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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

May 25, 2023

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Blaise Faggiano, the head coach at Utica University. Coach Faggiano details his coaching journey, hiring process, and the value he finds in the AFCA convention. Blaise Faggiano has been the head coach at Utica University since 2008. This past year, Coach Faggiano led Utica to a 10-2 record and 2nd round appearance in the NCAA championship. He holds the most victories in program history along with leading Utica to four ECAC Bowl appearances. 

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0:33 Introduction 

1:05 Start in coaching 

2:35 Playing at Ithaca 

5:15 First job 

8:00 Preparing for interview 

10:53 Getting back to alma mater 

14:55 St. John Fisher interview 

19:00 Working outside of comfort zone 

22:25 Lessons learned 

30:00 Putting together staff 

35:05 What do you do when needing to fill a role? 

40:07 Big things to do well in an interview 

44:25 Why the AFCA is important 

48:10 Wrapping up 

48:40 Social 

49:00 Conclusion