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Matt Shadeed – Head Strength Coach UMass Football



Matt Shadeed, head strength coach of UMASS Football. Coach Shadeed has previously coached at Baylor, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, and Southern Miss and has spent a good portion of his career with head coach – Walt Bell.

When visiting UMASS and spending the day with Shadeed, I was amazed by his energy. Seriously, I’ve never seen anything like it. I asked him about it on the pod you’ll find interesting.

One of the biggest hires for a head football coach is the strength coach. The strength coach is the glue of the program, the one person who is around the players the most, whether it be during season or the off season. He is responsible for transforming an 18 year old freshman boy into a 22 – 23 year old senior man.  This is why the strength coach is also one of the highest paid coaches on a staff…..they are THAT important.

It was evident the level of respect the UMASS players have for Coach Shadeed. They look up to him, they workout and have fun with him, they rally around him. Walt Bell made a great hire here, and it’s going to be fun to watch Bell and Shadeed build the UMASS program brick by brick to prominence.

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Willie Simmons – Head Coach Florida A&M



Willie Simmons, head coach at FAMU, also known as Florida A&M. Coming out of high school, Simmons was a stud QB highly recruited and committed to Clemson and then transferred to the Citadel where he finished his college playing career. Coach Simmons then hit the coaching world as a RB’s coach at Middle Tennessee State and became the OC where he had a top 20 offense in the country. He was responsible for turning around the Alcorn State program’s offense as well as Prairie View A&M where he was the head coach and had one of the top scoring offenses in the nation. Today, Willie and his program at FAMU are set to be at the top of the MEAC and FCS. Needless to say, at age 38, the future is very bright for Coach Simmons.

I remember when Coach was our RB’s coach at MTSU. Always  cool, calm and collected, coach had an unbelievable rapport with us players and of course his fellow coaches. It was great to reconnect with Willie, and spend the day with him. As he drove me around the FAMU campus, I had no idea that it and Florida State touch borders. Obviously a great recruiting tool for Simmons at FAMU, Tallahassee has a lot to offer. A college town, but still has what a large city has to offer. Seeing where Willie is now and how successful he has been, I can only think about where he’ll be in 5-7 years. I would say a head coach at a big time university. I hope you enjoy the pod, and as always let me know your thoughts via the website at http://talkinball.com.

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Mike Vick – NFL 13 year veteran talks ball



Arguably one of the most transcendent players in the history of the game, Mike Vick played 13 seasons in The NFL.  Coming out of Virginia Tech in 2001, Vick was selected first overall by the Atlanta Falcons and played the bulk of his career in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Listen here as Gene was fortunate enough to be invited to the Vick household. Getting into the game at a young age, coaching mentors, and Vick’s current V7 platform are a few of many great topics discussed.

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Joe Craddock – Offensive Coordinator Univeristy of Arkansas



Description – Joe Craddock is the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at the University of Arkansas, the youngest Offensive Coordinator in the SEC.  Prior to Arkansas, Craddock was OC at SMU under Chad Morris, and was hired by Dabo Swinney to be an Offensive Player Development Coach at Clemson University.

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Rich Bisaccia – Assistant Head Coach Oakland Raiders



Rich Bisaccia is the Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.  Bisaccia has also coached at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the San Diego Chargers, and the Dallas Cowboys and at the College ranks at schools such as South Carolina, Clemson, and Mississippi.

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Chris Malleo – Head Coach of The Peddie School Football



Chris Malleo, head football coach of The Peddie School. Coach Malleo has what all college football programs want – Top Talent. On top of being one of the most successful high school coaches in the country, Malleo also had a professional playing career.

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Lyle Hemphill – Wake Forest Defensive Coordinator



Lyle Hemphill is the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest University and starting his 3rd season with the Demon Deacons.  Hemphill was named the 2015 Defensive Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop while coaching at Stony Brook.

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Walt Bell – UMass Head Football Coach



Walt Bell is the head football coach for the UMass Minutemen and one of the youngest head coaches in the country.  Bell previously served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida State, Maryland, and Arkansas State.

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Jason Spray – D1/NFL Strength & Conditioning



Gene Delle Donne sits down with Jason Spray, former strength coach at Middlee Tennessee State and personal trainer to NFL Stars such as Kevin Byard of the Tennessee Titans. NFL workouts, managing routines, and Spray’s favorite exercises are discussed.

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