2021

Quarterback ACADEMIES

"Eric Smith clearly understands the fundamentals of leadership and the quarterback position.

Both of my boys had a very positive experience with Coach Smith and his Winning Edge Camp."

Doug Musgrave, Former Div I QB (Oregon)

June 2021 Update

There Are No More Skill Building Camps for 2021

Thank You for your support of 3 successful academies this year!!

Join Us For Group Throwing Sessions (see below)

or Call Coach Smith for Private Lessons for the rest of 2021

919-414-1774

 

Why attend and what to expect in 2022!!

Highlights & Testimonials

Group Throwing Sessions

Every Sunday5 - 6:30 pm

Mills Park Middle School Football Field, Cary

Begins Sunday, June 20th - Jump In Anytime!!

Details

Price - $50/session

(pay as you go)

  • Join Anytime!! Simply jump as soon as you can.

 

  • Quarterbacks must bring a receiver (or two). There is NO CHARGE for receivers.

No Pre-Registration Required

SIMPLY TEXT/CALL COACH SMITH

919-414-1774

These sessions are scripted to

be very dynamic and challenging!

 

Quarterbacks will receive guided instruction and extensive reps of the following:

  • Throwing the entire route tree

  • Pocket throwing including 1,2,3 & 5 step drop from center and shot-gun

  • Distracted / Pressure throws from the pocket

  • Decision Making 'read' throws

  • Play Action & Roll Out throws

In short, quarterbacks will be properly challenged according to their age & abilities while being coached!!

 Skills Taught At Coach Smith's Academies

 

Footwork

Functional QB Movement' / Drops / Pocket Mobility

 

Ball Mechanics

Hand Off / Play Action / RPO (run-pass option

 

Throwing

Proper Mechanics (including pocket throws & throwing on the run)   

 

Theory

Understanding the proper 'mind-set' of a quarterback     

 

Mental Aspects

Defensive recognition, Football IQ, Situational Football

 

Drills

Drills for self-improvement including an 'Off-Season' Curriculum

 

Leadership

What is leadership? Why is it important? And most importantly, how to EXECUTE it!

From a leadership perspective, you will learn what it means to

'BE A QUARTERBACK' ..not just an athlete playing the QB position      

 

 Learn HOW to Become a 3–D Competitor

make YOURSELF better, your TEAMMATES better and making the GAME better!

 

All participants will receive a copy of Coach Smith's NEW book

The Winning Edge Way - An Athlete and Coaches Guide to Becoming a 3-Dimensional Competitor. 

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Coach Eric Smith

Former Division 1 Quarterback & Certified Speaker and Trainer with The John Maxwell TEAM 

Committed to Your Success! 

Welcome to Winning Edge!

Where Quarterbacks, Receivers and O-Lineman come to develop their Physical, Mental, Mechanical and Leadership Skills so that they can become a leaders in football and ultimately in LIFE!

Eric Smith - Owner / Director
Winning Edge Skills
Former D-1 Quarterback
Leadership Speaker and Coach
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“My son Anthony attended 2 of your camps last summer. This season, he lead his team to the State Championship game for the 1st time in 105 years.

I can’t help but think how much the instruction from you and your coaches helped him.

The changes I saw in him both mentally and physically after the camps were noticeable. It wasn’t just the footwork and drills but also the mental preparations that needed to be made to be considered with the Quarterback position. The leadership role. The character of being a good human first and then a good teammate.

I was so glad we made the second camp in Reno. It really solidified the message”

- Leonard Burns, Father

“Coach Smith, 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 Varsity Coach, Robert McQueens H.S.

"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.  As a result, we are already scheduled and pumped to go to your Redding Camp in June.  I want to thank you for this 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.  

  

                     - Greg Grandell, Head Varsity Coach, West Valley H.S.

Our camps are ‘skill development‘ camps. We focus on developing the proper fundamentals from the ground up… fundamentals that are critical for reaching your highest potential. We also back up all instructional content with drills for self improvement so you can progress after the camp. You can’t put on a great staff without great coaches. All of our instructors have either played at and/or currently coach at the college level. We are passionate about helping you be the best player and the person you can be. Character counts and leadership is built on character so plan to be challenged in ways that transcend the football field while you’re at camp.If you’re serious about getting better and willing to commit to the work involved then Let The Journey Begin….it will be a FUN ride and I promise – well worth it!

        - Coach Smith

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QB 4 Elements of throwing

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The 4 C's of Leadership

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The QB Leadership Voice

Parent Advice on Raising a QB!! 

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Eric Smith

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former NCAA Division-1 Quarterback

former High School Coach

Certified Leadership Speaker/Trainer

Coach Eric Smith was born and raised in Central Michigan. He grew up as a self-described sports junkie. A 2016 Hall of Fame inductee at Alma High School in Central Michigan. During high school he achieved All-State honors in both football and basketball. Upon graduating in 1984 he attended Bowling Green State University on a football scholarship as a Division-1 Quarterback.

During  his career at Bowling Green, Coach Smith was a 3 time ‘1st Team All-MAC Academic’ performer meaning he had success both on the football field and in the classroom. Eric attributes his success in both areas to maintaining a teachable spirit and focused work ethic.

 

After graduating in 1988 with a degree in Business Administration, Eric began his business career which has included Financial Services, Pharmaceutical Sales and Real Estate.

 

During his diverse business career Eric served in many Leadership roles resulting in his further development as a leadership trainer. In 2016, Coach Smith became a certified speaker, trainer and coach for The John Maxwell TEAM, the #1 leadership organization in the world.

 

After 4 years of  coaching high school football, in 2014, Eric started ‘Winning Edge Quarterback Academy’ as a means to develop athletes and winners in life.  Through Winning Edge, Coach Smith conducts Quarterback/Receiver Camps throughout North Carolina, Northern California, Nevada and Oregon. He is also a private quarterback coach and serves as a private leadership and peak performance coach to athletes looking for a Winning Edge in sports and life.

 

Coach Smith is a nationally published leadership author as a regular contributor to USA Football  USA Football and American Football Monthly

See links to Coach Smith's articles on developing quarterbacks and leadership on the HOME page of this site or CLICK HERE

 

 

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 a leader. I would highly recommend this camp to teams or individuals looking to improve their football knowledge and skill set.

 

Coach Miller, Grant Union Prospectors

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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 overall better football player.

                                Brock Barr, Boise State University

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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 working with him!

Justin Abney, Boise State University, Pac-7 All-Conference, All-Region II First Team

Eric Smith clearly understands the fundamentals of leadership and the quarterback position. Both of my boys had a very positive experience with Coach Smith and his Winning Edge Camp.

 

Doug Musgrave, Former NCAA Division-1 Quarterback (Oregon)

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