0048 Tom MacPherson - Most watched coach on YouTube

January 31, 2017

4 year starter at St Johns University in NY where  heScored 40 Touchdowns in as a WR. He went on to become a Graduate Assistant at St Johns earning a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Education.

Coachh Mac has  been a Head High School coach for the last 18 years with 15 at Ridgeview HS in Orange Park, FL 2 at Baker County HS in Macclenny , FL and this past season was his first at Orange Park HS in Orange Park, FL.

He has created the coaching website Playfastfootball.blogspot.com and his you tube channel Thomas MacPherson focused on helping coaches improve is approaching 1 million views.  He has been a speaker at Glazier Clinics and has published material for AFCA Weekly and XandO Labs. 



0047 Will Hewlett - Quarterback mechanics expert

January 30, 2017

Having trained more than 60 Division 1 quarterbacks in the past several years, quarterback coach Will Hewlett has quickly become one of the country’s most sought after experts on the position. Hewlett is known for his focus on elite-level passing mechanics, helping quarterbacks improve speed of release, accuracy, and performance under pressure.

“Traditionally, the quarterback has been one of the most under- coached positions on the team,” says Hewlett. “Playing QB can be both frustrating and rewarding. I love seeing the progression from a youth camper into an elite position player – physically and mentally.”

Parents and coaches alike have seen the progress Coach Hewlett can bring about in a young QB – often referred to as the “difference maker”.

Hewlett is constantly traveling throughout the country working with quarterback prospects from coast to coast.

Hewlett says, “I love working with developing talents all over the country. To meet with a young player’s coaches, see the programs and even watch the progress unfold on Friday nights is as fulfilling to me as anything in my career.”

Hewlett has consulted with NFL, UFL, and NCAA coaches and continues to work with quarterbacks in the SEC, ACC, Big 10 and other conferences. In addition, Coach Hewlett is a top-ranked speaker at the Glazier Clinics tour, the largest football coaching clinics with over 26,000 active members and has co-authored a top selling book on passing mechanics.

Hewlett is the first Australian-born quarterback to play NCAA football. His playing career extended to the pro-ranks, with a stint in the Arena League. His college experience included the University of Nevada and the University of Dubuque.

Will lives near San Francisco, CA where he conducts NFL preparation and development in Livermore, CA. He lives with his wife, Julia, and their four young children, Locklan, Nova, Braxton and Camden.




Twitter: @WillHewlett


0046 Tim Zetts - Offensive Coordinator, John Carroll University

January 26, 2017

Tim Zetts enters his second season as John Carroll's offensive coordinator in 2016.

Assistant Coach - John Carroll (2015)

-In 2015, the Blue Streaks offense averaged 31.3 points per game.

-Zetts’ offense averaged 233 passing yards and 156.9 rushing yards per contest.

-Five players earned All-OAC honors under his tutelage.

Assistant Coach - Fordham University (2012-14)

-He tutored the Rams’ running backs in his three seasons at the Jesuit University in New York City.

-2014 Jerry Rice Award recipient Chase Edmonds, who received the honor given to the top rookie football player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

-Part of head coach Joe Moorhead’s staff that led the Rams to a Patriot League title in 2014.

Assistant Coach - Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2011)

-In 2011, Zetts was in charge of the running backs and assisted with the kickoff return, punt return and field goals units at IUP, helping the Crimson Hawks to a 7-3 mark.

-Prior to his stay at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Zetts was a member of the football staff at California University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and the University of Akron from 2008-09.

-A 2009 graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in business and organization communications, Zetts was a backup quarterback for the Zips when they won the Mid American Conference title in 2005, before leaving in 2007 to compete for the starting job at Saginaw Valley State. He returned to Akron in 2008 after an ACL tear to begin his coaching career.


Twitter: tzetts@jcu.edu




0045 Tom Wilson -HC, Dowling Catholic; 5x State Champion including 4-in-a-row

January 25, 2017

Tom Wilson has 25 years experience as head high school coach in Iowa:

English Valleys-3 years

Wilton-2 years

Dike-New Hartford 8 years

Dowling Catholic-12 years


He has won 5 state championships including the last 4 in a row, and he has coached in 3 other title games.


Wilson has college experience at Ball State as Defensive GA-MAC Champs-Las Vegas Bowl.


Coach’s record stands at 222-58 all time, including 129-19 at Dowling Catholic.


email:  twilson@dowlingcatholic.org



0044 Coaching Character - Darrick Ware, Lake Highlands High (TX)

January 24, 2017

Darrick Ware is currently the Passing Game Coordinator at Lake Highlands High School (6A) in Richardson, Texas, where he also teaches English.

He has been the Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor for the past six years. In football, Darrick has coached quarterbacks, receivers, and defensive backs at the varsity level.

Together with Coach Shawn Copeland, he’s developed a character coaching curriculum, “A Football Journey.”

A Football Journey builds a bridge from player to coach. When players see that their coach cares about them so much that he is willing to not only give them a book but also spend time giving them advice about how to be successful, they connect with the coach. 


Twitter:  @darrickware

Email: darrickware@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.afootballjourney.com


0043 Chad Hetlet - HC, Glenbard West; 3-3 expert. Quickest to 100 wins in IL.

January 23, 2017

Coach Hetlet has been a defensive coordinator for 22 years and has never suffered a losing season. Chad has been a Head Coach for 12 seasons at 3 different schools; he has a career record of 130-28 and has been one of the quickest coaches to reach the 100 win mark in Illinois history. Chad Hetlet became the Head Football coach at Glenbard West in 2007, in that time his teams have gone 112-16, captured 8 West Suburban Silver Conference Championships, appeared in 7 State Semi-Final games in 9 years and three State Championship games, and his team won the State Championship twice in 2012 & 2015. His teams have been ranked in the top 50 Nationally 7 of the last 8 years and twice in the top 25 by the USA Today, #20 in 2012 and #24 in 2015. One of the most impressive stats is that going into the 2016 season, Glenbard West held 88 of the last 104 opponents  to 14 points or less points. Chad has been asked to speak all over the Country on his 3-3 defense at numerous Colleges and football clinics.

Learn more about his system here:








0042 Tim Tyrell - State Champion Head Coach

January 22, 2017

Tim Tyrrell is the head coach at Akron Hoban and the 2016 Ohio Division III State Champ.

A Youngstown native, Tyrrell graduated from Ursuline High School and Youngstown State University. He was a member of the Youngstown State’s Division I-AA National Championship teams in 1993, 1994 and 1997.

Previously, Tyrrell has been head coach of Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., where he amassed a 39-18 record over five seasons. In just his second season at Chaminade-Madonna, the team finished with 13-1 record and reached the state semifinal in Class 2B. He was named “South Florida Coach of the Year” by the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel in 2009 and District Coach of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Prior to coaching in Florida, Tyrrell was head coach at St. Thomas Aquinas in Louisville for seven seasons and spent a year as offensive coordinator immediately preceding that. He also had experience as the tight ends/tackles coach from 1991 to 2001 at Youngstown State, where he spent time on staff with Jim Tressel, former head coach of Ohio State University.


0041 Michael Burnett - 2016 NFL High School Coach of the Year

January 21, 2017

Michael Burnett,  Head Coach Tuscarora High School

Coach Burnett was honored as the 2016 NFL HS Coach of the Year. Coach Burnett has been coaching football for thirteen seasons and prior to taking the job at Tuscarora High School, he served as the Head Football Coach at Broad Run High School and Santa Monica High School in California. At Broad Run, he led the Spartans to two state championships and twenty-eight consecutive victories, while accumulating a record of 43-6.  He was named the Washington Redskins Coach of the year in 2008 and the VHSCA AA Coach of the year in 2008.  He was also named the Virginia Preps AA Coach of the Year and Gameday Magazine AA Coach of the Year in both 2008 and 2009.  He is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where he played Varsity Football and Basketball and received his law degree from the University of Washington, in Seattle. Coach Burnett is married to Kimberly Burnett, and has two sons, Jack and Sam.


0040 Mike Turk - Head Coach, Huntingdon College; Establishing a Consistent Winner

January 20, 2017

Mike Turk became Huntingdon College's second head football coach in May 2004 and added the title of Director of Athletics in March 2013.

As a football coach, Turk has been at the helm for every win in program history. Arriving on the heels of Huntingdon's winless first season (0-7 in 2003), he has turned the program into a consistent winner with an 80-38 record. In 12 seasons he has guided the program to its first win (2004), first winning season (2005), first playoff appearance (2009), first regular-season national ranking (2012), first conference championship (2015) and first playoff victory (2015).

During his first season, Turk led the Hawks to a 4-5 record, including the program's first victory, a 35-21 win against Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Huntingdon was 7-2 during Turk's second season, the first winning record for a Huntingdon team. The Hawks have not had a losing season since.

A graduate of Jeff Davis High School in Montgomery, Turk was a walk-on quarterback for Troy State University in the spring of 1984. He became a prominent figure on the field and sideline for the Trojans during the next two decades.

Turk was a Troy assistant for 13 seasons before returning to his hometown roots. When he left Troy for Huntingdon, Turk had played or coached in 20 of the Trojans' 22 postseason games

While at Troy, Turk became one of the most decorated players in school history. He led the program to NCAA Division II national championships in 1984 and 1987. His teams were 40-8-1 in four seasons.

Turk was selected as an All-Conference performer in the Gulf South Conference three times and was runner-up for the prestigious Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the nation's top Division II performer. He was a consensus All-America selection as a senior and was named GSC Freshman of the Year in 1984.

Following his senior year, Turk was named the Division II Offensive Player of the Year by Football News. He was the first person to be chosen as the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Small College Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Year in the same season.

Turk is the Trojans' fifth all-time leading rusher with 2,533 yards and holds the record for rushing yards by a quarterback. His 32 career rushing touchdowns ranks third and is tops among Troy quarterbacks. Turk's 6,707 yards of career total offense ranks fourth and his 62 touchdowns responsible for (passing and rushing) are third all-time.

In the spring of 2012, Turk was one of 11 inducted into the inaugural Troy University Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition to his mark left in Troy, Turk was enshrined as a member of the ninth class of the NCAA Division II Football Hall of Fame in December of 2007.

As Troy's running backs coach, Turk was responsible for building one of the nation's most consistent running games. Three of his running backs (Eddie Coleman, Arrid Gregory and Joe Jackson) rushed for more than 2,000 career yards. In 1997, Jackson broke Turk's school record for career rushing touchdowns with 34. During his 12 seasons as running backs coach at Troy, Turk had nine players to earn all-conference honors.

Turk earned his undergraduate degree in physical education and a master's degree in education from Troy State.

He is married to the former Danielle Warren of Alexander City. They have two sons, Jimbo and Jake.


0039 Ryan McCartney - student of the game from a football family

January 19, 2017

About Ryan McCartney – Host of #Swarmfbchat

A native of Riverview, Michigan, Coach McCartney has been coaching football since 1995. He began his coaching career at Ypsilanti Willow Run High School before moving on to Melvindale High School where he first became a Defensive Coordinator in 2000. Since then, Coach Mac has been either a Head Coach and/or Defensive Coordinator while making coaching stops in Arizona, New Hampshire, back to Arizona to coach NAIA Arizona Christian University, and finally Seymour, Indiana. Coach Mac is a published author and has spoken at various clinics. He is married to the former Stacey Massey and together they have two sons, Brendan and Colin. He is the nephew of former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney and the stepson of former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr.

Coaching Resume

2015-present: Defensive Coordinator, Seymour HS (IN)

2014: Defensive Line, ACU (NAIA) (AZ)

2012-2014: Head Coach, ConVal HS (NH)

2007-2012: Defensive Coordinator, Willow Canyon HS (AZ)

2004-2006: Head Coach / DC, Westwind Academy (AZ)

1997-2002: Assistant Head Coach / DC, Melvindale HS (MI)

1995: Defensive Backs / Running Backs, Willow Run HS (MI)

About #Swarmfbchat

With all of the Offensive-themed chats on Twitter, Ryan McCartney (DC – Seymour HS, IN) decided in May of 2016 to join the crowded chat room featuring his #swarmfbchat. He chose Tuesday nights at 9pm EST to run (at that time) the ONLY Defensive-Themed chat to help encourage learning and skill-building while increasing his coaching network.

At the time, Coach McCartney had over 300 followers and didn’t know too much about Twitter and its social reaches. As of Janurary 2017 however, Coach now has close to 2,000 followers and averages about 60 coaches each Tuesday night (a bit better than his days getting between 10-19 coaches a night when it started!).

The #swarmfbchat specializes in Philosophy, Practice Planning and Skills/Drills specific to all defensive positions. All his chats can be found archived via Partcipate.com, an educational website.

With the quick success of his Twitter chats, Coach McCartney has begun a string of Swarmchat Clinics across the country starting in March 2017.