By Matt Welsh
Oakland Panthers, the newest team in the Indoor Football League, has named Kurt Bryan as their inaugural head coach for the 2020 season. Coach Bryan is entering the 2020 season with 28 seasons of coaching under his belt ranging from high school to college. He is most famous for being the co-creator of the A-11 Offense where offensive players would be eligible to receive a pass for any given play.
Coach Bryan spent 11 years as a high school coach where he was the head coach for both Arroyo High School and Piedmont High School. During his 11 years span as a high school coach, he led his team to the playoffs six times including the 1995 AACAL championship season. He was the AACAL Coach of the Year both in 1993 and 1995 while was named BSAL Co-coach of the Year in 2007. Coach Bryan was also selected as the Oakland Raiders High School Coach of the Week-October 3rd, 2018.
Coach Bryan, besides being a high school coach, was a coach at the NCAA level for different colleges. He was the offensive assistant at his alma mater Chico State University from 1984 to 1985. Later, he worked as the TE/WR/DB coach at Menlo College from 1997-1999 and as the WR coach at St. Mary’s College from 2000-2002.
Besides coaching, Coach Bryan has been a featured speaker across the country and has been the author of three books. He wrote The Game Breaker, The Double Move and Fate Came Calling. Bryan also co-authored several manuals on the A-11 Offense.