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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Oct 7, 2021

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring longtime college coach, Bob Trott. Coach Trott discusses the importance of cultivating relationships throughout the coaching journey, discusses the evolution of recruiting in the college game, and gives advice on how to maintain professional development.

Bob Trott is a former College and NFL coach where he most recently spent time as the Defensive Coordinator at East Carolina. His coaching career spans four decades, which includes 17 years at the FBS level and nine seasons in the NFL. Coach Trott has experienced action in 12 bowl games as either a player or coach. Coach Trott was also Defensive Coordinator and Safeties coach at James Madison for three years (2016-18) prior to ac­cepting the Pirates’ post. Coach Trott groomed seven FCS All-America selections, a national and CAA defensive player-of-the-year choice and 18 all-league picks while at JMU.

Coach Trott's NFL experience includes defensive staff assignments with the New York Giants (1991-92), New England Patriots (1993-95) and Cleveland Browns (2005-08). In addition to JMU and Richmond, Coach Trott also served as de­fensive coordinator at Arkansas (1984-89), Clemson (1990), Duke (1996-01), Baylor (2002) and Louisi­ana-Monroe (2003-04).  In 2017, Coach Trott received the FCS Coordinator-of-the-Year honors.

  • [1:49] Start of Interview
  • [2:49] Enjoying every spot in the coaching journey
  • [4:43] Building the culture at Air Force
  • [5:38] Cultivating relationships
  • [13:06] Evolution of college recruiting
  • [16:56] Adapting on the defensive side of the ball
  • [20:43] Maintaining professional development
  • [23:38] Protecting the game of football