CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami’s football program was selected to produce the 2013 NFL High School Player Development Program’s Instructional DVD set, which is presented by the National Guard. More than 16,000 instructional DVDs will be distributed this week.
“With player safety being the top priority of the NFL Commissioner, Coach Golden’s Miami Hurricanes video emphasizes the best practices for teaching the fundamentals of blocking and tackling,” said Ray Anderson, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the NFL. “The production will serve as a guideline for all youth and high school football coaches.”
It is the second time that head coach Al Golden and his staff has been selected to produce the DVD set. In 2010 while at Temple, Golden’s staff also developed the video set, which was lauded by NFL Football Operations for their exceptional presentation.
“Coach Golden has always been an advocate of teaching safe and proper fundamentals that are transferrable from the youth level to professional,” said Jerry Horowitz, Director of High School Player Development in Football Operations for the NFL. “The 2013 Miami Hurricane video produced by Coach Golden and his outstanding staff emphasizes the proper way to set up drills and the best practices for teaching blocking and tackling.”
“To be selected by the NFL to produce a DVD for its annual HSPD program is a tremendous honor for the University of Miami Football program,” Golden said. “It’s also a great honor for our staff to be chosen for the second time in four years for this program.”
“We are building something special at the University of Miami and this is an amazing branding opportunity for the University of Miami,” Golden said. “Not only is the ‘U’ one of the most iconic brands in all of college football, but it will now be distributed to every single high school in the United States. That’s phenomenal.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to HSPD Director Jerry Horowitz and the NFL for believing the mission of the Miami Football program. I’d also like to thank our entire coaching and operations staff, Video Coordinator Stu Cramer as well as assistant video coordinator Jason Spitulnik for their commitment to excellence and their generosity in delivering the ‘U’ brand to more than 20,000 high schools and two million prospective students across the country.”
The Miami Hurricanes and head coach Al Golden offers a great collection of free drills and tips for the sole purpose of assisting youth and coaches. For more football fundamental videos from the Hurricanes, visit the Hurricane Football Coaches Association at hfbca.theusports.com.
The Canes conclude their spring schedule with this week with two more practices before the annual BankUnited Spring Game on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
If you are a football student-athlete in grades 6-12, you can experience firsthand the techniques and fundamentals being taught by Coach Golden and his staff on the NFL HSPD video by attending the Al Golden Football Camp, LLC at the University of Miami this June. Visit www.AlGolden.com to register today.