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 is in his sixth season as an assistant football coach at Faulkner and his second as co-offensive coordinator.
Boren returned to his alma mater for the 2012 season to coach the receivers under new head coach Brent Barker. Following 2013 season, Boren was promoted to co-offensive coordinator. Boren came to Faulkner after one season as offensive coordinator at Newton County High School in Mississippi and two seasons as receivers coach at Hoover High School in Alabama. He started his coaching career as a student assistant with Faulkner’s first two football teams in 2007 and 2008.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Boren came to Faulkner on a golf scholarship. He graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Boren married the former Amanda Pence, a Faulkner soccer alum, in 2012. Their son Logan was born in 2015.
Brandon Slay is in his fifth season as an assistant football coach at Faulkner and his second as co-offensive coordinator.
Slay came to Faulkner for the 2011 season to coach the offensive line under head coach Gregg Baker. Following the 2013 season, Slay was promoted to co-offensive coordinator. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.
A native of Georgetown, Texas, Slay was a four-year letterman and offensive lineman at Tarleton State University, where he helped lead the Texans to a pair of Lone Star Conference championships. He graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise sports studies. He also earned a master’s degree in education in 2011.
Slay and his wife Laci were married in 2012, and had their son Wyatt in 2014.
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.