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Army Technology Helping HS Football Coaches Stay Connected through COVID

What do some of the nationally ranked college football programs and hundreds of high school football teams have in common? They are using GoArmy Edge, the latest Army technology, to build their teams and connect with their athletes through simulation in the digital age. This technology proves to be extremely timely given the current health crisis.

Built by the U.S. Army in Huntsville, Alabama, the GoArmy Edge app was created for high school football coaches to provide them with simulation technology so they can connect with and coach their athletes off the field.

Hundreds of teams across the country have turned to GoArmy Edge for a few common reasons. First, today’s young high school athletes are now fully engaged in digital technology as the rule, not the exception. Second, the technology is free, so coaches who would pay hundreds of dollars per year for the latest football technology now don’t have to cut into their already-strapped football budgets. Third, the current COVID crisis has limited hours of field and meeting time and forced coaches to engage and coach in new ways as they coach in unprecedented conditions.

But, perhaps the most popular reason, winning. Top college programs have turned to simulation to win more games and use GoArmy Edge as their software.

“Simulation has proven to be effective in getting teams at all levels on the same page. It was created, however, for high school football coaches across America,” explained Coach Rob Everett, chief consultant for Simulation for the GoArmy Edge program, who has coached football at the high school, college, and professional levels.

For the past few years, Coach Everett has been working with high school coaches from around the country sharing the simulation technology and helping them install GoArmy Edge through Zoom “huddles” and live events like 7v7s.

“The Zoom huddle allows for any coach to see the upside of the technology in less than thirty minutes while I demonstrate it,” Everett shared. Everett recently hosted more than 200 New York State high school coaches on Zoom to explore preparation for coaching their athletes during the pandemic.

Coach Rob Currin, a high school football coach in New York, felt the Zoom huddle prepared him to employ this new technology. “It was eye-opening with easy to use guidance and installation of our offense and defense along with a clear explanation on how to add our team’s colors and number scheme. With today’s athletes, it makes perfect sense.”

In addition to the Zoom huddles, Everett likes the 7v7 football platform as a way to share news of GoArmy Edge. It is the hottest thing in football, attracting thousands of high school football teams from across the country with non-contact competition focused mainly on passing plays. Played during the “off-season” of summer, Everett has connected with coaches in classroom settings at 7v7s to provide a “show and tell” version of the technology. “The 7v7 events provide for quality time with a large number of coaches before the busy, regular season begins,” stated Everett.

Everett and the U.S. Army Gaming division are set to host a Zoom huddle to demonstrate the GoArmy program this Monday night, July 27th at 8:00 PM for North Jersey coaches with a presentation called “Moving the Ball Downfield Against COVID: Saving, Sustaining and Strengthening Your Team with the Free GoArmy Edge App.”

Coach Cosmo Lorusso, Director of the Morris County Coaches Association, commented, “Our mission is to support the continuing education of our football coaches. All programs are facing tough health and budget times, a free, digital program that allows us to safely connect to our athletes is a great option for us, particularly now.”

Head coaches and assistant coaches over eighteen years of age along with video staff are invited to attend. Youth coaches are also welcome to attend.

GoArmy Edge Zoom Huddle
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2020
Time: 8:00 PM EST – 8:40 PM EST

Registration Link:
Zoom link will be emailed to each coach after registration (just coaches over the age of eighteen are invited to this session).
Register via Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hDj8AXGR30p4aVBb3tkmPheOJE5BIiNm3YMJz_uufaQ/viewform?ts=5f15b1c2&edit_requested=true

GoArmy Edge in the News:
GoArmy Edge Football Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEJGKV9XWJSHCVZ12JQek-A

ESPN’s Game Day features GoArmy Edge in LSU walk-through room:

Inside LSU’s ‘Walk Through Room’: See How Newest Breakthrough in Game Film Study Works:
https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/sports/lsu/article_0f4fd45a-ae6a-11e9-ac78-e7409c6f59ea.html

GoArmy Edge Website:
www.goarmyedge.com

Thank You to Our Supporting Partners

A special thanks to Morris Sussex Sports and the Morris County Football Coaching Association for supporting the U.S. Army and the continuing education of our high school football coaches.

An Army of Coaches

An Army of Coaches is a program committed to connecting today’s Army to high school coaches across America. The program’s founders created the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, an iconic American sporting event supported by the U.S. Army, that showcased the nation’s top preps, celebrated the game and hosted more than 1,500 high school football coaches in San Antonio, Texas.

Introducing game-changing technology to coaches is a first step among many designed to strengthen the bond between both groups. Both the U.S. Army and high school football coaches share the same core values, support the strengthening of high school football in every community, and are shaping our leaders of tomorrow in the real world and digital world. For more than fifty years, American football coaches have supported the U.S. Army, its mission, and the idea of developing young athletes through high school football to build a stronger America. Together – We Are an Army of Coaches.

Thank you for your continued support!

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are a very important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community, to the Morris-Sussex area is his mission.

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