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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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Adding Pistol and RPOs to Traditional Triple Option

2019-06-12 22:43:23

By Danny DuPaix, Offensive Coordinator/QBs, Southern Virginia University Since transitioning its veer option to pistol alignments, the University of Southern Virginia improved its yards per carry nearly a half a yard this season and set school records in individual rush...

"Falcon" and "Heavy" Adjustments to Defend Big Personnel from 4-2-5 Spacing

2019-06-12 22:14:54

By George Karafantis, Defensive Assistant, St. Anthony’s High School (NY) Stopping power heavy run offenses can be a challenge especially if you have smaller, less physical players on your defense. These big offenses will feast on a stagnant, one-look defense...

Simplifying Offensive Communication

2019-06-12 00:41:00

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs We’re all familiar with the coaching maxim, “less is more,” but what if you can do more offensively, yet make it seem like less to your players? In this research report, over 100...

Double Teaming Punt Team Gunners

2019-06-11 10:54:09

By Chris Fore, Special Teams Coordinator, Sultana High School (CA) Hidden yardage can be the difference between winning and losing. Find out how Coach Fore's squad double their Punt Return yards with this simple adjustment. By Chris Fore Special Teams Coordinator Sultana...

Using The Lag Technique to Slow Down Wide Zone Runs

2019-06-06 15:33:38

By Joseph M. Purvis, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Franklin Parish High School (LA) At Franklin Parish High School (LA), defensive coordinator Joseph Purvis uses the lag fundamental as an alternative for undersized 4i technique defenders that may not be capable of...

Vertical Pass Concepts Off Jet Motion

2019-06-06 14:53:10

By Dan Hughes, Head Coach/OC, Sioux Valley High School (SD) Jet motion forces the defense to react pre-snap, stress horizontally, and most importantly, force the DB’s to fit the run. In doing so it grabs the defensive backs’ attention as...

Special Teams Unit Development (STUD) Training

2019-06-06 07:51:00

By Ryan Turnbull, Special Teams Coordinator/DFO/Defensive Backs Coach, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) RPI places a premium on special teams play, its most recent product is current Miami Dolphins place kicker Andrew Franks. The coaching staff organizes a full-field, 15-minute drill work...

Protecting “Hot” vs. Multiple Pressures

2019-06-06 05:50:00

By Rich O'Connor, Offensive Coordinator, Montclair St University Why slide protect and match a back on a defensive end when you can train your QB to get the ball out quickly and effectively against various pressures. Rich O’Connor, the Offensive Coordinator...

Using the “Biff” Technique in Tunnel Screens

2019-06-02 17:42:17

By Stan Hodgin, Offensive Coordinator, Shenandoah University (VA) In this exclusive clinic report, offensive coordinator Stan Hodgin provides game clips and drill work validating the one technique he teaches offensive linemen to create space in his tunnel screen package. By Stan...

Applying Leverage and Pursuit Rules in Pop Kickoffs

2019-06-02 17:34:07

By Steve Erxleben, Head Football Coach, Southern High School (MD) The execution of Kickoff coverage is, especially at the high school level, one of the most opportune times to either make an explosive play, or in the case of the...

Fold Fitting to Disrupt Counter and Power Read Blocking Schemes

2019-06-02 15:59:01

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs The following research was conducted in part of X&O Labs Special Report on Phase 2: 4-2-5 Defense. By Mike Kuchar Senior Research Manager X&O Labs Twitter: @MikekKuchar Editor’s Note: The following...

Perimeter Blocking in the Jet Sweep/Power Read Game

2019-06-01 18:45:00

By Jeffrey Russell, Offensive Coordinator, Wethersfield High School (CT) Coach Russell shares the technique he uses in his triangle read to identify and block second level players as well as the formations he’ll use to outnumber defenses on the perimeter so...

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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