Charlie Boren, who built an ultra-successful high school coaching career mainly in north Alabama, enters his first season as Faulkner's head football coach.
He joined the Faulkner staff in December of 2011 as the assistant head coach and works specifically with the Eagles' running backs. Boren came to Faulkner from Newton County High School in Mississippi, where he was the head coach and guided the Cougars to the state playoffs.
Boren's head coaching career spans 18 years, having led the programs at Midfield, Montevallo, Bibb County and Saint Clair high schools in Alabama. His 113-81 record as a head coach in Alabama ranked him 10th among active head coaches in the Birmingham metro area. Four of his teams finished their seasons ranked in the top 10 and in addition to having 17 players selected to all-state teams he had 43 players earn college scholarships.
Boren earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Jacksonville State University, and later his master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his wife Linda have been married for 32 years and have three children - Blake, Ashlyn and Meagan.
Blake Boren, a Faulkner graduate who has assisted at perennial power Hoover High School in Alabama and at Newton County High School in Mississippi, is the co-offensive coordinator and will work with Faulkner’s quarterbacks.
In the summer of 2012, he became the football program's recruiting coordinator as well.
Boren was a part of Faulkner's coaching staff during its first two seasons of intercollegiate competition, assisting as the running backs coach in 2007 and the wide receivers coach in 2008.
He coached wide receivers for a pair of seasons at Hoover High School, and was part of the staff that led the Bucs to the 2009 6A state championship. He joined his father at Newton County High School this past season, serving as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Boren and his wife, the former Amanda Pence, were married in May of 2012.
Brandon Slay is headed into his fourth season as Faulkner's offensive line coach and beginning this year will also serve as co-offensive coordinator. He joined the Eagles' staff after coaching at Tarleton State University in Texas, his alma mater.
Slay played on the offensive line at Tarleton State from 2006-2009, helping guide the NCAA Division II Texans to a pair of Lone Star Conference championships. He was a graduate assistant at Tarleton in the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011, working with the running backs and the offensive line.
In Slay's first three seasons, Faulkner's offensive line provided protection for record-setting quarterback Josh Hollingsworth and opened holes for a talented stable of running backs as the Eagles were among the nation's leaders in total offense.
Slay graduated from Georgetown High School in Georgetown, Texas, before earning his bachelor's degree in exercise sports studies. He also has a master's degree in education, with an emphasis in kinesiology. He and his wife Laci have a one year old son, Wyatt.
After two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant for head coach Gus Malzahn at Auburn, Cam Clark returns to Faulkner as the defensive coordinator. Clark also spent a season with Malzahn at Arkansas State following a three-year stint as an Eagles' assistant from 2008 through 2010.
Clark worked with Auburn's safeties and nickle backs, as well as with special teams. He assisted with all aspects of the Tigers' practices and game preparation, breaking down film for position meetings. He also played a role in recruiting. Clark performed similar duties for Malzahn at Arkansas State before following him to Auburn prior to the 2013 season.
While at Faulkner he had numerous responsibilities,having gained valuable experience on both sides of the ball. He also served as the recruiting coordinator during his first stay at Faulkner.
"It's a honor and privilege to be back at Faulkner and be apart of a Christian University," Clark said. "This is a great opportunity for not only myself but my family. I have had the opportunity to be a part of some great universities and football programs in the past and look forward to bringing those experiences with me to Faulkner. Faulkner has a great winning tradition and I hope to help build upon that tradition in a way that honors God."
Clark was a four-year letterman as a safety and cornerback at Harding University (Ark.), where he also excelled in track & field. He earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and social sciences in 2007, and a master's degree from Auburn in adult education in 2014.
Clark and his wife Dana have a son - Hutch, who is 18 months old.
Brian Hudson is in his first year as Faulkner's quarterbacks coach, and brings with him to the staff a wealth of NCAA Division I experience.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Hudson spent three seasons as a student assistant for head coach Mike Gundy before accepting the offensive quality control position for the Cowboys, where he worked closely with the quarterbacks and assisted with film study and game plan development.
After three seasons in that position, Hudson followed to Southern Mississippi former OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who had accepted the head coaching job for the Golden Eagles in 2013. For the past two seasons he has again worked closely with the quarterbacks.
"The Faulkner program has great faculty and student support, unlike any NAIA school I've seen," Hudson said. "I am happy to be at a university where the expectations are extremely high, both on the field and in the classroom."
Hudson, 27, in addition to working with the quarterbacks will assist with Faulkner's offensive game plan and recruiting.
Charlie Knapp is entering his eighth season as Faulkner's Director of Football Operations, and his first season working with the Eagles' inside linebackers. He has previously coached Faulkner's running backs and outside linebackers.
Knapp is also entering his third season as the head coach of Faulkner's junior varsity team.
Knapp, who owns a bachelor's degree in History from Faulkner, was a four-year letterman at Mosley High School in Panama City, Fla., having played linebacker and strong safety. He was a volunteer assistant at Alabama Christian Academy for the 1998 and 1999 seasons before accepting a job in Faulkner's admissions department, where he worked for eight years prior to joining the football staff in 2007.
Knapp and his wife Julie are the parents of two sons - Austin and Cooper.
Marcus White, a former player at Auburn and Murray State, has joined the Faulkner staff as the defensive line coach. Having originally signed with Auburn, White transfered prior to the 2003 season to Murray State, where he was an All-Ohio Valley Conference selection for three years.
White was a member of the NFL's Tennessee Titans from 2005 to 2007 before concluding his professional career in the Arena Football League. In 2010 he began coaching, serving as a defensive graduate assistant for the University of Houston. After a season with the Cougars, he moved on to Tarleton State for a season before returning to Houston for the 2013 season. He spent last season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas Tech.
A Murray State graduate, White will play a large role with the Eagles, including breaking down film, helping formulate game plans and recruiting.
“I’m excited to be a part of a program that has the mentality of a Division I program and at the same time providing a humble Christ-minded environment," White said. "I’m looking forward to working in a program that understands what it takes to be successful and still maintain its Christian identity. Faulkner University cares about its student-athletes in ways you don’t see at bigger programs, and that has always been part of my coaching philosophy. My family and I are overjoyed with the opportunity.”
White and his wife, Jaunelle, have three daughters - MaKiah, age 8, Jailyn, age 4, and Layla, age 2.