May 27th - June 4th

MORALE ENTERTAINMENT, LLC. in association with Armed Forces Entertainment announces the second annual Coaches Tour to the Middle East. The 2009 tour will be led by Tommy Tuberville (Coach Emeritus) and will include six active NCAA FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) coaches, including the 2008 Coach of the Year Mack Brown (Texas), Jim Tressel (Ohio State), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Jim Grobe (Wake Forest), Rick Neuheisel (UCLA) and Houston Nutt (Ole Miss). This year's tour will launch from McConnell Air Force base near Wichita, Kansas, the home of the 22nd Aerial Refueling Wing. The majority of the air transportation will be handled by a KC-135R, four engine transcontinental aircraft. The tour is expected to visit U.S. military installations in Qatar, Afghanistan and the United Arab-Emirates.

You can see coverage from our 2008 tour on the right.

Trip Highlights

  • Personal interaction between the coaches and an estimated 15,000-20,000 US service members
  • Flag football game with troops coached by FBS coaches
  • College football symposium between troops and coaches
  • Coaching/player combine

Click on the pictures below for complete biographies of each participating coach
Mack Brown, Texas Troy Calhoun, Air Force
Jim Grobe, Wake Forest Rick Neuheisel, UCLA
Houston Nutt, Ole Miss Jim Tressel, Ohio State
Tommy Tuberville, Coach Emeritus

In the News

Nutt To Visit Troops In The Middle East ( 3/12/09 )

OSU's Tressel to rally troops Akron Beacon Journal ( 3/6/09 )

MSNBC ( 3/6/09 )

Newark Advocate ( 3/6/09 )

Columbus Dispatch ( 3/6/09 )

Tressel to visit US troops Springfield News-Sun (OH) ( 3/6/09 )

Ohio State coach Tressel to visit U.S. troops Sporting News ( 3/6/09 )

Coach Tressel discusses what the trip means to him [Phone Conference with Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel and media recorded on 3/5/09 by Morale Entertainment, LLC. - 10.53 MB, mp3 - {right click, save link as}]

Official Site of NCAA Football ( 3/5/09 )

Official Site of Ohio State Football ( 3/5/09 )

Five coaches to visit military personnel ESPN ( 3/5/09 )

College football coaches to take Middle East tour Norwich Bulletin (CT) ( 3/5/09 )

Wake coach Jim Grobe participating in Middle East tour ESPN ( 3/5/09 )

Football coaches to meet with troops International Herald Tribune ( 3/4/09 )

CBS Sports ( 3/4/09 )

Football coaches to meet with troops CBS KDBC TV - El Paso, TX ( 3/4/09 )

CBS WREG TV - Memphis, TN ( 3/4/09 )

Mack Brown to visit the Middle East KVUE TV - Austin, TX ( 3/4/09 )

Official Site of Texas Football ( 3/4/09 )

Texas' Brown to participate in Middle East tour Dallas Morning News ( 3/4/09 )

Calhoun to visit troops in Middle East with other collegiate coaches Official Site of Air Force Football ( 3/3/09 )

UCLA's Rick Neuheisel headed for a tour in the Middle East Los Angeles Times ( 3/3/09 )

AFA's Calhoun among football coaches to visit Middle East troops Colorado Springs Gazette ( 3/3/09 )

Rick Neuheisel To Visit U.S. Troops Official Site of UCLA Football ( 3/3/09 )

Coverage From Last Year's Tour (2008)

Coaches Tour 2008 TV Show Trailer

President Bush Meets with Coaches



USA Today coverage of the 2008 tour

Coaches pose for a picture before dinner Thursday night at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. From left to right: Tuberville, Weiss, Richt, Siedlecki and Shannon.

Helicopter pilot Major Troy Smith talks to Tuberville and Weis Wednesday morning at Landsthul Regional Medical Center on the Ramstein Air Base in Germany

Coaches visit with troops at Camp As Sayliyah in Qatar Thursday.

Coaches take part in a question-and-answer session Thursday night in Qatar.

Photos property of Todd Van Emst, Auburn University