USA Football Conference Recap

At every conference or clinic, I have ever attended, a coach like Noel Mazzone is followed around by scores of coaches trying to get close to him in hopes of gleaning insights, opening doors, and potentially advancing their careers. Coach Mazzone’s reputation as an NCAA Division I offensive coordinator and quarterback specialist precedes him and always attracts attention.

At the USA Football National Conference, Coach Mazzone 2019-02-28 Rich at USA Fottballsat in on my presentation then introduced himself sharing how much he enjoyed it. What a thrill to think I may have contributed a bit to the perspective of a fellow coach who has succeeded with athletes as talented as NFL Quarterback (and likely future hall of famer) Phillip Rivers, and conference leaders across the Country. To make it even more exciting, he later frequently referenced my presentation during his session.  Maybe we will see our SPOs (Screen Pass Options) added to his NZone System at Arizona next fall!

The 2019 USA Football National Conference had an impressive lineup of speakers including NFL and college coaches, military leaders, and high school coaches addressing more than 1,000 people in attendance.   I was honored to be listed as a featured speaker on Day 2 of the conference and share our SPOs with coaches from all over the country. Since returning home, I have been contacted by coaches from Idaho to Maine, and Minnesota to Arkansas requesting more information.  I look forward to hearing how our SPOs impact their programs in the 2019 season and am privileged to carry on the legacy of sharing with others the way so many coaches have cared to help my staff and me.

Spring practices begin here next week as we’ll most certainly begin implementing concepts and lessons learned during my weekend in Orlando. We will be a better and safer program, from Varsity to our new Youth Flag Program, thanks to USA Football and their National Conference.

As February closes, I am off to the New England Nike Coach of the Year Clinic in Hartford, CT. for a 3pm presentation on Friday, March 1.  My topic is entitled “One Scheme, Multiple Plays.” Once again, I look forward to sharing, learning, and teaming with so many others who share the same passion for this game and the very best it brings to student-athletes, schools, and communities across the nation.

We’re only a month away from the 2019 OLine Clinic in New Jersey. Get your brochure here: 2019 OLINE CLINIC BROCHURE.

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 and share with your colleagues and friends.

Thanks for your time!

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