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.



Instructional Videos

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At My Football Mentor we have created instructional videos for specific positions in the sport of football.  Each video has been created using former college or professional coaches and players.  Our goal has been to create the most detailed, position specific coaching videos ever made.  As well, we don’t pull any punches in the videos as techniques and fundamentals taught are what would be learned at the college and pro levels.  Each video averages 15 minutes and covers a specific fundamental (or set of fundamentals) for specific positions.  We are working on creating several video modules for each position. (see football positions)

“…we don’t pull any punches in the videos as techniques and fundamentals taught are what would be learned at the college and pro levels.”

You don’t have to wait for us to ship you a DVD in the mail because our videos are available to watch immediately after purchase.  Even better, you can watch the videos on your phone (iPhone, Droid, etc.), smart TV, tablet, or computer. Our videos are affordably priced between $9.95 and $19.95.

As an example, if a high school quarterback were to have a difficult time with footwork fundamentals in a game on a Friday night, we want him to have immediate access to the video that covers that fundamental.  The same would apply to any coach who might not be familiar with how to teach a specific fundamental and needs immediate access to learn or ‘brush up’ on how to teach that fundamental.  At My Football Mentor we want to be an instant educational resource for our players, parents, and coaches around the country and the world!


Here’s some short samples of our training videos. 

Add you name and email below and we’ll give you a FREE video:

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

About Us

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Welcome to My Football Mentor!  We are a growing organization of players, parents and coaches with the sole purpose of empowering youth athletes to be their best.  We are developing the most comprehensive training, personalized coaching, and informational/inspirational resource website for young football players ever made. We believe this website can be a total ‘game-changer’ for athletes who want to become exceptional at their position on the field and in life.

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 mini-camps, training videos, in-depth training in areas like: weight training, strength/speed training, diet, game strategy and much more!  Off-the-field we will provide insight and examples to ”The Big 3 C’s.”

1. Character
2. Classroom
3. Committment

Your Character will determine your destiny, success in the Classroom will shape your future, and Commitment to your team will determine the trust and respect you get (or don’t get) from others. Football Basics.

We also educate parents and players on how to best handle the recruiting process or how an athlete can promote himself if he is not being heavily recruited. Many athletes can be over-looked simply by playing a position in a scheme that does not emphasize that player’s talents, such as a receiver who plays in an option oriented running attack.

We offer expert 1-to-1 coaching, mini-camps, and a professional library of instructional videos available for instant download in our store. Athletes wishing to enroll in the personal coaching program will be assigned a mentor position coach in their area. Athletes who would like to take advantage of the on-line instructional videos will be able to choose their position and topic of interest. Most videos average 15 minutes and are only $9.95. Longer videos are a bit more.   Each video module will have a short ‘movie trailer’ to give you a taste of the video content.  And each video will specify certain fundamentals that are portions of an entire coaching video designed to educate the athlete on the proper fundamentals of his position.

Our videos are taught by former professional or collegiate players and coaches. It is our opinion that, given the time in the off-season to take advantage of this program, more detailed and advanced techniques can be taught to high school level athletes which will give them an edge. It is often thought that high school athletes are not capable of learning advanced techniques (that are taught in the NFL) but this is where we disagree. Given the time to learn these techniques, even the most inexperienced players can learn them with the time and commitment.

The notion of high school level athlete’s not being able to learn advanced techniques is really only due to limited practice times during the year or the lack of position coaches available at certain programs.

The high school programs that have success year in and year out are those that have the resources to provide good coaching and extensive off-season training. Unfortunately, this is typically limited to very few public schools and mostly private schools that have the necessary financial resources and facilities.

Please check back regularly as we develop this one-of-a-kind website. If you are a coach who has come across this site and wish to become involved in our program please go to the coaching application page and fill out the requested information. Thank you for your interest in My Football Mentor .com!


We hope John’s video below gives you 1 minute of insight to the value of mentorship…



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

About Us: The Founders

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Every parent wants the best for their children.  They want to see their kids work hard, have fun, and achieve all of their goals and dreams and they want to give their kids the best opportunity to do so.  Brad and I are no different.

Football has always been a big thing around our home.  Brad grew up playing football for his dad who was the head coach of the high school football team.  It was no surprise that our boys share the same passion for the game.  Like many young kids, their dream is to play college ball after high school and then go onto the NFL.  We’ve always taught our children that they can do whatever they set their mind to even if a very small percentage of players actually “make it.”


Our journey to myfootballmentor started when a friend suggested that we get our son, a high school freshman at the time, a personal coach.  We knew of a few people who had personal coaches/trainers for their kids, but didn’t even know where to begin with the process.  We started by going online to search for some options.  We certainly weren’t impressed with what we came across.

After several emails, phone calls, and scouring the web, a friend referred us to a very reputable quarterback’s coach, even though our son is a receiver.  This coach directed us to one of the best receiver coaches in the area (45 minutes from us).  Brad made a call to Eric Van Tassel.

After a 20 minute phone call with Coach Van we knew that, even though it would be an investment of time, travel, and money, it would be worth it to get our son one on one coaching, in-depth fundamental training, off-season training, and diet and strength training direction.  Coach Van, once a college recruiter himself, would also be able to teach us about the process of the possibility of getting an athletic and/or academic scholarship.

The thing that impressed us the most wasn’t Coach Van’s great credentials and knowledge of the position and game, but his sincere interest in our son, Blake.  Coach Van wasn’t interested in training a player who’s parents wanted it more than the player did.  His passion is to help kids not only be the best football player they can be, but he wants kids to have success on and OFF the field.


Both Brad and Blake were excited for the first training session and I was anxious to hear how it went.  The smiles on both of their faces when they got home said it all.  Both of them used the word, “amazing.”  They went on to tell me about how they both learned more about the position of receiver in the 75 minute session than they had in years of playing and watching the game.

Brad had brought a simple “flip” video recorder and asked Coach Van if he could video the session so that Blake could go over what he had learned.  The video they brought home was full of in depth training and technique and would be something extremely valuable to any boy playing the receiver position.  This is where Brad’s creative and entrepreneurial mind started working.

Having a background in web design, business building, and most importantly, a passion for the game of football, Brad thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a complete football training and instruction website?  There are so many players and families out there who may not have access or the resources to hire a personal coach themselves, but could greatly benefit from videos and online training.”

Brad contacted Coach Van and shared his ideas of what they could create.  To Brad’s surprise, Eric had shared this same vision for years but he never found the right recipe of people to complete the process.  They definitely agreed on some major guidelines before they would start anything.

1. My Football Mentor is all about the kids and benefiting their passion and pursuit of the game of football.

2. No purchase necessary.  Whether people purchase anything from the website or not, they will be able to learn valuable information and be blessed and encouraged by being a part of the myfootballmentor community of people.

3. Quality and qualified coaches who share their same passion for the kids and the game.  No egos.

4. My Football Mentor will be a valuable tool for not only players and coaches, but parents  as well.

5. Players can share stories and encourage each other with experiences about their high school years on and off the field.

And so, was created.  We are excited about the opportunity to serve players and their families with a positive, family friendly, valuable experience with our website, coaches, or instructional videos. And like most phenomenas these days, here’s where we let go and let you fill the pages of this site with your stories, pictures, videos, and feedback.  A new community is forming and no matter what state you live in, or what position you play, you can celebrate with us in everything that is right with the game of football!

Excited to have you a part of this team,

-Kim DeHaven

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.