This week’s post comes from a guest contributor, Jim Feely, who shares his perspectives on our successful offensive line clinic held at the Hun School of Princeton on March 25th. Jim is a former player and long time colleague of mine who has seen the Alercio OLine Clinic evolve over the years. He’s followed the OLineskills Blog and when he asked to contribute, I was happy to oblige.
Take it away Jim!
This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of teaching O-Line skills to high school and youth linemen at the 17th annual Rich Alercio O-Line Clinic. I have been coaching at this clinic since its inception when I was still the center and captain of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Coach Alercio was my Offensive Coordinator and OL Coach.
With over 200 participants from NJ and NY, this year’s Alercio OL Clinic was as successful as ever. The athletes received group instruction, directly followed by drills, progressing from individual techniques to group installation. The clinic teaches the fundamentals of stances, footwork, and hand/body placement for both run and pass blocking. It truly was a beautiful thing to see that many young linemen come together on a cold Sun morning in March to work and get better at their craft!
The techniques and skills that Coach Alercio teaches were essential to my growth into an All-Conference lineman while at TCNJ, and have been for numerous other linemen who have worked with Coach Alercio. I too taught these techniques as a former OL coach with Kean University and as a coach/scout with the National Underclassmen Combine.
I am now available for individual or small group OL training. If any of you coaches are in the North/Central NJ area (I’m based in Union County) and would like to have your lineman trained in these OL skills and techniques during the spring or summer, please have them (or their parents) contact me at JFeeley77@yahoo.com. Training sessions can also be requested via the CoachUp app or website (it is like Uber for private/group sport specific training).
I look forward to potentially working with some of your players and lets always remember that the OL scores every touchdown!
Thanks Jim. We appreciate your perspectives and all you’ve contributed to the Alercio Oline Clinic, and more importantly to the lives of student-athletes over the years.
Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss team building, coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at firstname.lastname@example.org and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for your time!