AIOFA founder, director, and coach Gene Straughan has played or coached football for the past several decades. He was a quarterback, receiver and defensive back during his playing days. Gene has coached a spread style offense at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. His 3rd-4th and 5th-6th grade teams have averaged 25 TD passes per season. One of his 5th-6th grade teams went 12-0 and threw 35 TD passes. His middle school teams have put up a 20-4 record, averaging 29 touchdown passes a season with one junior high team going 6-0 and throwing 37 TD passes.
Gene was selected as the 2007 Middle School Coach of the Year by the Washington State Football Coaches Association. He also has coached skilled players at the high school level for years. He is now coaching quarterbacks and receivers for the Lewis-Clark Valley College Team. The Loggers compete against community colleges and Division III schools around the Pacific Northwest. Gene started the Straughan’s AIOFA to offer comprehensive, but affordable instruction to quarterbacks and receivers of all ages. To him the game of football is about spreading the field and airing it out.
AIOFA coach Josh Straughan was a quarterback at Southern Illinois University. He is a talented and hard working athlete who has played football since the third grade. He threw 84 TDs during youth football and 59 TDs in middle school. He won the offensive player award at the Seattle NFL O-D Camp. At Colton High School, Josh scored 141 TDs. He threw 662 completions and 114 TDs for 10,407 yards while rushing for 27 TDs and 1,258 yards. In his senior year, Josh completed 232 passes, threw 41 TDs, and rushed for 19 TDs for a combined 4,344 yards. He was selected as an all league and all state QB, along with being named the Washington State 1B Player of the Year.
Josh earned a full scholarship from Stillman College, a Division II school in Alabama. In his first college game as a true freshman, Straughan came off the bench in the final quarter with his team trailing Central State University 20-to-7. He threw for 143 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Tigers to a 28-27 win, earning the MVP award at the Dayton Ohio Classic. He grew into an all conference, all region, and all American quarterback. He completed 484 passes for 5,557 yards and 55 TDs. He was unable to play his senior year due to an injury and decided to graduate early to pursue his dream of playing Division I college football. He accepted a full scholarship to play for the Salukis.
At Southern Illinois University, Josh worked hard to learn a new offense and become the starting quarterback. He helped lead an offense that ranked 4th nationally among FCS teams, averaging 470 yards and 31 points per game. In just eight games, Straughan completed 221 passes for 2,429 yards and 15 TDs. He had 4 games of over 300 passing yards. He ranked 1st in passing yards and 2nd in total offense per game in the tough Missouri Valley Football Conference. Josh was twice named the MVFC Newcomer of the Week and four times the SIU Player of the Game. He also was selected the FCS Player of the Week, passing for 289 yards and 4 TDs to beat Murray State 50-17.
The Saluki gunslinger ended the season ranked in several categories. Josh was 2nd in completion percentage, 2nd in 250 yard passing games, 3rd in completions, 6th in passing yards, and 10th in passing TDs in single-season history at SIU. Among FCS quarterbacks nationally, Straughan was 4th in completions per game (27.63), 5th in completion percentage (67.4%), and 7th in passing yards per game (303.6 yards). He was selected to the MVFC All Newcomer Team. Josh also was invited to the FCS and FBS Bowls where he completed 28 passes for 412 yards and 5 TDs, earning the FCS MVP award. He ended his college career with 705 completions, 8,012 yards, and 70 TDs.
AIOFA coach Jake Straughan is a combo guard at Fresno Pacific University. He is a talented and hard working athlete who has played football since the third grade. He threw 81 TDs during youth football and 62 TDs in middle school. He was named to the Clearwater All Hays football team. At Colton High School, Jake scored 141 TDs. He first played receiver and caught 112 passes and 27 TDs for 1,812 yards. He then moved to quarterback. Jake threw 331 completions and 72 TDs for 5,562 yards, ran for 37 TDs and 1,931 yards and scored 5 more TDs on defense and special teams.
Jake was selected in high school as an all league and all state QB, WR, and DB, along with being named the Washington State 1B Player of the Year. He earned a basketball scholarship from the University of Idaho. He was twice named the Idaho Player of the Game as a freshman for scoring 24 points in one contest and 23 points against the University of Northern Colorado. Jake also was twice selected to the Big Sky Academic Team and played in China last year. He graduated early with honors and transferred to FPU to pursue a master's degree while playing college basketball.
Straughan's Air It Out Football Academy
Director Gene Straughan, PO Box 189, Colton, Washington, 99113, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-432-5535