JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 9, 2016) – Prior to the MSHA Blue-Gold Spring Game, ETSU football head coach Carl Torbush and his staff held the third “Women’s Football 101” Clinic on Saturday morning inside the MSHA Athletic Center.
The clinic – presented by Appalachian Orthopaedics – began at 8 a.m., with a free breakfast for those in attendance. From there, the clinic featured a look at the X’s and O’s on offense, defense and special teams, workout demonstrations from ETSU Strength and Conditioning Coach Allan Johnson and his staff, a detailed look at the equipment and cost of outfitting players, and ended with a discussion panel with the coaches’ wives.
“The numbers may have been down a little bit, but those who attended the clinic really enjoyed it,” said Torbush. “We covered everything from offense to defense to special teams, as well as talking about strength and conditioning and equipment. I thought Coach Shipley did a wonderful job covering the equipment part and explaining the cost of each piece. The coaches did a great job talking about their respective areas. Overall, I thought everything went well and I liked the fact we had it the morning of our Spring Game, so those who attended the Women’s Clinic could stay and watch the game afterwards.”
Jennifer Johnson – who plays for the Tri-Cities Thunder Women’s Football Team – talked about the event and how her and her teammates enjoy coming each year to learn more.
“A group of us have been coming since the first women’s clinic and we really look forward to this event,” said Johnson. “Coach Torbush has been a great supporter of our team. We had Coach as an honorary guest to give the coin toss at one of our games, so we really enjoy learning from him and his staff. The great thing about this clinic is there’s so much to learn and it teaches us the basics of football. We are always able to take something away from this clinic and bring it to our team. It’s a very rewarding experience.”
ETSU supporter Jackie Mabrey attended the first clinic and was excited to come back after missing the one last year.
“I came to the first clinic, but wasn’t able to attend the second and really want to come back this year,” said Mabrey. “I had a really great time and learned a lot. For me, it’s all about learning the X’s and O’s, and Coach Goss’ visual demonstration of special teams was very helpful. It was also an eye-opener to see all the equipment that is used by each player and the cost of each piece. I learned a lot today and enjoyed it.”
Following the clinic, the Buccaneers took to the field for the MSHA Blue-Gold Spring Game, and afterwards the players and coaches held a Youth Clinic inside the Mini Dome.
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