Approximately 55 high school coaches from the Tidewater Area of Virginia attended the clinic, which was held at the Norfolk-Chesapeake Marriott Hotel.
“We know that in order for us to be successful as a program, we have to treat Virginia Beach, Tidewater, [and] the Hampton areas like our in-state schools,” Randy Jordan, UNC’s running back coach, said. “The talent that comes out of here [is amazing]. I’ve done the research and it’s the No. 9 state in the country for producing all-stars in the NFL and in baseball. When you walk into a school like Bethel and you see an Allen Iverson jersey; or you go into Warwick and there’s a Michael Vick; you walk into Booker T. [Washington] and there’s Bruce Smith; you go to Tabb High School and you see Terry Kirby and Chris Slade, who played there – the list goes on and on.”
Blake Anderson, UNC’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, discussed a handful of concepts that are a part of the Tar Heels’ up-tempo one-back spread offense. For the remainder of the clinic, the attendees separated into smaller groups for “chalk talk” sessions with Anderson, Walt Bell, UNC’s tight ends coach, and Jordan.
“What we’re trying to do is No. 1, establish the relationship with the coaches,” Jordan said. “The second thing is for them to get to know us coaches – not just as a recruiter, but to be able to talk ball and get to know who we are, so that they know what we’re about. And the third thing is just letting them know that we’re three and a half hours away – it takes you just as long to get to [the University of] Virginia as it does the University of North Carolina – and our doors are open in terms of if you want to come and watch film and pick our brains, you can do that. So basically it’s one of those things that is needed for us to continue to have success, we have to continue to cultivate relationships in the Tidewater Area.”
Anderson and Bell – along with fellow UNC assistant coaches Gunter Brewer and Chris Kapilovic –were the featured speakers at a similar clinic in Concord on Tuesday evening. Additionally, Anderson and Brewer were the clinicians at the Charlotte Football Mini Clinic, which was hosted by Matthews (N.C.) Jireh Prep and Advanced Sports Protection, earlier in the month.
It’s important to note that the UNC coaches are speaking at these clinics in the evenings, despite spending their days on the recruiting trail making evaluation visits to high schools throughout the region.