TALLAHASSEE, FL – Saturday morning was the first training camp for 60 women who showed up to the inaugural FAMU Football 101 clinic at the Alfred Lawson Center. Head coach Earl Holmes and his entire coaching staff put on the clinic as a community outreach venture, as well as a fundraiser for both football and all women’s sports at FAMU.
The event, conceived by assistant athletic director for marketing/development Angela Suggs, was indeed a success as there was no measure of how successful this first one would be. “I thought the response was great. Everyone had a great time. With that, we want to continue the energy into the 2013 football season,” Suggs said.
The eager women were given a crash course in football terminology, position descriptions, offensive strategies, defensive strategies, rules and some on court drills. The event drew a cross section of women to the event, including FAMU first Lady Sharon Robinson, Holmes’ wife Tiffany Homes and interim athletic director Michael Smith’s wife Loretta. All of FAMU’s women’s coaches also participated in the event. FAMU head softball coach Veronica Wiggins was pleased with the turnout, simply stating “This is awesome.”
The ladies first took to the classrooms. Just as football teams do on a normal basis, the offensive players split up from the defensive players and they had group study sessions. Several of the women were actually taking notes in notebooks. That represents the level of knowledge the coaching staff was trying to instill in the ladies. The event was not just for show, it was an opportunity to get these fans to recognize more of what they are seeing in football games.
Offensive coordinator Quinn Gray took the offensive players and coaches in a conference room and explained all of the positions, purpose, and responsibilities of each player on offense. Levon Kirkland and the defensive coaches did the same in the defensive conference room.
“Just watching football from the sidelines, one would not be able to imagine the level of detail and strategy that goes into every play. Everyone knows the physical qualities it takes to play football, but for these ladies to get the inside story of what the coaches, as well as players really do is awesome. We couldn’t be more pleased with the turnout and the way our coaches related to their team of walk-ons today,” said Smith.