About the Authors




Coach Baxter and his wife, Jill, have 2 daughters, Kelly and McKenzie. His father-in-law Ron McBride is the former Head Football Coach at the University of Utah and Weber State University.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Born June 28, 1963, a 1981 Graduate of Loyola Academy. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Loras College in 1985 and then his master’s degree in Higher Education from Iowa State in 1987. A career college football coach, Coach Baxter has established a nationally prominent reputation as both a teacher and coach.


He was named the 2011 National Special Teams Coordinator of the Year while at USC and is known for developing some of the most prolific special teams units in the game of college football. His players have been consistently lauded for their academic and athletic achievements. The players that he has had the opportunity to mentor reads like a directory of super achievers.

Along with his coaching duties Coach Baxter has authored and copyrighted the highly-successful and nationally-acclaimed program, “The Academic Gameplan©.” His innovative and comprehensive life-skills program teaches students the rules, fundamentals, techniques to succeed in the classroom. “Academic Gameplan©,” is used in homes and at schools throughout the country. The program he created was the key ingredient for the phenomenal academic success of the Fresno State football program. Going from the nations worst graduation rate in 1996, Baxter’s tenure produced 141 Academic All-WAC players and an NCAA APR score nearly 20 percentage points higher than the national average.

He is a featured speaker and community servant and was selected as the Clovis, California Citizen of the Year in 2006.

His coaching highlights are:

Baxter cover photo

  • 2010 – Associate Head Football Coach, Special Teams Coordinator & Tight End Coach @ University of Southern California
  • 1997 – 2009 Associate Head Football Coach, Special Teams Coordinator & Tight End Coach @ California State University-Fresno
  • 1994 – 1996 Special Teams Coordinator & Tight End Coach @ Tulane University
  • 1992 – 1993 Special Teams Coordinator & Running Back Coach @ The University of Maryland
  • 1990 – 1991 Special Teams Coordinator & Tight End Coach @ University of Arizona
  • 1989 – Special Teams Coordinator & Linebacker Coach @ University of Maine
  • 1988 – Graduate Assistant Coach @ University of Arizona
  • 1986 – 1987 – Graduate Assistant Coach @ Iowa State University
  • 1981 – 1985 – Undergraduate Assistant Coach Loras College





Clint making tackle

Born and raised in Reno, NV.  2003 Graduate of McQueen High School, 2007 Bachelor of Science in Finance awarded the Dean’s Medal as the top graduate from the Craig School of Business, 2008 MBA in General Management honored as a top 5 Graduate from the Craig School of business. 2010 recognized as a member of the NFL All Rookie Team as a Place Kicker, accomplished real estate sales, investment, and lending professional, Coordinator of Student Outreach at Academic Gameplan, husband to Christie Stitser, and father to 2 daughters, Avery and Brynn.

After being recruited by Coach John Baxter in 2003, Clint attended Fresno State as a Placekicker from the years 2003-2008.  While playing for Coach Baxter, Clint was a record breaking student-athlete on and off the field, setting multiple records academically and athletically while receiving National Recognition for his work.


Subsequent to his retirement from the NFL, Clint has dedicated his time and effort into making significant impact on students everywhere through Coach Baxter’s Academic Gameplan.  It’s his desire to help every student reap the benefits of competitive greatness that he gleaned from the coaches that impacted his life.



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