IVFCA to hold clinic Saturday

April 27, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

The Imperial Valley Football Coaches Association will sponsor a coaching clinic starting at 8 a.m. and running until 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Southwest High School in El Centro.

"We're gonna make this an annual thing," said IVFCA president Mike Swearingen. "This is a chance for football coaches at all levels to come and pick up some things."

The camp is free and open to coaches at any level. Scheduled speakers include former Imperial Valley College football coach Gary Kollenborn, Swearingen, who is coach at Imperial High, Holtville High coach Jim Sturgeon, San Diego Chargers quarterback coach Mike Johnson, Brawley Union coach John Bishop, Southwest coach Brian Hay, Brawley defensive coordinator Jon Self, Esperanza of Anaheim head coach Gary Meek and Esperanza offensive line coach Mike Knutson.

Swearingen thinks the camp is a good learning opportunity for football coaches of all levels.

"The coaches will be able to take and get plays," he said. "They'll get ideas on how to teach techniques. They will learn team organization and goals and fundamentals of the game. No matter how many years you're in coaching you never quit learning."


The camp will be a day-long exercise and such topics as weight training, misdirection football, new adaptations of the wing-T, special teams, the single-back passing game and protection, offensive line play, team organization and goals will all be discussed.

"No matter what sport you coach, things are always going to change," Swearingen added. "We're just trying to update the coaches."

Over 50 local coaches have already committed to attend the clinic.

For more information on the IVFCA's coaching clinic call Swearingen at 355-3220 or 344-8082.

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