TKIA Invitational

July 9th, 10th 2022
Saturday 10 - 4, Sunday 11 - 3
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

  • Top Kicker in America showcase is an invitational event for college prospect kickers and punters.
  • Only kickers and punters who show potential to kick in college attend this event. Most athletes go on to kick in college.
  • Small number of kickers who attend (we invite only 50) allows us to thoroughly evaluate each one, while allowing him to showcase his best performance, and to capture it in a professional quality video. 
  • Athletes get filmed and charted twice. Here are two samples of outstanding athletes performing at this event – Hunter Niswander who committed to Northwestern (eventually becoming an NFL punter for Dallas Cowboys) and Austin Seibert who committed to Oklahoma (eventually becoming an NFL kicker for Cleveland Browns). They both received full scholarships and were 4-year starters on their college teams. Click HERE for Hunter’s video and HERE for Austin’s video.
  • Statistics and video from this event are sent to colleges. Individual referrals and references to specific schools are available by request of athletes or universities. Professional evaluation from this event is useful for small and big college prospects. Coach Filipovic has almost 30 years of experience in the world of kicking with countless connections at all levels and a reputation as a very honest and knowledgeable evaluator of potential and prospect value.
  • Athletes have an opportunity to interact and socialize in a relaxed small group setting with highly accomplished staff consisting of current and former NFL specialists. In July 2022, TKC Alum, pro bowl kicker Greg Zuerlein, aka “Legatron”, aka. “Greg the Leg” is joining the staff.
  • Athletes who stood out at one of The Kicking Coach camps or another reputable showcase and received a personal invitation from coach Filipovic. 
  • We invite athletes who have 50+ yard range on field goals off the ground, can hit kickoffs 60+ yards, and/or average over 40 yards per punt from the line of scrimmage in a practice setting. In addition to kicking strength requirements, we also expect athletes to have polished enough mechanics that will attract college interest.

 

If you have not been invited but would like to attend, email coach Filipovic your accomplishments and any game or training video links to coach@thekickingcoach.com

austin seibert browns kicker

Austin Seibert, #1 high school kicker in the nation (2015), Top Kicker In America Alum (July 2014). Drafted by Browns in 2019. Bengals kicker. “I first started working with Filip (The Kicking Coach) when I was 14 years old. Filip was the first coach I received instruction from and he has helped me since the beginning. His ability to engage and apply his coaching is what sets him apart. Along with this, Filip is honest and doesn’t sugar coat anything. He stands by work ethic and doing things the right way. He has helped me get to where I am today and the journey has been incredible!”

 

TKIA Event Featured Alumni

 

Austin Seibert – Oklahoma, NFL – VIDEO

Hunter Niswander – Northwestern, NFL – VIDEO

Tucker McCann – Missouri, NFL  – VIDEO

Tyler Perkins – Iowa State – VIDEO

Evan Sundermann – Grand Valley State University – VIDEO

Jack Olsen – Northwestern University

Stephen Rusnak – Michigan State VIDEO

Logan Seibert – Lindenwood

Adam Culp – Michigan – VIDEO

Garrison Smith – Ohio State – VIDEO

Rece Verhoff – Marshall – VIDEO

Matt Trickett – Minnesota

Eddie Jewett – Ferris State University

Arlind Bengu – Lousiana Tech – VIDEO

Shelby Pruett – Colgate University – VIDEO

Mitchell Tomasek – Eastern Michigan – VIDEO

Evan Finnegan – Buffalo – VIDEO

Kai Kroeger – South Carolina – VIDEO

Evan Morris – Michigan State – VIDEO

Pierson Cooke – Vanderbilt – VIDEO

Cole Riebe – Toledo

Mick Ellis – Iowa

Yanni Volas – John Carrol – VIDEO

James Hayden – Northwest Missouri State – EVENT VIDEO

Damian Chowaniec – Minnesota State

Josh Brebant – Northern Illinois – EVENT VIDEO

Parker Blust – Northwood – EVENT VIDEO

Daniel Riser – Northern Michigan – EVENT VIDEO

Jack Shannon – Hillsdale – EVENT VIDEO

Nicolai Gualdoni – Southern Illinois – EVENT VIDEO

Jack McKenna – Michigan State

Jacob Borcilla – Kansas – EVENT VIDEO

Michael Farkas – Ohio University – EVENT VIDEO

Jed Quackenbush – Ohio Dominican – EVENT VIDEO

Austin Errthum – Northern Iowa – EVENT VIDEO

Filip Filipovic and Assistant Coaches with NFL or big time college experience. 

JULY 2022 CONFIRMED ASSISTANT COACHES:

  1. Greg Zuerlein – 10 year NFL veteran, pro bowl kicker, NY JETS
  2. Brad Robbins – 4-year starter at University of Michigan, ALL BIG 10, NFL Prospect
  3. Ryan Donahue – former NFL Punter – Detroit Lions. University of Iowa 4-year starter. High school All-American.
  4. Josh Brebant – former D1 kicker, certified strength coach, kicking coach.

July 2022 Event – Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois 

Lake Forest College is located 30 miles north of downtown Chicago. Campus is tucked into winding wooded roads next to Lake Michigan. Chicago Bears hosted their training camps at this stadium from 1975 to 1983. It is a beautiful and serene setting for this invitational event.

Farwell Field - Lake Forest College Football Stadium

FIELD GOALS

  • Athletes will attempt 12 field goals. Distances are from 35, 40, 45, and 50 from left hash mark and right hash mark. Also 40, 45, 50, and 52-yard field goals from the middle. Athletes who make at least 8 out of 12 will earn bonus kicks from 55, 58 and 61 yards out.
  • Class of 2023 kickers have to kick field goals off the ground. Class of 2024 kickers are welcome to use a 1 inch or 1/2 inch block if needed.
  • Athletes will repeat the charting session on Sunday.

*Most athletes at this event makes it to the bonus round on field goals.

KICKOFFS

  • Kickers will attempt 6 kickoffs from the 35 yard line. We will calculate the average of top 4 kicks.
  • Athletes will repeat the charting session on Sunday.

*Most athletes average over 60 yards.

PUNTING

  • Punters will kick 16 punts – 8 in each direction. They will receive an underhand toss from a coach standing 8 yards in front of them. We will average out top 12 punts (6 from each direction).
  • We will not measure handling time (catch to kick). But it is recommended that punters move at 1.4 to 1.6 second speed.
  • Athletes will repeat the charting session on Sunday.

*Most athletes average over 40 yards.

JULY 9th, 10th 2022 – Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

 

Saturday:   10 AM –  4 PM

10 AM Orientation

10:30 Charting Session 1

3 PM Optional Skill-Tuning Session

 

Sunday11 AM –  3 PM

11 AM Recruiting Meeting – Review of Day 1. Recruiting plan of action and timeline.

11:30 PM Charting Session 2

2 PM Optional Skill-Tuning Session

 

 

Cost: $350

Included in cost:

  1. Charting, coaching, college referrals.
  2. Event video; 1 to 2 minute highlight video consisting of best kicks from the event and short professional reference by coach Filipovic.
  3. Top Kicker in America Under Armour T-shirt.

 

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, you are entitled to full refund up until June 30th. After June 30th, you are welcome to transfer your payment toward any future The Kicking Coach event.