“Eric Smith clearly understands the fundamentals of leadership and developing the total person. Both of my boys had a very positive experience with Coach Smith and his Winning Edge Academy”
Doug Musgrave, former Div-I QB (Oregon Ducks)
“I have to tell you that the skills and techniques that your coaching staff brought to the players here in Northern Nevada were a great reminder to us all as to the keys for success both in football and in life. The lessons on leadership and character were equally as important as the skills they learned for the grid iron in your two day camp. I have no doubt that every kid who attended your camp this year learned what it takes to not only become a better football player, but a better leader and teammate. The kids from McQueen High School will definitely be attending your camp again next year.”
Jim Snelling, Head Football Coach / Strength Coach, Robert McQueen High School
“As a parent and football coach I’ve worked with my son, Ty, since he was little. Its been a fun successful ride but eventually we found he needed the insight and expertise of a position coach. A coach that could inspire and teach. Eric’s QB knowledge, communication skills and passion for the game was a perfect fit. The mechanics and confidence learned gave Ty a competitive edge that directly translated to the field. Our football team went 13-0 this season, with Ty at QB and I feel our time spent with Eric made all the difference”
Bruce Farrell, Football Coach / Parent
“Coach Smith has unbelievable knowledge about the game. He saw potential in me, and really gave all of his effort to improve my skill. He expects a lot, but will bring the best out of any player at any level. He helped me through my senior year and helped me get a college scholarship to a school in Iowa.
He cares about his players and demands a lot from them. In addition Coach Smith always made it fun even during the grueling practice times. I recommend learning from Coach Smith or attending one of his camps if you want to see drastic improvement and reach your full potential”
Gavin Graham, Shasta HS 2012
“Some of Coach Smith’s coaching points and knowledge over the last few years have aided me in elevating my game to the college level. I recommend Coach Smith to any athlete who is trying to advance their game and become an better athlete, leader or person”
Brock Barr, Receiver, Boise State University
“I have known Coach Smith for a long time now. He has always been very passionate about the game of football and is constantly helping young athletes by sharing his love for the sport.
Working with Coach Smith has been a blast. From the moment your cleats come on, your taught that every little detail in you game matters. I now find myself thinking more and emphasizing moves and steps that I didn’t know existed a year ago. Coach really gets the best out of his kids but also connects with them on a personal level. He’s very easy to talk to if you have questions or concerns. I would recommend Coach Smith to any athlete. From those who need basic building blocks to start their careers to kids who are knocking on the doors to college programs. You won’t be disappointed with what you learn from him!”
Justin Abney, Shasta College All-League Receiver
“I never coached a player that worked harder on and off the field than Eric Smith. From the weight room to the film room to the practice and game fields, Eric was all about improving and being the best player and person he could be. Now it is his turn to share that experience and knowledge with other young players that want to be the best they can be.
I would not hesitate to send my sons to Eric Smith – he would help them get better as both a player and as a person… and have fun doing it.”
Mark Miller, Former College Football Coach and NFL Quarterback
“Coach Smith knows a lot about developing athletes as leaders in sport and ultimately life… he has been there and experienced it. He understands how players want to be taught. I've enjoyed learning from Coach Smith. He's helped me advance my game and abilities as a leader”
Ryan Pollard, College Quarterback
“I've been coaching football at both the High School and College level for 23 years. I have spent time with Coach Smith and come to know him as a person of character who has a deep passion for sharing his knowledge and love for football and leadership with developing athletes. He has not only helped a few of the kids on our roster but some of our assistant coaches and athletes also assist Coach Smith as staff members of his Winning Edge Academy. I would encourage any developing athlete who is motivated to improve the finer points of their game to learn from Coach Smith”
Coach Bryon Hamilton, Offensive Coordinator / Assistant Head Coach, Shasta College Knights
“In my 33 years coaching high school football I have sent countless players to various camps in my time. Some have been better than others but all have had some good concepts for kids to take home and thus improve their game. My program’s quarterbacks and receivers just attend and completed our first ‘Winning Edge Skills’ camp this last week-end. You and your staff helped my players significantly. I don’t know who got more out of it; my staff or my players! I saw improvement throughout the day with each and every athlete. I was so impressed with your team talk! Your talk was higher level coaching which every player should have the opportunity to glean. I am confident that my players left the field this week-end and were better at their collective positions, better understanding their positions, better equipped to improve as football players, but most important, they left the field this week-end better men! Thank you for an exemplary job coaching my players.”
Thank you for the Winning Edge Skills Academy!
Coach Greg Grandell, West Valley High School Head Football Coach, 2013 & '18 Northern Section Football Champions
“I took 4 student athletes to a Winning Edge QB/R camp of varying ages and abilities. Each of the student Athletes gained valuable skills and insight on how to be both a better athlete and better leader. I would highly recommend Coach Smith to any individual looking to improve themselves as an athlete or leader”
Coach Miller, Grant Union Prospectors