About Coach Filipovic

  • Grew up in Serbia playing Soccer, Basketball, and Tennis.
  • Played 1 year of high school football in Warren, Ohio.
  • As a freshman, he was the starting kicker at Urbana University in Ohio.
  • He transferred to University of South Dakota where he was the starting punter and the starting kicker.
  • His sophmore year was filled with bad performances and he finished second to last in North Central Conference in punting average.
  • During the spring game following that season, he was approached by a former NFL punter Brian Hanson who happened to live in the area. Brian became his mentor, teaching him technique and the mindset that it takes to become an NFL kicker.
  • His junior season was a different story. He he had 21 punts of over 50 yards.
  • After his senior year, as a result of mediocre stats and playing for a small school, he was not being pursued by the NFL. Nobody heard of him or knew anything about him.
  • He bent a few NFL and NCAA rules by showing up uninvited to a few tryouts; getting creative and taking matters into his own hands in order to gain exposure
  • By the time NFL Draft came around, NFL coaches have seen him perform exceptionally at various events, and rated him as one of the top 4 punters in the nation coming out of college.
  • Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, and Chicago Bears offered to sign him as a free agent.
  • He signed with the Dallas Cowboys the day of the draft.
  • He won the starting job as Cowboys punter his first year out of college. He was one out of only two punters who accomplished that feat during the 2002 season.
  • Since than he played with... 

             San Francisco 49ers - 2004
                   Minnessota  Vikings 2004
          Philadelphia Eagles 2005
                 Houston Texans - 2006
              Chicago Bears 2007.

  • He kicked in Arena Football League (CIFL) in 2008, finishing in top 5 in the league in PAT accuracy and number of field goals made
  • Currently, he resides in Chicago, IL and coaches kickers and punters of all ages - from NFL to youth football.