“The Man who thinks he Can and the Man who thinks he Can’t are Both Right.”
-- Henry Ford
Are you a Competitor ?
What I love about kicking is that it is a singular pursuit and a personal competition. It is a way to test yourself within the great team game of football that I love so much.
Kicking is a lot like golf in many aspects. It is an internal struggle, where your true opponent is the man in the mirror. At its core, you are left to ask yourself certain questions,
“How good can I get ? How far can I take this? What heights can I achieve ?”
My desire to answer these questions for myself is what drove me.
It’s all about self-improvement, competing with yourself and trying to be the very best you can possibly become. It’s not a sometime thing, every day you have a choice. You are either competing or you are not. That is why I loved being a Kicker, it is a great opportunity to show what you are made of.
If you are going to do something, why not be great at it ?
That desire to constantly challenge myself has now carried over to my coaching philosophy. Teaching and sharing all of the valuable lessons I have learned along my own journey has become a passion of mine. Knowing how little I knew when I started kicking, there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing my unique knowledge to help young kickers improve.
The Koepplin Kicking Method
In my quest to continually improve my own kicking technique on my road to the NFL, I was fortunate enough to be able to work with and learn from nearly all of the great minds that there are in kicking instruction.
Lee McDonald, Charlie Titus, Gary Zauner, Tom Feely, John Matich, Dan Lundy, Michael Husted & Louie Aguiar all contributed significantly to my own personal technical improvement and the success in my career as a placekicker.
Their simple and effective methods, years of firsthand professional experience and personal encouragement were an immense help. Learning from each of these experienced teachers helped me not only develop my game but help me cement my own beliefs of what works. That allowed me to create my own Method, Style and Philosophy of how to teach the kicking game. We all owe everyone who helped us on our path a measure of gratitude, and I would like to thank each of them.
When executed correctly the Koepplin Kicking Method will help you create the feeling of "Effortless Power" rather than fighting against your body with "Powerless Effort." It will produce a thunderous strike that drives through the air with an impressive trajectory. Almost all elite kickers look effortless when they are hitting the ball at their best. That’s because they are using all of the power their body has to offer and are incredibly efficient at transferring their energy while driving through the ball.
I do not teach every kicker to do the same thing. Each student I work with has their own unique style. However, there are certain truths that I have discovered that are critical to execute a successful kick consistently. No two kickers kick exactly the same way, but the great ones are almost always identical at the most important moments; leading up to and through Impact.
I'm a strong believer that proper body position at, and through impact is what allows you to get the leverage needed to get the most out of your swing. With good posture, proper contact and balance throughout the kick you can create a powerful, efficient swing that is consistently accurate and reliable when it matters most. That is how you discover what you are capable of and Unlock Your Potential !
What Separates Us ?
My extensive on field experience as a kicker in college and the NFL is valuable, but the fact that I have walked the same path as you is more important. I have learned from every expert. Each mistake, every miss-hit you make I have done as well. I know exactly what steps are required to correct it because I did it myself. I can take you step by step, from where you are right now to where you want to be and beyond.
It will take hard work and dedication. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it when you hit the game winner this fall. Trust me.
I have noticed that some kicking instructors will have a tendency to
“treat the symptom” instead of "treating the illness."
When things are off, it is often because you are forced to compensate when your body is not in a good position at impact. These "symptoms" are often on the surface and easy to see, such as crunching your upper body or swinging across abruptly.
If you went to the doctor with bronchitis and they told you to stop coughing that wouldn't do you much good.
So rather than tell you to stop doing the obvious, I believe I can help you more than others by finding the cause of your inconsistencies and focusing your efforts there. Once we address the cause, we can then work on the rest. I believe that is the best way to make adjustments and to see quick improvement.
Over the course of my career as a player and coach I have had the unique opportunity and privilege to play for and work with some truly excellent coaches. At every level from high school to the NFL, I have had the luxury of being part of winning programs with great leaders at the helm. Whether it was Rich Reichert at St. Anthony’s High School, Don Brown at UMass, John Anselmo at Nassau CC or Bill Belichick with the Patriots; they each were great influences on me as a person and as a player.
Their philosophies and approach to the handling of their players have inspired me to pursue coaching.They all had distinctive styles, personalities and methods of their own but three things were always present. Their passion for the game, enthusiasm for teaching and the ability to be effective communicators were keys to the success of each program.
I truly believe I have a unique talent for being able to communicate with young people in an efficient and effective manner that fosters an excellent learning environment.
There is also a difference between knowing what should be done and being able to effectively communicate the message in order to teach it. I have worked with hundreds of kickers at camps and lessons over the past ten years and know that the same message doesn’t work for every single kicker. But I trust myself to be able to create a unique way to connect with each student I work with.
I wish I had the knowledge I do now when I was starting out, but I enjoy giving my students a leg up on the competition. I know what it is like to be out on the field with all eyes on you. I can provide advice in all facets of your preparation and conditioning. Not only Technical but Strength, Flexibility & Mental Training are each a vital element of a Kicker's success.
Most importantly, I hope to be a positive impact in each student’s life. My goal is to Motivate, Encourage & Guide each student with every resource I have so that they can achieve everything they are capable of. Helping them to believe in themselves and that they are capable of much more than they realize.