As we prepare for the 17th Annual Alercio Offensive Line Clinic, I share how it all started. In 2001, I was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at The College of New Jersey. At the end of the season, one of our offensive assistants, Jim Meert, who had great success as the head coach at Hunterdon Central, pitched the idea of hosting an offensive line clinic for players. He cited that the techniques and schemes we used would benefit all high school players and noted many high schools do not have an OLine Coach capable of teaching them. I thought it was a great idea until he shared that he wanted me to run it in March…
At first, I thought he was crazy. These types of player camps/clinics are always run in the summer months. His thought was that football players and coaches are starved for football in the spring and unlike college, high school players and coaches do not have spring practice. He then suggested we target a weekend between winter and spring sports and do it on a Sunday so that there are no other athletic related conflicts. The more he talked the more it made sense.
I created a brochure and began promoting the clinic when I spoke and Glazier and Nike Clinics. I was thrilled when pre-registration hit 100 players but I was not prepared for what was to come on the day of the inaugural Alercio OLine Clinic. We had over 200 offensive linemen from all over New Jersey walk up to register. The day’s attendance totaled 333 players and dozens of coaches. Jim’s bold idea proved to be a success and I am proud to say that we have coached over 5,000 offensive linemen from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Vermont.
Please join us this Sunday, March 25, at the 17th Annual Alercio OLine Clinic where more than 300 linemen and coaches will focus on the fundamentals and teach all of the run and pass techniques and schemes your players need for success.
Click on the brochure image to get your Alercio Oline Clinic application, fill it out, send it in with your tuition, and join us at the Hun School of Princeton on this Sunday, March 25, 2018. We will again discount individual tuition for teams sending five (5) or more players. As in the past, Coaches may attend for free.