TOP GUN CAMP COACHES
THE BEST OF THE BEST
1. QUARTERBACKS COACH – Coach John Fourcade – Currently serves as an NFL football analyst for WDSU Radio and TV in New Orleans, Louisiana, but he is a former NFL quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. 2010 – Coach Fourcade and Coach Sonny Detmer were our 2010 Super Elite Top Gun Camp Quarterback Coaches. Fourcade is a great Quarterback teacher for young quarterbacks and he did a sensational job with our Top Gun Camp Quarterbacks. In 2010, Fourcade was also Head Coach of the Rio Grand Valley Magic of the Southern Indoor Football League. Coach Fourcade played his high school football for New Orleans Archbishop Shaw before he signed with Ole Miss. Coach Fourcade then played for the Ole Miss Rebels from 1978-1981 and was voted as the 1982 Senior Bowl Game MVP after passing for 115-yards and running for 33-yards and two touchdowns. Fourcade had already gained 6,713-yards at Ole Miss from 1978–1981, breaking the career record of Legendary Ole Miss QB Archie Manning. In 1983, Fourcade played as an undrafted free agent in four games as a backup to Joe Paopao for the British Columbia Lions. As a career journeyman quarterback, Fourcade played for the 1984 Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and the 1985 Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League before being signed as a free agent by the New York Giants in May 1986. In 1987, Fourcade played for the Denver Dynamite in the Arena Football League. In 1987, Fourcade led the New Orleans Saints to a 2-1 replacement game record and made the regular roster. Over his career, Fourcade passed for 2,312 yards in 24 games for the New Orleans Saints. He was waived by the New Orleans Saints in December 1991. In 1993, Fourcade played for the Miami Hooters of the American Football League. In 2001, he was the General Manager, Head Coach and played in the National Indoor Football League for the Mississippi Fire Dogs. QB John Fourcade – Florida Firecrackers – 2002 – Arena Football League Championship.
2. QUARTERBACKS COACH – Coach Sonny Detmer – Currently the Head Football Coach at Somerset High School, Texas. – 2010 – AABG – West Winning Head Coach – 2010 – Super Elite Top Gun Camp Quarterbacks Coach with Coach John Fourcade – When Sonny Detmer got into Texas high school coaching in the early 1970s, his teams passed only 18 or 19 times a game. Of course, most everyone else was throwing it three or four. “If you didn’t run a slant five or a Wing T,” Detmer says, “you didn’t work.”They weren’t interested in anyone running anything crazy. Crazy meant throwing for any other reason than you were down by three touchdowns and the crowd was headed for the parking lot. But Coach Detmer went right on throwing the ball anyway. He did it because he’d been a wide receiver in junior college and with the San Antonio Toros, and he liked it. He thought he could teach kids how to get open. Besides, it’s difficult running the ball when your linemen are nothing more than speed bumps. Detmer also coached in San Antonio when Quarterback Tommy Kramer won a State Championship at San Antonio Lee. “I would go to Lee’s practices and watch Kramer throwing the football around like it was infield practice. It was unbelievable to see,” said Coach Detmer. But even with all of the success of Kramer, passing the football; the passing game didn’t catch on in Texas. And after The University of Texas won National Championships with the invention of the Wishbone-Offense of the Late Legendary Emory Bellard, and Bill Yeoman found fame with the Veer, high schools in Texas turned to the triple option. Still, Coach Detmer refused to give up on his dream. Time passed. And, finally, Coach Detmer coached a couple of big-time quarterbacks: his two sons: Ty and Koy Detmer. Ty Detmer would win the Heisman Trophy at BYU, where he set 59 NCAA records and Koy Detmer who passed for 5,390-yards and once ranked second best in Colorado history. Both played in the NFL. The success of the Detmer Family and others, particularly Houston’s Run and Shoot and Texas Tech’s spread-offense, ultimately forced another step in the passing evolution. Question: How far has Texas high school football come in the passing game from days when a quarterback was just a middleman? Answer: No other state in the nation has produced more BCS starting quarterbacks in 2008 than Texas with 22. California is second with 15. “Times have changed,” Coach Detmer says, practically giggling at the stat. As for Coach Sonny Detmer? As a senior citizen, he’s in his fourth different term as head coach at Somerset, outside San Antonio. He has already coached his two sons and his grandson, all quarterbacks.
3. QUARTERBACKS – WIDE RECEIVERS COACH – Coach Billy Barefield – Currently the Passing Game Coordinator for Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma – Barefield is somewhat of a celebrity to our Coaching Fraternity as he was an MVP Player in our 2005 First Annual All-American Bowl Game and then he was an Assistant Coach in our 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic. Then in 2012, Coach Barefield came back to be the East Offensive Coordinator, for East Head Coach Wes Chandler, in the 2012 All-American Bowl Game Classic. 2006 – AABG – 2010 and 2011 – Wide Receivers Coach for Southern Nazarene University. 2008 – 2009 – Student Assistant Coach for Offense for Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma with Wide Receivers and Quarterbacks. Barefield had a sensational High School Career: Led his San Antonio Cornerstone Team to a Private School State Championship in 2001 as a freshman; Second Place in 2002; and a State Championship again in 2003. In 2004, Barefield moved to Shreveport Evangel with his dad, Keith Barefield, and led the Eagles to the Louisiana 5A State Championship. Barefield signed with Memphis after he led Evangel to the Louisiana 5A State Championship. Barefield played quarterback as a freshman for the Memphis Tigers, but with his enormous athletic ability, and 4.4 timing in the forty, he was moved to slot receiver as a sophomore. After two years, Barefield transferred to Northwestern Oklahoma State University to play for his dad, Keith Barefield. In 2008, Billy Barefield was voted as the CSFL Offensive Player of the Year. Barefield is an outstanding, young Christian athlete and coach and he is destined to be one of the Top Coaches of this decade.
4. RUNNING BACKS COACH – Coach Leon Bright – “Neon” Leon Bright, Jr. is a former Professional Football player in both the Canadian Football League and also in the National Football League. Coach Bright played for Florida State where he still holds the record for the longest kickoff return for a touchdown. After he left FSU, Coach Bright played four years in the Canadian Football League and then played five years in the NFL. He played his High School Football at Merritt Island, Florida and helped lead his HS team to the 1973 4A Florida State Championship. Bright ran for 4,036 yards and scored 77 touchdowns as Merritt Island went 30-3 in his three years of high school. Bright averaged 11-yards per carry and scored once for every five times he touched the ball. “Leon’s the best back I’ve ever coached. Period,”’ said Coach Gerald Odom, the current New Smyrna Beach coach who was in his final year as an assistant coach for Merritt Island in ’72. Coach Odom took over the Mustangs’ head coaching job in ’73, Bright’s senior year, after Coach Eddie Feely left for FSU as a freshman coach. Florida State ended up signing Merritt Island’s entire ’72 backfield: quarterback Jimmy Black and All-American fullback Waldo Williams after the State Championship; and Bright a year later. Bright was named to the FHSAA All-Century Team which selected the Top 33 players in the 100 year history of high school football in the state of Florida. From 1977-1980, Bright played running back, wide receiver, defensive back, and kick returner for the British Columbia Lions. He also played for the New York Giants from 1981–1983 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1984-1985. Bright was selected to the Lions’ 2004 50th Anniversary Dream Team. In 2006 he was the head coach for the Daytona Beach Thunder Arena Football League. Coach Bright also runs the Leon Bright Charitable Foundation. His foundation works with under privileged kids and families. Coach Bright was my running back coach at the 2010 Super Elite Top Gun Camp.
5. RUNNING BACKS COACH – Coach Sloan Hood – Currently an Assistant Coach at St Thomas Episcopal in Houston, Texas – Coach Hood played his High School football at Houston Yates and I saw him play a half-dozen times. After an illustrious high school career at Yates High School, Coach Hood signed with the University of Houston Cougars in 1983 and was a Super Star as he played for them from 1984-1086.
6. RUNNING BACKS COACH – Coach JaKouri Williams – AABG 2011 – East Running Backs Coach – University of Tennessee Football. – Plaquemine High School. – One of the top athletes in the state of Louisiana for the 2004 football recruiting campaign was RB Jakouri Williams of Plaquemine High School. “He’s a pure thoroughbred,” Plaquemine High School Head Football Coach Don Jones said. “After having coached Anthony Thomas when I was at Winnfield who went onto Michigan and set all those records and having coached Brian Mitchell who was one of the greatest athletes I have had the privilege to coach and he’s fixing to go into the hall of fame; but Williams is in the same league with them. I’m not saying he’s better but he’s with them.” Williams stands at 5-11 ¾ barefooted and he weighs 190 pounds. Williams finished his junior season in high school with 1,464 yards rushing with 28 touchdowns. His 11.6 yards per carry average is what is staggering to most college coaches. In 2004, Williams signed with The University of Tennessee. In 2011, Coach Williams was the East All-American Bowl Game Classic running backs Coach and he did a great job working with young running backs.
7. WIDE RECEIVERS COACH – RUNNING BACKS COACH – Coach Tyrone Hughes – Currently Coach Hughes is a very popular Radio Talk Show Host and Business Consultant in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has a vast experience in Football as he was drafted in the 5th round and 137th overall pick of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He first played for New Orleans St Augustine in New Orleans and then for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. 1993 – Hughes was selected to the NFL First Team All-NFL and also was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl. Hughes has six years of coaching experience, along with six years in the NFL with New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys. In addition to his playing and coaching experience, Hughes has been taught by numerous quality NFL Coaches on technique as a Defensive Back, Wide Receiver, and Kick Return Specialist. Coach Hughes was the winning All-American Bowl Game Classis West Head Coach in 2012.
8. WIDE RECEIVERS COACH – Coach Nate Singleton was born on July 5, 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana and he played his high school football in New Orleans, Louisiana at Higgins High School. After his high school career, Singleton signed with Grambling State University and played for them from 1988-1991 before he was drafted by the New York Giants in 1992 in Round #11. In his 5-year career, with the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Oilers, Singleton played in 63 games, including participating in four playoff games. Coach Singleton is a great wide receivers coach and a great person and he does a great job with young high school athletes in training them for college. Coach Singleton also really enjoys working with high school, amateur and professional athletes on their football wide receiving skills, speed and agility and he does an incredible job with young athletes. Jerry Rice is in the NFL Hall of Fame and Coach Singleton played with him from 1993-1996. In those four years, most NFL defensive teams could not tell the difference between Rice and Singleton and Coach Singleton was at least three-tenths faster in the forty.
9. OFFENSIVE LINEMEN COACH – Coach Jay Murphree – Currently the Head Football Coach at Jonesboro Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas – 1989-90 – Murphree played at Delta Community College – 2000-2003 – Briarfield Academy in Briarfield, Louisiana – 2001 – Coach of the Year in Northeast Louisiana; 2005 – 2006 – Coach of the Year in West Tennessee at Covington, Tennessee; AABG 2011, 2012 – East Assistant Offensive Lineman Coach in 2011 and West Offensive Line Coach in 2012 – Coach Murphree is a great offensive line coach with 20 years of coaching experience and he does a great job of coaching young offensive linemen.
10. OFFENSIVE LINEMEN COACH – Coach Reagan Smith – Currently the Offensive Line Coach at Shreveport Evangel, Louisiana – 2010 – Louisiana 5A State Football Champions (15-0) at West Monroe, Louisiana – 2011 – Louisiana 2A State Football Champions (12-2) at Shreveport Evangel, Louisiana – AABG 2011 – West Offensive Line Coach. AABG 2012 – East Offensive Line Coach – Coach Smith is one of the finest offensive line coaches that I have ever been around. In the 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic, Coach Smith worked with OT Trint Jenkins (6-10, 330, 5.06) all week and improved him to where he was awesome in the 2011 All-American Bowl Game as he dominated the line of scrimmage for the West Team. Then, in the 2012 All-American Bowl Game Classic, Coach Smith worked with both OC Dak Sims (6-1, 325, 5.2) and OC Jake Wallace (6-2, 275, 5.0) as they both dominated the line of scrimmage for the East Team. Coach Smith is a very talented person who can do a lot of things for a living, but he has chosen to be a Coach so he can help young high school football players to develop their football skills and also their skills for life.
11. DEFENSIVE LINEMEN COACH – Coach Terrence Sanders – Currently Coaching AMG Panthers, Arlington, Texas – 2009 – Super Bowl Champions (13-0) at Mansfield Broncos at Mansfield, Texas – AABG 2011 – East Defensive Line Coach – University of Houston Football. Coach Sanders did an incredible job at the 2011 All-American Bowl Game. He is a personal trainer and he is great with the players. Coach Sanders played his high school football at Detroit Cooley High School in Detroit, Michigan. Coach Sanders signed with the University of Houston in 1985 and was a teammate of Coach Sloan Hood. He then transferred to Grambling State University in 1987 where he was a teammate of Coach Nate Singleton. Coach Sanders played two years for Head Coach Bill Parcells and the New York Giants in 1989-1990 and then for Head Coach Bill Belichick and the Cleveland Browns in 1991-1992. Coach Sanders was a six-foot-nine Defensive Freak at Defensive Tackle. Coach Sanders also played for two of the greatest NFL Head Coaches ever in the NFL.
12. LINEBACKERS COACH – Coach Johnny Rutledge – 2007 to Present – Coach Rutledge is currently the Athletic Director of World Changers Church International Youth Ministries in College Park, Georgia. Coach Rutledge has also served as a Leadership Team Leader during this time. In 2008-2011, Coach Rutledge was the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach at Atlanta Mays High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Coach Rutledge is a former Florida Gator and NFL Linebacker. Coach Rutledge played his high school football for Belle Glades Central in Belle Glade, Florida. Coach Rutledge signed with Coach Steve Spurrier and the Florida Gators and played for them from 1995-1998. In 1996, Coach Rutledge was a member of the 1996 Gator Team that defeated the Florida State Seminoles 52–20 in the Sugar Bowl for the Bowl Alliance National Championship. Coach Rutledge was a second-team All-Southeastern selection as a junior in 1997, and a First-Team All-SEC selection as a senior in 1998. In 1999, the Arizona Cardinals selected Rutledge in the second round and 51st overall pick. Coach Rutledge played for the Arizona Cardinals from 1999-2002. Coach Rutledge then played his final season with the Denver Broncos in 2003. In his five-year NFL career, Coach Rutledge played in 46 regular season games. Coach Rutledge is a great Christian Coach with great Christian values and he does an exceptional job in coaching young HS football players. Coach Rutledge does a great job in educating young student athletes on situations in which they will face while participating in athletes along with teaching athletes that they are sent by God to be Champions to win over their families.
13. CORNERBACKS COACH – Coach Bobby Jackson – Coach Jackson is a former cornerback in the NFL for the New York Jets and when he retired, he had recorded 21 career interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. Jackson began his professional career when he was drafted in the sixth round of the 1978 National Football League draft. He then went on to start all 16 games at cornerback in his rookie year. He also tied for the team lead with 5 interceptions and was named to the “AFC All- Rookie Team” as a starter. Jackson was named the New York Jets defensive captain in the 1981 season. He also led the team in interceptions 3 other times. Coach Jackson was named “HBO Defensive Player of the Week” for his play in a game against the Minnesota Vikings in 1982. Jackson scored two touchdowns in the Vikings game, one on an interception and another on a fumble return. One touchdown was 77- yards and the other was 80-yards. In that year, Jackson was named “All Pro” by Pro Football Weekly Magazine. Jackson was selected to the “All-Time Jet Team” as one of the top three corners in the history of the New York Jets. He had a career total of 21 interceptions. Jackson starred at Florida State University and in 1993 was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame. Jackson once held the All-Time interception record at FSU, but was broken by Terrell Buckley. Jackson also held the single game-punt return average of 45.3 yard per return (minimum three returns) and this record has since been broken by Jet star Leon Washington. Coach Jackson was my Cornerbacks Coach in The Max Emfinger’s 2010 Super Elite Top Gun Camp and he is one of the best cornerback coaches that I have been around in a long time. Coach Jackson is the first player that Legendary Coach Bobby Bowden sent to the NFL.
14. CORNERBACKS COACH – Coach J.J. McCleskey – Currently is a personal trainer for many of the athletes on the Northshore of New Orleans in Covington, Louisiana. – Coach McCleskey was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and played his high school football at Knoxville Karnes – 1989 – Coach McCleskey signed with The University of Tennessee and played for the Volunteers from 1989-1992 – In 1994, Coach McKleskey was drafted by the New Orleans Saints and played for them from 1994-1996 – Coach McCleskey was a wide receiver in college and played cornerback for the Saints. He was a Special Teams Super Star as he was one of the first players down the field on kickoffs and many times was in on the tackle. In 1996, Coach McCleskey was traded to the Arizona Cardinals and he played for the Cardinals from 1996-1999. One of his teammates at Arizona was Super War Hero, Pat Tillman. Coach McCleskey also played with WR David Boston, who was one of my finds while living in Houston. Coach McCleskey is a great coach who can coach a lot of different positions and he also does a great job with young football players. One of the most impressive things about Coach McCleskey is that he was a Walk-on coming out of high school and he was a Free Agent in the NFL coming out of college. Coach McCleskey is a great Christian Coach with great Christian morals and values. His son goes to St Paul and that is where my son graduated from in 1999.
15. SAFETIES COACH – Coach Eric Holden – Currently the secondary coach at Shreveport Evangel in Shreveport, Louisiana – 2011, 2012 AABG – West Defensive Backs Coach. Coach Holden is one of the finest young secondary coaches that I have seen in the last few years. He coached 2012 All-American Bowl Game Classic FS Jared Bryant at Baton Rouge Tara in 2010 before he moved to Shreveport Evangel and he also coached Bryant in the AABG, as Bryant was voted as the Defensive Player of the Game as he recorded 11 tackles and two pass deflections in the 2012 All-American Bowl Game Classic. Coach Holden is a great Christian Coach with great Christian beliefs and great Christian values.
16. SAFETIES COACH – Coach Thomas Everett – Currently the Head Coach of a Dallas High School in Dallas, Texas. Everett is a native of Daingerfield, Texas and is a 2006 College Football Hall of Fame Selection. Everett is a former Baylor free safety, who starred for the Bears from 1983-86. Everett became the ninth individual from Baylor University to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of Barton Koch (1974), James Ray Smith (1987), Lawrence Elkins (1993), Bill Glass (1985), Coach Morley Jennings (1973), Mike Singletary (1995), Coach Grant Teaff (2001) and Hayden Fry (2003). In 1959-60, Max Emfinger played high school football at Brownwood, Texas with Elkins and again in 1962-66 at Baylor. In 1972-74, Emfinger was a Graduate Assistant Coach on the staff of Coach Fry at North Texas. Everett played for Coach Teaff and he was a tremendous leader during one of the most successful Baylor eras as the Bears won 30 games and appeared in three bowl games. Everett came from a small high school but he turned out to be one of the finest players in Baylor history and he was one of the finest young men to ever play at Baylor.” Everett was a two-time First Team All-American and earned unanimous All-American in 1986; played in the Hula Bowl; and received the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. Everett was named twice as the SWC Most Valuable Player and SWC First Team All-Conference. In 1986-87, Everett was voted the conference Athlete of the Year. Everett was named to the Baylor All-Decade Team of the 1980’s, Everett ranks among the school’s top 10 in career interceptions (12), tackles (325), punt returns (80) and punt return yards (766). A member of the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame, he led his team in punt return yards three times. Drafted in the fourth round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Everett enjoyed nine seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.