Coach Volpi asked me to write a little article about my experiences,
coaching at the Penn State Football Camp last year.
It's my pleasure!!
Last year I got invited by Frank Ganter to coach at the camp. I was
thrilled to coach at one of the best Universities
and flew over. The first impression was how well organised everything
was. We stayed at campus in rooms at the dorms. There were around 200
coaches for about 600 Kids.
At the first day, we had a coaches briefing and final registration for
the Kids. After that we had the first session with test's like vertical
jumps, height and weight, long jump and 40 yd. dash. Than, the Kids got
split up in groups. I had 2 groups sorted in age (each with 10 Kids).
At the second day, we started at 8.30 AM with practice. I was a part of
10 Coaches, who coached Offensive Line. Penn State Coach Bill Kenney
lead the Practice session. He first showed everbody the drill to do,
after that we split in our groups and coached. Following at 10.30 AM
Special Team Instruction. 11.00 AM Lunch.
1.30 PM 2nd Practice till 3.45 PM. 5 PM Dinner. 7 PM 3rd Practice. 10.30
PM Kids in Rooms, 11.00 PM Lights out.
The 3rd day, we had the same program. After Practice Day, all coaches
meet at Beaver Stadium to talk and get to know each other. It's
fantastic to talk and share experiences with everybody.
It was a awesome posibilitiy to learn, coach and meet other coaches and
talk football. This year, I had no chance to coach at the camp, because
it was in the middle of our season.
Maybe sometimes we can do something like this in Europe too. I'm sure it
will be not as big as in the states but everything small can grow.
If there are any further questions, please fell free to ask!!