Fountain Hills, Arizona (PRWEB) September 12, 2009
Coach Gary Zauner will coordinate special teams for the newly formed United Football League's (UFL) California Redwoods.
Zauner, a former 13 year NFL Special Teams Coordinator who coached special teams for the Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals, is considered by many to be one of the best kicking coaches in the country. The list of NFL kicking specialists he has worked with is unprecedented and includes having coached or worked with 19 Pro Bowlers.
"Dennis Green asked me if I would help him launch his new UFL team," said Zauner. "Of course I said yes."
Zauner and Green have a long standing coaching relationship. Zauner previously worked with Dennis Green when he was with both the Vikings and the Cardinals.
"I hired Gary two times in my head coaching career," says Green. "Gary is one of the top special teams coaches in the country. He has a thorough understanding of how to help a player become better."
Green adds Zauner's NFL experience will be extremely valuable in developing his special teams players, "Gary has developed and coached some of the top kickers in the history of the NFL, yet some of his best work is when he is teaching young kickers who are eager to learn."
One young player who agrees with Green is Seattle Seahawks Jon Ryan. Upon becoming a NFL Free Agent in 2008, Ryan looked to Coach Zauner for help getting his kicking game back on track.
After working with Zauner for a few sessions Ryan said, Zauner not only helped him get his game back, he also helped refine his technique, "Coach has probably taught me more in the last two days than I've learned from any other coach in two or three years."
Ryan is not the only young player that praises Zauner's ability to improve a kicking specialist's technique. Another specialist Coach Zauner has recently worked with is Garrett Hartley.
Hartley, who is the place kicker for the New Orleans Saints, attended the University of Oklahoma and was a finalist in 2006 for the prestigious Lou Groza Award. This is an award given to the best college place kicker in the country.
After college, Hartley signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos. During the 2008 NFL season he was signed by the New Orleans Saints. In eight games he finished the season perfect on field goals going 13 for 13. He credits Coach Zauner with some of this success.
"Coach has been really good at refining my technique without changing it," says Hartley. "He's been helping and guiding me and I feel a lot more confident after a few sessions. I really recommend Coach Zauner to any kicker. He's the real deal!"
Since leaving the NFL in 2007, Zauner has created a very successful consulting business coaching kicking specialists who are eager to improve their game. He also conducted one of the most successful Free Agent Specialists Combine which was held during April 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Zauner says his coaching for the UFL's 'Premier' Season will only be a 'break' from his consulting business. He plans to resume in December with a kicking specialists camp held in Australia. This camp will focus on 'evaluating' Australian kickers for his next Free Agent Specialists Combine currently scheduled for early 2010. While in Australia, Zauner will also be offering 'One on One' lessons for those Australians interested in playing professional football in the United States.
"I have a full agenda planned for coaching and consulting in 2010," says Zauner. Adding he is not closing the door to a future coaching position on a professional team should the right occasion arise. "I love coaching," says Zauner, "whether for a professional team, through a kicking camp or conducting 'One on One' lessons with a kicking specialist."
"So we'll just have to wait and see what the future brings," he adds, "but one thing is certain, I will be coaching someone, somewhere!"
Zauner has also recently launched 'Kicking For The Gold', an online project dedicated to making 'kicking a ball' an Olympic sport.
You can learn about 'Kicking For The Gold' at: http://www.kickingforthegold.com
You can learn more about Coach Zauner at: http://www.coachzauner.com
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