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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sutton Coleman One on One Kicking

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Sutton Coleman a kicker and track man from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana was in Scottsdale, Arizona for some One on One Kicking Lessons.

Sutton is also an excellent track man and has done quite well in college running the 400 meter hurdles. I was once a track coach back in Wisconsin and all I can say is the 400 meter race is for a real man.

Sutton and his parents, Tim and Susan came to Arizona for a weeks vacation. They had never been to Arizona and wanted to take advantage of our beautiful weather and sites. The weather has been awesome with temperature only in the low 90's and dry heat.

However, the most important part of the vacation was for Sutton to become a better and more consistent kicker. During the first two lessons Sutton struggled. However, the video camera and the video review sessions revealed to Sutton his mistakes.

After reviewing his video I introduced Sutton to some basic fundamentals and drills that I thought would help him refine his technique. He now has his 'Perfect Triangle', 'Target Line' and a consistent approach to the ball.

In the photo below you can see Sutton now kicking up and through the ball and skipping down field. The third and last day Sutton was finally achieving better foot to ball contact and he was kicking much better. He and his father Tim were both happy.

We finished the third lesson with kickoffs. Sutton has been the kickoff man but also wants the placekicking job. After three days of kicking I could see Sutton's leg was getting tired.

Sutton feels his trip to Arizona was a success. The work on basic fundamentals and drill work has and will pay dividends. Sutton must go back home and keep practicing so he gets the correct muscle memory to continually refine his kicking technique.

It was a real pleasure working and meeting Sutton and his parents. I wish him the best of luck next season in his quest to be the starting kicker.

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