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  • Writer's pictureTerry O'Neil

Orlando, Pittsburgh Welcome PLP

The Practice Like Pros tour continued tracking NIKE Coach of the Year Clinics this past weekend, making two presentations Friday at the Wyndham Resort Hotel, Orlando, and another Saturday at theGreen Tree Hilton, Pittsburgh.  Among the reaction:

  • From the legendary Bill Gierke, a 42-year coach in Orlando high schools:  "I'll be speaking in San Diego next week and I'm going to incorporate the Practice Like Pros philosophy in my talk.  Football must change.  This is a new era and football must change with it.  I remember (Florida State Coach) Bobby Bowden telling me many years ago, "If we get all the players hurt during the week, they damn sure can't help us on Saturday."

  • From Coach Joseph Delaune, Wesconnett Athletic Association, Jacksonville, FL:  "It was a pleasure to learn as much as I did at the seminar.  Really changed a lot of my perspective on traditional coaching that I've been accustomed to that was wrong."

  • From Coach Damion Sledge, Southeast Raleigh (NC) High School:  "Please send the videos.  I want the parents of our players to see how we're going to be practicing."

  • From Coach Marcus Bryan, Richland School District, Jacksonville, FL:  "Thank you for your service to the beautiful game of football."

Next Up

This week, Dartmouth Head Coach Buddy Teevens and Gamebreaker Founder Mike Juels join Terry O'Neil for a special 90-minute presentation, 11 a.m. to 12:30, Friday, March 2, at the NIKE Coach of the Year Clinic/New England, Windsor Marriott Hotel, Windsor, CT.  Here's how the event is being promoted by Clinic Director Frank Stamilio: 

Our Great Sport is Under Attack - You Don't Want to Miss This Interactive Presentation On Practicing With Less Contact📷Practice Like Pros, is a national movement to reduce needless injury in youth and high school football, endorsed by Mike Ditka, Archie Manning, Dick Vermeil, Warren Moon, Anthony Munozand other progressive minds from football and medical science. Practice Like Pros' unique clinic sessions use video from Dartmouth, Ohio State and the Seattle Seahawks to show us -- not tell us, video of how the Pros and D-1 programs win with less practice contact.  This clinic has been presented to more than 7,000 coaches in 26 states and to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Maybe just maybe this session will be one of the best you have attended in your entire football clinic career!  We owe it to the young student athletes we all coach and to this the great game we all love. PLEASE be sure you hear this presentation from Terry O'Neil, CEO of PLP and former Sr Vice President of Football Operations for the New Orleans Saints along with Buddy Teevens, Head Coach of Dartmouth University and Mike Juels, CEO of GameBreaker Head Gear.   This session will wrap up with an interactive Q&A segment to give you a opportunity to ask these experts any questions you may have.

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