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Adam Hovorka

Adam Hovorka

Adam Hovorka

Managing Editor

X&O Labs

Adam Hovorka serves as Managing Editor at X&O Labs. Since joining the team in 2017, Adam has worked with over 80 coaches to write and publish their materials. Adam has written several clinic reports on the 4-2-5 defense and the multiple spread offense. In addition to his work at X&O Labs, Adam just finished up his first year as the DC at Plainedge High School in Massapequa NY, helping lead the squad to undefeated regular season and a County Championship. Prior to joining the coaching staff at his alma mater, Adam enjoyed 18 years coaching in the high school ranks as a Head Football Coach and defensive coordinator. Coach Hovorka's teams have been in nine championship games. Besides coaching, Adam is a Special Education and a Social Studies teacher. He lives in Babylon, NY with his wife of 12 years and his three children.

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Training Overhang Defenders to Diagnose and React vs. Run and Pass

2019-08-12 12:27:36

By Mark Theophel, Defensive Coordinator, Hartwick College (NY) The RPO game has made it even more difficult for overhang defenders to accurately diagnose, then fit, their responsibilities vs. run and pass respectively. So, defensive coordinators must do all they can...

What Every Coach Needs to Know About Long Snapping

2019-08-11 22:20:40

By Christopher Tomlinson, Tight Ends and Special Teams Coach, Franklin High School (TN) A long snapper should most definitely be "made" in the off season. This report discusses the very basics of long snapping. During the spring and summer months, use...

50 + Drills to Improve QB Pocket Presence

2019-08-11 16:04:00

By Sam Nichols, Managing Editor, X&O Labs Sure, your QB may be delivering the ball on time and with accuracy in those 7 on 7 drills this month, but we all know football is not played that way once the season...

Campbell University’s Press Technique Drills

2019-08-11 10:52:00

By Bryan Butterworth, Defensive Backs Coach / Defensive Pass Game Coordinator, Campbell University (NC) As a 48% Cover 1/Cover 0 outfit, Campbell University’s defense prides itself on teaching man technique. The Fighting Camels rode its man coverage philosophy to a...

Training the Eyes and Hands of Defenders to Promote Takeaways

2019-08-01 12:23:50

By Anthony Kerr, Defensive Coordinator, Black Hills State University (SD) The premise of creating more takeaways begins with the commitment to do so. Black Hills State University made that choice three seasons ago and since has averaged 2.5 takeaways per...

8 Closed Space Tackle Drills

2019-08-01 11:20:00

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs Tackle situations are either made in open space or closed space. As we reported last week, while tackling in the open field continues can be issue of defensive concern, tackling in closed spaces...

7 Every Day Drills to Teach Ball Security

2019-08-01 10:12:00

By James Guest, Running Back Coach, University of Virginia – Wise We’ll go ahead and state the obvious: turnovers win and lose games any level, period. So, as an offensive coach if you’re not devoting time to teach ball security, you’re...

Mirror Blocking Progression for Wide Receivers

2019-08-01 09:37:21

By Dan Shula, Wide Receivers Coach, Florida Atlantic University 78 percent of Florida Atlantic University’s offensive drives last season contained at least one explosive play—a run/pass over 20 yards. On 67 percent of those plays, a wide receiver made a key...

Creating a Stem System for DL to Disrupt Blocking Schemes

2019-07-29 12:12:38

By Jordan Fast, Defensive Coordinator, Sioux Valley High School (SD) Organized stems at the line of scrimmage place blockers in conflict, create negative plays and forces offensive lines to have sound blocking rules. By Jordan Fast Defensive Coordinator Sioux...

Using Pullers in the RPO Game

2019-07-29 11:41:26

By Phil Hamilton, Offensive Coordinator, Saint Vincent College (PA) Defenses have slowly but surely adapted to the “RPO” world we currently play in. Having the ability to continually keep a defense on their toes is always at the forefront of...

IZ Leverage Drills for 1st/2nd Level Blocking

2019-07-28 12:25:10

By Mike Fossum, Offensive Line Coach, Wisconsin Lutheran College Like most small schools, D3 Wisconsin Lutheran College struggles with having consistently bigger offensive linemen. So they’ve adjusted their inside zone schemes to fit their spread offensive personnel by widening the...

Bracketing the X in Trips Formations

2019-07-28 09:45:00

By Ty Gower, Defensive Coordinator, Norman North High School (OK) The free access throw to the X in 3x1 formations continues to be a staple in most offensive coordinators’ menu, particularly against two-high safety structures. So it becomes more of a...

Sam Nichols

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Sam Nichols

Managing Editor

X&O Labs

Sam Nichols serves as Managing Editor at X&O Labs.  Since joining the team in 2012, Nichols has worked with over 100 coaches to write and publish their materials.  He is the author of the popular No Huddle Research Report that was released in March 2013.  In addition to his work at X&O Labs, Sam is entering his third year as wide receivers coach at Hope College in Holland, MI.  Prior to joining the coaching staff at his alma mater, Sam enjoyed 10 years coaching in the high school ranks leading multiple teams to playoff appearances and coaching players like current Washington Redskin Kirk Cousins.  Sam had a variety of writing and publishing experiences before he joined the X&O Labs team.  Since 2006, he has published 8 articles in various football coaching journals, is featured in an instructional coaching DVD series, wrote a best-selling no huddle manual, and published a instructional book on running great youth football camps.

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Mike Kuchar


Mike Kuchar

Senior Research Manager

X&O Labs

Mike Kuchar serves as co-founder and Senior Research Manager of X&O Labs. Kuchar has spent the last 15 years of his writing career researching and reporting on the newest trends and innovations in the game. His work has been featured in various national publications including ESPN Magazine, USA Today, and CBSports.com as well as coaching trade publications. Since starting X&O Labs, Kuchar has authored several special reports including the Zone Read Study, the Quarters Coverage Study and the 4-2-5 Defense Study.  Aside from his journalistic pursuits, Kuchar has been a coach for 14 years, both at the high school and college level as a head coach and a defensive coordinator. Currently he is the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Rahway High School in New Jersey.  

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