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We have some great Coaches and below you can find out more about them and their expectations of players

1st/2nd Grade
Open

3rd Grade
Yellow Team
Andrew Leshnick

Coaching Philosophy:

Simply put, it’s striving for excellence while having fun.

Football is the ultimate team sport. Not one player is more important than the team. Not one athlete will achieve excellence on their own.

Youth sports are more than simply playing a game. We are teaching young athletes the value of hard work, relying on your teammates to achieve success and discipline. The lessons transcend the field of play and prepare our young athletes for life.

We strive to create an environment that your child enjoys. When children are having fun, they are more motivated and eager to learn. And let’s face it, if it stops being fun, what’s the point?

Expectations of players:

First and foremost, we expect our players to come to practice and games with a positive attitude, a willingness to work hard and learn.

It’s important to be present and on-time to practices. We have an extremely limited amount of practice time and a lot to learn. If your child cannot make practice, or is going to be late, please give us a heads up.

We will provide your child with a playbook and their position specific roles. Please help your child study and understand what is expected of them.

Every game is filmed and distributed to you through your HUDL login. As coaches, we do our best to make specific notes on each play. Both positive and constructive feedback is provided, it is important that your child watches the film and understand what went right and what went wrong on a specific play.



4th Grade
Yellow Team

Scott Brown

Black Team
Open

5th Grade
Yellow Team
Matt Edmundson
Coaching Philosophy
 
First and foremost our goal is to have fun.  We incorporate games into our practices and conditioning program so the kids get both the benefit of the conditioning but some fun and competition at the same time.  We want to remember this is youth football and we are parent coaches as well.  Learning and effort are enhanced when the kids are enjoying practice and having fun.  We put a lot of time into practice organization and skill development.  We run a routine framework where we cover individual, group and team sessions with a focus on repetition.  There will be variation within the practices however we schedule the time and move through our work with a focus on detail, form and positive correction.  We want to instill a sense of competition in the kids.  This is not a recreation program, this is the highest level of competitive club football that Colorado has to offer.  We strive to help put our kids in a position to succeed both individually and as a team.  We will use every tool and resource in our toolbox to help these kids understand their assignments and alignments.  Film study and scouting is something we believe in strongly as a tool for learning and improvement.  We also provide playbooks and game plans for the kids to support practice learning so during games, if they have studied, they can all play at a high level of confidence because they know their positions and responsibilities.  Finally, we take very seriously how we represent ourselves within the organization, the community and our families.  We coach the kids the importance of playing to the whistle but also that sportsmanship is very important.  We support our teammates but we also strive to play with integrity and within the rules.  We treat each other as family and with respect in carrying on the proud tradition of Thunderhawk football. 
 
Player Expectations
 
-You control your attitude, effort and focus, come with a good attitude and 100% effort and you WILL get better every time you set foot on the field.
-We expect respect to be given to coaches, teammates, officials and our opponents regardless of the circumstances.
-Do your homework.  Study your film on Hudl.  Study your playbook.  Know your positions and assignments.  The better you know your job     the more confidence you will have.  If you don’t understand something, ask the question so we can make sure we are on the same page. 
-Your best is what we expect.  We expect you to will make mistakes.  We will work to positively coach all physical and mental mistakes as coaches.  We make mistakes too and we will own them and work to correct them as well.
-Your safety is very important to us.  If you are injured let us know.  Practices and games can get hectic and we don’t see everything that happens.  If you feel you are seriously injured stay down on the ground.  The drill, practice or game will stop and we will come directly to address your situation.  If you are injured at home or school, please tell us as well so we don’t put you in a position to further injure yourself.
-Practice is important and being there on time, properly equipped and ready to learn is expected.  We are on a schedule and there is something important happening at every practice.  If something is missed you will have resources to catch yourself up but it is best not to fall behind.
-We want everyone to have fun.  We build it into practice.  But when it’s time to learn we expect strong focus so we can work through that period and move forward.  Please respect your other team mates and coaches by not being a distraction. 


Black Team
Nick Guadagnoli
Coaching youth sports for 6+ years

Head Football coach for 3+ years

Goal is to teach youth athletes the proper way to play the sport with sportsmanship, attitude, and ethics being the top priorities as well as provide life lessons to help create successful young adults in preparation of their futures.

Kids will be expected to attend all practices, be on time, and accept each challenge presented to them with an open mind and ready to learn.

We have a lot of fun at practices while setting high expectations.  I have a great coaching staff (5 in total) that believe in the same coaching philosophies that I employ.  Each of us empower each other to teach football the way it is supposed to be played.

6th Grade
David Garcia

7th Grade

Black Team
Tom Kirchmeyer

Dear returning and prospective Rocky Mountain ThunderHawks Football Players and parents,
 
My name is Tom Kirchmeyer and I would like to announce that I am the head football coach of a new 7th grade football team for the Rocky Mountain ThunderHawks Youth Football Association.  The purpose of this letter is to introduce myself and ask that if you have not, to please register for this upcoming 2018 season.  A little personal background on myself and family. In 2012, I retired and moved back to Colorado after spending the past 30+ years in California. My wife and I have been married 35 years and have raised 3 children who live in California and Indiana. I have coached football at several different organizations and age levels throughout southern California. I have also coached in the JMAF.  I believe in promoting a winning attitude and environment by emphasizing the TEAM concept, which includes the involvement of coaches, Players, and parents. That through hard work and dedication we can continue the high standards of excellence set by previous Rocky Mountain ThunderHawks Football Teams.  To the young Men on this football team. I believe in personal responsibility and accountability. Both on and off the field. I want you to be successful in all your endeavors. Such as family, school, football, etc. There is no, “I can't” in the ThunderHawks vocabulary. There is only “I can,” and “I will.” Success is a habit. In Football and Life. If you decide to compete on this 7th grade Team please be aware that PRACTICE IS MANDATORY. This is a new team and there are only 16 practices prior to the first game. We have a lot of work to do. We need your commitment. We will be prepared and fundamentally sound. You will learn more about this game than you can imagine. Bottom line we will compete and have FUN!!! As the season nears take pride in yourself and make it is your responsibility to get in shape prior to the August 1st start date. Come August 1st we don't want to waste time conditioning, we want to learn how to play ThunderHawks Football! That's what you signed up for.  If you need any help in accomplishing these goals, ball skills, linemen techniques, conditioning, etc, please contact me. Quarterbacks get a jump on things and contact me, you are the Team's leaders.  I can't wait to meet each and everyone of you. And again please sign up. You are the foundation to our success.            
Parents and Guardians if you have any questions please contact me. 
 
FEAR THE THUNDERHAWKS!

Coach Tom Kirchmeyer tk1871@gmail.com (949) 939-4628

I am also looking for assistant coaches. The coaching requirements are that you BUY into the system, put the TEAM first and can commit to making practice. If you are interested or if you know someone who would be interested please contact me. 
 



8th Grade
Eric Wynn

 

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