His first two seasons as head coach at Mesa Community College tucked neatly away with two bowl game appearances, head coach Ryan Felker prepares to send a huge number of his programs' players to four-year scholarship situations and is concentrating on his recruiting class for 2014.
Already numerous MCC players from the current squad have received NCAA Division I offers and many others will be moving on with scholarships at all levels.
This year the T-Birds had their best season in years, producing an 8-3 record and tied for first place in the regular season in the Western States Football League (WSFL) before dropping the championship game.
They have played in the Valley of the Sun Bowl and Heart of Texas Bowl in the last two years and reached as high as No. 6 in the nation in the weekly NJCAA national poll.
In his two years at MCC Felker has already produced three All-Americans. Demarious Randall earned the honor last year before moving on to Arizona State where he immediately stepped in as starting free safety on the Sun Devils' Holiday Bowl team. This year wide receiver Cody Saul was chosen first team All-America and offensive lineman Cory Clements second team.
It all comes after Mesa suffered through four seasons with a total of just seven wins prior to Felker's arrival.
Before joining Mesa, Felker most recently coached at nearby Scottsdale Community College, holding the positions of defensive coordinator in 2011 and defensive backs coach, as well as recruiting coordinator, in 2010.
Previously he served at Eastern Arizona College for two years as co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. He also recruited Arizona for the Gila Monsters.
In 2009 his EAC defense finished second in the nation statistically. One cornerback, Prince Ryans, earned All-America, All-Region and All-Conference honors and was the Western States Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2008 both of his starting cornerbacks received all-WSFL recognition with one, Jamaine Olson, receiving a full scholarship at Utah State.
Prior to his collegiate experience Felker was a high school coach for nine years, the last six as a head coach.
He frequently speaks at clinics and works off-season football camps for major universities.
Throughout his career Felker has built many valuable relationships with coaches at every level. Recruiting and strong Arizona ties are Felker’s strengths.
Felker is a graduate of Arizona State and has a Masters’ Degree in Technology from Northern Arizona. He, and his wife Regina, have two children, Brett, 13 and Chloe, 11.
He can be reached at 480-461-7582 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.