DARIN SLACK

In 1988, graduating as an All-American QB at the University of Central Florida, Coach Slack founded National Football Academies. He has pioneered a new way to serve coaches and athletes through specialized sports training using a biomechanically sound, revolutionary skills system developed over 25 years. Having trained over 40,000 coaches and athletes through NFA and other training clinics, he has positioned himself among the best teachers of QB fundamentals and leadership in the nation.

In the past decade, he’s become a nationally recognized developer of coaches and is consistently among the top ranked speakers in coaching clinics he serves. He’s created the best-selling quarterback training DVD systems on the market and co-authored two books, From Headset to Helmet, and Cracking the Quarterback Code. His training techniques are simple, yet extremely effective at producing successful results for any QB, or QB coach, at any level. (Over 100 new NCAA and NFL QBs produced in the past 4 years) During his time with NFA, he has served as a High school Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Athletic Director for many years, in addition to starting two High School Varsity football programs from scratch.

Darin is presently full time with the Academy and travels year round as a motivational speaker, skills coach, and builder of men seeking to make a difference in the lives and futures of youth throughout this country. Darin has great zeal for the game of football, but not at the expense of his wife and five children. Darin knows that he will be defined not by his accomplishments as a QB or a coach; but by his character as an individual, a husband, and a father.

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Sophomore Troy Fisher thrives under pressure

When Troy Fisher decided to attend Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and play quarterback, he realized it was going to be a daunting challenge.

“I knew I was going to a school where football is the real deal,” Fisher said. “Coming to Central Catholic, I made the decision that I was going to go all in and if I fail, I fail. But I decided to go at it 100 percent.”

Fisher has played football for nine years, and he spent some time at quarterback as he advanced through his eighth grade season. “I didn’t really have any formal teaching or anything,” he said. “My eighth grade year, I was more of a running back type of quarterback. It was more like taking a direct snap and I’d start running.”

A gifted athlete, Fisher was accustomed to getting the football and running wild in his younger days. But after deciding to attend Central Catholic asd a freshman, he knew he needed polish to play QB.

NFA Influence

“In June of 2014 I went to my first NFA camp, and that was the start of my drive to be a quarterback,” Fisher said.

After initially training with NFA coach Ron Balog, Fisher attended the last two PSP camps in Pittsburgh and also worked with NFA Founder/President Darin Slack, Michael Slack and Mansur Ivie and headed for the Duel.

“I think my first camp, Coach (Darin) Slack sat down with everyone and I wouldn’t say it was a slap in the face, but reality set in,” Fisher said. “I came from a place where everyone wss saying, ‘He’s this, he’s that. He never did anything wrong.’ NFA has helped me tremendously. I came in probably a little pig headed, but they opened my eyes and now I’m a sponge. I’m open to everything now and I think NFA definitely opened that up. They really stressed the importance of communicating with people and making that a two-way street.”

NFA also helped Fisher develop his quarterback skills, and last year, as a freshman, he started settling in at QB.

Varsity Starter

This season, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder won the starting varsity job at Central Catholic, which came in as the top-ranked team Class AAAA (largest division) team in the state of Pennsylvania. In his first game under center for the Vikings, Fisher played very well in a 28-12 win.

“I would say I’ve surprised myself,” Fisher said. “Working so hard, you think, ‘I can do this.’ But it became real that first varsity game. The week prior, they sat us down and said they were going to go with me at quarterback for the first game. I thought we were going to split time. That first week, I just got out there and it dawned on me that I was the guy. I had to gain the respect of all the seniors and that’s what I’ve tried to do.”

Fisher has done all of that and more while helping Central Catholic get off to a 5-1 start. He has completed 47 of 82 passes for 609 yards and 9 touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for 233 yards and 5 TDs.

“Everything is starting to click and come together,” Fisher said. “I believe in myself now but early on, I have to say I was surprised with how I played.”

Fisher is trying to follow in the footsteps of former Vikings quarterback J.J. Cosentino, who is at Florida State.

And don’t forget about Dan Marino, one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. He also prepped at Central Catholic.

“You think of Dan Marino, a Hall of Famer, it’s kind of crazy to think I’m playing at the same school,” Fisher said. “You just kind of think, ‘Wow, it’s a cool thing.’”

 

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Ryan Bolduc not resting on early success

When Ryan Bolduc was finishing second in the Football Hotbed All-American National Middle School Quarterback Showcase earlier this year, his father Norm was sitting in the stands talking to another parent.
That’s when Norm Bolduc got the head’s up about NFA training.
“I checked it out and we got Ryan signed up with NFA,” Norm said. “He went to his first camp in Orlando in the spring, then Jacksonville and then the Duel. We’ve talked about if we would have known about NFA two years ago, think about how good Ryan would be now. NFA has been a tremendous help for him. Tremendous.”
Tremendous is an accurate description of Ryan Bolduc as a quarterback.

Impressive resume

While he is still developing, the eighth grader from Bradenton, Fla., already has an impressive resume:
-Playing in the Sarasota Redskins Youth Football League, Bolduc led his Kiowa 12U team to an undefeated season last year.
-Also last season, he played for Team Sarastoa in the National Championship FBU Tournament. Unable to play QB due to a fractured throwing (right) hand, Bolduc still made a big impact played safety and tight end.
-In August, he played in the preseason NGYS Kickoff Classic in Jacksonville. The Sarasota Mohawk beat the Jacksonville Raiders and Pensacola Browns en route to winning the tournament.
Bolduc completed 9 of 13 passes for 162 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions in the tourney.
-He also played QB in the North Port Jamboree, and the Mohawk won all three 20-minute running clock half-games. Bolduc passed for 5 TDs in the Jamboree.
-Bolduc also led his Mohawk team to a pair of wins in the Sarasota Redskins League Jamboree.
-He’s been selected as a Diamond All-American and invited to play in their All-Star Game.
-Bolduc was named in the Future Four at the Football Hotbed Showcase and invited to participate in their All Star Game.
-He was tabbed as a NGYS All-American and will play in the Next Generation Youth All-American Bowl in January.
-Bolduc attended his first Duel in July and finished third among incoming eighth graders.
That is a lot of success in a very short period, but Bolduc remains humbled, focused and driven. “There’s always room to improve on everything,” he said. “I look at everything as an opportunity to get better and grow as a player, an athlete and as a person. That’s one thing I always try to focus on, what I can improve on, what I can get better at, what I can build on.”

Third at Duel

Bolduc is already looking to improve on his third-place finish at the Duel next summer.
“I’m really happy for the opportunity I got to go to the Duel, the coaching I received from the NFA coaches and Darin Slack’s motivational speeches,” Bolduc said. “That really helped me out a lot. His motivational speeches are off the hook, they are very, very amazing. My expectations for the Duel were to try to at least finish in the Top 5. I ended up finishing third and that was satisfying. It left me with room to improve and it gave me some motivation to get better, try to get to that No. 1 spot. I’m pretty satisfied with the No. 3 room spot but there is room to improve.”
This season, Bolduc is quarterbacking the Sarasota Mohawk, who are ranked No. 4 nationally in 14U football. “Our team goal is to try to get to the postseason tournament, the state championship,” he said. “The individual goal is to grow as an athlete and grow as a player. All the teammates I’ve been playing with the last couple years, this will be the last year before I go to high school. I want to get as much as I can out of the season heading into high school.”
Bolduc attends Braden River Middle School, where he carries a 4.14 GPA on a 4.0 scale. “I always put school as my No. 1,” he said. “It’s always my top priority because that is basically what is going to carry me through life. Football ends at some point. Education will get you to where you need to be. I never slack off in school. School is No. 1 and football is right behind it.”

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NFA vet Taden Blaise keeps rolling along

Taden Blaise has been training with NFA since he was 7 years old, and he’s attened almost more camps than he can recall.
Now entering his junior year in high school, Blaise still remembers the first camp he attended. It was at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Coach (Darin) Slack was there and he asked all of us, ‘Who wants to play college football?’” Blaise said. “I raised my little hand as high as I could.”
It was a dream back then, but Blaise is well on his way to making it a reality.
That’s not to suggest his journey to the next level has been easy. Just like football, real life often presents challenges that must be overcome in order to ensure success.
Blaise has already optioned his way through a series of challenges while achieving remarkable success.

Fab frosh

As a freshman, he was the starting varsity quarterback at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver.
“I came into a rebuilding program with a new coaching staff and a lot of new kids,” Blaise said. “On the offense, 9 of the 11 starters were freshmen. But we all came in and had high hopes.”
In his first varsity start, against Littleton, Blaise set Denver Public School records for most passing yards in a game with over 320 and the longest completed pass, 88 yards. “That was really cool,” he said.
Through his first four games at Thomas Jefferson, Blaise was the leading freshman passer in the nation. In the fifth game, his season came to an abrupt halt.
“I was on track to break Colorado state records for passing yards and touchdowns,” Blaise said. “Due to some complications, nothing I did on or off the field, administrative issues I guess you could say, it didn’t happen. I couldn’t stop it, and I couldn’t help it.”
So Blaise and his family relocated to Florida, and he played at powerhouse Apopka High School last season as a sophomore and was a member of the Class 8A state champions.
“I didn’t start, but I played a lot,” said Blaise, who passed for nearly 600 yards and rushed for over 100 with Apopka. “It was a very high class, traditional school with some really good guys and people I will look up to for the rest of my life. The head coach Rick Darlington, he is a great person, a great coach. I learned a lot.”

‘Excited for what’s ahead’

When his family had to relocate back to Colorado, Blaise landed at Chaparral High School, and he is preparing for his junior season.
“We have a team with high hopes,” Blaise said. “Coming back to Colorado, it’s big. This year is a good year for me. I hope I get the chance to help this team get to the playoffs. I’m excited for what’s ahead for me and for my team this season.”
To prepare for his junior season, Blaise played for Team USA, he’ll play in the International Game next summer and he also received an invite to play at the National Underclassmen Combine.
Blaise also received an invite to his second Duel this summer and he finished first among incoming juniors at NFA’s showcase event.
“I was third at the Duel last year, so to finish first is an incredible achievement for me,” Blaise said. “It defintely added to my persona as a quarterback. It was really cool because it put me on the map a little more.”

Deep NFA roots

Blaise has been attending NFA camps since he was 7 years old.
“They have bee huge for me,” he said. “I came in as the youngest you can be with NFA, I was almost 8. I was young for my grade. I kept going and going and going to NFA camps and I’ve been to over 60. I’ve also done a lot of training with coach Slack in Florida. All in all, they have been a huge influence on me.”
While he is focused on his junior season at Chaparral, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Blaise is also preparing himself to play QB in college.
“It’s becoming more and more of a reality every day,” he said. “I’m very excited to have the chance to play in college. I have many schools that are interested in me coming to visit. It’s no longer just my young kid dream. In a few years, I’ll be off and will sitting in dorm rooms with guys a lot bigger than me. It is going to be great.”

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Jake Froschauer blossoms into top-rate talent

One season ago, Jake Froschauer was an undersized sophomore at Summit High School in New Jersey and he was the Hilltoppers’ backup quarterback.
When the Summit varsity starter went down in the first quarter of the opening game with an injury, Froschauer instantly found himself under center.
“I was pretty much thrown in there,” he said. “At first I was very flustered being thrown straight in from the freshman speed of the game and then trying to adjust to the varsity speed of the game. That was a big jump for me, but from there on I pretty much was responsible for carrying the team, essentially, and the seniors were very good about carrying me along with them and helping me stay comfortable throughout the rest of the season.”
All things considered, it was an excellent sophomore season for Froschauer and the Hilltoppers.

Powerhouse program

The powerhouse program in northern New Jersey finished 9-2 and has gone 65-4 with three state championshiops and four state championship game appearances since 2009.
“I think I progressed as the season went along,” Froschauer said. “The first game I started, it was different adjusting to the crowd and all of that. I think I got the hang of it about midway toward the end of the season. One game I really learned from was my third start, against Cranford. I ended up throwing 4 interceptions that game and we ended up losing the state’s longest winning streak. That was a hard moment for me, but I like to look back on it as something I learned from.”
Froschauer wound up completing 43 of 85 passes for 568 yards and 7 touchdowns. Utilizing his standout speed, he rushed for 92 yards on 21 carries.
Not only does he have much more knowledge as he prepares for his junior season at Summit, Froschauer has much better size at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds. Last year, he was 6-foot-0, 148 pounds.
“With my size, I bloomed a little bit late but it was definitely worth it,” Froschauer said. “As a team this season, take it game by game and hopefully make it to the state championship. Individually, I’m just trying to become a better leader, help out the team, rally around the guys, the younger guys especially. Help them adjust to the varsity game. I also plan on running the ball more. Last year, I was 30 pounds lighter and I was essentially getting tossed around like a ragdoll. It was pretty bad. This year I am bigger, I have more confidence and I want to use my legs to help alongside with my arm.”

NFA factor

To prepare for the season, Froschauer traveled to Baltimore this summer for his first NFA OSD camp.
“My quarterback coach, Gil Owren, pointed me to NFA,” Froschauer said. “I wasn’t mentally as strong as I wanted as a sophomore and I wanted to work on that for the upcoming season. We are also using the R4 system for the first time this year. The path progression has really helped me out. Dub Maddox is just a football guru, he really knows what he’s talking about, along with Darin Slack.”
Froschauer was invited to the Duel and he finished third among incoming juniors.
“I think I stacked up pretty well against the competition at the Duel,” Froschauer said. “I also talked to a lot of guys there, learned a few things, exchanged some techniques. I felt pretty confident with myself.”
He has two more years of high school football at Summit, but Froschauer has long had an eye on the next level.
“I think about it every day, I’m not going to lie,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always had the dream. Since I was a little kid, I’ve always had the dream to play for Notre Dame. That’s something to aspire to. I’m not sure if that’s quite going to happen, but I’ve always dreamed of playing at the next level, which I’m confident I can do.”
Carrying a 3.91 GPA, Froschauer said Ivy League schools are also appealing because they’re close to home and offer quality educations.

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NFA provides competitive edge with PSP camps

The calendar says football season starts in late August and possibly runs through through the New Year, depending on a team’s playoff status.
In reality, football season runs year round.
When the gridiron’s bright lights are dim, football’s shining stars are prepping for the next game. Or, for the season that lies ahead.
In either scenario, NFA is a major influence.
As we journey into the summer months, NFA’s Off-Season Development Camps are in the books.
Now, it is almost time for the critical Pre-Season Preparation Camps.
Let’s let NFA Founder/President Darin Slack expound on the importance of the OSD and PSP camps:
“I stay motivated year-round because I’m talking to people every day that have needs,” Slack said. “I was recently on the phone with a father who is looking at our program not as a single event, but as an experience to condition his son for future growth. No one event is going to be what an athlete needs to get better. What we’re looking for is to create a partnership, so I have to stay pretty motivated year round to assist people to achieve the objective they have, not just build a one-and-done quarterback or a one-event player, but a player who connects with us on a partnership level and takes our material and is able to use it in a way that helps him gain a competitive advantage.”

Welcome to NFA

Clearly, NFA is committed to building quality football players on a year-round basis. But the upcoming PSP camps – followed by the wildly popular Duel in Massilion, Ohio – are special.
“With the PSP camps, what I like about this particular group, this is a different group,” Slack said. “Our OSDs, many of them have already bought in, we get about a 50-60 percenrt retention rate. PSPs, it’s an awful lot of new people. We get a lot of new people that we don’t yet know. It’s a lesser priced point camp and it’s more entry level. It allows people to be exposed to our material.
“What I get excited about are the new faces, the new people, that come in and learn about NFA and then they recycle and join the program in December coming back to our OSDs for the coming year. What you end up with is you cycle them into a deeper, more meaningful experience in their specialization once they find out about us through the PSP program. I get excited about the new faces we’re going to meet every summer in the PSPs and forging that partnership that’s going to give them that advantage they’re going to need.”
Advantage.
Remember that word.
Among many other things in the NFA experience, advantage is critical.
“Anytime you get immersed in material that’s going to help you be more effective in self-correction, it’s going to be a good thing,” Slack said. “Most people go to camps for the opportunity to do drills or get noticed or get exposure. I believe in that very, very much. There is a time where you have to pursue exposure. But when there’s nothing to export and you’re not at that point yet, you need to be in development mode. You need to be constantly looking for opportunities to challenge you to prepare for the upcoming season.”

Position to succeed

NFA has been preparing up-and-coming football players since 1988 with a roster full of some of the top coaches in the country.
“NFA’s approach to leadership, as well as the way we do drills, are going to put kids in a position to succeed a lot faster than other kids because we’re drilling down on things they’re actually going to do in the fall at their programs in high school or at the youth levels, not things they hope to do one day in an offense they don’t play for yet,” said Slack, an All-American quarterback at the University of Central Florida. “We’re preparing them for the actual season they’re going to play in, giving them that competitive edge. We’re not focused on giving them things that aren’t going to matter in the upcoming season. We’re focused on what matters most, and that’s preparation to serve their team as leaders and as the men they need to be as well as the quarterbacks they need to be, and the wide receivers and running backs they need to be.”
At the end of the PSPs, the best of NFA’s best meet up at Paul Brown Stadium in Ohio to compete at the Duel.
Here are last year’s Duel winners:
GRADE 5
First – Kristoff Kowalkowski
Second – Aidan Pieper
Third – Eli Holstein (competed as fourth grader)
GRADE 6
First – AJ Simpkins
Second – Coleman Smith
Third – Joey McCann
GRADE 7
First – Ken Seals
Second – Trent Graves
Third – Shaun Wimberly Jr.
GRADE 8
First – Michael Kern
Second – Keegan Holloran
Third – Trey Brown
GRADE 9
First – Davis Brin
Second – Josh Jones
Third – Jake Dilcher
GRADE 10
First – Kiernen Hamilton
Second – Johnny Carnagio
Third – Taden Blaise
GRADE 11
First – Zach Simons
Second – DJ Phillips
Third – Nathan Hamby

Trevor Siemian: From NFA to NFL

Darin Slack was an All-American quarterback at the University of Central Florida, and the Founder/President of NFA has trained thousands of young QBs over the years.
When he started working with Trevor Siemian, Slack knew he was a special talent.
“I trained Trevor from sixth grade until ninth grade,” Slack said. “One of the first things I noted was his great feet. Trevor had incredily fast feet. He was very athletic and played multiple sports at that time. We were constantly trying to work through that process. And we worked through mechanical issues as we do with all the young men. But he was very, very quick and that always played in his favor.”
Siemian continued working with NFA and Will Hewlett and wound up starring at Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla.
After that, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder went on to play college ball at Northwestern in the Big Ten, and Siemian ranked among the Wildcats’ all-time leaders with nearly 6,000 yards passing and 27 touchdowns.

Drafted by Broncos

In the NFL draft earlier this month, Siemian went to the Denver Broncos on the seventh round. He’ll have a chance to learn and develop under future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. “An unbelievable opportunity,” Siemian told reporters.
While Slack knows a good quarterback when he sees one, he wasn’t predicting the NFL for Siemian a decade ago.
“I’ve only had that with a handful of kids,” Slack said. “I wouldn’t necessarily say that with Trevor. I definitely saw college in his future. I wasn’t sure about the NFL because he had to devlop as a passer. Where he played, they didn’t pass that much. He had to develop into that, and he did. He did the work necessary to develop into the passer he needed to be. I think you put all the athleticism together with his good, strong arm, and he pulled it together. Good for him.”
Slack is proud of Siemian starring in high school, college and now getting a shot to play in the NFL. But he’s able to keep the success in perspective.
“Is there some pride? Sure,” Slack said. “But I think you have to take that in context as well. There were a lot of people that influenced Trevor. One of the things I think is important, in my job we take great pride in being able to help play a small part in helping these guys achieve their dream. But I think there are those in our industry that lose perspective and think it was all them. I think that’s an unfortunate reality because it takes away from the great influence of the many others who had an opportunity to help the young man achieve his goal.”

It takes a team

Having been around the game of football as a standout player and coach, Slack knows it takes a team of support to create success.
“I don’t think anybody got there on their own with just one guy,” Slack said. “I think it’s a group of people, and we played our role and we’re very grateful to do so. If he were to say one day, ‘Yeah, they helped me a lot,’ that would be great. But we don’t rest on that because it’s harder, we live in a world where people are looking to get the credit for somebody that they put in the league. It’s becoming nauseating because I’ve spent most of my life trying to help kids be more that just football players, be more than just quarterbacks.
“Not every kid is going to the chance to do what Trevor is doing. It is nice when one makes it, absolutely. But can I take credit for it? Only in the context knowing that I did everything I could to help him and influence where he was at that time of his life. Yeah, it was a critical time, no question about it, and it’s gratifying to have played a part.”

SIU commit Tanner Hearn looks forward to next level

Another NFA trained quarterback, another college offer.
A large number of Class of 2015 QBs with NFA ties have already committed to play college football, and Tanner Hearn is on the list.
Before the 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior passed for 2,900 yards and combined for 34 touchdowns this past season at East River High School in Orlando, Hearn committed to Southern Illinois University.
“After I visited all the schools I visited last summer, I got an offer from Southern Illinois,” Hearn said. “When I went and visited, I liked that place from the beginning. I liked the program, I liked all the coaches and the coaches loved me in the camp. I knew from the start when I got there I wanted to go there. When they offered me, I knew it was the place for me. I knew I had a great opportunity up there and I knew getting away from home would give me a chance to grow up on my own a little more. It was a great opportunity all the way around.”

Big senior season

Hearn showed he is more than ready to play at the next level while earning Florida third-team All State Class 7A honors as a senior.
“I really enjoyed my senior season,” he said. “It was everything I looked forward to. I just wanted to go out in my last year and have fun and play the best ball I could play. Knowing I was going to Southern Illinois, it was like a stress reliever because I was able to play my best knowing I’m going to a great college program. I enjoyed all my coaching and playing with my teammates. It was a great senior year to go out on.”
One of the highlights of Hearn’s senior season was a game against Oak Ridge, which featured another NFA product at quarterback – D’Andre Weaver. East River came out on the short end of a 34-28 score, but Hearn and Weaver combined to pass for 608 yards and 6 touchdowns.
“That was one of the favorite games I played in,” Hearn said. “I knew a lot of guys on the other team from playing 7-on-7. It was good to go out and play well in that game. It was a real close game the entire way.”
Hearn is a dual threat quarterback who rushed for 300 yards last season. “I love throwing the ball from the pocket, but I also love extending plays on the roll out or run and making plays,” he said.

NFA training

Hearn gives NFA and Founder/President Darin Slack big credit for helping him develop his game. He started attending NFA camps as a high school freshman.
“They helped me get ready for high school, and they helped me get ready for the next level,” Hearn said. “And NFA helped me with more than my throwing motion. With the throwing motion, it’s a different process for each coach you go to. Coach Slack’s process is he breaks it down for you and you understand it. You know it’s right. The main thing he helped me with was reading coverages. I think that’s what helped me the most in high school and will probably help me a lot in college. If I didn’t know the coverages like Coach Slack taught me, I wouldn’t have been able to break down the defenses like I did.”
Now, Hearn is preparing himself for success at Southern Ilinois, and possibly more.
“I might redshirt just to get a year to grow and learn the offense,” he said. “Or, I could go in there and play, depending on the quarterback situation and how injuries go. I’m just going to go up there and compete, play the best I can and learn the offense. We’ll see where it goes from there. My goal is to go up there and compete and start as soon as I possibly can. I want to play football my last couple years of college. If I play well in college and have a chance at the next level, that would be awesome because that’s every quarterback’s dream.”

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Court Boice positions himself for success

Court Boice comes from a family of quarterbacks, and the plan was always to keep the tradition alive.
The son of NFA Director of Operations/Senior Coach JC Boice, a former QB himself, Court Boice’s considerable skills at the key position were on display early.
A quarterback since he was in the fourth grade, Court won the Duel, NFA’s showcase event, the summer before his freshman year at Belmont High School in Victoria, British, Columbia. Boice proceeded to win the starting job as the varsity quarterback during his frosh season with the Bulldogs and went on to pass for nearly 1,000 yards.
“Quarterback was always the position I played, and it was always my dream to follow in the footsteps of my dad and uncles and play quarterback through high school and in college,” Boice said.

Shoulder injuries

As a sophomore at Belmont, Boice was running the football in the third game of the season when he was hit on the side of his left shoulder at an awkward angle.
“My shoulder was dislocated, but there was no surgery,” Boice recalled. “I just hit the rehab really hard, got into the weight room and worked back to a point where I could throw again for the next season.”
Boice worked hard to make it back, and he returned to the field as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback as a junior. The dream of playing QB was still alive and well.
Fate had other plans. In the season opener, a road game at Salem, Oregon, Belmont scored early in the fourth quarter to take a commanding lead, and the Bulldogs tried putting the outcome well out of reach with a 2-point conversion.
“All I really remember was their linebacker came through free and got his helmet right underneath my shoulder as I was throwing,” Boice said.
And just like that, the dream seemed to die. Boice sustained major damage to his left shoulder on the hit, and this time surgery was the only option.
“It was pretty nasty,” Boice said. “I tore my rotator cuff and damaged the labrum. It was the first game, so I basically missed my junior season.”
Understandably, Boice had a hard time dealing with a second straight shoulder injury.

Why me?

“Initially, I was really bummed,” he said. “I was down. I didn’t understand what was going on, like why was this happening to me? I had been relatively successful for a long time of my life and I just never thought it could happen to me, and it did. I was scared because of my dream – my plan was to play college football – and slowly I saw that dream fading away. I stayed in that mental state for a little while, I stayed at home for a time and didn’t go to school. I was pretty bummed out, but I kind of started going back to the practices. I just started to coach the second-string quarterback.”
As for actually playing again, Boice wasn’t sure what to expect.
“At first, I was in a lot of shock, and when I did see my surgeon he said it was going to take a lot of time to recover,” Boice said. “He said I needed to take care of it. I was hoping I could just get right back in there and try to play. The surgeon told me to be careful, no weights, really no anything. For a long time after surgery it was a lot of nothing. I couldn’t do anything and that really hurt. That’s the first time in my life I’ve ever not been doing something. I just had to sit there and that was a huge shot to my mental state.”

The road back

In time, Boice picked himself up and made the best of his situation.
“I just decided to start focusing on where I could find my identity in other ways,” he said. “I got involved with our team and worked with the quarterbacks off to the side. I had coached at a few NFA camps so I worked them through the same stuff I worked at in the NFA camps. I had fun and tried to do the best I could to prepare them week by week, watching film with them and stuff like that. That was great because it just got my mind off of … rather than dwelling on my hurt and my pain … I was able to help focus my attention to building something greater for the program.”
In the spring of his junior year, Boice was at an NFA/WRA camp in Seattle, and a routine drill wound up opening a brand new door.
“As time went on, I was able to start working out again,” Boice said. “I went to Seattle where there was a OSD (Off-Season Development) camp and I was just kind of coaching and helping out. I was invited to jump in with the receivers. I figured I’m going to have to make a position change anyways, why not receiver? So I got on board, my teammates got on board behind me, and so did my coaches, I had a lot of fun.”
Running through drills as a receiver with WRA coaches Kenny Jackson (https://twitter.com/CoachJack82) and Artie Allen (https://twitter.com/coachallen5) had lasting implications for Boice. Not only did he make it all the way back and play wide receiver this past season as a senior at Belmont, Boice thrived at the new position.

Catching on

The 6-foot-2 ½, 185-pounder led all British Columbia high school wide receivers with over 60 receptions, nearly 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also set a B.C. record with 16 catches in one game and was voted All-Conference and a All-BC Provincial All-Star.
And while he is playing a different position, Boice’s dream is still alive. He has multiple football scholarship offers from colleges in Canada.
“I really had a lot of fun playing receiver,” Boice said. “I had a successful year and I’ve been in contact with some CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) schools up here. That’s great because that dream of playing football at the next level felt like it was dying. I’ve been blessed.”
While he deserves immense praise for coming back from two injuries to the same shoulder, transitioning to a new position and performing at such a high level, Boice credited NFA for helping him get back in the flow.
“The NFA leadership message, I’ve been to so many different camps and I’ve heard Darin (Slack’s) leadership message probably 100 times,” Boice said. “I’ve heard Dub (Maddox’s) leadership message quite a few times. I’ve heard all these different leadership messages and the first couple times you hear it you take it to heart and stuff, but the more you hear it the more you kind of forget about it. As I was at home after the surgery, and I was thinking, I kept going back to those leadership messages they were talking about, like about that hard time when life’s going to hit you and knock you down and you’re not going to be able to get back up.
“You’ve go to hang on to those buoys, you’ve got to find your friends, your family and loved ones that are going to support you,” Boice continued. “You’ve got to hold on to those buoys. Those leadership messages just really stuck in my mind and helped me get through it. I was also in contact with a lot of the coaches. Darin reached out to me quite a few times, just to give me words of encouragement, words of support. Reid Roe, he was constantly hitting me up, just checking in with me to make sure everything was OK. It was nice to get that encouragement and know that I was loved and didn’t have to do it on my own.”

Nathan Hamby: Talented and tough

Nathan Hamby: Talented and tough

Nathan Hamby never gives up.
As a freshman at Mullen High School in Denver, he was working out before the season started and broke two bones in his back. He didn’t miss a game.
“It was before practice started,” Hamby said. “I was lifting and it was one of those tough and nasty injuries. I was able to come back for the first game because it wasn’t the worst break. It was an area around the spinal cord, but it was one of those injuries where the bones never healed.”
A tough customer, Hamby played in his first freshman game and wound up sustaining a concussion. “I was out two weeks, but I only missed one game,” he said.
Now a junior at Highlands Ranch High School, located 30 minutes south of Denver, Hamby still wears a back brace when he lifts weights and steps on the football field. And he still plays the game with all-out energy.
“I think injuries are kind of an extension of the sport,” he said. “I try to push through the best I can.”

QB skills

Hamby’s goal is to push his way into the starting varsity quarterback job with Highlands Ranch this season. His persistence – and skill – figure to land him under center sooner than later.
“I’ve been playing quarterback since sixth grade,” said the 6-foot-0, 175-pounder. “I like stepping up and leading the team, through the good times and the tough times. I like meeting with the coaches and discussing what the game-plan is and being a part of that. And I really like having control of the game in close situations.”
A standout athlete, Hamby is versatile enough to play multiple positions and he has already established himself as a talented safety. But QB is his preferred spot, and his 3.9 GPA tells you Hamby is intelligent enough to understand and execute even the most complicated offense.

Duel success

As far as having the athletic skills to handle quarterback, Hamby showed what he can do at the Duel in July. In his first visit to NFA’s annual national showcase in Massillon, Ohio, he finished third in the Class of 2016 division.
“I went in there not really sure what the competition was going to be like,” Hamby said. “I just wanted to go out there and do my best and finish as high as I could. After the first day, I thought I was doing pretty bad and was kind of out of it.
But it really showed me I’m doing a lot better, especially compared to people from around the country. I think it gives me an edge in confidence.”
Hamby went to his first NFA camp in March before heading to the Duel. “They were really good,” Hamby said. “They helped me get more power into my throw, which I was missing out on. And they helped me tune up some of my footwork issues.”
With help from NFA and his own determination, Hamby is on a good track to reach his ultimate goal – playing football in college. “I just try any way I can to outperform the competiton and be the best I can be on the field,” he said.

Another Duel, another rousing success

Another Duel, another rousing success

MASSILLION, Ohio – Take a bow, all of you nearly 150 quarterbacks that arrived at historic Paul Brown Stadium on Friday for NFA’s fifth annual Duel.
And take a bow, NFA coaches. You’ve earned one as well.
“The Duel is payday,” beamed Darin Slack, NFA’s Founder/President. “This is payday for the kids; it’s payday for the coaches. This is our way to come together and celebrate.”
Along with top-flight NFA coaches like Will Hewlett, JC Boice, Dub Maddox, Mansur Ivie, Rod Robison, Adam Britt, Chad Case, Reid Roe, Todd Espeland, Kenny Jackson, James Martinez and Steve Gregory from the Quarterback Farm, Slack made sure NFA’s showcase event got off to a celebratory beginning.

Coach Slack weighs in

In the shadows of the NFA Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Coach Slack delivered another passionate speech to the upstart QBs who made the trip from all over the country and Canada, then he heaped even more praise on the coaching staff.
“We’re building D-I coaches here, too,” Slack said. “We’re talking about guys that by and large are coaching at a D-I level. Most of the real D-I coaches now are not developmental in nature because they’re recruiting coaches … that’s their job. They have to recruit athletes. They have to recruit kids that can already do it.
“At NFA, we’re a little different,” Slack continued. “We can’t recruit coaches who simply are scheme guys, who are recruiting experts. That’s not what this is about. This a developmental program, which means they have to know and specialize in a way that allows them to communicate to kids that may not be able to qualify for that college opportunity just yet. A lot of college coaches can take them through a camp and filter them out and shuffle them off to lesser coaches and keep the talented ones. Here, every coach has got to be willing to go down to the lowest common demoninator and coach.”
That has been the mission since NFA first opened its doors, and very little has changed through the years.

NFA message

“The message of NFA, besides the love of football, is we love each other and it’s not about us,” Slack said. “It’s about moving the chains and Passio. We keep those things central.”
NFA also continues to churn out college-ready quarterbacks, and showcase events like the Duel keeps priming the pipeline.
“These kids are here to compete,” Slack said. “And they’re here to showcase themselves. What I hope will happen is each of these guys will get around other people and show out.”
Before the Duel started Friday, Slack gave his usual uplifting address to the assembled QBS.
For this year’s event, Slack addressed the importance of the acronym BEST.
B: Is for Breathe, which is what every good quarterback needs to do when the expected stress and nerves come into play.
E: Is for Engage, which means you do not worry about failure.
S: Is for Sacrifice, which means everything you give has to be your best.
T: Is for Tough, and that means physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Another Duel, another rousing success

Another Duel, another rousing success

MASSILLION, Ohio – Take a bow, all of you nearly 150 quarterbacks that arrived at historic Paul Brown Stadium on Friday for NFA’s fifth annual Duel.
And take a bow, NFA coaches. You’ve earned one as well.
“The Duel is payday,” beamed Darin Slack, NFA’s Founder/President. “This is payday for the kids; it’s payday for the coaches. This is our way to come together and celebrate.”
Along with top-flight NFA coaches like Will Hewlett, JC Boice, Dub Maddox, Mansur Ivie, Rod Robison, Adam Britt, Chad Case, Reid Roe, Todd Espeland, Kenny Jackson, James Martinez and Steve Gregory from the Quarterback Farm, Slack made sure NFA’s showcase event got off to a celebratory beginning.
In the shadows of the NFA Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Coach Slack delivered another passionate speech to the upstart QBs that made the trip from all over the country and Canada, then he heaped even more praise on the coaching staff.

Coach ’em up

“We’re building D-I coaches here, too,” Slack said. “We’re talking about guys that by and large are coaching at a D-I level. Most of the real D-I coaches now are not developmental in nature because they’re recruiting coaches … that’s their job. They have to recruit athletes. They have to recruit kids that can already do it.
“At NFA, we’re a little different,” Slack continued. “We can’t recruit coaches who simply are scheme guys, who are recruiting experts. That’s not what this is about. This a developmental program, which means they have to know and specialize in a way that allows them to communicate to kids that may not be able to qualify for that college opportunity just yet. A lot of college coaches can take them through a camp and filter them out and shuffle them off to lesser coaches and keep the talented ones. Here, every coach has got to be willing to go down to the lowest common denominator and coach.”
That has been the mission since NFA first opened its doors, and very little has changed through the years.
“The message of NFA, besides the love of football, is we love each other and it’s not about us,” Slack said. “It’s about moving the chains and Passio. We keep those things central.”

Showcase event

NFA also continues to churn out college-ready quarterbacks, and showcase events like the Duel keeps priming the pipeline.
“These kids are here to compete,” Slack said. “And they’re here to showcase themselves. What I hope will happen is each of these guys will get around other people and show out.”
Before the Duel started Friday, Slack gave his usual uplifting address to the assembled QBS.
For this year’s event, Slack addressed the importance of the acronym BEST.
B: Is for Breathe, which is what every good quarterback needs to do when the expected stress and nerves come into play.
E: Is for Engage, which means you do not worry about failure.
S: Is for Sacrifice, which means everything you give has to be your best.
T: Is for Tough, and that means physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

 

Jadon Brisendine: The Right Stuff

Multi-sport and incredibly talented student-athlete is looking to reach the same pinnacle as a quarterback as he has in a sport that doesn’t always come to mind

 

Airing it Out

When we first heard about Jadon Brisendine of Vanden (Fairfield, Calif.) the thought was the title of the story should be “Airing it Out.”

After all, Brisendine is a quarterback that threw for a school and league record 2,949 yards and 43 touchdowns last season.Jadon Throwing Pic350

Vanden finished 8-4 and made it to the California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs second round before losing in a 62-42 slugfest to Sacramento Inderkum. Brisendine aired it out for 301 yards and four scores in the loss.

Not only does this 6-2, 180-pound incoming senior play a pretty mean quarterback, Brisendine also punts, kicks off and kicks conversions, and sometimes even kicks field goals.

Also, Jadon does it at a school where a high percentage of the students come from nearby Travis Air Force Base, where his father is an officer in the Air Force and where Brisendine and his family live.

Obviously “Airing it Out” would have been a very appropriate title for Jadon’s story, however you’ll understand the switch after his other accomplishments are unveiled.

From deployment to the dojo

When Captain Frank Brisendine returned in 2003 from deployment in Saudi Arabia, where he served evacuating critically injured soldiers by air transport, he told Jadon that if the then six-year old stayed enrolled in the beginner karate class at a local dojo run by a military member, he would join and they would get their black belts together. A pact was made.

Jadon excelled at a record pace and won Grand Champion in his first tournament. After five years at the very strict school the father/son duo underwent a grueling eight-hour black belt testing session consisting of a 5K run at 5 a.m. followed by drills, questioning and self defense against a senior black belt panel ranging from 2nd degree to a 5th degree master.

In the final match father and son fought side by side and although Jadon was totally spent and bleeding from the nostrils, the duo completed the pact they had made four years earlier. They had achieved what only around three percent of martial artists ever achieve. They earned a first degree black belt in Shotokan karate.

At the time Jadon was 10-years old and the youngest student to ever earn a black belt from that dojo.

Track and swimming too!

Besides football and karate, Jadon is a member of the Vanden 4 x 100 team that has run a 42.75 top mark. The quartet recently qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet and looked possibly headed to the State Track Meet, but a dropped baton on the final leg of the qualifier squashed those hopes and dreams.

He doesn’t swim competitively but Jadon is an excellent swimmer, something you’ll read about him needing in his career plans.

Started as a linemen

After receiving his black belt Jadon started really concentrating more on football. However, the quarterbacking came later.Jadon Profile Pic4

“I started playing football when I was six but I played lineman until the seventh-grade. That’s when the coaches realized I had an arm,” the younger Brisendine told NFA Nation

NFA and The Range

The Brisendine family arrived at Travis in 2010 from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, and Jadon met Tom Koss through his son Tyler.

Koss, a 1986 Air Force Academy D1 quarterback recruit that retired from Air Force active duty in 2010, wanted to get into coaching and helping quarterbacks.

“I was looking at numerous QB schools/academies. The overall package of NFA was the choice for me based on the instruction, commitment to developing not only great players but also great young men, and the overall integrity of (NFA Founder and President) Darin Slack and the academy’s staff,” Koss remarked.

“Coach Koss did all the research and found the NFA,” Jadon remarked.

By 2012 Koss was working with Jadon, had become an NFA certified coach, and also joined the Vanden staff as the strength and conditioning and quarterbacks coach.

That was also when Jadon was introduced to the NFA and Director of Player Development Will Hewlett.

Since then Brisendine has attended three NFA camps in Northern California and has had several private lessons with Hewlett at The Range in Livermore, Calif.

“Brisendine had a great season prior to us working together,” Hewlett remarked. “What we focused on was making his throw more fluid and getting his legs and core more involved. Saw a good increase in velocity and more consistency. Definitely some good improvements.”

“The thing I like most about NFA is their attention to detail. That’s how I was raised,” Jadon said and then continued. “When you get the small things correct the big picture really improves. Since beginning with NFA my throws have improved a great deal and my ability to read defenses has become a lot clearer.”

Family

Besides Captain Frank, who played football and basketball in high school in Illinois, there’s Jadon’s mother Jenn Brisendine. She ran track in high school and served four years in the Air Force before attending San Antonio College. Now, Jenn is raising Jadon and his 12-year old brother Brylon Brisendine.

Just like his big brother, Brylon is a multi-sport athlete and excels in basketball, football, soccer and track.

This year’s goals

Not only did Vanden make it to the second round of the playoffs last season, the Vikings only lost one game in league to finish second in the Solano County Athletic Conference to new arch rival American Canyon.

“We ran out of time last year,” said Jadon of the 44-36 loss to American Canyon. “My thoughts are to come back and not only beat them, but destroy them. We’re eager to get back at them.”

“Overall, this year’s goal is to get back in the playoffs and not just go further than last year but win the championship.”

Jadon’s favorite player

“Tom Brady and not just because he’s so good and everybody else likes him. It’s because he was an underdog and underrated and went out and tore it up.”

jaden41College plans

There has been some Ivy League interest in Jadon, and he has interest in the University of San Diego, and possibly the Merchant Marine Academy, but not the Naval Academy, which is surprising until you hear his reasoning.

In the Navy – and guess what he wants to be

Jadon is a kid that does it all and knows where he wants to go and what he wants to do.

“When you go to the Naval Academy you come out an officer and I want to enlist in the Navy,” said the 3.5 GPA student-athlete who tells NFA Nation his favorite subject is math.”

But why, with his martial arts training, athletic prowess, and swimming proficiency, would he not consider going to Navy and becoming a Navy Seal.

“That’s exactly the plan,” said Jadon matter-of-factly and with a slight chuckle. “That’s why I’m looking at University of San Diego where Coach Hewlett thinks it would be a good fit. I want to enlist and become a Seal and they train in San Diego.”

The Right Stuff was a 1983 movie about the Air Force, Navy and Marines finest pilots.

Jadon Brisendine might not want to be a pilot, but he looks like he will be airing it out as a quarterback at the next level somewhere – and it certainly appears he has the right stuff to serve his country as a Navy Seal.

Brad Maendler back where he belongs

Brad Maendler back where he belongs

After playing his college football at Bemidji State in Minnesota, quarterback Brad Maendler embarked on a career in sales and he’s risen to National Accounts Director for Corporate Visions, Inc.

But when he started coaching his son’s youth football team, Maendler caught the bug. “I had so much fun doing that,” he said. “I guess I didn’t know I’d end up coaching quarterbacks at the high school level, but when things started going down that path it was pretty exciting.”

In 2009, Maendler served as a volunteer coach at Hudson High School in suburban Cleveland. The next year, he became a full-time member on the Explorers’ staff as the quarterback coach, and Maendler’s offensive expertise has helped Hudson advance to the Final 16 in the Ohio state playoffs in each of the past three seasons.

“We’ve played some tremendous football in that time,” he said. “We have a bunch of smart, hard-working kids that are good athletes and are a lot of fun to coach. It’s been a blast.”

NFA an ‘amazing experience’

In addition to being on the sidelines at Hudson, Maendler has been coaching with NFA since 2009.

“Getting connected with then QBA, now NFA, and being able to learn under people like Darin Slack, Will Hewlett, Dub Maddox and JC Boice, it’s been an amazing experience,” Maendler said. “I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in the five years I’ve been with this organization. My passion for this position and the training that I’ve had and the experiences I had playing has really shaped the way I do this.”

When he’s coaching with NFA, Maendler is able to inject much of the high-level instruction he does with the Explorers. And when he’s at Hudson, he taps his valuable NFA experience.

“One of the things I always talk about that is right out of the NFA playbook is the whole concept of being a thermostat and the ability of a quarterback to really change the temperature in a room and by extension, change the psyche of a team and their level of performance and commitment to doing things the right way, playing for each other and playing like brothers,” Maendler said.

Having experience playing football at the collegiate level gives Maendler a big edge in the coaching game. “I really love watching kids get better and improve,” he said. “I think so much of what we do as coaches is giving them a road map for life success later. This is like a practical application, doing something that they love to do that is going to be a great process and approach for them to have life success. NFA has been unbelievable for that.”

Coaching quarterbacks is particularly appealing to Maendler, considering the position is vital to the football team’s overall success. “Our guy has his hands on the ball every play so it’s critical that they are able to make great decisions, they can make the throws we need them to make,” he said. “We’re always assessing what our guys do best and how does that marry up with the offense we run?”

Coaching college-bound QBs

At Hudson, Maendler is coaching quarterback Mitch Guadagni, who already has a flood of Division I collegiate offers as he prepares for his senior season with the Explorers. Before Guadagni, he coached David Nelson, who was a preferred walk-on at Indiana, and Rich Piekarski, who is now a standout free safety at Duquesne.

Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, Maendler first caught the coaching big from his father. “He was just one of those guys that had that amazing ability to have competitive teams,” he said. “My dad taught the fundamentals, and the kids had fun and learned how to compete. It didn’t matter if he had a great team or an average team. He was so consistent. I saw him have such an impact on so many kids, so that was probably my biggest motivator for becoming a coach.”

 

Born in the NFA: The R4 System (Part 2)

Born in the NFA: The R4 System (Part 2)

Part 1 of the R4 System explained how NFA Master Coach and Director of Product Development Dub Maddox and NFA Founder/President Darin Slack came up with the innovative idea after the 2006 football season.

In Part 2, let’s look at why R4 is so effective.

In addition to his stellar work with NFA, Maddox has served as the Offensive Coordinator at Jenks High School in Oklahoma since 2010. From 2006-09, he was the Trojans’ Quarterback Coach/Passing Game Coordinator.

A nationally known football powerhouse, Jenks has won 14 state championships since 1979, including back-to-back titles in 2012-13.

In 2007, Maddox implemented the R4 System into the Trojans’ offense. “That season, we just shattered every quarterback record in our program,” he said. “We set the all-time state scoring record that year, we had a 73 percent completion percentage. Our numbers just went through the roof, and it was credited to that process.”

Looking at even more superlative numbers generated under the R4 System, Jenks set an Oklahoma 6A scoring record with 53.4 points per game in 2010, and the Trojans established the state’s all-time rushing record of 3,884 total yards the following season.

Not only is the R4 System highly effective – Jenks averaged 39 points per game this past season while going 14-0 and being ranked No. 14 nationally by USA Today, – it is not overly complicated. R4 stands for: Rhythm, Read, Rush and Release.

“The words create buckets for the Coach, quarterbacks and wide receivers that will help them organize routes by their characteristics of timing and space,” Maddox said. “The understanding of the Rhythm, Read, Rush, Release structure gives them the capability to better sync wide receiver routes, quarterback drops, and the mental decision making in a rhythmic progression that is in sequence with the timeline of the play.”

The R4 System is an especially effective tool against modern-day defenses.

Blazing a new trail

“With the R4, you’re able to read the reality of what you’re seeing,” Maddox said. “The old way of doing things in the quarterback world was everything was pre-snap reads. You get your pre-snap read, you make your decision, read one guy and throw it opposite of where he goes. The problem is, defenses have evolved where they disguise coverages so well and they pattern read coverages now.

“So, if you don’t have the ability to process in the three seconds after the play, the defense is winning. What the R4 system does is it allows you to read the reality of what’s happening based on the accelerators we identified; the non-negotiables we’ve identified that lets the quarterback know what to look for.”

Once the offense learns and practices the R4 System, decisions can be made quickly and that helps negate much of the pressure – and mistakes – that often comes with playing in front of a hostile crowd or emotional type game. The quarterback and the rest of the offense can run through the R4 buckets and know what to do.

“For example, with inside receivers, inside slot guys, the first accelerator the defense is trying to use against us is collision,” Maddox said. “If their No. 1 job is to collision an inside receiver, that’s their weapon. Our quarterback and receivers now know that if inside receiver gets collisioned on a play, do not stay on that guy, come off.

“That’s an accelerator to go to another guy in the progression,” Maddox continued. “Basically, we’re taking what they’re using against us and the quarterback is using against them so he can buy back time and find the more open guy. And it helps the receivers because they know what the defense is trying to do, and that’s what the quarterback is using to determine if they’re going to stay on them or not. They know do a much better job of avoiding that collision by using different releases, using different spins.”

Catching on

Jenks High school started using the R4 in 2007 and other prep programs started noticing the huge success.

“It’s starting to take and grab a niche across the country,” Maddox said. “A lot of programs and people are having success with it. It’s a really good tool for coaches and quarterbacks to use to increase their offensive production on the field.”

And to think, the R4 System was born because Maddox wanted to know how to teach a quarterback “What open is.”

“What we created was a common language and we identified a process that can be overlaid over any passing play and a quarterback can run and can know where to go, know when to go and know the whys behind what he’s looking at because this system encompasses everything that matters most in the game of football,” Maddox said. “It’s kind of like the iPhone. People don’t know what they needed until you show them. We were going so against the mainstream of football and how passing plays are taught. I think the reason why we’ve had so much success is because the process teaches the way the mind and the body works and we deal with the non-negotiables.”

As Jenks continues to win state championships and establish offensive records, look for higher-level football coaches to start taking a closer look at the R4 System.

“College and pros are so ingrained in what they do, and they’re so closed off to outsiders,” Maddox said. “We’re kind of the outlier out there … ‘Who are you to tell us you found a better way?’ What’s happening is when you watch our film, you’re seeing 16-, 17-year old common kids do things it takes years for NFL guys to do. We’ll read them full fill progressions in under three seconds and we’re finding the open guy under pressure with just common kids. Imagine if we had the talent that those guys are driving with.”

NFA has been teaching the R4 System since its inception, and the results have been predictably positive.

“The feedback has been off the charts,” Maddox said. “And the last four years, we’ve run the R4 concept camp in Fairfax, Virginia. We’re doing it again at the end of April, and it fills up really quick. The kids walk out of that camp and it’s like they’ve been given a new pair of glasses. The R4 is an operating system like Microsoft Windows is for computers, it makes it run better. The R4 goes beyond anything that’s ever been developed before because it can be used in any offense.”