ATLANTA -- Georgia State assistant coach Josh Stepp has been chosen to participate in the American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) 2019 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute.

Stepp, the Panthers' tight ends coach, just completed his second season on head coach Shawn Elliott's staff. He originally joined the GSU program in 2017, when he coached tight ends and running backs. Before coming to Georgia State, Stepp was a successful prep coach in South Carolina, including four seasons as the head coach and athletic director at Lexington High School. In 2015, he was honored as the 4A Lower State Coach of the Year and Region V Coach of the Year after guiding Lexington to a 13-game winning streak and berth in the state title game.

The AFCA 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute is a prestigious program aimed at identifying and developing premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession. Selected participants are invited to attend the one-day institute that features a curriculum of interactive lectures focused on topics specifically tailored to emphasize leadership in the coaching profession, ethics, influential responsibilities, career progression, and family balance.

Stepp is the second straight GSU assistant chosen for the program, following safeties coach Chris Collins in 2018.

In order to be eligible, applicants had to be born on or after January 1, 1984, and must be currently serving as a high school head coach, two-year college full-time assistant or head coach, or NAIA/NCAA (all divisions) full-time or head coach. Applicants were required to submit a resume, five references, and a 1,600-word article or five-minute live instructional video on an Offensive, Defensive, Special Teams, or position-specific topic of the applicant’s choosing.

The AFCA 2019 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute will take place on Sunday, January 6, at the AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

2019 AFCA 35 Under 35 Participants

Ola Adams, Villanova University, Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks

Shawn Bell, Baylor University, Offensive Line

Tyler Bowen, Penn State University, Tight Ends

Bryan Brown, Appalachian State University, Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks

Shane Fidler, Waccamaw HS (SC), Head Coach

Joe Jon Finley, University of Missouri, Tight Ends

Erik Frazier, Western Illinois University, Wide Receivers

Kory Gribbin, University of Akron, Tight Ends/H-Backs/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator

Gino Guidugli, University of Cincinnati, Quarterbacks

Chris Hampton, Tulane University, Defensive Backs

Todd Hartley, University of Miami (Fla.), Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends

Nick Hill, Southern Illinois University, Head Coach

Justin Hood, Western Carolina University, Outside Linebackers

Tyler Hopperton, Mount St. Joseph University, Head Coach

Collin Klein, Kansas State University, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Jordan Langs, Indiana Wesleyan University, Head Coach

Kelly Ledwith, Santa Monica College, Head Coach

Brennan Marion, College of William & Mary, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Taylor Mazzone, University of Arizona, Outside Receivers

Man Naghavi, University of Louisiana-Monroe, Offensive Line

Bryan Nardo, Emporia State University, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Jake Olsen, Northwestern State University, Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator

Tim Plough, University of California-Davis, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Justin Rascal, Formerly at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Former Offensive Coordinator

Doug Samuels, Ravenna HS (MI), Head Coach

Nate Scheelhaase, Iowa State University, Running Backs

Joshua Schumacher, Concordia University-Chicago, Head Coach

Kyle Segler, University of Louisiana-Monroe, Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends

Austin Silvoy, Middle Tennessee State University, Wide Receivers

De'Rail Sims, James Madison University, Running Backs

Josh Stepp, Georgia State University, Tight Ends

Patrick Toney, University of Louisiana, Safeties

Scotty Walden, University of Southern Mississippi, Wide Receivers

Demario Warren, Southern Utah University, Head Coach

Jake Waters, University of Texas-El Paso, Inside Wide Receivers