Durnin Sharing Knowledge with All Alaska Football Camp

Jun 6, 2017

PALMER, Alaska – The University of Dubuque’s Mike Durnin, assistant head football coach for the Spartans, will travel north to take part in one of the premier football camps of its type in Alaska this summer. The 2017 All Alaska Football Camp XXVI (AFC) hosted by Colony High School from June 22-25 caters to the high school programs in Alaska. It provides players and coaches an opportunity to improve themselves through individual skills instruction, team instruction, coaching clinics, motivational speakers, and college scholarship mentoring all while under the guidance of college coaches from throughout the U.S. 

This year marks the sixth year Durnin will journey to Alaska and the same camp where he had the opportunity to work with UD’s record setting quarterback, Conor Feckley (Sr., 6-0, 196 lbs., Anchorage, Alaska) who at the time was preparing to enter his senior year of high school for Anchorage West. TThe AFC is designed for teams and individuals entering grades 9-12th, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game. It is also designed for the college coaches to serve as consultants to the various high schools in terms of offensive and defensive schemes.

“The players and coaches have a great passion for the game of football and a wonderful work effort towards bettering themselves,” said Durnin. “Many of these young men have also opened the doors to opportunities at all levels of college football due to their participation in the camp,” he added. “It is also a great opportunity for me to learn from the many college coaches who make their way to Alaska.” 

A hallmark of AFC over the past five seasons, 269 players attending AFC earned All-State honors. Since 1992, literally thousands of AFC players have gone on to earn All-State or All-Conference honors. This premiere camp has showcased 12-15 of the past state championship teams (small, medium and large schools) and the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 Gatorade Players of the Year. 

In a short couple of months, UD reports on August 8 for pre-season camp in 2017. The Spartans are expecting one of their largest teams ever in football to report this fall for the talented coaching staff. UD returns a strong core of starters from last year’s team, which finished 8-2 overall and second in the Iowa Conference.