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Monday, January 23, 2012

Earle Bruce Headlines SportsLeader Coaches Clinic

We hope you can join us.

Earle Bruce
When an injury ended Earle Bruce's playing career at Ohio State, coach Woody Hayes urged Bruce to become a coach. 

Starting in the high school ranks, Bruce was an assistant before becoming a head coach, posting an 82-12-3 record in ten seasons and earning Ohio High School Coach of the Year honors three times. 

Earle's first collegiate job was at Tampa, where in one season he had a 10-2 record and a Tangerine Bowl win. He then went to Iowa State, where he turned around a perpetually losing program into a winner and bowl invitee. 

In 1979, Bruce went to Ohio State, succeeding his friend Woody Hayes. In his first year he posted an undefeated regular season, a Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Bruce was named National Coach of the Year by both the Football Writers and Coaches Associations. 

In his nine seasons at OSU, Bruce won or shared four Big Ten championships, took the Buckeyes to eight bowl games, finished in the top 20 eight times and posted an 81-26-1 record. 

From there, he spent one season at Northern Iowa before closing his career at Colorado State, where he took the Rams to their first bowl game in 42 years. 

Overall Bruce had a 154-90-2 record, took four different schools to bowl games where he had a 12-5 record, had ten seasons where his teams won nine or more games, and had nine top 20 teams.

The Coaching Tree of Earle Bruce is one of the most remarkable in the history of College Football.

Coaches who were Assistants with him have won 7 of the past 9 National Championships:
2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Dom Capers, Pete Carroll, Jim Tressel, Mark Dantonio, Glen Mason, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban ... just to name a few.


FREE Character Building Clinic hosted by SportsLeader for Coaches and Captains
($20 donation appreciated but not required, checks made out to SportsLeader)

February 24-25, 2012

At Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller High School
9001 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242

Registration Instructions:
Reply to this Email with your name, high school, address, cell phone number and position

SportsLeader Awards Night
Friday Night February 24, 2012

6:30 Arrival

6:50 Award presentation to athletes who have displayed great virtue and initiative in serving others

7:15 Award Presentation to Coach Trent Todd: Youth FB Coach and Double-Lung Transplant Survivor

7:45 Some of his athletes give testimonials

8:00 Break - Social

8:15 Zeke Bratkowski: Former QB for Green Bay Packers, Member of the Packers Hall of Fame, NFL quarterback coach/offensive coordinator. Prepared Tim Tebow personally for the NFL.

9:15 Social

SportsLeader Character Building Clinic
Saturday Morning February 25, 2012

7:30 Arrival and Registration

8:00 Clinic speakers 1
High School Track - Aaron Segedi, Trenton MI- Community Impact Projects: Victory Day
Grade School Track - Tommy Hagey, St Henry Nashville TN - The Virtue Program's Impact on the Coaching Staff

8:35 Switch

8:40 Clinic Speakers 2
High School Track - Steve Frommeyer, Eminence KY - The Importance of a Systematic Virtue Program
Grade School Track - Ron Jennings, Lakota Stallions Cincinnati OH - Transforming Your Youth Football League Through Virtue

9:15 Switch

9:20 Clinic Speakers 3
High School Track - Bill Sweet and Ron Adams, Wyandotte Roosevelt MI - How to Train Captains and Build Leaders Year Round
Grade School Track - Jim DeJoy, Sycamore Cincinnati OH - How to Discipline Players and Deal with Disappointment

9:55 Break/Social

10:20 General talk for both HS and GS - SportsLeader  Cofounders ... Paul Passafiume & Lou Judd - Integrating a Virtue Program into Your Team and School

11:00 Switch

11:05 Clinic Speakers 4
High School Track - Chris Tracy, Franklin County KY - Traditions that Build a Program and Transform Families
Grade School Track - Brian Redden, St Gertrude OH - Integrating a Virtue Program into Your Boosters Organization

11:35 Switch

11:40 General talk for both HS and GS - Earle Bruce: Former Head Football Coach at Ohio State

12:15 Wrap up

12:30 Departure

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