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Top-Notch Speakers Featured At 2011 Husky Football Coaches Clinic
Release: 02/28/2011
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Feb. 28, 2011

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Two days of football knowledge and expertise from some of the nation's top high school, college and pro football coaches are on tap at the 2011 Husky Football Coaches Clinic to be held April 15-16 at the University of Washington.

High school and youth football coaches are invited to join Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff for two days of instruction on a wide range of subjects from a terrific roster of speakers.

The clinic formally gets underway Friday, April 15, at 4:00 p.m. and concludes the following day with a Husky football spring practice that begins at 1:00 p.m.

Earlier Friday, a session with Digital Sports Video representative Rick Anderson runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration for the main clinic opens and 2:30 p.m.

First up on the list of speakers is Jon Mack, the head coach at Crespi Carmelite High School, located in Encino. Mack, who began his tenure at Crespi last year, previously spent 17 seasons building St. Bonaventure High (Ventura, Calif.) into a Southern California power.

Next up will be University of Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin, who is entering his fourth season in charge of the high-flying Cougars. Sumlin, a former assistant at programs like Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Purdue and Minnesota, was a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year Award in 2009.

After a dinner catered by Famous Dave's BBQ, Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian will take the microphone before roundtables with his offensive and defensive staffs. The evening concludes with a coaches' social in the Don James Center with catering from Varlamos Pizzeria.

On Saturday, after a continental breakfast provided by Top Pot Donuts, a morning of speakers gets under with Husky strength & conditioning coach Ivan Lewis, one of Coach Sarkisian's first hires upon his arrival at the UW.

Next up is Tony Sanchez, head coach at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Sanchez was the East Bay Coach of the Year at California High School in San Ramon before taking over at Gorman in 2009. Last fall, he led Bishop Gorman to the 4A state title, closing the championship out with a convincing 40-0 win in the final.

Sanchez will be followed by Seattle Seahawks special teams coordinator Brian Schneider. Entering his second year in that role, Schneider came to the Seahawks after having served as a special teams coach with the Oakland Raiders as well as at Iowa State and UCLA.

Next is Jim Sharkey, the head coach at Ferris High in Spokane, Wash. Last fall, Sharkey led the Saxons to the Washington state 4A title, beating Skyline, 24-16, in the championship game at the Tacoma Dome.

Finally, former Husky defensive back and three-time Academic All-Pac-10 honoree Nigel Burton, who is in his second season as head coach at Portland State.

After Coach Burton's talk, lunch, provided by Adrenaline Fundraising and a Husky football spring practice session wraps up the clinic.

The cost of the clinic is just $90.00 for both days or $50.00 for one day (must pre-register for those prices), and any coaching staff that pre-registers four or more coaches receives a discount of $5.00 per coach. Additionally, WIAA clock hours are available.

For more information (including full schedules, directions, lodging and parking options and more), click on the brochure and registration links at the top of this page. You can also visit for more on the coaches clinic and other UW football camps and clinics.

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