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Tanney Passing Academy

Tanney Passing Alumni


MATT SACIA

North Scott High School

We recently had a chance to talk with Matt Sacia, former Tanney Passing Academy student.  Sacia turned in an excellent sophomore season at Wartburg College being named second team All-Conference Quarterback.  The former North Scott Lancer has taken the leap to college level and threw for 2,700 yards and 24 touchdowns.  

Matt discussed his transition from the high school to college level. “One of the biggest things was getting used to the speed of the game because once that happened I could play within myself and do the things I had been coached to do without having to think about it.  The other thing is to understand and continue to develop leadership and preparation each week.”
 
How does a player make the leap to this level?  Matt states that weightlifting, speed training, and taking all the coaching opportunities available to you to improve your game.  We discussed Matt’s time at the Tanney Passing Academy.  “I learned a lot of fundamental things and drills and I still continue to work on those fundamentals.”
 
We are proud to see former camp attendees continuing to have success playing the game we love.  We wish Matt and all of our attendees good luck in the continuation of their careers on and off the football field.  Sign up for our February 19th camps today to make sure you make the most of your off-season and position yourself and your team for success! 
 
The Tanney Passing Academy offers athletes from junior high to high school an opportunity to have one-on-one coaching from two different perspectives within the game.  

ELI OLTEAN

St. Joseph-Ogden
Murray State University


Eli attended our academy multiple years throughout his HS career. His senior year he led St. Joseph-Ogden's undefeated season and a run to the state semi-finals.  Eli finished his career as a Spartan throwing for 3,444 yards and 45 touchdowns. His great HS career led to an opportunity to play at Murray State University.
 
Here is what Eli had to say about attending our camps over the years, and what he would tell young athletes looking to play at the next level.
 
"At the Tanney Passing Academy, I was able to take a lot of instruction away from the camp to know what I had to do to better myself as a quarterback. A big part of the workout was the warmup. Being a young athlete you just want to go out and hit it full speed right away. But over the years using those warmup exercises, I have improved my arm's durability, and strength along with that. One part of the Academy was a lot of the drills forced you to use those quick decision making skills from reading a defender to make the right throw or paying attention to coaching instructions. We also had a lot of teaching on reading different types of defenses and that is a vital part of being a successful football player."
 
"For high school athletes wanting to play at the next level I would tell you to set goals for yourself and hold yourself accountable to work hard and reach those goals. Make a habit starting now to be disciplined to push yourself and get better when nobody is watching. And another important part of the journey is always to be thankful and appreciative towards your family and friends. There are hard times in the process to get to play college sports and during those hard times the people you need most are your parents and family. All the camps, showcases and workouts are possible because of them, so always be thankful and loving towards your family."