Co-Founders of NKR

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Brian Jackson

Co-Founder of NKR

Dothan, AL

Located in Alabama, Coach Jackson has been extremely successful in improving hundreds of kickers, punters, and long snappers over the past 9 years and counting. He's helped specialists all over the country, has had 12 specialists make it to the NFL, and well over 350 specialists make college rosters. Coach Jackson, also known as the Kicking Coach of the South, is unique in that he not only played professionally for 9 years in the arena leagues and won two world championships, but he also can coach specialists properly, developing their skillsets. Coach Jackson has many collegiate contacts and the number of specialists he's progressed to the next level is revolutionary.

In addition, Coach Jackson has a solid team around him of credible coaches and current free agent specialists that not only are great coaches but truly care about every single specialist that attends our camps. National Kicking Rankings (NKR) was developed to give specialists an equal chance to showcase their skills and get nationally ranked and rated by credible sources.

We are excited about NKR and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming camps!

Email: teamjacksonkicking@gmail.com

Phone: 334-405-0364

Twitter: @TeamJacksonKick

Instagram: @teamjacksonkicking

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Chris Husby

Co-Founder of NKR

Minneapolis, MN

Coach Husby runs Special Teams Football Academy in the Midwest and is based out of Minneapolis, MN. Chris has helped train over 200 specialists that have gone on to play college football. He prides himself on developing specialists from the ground up with detailed instruction and walking with them on their journey, as a coach and mentor through proper fundamentals, recruiting help and guidance.

 

Chris has developed Special Teams Football Academy into one of the premier kicking and snapping academies in the Midwest and is a highly respected coach among the special teams industry. He pursued the NFL for 6 years as a specialist after a fantastic senior year of football at the University of St Thomas. He trains kickers, punters and long snappers year-round at the youth, high school, college, and professional levels. He runs private lessons, mini camps, and instructional and evaluation kicking camps in the Midwest as well as throughout the United States.

Email: coachhusby@gmail.com

Phone: 651-353-2660

Twitter: @SpecialTeamsFB

Instagram: @specialteamsfb

senior staff

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Tom Feely

NKR Senior Advisor

Tampa, FL

Coach Feely was a three-sport athlete at the College of St. Thomas and went into the teaching and coaching profession in 1974. His first two years he served an assistant coach for a high school that won back-to-back state championships. In 47 years of coaching football, he has literally coached every position in football including many years as an offensive coordinator and special teams’ coordinator.

Tom began his specialty as a kicking coach in 1992 when his oldest son, Jay Feely, was 14 and became interested in becoming a kicker in high school. Jay played 14 years as an NFL kicker. Tom and his sons, Jay, John, Ryan, Tyler, and Nick, are all very instrumental in our mission to spread to the athletes we are privileged to encounter, not only the skills but more importantly, the attitudes and values that help make young people become successful at whatever they dream to accomplish. Tom passionately shares his rich background as a teacher with his protégés.

Twitter: @CoachFeely

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Mark Lewis

Senior Staff

Orlando, FL

Mark Lewis has been running camps and training along with Brian Jackson and Chris Husby for over 4 years now. Mark is the 'Adam Vinatieri' of the Arena Leagues as he will be in his 16th year playing for the new AFL's Atlantic City Blackjacks in 2019.

Mark is a fantastic kicking coach that resides in central Florida. He does several camps and training along with Tom Feely, Brian Jackson, and Chris Husby. Feel free to contact Mark on social media @MarkLewisKicking. We are proud to have such a fantastic coach and person on our NKR staff.

Twitter: @kickermarklewis

Instagram: @marklewiskicking

regional coaches

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Ed Groth

Regional Coach

Shelton, CT

Coach Ed currently resides in Shelton, CT. He attended Shelton High school, where as a senior he was named All-state and All-CT team. He still currently holds the longest field goal in the SCC conference of 49 yards. He attended college at Central Connecticut State University where he was a 4-year starter. His senior year, he had a long of 43 yards and averaged 40 yards per punt. He was named All-NEC and All-New England. Currently, Ed is still pursuing a professional career. He had try-outs in the AFL and most recently a try-out with the Seattle Dragons of the XFL. Outside of football, Coach Ed runs Power Kicking, which is based in CT, and he is a high school coach at Greenwich High School in CT.

If you are in the Northeast area and would like to train with Ed, don't hesitate to contact him on social media at @PowerKicking. We are proud to have such a versatile coach on board!

Twitter: @pkicking365

Instagram: @power_kicking

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Brett Arkelian

Regional Coach

Nashville, TN

Coach Arkelian is a former combo specialist, who holds three school records (LUPA) and is tied for a 2015 NCAA record including an 80-yard punt. After kicking field goals and kickoffs for two years in high school and receiving minimal Division III interest, Brett went to a junior college, Fresno City College. After a year of being redshirted at Fresno City College, Brett was spotted at a Team Jackson Kicking Camp and was offered a scholarship to The Lincoln University in Oxford, PA. Having never punted before, Brett handled the field goal, kickoff, and punt duties. After an All-Conference Rookie season and a sophomore season where he set records for most made field goals, field goal percentage, and longest punt, Brett landed at The University of Tennessee at Martin, a FCS program in TN. Following two years as the starting punter at UTM, Brett finished with the 4th best career punt average in UTM history and 3rd best net punt in the nation in 2017. Following the 2017 season, Brett served as a Graduate Assistant at UTM. Brett was in charge of the specialists while helping with the safeties.

You can contact Brett on social media @IceMan_Kicking as he trains specialists in the state of TN!

Twitter: @iceman_kicking

Instagram: @iceman_kicking

additional staff

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Julie Harshbarger

Webmaster and Media Specialist

Chicago, IL

We are super excited to have Julie as our NKR webmaster and media specialist. Julie has already made great improvements to our website and social media platforms.

 

Julie Harshbarger is a Chicago-based graphic designer. She currently works for an intellectual property law firm during the day and in her free time works on freelance projects. Julie is also a kicker who holds several kicking records in semi-pro and professional football leagues. 
After kicking in high school, she continued to follow her dreams of kicking at the next level. While training during the summer to kick at Rockford University, she was recruited by the Rockton Rush owner to kick for them in between her college seasons. Julie played two seasons of soccer and football at Rockford before transferring to Benedictine University.


After graduating with a B.A. in Fine Arts, she continued to kick for the Rush until the team ended operations in 2017. During the winter seasons Julie kicked for multiple professional indoor Chicago teams from 2010 to 2017. Throughout her career she has earned numerous awards including earning Special Teams Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in two different professional indoor football leagues (2014 CIFL and 2015 AIF). When the last indoor team she was on ended operations, she tried her luck on a women’s team kicking for the Chicago Force where she earned WFA All-American 1st Team Kicker. 


Instagram: @julieharsh
Twitter: julieharsh99

 

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