North Little Rock football coach Brad Bolding will be allowed to rub elbows with the elite of his profession, not that he hasn’t done that before.
Bolding has been asked to be a speaker during a three-day coaching clinic at the University of Alabama, the team that his star running back Altee Tenpenny has signed to play for in college next fall.
The first night is Thursday, April 11 that begins with a Beer and Brats social and a Chalk Talk with the Crimson Tide coaching staff.
On Friday, the first full day begins with talks given by various members of the Alabama coaching staff. Beginning at 10:45, New Orleans Saints’ head coach Sean Payton will speak before the lunch break. After lunch, Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator Dean Pees is on the docket to speak.
After several more sessions with Tide coaches as well as a Crawfish Boil following an Alabama team practice, the guests will listen to former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil.
Bolding will be a part of Saturday’s high school coach’s breakout session featuring top high school coaches throughout the Southeast. Bolding’s Saturday session will be the third such session of the event and lasts a collective 45 minutes.
Saturday’s list of speakers includes former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Herman Edwards followed by Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano who has survived a bout with cancer that kept him from coaching throughout the bulk of the 2012 season.
Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia followed by former Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey before the team’s Saturday practice ends the session.
"It’s an honor," Bolding said.
Bolding has developed a relationship with the Crimson Tide program as a resulted from Tenpenny’s recruiting.
"You are trying to be the best," Bolding said earlier in the 2012 season, "you want to learn from the best. We are taking so many things from them and implementing them into our program."
The Charging Wildcats made a deep run into the playoffs last season losing to eventual state champions Fayetteville in the semifinals.