Coach Filipovic is the owner and the head coach of The Kicking Coach since 2007, coaching all levels of kickers from NFL pro bowl kickers to young kickers learning the fundamentals of kicking. He started kicking in 1993 and went from high school kicker to college kicker, to an NFL kicker. During his 25 years in the world of kicking, he made countless connections while working with legendary college and NFL coaches. Coaching kickers and punters is what he was born to do – growing up playing soccer and attending competitive tennis academies, kicking at all levels of football, and obtaining a degree in education. Coach Filipovic’s coaching method is based on getting to know athletes and their tendencies, guiding them to become more efficient with their kicking and their training, and continue to push them until they become their best self.
” My passion is pursuit of greatness. What I learned from my personal journey is that there are infinite ways that an athlete can gain an edge and reach elite level. Opportunities to do things a little better are all around you all the time. You can walk more efficiently. You can start thinking in a way that will make yourself mentally tougher. You can learn how to compete better. You can always train harder and better. You can rest better. Essentially, an athlete that commits himself to a relentless pursuit of kicking greatness will find a way to improve, and his journey will always be a successful one and a fruitful one. ” Coach Filipovic
Austin has been part of The Kicking Coach family since age of 14. He has been one of the hardest workers and most consistent kickers in the country since he started kicking – progressing to become the top high school kicker in the country, 4-year starter at Oklahoma University, and rookie All NFL team for Cleveland Browns.
University of Michigan starting kicker. Graduated in 2010. KC has been an outstanding staff member since 2009. He brings with him Big 10 kicking experience and a degree in education. At our camps, you will hear KC’s voice more than anyone else. He tirelessly encourages and coaches all kickers – regardless of how much or how little experience they have. He also runs his own kicking events in southeast Michigan.
NFL Punter – Patriots, Steelers; University of Michigan. Finished 2011 NFL season 3rd in net punting average! Starting punter for New England as a rookie in 2010. First specialist drafted in 2010 NFL Draft. Top rated NFL punting prospect from 2010 college class. Very personable and smart athlete who has been helping the TKC camps since 2007. Watch Zoltan punt the ball out of the stadium in this spoof promotional video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUH6SEWNwk8
Dallas Cowboys, LA Rams; Missouri Western University. As a senior in college in 2011, Greg went 23/24 on field goals with 9/9 on field goals of over 50 yards! Arguably the best season that any college kicker has EVER had. Every year he ranks in the top 5 kickers in the NFL. Selected to Pro Bowl in 2017. He hit a 57 yard field goal in overtime against the Saints to send Rams to Super Bowl. Greg’s practice video from one of our events – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX3fS9HixSM
Titans, University of Iowa. We met Mike when he was a high school sophomore at the Illinois Winter Event in Pekin, IL. We watched him go from a soccer player with some potential to Division 1 walk-on, to a 4-year starter at the University of Iowa, and finally to an NFL kicker. Mike is a very humble and hard working individual who improved steadily throughout his whole kicking career.
NFL Punter – Detroit Lions. University of Iowa. Top rated college specialist from the 2011 college class (rated by Mel Kiper Jr.). Ray Guy Award finalist in 2011 (top college punter in the nation). Ryan has exceptional leg strength and mechanics. Finished high school career with 5 field goals over 50 yards which earned him the honor of being named to the 1st team USA TODAY All-American.
…and more Kicking Coaches
Thomas Kinney – Thomas has been part of The Kicking Coach since 2008. He was an outstanding high school student, division 1 scholarship kicker and a 4-year starter at Southern Illinois University. Since graduating in 2015, he has been kicking regularly, trying to break into the NFL, and coaching young kickers. He has won numerous staff competitions at our events, beating out NFL and top college kickers.
Zach Paul – Zach first attended one of our short clinics in 2009 as a high school freshman, stating that he will “kick in college”. He did – earning a scholarship to University of Akron and starting there for 4 years. Since graduating, he attended camps with Jaguars and Browns. He is training full time in pursuit of the NFL. Our campers have a chance to watch Zach hit some monster punts during staff demonstrations – with highest hang times reaching 5.5 second range.
Zach Medeiros – Starting kicker/punter for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. Finished 3rd in the league in punting average with 46.4 yards per punt. Zach has been a part of The Kicking Coach family since 2014, impressing campers and staff with 80 yard kickoffs with monster height during staff demos.
Josh Brebant – Josh is a former kicker for Northern Illinois University and Tiffin University. He is currently a strength coach and a kicking coach – training kickers and punters in Akron, Ohio. Coming out of high school, Josh was one of the top high school kickers in the country – hitting 65 yard field goals off the ground, and 75 yard kickoffs. Check out his high school skills video HERE .
Danny Colapietro – former kicker for Concordia College in Illinois. Since college, Danny has become a certified strength coach, specializing in developing kicking specific functional strength. Using himself as a lab rat, Danny was able to increase his field goal range by 5 to 7 yards after he graduated college and stopped actively kicking. His expertise is immensely valuable to young kickers who are navigating skill and strength development in the world of kicking, where athletes are left to their own devices to figure out how to succeed. Check out Danny’s 4-week kicker specific workout protocol HERE.