Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy in Canton, Ohio launched today featuring a new football curriculum, world class training and technology, and some of the NFL’s top coaches led by Hall of Famer Rod Woodson.  

The Academy also launched the Call to The Hall scouting campaign to uncover the nation’s premiere high school and middle school athletes to participate in an invite only, premiere scouting and educational event this summer. Nominations are currently being accepted at www.ProFootballHOFAcademy.com.   


The facility-based training will be held on new fields at the National Football & Youth Sports Complex currently under construction as part of Hall of Fame Village, a $500 million development of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Campus. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy will feature four days of elite athlete training and programming both on the field and off the field. The classroom sessions will feature Axon Sports, the leader in cognitive sports training, that will help athletes improve their reaction and decision making ability.  Through CHARACTER GAMEPLANTM, the Muñoz Agency will lead the character development program that will feature football terminology and insights from members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The selected athletes will get the first sneak peak of the word-class training center and work with legendary NFL coaches, elite performance trainers and sport scientists.

The Game Changers Prep Academy and Playmakers Youth Academy Sessions launch the first of many global events that will be held at the Academy as part of the Hall of Fame Village offerings.    

The Game Changers Session, to be held July 10-13, 2016, features customized programming, testing and education, and caters to the top 250 high school athletes. The participants will be immersed in 3½ days of training featuring NFL Master Coaches. Highlights of the curriculum include 22 hours of elite athlete training, comprehensive testing, master coaching, and competition. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy’s curriculum has been developed by current and past NFL personnel and experts in youth athletic development. 

The Playmakers Session, to be held on July 14-17, 2016, caters to the top 250 middle school athletes and provides the same hours of instruction and all the world-class components as the high school curriculum. It is further customized to fit the needs of developing 7th and 8th grade student athletes. 

“We are thrilled to share the vision of the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the next generation of promising athletes,” Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker commented. “These young athletes will be immersed in the values of sports that will emanate throughout Hall of Fame Village and they will have the opportunity to learn from NFL personnel and learn life skills that will serve them well beyond the camp.” 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy is setting the new industry gold standard with the highest caliber of NFL coaching provided to future NFL hopefuls. Woodson, the Hall of Fame defensive back and current assistant defensive backs coach for the Oakland Raiders, is leading the master coaches. In addition to coaching the defensive backs, Woodson will lead breakout sessions on character, respect, leadership and integrity. 


  • Sam Wyche – Quarterback Coach
    Head Coach - Bengals, Buccaneers
  • Chuck Bresnahan – Defensive Line Coach
    Longtime NFL assistant coach - Bengals, Browns, Colts; Defensive Coordinator - Raiders, USF   
  • Howard Mudd – Offensive Line Coach
    Former NFL Assistant Coach - Chargers, 49ers, Seahawks, Browns, Chiefs, Saints, Colts, Eagles
  • Steve Hagen – Quarterback, Wide Receiver and Special Teams Coach
    Current Jets Assistant Coach, Former NFL assistant Coach - Jets and Browns; and longtime college assistant coach - Cal, San Jose State, Illinois, Northern Arizona, Notre Dame, Kent State, Nevada-Reno.  
  • Scott Brown – Defensive Line Coach
    Former NFL Defensive Line Coach – 49ers
    36 Years of coaching experience at Defensive Line – Arizona State, Colorodo State, Duke, Minnesota.
  • Pete Metzelaars – Tight End and Offensive Line Coach
    16-Year NFL Veteran – Seahawks, Bills, Panthers, Lions; Former NFL Assistant Coach - Colts, Bills, Chargers
  • Kurt Gouveia – Linebacker Coach
    13-Year NFL Veteran - Redskins, Eagles, Chargers; longtime professional linebacker coach and NFL Combine Prep Coach, college linebacker coach University of Hawaii
  • Will Sullivan – Defensive Back Coach
    Private skills trainer to All-Pro Darrelle Revis and other NFL top defensive backs
  • Charlie Coiner- Running Back Coach
    Former NFL assistant coach - Bears, Bills

The Academy will be led by Richard McGuinness, who created the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and who has trained the nation’s top preps and middle schoolers for over 10 years with elite training programs across the country. McGuinness sold his interest in his previous company to imagine the future of athlete development with the goal of bringing together the nation’s top coaches and most advanced training technology within a facility-based training environment.  

“We are truly honored to extend the tremendous legacy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which is comprised of men of the highest caliber to have ever played the game of football, to these promising young athletes,” Founder of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy McGuinness stated. “Our commitment to this generation of aspiring athletes and generations to come is to provide them with world class training, leadership and life skills and we will ask the same of our athletes.  Commit to be your very best, to unlock your potential and achieve your dreams. We will provide the game plan to get you there.” 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy is a key programming component by LEGACY Global Sports, a leader in sporting event and management logistics who has partnered with Hall of Fame Village. In addition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy, LEGACY Global Sports has begun booking large events and other camps in Canton on the three new fields that will open this summer. The company will stage national and international events at the Hall of Fame Village’s National Football & Youth Sports Complex that is slated to be fully completed in the spring of 2018. The complex will include nine state-of-the-art fields that will be multi-purposed, lighted, and equipped with the latest technology and video capabilities.

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