"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)
2020 'Indoor' Winter Training
Ages 12-18 Begins Sunday, Jan 5th 2020
Apex (Raleigh), NC
Six 2-Hour Sessions
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Stay Tuned for another session to begin Spring 2020!!!
Why attend and what to expect!
Highlights & Testimonials from 2019
Functional QB Movement' / Drops / Pocket Mobility
Hand Off / Play Action / RPO (run-pass option)
Proper Mechanics (Pocket throws & Throwing on the run)
Understanding the proper 'mind-set' of a quarterback
Defensive recognition, Football IQ, Situational Football
Drills for self-improvement including an 'Off-Season' Curriculum
What is leadership? Why is it important and most importantly, 'How' to EXECUTE it!
How to "BE A QUARTERBACK" NOT just "an athlete playing the qb position"
* Becoming a 3–D Competitor. Making YOURSELF better, your TEAMMATES better and making the GAME better! QB's 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.
Available on AMAZON
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
“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
Sights and Sounds of
a Winning Edge Camp
QB 4 Elements of throwing
How to Get Recruited
Receiver Route Skills
What To Expect At Camp
QB's - Starting the lawnmower!
Managing your Response
for better Outcomes
Receiver Route Skills II
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
College Receiver / WR Coach
Coach Atkinson was raised in Harrisonburg, VA. He played wide receiver & defensive back at Harrisonburg High School (VA). He sas a 1st-team all-district wide receiver as both a junior and senior. As a Senior earned both 1st team all-district honors as a WR and DB as well as 1st team All-Region honors as a WR and 2nd team all-state (4A) as a WR.
Coach Atkinson played WR at Randolph-Macon College(2009-2010) (Ashland, VA) before transferring and playing final 2 seasons (2011-2012) at Christopher Newport University (Newport News, Va).
Year(s) Team Position
2019 (Spring) Carolina Raptors 15U Travel 7v7 Head Coach/OC
2018 (Fall) Apex Patriots 13U Head Coach
2018 (Spring) NYFO Cary/Apex/Holly Springs 7v7 Asst head coach (13U)
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
2017 Redding, CA Camp
2016 Bend, OR Camp
2016 Redding, CA Camp
2016 Vacaville, CA Camp
2016 Reno, NV Camp
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
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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