Spring Coaches' Clinic A Big Hit!
March 23, 2009
LAS VEGAS - Boasting a record number of attendees, last weekend's annual UNLV Football Coaches' Clinic saw no less than 135 coaches representing 40 different schools hit campus.
The increasingly popular two-day event drew attendees from six states, including as far away as Texas and Illinois. After a welcome from Rebel head man Mike Sanford, coaches heard presentations from UNLV offensive coordinator Todd Berry and defensive coordinator Dennis Therrell.
This year's clinic, which was again under the direction of UNLV receivers coach Kris Cinkovich, also featured two highly successful guest speakers from the prep level: Cedar Hill (Texas) High School Head Coach Joey McGuire and Las Vegas' own Palo Verde High School Head Coach Darwin Rost. McGuire's six years with Cedar Hill have included the 2006 Texas Division II 5A State Championship and 2008 district title. Rost's 13 years coaching three schools in Southern Nevada produced a Nevada-record seven consecutive state semifinal appearances, the 2004 Nevada 4A State Championship and 2008 runner-up finish.
After a social event on Friday evening, the coaches returned on Saturday for breakout sessions with UNLV's staff before taking in the Rebels' sixth practice of the spring.
"We had a tremendous turnout this spring and I think our staff did a great job with the new two-day format," said Sanford. "This clinic just gets better every season and I think everyone in attendance had a great time while taking away a lot of new ideas for their football programs."