UM Law Leadership Course Kicks off with NFL Legends

Marc Trestman
Feb 9, 2020; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tampa Bay Vipers head coach Marc Trestman coaches against the New York Guardians during the second quarter of an XFL football game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Defining Your Leadership Playbook” is the seminal virtual “fireside chat” to launch a new sports-centered Spring offering in the Entertainment, Arts and Sports LL.M. program at the University of Miami School of Law, “A Playbook for Leadership and Law.”


WHO: NFL and UM and Miami Law grads Marc Trestman, J.D. ’82, Jim Kelly, and Bernie Kozar will be joined by Peter Carfagna, co-director of the EASL sports track for a wide-ranging discussion to include developing authentic relationships, defining one’s mission statement, who is in your “locker room,” selecting mentors, and leading a team – servant and moral leadership.


Trestman, an American and Canadian football coach, started his career with the Miami Hurricanes after law school, first under Howard Schnellenberger, then under Jimmy Johnson, where he helped coach both Kelly and Kosar.  In 1983, when Trestman served as quarterbacks coach, Kosar passed for 2,329 yards, a school record, and the team won the national championship. Trestman has been everything from the offensive coordinator for the North Carolina State Wolfpacks to head coach of the Chicago Bears and most recently as head coach for the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL.


Kelly, who quarterbacked the Miami Hurricanes to its first national championship in 1983, went on to play in the NFL for eleven years with the Buffalo Bills, where he led them to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances and six divisional championships from 1988 to 1995. He also played two seasons with the Houston Gamblers in the USFL.


Kosar also played quarterback for the Hurricanes and lead the team to its second national championship.  He played professionally in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns from 1985 – 1993 and then finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins.  With the Cowboys, he won Super Bowl XXVIII, beating the Buffalo Bills, in 1994.


The spring course will feature weekly high profile speakers and be co-taught by Trestman and Carfagna.


WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.


WHERE: The virtual event is free and open to the public with prior registration.

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