First and Goal Sports Camps

Defensive Position Specific Football Academy

Location East Stroudsburg, PA
Event Date(s) May 11, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Ages 12 to 18
Grades 6th to 12th
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Event Description

Defensive Position Specific Football Academy

May 12th, 2019
Grades: 6th - 12th
Check-In: 8:30 a.m.
Academy: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $80 Prior to April 20th;
$100 until Online Registration Closes May 10th;
$125 Walk-Ups

Camp Includes Lunch, Performance Shirt and swag bag

Location: East Stroudsburg University –
Eiler Martin Stadium

All players will learn the proper tackling techniques we use at the college level.  We will also teach the same techniques we used to lead the nation in forced fumbles per game in 2017. All Players will be given a Swag Bag that includes a notebook to take notes during the positional meeting in the classrooms. Football is not only a physical game but a mental game as well. Take a day and join us in a college football atmosphere and become a better player for the 2019 season.

Defensive Line Skills

Stance – Start – Hand Placement – Reading and Reacting to Blocks – Pass Rush Techniques – Stunt Techniques

Linebacker Skills

Stance – Start – Block Destruction – Run Reads – Pass Drop Techniques – Blitz Technique

Defensive Back Skills

Stance – Start – Press Man Technique – Cover 2/3/4 Technique – Reading a Quarterback – Reading a WR – Ball Skills

Academy Schedule
8:30 a.m. Check-In
9:00 a.m. Full Camp Meeting
9:05 a.m. Break to Classroom Learning by Position
9:45 a.m. Head to Field Group Stretch
9:55 a.m. Individual Position Teaching Progressions
11:10 a.m. Group Positive Leverage Tackling Drills
11:30 a.m. Lunch – We will provide lunch
12:00 p.m Positional Classroom Learning
12:50 p.m. Group Warm-Up
1:00 p.m. Takeaway Drills
1:20 p.m. Negative Tackling Drills
1:40 p.m. Individual Position Drills
3:00 p.m. Closing Words

Academy Staff

Chadd Braine
Camp Director – Linebackers

Chadd Braine enters his fifth season on the Warriors’ coaching staff as defensive coordinator in 2018.  Braine is a 1999 graduate of East Stroudsburg University and four-year letterwinner at defensive back from 1994-97.  ESU has had nine players named All-PSAC East since 2014 - defensive end Brandon Gattelli and defensive tackle Bryan Thomson (1st team), and linebacker Cody Simcox and cornerback Teron Dobbs in 2014; defensive end Ahmad McFarland, linebacker Sekou Jones and Dobbs in 2015; nose guard Marc Ranaudo (1st team), McFarland and linebacker Mike Wiand in 2016; and Jones and linebacker Dakota Everett in 2017.  The Warriors also had the top two players in DII in forced fumbles in 2017 in free safety Billy Inge III and safety Justin Johnson.

Braine arrived at ESU after five seasons as defensive coordinator and academic coordinator at William Paterson University from 2008-12, where he also coached the linebackers and defensive backs and guided a defense that ranked as high as 10th in DIII.

Braine’s previous collegiate experience prior to William Paterson includes two years as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and academic coordinator at Northern Michigan in 2006 and 2007.  He was the linebackers coach at Michigan Tech in 2004 and 2005. The 2004 squad won its first GLIAC championship and reached the NCAA DII quarterfinals.  Braine was also defensive backs coach at South Dakota in 2003 and linebackers coach at Ferrum (Va.) from 2000 to 2002, including the final two years as co-defensive coordinator. The 2000 defense led DIII in total defense, allowing 165.5 yards per game.  Braine began his coaching career at ESU as a student assistant in 1998 and graduate assistant coach in 1999.  During his career at ESU, Braine was named to the All-PSAC East second team at defensive back in 1997 and played in 34 career games, including 26 starts.  He had 116 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 17 pass breakups and 7 interceptions in four seasons. He compiled 55 tackles and 3 interceptions while starting all 10 games in 1997.  Braine was also a member of ESU’s track program and set a school record in the 100m dash (10.55) which stood from 1998 to 2009. He was third in the PSAC in the 100m dash (10.65) and third in the ECAC in the indoor 55m dash (6.62) in 1998.

David Castillo – Defensive Backs

David Castillo, a four-year starter and first team All-PSAC East cornerback for the Warriors as a senior in 2010, joins the ESU coaching staff as defensive backs coach for the 2018 season.  Castillo was previously head football coach at East Stroudsburg North High School in 2017. He was also an assistant coach at Wilkes in 2016, and has additional coaching experience in football and basketball in the East Stroudsburg North school district. Following his career at ESU, Castillo competed in semi-professional football for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (2012-15), NEPA Miners (2012-14) and Erie Explosion (2014).  Castillo started 38 games in his career at ESU from 2007-10, finishing with nine interceptions and 36 pass breakups for 45 passes defensed. He led the PSAC at 1.45 per game (3 interceptions, 13 breakups) as a senior. He helped the Warriors to a 9-2 record as a sophomore in 2008, and 8-4 record and NCAA DII Playoff appearance in 2009.

Eric Saenz – Defensive Line

Eric Saenz enters his third season as defensive line coach at ESU during the 2018 season.

Saenz coached nose guard Marc Ranaudo to first team All-PSAC East and third team Football Gazette All-Region honors in 2016.  Defensive end Ahmad McFarland was named All-PSAC East second team for the second straight season.

Saenz was previously was the defensive line and special teams coach at Lock Haven from 2009-14, where he coached three All-PSAC selections in defensive end Nick Gounaris (2009-10), defensive tackle Skyler Wool (2011-12) and defensive end Tyrek Morgan (2013).

He also has coaching experience at John F. Kennedy High School (N.Y.) as offensive/defensive line coach in 2007-08, Christ the King Regional as assistant head coach and line coach from 2003-06 and defensive film breakdown coordinator in 2015, and Holy Trinity Diocesan High School as freshman head coach and line coach in 2002.

Saenz was an offensive lineman at C.W. Post and graduated in 2001. He was a member of the 2001 Northeast-10 championship team and two runner-up teams. He is a graduate of Christ the King Regional High School.

Saenz has camp experience with NFL High School Player Development, USA Football Youth Coaches Clinic (NY Giants/NY Jets), Penn State and Ohio State.