OLINDA - The inaugural Seabury Hall Football Camp Combine will mix two aspects essential to hopeful college players, according to Spartans athletic director Robert Dougherty.
"We are trying to combine the best of both worlds with this camp combine," said Dougherty, who was the head coach at College of the Sequoias in California before taking the Seabury job a year ago. "They will get their numbers where they are going to be able to market themselves to colleges and get coached up by a great group of coaches for each position."
The camp, for players 13-18 years old, is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Olinda campus at a cost of $170 per participant. Spots can be obtained by calling 572-7235 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main instructors are Curtis Allen, who was the head coach at Sequoias before Dougherty, and Irv Pankey, a 13-year offensive line-man for the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts who succeeded Dougherty at the California junior college. Kenny Jackson will coach wide receivers, Fred Cepeda will coach defensive backs, Allen will coach linebackers and running backs, Pankey will coach offensive and defensive linemen and Dougherty will coach the quarterbacks.
"I think there's a lot of talent on Maui and we need this," said Dougherty, who was the head coach for two years at Sequoias after two years as the offensive coordinator, and was a high school coach for 11 years. "I know from my experience that there are always kids who fall through the cracks who may not have the best grades or have other circumstances that keep them from college football."
Results of a 40-yard dash, shuttle run, vertical jump and bench press will be put online.
"I think it's unfortunate that kids have had to buy a round-trip plane ticket to Oahu and pay for lodging possibly to be seen," Dougherty said. "Now, they can do both right here on Maui."
Maui has had similar events in the past, including the Maui Football Combine and Just Win Football Camp.
Dougherty he hopes to have the camp cost less in the future.
"We are just trying to break even this year," he said. "In the future, we will hopefully be able to charge less."
Dougherty said all local coaches are welcome to attend.
"Our numbers are low right now, we are trying to get more kids," he said. "That is better for the kids who have signed up because they are going to get a lot of work.
"For the local coaches, they can come get some ideas for drills - it can be a great thing for new ideas. When I was a head coach, I was always looking for new ideas. I hope all the coaches on the island come and take advantage."
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