HUGE CONGRATS TO CLASS OF 2021 ATHLETES FROM THE KICKING COACH FAMILY WHO ARE MOVING ON TO KICK IN COLLEGE!!!
- Garrison Smith – Michigan State
- Mitchell Tomasek – Eastern Michigan
- Shelby Pruett – Colgate
- Stephen Rusnak – South Dakota
- Teagen Lenderink – North Carolina
- Logan Seibert – Akron
- Yanni Volas – John Carroll U.
- Jack Dummer – Wisconsin-Whitewater
- Clayton Medvec – Youngstown
- Collyn Hopkins – San Diego State
- Jax Hudson – Tiffin
- Ryan Heicher – Saginaw Valley
- Carson McCauley – Jacksonville State
- Alex Wing – Rochester U.
- Arlind Bengu – Louisiana Tech
- Nate Van Zelst – Wisconsin
- Matt Noguez – Illinois Wesleyan
- Nathan Barnes – Peru State
- Marlon Pomili – Marian University
- Ivan Shuran – Williams College
- Andre Sallade – Indiana Wesleyan
- Brady Frantal – Wisconsin Eau-Claire
- Sam Bingaman – Oberlin
- Tanner Pope – Otterbein
- more commitments coming…
Hunter Niswander – Northwestern University ’18 – Dallas Cowboys
Hunter has been attending our kicking camps since he was a 14-year old. After receiving a D1 scholarship based on his successful high school career, exceptional performance at the Top Kicker in America event, and at the Chicago Land Showcase, he continued to train with coach Filipovic throughout his college career. He played for the DC Defenders of XFL before winning the starting job with Cowboys in fall of 2020.
Austin Seibert – University of Oklahoma ’19 – Drafted in 5th round by Cleveland Browns in 2019
Top high school kicker in the country from the class of 2015. Austin showed up at University of Oklahoma as an 18-year old freshman and beat out two seniors to win both starting kicker and starting punter jobs. He has been one of the top college kickers and punters every year – looking to make a run at the NFL in 2019. He is the All-Time scoring leader in the Big 12 Conference. Watch this short video of Austin Seibert taking few kicks at our Chicago Kicking Camp in May 2018. VIDEO
Tucker Mccann – University of Missouri ’20
Two year starting kicker at University of Missouri. Tucker had a stellar sophomore year – going 16/18 on field goals for 88% accuracy – one of the top FG percentages in the country. In high school, he had field goals of 53 and 60 yards as a junior – quickly raising to the ranks of one of the best kickers in the country. Tucker demonstrates outstanding mechanics and powerful leg. He will look at make an NFL roster in 2020.
Derek Dimke – University of Illinois ’12. NFL – Jaguars, Lions, Bucs.
We first saw Derek as a 15 year old kicker with good leg snap but erratic form. He evolved into one of the most fundamentally sound kickers in the country. We posted many of his kicking videos on youtube to demonstrate solid techniques of kicking off and field goals. After attending NFL combine in 2012 as one of the top kickers, Derek was signed by 4 NFL teams over the next 4 years before leaving football in 2017.
Jake Elliott – Memphis University ’17. NFL – Eagles.
Jake Elliott was one of the top high school kickers in the country coming out of Lyons Township High School outside Chicago, IL. He continued to perform exceptionally in college and was drafted in the 5th round of 2017 NFL Draft. Jake’s NFL rookie year was amazing – 61-yard game winning field goal early in the season, near perfect in playoffs, perfect in Superbowl…and a Superbowl ring to top it off. Jake is about 5’8″ tall and 160 pounds. But he generates ridiculous amount of power with flawless mechanics and clean contact. Jake Elliott’s kicking practice VIDEO.
Other The Kicking Coach Alumni/Staff in the NFL
Greg Zuerlein – Rams. Pro-Bowl kicker. Top 3 kicker in the NFL almost every year since he entered the league in 2011.
Zoltan Mesko – Patriots, Steelers, Bengals. Attended University of Michigan. First specialist drafted. Newspaper article on the pre-draft preparation with the TKC – https://www.michigandaily.com/content/zoltan-mesko-first-specialist-taken-draft-going-patriots
Drew Caser – San Diego Chargers. Attended Ohio Kicking Camps.
Ryan Donahue – Detroit Lions. Worked with us individually in high school and while attending college at Iowa. Top 3 college punter as a junior and senior. High school All-American kicker.
John Potter – Buffallo Bills. Drafted and earned a starting job as a rookie coming out of Western Michigan University.
Billy Cundiff – Cowboys, Browns, Ravens. Pro Bowl kicker who held two NFL records – most kickoff touchbacks in a season and most field goals in a single game.