Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 5, 2010
James Wilhoit, former University of Tennessee kicker, who was recently named Tennessee’s ‘All Decade High School Kicker’, will be offering coaching for kicking specialists in Tennessee from June through August, 2010.
Wilhoit, who has a long history of kicking in Tennessee, says he has been impressed with the level of kicking specialist talent he has seen in the state of Tennessee, and wants to help them achieve their kicking goals.
“Last year I worked with many kicking specialists in Tennessee who received scholarships at major Division 1 colleges,” says Wilhoit. “That attests to the level of talent available here.”
Wilhoit says he believes there may be as many as a half a dozen high school kicking specialists who have the chance to play major college football. And Wilhoit knows what it takes to get to -and play at- that level.
Wilhoit was the only Parade ‘All American’ in Hendersonville High School football history. He still holds the record for the most field goals in a season in Tennessee history with 21 field goals. He was ranked as ‘Rivals #1 Kicker’, as well as being selected as an ‘All American’ by SuperPrep, PrepStar and Max Emfinger.
As a college freshman, Wilhoit was named ‘Freshman All American’ in 2003. He then went on to become the 2nd All Time Leading Scorer at the University of Tennessee.
Wilhoit takes the job of coaching professionally, but he also takes it personally. He says even though he achieved a high level of success in his kicking career, he feels he didn’t get the necessary training along the way that would have helped him become the 'best' kicking specialists he could have been.
“Throughout my kicking career in high school, college, and NFL camp I always wondered why there was never a coach who worked with the kicking specialists,” says Wilhoit. “Even the camps I attended were strictly for competition rather than for instruction.”
Wilhoit says he felt he was never ‘coached’ to his greatest potential. And he is determined to change that for other kicking specialists.
“My goal is to take all the information I have learned over the years, and use it to improve the quality of a kicking specialist, whether he is at the high school or college level,” Wilhoit says. “I want to provide young kicking specialists with the coaching I never received during my career.”
The information Wilhoit will be sharing with Tennessee kicking specialists, comes from more than just his High School and College experience.
Over the last two years, Wilhoit has been ‘mentoring’ under some very knowledgeable kicking coaches; Coach Gary Zauner –who was an NFL special teams coach for 13 years- - and Coach Gran, formerly of the University of Tennessee.
“My experience working with Coach Zauner and Coach Gran has been invaluable,” says Wilhoit. “Working with Coach Zauner over the last few years, has taught me how to coach and evaluate a kicker’s technique through specific drills and video review.”
Wilhoit is quick to point out that Zauner worked with or coached 19 kicking specialist who were also Pro Bowlers.
“If you’re going to learn how to coach kicking specialists, then it makes sense to learn from the best,” says Wilhoit.
Wilhoit adds that being at the University of Tennessee with Coach Gran helped him to see football from a coaches’ perspective and not just as a former kicker.
“Now I know what coaches are looking for in a kicking specialist,” says Wilhoit. “And now I know how to express this to the kickers and punters.”
As well as working with individual kicking specialists, Wilhoit is also conducting coaching seminars at high schools and colleges in Tennessee.
For individual coaching, or for more information about other services he provides, you can contact James Wilhoit at: