ISU Football Clinic Puts Up Big Numbers
AMES, Iowa – The reviews are in and you can give the 2011 Iowa State Coaches Clinic the full five stars. To anyone’s memory, it was the biggest clinic put on by a Cyclone coaching staff. More than 400 coaches from across the Midwest came to The Hotel at Gateway Center Friday and Saturday. They came to hear from Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads, the Cyclone coaching staff, fellow prep coaches and some very special guests about their favorite subject, football.
The special guests were former Cyclone and current NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels and keynote speaker and former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. Leach is one of the premier offensive innovators in the game today.
“There was great enthusiasm surrounding our third clinic,” Rhoads said. “This was the best attended Iowa State spring clinic I’ve seen, of the nine I’ve been a part of here . We put on a good clinic. The coaches were appreciative. We are always working to make it better.”
Rhoads got great feedback.
“The enthusiasm for the clinic matched the enthusiasm and optimism about the program we are building here at Iowa State,” Rhoads said.
Rosenfels spoke about his steady climb from Iowa five-sport athlete to the National Football League. The Maquoketa native spoke about how football was not an all-consuming passion for him in high school. But each time he would reach a new rung on the football ladder, he would focus on another goal.
“I am thankful for the chance I had to play tennis, basketball, baseball and run track,” Rosenfels said. “I won’t wonder the rest of my life about what would have happened if I didn’t compete in those sports.”
After Rosenfels had finished, a presentation of the Iowa Football Coach-of-the-Year awards were made, presented by Iowa Football Coaches Association Executive Secretary Ken Winkler. The balance of the day included on field demonstrations by the Iowa State football staff and presentations by some of the state’s top coaches along with Joe McBride, the head coach at Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas.
The evening presentation was by Leach, who never had a losing season in 10 years at Texas Tech, with an 11-2 campaign in 2008.
“I know this because I have been in the Big 12 and there is no one who doesn’t admire what (Iowa State’s) coaching staff has accomplished here,” Leach said. “Paul Rhoads has gotten more of his players than anyone I know.”
Among the Iowa high school coaches participating in the event were Randy Hinkel of Madrid, Kevin Twait of Iowa Central Community College, Scott Strohmeier of Iowa Western Community College and Tom Wilson of Dowling.
On Saturday morning, participants heard from Steve Owens of FCA Coaches Huddle, Todd Dale of Meskwaki Settlement High School, Roger Jansen of Sioux City Heelan, Colin Youde of Remsen-Union, Bob Forsyth of Marion Linn-Mar and Iowa Falls-Alden’s Pat Norem.
“I want to personally thank Markus Alleyne of our staff for all the work he put in to make this clinic a success,” Rhoads said.
The Clinic ended Saturday with Iowa State’s practice and scrimmage on a beautiful day in Jack Trice Stadium.