Sunday, January 30, 2011

Frank Beamer, Mark D'Antonio, Ron Zook, and Coach "Cat"-- SWOOSH

What do Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer, Michigan State Head Coach Mark D'Antonio, University of Illinois Head Coach Ron Zook, and Lake Forest Head Coach Jim Catanzaro have in common?

They were featured speakers at the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic in St. Louis, MO this past weekend. In addition to these individuals, Jim Hanifan (former OL coach of the St. Louis Rams), Art Briles (Head Coach at Baylor), John Haines (University of Missouri Offensive Line) and Mike Stoops (Head Coach at the University of Arizona) were featured speakers at the clinic.

This is the second time in two years that Coach Catanzaro has been invited to speak at this clinic. His top this year "Effective Defensive Line Play Against the Spread," was well recieved by a number of coaches in attendance.

"It was a great opportunity to speak to a group of coaches that I have a great deal of respect for. The interaction with the area high school coaches was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed, not only the presenting, but the Question and Answer period that took place after. When I exited the room, it was amazing the number of coaches that wanted copies of some of our drills, our practice planning, and some of our cut up tapes. I was humbled that some of the coaches from much larger universities were asking for some very specific pieces of our program. It further confirms that we are doing a lot of great things in our program," said Coach Catanzaro.