Jerry Tolley, former Elon head football coach, publishes sixth book

Jerry Tolley, head football coach emeritus at Elon, recently published his sixth book of football drills. The Complete Book of Football Tackling Drills offers detailed, illustrated instructions from some of the college football's most renowned coaches, including Ohio State's Jim Tressel, Alabama's Nick Saban, Texas' Mack Brown and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, among many others.

Tolley’s book is dedicated to Grant Teaff,who has served as executive director of the American Football Coaches Association for the past 17 years. It includes a foreword from Tom Osborne, former head football coach and current director of athletics at the University of Nebraska.

“This book is by far the most complete collection of football tackling drills I have ever seen,” says Saban, whose Alabama Crimson Tide won the 2009 national championship. “On behalf of our Alabama football program, I strongly recommend it to coaches everywhere.”

Tolley, an Edenton, N.C., native, won 49 of his 62 games as Elon’s head coach from 1977-81, winning NAIA national titles in 1980 and 1981. He received numerous coaching honors at the conference, district, state, area and national levels, and recently was enshrined in the NAIA Sports Hall of Fame and the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Elon and East Carolina University Halls of Fame. Tolley currently serves as mayor of the Town of Elon, where he lives with his wife, Joanie.

Tolley’s other books include 101 Winning Football Drills from the Legends of the Game, The American Football Coaches Association Guide Book to Championship Football Drills, The Complete Book of Speed and Agility Drills, The Complete Book of Offensive Football Drills and The Complete Book of Defensive Football Drills. Published by Coaches Choice, these and Tolley’s new book are available at or by calling 888-229-5745.