Archives for August 2011

Coming This Fall

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We are developing the most comprehensive training and personalized coaching site for young football players ever made. We believe this website can be a total ‘game-changer’ for the average athlete who wants to become exceptional at their position.
Our number one goal is to help football players become the best they can be… on and off the field.
On-the-field we provide one-to-one coaching (position specific), small group clinics, training videos, in-depth training in the areas of weight training, strength/speed training, diet and much more!  Off-the-field we will provide insight and examples to ”The Big 3 C’s.


1-to-1 Personal Coaching

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Personal 1-to-1 coaching will be the most important and influential activity in a young athlete’s development and confidence. Great things happen when a young player is given the opportunity to have 1-to-1 time with an expert.  Contrary to popular opinion, it is not how much time you practice, but rather ‘how you practice’, that makes the difference.  Skilled, high level training from an expert combined with a desire to learn on behalf of the player, equals a whole new level of play!

“…it is not how much time you practice, but rather ‘how you practice’, that makes the difference.”

While it’s true that young athletes can enhance their athletic abilities by throwing medicine balls and running footwork drills, the most important piece is the type of practice they get with a 1-to-1 personal coach.  A personal coach can help a young athlete with the finer points of the position like agility, reflex time, balance, flexibility, coordination and power.  Most professional athletes will agree that the winner’s edge in the sport football can be found more in the brain (motor skills) than in the brawn.

We currently offer personal 1-to-1 coaching in: California, Arizona, Colorado and Florida.

If you are receiving personal coaching from us, (or would like to) please print this form for your coach to fill out. It is very important to us to work with your coaching staff so we can complement the overall goals of your team.

Article about private coaching: The New York Times

Running Back

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The running back is the guy who is typically lined up in the offensive backfield with the quarterback. The primary roles of a running back are to receive handoffs from the quarterback for a rushing play, to catch passes from out of the backfield, and to block. A great running back must be tough, durable, elusive, strong, and an effective blocker.  He possesses great vision as well as the ability to make the first tackler miss or can break that first tackle.  He is equally effective as a pass receiver out of the back field, as a down field threat, and as a check down in blitzing situations.

Here are some short videos for running backs:


Receiver Coach Vaughn

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You could not ask for a better one-to-one football mentor than Terry Vaughn. His record setting career and love for the game is obvious the moment you meet him.  He can help you take your receiver skills to great new heights.

Terry Vaughn (born December 25, 1971 in Sumter, South Carolina, is a former Canadian Football League receiver most recently with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. On July 14, 2006 he became the all-time leader in receptions in the Canadian Football League, surpassing Darren Flutie‘s previous record of 973 receptions. Vaughn finished the season with 1,006 career receptions, a record which stood until Ben Cahoon broke it on October 11, 2010. Vaughn also holds the record for most 1000+ yards receiving with 11, while also holding the record for most consecutive 1000+ yards receiving, also with 11. He finished his career in fourth as the CFL’s all time receiving yards leader with 13,746 yards. He announced his retirement as a Calgary Stampeder near the beginning of the 2007 season.

Vaughn played college football at the University of Arizona. He played 12 seasons in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Vaughn was a three-time CFL all-star and played in five Grey Cup games, winning with Calgary in 1998 and Edmonton in 2003.

In November, 2006, Terry Vaughn was voted one of the CFL’s Top 50 players of the league’s modern era by Canadian sports network TSN. Terry was inducted into the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame this past September.

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Terry Vaughn bio: link



QB Coach Pound

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Matt Pound has been the Quarterbacks coach at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, CA for the past 7 seasons. While Coaching at Mission Hills he played for the San Diego Shockwave of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL). He started 8 games in the 2007 season and went 7-1 as the team’s starting QB. Matt threw for 27 touchdowns as his team went on to win the Western Division of the NIFL.

Matt played his High School ball at Orange Glen High School where he started both his Junior and Senior seasons at Quarterback. Matt began his College career at Palomar Jr. College where he started his Redshirt Freshman year. Following his redshirt season at Palomar College Matt received a scholarship to play football at Tusculum College, a division II school in Greeneville, TN.

“I was never the most athletic Quarterback on any of my teams and I never had the strongest arm but, at the end of the day, I started at every level I played at. Hard work, great technique and preparation will always be the equalizer for the quarterback position. There is nothing that I get more enjoyment out of, as a coach, than to see a player who has put time into their craft and then reaps the rewards of that hard work. I am living proof that the most talented guy doesn’t always win the job.  Give me leadership, character, work ethic, and passion any day over physical abilities. I truly believe that If you put the necessary work into your game, you can achieve your wildest dreams!”

Coach Pound

QB Coach Trujillo

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Prior to his senior season at The University of San Diego Sebastian was selected as one of only 20 pre-season Walter Payton Award candidates, which is the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for the nation’s top FCS (Football Championship Series) athlete.

He was rated by many NFL scouting services in the top 24 quarterbacks in the nation.  He was a prototypical NFL style QB at 6’3″ and 223 pounds and ran the West Coast Offense at USD.  Sebastian got his degree in real estate and opted for a career in commercial real estate in the Orange County, CA area versus pursuing professional football after graduating.  He brings an abundance of quarterback knowledge to My Football Mentor and looks forward to being able to pass that knowledge on to the kids he will work with.

Location: Orange County, California

Line Releases for Wide Receivers

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The position of receiver requires a player to posses the greatest combination of athletic skills of any other position. Agility, hand-eye coordination, balance, precision of movement, deception, explosiveness, the ability to concentrate under duress, and toughness define a great receiver. “The ability to catch the ball within the heart of the secondary is like someone tossing you a T-bone steak inside a cage of hungry lions! First you’ve got to catch that steak and then you’ve got to get out of there without getting eaten!”- Coach Van Tassel

Now that I’ve painted a picture for you let’s look at just one of the things you’ll need to master as a receiver and that is line releases.

There are many different types of line releases which utilize the upper and lower body. When used in various combinations they will keep the defender “off balance” and allow for a “clean” release. These techniques should be changed up constantly as we want to use one release to set up one of the other two releases. The idea is to always keep the defender guessing as to which release we will use. It starts with what we do with our feet and finishes with what we do with our hands. The objective is to have as little contact with the defender as possible. . We want to be able to move the defender to a side and run where he use to be.

Release Footwork

The idea when performing the proper release footwork is to move towards the defender, reducing his cushion, and create side to side movement avoiding major contact with the defender. To reduce the cushion we start with what are called “jab steps”. These are three to four very quick steps and they are performed while moving towards the defender. “Jab steps” will always proceed the following footwork techniques:

One Step: Beginning with the “jab steps” we will then take a hard, wide (outside the width of the defender’s body) step opposite the direction we will be releasing. Once the defender has opened to the side of the large step we will then immediately “pop” off that step in the opposite direction attacking the defender’s “weak” hip. The term “weak” hip refers to the leg that the defender does not have his weight on. In other words, if we take a hard step to the right and the defender transfers his weight onto his left leg, his “weak” hip is now his right leg. The reason I use the term “weak” hip is because we want to slide off that hip and up field. Once we do this we want to immediately re-establish vertical “on top” of the defender and put him in an immediate “trail position”. This is often referred to as stacking the defender.

Two Step: Again, beginning with our “jab steps” we will then take a short, quick lateral first step in the direction we will ultimately release to followed by a hard, wide lateral step to the opposite side of our release. Once the defender has opened to the side of our second step we will then “pop” off of our plant foot, attacking his week hip and re-establish vertical up field in the same manner, stacking the defender.

Zero Step: The zero step release should be used only when we know we have the defender hesitating based on setting him up with the other two releases. If the defender hesitates, wondering whether we will be performing a one step or two step release, we can now simply apply our jab steps and then release to a side. This technique is the most effective in combination with how we use our hands on a release and that will be explained in the following section. Line Release Hand Techniques The idea when performing line release hand techniques is to manipulate the defender’s upper torso so as to turn him or control his ability to get his hands on us and stop our momentum at the line of scrimmage. The following techniques should always be used in combination with our release footwork.

Club, Punch, and Press:

The club is the arm we use on our release side to pin the defender’s release side arm. Defenders are taught to grab and hold as much as possible without being caught and we want to prevent them from being able to do this. So, if we are releasing to the right of the defender, our club arm will be our right arm. The club is applied by pinning the defender’s release side arm with our hand. We attack the defender’s elbow and not his forearm or hands. The elbow moves much less than the forearm and hands so it is a much easier target. Once we pin the defender’s elbow with our club technique we will then punch our opposite hand right over the defender’s release side shoulder. We do not “swim” as is often taught as that will expose our arm pit and give the defender an area to attack with his open hand and knock us off balance. Once we punch our arm through the shoulder of the defender we then apply pressure with that arm to the defender’s back side. This makes it very difficult for the defender to be able to turn and chase as we re-establish vertical and it also helps to propel us away from the defender and up field.

Club, Punch, Pull-By:

This technique is performed in the exact same manner as the previous technique accept that we don’t press the defender’s back side. Instead, we will grab the back of the defender’s shoulder pad flap and pull by the defender. This technique is particularly effective because we can literally rotate the torso of the defender making it extremely difficult for him to be able to turn and chase us up field.

Double Hand Slap:

The double hand slap is probably the most common and easiest hand technique to perform. In combination with whatever release footwork we use we will simply take both our hands and slap down the forearms of the defender before he has a chance to “jam” us or  grab any part of our jersey. As previously mentioned, it is very important to combine both release footwork techniques with hand techniques. An example would be using a one step footwork technique to open the defender and then finish by applying a double hand slap technique to assure the defender can not get his hands on us as we release up field. Often, if we perform a footwork technique to perfection we will have the defender so off balance that he can’t possibly get his hands on us. This would be what I term as a free release.  See our sample line release video by clicking here.

Kicking Coach Matich

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The position of kicker is a unique position. Not only does a kicker need to be athletic and coordinated to kick the ball physically but he must posses the confidence to handle pressure. Flexibility, strength, technique and mental toughness are all important attributes of a great kicker.

“I can tell you, I have seen too many kickers that can kick the ball a long way, but doing it under pressure is another story. A great kicker will leave no stone unturned as they will have strong fundamentals, raw power and have the knack to execute when the game is on the line!” –Coach John Matich

Resume: link

Location: San Diego, California

QB Coach Cunerty

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Bill Cunerty has worked with numerous NFL athletes, and most recently Andrew Luck the #1 NFL Draft pick in 2012. He is considered to be one of the nations top quarterback coaches. Bill teaches performance training for elite athletes. He is often called upon to help recent college seniors achieve their dreams of playing in the National Football League. The 20-somethings come to coach Cunerty from all over the country for the opportunity to work with him. For it is Bill Cunerty who will prepare them for the biggest job interview of their lives. Dressed in black sweatpants and a black polo shirt, Cunerty looks remarkably young for someone turning 65 in May. He has a quiet but commanding presence on the field, and the quarterbacks and receivers he’s working with listen intently when he speaks.

Bill Cunerty bio: link

Location: Orange County, California


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The position of receiver requires a player to posses the greatest combination of athletic skills of any other position. Agility, hand-eye coordination, balance, precision of movement, deception, explosiveness, the ability to concentrate under duress, and toughness define a great receiver. “The ability to catch the ball within the heart of the secondary is like someone tossing you a T-bone steak inside a cage of hungry lions!  First you’ve got to catch that steak and then you’ve got to get out of there without getting eaten!” – Coach Van Tassel.

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