March 27, 2018

Mike Vrabel & Orlando Pace Headline 87th Coaches Clinic


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two of Ohio State’s all-time great football players – Mike Vrabel, the three-time Super Bowl champion and current head coach of the Tennessee Titans, and NFL and College Football Hall of Famer Orlando Pace – headline a terrific collection of speakers and honorees scheduled for the 87th Ohio State football coaches clinic, set for April 12-14 on campus.

Coaches can sign up for the clinic, titled “Back to the Basics, Let’s Talk Ball,” at the following link: Registration fees are $65 by April 7 and $75 after April 7.

Vrabel, one of three former Ohio State players to be named a head coach of an NFL team (Sid Gillman and Dick LeBeau), is one of a dozen featured speakers at the clinic alongside head coaches Urban Meyer, Steve Addazio (Boston College), Rob Keys (Findlay University) and Vince Kehres (Mount Union).

The speaker’s agenda also includes an array of coaches from Ohio State’s talented staff, including DC Greg Schiano, OC/QB coach Ryan Day, DL coach Larry Johnson, WR coach Zach Smith, OL coach Greg Studrawa and co-DC/safeties coach Alex Grinch. Leadership expert Tim Kight will also speak.

Pace, a Super Bowl winner himself with the St. Louis Rams, will receive one of the coaching clinic’s “Ohio’s Finest” awards for his college playing days efforts. As a collegian, Pace was a two-time winner of the Lombardi Award, an Outland Trophy winner, a two-time consensus all-American, a two-time Big Ten offensive lineman of the year, the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football award winner as the best player in the conference and the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 1996 NFL draft.

Vrabel will receive the “Ohio’s Finest” award for an NFL performer. A two-time Big Ten defensive lineman of the year and two-time consensus All-American, Vrabel went on to have a storied, 14-season NFL career with Pittsburgh, New England and Kansas City that included Super Bowl wins with New England in 2001, 2003 and 2004. He played in 206 games and started 140 times.

JD Graham, who led Newark Catholic to seven state playoff championships and to a 220-30-1 record in his 21-year run as head coach, will receive the “Ohio’s Finest” award for the high school level.

The coaching clinic kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, with a series of speakers and awards. The clinic will continue Friday morning with an Ohio State practice session and then additional lectures and honors, beginning at noon. Registered clinic attendees also get a ticket to the spring game.

2018 Ohio State Football Coaches Clinic Schedule
Speakers & Honorees

Thursday, April 12
5 p.m. – Registration
6 p.m. – Welcome and Introduction; Tim Hinton, Ohio State
6:10 p.m. – Quarterback Play: Play Action Passing Game; Ryan Day, Ohio State
6:10 p.m. – Rushmen Pass Rush: Technique and Drills; Larry Johnson, Ohio State
8 p.m. – Ohio’s Finest – High School; J.D. Graham, Newark Catholic
8:15 p.m. – RPO & Play Action Pass Game; Rob Keys, University of Findlay
8:15 p.m. – Creating Confusion with Zone Pressure; Vince Kehres, Mount Union
8:15 p.m. – Brotherhood of Trust; Tim Kight, Focus 3
9 p.m. – Chalk Talk; Ohio State staff / Head coach Urban Meyer

Friday, April 13
8 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. – Practice
Noon – Welcome; Tim Hinton, Ohio State
12:05 p.m. – Teaching 101; Urban Meyer, Ohio State
12:40 p.m. – OHSFCA Recognition:
12:55 p.m. – Taking the Next Step Through Culture & Chaos; Steve Addazio, Boston College
1:25 p.m. – Defensive Backs: Footwork and Drills; Alex Grinch, Ohio State
2:15 p.m. – Ohio’s Finest – College: Orlando Pace, Ohio State
2:30 p.m. – The Difference; Greg Schiano, Ohio State
3 p.m. – Ohio’s Finest – NFL: Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans head coach