Football coaching clinics are becoming a dime a dozen. They pop up all over the state in every region.
Wichita Falls is no exception to this trend.
The FallsTown Coaches Clinic is holding its first Gridiron Heads Meeting Saturday at The Courtyard by Marriot.
The clinic is the joint brainchild of Wichita Falls High football coach Grant Freeman and City View football coach Rudy Hawkins. They act as co-directors of the clinic.
“It’s an idea that we’ve been kicking around for a while,” Freeman said. “At the state football game last December, we finally started to deal with it seriously. As we fall into Class 4A I no longer have any spring football to use as an excuse for not doing it anymore. It was something we wanted to do, so we started talking to some people and made it happen.”
But what distinguishes this clinic from the others in the entire state?
“This is the only clinic you will come to and you will not be recruited into one or the other. There’s no fluff, no social media hype,” Freeman said. “They’re putting things out of the mouths of real head coaches and college coordinators. It’s a deeper dive than what you get in many clinics.
“There are clinics where you get high school coordinators or just assistants to do the speaking. Or they hire college coaches with no experience of play-calling or actual game planning. We decided from the start that we wanted to keep that, with all the senior football coaches taking the floor and then bringing in some college people who turned out to be coordinators.”
The roster consists of six current Texas High School football head coaches and two current college football coordinators.
Among the high school coaches are three with strong ties to Wichita Falls, including current Rider coach Marc Bindel, former Hirschi and current Coppell coach Antonio Wiley, and former Iowa Park and current Weatherford coach Aubrey Sims.
Other high school coaches who offer their expertise include San Angelo Central’s Kevin Crane, Lubbock-Cooper’s Chip Darden, and Azle’s Devon Dorris.
The two college coordinators are also affiliated with Wichita Falls, including current Midwestern State Defense Coordinator Rich Renner, who serves as the clinic’s final speaker.
Former MSU and current Tarleton State offensive coordinator Adam Austin rounds out the lineup.
Also unlike other clinics, all classes are crammed into one day, with each speaker taking around 45 minutes to present their topic.
It’s a one-day deal, but it’s action-packed,” Freeman said. “You get a lot for your money. It’s an explosive clinic.”
Coaches interested in attending the clinic should visit www.fallstownfootballclinic.com.