McNeese DE Coach Carlos Perez selected to AFCA 35 Under35 List

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LAKE CHARLES – McNeese defensive ends coach Carlos Perez has been selected to participate in the 2018 AFCA 35 under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute presented by the American Football coaches Foundation and NCAA Leadership Development.

This prestigious program is aimed at identifying and developing premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession and will take place on Sunday, January 7, during the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Perez just wrapped up his third season on the McNeese staff and this past season as the defensive ends coach and helped coach the Cowboys’ defense to a No. 1 national ranking in rushing defense – FCS and FBS combined – as well as a top five ranking in total defense.

“Carlos is a hard worker who has a lot of knowledge about the defensive line play,” said McNeese head coach Lance Guidry. “Out of all of his abilities, his best gift is recruiting. He has a knack for developing relationships with the prospects that we are pursuing and also their transitioning once they arrive.

“We feel very lucky to have him in the role that he plays here at McNeese.”

Perez was chosen from a total of 138 applicants and will attend the one-day institute, which features a curriculum of interactive lectures focused on topics specifically tailored to emphasize leadership in the coaching profession, ethics, influential responsibilities, career progression, and family balance. In addition to receiving this exclusive educational opportunity and becoming a part of the great network of rising coaches in the profession, participants will also receive other benefits, including a stipend to assist with 2018 AFCA Convention expenses; publication in the bi-monthly AFCA Magazine, weekly AFCA Insider email blast, and/or have their articles added to the online AFCA Educational Library; and placement on the 2019 AFCA Foundation Committee.

35 Under 35 Class of 2018:
Andrew Breiner, Fordham
Jake Brown, Stephen F. Austin
Zohn Burden, Virginia Tech
Tyler Carlton, Western Carolina
Dan Carrel, Houston
Charles Clark, Oregon
Matt Clark, Hutchinson Community College
Christopher Collins, Georgia State
Eric Daniels, Oklahoma Panhandle
Geoff Dartt, Western Kentucky
Cort Dennison, Louisville
Michael DeTerlizzi, Charleston Southern
Kenny Dillingham, Memphis
Seth Doege, Bowling Green
Matt Drinkall, Kansas Wesleyan
Drew Dudzik, James Madison
Eli Gardner, Stonehill College
Jay Harbaugh, Michigan
Braxton Harris, Howard Payne
Tremaine Jackson, Abilene Christian
Matt Jones, Texas Southern
Willy Korn, Coastal Carolina
Marquase Lovings, Louisiana-Lafayette
Jason Lovvorn, First Baptist Academy (Texas)
Chris Marve, Vanderbilt
Kirby Moore, Fresno State
Sherrone Moore, Central Michigan
LaMar Morgan, Louisiana-Monroe
Dan Mulrooney, Anna Maria College
Lamar Owens, Georgia Tech
Carlos Perez, McNeese
Andrew Sowder, San Jose State
Justin Stepp, SMU
Andrew Thacker, Temple
Thad Wells, Blacksburg High School (Va.)

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