IFAF valmennusklinikat


Yhteistyössä IFAFin kanssa kansalliset liitot ovat järjestämässä tasokkaita valmennusklinikoita. Suomalaisille lähin vaihtoehto on Tukholmassa la-su 5.-6. heinäkuuta.

Ranskassa 21.-22.6.


Tanskassa 2-3.7

Ruotsissa 5-7.7.

Kurssejä vetää 6 amerikkalaista high school- ja collegetason valmentajaa. Klinikoita järjestetään neljässä eri maassa 2008. Kahden päivän kurssi maksaa koulumajoituksessa ja lounaiden kera 450 kruunua (n. 45 euroa). Teorian ja käytännön kautta pureudutaan mm. seuraaviin teemoihin.

Paikka: Märsta Gymnasium ja  Arlanda Jets seuran futiskenttä

Ilmoittautuminen ja maksu: nimi, seura SAFFin tilille viimeistään 1. heinäkuuta.

Pankkitili: 4853671-8

Tiedustelut: Thomas Ahlberg på t.ahlberg@bredband.net tai

Ruotsin Liitto SAFF 08-607 27 00


Saturday July 5th

07:45-08:00 Registration at Arlanda Gymnasium

8:00 – 8:10am Welcome & Introductory Remarks – TBD (IFAF Thomas Ahlberg/Jack Reed)

Morning “Coaching Theory” Sessions – Classroom / Auditorium

08:10 – 08:55 Practice Organization: Building Effective Practice Schedules – Instructor, TBD

09:00 – 09:55 Creating a Positive Environment for Players, Coaches and Parents – Instructor, TBD


09:55 – 10:10 Networking BREAK & some fruit

Rotating “Chalk Talk” SessionsClassrooms (3) (Coaches will rotate between sessions)

10:10 – 11:15 Offensive Session – 3 Step Drop Passing – Instructor, TBD

10:10 – 11:15 Defensive Session – 3-4 Defense – Instructor, TBD

10:10 – 11:15 Offensive Session – Movement Passing – Instructor, TBD

11:20 – 12:25 Offensive Session – Running a Pro Formation – Instructor, TBD

11:20 – 12:25 Defensive Session – 4-4 Defense – Instructor, TBD

11:20 – 12:25 Defensive Session – Man to Man pass coverage – Instructor, TBD


12:25 – 13:15 Lunch in school restaurant

13:15 – 14:25 Offensive Session – Movement Passing – Instructor, TBD

13:15 – 14:25 Defensive Session – Cover 2 Zone pass coverage – Instructor, TBD

13:15 – 14:25 Special teams Session – Kicking game Team USA – Instructor, TBD

14:30 – 15:25 Offensive Session – Attacking Zone Pass Coverage – Instructor, TBD

14:30 – 15:25 Defensive Session – Cover 3 and 4 Zone pass coverage – Instructor, TBD

14:30 – 15:25 Special teams Session – Kick return game Team USA – Instructor, TBD

Fundamentals & Drills” Sessions– Arlanda Jets plan (Rotate every 80 minutes)

16:00 - 17:20 Position Fundamentals & Practice Drills – QB, RB, WR, OL, DL, LB, DB,

17:30 – 18:20 Dinner

18:30 - 20:30 Position Fundamentals & Practice Drills – Specialteams

End day one

Sunday July 6th

8:00 – 8:10am Info on the day – TBD (IFAF Thomas Ahlberg/Jack Reed)

Morning “Coaching Theory” Sessions – Classroom / Auditorium

08:10 – 08:45 Team / Program Management – Instructor, TBD

08:45 – 09:30 Implementing Meaningful Drills (Ind, Group, Team) – Instructor, TBD


09:30 – 09:50 Networking BREAK & some fruit

Rotating “Chalk Talk” SessionsClassrooms (2) (Coaches will rotate between both sessions)

09:50 – 11:00 Offensive Session – Single back formation (Running / Passing Game)– Instructor, TBD

09:50 – 11:00 Defensive Session – 4-3 Defense – Instructor, TBD

11:10 – 12:15 Offensive Session – Short Yardage & Goal Line– Instructor, TBD

11:00 – 12:15 Defensive Session – Short Yardage & Goal Line– Instructor, TBD


12:15 – 13:00 Lunch in school restaurant

Afternoon “Fundamentals & Drills” Sessions– Field house (Rotate every 80 minutes)

13:00 – 14:20 Position Fundamentals & Practice Drills – QB, RB, WR, OL, DL, LB, DB,

14:20 - 15:40 Position Fundamentals & Practice Drills – QB, RB, WR, OL, DL, LB, DB,

15:40 - 17:00 Position Fundamentals & Practice Drills – QB, RB, WR, OL, DL, LB, DB,

17:00 - 18:00 Round-Table Discussion (Coaches option to go back to the stations to ask questions )

Evaluations & Wrap up

Adam Dorrel

Northwest Missouri State offensive coordinator, has helped lead the Bearcats of Maryville, Mo., to three straight NCAA Division II championship appearances. In his four seasons as a full-time coach at his alma mater, Northwest is 48-9 (.842). The program will enter 2008 with 21 straight wins in conference play and with a 17-game home win streak.

Running the ball and protecting the quarterback have been staples of the Bearcats’ offense under Dorrel. Northwest has run for more than 10,000 yards in his four seasons and averaged 177 yards on the ground per game. His offensive line has allowed 31 sacks in 29 games the last two seasons, and in 2007 ranked sixth nationally in protecting the quarterback.

Dorrel started the same offensive line in all 14 games in 2007. That unit paved the way for the nation’s leading rusher, Xavier Omon, who became the first player in NCAA history to rush for 1,500 yards in all four seasons of his collegiate career.

Omon totaled 2,337 yards and scored 38 touchdowns during his senior campaign. He was rewarded at the NFL Draft where the Buffalo Bills made him a sixth-round draft pick.

Five All-American’s and eleven All-MIAA performers are the product of Dorrel’s leadership. He himself is a former All-America Northwest lineman. Dorrel was a three-year captain for the Bearcats during his collegiate career in Maryville spanning 1994-97.

After earning his degree from Northwest, Dorrel spent a year as a graduate assistant at Northeastern State in Oklahoma. He became a graduate assistant the following season back at Northwest in 1999 when the team won the second of back-to-back national titles.

Dorrel served coaching stints at Dakota State University in South Dakota and William Jewell College in Missouri before being appointed offensive line coach at Northwest in 2004. He was promoted to offensive coordinator prior to the 2007 season.

In the summer of 2007 Dorrel took his coaching skills to the International Level while serving as the Offensive Line and Tight Ends Coach for U.S.A. Football. Representing the United States for the first time at an International Competition in Japan, Dorrel helped engineer a potent offense that helped Team U.S.A. roll to an undefeated record while also capturing a Gold Medal.


Clayt Birminghambegins his second season as the UW-Stout defensive coordinator. Birmingham, a former all-conference defensive back at UW-Stevens Point, has coached on the college level at Division I, II and III schools, as well as coached one summer professionally in Europe. In the summer of 2007, Birmingham was a member of the coaching staff for the US National Football team that competed at the World Championship of American Football in Japan. Birmingham coached five seasons (2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001) at Division II Emporia State in Kansas where he was the defensive coordinator and worked individually with the defensive line and defensive backs. Under Birmingham's direction, the Hornets defense allowed only 284.7 yards per game in 2003. The Hornets' defense ranked 17th nationally in 2003 and posted a record of 9-3, advancing to the NCAA Division II playoffs. Birmingham spent two seasons at NCAA Division I Western Michigan, as the defensive secondary coach in 2004 and as a graduate assistant defensive coach in 2000. The 2000 Broncos were 9-3 and won the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. His duties included coaching the defensive secondary, film breakdown and defensive quality control. In 1998-99, Birmingham was a graduate assistant receivers coach at Northern Michigan. He spent the summer of 1998 as the head coach of the Stockholm's Swedish National Championship team in the European Federation of American Football, leading the team to an 11-3 record. Birmingham's first coaching experience was at his alma mater UW-Stevens Point from 1996-97 where he coached the secondary and outside linebackers, including the Detroit Lions 1999 sixth round draft pick Clint Kriewaldt. A four year starter, Birmingham was a two-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) defensive back at UW-Stevens Point (1995, 1994). In 1994, Birmingham was the WIAC interceptions co-leader. Birmingham is a native of Sturgeon Bay and a graduate of Southern Door High School.


Greg Horning

Northern High School

Dunkirk, Maryland

Greg Horning is an experienced youth football coach with a history of winning games. As a head coach in the Maryland Youth League, he guided his team to six championships. In his seven-year tenure, the Dunkirk Warriors had a record of 60 wins and 3 losses, for a 95% winning total.

He attributes his success to providing kids with structure and discipline, and to consistently communicate with parents. He enjoys working with younger players because of their eagerness and willingness to learn.

Horning also has five years experience at the high school level. He started the freshman football program at Huntingtown High School. In his three-year tenure as head coach, the Hurricanes enjoyed a 24-2 win-loss record, for a 92% winning total. With older players, he stresses responsibility and accountability for their own actions, on and off the playing field.

Coach Horning has been an instructor at football camps, working with a variety of positions. He’s worked at quarterback camps, big man camps, and youth and high school camps. He’s taught coaches as well, as a clinician at the Huntingtown High School Youth Coaches’ clinic.

He has assisted at the varsity level, providing offensive and defensive strategies for coaches on the field from the coaches’ box.

Horning attended DeMatha Catholic High School as a student, where he played football as a defensive end. During his three years at the renowned Hyattsville, Maryland school the team had a 26-5 win-loss record.

This fall, Horning will be an offensive/defensive line coach at Northern High School.


Jim Barnes

Head Football Coach

Augustana College

Jim Barnes will be entering his ninth season as the head football coach at Augustana College. An alumnus of Augustana, Barnes has compiled an overall record of 60-23 and now stands third all-time in wins at his alma mater. In eight seasons, he has guided the Vikings to three College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles and participated in two NCAA Division III playoffs. Overall, Barnes has a record of 97 wins against 36 losses for a winning percentage of .722. Prior to coming back to Augustana and in his initial opportunity as a head coach, Barnes led an effort to revive the football program at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Barnes took over a Fighting Scot program that had been 1-9 in 1994. In the following two seasons, he led the team to records of 5-5 and 7-3. In 1997, he pushed the Scots to a 9-1 mark - their best in 74 years - and a share of the North Coast Athletic Conference title, their first in almost 40 years. During his tenure at Wooster, Barnes compiled a glossy record of 37-13, the best winning percentage in the history of the school and was the first to post three consecutive eight-victory seasons. In his five years his teams established over 40 team and individual records.
Last summer, the Augustana Vikings took their third trip involving international competition. After competing in a scrimmage against the Prague Lions earlier in the week, the Augustana Vikings scored an impressive victory over the Vienna Vikings 41-14 who went on to later win the Euro Bowl Championship. In the summer of 2004, Coach Barnes led Augustana as they toured Italy and defeated the Lazio Marines 50-6.
In the summer of 1999, the Vikings of Augustana traveled and competed in Scandinavia. On that trip, they were lead by Coach Tom Schmulbach, currently on the Augustana staff.In the past three seasons, the Vikings have won two conference championships. In 2005 they advanced in the national playoffs with a 49-22 victory in the first round before falling to eventual National Champion Mount Union College in the next round.
Barnes has served as both the Offensive Coordinator (2001-2004) and Defensive Coordinator at Augustana (2000, 2005-2008). Offensively, Augustana has long been known for a bruising rushing game. The "Augustana Wing-T" established by legendary and Hall of Fame Augustana coach Bob Reade became a national phenomenon when Augustana won four national championships with it in the 1980s. Fifteen playoff appearances and seventeen conference championships later, the style still has great value and roots in the important fundamentals of the game. In the past eight years, Augustana has been in the top five in the nation in rushing six times. This past spring, the Vikings installed extensively more 'spread' concepts into their offensive schemes.
Defensively, the Vikings were 9thin the nation in Total Defense in 2007. In previous years the Vikings have ranked as high as 5thand 6thnationally in Scoring Defense and Total Defense.
As a player, Barnes was a three-year starter at defensive back and served as team captain as a senior and earned all-conference honors. The Vikings won the final four games of his senior year, starting a remarkable regular season unbeaten streak of 70 games that continued through the 1988 campaign. In the spring of 1981, he was the winner of the Knut Erickson Award, which is given to the four-year athlete with the highest grade point average. After graduating from Augustana magna cum laude, he went to law school at the University of Illinois, earning his Juris Doctor degree in May of 1985. After serving as an attorney for over a year, Barnes decided to take advantage of an opportunity to return to football, this time as a coach.


Coach Jim Esposito

Northern High School

Dunkirk, Maryland

Jim Esposito has more than 30 years of experience coaching football. As the head coach of the Patuxent High School Panthers, he guided his team to two Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championships. Over his six seasons, the Panthers were ranked sixth in the state, with a 42-21 win-loss record. In 2001, the Panthers were undefeated in their regular season, which culminated in the Maryland State Finals. The Washington Postrecognized Esposito’s success by naming him Coach of the Year.

He was also honored by being named as head line coach in the Maryland State All-Star game in 2003.

Esposito has coached at all levels of the high school game, beginning his career at DeMatha Catholic High School, renowned for its athletic programs. He started there as head of the freshman and JV programs, before moving up to varsity line assistant.

Esposito attended DeMatha as a student, where he played both sides of the football for four years and was named Most Valuable Player as a senior. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in physical education.

In addition to many years as head coach, defensive coordinator, and head line coach at the high school levels, he has worked with athletes from ages 6 to 18 at summer football camps and specialty quarterback camps.

His work with younger football players includes three years coaching at the youth level, working with novice players to ground them in fundamentals of the game.

This upcoming season, Esposito returns to high school coaching and has been named offensive coordinator for Northern High School.


Tim Breslin

DeMatha Catholic High School


  • 13 years at Archbishop John Carroll H.S.  1980 – 92

  • 10 years at Georgetown University 1993 - 2002 (ILB 4 years, O-line and O-Coordinator for 5 years and ILB and Special Teams Coordinator for 1 year)

  • 5 years DeMatha Catholic HS 2003 - 2007 O-line