CLAYTON — Close to 200 players attended the Northmont Football Camp for junior and senior high players July 27 through July 30 at Good Samaritan Stadium.
Head Football Coach Tony Broering was fortunate to have help from a wealth of assistant coaches and former players who contributed their efforts to make the camp run smoothly.
Aaron Fister, Jake Myers, Mike Mangen, Mike Weber, Mike Smith, John Brands, Earl Taylor, Mark Mays, Shane Kincer, John Bass, Jordan Smith, Josh Smart, Christian Lafferty, Chris Pulos, Clay Mangen, Clay Belton and Graham Oberer helped run the camp.
Former Northmont quarterback Tyler Horner, who now resides in a suburb of St. Louis, Mo, and works as a special education teacher, rescheduled his family’s vacation to return home to assist with the camp as well.
“Our staff is off the charts,” Broering said. “They are a great group of guys with great energy. I think they have all adopted my philosophy. It’s kind of like how I coach track where I stress that being a good teammate is the most important thing. It’s really our only team rule, other than certain words that you can’t say or being late.”
Broering has stressed being a good teammate for the last five years when he coaches track, and that has worked out well. He stressed that if he asks an athlete if they are being a good teammate and they can’t answer yes, then they know they need to get back onboard.
“It’s a real simple way to keep motivated and it keeps all the boys helping each other,” Broering said. “As far as my coaches, I want them to treat each boy as if he was my little boy because someday my boy is going to play. I always stress that each boy is someone’s son and that I am going to coach them as if they were my son. I feel like they are all my boys and I treat them like that, love them like that and expect the same from my coaches.”
Broering said that has not been a difficult philosophy to instill.
“The guys on my staff, they have great hearts. They love Northmont and they like that idea,” Broering noted. “A lot of them have come up through the Northmont system and played football and know what I am talking about. They are great group of guys and I feel very blessed to have them.”
The first day of camp was spent stressing the importance of heads up tackling, which was taught by Aaron Fister. That was an issue that was instituted a few years back to reduce the likelihood of concussions, neck, back and shoulder injuries.
“It’s a great way to teach tackling from youth age on up. It’s a way to show the kids how to tackle without involving their head in order to protect their head and neck as much as possible,” Broering stated. “Half of the camp focused on heads up tackling last night and we will do the same thing tonight.”
Broering told his staff that he hoped when camp ends on Thursday night that the kids felt that they had a lot of fun and learned a lot about heads up tackling. Other areas of focus included catching passes, running, jumping and passing drills, blocking, all the basics.
“I was pretty excited to have Tyler Horner and Clay Belton there to help out,” Broering commented. “I can’t tell you how that feels to have a kid like Tyler who lives in St. Louis come back to help. I called him up and asked him if he could come help me just to have him around for a few minutes and instead what he did was change his family vacation just to help put our team. That’s the kind of kid he is. He’s just a fantastic person.”