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STARTING LINEUP
TEAM CLINIC
A Kick Return System
Bernie Anderson, Head Coach
An overview of special teams philosophy, NMU’s 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: Feb 08, 2006, 4:17 PM ET

Matt Smith

Outside Linebacker/Special Team Coordinator, California University of Pennsylvania


Matt Smith has been the California Vulcans outside linebackers and special teams coach for the past four season. Smith has been an integral part of the design and development of the Vulcan defense.

 

He is also the team’s academic coordinator. Smith’s attention to detail in handling study hall, maintaining correspondence with the faculty to monitor the players’ grades, and scheduling of tutors for players who need help in a class, raised the team’s GPA from a 2.1 to a 2.57 in the first year.

After a stellar career as an all-state linebacker at Hardin County H.S. in Savannah, Tenn., Smith was a four-year starting defensive lineman at Arkansas State. He graduated from Arkansas State in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and earned his master’s degree a year later as a graduate assistant coach.

Smith began his coaching career in 2000 as the defensive coordinator at Ripley High School, then returned to the collegiate ranks at Southwestern College in Kansas under then head coach Mike Conway, Cal’s current Associate Head Coach.

“Matt is an outstanding young coach,” said head coach John Luckhardt. “He communicates well with his players and does a tremendous job teaching."

 

Articles by Matt Smith:

Spread Punt: Philosophy, Protection And Coverage

Three Deep Fire Zone Blitz Package

 

 

Biography and photograph courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania.
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