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Monday, Sep 25, 2017 
STARTING LINEUP
TEAM CLINIC
A Kick Return System
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
An overview of special teams philosophy, NMUís kick return system, and off-season drills.
 
Man-to-Man Teaching Progression
Chadd Braine, Def. Coordinator
An overview of defensive back fundamentals with an emphasis on bump and cushion coverage.
 
Playing on the Offensive Line
Jeff Duvendeck, Off. Coordinator
Covers the characteristics and fundamentals demanded of NMU offensive lineman.
 
Coaching Running Backs
Eric Duchaj, RB Coach
An Overview of the basic techniques and drills used to develop running backs.
 
The NMU Outside Linebacker
Matt Bush, OLB Coach
An overview of outside linebacker play, including how to take on blocks, tackle and rush the passer.
 
NMU Defensive Line Play: A 5-Point Progression
Ethan Jeros, D Line Coach
Covers the five-point progression designed to stop the run and rush the passer.
 
The Words of a Champion Part I
Tom Wender, Linebackers Coach
MHSFCA Hall of Fame coach discusses building a successful program and how to change a losing attitude.
 
The Words of a Champion Part II
Tom Wender, Linebackers Coach
MHSFCA Hall of Fame coach discusses responsibility of the head coach and gives advice to young coaches.
 
Turning Adversity Into Opportunity
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
Coach Anderson discusses how to turn adversity into opportunity, and the three questions that are the foundation of the NMU program.
 
Coaching Quarterbacks
Dan Mettlach, Quarterbacks Coach
An Overview of the basic techniques and drills used to develop quarterbacks.
 
Linebacker Drops in the Traditional 3-Deep Zone
Chadd Braine, Def. Coordinator
An overview of linebacker play in the 3-deep zone including adjustments to one-back sets and trips.
 
NMU Football Championship Manual: Part I
NMU Football Staff
Provides guidelines for success on and off the field. Covers Academics, Body Maintenance and Character/Attitude.
 
NMU Football Championship Manual: Part II
NMU Football Staff
Provides guidelines for success on and off the field. Covers Speed/Strength/Football Skills and Knowledge of the Game.
 
The Equipment Manager
John Tessaro, Equip. Manager
How the role of the equipment manager has changed, and how it impacts the team.
 
Coach/Athletic Trainer Relationship
Kris Rowe, ATC
Discusses the dynamics of the coach/athletic trainer relationship.
 
Hydration
Kris Rowe, ATC
Discusses the importance of hydration and important strategies regarding proper hydration.
 
Updated: Jun 20, 2010, 7:39 PM ET

Tom Wender
Linebackers Coach, Northern Michigan University

After a long and successful prep coaching career, Tom Wender is in his second season at Northern Michigan University as the linebackers and special teams coach.
 
Wender spent the 2005 season at Saginaw Valley State University as the special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach.

Before moving to the college ranks, he was the head coach at Iron Mountain (Mich.) High School for 21 seasons (1984-2004) where he compiled a 170-55 record with the Mountaineers.

He led his teams to 15 playoff appearances, 11 conference championships, five semifinals, three state finals and two state titles (1993, 2000). His teams finished the regular season undefeated four times and had three seasons with only one loss.

Among his many coaching honors are being inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame (2007), the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame (2007), being named the 2000 Michigan All-Class Coach of the Year and being named the U.P. Class ABC Coach of the Year in his first year as a head coach.

He is a 1968 graduate of Kingsford High School. He earned his bachelorís degree in industrial arts from Northern Michigan University in 1972.

He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Kingsford H.S. (1977-1980) and Norway H.S. (1981). He was an assistant coach at Iron Mountain for two seasons before taking over the program in 1984.

Articles by Tom Wender:
Words of a Champion: An Interview with Coach Wender Part I
Words of a Champion: An Interview with Coach Wender Part II


Biography courtesy of Northern Michigan University.

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