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FAU Stadium ... Home of Owl Football


Construction was completed on the 29,419-seat, open-air FAU Football Stadium in 2011, in time to host the first game on October 15 against Western Kentucky. The stadium has 32 loge boxes and 24 suites, and the skybox and press box allows for a view of the Atlantic Ocean, the only stadium in the nation that can claim that.


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Charlie Partridge


Head Coach

Charlie Partridge was named Florida Atlantic University's Head Football Coach on December 17, 2013 becoming just the fourth person to hold that title, since the program's inception in 2001. Partridge, a south Florida native, returned home to lead a program that completed its first season as a member of Conference USA and became eligible for a bowl game in 2013.

Upon his arrival, the touted recruiter began building a staff, a recruiting base and a culture by which the program would stand over time. Within weeks that staff was in place and assigned to every high school from the I-4 corridor south. By February, the Owls had added 24 players, 15 from their targeted area. That class included offensive lineman and future Freshman All-American Reggie Bain. The Owls posted a 3-9 record and saw six games decided by a touchdown or less within the last two minutes. Lucky Whitehead became the first FAU wide receiver to earn C-USA post-season honors and D'Joun Smith was taken in the third round of the NFL draft. 2015 followed the same blue print. The recruiting class, tabbed as the best class among C-USA schools, comprised of 27 players, including USA Today Freshman linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair and two others earned a spot on the C-USA All-Freshmen team as well as earned C-USA Honorable Mention recognition. Three players garnered First Team All C-USA honors in 2015. The Owls finished with 3-9 record and saw five games decided by seven points or less. As part of the cultural shift, the Owls posted the most 3.0+ G.P.A.s in program history (46) and the squad's highest team G.P.A. FAU's defensive line set a new program record in sacks (35) and junior Trey Hendrickson led C-USA in total sacks with 13.5 and was No. 2 nationally in both forced fumbles and sacks. The Owls deep running back corps ended 2015 with the second most rushing yards in program history (1977) surpassing the 2014 squad (1,963). The special teams unit continued to be a highlight of the program. Junior Dalton Schomp led the nation with a 48.0 yards per punt average. As a unit, FAU was No. 5 nationally in net punting (41.71 net yards per punt).

Partridge came to FAU after a one-year stint at the University of Arkansas where he coached three different defensive linemen to all-conference honors. Defensive ends Chris Smith and Trey Flowers were second-team All-SEC, and defensive tackle Darius Philon was voted to the SEC All-Freshman team. Smith ranked third in the SEC with 8.5 sacks, the eighth-highest single-season total in school history, and ranked seventh in the conference with 11.5 tackles for loss. Flowers ranked second in the SEC with 13.5 tackles for loss, and his three forced fumbles were fourth in the conference. Philon tied for fourth in the SEC with two forced fumbles in conference play and finished the year leading the UA defensive linemen with 46 tackles, including 9.0 for loss and 3.0 sacks.


Roc Bellantoni


Defensive Coordinator/LB

Coaching Experience
2014 - Florida Atlantic University (Defensive Coordinator/LB)
2012-13 - Villanova University (Special Teams Coordinator/DL)
2007-11 - Eastern Illinois University (Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/LB/DL)
2002-07 - Eastern Illinois University (Defensive Coordinator/LB)
2001-02 - Eastern Illinois University (DL/Recruiting Coordinator)
2000 - Drake University (Defensive Coordinator/LB)
1998-99 - Drake University (Assistant Coach/DL)
1995-97 - Buena Vista University (Assistant Coach/DL)
1993-94 - Mamaroneck High School (Assistant Coach/OL/DL)

Bowl /Post-Season Games Coached
2012 - FCS Playoffs (Villanova)
2009 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)
2007 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)
2006 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)
2005 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)
2002 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)
2001 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)


Travis Trickett


Offensive Coordinator/QB

Coaching Experience
2016 - Florida Atlantic University (Offensive Coordinator/QB)
2012-15 - Samford University (Offensive Coordinator/QB)
2011-2012 - Samford University (Assistant Coach/TE/SR)
2009-10 - Florida State University (Graduate Student)
2007-08 - Alabama (Graduate Assistant)
2003-07 - West Virginia University (Student Coach)

Bowl/Post-Season Games Coached
2013 - NCAA Playoffs (Samford) SoCon Champs
2010 - Peach Bowl (Florida State) ACC Champions
2009 - Gator Bowl (Florida State)
2008 - Champs Sports Bowl (Florida State)
2007 - Independence Bowl (Alabama)


Corey Bell


Assistant Coach/Secondary/Assistant Player Personnel

Coaching Experience
2014 - Florida Atlantic University (Secondary/Assist. Dir. Player Personnel)
2011-13 - American Senior High School (Head Coach)
2007-10 - University of Miami (Director of Football Operations)
1997-07 - Miami Edison Senior High School (Head Coach)
1996-97 - Miami Edison Senior High School (Defensive backs coach)

Bowl /Post-Season Games Coached
2010 - Sun Bowl (Miami)
2009 - Champs Bowl (Miami)
2008 - Emerald (Miami)


Garin Justice


Assistant Coach/OL

Coaching Experience
2016 - Florida Atlantic University (Assistant Coach/OL)
2011-15 - Concord (Head Coach/OL Coach - 40-17 overall record)
2009-10 - Concord (Assistant Coach/OL and Strength and Conditioning)
2007-08 - Florida State University (Graduate Assistant)
2006 - West Virginia (Graduate Assistant)

Bowl/Post-Season Games Coached
2008 -Champs Sports Bowl, FSU vs. Wisconsin, W - 42-13
2007 - Music City Bowl, FSU vs. Kentucky, L - 35-28
2006 - Gator Bowl, WVU vs. Georgia Tech, W - 38-35


Chris Hurd


Special Teams Coordinator/TE

Coaching Experience
2014 - Florida Atlantic University (Special Teams Coordinator/TE)
2013 - University of Arkansas (Special Teams Quality Control)
2012 - University of Tennessee (Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2011 - University of Tennessee (Strength and Conditioning Intern)
2007-10 - Cisco College (Defensive Coordinator/DB/ST)
2005-06 - University of North Texas (Graduate Assistant/DB/TE)
2004 - University of North Texas (Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning)

Bowl /Post-Season Games Coached
2004 - New Orleans Bowl (North Texas)


Terrance Jamison


Assistant Coach/DL

Coaching Experience
2014 - present, Florida Atlantic University (Assistant Coach, Defensive Line)
2013 - University of California (Defensive Quality Control)
2012 - University Wisconsin (Graduate Assistant)
2011 - University of Wisconsin (Defensive Quality Control)
2010 - Edgewood High School (WI) (Defensive Line Coach)
2008-09 - University of Wisconsin (Assistant Defensive Line Coach)

Bowl Games
2013 - Rose Bowl (Wisconsin)
2012 - Rose Bowl (Wisconsin)
2009 - Champs Sports Bowl (Wisconsin)
2008 - Champs Sports Bowl (Wisconsin)


Ben Strickland


Assistant Coach/DB

Coaching Experience
2015 - Florida Atlantic (Assistant Coach/DB)
2012-14: Wisconsin (Assistant Coach/DB)
2010-11: Wisconsin (Graduate Assistant/Def.)
2009: Wisconsin (Quality Control Coordinator/Def.)
2008: Wayzata High School (Minn.) Teacher/DB Coach at Minnetonka High School

Bowl Games Coached
2009 - Champs Sports Bowl vs. Miami (W 20-14)
2010 - Rose Bowl vs. TCU (L 21-19)
2011 - Rose Bowl vs. Oregon (L 45-38)
2012 - Rose Bowl vs. Stanford (L 20-14)
2013 - Capital One Bowl vs. South Carolina (L 34-24)
2014 - Outback Bowl vs. Auburn (W 34-31)


Dan Shula


Assistant Coach/WR

Coaching Experience
2014 - Florida Atlantic University (Assistant Coach/WR)
2011-13 - Illinois State University (Assistant Coach/ WR/Kicking/DFO)
2009-10 - Illinois State University (Offensive Assistant/Kicking Coach/Assist. DFO)
2007-08 - University of Miami (Offensive Graduate Assistant/OL)
2006 - University of Alabama (Offensive Graduate Assistant/WR)

Bowl /Post-Season Games Coached
2012 - FCS Quarterfinals (Illinois State)
2008 - Emerald Bowl (Miami)


Jared Allen


Assistant Coach/RB

Coaching Experience
2015 - Florida Atlantic (Running Backs)
2014 - Florida Atlantic (Dir. Player Personnel/External Relations)
2012-13 Florida Atlantic (Tight Ends)
2011 - Florida Atlantic (Quarterbacks)
2010 - Florida Atlantic (Wide Receivers)
2009 - Florida Atlantic (Offensive Graduate Assistant)

Bowl Games as a Player
2003 Playoffs (Division I-AA)


Graham Wilbert


Dir. of Player Personnel/External

Coaching Experience
2015 - present - Florida Atlantic University (Director of Player Personnel/External)
2013 - 2015 - Florida Atlantic University (Offensive GA - Quarterbacks)

Playing Experience
Quarterback, FAU (2009-12); Quarterback, Valencia High School (2004-08)


Todd Soukup


Assoc. Dir. of Player Personnel

Todd Soukup joined the Florida Atlantic University football staff in the fall of 2013 as a recruiting and operations intern. He later added the responsibilities of assistant to the director of player personnel to his list of day-to-day responsibilities and in May of 2015 he was elevated to associate director of player personnel.

In that role, Soukup assists with all organizational aspects of the recruiting process. He also helps to coordinate the program's recruiting efforts which have enabled the staff to build back-to-back classes that rank the highest in program history. The 2015 class featured four members of the Conference USA's All-Freshmen team, including Azeez Al-Shaair, who was named by two organizations as a Freshman All-American. Along with his recruiting and operational responsibilities, Soukup manages the team's social media account. Finally, he assists with camp and clinic efforts.

Prior to FAU, Soukup worked for nearly two years with the Central Palm Beach county Chamber of Commerce, where he was a member account representative.


John Proto


Assist. Dir. of Player Personnel

2015: Florida Atlantic (Assistant Director of Player Personnel
2014: Yale University (Recruiting Coordinator - Social Media Marketing/Assistant Tight Ends Coach)
2014: Boston College (Assistant to the Director of Football Operations (Internship) Yale University
2013: Southern Connecticut State University (Assistant to the Associate Director of Athletics/Communications
2012-13: Mount Ida College (Administrative Assistant to the Sports Information Director) Southern Connecticut State University

Playing Experience
Defensive Tackle, Mount Ida College 2010-2013


Heather Henderson


Director Football Operations

Heather Henderson joined the football staff in November of 2012 with the primary focus on assisting with on-campus recruiting. In February 2013, following the compilation of the best signing class in the program's history, Henderson began assuming more duties. She was named the director of football operations in April of 2013. As DFO, Henderson will join less than a handful of females in the position.

Henderson came to Florida Atlantic in the spring of 2004 as the Owls head cheer coach. She brought more than 20 years of cheerleading experience. Since that time, Henderson has guided FAU to several top-20 national finishes including a No. 1 finish in the 2013 Cheer Limited National Tournament in the Large Co-Ed division. Henderson is also the president and co-founder of CheerFormance X-Treme (CFX). CFX is tailored to cheerleaders of all ages, giving personal lessons to those wanting to make an elementary, middle, high school, or all-star level squad. CFX delivers a cutting edge approach to training nearly 200 cheer athletes each year.

As a cheerleader, Henderson was a co-captain on the University of South Carolina Varsity Cheerleading squad. She also worked with several high schools in South Carolina, choreographing numerous state championship routines. Enhancing her choreographing skills, Henderson worked directly with choreographer Charissa Seaman. Seaman has worked with such stars as, Britney Spears, Gregory Hines, Nancy Giles, and Donnie and Mary Osmond. Henderson has television experience herself with appearance on Star Search and Showstoppers. Henderson also received a dance scholarship to the famed L.A. Underground School of Dance. She is certified by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Advisors (AACCA) and the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA).

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