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GEORGE WHITFIELD JR.

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Born: Wichita, KS
Raised: Massillon, OH (Massillon High School, Class of 1996)
Played for Jim Tressel at Youngstown State
Graduated from Tiffin University, Class of 2001

Director, Quarterback Engineer

2014 
 Trained:
               Johnny Manziel (#22 overall pick 2014 NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns, 2012 Frost Heisman Trophy Winner, 2013 Cotton Bowl winner)
               Logan Thomas
                 Bryce Petty (Baylor)
                 Taylor Kelly (ASU)
                 Marquise Williams (North Carolina)
                 David Watford (Virginia)
                 Everett Golson (Notre Dame)
                 Connor Cook (Michigan State)
                 Brandon Harris (LSU)
 
Coach Elite 11 Finals (National HS QB finals)
 
2013
Trained:
               Landry Jones (Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers)
               Pat White (Drafted by Washington Redskins)
               Johnny McEntee, Nate Montana, Matt Scot
 
Coach Elite 11 Finals (National HS QB finals)
                
 
2011-2012
Trained:
                    Andrew Luck (#1 overall pick 2012 NFL Draft, Indianapolis Colts)
                    Johnny Manziel (2012 Frosh Heisman winner, 2013 Cotton Bowl winner)
                    Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles)
                    Cam Newton (#1 overall 2011 NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers)
 
Coach, Elite 11 Finals (National HS QB finals)
 
 
2009-2010
Trained:
                    Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) 
                    Hunter Cantwell (Baltimore Ravens)
                    Tony Pike (Carolina Panthers)
                    Rusty Smith (Tennessee Titans)
                    Chase Clement (Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL)
 2007
                    Founded Whitfield Athletix (QB Academy) (San Diego)
 
2001- 2006
                    University of Iowa Hawkeyes – Assistant Coach 
                    San Diego Chargers – Quarterback Coach Intern
                    Pursued career as an Arena League QB
        
 
 

George Whitfield Jr. Area Highlights

 

 George Whitfield, Jr. was introduced to the game of football by his father, George Sr., who himself was a collegiate football player for Wichita State in the early 1970′s and a very successful high school coach in Kansas and Ohio. George played for the powerhouse Massillon Tigers football team from 1992-1995.

Several big Division I schools offered Whitfield, but under one condition: he move to defense.  He chose Youngstown State to play quarterback for Jim Tressel. After a season on the bench, Whitfield was asked to change positions.

He changed schools, transferring to Division II Tiffin University.  Whitfield finished 3rd in school history in career completions (368), passing yards (4,391) and touchdowns (31). But he suffered a separated shoulder after his senior season, preventing him from pursuing a pro career.

Coaching seemed like the natural next step, so Whitfield started making calls. He contacted 85 schools and received 42 responses, with 27 job offers. Whitfield’s post-playing career began as a weight-room assistant at the University of Iowa.  After a successful season with the Hawkeyes, George wanted to come back to football as a player.  George pursued a career as Arena league QB.

As a result of his relentless training and hard work, he began to garner interest from some Arena League Teams.  George had short stints in Arena football with the Chicago Rush, Louisville Fire, Memphis Xplorers, and Shreveport Battlewings.  After the 2007 season, George made what he has called “one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” and hung up his cleats for good.

During the summer of 2007, he was an intern under Cam Cameron, who at the time was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers. George worked with all the quarterbacks on the Chargers’ roster including a young standout rookie quarterback named Philip Rivers.

In 2010, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, worked with Whitfield during his 4 game suspension.  Where Ben Roethlisberger ended up going to the Superbowl that year.

In 2011, Heisman Trophy Winner, Cam Newton, trained with Whitfield.  Newton was selected #1 overall in the NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

In 2012, Stanford quarterback, Andrew Luck, worked with Whitfield.   Luck was selected #1 overall in the NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.  NFL veteran and free agent Donovan McNabb sought out Whitfield’s services to aid in offseason weight loss and to prepare for the upcoming season.  Along with Vince Young who joined later that year.

Whitfield’s latest success story is being an architect in the development of  Johnny Manziel.  “Johnny Football” rose from obscurity to the history books, becoming the first player to win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman.  Johnny Manziel was selected in the first round during the 2014 NFL Draft.  Whitfield also trained Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech) who was selected to the Arizona Cardinals during the 2014 NFL Draft.

 

 

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HANK SPEIGHTS

 

Quarterback Coach

December 2011
Joined Whitfield Athletix
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           Speights@whitfieldathletix.com

Born: Washington D.C.
St. Albans School for Boys, Class of 2007.
Played collegiately at Trinity College (Hartford, CT), Class of 2011Trained and worked with the following:

 
2014 
 Trained:
               Johnny Manziel (#22 overall pick 2014 NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns, 2012 Frost Heisman Trophy Winner, 2013 Cotton Bowl winner)
               Logan Thomas
     
2012
Trained:
      Andrew Luck (#1 overall pick 2012 NFL Draft, Indianapolis Colts)
     Vince Young (#3 overall pick 2006 NFL Draft, Tennessee Titans)
     EJ Manuel (#16 overall pick, Buffalo Bills)
     Johnny Manziel (2012 Heisman Trophy Winner, 2013 Cotton Bowl winner)
    Landry Jones (Draft by Pittsburgh Steelers)
     Jarrett Lee (San Diego Chargers)
     Donovan McNab (Philadelphia Eagles)
     Braxton Miller (Ohio State)
     Tajh Boyd, Bryce Petty, Logan Thomas, Connor Wood
Coach, Elite 11 Finals (National HS QB finals)

2013
Trained:

     Landry Jones (Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers)
    Jordan Palmer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
     Brady Quinn (Seattle Seahawks)
     Matt Scot (Jacksonville Jaguars)
     Pat White (Washington Redskins)
     Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Luke Del Rio (Alabama), James Franklin (Missouri), Chad kelly (Clemson), Vad Lee (Georgia Tech), Munchie Legaux (Cincinnati), Johnny McEntree, Nate Montana, Max Wittek (USC), Asianti Woulard (UCLA)
Whitfield #BlackOPS Memorial Day QB School (San Diego, CA)
Whitfield #BlackOPS QB School (Dallas, TX)
#DimeCity QB School Weeklong (San Diego)
Mini #BlackOPS QB schools (Around the country)
Weekly QB Academy training in San Diego
2014
Trained:
     Kevin Burke (Mount Union), Billy Barrett (Miami of Ohio), Tim Burns (Coastal Carolina), Connor Cook (Michigan State), Anthony Gennaro (Morningside), Nate German (Rice), Jerrod Heard (Texas), Taylor Kelly (Arizona State), Gavin McCarney (Colgate), Gregory McPherson (West Virginia), David Morrison (Ball State), Chase Murman (Concordia), Dakota Prukop (Montana State), Bryce Petty (Baylor), Jason Thompson (Utah), David Watford (Virginia), Marquise Williams (North Carolina).
Captained Rock Tour 2013 (University of Georgia to Vanderbilt to Louisville to Cincinnati to Michigan to Michigan St. to Notre Dame)
 
 
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MATT JOPE

Quarterback Coach

August 2012
Joined Whitfield Athletix
 
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            Jope@whitfieldathletix.com
 

2012

Trained:

Johnny Manziel (2012 Frost Heisman Trophy Winner)
Vince Young (#3 overall pick 2006 NFL Draft, Tennessee Titans)
Brady Quinn (#22 overall pick 2007 NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns)
Landry Jones (Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers)
Braxton Miller (Ohio State)
Johnny McEntee, Nate Montana, Matt Scott, Pat White

Coach, Elite 11 Finals (National HS QB finals), worked with Trent Dilfer and other renowned QB coaches around the league

 

2013

Trained:
Tajh Boyd, Luke Del Rio, James Franklin, Chad Kelley, Vad Lee, Munchie Legaux, Jordan Palmer, Max Wittek, Asianti Woulard

 

2014

Currently training:
Johnny Manziel (#22 overall pick 2014 NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns, 2012 Frost Heisman Trophy Winner)

Coach, Whitfield Black OPS School, Whitfield Rock Tour, #BlackOPS QB 

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SAM MORA

Quarterback Coach

December 2013
Joined Whitfield Athletix
 
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            Mora@whitfieldathletix.com
 2014
Trained
Johnny Manziel, Logan Thomas, David Watford, Bryce Petty#BlackOPS Memorial Day Weekend QB School2013
 #DimeCity Weeklong QB school 
 
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Coach Sam Mora quickly made a name for himself as one of the youngest high school football coaches in the San
Francisco Bay Area. Through his active approach and enthusiastic style, Coach Mora was able to coach three consecutive years of first team All-League quarterbacks at Alameda High School. After traveling to shadow several Division I programs (including but not limited to Cal, Stanford, San Jose State, and Fresno State, as well as respected junior colleges) Coach Mora went on to found Advanced Placement Quarterback Academy where he trained and coached numerous local high school quarterbacks. In December of 2013 Coach Mora joined the Whitfield Athletix staff to assist with Johnny Manziel’s and Logan Thomas’s Draft Camps. Additionally Coach Mora had a pivotal role in the training of Whitfield Athletix first wide receiver, Mike Evans. Along with draft training, Coach Mora has aided with college quarterback spring training, and Whitfield Athletix’s Mini Black Ops Quarterback Schools. Whether it be a future NFL first round pick or a high school freshmen, Coach Mora is committed to helping any individual take their skills and talents to the next level.

 

 
 
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JAMES H. WOO

Director of Operations

2010
Joined Whitfield Athletix

James Woo is the Director of Operations at Whitfield Athletix.  He serves as the arms and legs of the organization to make sure the hundreds of quarterbacks involved in the Whitfield Athletix have what they need to be successful athletes.

Woo first tapped into the world sports at the age of 16.  He rose through the ranks at Rancho Bernardo High School’s esteemed digital media program by leading camera operations inline, play-by-play athletics.  In addition, he won several Emmy awards for various motion pictures.

Woo later earned a degree in Mass Media Productions from the California State University at San Marcos.  In 2010, he worked with coach George Whitfield Jr. on the Whitfield Rock Tour as the videographer.  Woo’s work effectively documented the perseverance and relentless efforts of the athletes.  From the Big House at the University of Michigan to the legendary Bryant-Denny Stadium at the University of Alabama, Woo captured the essence of why college football is so special.

With Woo’s help, Coach Whitfield was able to train Ben Roethlisberger to his best season ever.  Woo also helped facilitate the success of Cam Newton.  When Newton came to San Diego, Woo took care of every aspect in facilitating Cam and his family’s everyday needs.

Woo took on the role of Director of Operations in 2011.  His daily work includes running all operational aspects such as website construction, multi-media management, videography, and photography, financing accounting, and ensuring top-notice client support on a national scale.

When Woo isn’t working with Coach Whitfield, you can find him volunteering for JITLI, a non profit organization founded by the Jacobs’ family in San Diego.

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