Kasay, Shephard to headline annual Baker Pro Football Mini Camp Coaches Clinic

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Former NFL kicker John Kasay will be the featured speaker at Jason Baker’s annual Pro Football Mini Camp Coaches Clinic April 21 at Wayne High School.

The clinic will also include presentations about cyber security by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and youth suicide by Parkview Behavioral Health, as well as football coaching guidance from four Purdue University coaches: Co-Offensive Coordinator JaMarcus Shephard, Co-Defensive Coordinator Anthony Poindexter, Offensive Line Coach Dale Williams, and Cornerbacks Coach Derrick Jackson. Shephard is a Fort Wayne native.

Kasay, who played for 21 seasons in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, will talk about significant changes occurring in youth sports, many of them related to expectations placed on athletes.

“My goal,” Kasay said, “is to encourage the coaches to remember the fundamentals of what makes a great coach and still be culturally relevant to today’s athlete. It is a fine line to walk, but if they do it well, it will have eternal consequences.”

The clinic begins at 5:15 p.m. at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne. Check-in is at 4:30 p.m. Youth and high school coaches and athletic administrators can sign up for the clinic by visiting www.profootballminicamp.com.

Baker’s annual mini camp for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders follows May 19-20, also at Wayne. Registration for the youth camp is also open on the website.

Baker is a Fort Wayne native and Wayne High School graduate who was an NFL punter for 11 years.

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