When I tell most people that I drive from Vermont to New Jersey every Martin Luther King Day to attend an Offensive Line Clinic, they think I am crazy. When I tell OLine guys, it makes perfect sense. They know where I am going and why I go. For 20 years, legendary NJ high school football coach Fred Stengel, has hosted an offensive line clinic on MLK Day and I have attended most all of them. If you are an OLine Guy in the northeast, you are in Bergen, NJ on MLK Day. It is almost a rite of passage to be an OLine guy much like me driving from East Stroudsbury, PA to Cincinnati OH in the summer of 1992 to attend the C.O.O.L. Clinic.
When I think back on the great OLine coaches I have listened to and learned from at Fred’s clinic, I am honored that Coach Stengel continues to invite me back to present. I look forward to gathering with my long-time coaching friends, to sharing the techniques that have allowed my players and teams to have so much success and to learning from the other presenter and side conversations throughout the day.
I usually make the trip solo. Who else in their right mind would make the 6 hour drive to attend a 1-day football clinic? This year, I will bring my defensive coordinator who wants to begin learning OLine play from some of the best OLine guys in the region. He will also serve as my demonstration assistant as I clinic on the steps, visual targets and strike points we use in our run blocks.
Any success I have had in my career is a direct result of those great OLine guys who have spent time teaching me. I relish the opportunity to pay it forward on MLK Day in Bergen NJ and at my Alercio OLine Clinics at the Hun School of Princeton on Sunday, March 24 and St Johnsbury Academy, Sunday, April 7. Get your brochure here: 2019 OLine Clinic
Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss 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!