From the Baltimore Glazier Clinic
Going to Baltimore Glazier Clinic is always a treat, the huge crowds, the warm reception, the great town and just fantastic people. We’ve been there so many times, many of the attendees are now friends rather than acquaintances. Phil, Don Speidel, Tony Holland, Bernie Hayes and the entire Spirit of Faith coaching staff (Dion Golatt and staff pictured here) were great to see again, just to name a few and of course the real pros that make up the Baltimore Glazier staff as well as fellow speakers like Jerry Campbell.
We were blessed to have several Pop Warner and AYF National Championship coaching staffs in attendance including the guys from Watkins who won the Junior Midget DI Title in Pop Warner. The Spirit of Faith Warriors from nearby Temple Hills, Maryland were in attendance and were presented with their “Winning Youth Football Organization of the Year” award. They are an amazing group of committed men that are using youth football to change lives. They engineered an amazing turnaround in 2009, going from bottom dweller in nearly every division to League Winners, sending 5 teams to play in the AYF National Championships in Orlando.
They used the Winning Youth Football system this in 2009 for the very first time, all credit belongs to their kids and coaching staff. They kept e-mailing me all year, asking questions and letting me know about their amazing turnaround. On a radio interview in October, I told them that if they made it to Orlando to play for a National Championship, I would be there. In a very unlikely turn, they were able to qualify 5 teams for Title runs, so we packed our bags and headed to Orlando. What a great experience for the kids and the organization, it was a privilege watching them play.
Hope to see you New Englanders in Hartford at the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic this weekend, Bobby Bowden, Ken Niumatalolo and Randy Edsall are on the speaker slate along with yours truly.