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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

About Coach Husby

Hello everyone and future readers, 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I'm hoping I can provide you with some great and valuable content to read. 

I figured I will start off by writing about myself and back ground, many of which can be found on my Bio.
I am the owner and head instructor of Special Teams Football Academy.  I give instruction to Kickers, Punters and Long Snappers.  I've had many years of experience in all fields.  I started kicking at the age of 12 and worked my way to punting in college, and have been perfecting ever since.      

I attended Armstrong High School where I was a multi-sport athlete.  I played football, basketball, baseball, track and was on the Olympic Weight Lifting team.  We won state 2 years in a row on out Olympick Weight Lifting Team.  In football I played quarterback, linebacker and was the team's kicker.  During my senior year, my focus was on Kicking and was the starting Strong Side Linebacker.  I was fortunate to kick the game winning field goal against Maple Grove in the 1st round of the playoffs my Senior year with :03 left in the game.  At that point in my life that was the best sports moment of my life.  Nothing beats helping your team win, and having the crowd rush the field to celebrate with you.  In the middle of the season I did experience torn cartilage in my knee which caused me to missed a few games of the season.  Before my Senior year started I was so polished as a kicker, that I felt I had a legitimate chance for a D1 scholarship as a kicker, but once I had the cartilage tear, it closed a few of those opportunities for me.

I attended the University of St. Thomas and received a degree in marketing and finance and played football (for 5 years) there as a linebacker, kicker and punter.  In my final year of football, I had one of my best years ever as a punter. I earned the Special Teams MVP for the Tommies, was a 2x MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week and was one of the top punters in the MIAC.  I had game-best averages of 46.3, 44.4, 43.9 and 40.6 yards a game during a 9 game season.  Soon after I was recommended by many to pursue the NFL level as a punter.  It was something I never thought about going into my last year of football.  

I even taught myself to snap one year when we had so many specialists.  It was fun to give other punters a live snap, in between my reps as a punter.  I never got good enough to even consider starting, but I gained a better idea of what it took to get the punter a good snap and made me appreciate both positions better.

During my NFL pursuit I had learned and trained with some of the best NFL instructors in the business including Gary Anderson, Louie Aguiar, Michael Husted and Gary Zauner.  I competed against some of the best punters in the world (some whom have been signed in the NFL and UFL) in many NFL Free Agent Punting Combines.  But in the end (after 6 years) I decided to pursue coaching instead of a career in the NFL.  I decided that I wanted to give back in the kicking industry and teach athletes the tools of what it takes to succeed as a punter and/or kicker at the next level.  As I grew up, I didn't have any local professionals to help me perfect my kicking and teach me the skills that I learned later in his career.  So my goal is to teach kickers, punters and snappers advanced techniques, drills and experiences to help them have earlier success than I had.

I played minor league football as a punter and kicker for the last 6 years with the Minneapolis Lumberjacks, Minnesota Maulers, St Paul Pioneers and South Metro Dragons. In 2009, I joined the Pioneers and helped them win the NAFL National Championship in Miami, FL and was selected to play in the All American Bowl. Over those years, I have been fortunate to be one of the top punters in the conference and play with some of the best athletes in MN.

At each level of football, I feel like I experienced almost every possible scenario a kicker and punter could experience. I would love to work with anyone out there that wants to learn or become a better overall punter, kicker and snapper

Over the last 2 years, I coached the kickers and punters in the 2010 & 2011 All American Bowl.  It was an All-Star Game for Div 2 & 3 athletes.  

In 2011, I was the Special Teams Coach for a few different teams. The Minor League Football team the Minnesota Dragons, the team I played for in 2010, Minnesota Valkyrie (working with the kickers and kick returners), and the Wayzata High School Football Program.  All were great experiences.  The Dragons won their conference, The Valkyrie went 1-3 and did well for a first time team, and Wayzata took 2nd in the State Championship.  At Wayzata, we had 3 Special Teams coaches, and our Special Teams units were some of the best in the state.

In my spare time I enjoy playing sports, traveling the world, listening to music, hanging out with friends and spending time with my wife Lucelia and new born Olivia.   

I feel truly blessed for the the opportunities in my life and the opportunities to help improve so many kickers, punters and snappers so far.  I want to see them all succeed and reach their goals.

Thank you.

Chris Husby
Professional Kicking Coach and Owner
Special Teams Football Academy
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651-353-2660  

Blog Carry over

Hello everyone,

I'm carrying over an old blog to a newer blog device that will let me do more with what I'd like to do.  Here is the link to check out my older blogs.

http://www.specialteamsfootballacademy.com/coachhusbyblog.html


Thank you.

Chris Husby
Professional Kicking Coach and Owner
Special Teams Football Academy
Join our Facebook Fan Page!
Follow us on Twitter.
Follow us on Instagram.
Subscribe to our YouTube Videos.
CoachHusby@gmail.com
651-353-2660