the following:

  1. Submission: All proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to a member of the Board of Trustees.
  2. Adoption: The proposed amendment, together with the opinion of the Board of Trustees, shall be read at the annual business meeting of the corporation, and a two-thirds majority of the members voting in person shall be necessary for the adoption of the said amendment.

CORPORATE SEAL: The seal of the corporation, subject to alteration thereof by the Board of Trustees, shall consist of a flat-faced circular die with words and figures American Football Coaches Association, New Hampshire, 1951, cut or engraved thereon.

ARTICLE II Board of Trustees

Section 1. Composition and election: The Board of Trustees shall consist of the officers and a minimum of ten other Active members of the organization elected by the voting membership at the annual meeting. Each of the nine districts shall be represented on the Board of Trustees by at least one member. Each district in which there are NCAA Division I-A institutions will be represented by one NCAA Division I-A Trustee. Two Trustees shall be from NCAA I-AA, two Trustees shall be from AFCA Division II and two Trustees shall be from AFCA Division III. The Board of Trustees may nominate one Honorary Trustee who shall have the rights of the other members of the board. The Board may nominate one at-large Trustee who shall have the same rights of the other members of the Board.

Once a member has been elected to the Board of Trustees and changes districts or divisions, the executive committee shall adopt such rules and regulations as it deems necessary to provide continuity and representation on the Board.

Section 2. Eligibility: To be eligible as a trustee, a coach must be an Active member in good standing. Good standing shall be defined as not under probation, suspension, or expulsion (cancellation) of this organization. Also, the coach cannot be responsible for his present institution or prior institution of employment being placed on football probation by the NCAA, NAIA, conference or institution that deprives that school of post-season game participation and/or television appearances because of activities directly or indirectly attributable to this coach or to persons under his supervision or control.

Section 3. Duties: The Board of Trustees shall have complete control and management of the corporation's affairs, funds, and property, and shall have and exercise all the powers possessed by the corporation itself as far as such delegation of authority is not inconsistent with the laws of the State of New Hampshire, with the Articles of Agreement, or with these By-laws. The trustees shall exercise their duties in a manner consistent with the purposes of this corporation, keeping in mind this corporation is not organized for profit. However, these objectives are not to limit the Trustees in the proper conservation and augmentation of the corporation's funds, but any such profits shall never inure to the benefit of any private individual.

Section 4. Officers of the Board: The president of the corporation shall be the chairman of the Board of Trustees. The first vice-president shall be the vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Section 5. Vacancies: Any vacancy on the Board of Trustees occurring between annual elections as a result of death, incapacity, resignation, or other such causes, may be filled by a majority of the trustees present at a properly constituted meeting of the board.

Section 6. Meetings: The Board shall meet at least once a year at a time and place to be designated by the president at least thirty days before such meeting is to take place. Special meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be held at any time or place on call by the president at least fifteen days before such a meeting. Special meetings of the Board of Trustees may be held at any time without notice providing all trustees are present or have waived notice thereof.

Section 7. Proxy voting: Any trustee not present at a meeting will be permitted to vote by proxy by filing notice of such desire with the executive director before the meeting and designating who shall hold the proxy.

Section 8. Quorum: A majority of the trustees shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the board. A majority of the quorum present shall decide any action or matter brought before the meeting.

Section 9. Between the meetings of the Board of Trustees, an Executive Committee shall be empowered to act for the board. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the president, vice-presidents, and executive director.

Section 10. The president and executive director shall appoint someone to record the minutes of any meeting. The report of each meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be published in one of the various publications of the corporation which is distributed to all the members of the association.

ARTICLE III Officers

Section 1. Composition: Officers shall be elected from the Active head coaches or Honorary members of the association as follows: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Third Vice-President, and Executive Director. The Executive Director shall serve as Secretary-Treasurer.

Section 2. Eligibility: To be eligible as an officer, a member must be in good standing of the organization. Good standing shall be defined as not under probation, suspension, or expulsion (cancellation) of this organization. Also, the coach cannot be responsible for his present institution or prior institution of employment being placed on football probation by the NCAA, NAIA, or conference that deprives that school of post-season game participation and/or television appearances because of activities directly or indirectly attributable to this coach or to persons under his supervision or control.

Section 3. Term of office: The term of office shall be for one year or the period between the annual meetings except for the Executive Director whose tenure shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 4. Nominations: Nominations shall be made by the Nominating Committee at the annual meeting. Other nominations may be made by any voting member.

Section 5. Duties:

(a) President: The president shall, when present, preside at all meetings of the Board of Trustees and at all meetings of the membership and shall perform such other duties as the Board of Trustees may, from time to time designate. He shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation and chairman of the Board of Trustees.

(b) Vice-Presidents: The First Vice-President shall assume the duties of the president in the absence or incapacitation of the president. The Second Vice-President assumes the duties of the First Vice-President in the absence or incapacitation of the First Vice-President. The Third Vice-President assumes the duties of the Second Vice-President in the absence or incapacitation of the Second Vice-President.

(c) Executive Director: The Executive Director shall be the chief administrative and fiscal officer of the corporation and together with the president, unless some other person is specifically authorized by the Board of Trustees, shall sign all deeds, leases, contracts, and/or other instruments to be executed on behalf of the corporation. He shall have the care and custody of the funds of the corporation and shall have and exercise under the supervision of the Board of Trustees all the powers and duties commonly incident to his office and may be required by the Board of Trustees to give bond in such sum and with such sureties as may be satisfactory to it. He shall have custody of the corporate seal and all of the money, funds, valuable papers and documents of the corporation except his own bond, which shall remain in the custody of the president. He shall deposit all the funds of the corporation in such bank or banks, trust company or trust companies or with such firm or firms doing a banking business as the Board of Trustees may designate. He may, on behalf of the corporation, endorse for deposit or collection of all checks, notes, and other obligations payable to the corporation or its order and may accept drafts on behalf thereof. He shall keep accurate books of property of the association and together with all other of its account of corporate transactions, which books shall be the property in his possession shall be subject at all times to the inspection and control of the Board of Trustees. All receipts and vouchers for payment made to the corporation and all checks, drafts, notes or other corporate obligations for the payment of money by the corporation shall be signed by the executive director except as the Board of Trustees may otherwise specifically order. Checks and drafts need not be counter-signed, but notes and other obligations for the payment of money shall be counter-signed by the president, as a condition to their validity or by such other officer or agent as the Board of Trustees shall by resolution specifically designate.

ARTICLE IV Membership

Section 1. Composition: There shall be five classes of membership: Active I, Active II, Allied, Foreign and Life member.

Active I - Any head football coach, defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator, position coach, or coaching graduate assistant at an NCAA- or NAIA-affiliated institution which fields an intercollegiate football program.

Active II - Any on-the-field football coach employed: 1) by a four-year institution whose football program is not affiliated with the NCAA or NAIA, 2) by a junior or community college, 3) by a high school or preparatory school or school district, or 4) on the staff of an established professional football team.

Allied - (a) Any athletic director, associate or assistant athletic director, strength or conditioning coach, recruiting or video coordinator affiliated with a collegiate football program, (b) any retired coach, (c) any football coach residing in a foreign country who is a member of the United States Armed Forces, or (d) at the discretion of the Board of Trustees, any individual associated with a recognized football-related entity may apply to the Executive Director for Allied membership. Said membership may be approved at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Foreign - Any football coach who resides in a country other than the United States.

Life Member - All Honorary Members, 35-Year Members, and Amos Alonzo Stagg Award recipients.

Section 2. Dues:

(a) The annual membership fee for all classifications shall be determined by the Board of Trustees. Dues are optional for Life Members who have been duly recognized by the Association.

(b) Members who pay dues by June 30 shall receive all benefits of their respective membership classification for the current calendar year.

Section 3. Cancellation, Delinquent, or Suspension: 

(a) Cancellation. A membership may be canceled by the Board of Trustees on a two-thirds vote of the Trustees present and after cause for cancellation has been presented by a Trustee.

(b) Delinquent. Any member delinquent in payment has until June 30 to make payment before membership is removed.

(c) Probation and/or suspension for violation of the Code of Ethics. Procedures governing probation and/or suspension are set forth in the Code of Ethics under Enforcement.

During probation and/or suspension, members shall not be permitted to serve as trustees, officers, or serve as chairman, or member, of a committee of the Association.

Section 4. Voting power: Only Active I and Life members shall be entitled to vote upon all questions submitted to the membership for decision. Active II, Allied and Foreign members will not be entitled to vote upon such questions.

ARTICLE V Election

The election of the officers and trustees shall be at the annual meeting and under the direction of the president.

ARTICLE VI Nominating Committee

Section 1. Composition: The Nominating Committee shall consist of one member from each district, at least two of whom shall be from institutions in NCAA Division I and at least two who shall be from other institutions.

Section 2. Duties: The Nominating Committee shall prepare a list of candidates for each elective office and shall present it to the membership at the annual meeting for adoption. Other nominations may be made by any voting member present.

ARTICLE VII Meetings

Section 1. Time and place: The annual meeting of the association shall be held at a time and place set by the Board of Trustees.

Section 2. Quorum: The quorum shall consist of one-tenth of the association's Active members.

  1. Meeting called to order
  2. Reading or disposal of any unapproved minutes
  3. Report of Board of Trustees
  4. Reports by standing committees
  5. Reports by other committees
  6. Unfinished business
  7. New business
  8. Adjournment

ARTICLE VIII Standing Committees

Section 1. Appointment: members of standing committees are to be appointed by the president.

Section 2. Composition: Any member in good standing in any classification may be selected for a committee.

Section 3. Designation: The standing committees are:

  • Advisory Board to NCAA Rules Committee
  • Board of Review
  • Coach of the Year Committee
  • Committee on Assistant Coaches
  • Concessions and Display Committee
  • District Representatives
  • Ethics Committee
  • Football Rules Committee
  • Hall of Fame Committee
  • High School Committee
  • Honorary Membership Committee
  • Injuries and Fatalities Committee
  • Legislation Committee
  • Luncheon Committee
  • Meeting Room Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Program Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Registration Committee
  • Summer Publications Committee
  • Stagg Award Committee
  • All-America Team Selection Committee: Division I-A
  • All-America Team Selection Committee: Division I-AA
  • All-America Team Selection Committee: AFCA University Division II (NCAA Division II and all NAIA schools)
  • All-America Team Selection Committee: AFCA University Division III (NCAA Division III schools)
  • AFCA Minority Issues Committee
  • Professional Development Series Committee

ARTICLE IX AFCA Districts

The association shall be divided into the following nine districts:

District 1

  • Division I-A: None
  • Division I-AA: Yankee Conference, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Hofstra, Buffalo, Fairfield
  • Division II, Division III: New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

District 2

  • Division I-A: Big East Conference, Army, Navy
  • Division I-AA: Patriot League, Northeast Conference
  • Division II, Division III: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia

District 3

  • Division I-A: Atlantic Coast Conference, East Carolina
  • Division I-AA: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Southern Conference, Charleston Southern, Davidson, Liberty, Towson State, Wofford, Hampton
  • Division II, Division III: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and District of Columbia

District 4

  • Division I-A: Southeastern Conference, Alabama-Birmingham, Arkansas State, Central Florida, Louisiana Tech, Northeast Louisiana and Southwestern Louisiana
  • Division I-AA: Ohio Valley Conference, Southwestern Athletic Conference, Samford, South Florida, Western Kentucky
  • Division II, Division III: Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Florida

District 5

  • Division I-A: Big Ten Conference, Notre Dame
  • Division I-AA: Pioneer Football League, Gateway Conference
  • Division II, Division III: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan

District 6

  • Division I-A: Big Twelve Conference
  • Division I-AA: None
  • Division II, Division III: Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska

District 7

  • Division I-A: Conference USA, Mid-American Conference
  • Division I-AA: Southland Conference, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • Division II, Division III: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri

District 8

  • Division I-A: Western Athletic Conference
  • Division I-AA: Big Sky Conference, Southern Utah
  • Division II, Division III: Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana

District 9

  • Division I-A: Pacific Ten Conference, Big West Conference
  • Division I-AA: Cal Poly-SLO, St. Mary's
  • Division II, Division III: Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii and Alaska

Note: A policy has been followed of placing all members of major conferences in NCAA Division I-A and I-AA in the same district. The Board of Trustees may recommend changes in the policy to the membership.

ARTICLE X Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the corporation shall end with the thirty-first day of December in each year.

A Restricted Investment Fund shall be established.

The Restricted Funds shall include all invested funds as now constituted (not to include savings account) and excluding Series E Bonds. These funds shall be classified as "Restricted Investment Funds" to be so stated in the annual report, with the following stipulations applied:

That only the interest derived from these funds be used for current expenses.

That purchase of securities for this fund be approved by a committee appointed by the Board of Trustees of the AFCA and including the President, Executive Director, and the Certified Public Accountant of the AFCA appointed by the Board of Trustees.

That there be no sale of securities from this fund except as approved by a committee consisting of the President, Executive Director, and the organization's Certified Public Accountant or Certified Broker, and further that all monies derived by sale of these securities be reinvested for the Restricted Investment Fund.

ARTICLE XI Inspection of Books and Papers

All books, papers, and documents of every kind and description belonging to the corporation whether located in the office of the chairman of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director, or elsewhere shall be open to the inspection by the members of the Board of Trustees at all times during business hours.

Code of Ethics

Approved by the Board of Trustees, August 15, 1952

Adopted by the Active Membership, January 9, 1953

Prepared by the Committee on Ethics. Amended by Board of Trustees, August 10, 1956

Dr. Dudley S. DeGroot (chairman)
University of New Mexico

Richard C. Harlow
Western Maryland College

W.D. Murray
Duke University

Lloyd Jordan
Harvard University

Ray Eliot
University of Illinois

Charles B. Wilkinson
University of Oklahoma

H.N. Russell
Southern Methodist University

Jesse T. Hill
University of Southern California