I get a kick out of telling people that I was a coach in the NFL.
That would be the National Forensic League, headquartered in Ripon, WI (I do believe the Midwest is the heartland for forensics; my dad was even on the debate team for his high school in WI). I coached a high school speech and debate team in CA for five years, and the kids were all members of the NFL, earning points for pins, and coaches could get points, as well. It was extremely competitive, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed traveling to all the different schools in the LA area for the various tournaments, and, as a beginning speech and debate coach, I found the other coaches very helpful, which was heartwarming. Later, I also coached in Hawaii at Punahou School and the kids went to NFL finals in speech and in debate; we had lots of help from the fine folks in Ripon, who produce tons of great material about the current year's debate topic and helpful resources for the other events. Any other NFL coaches out there?