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  • NFL star brings expertise to GHS

  • Geneseo coaches and athletes received a chance to learn how to improve their speed and agility on the playing field from one of the fastest players of the 1990s in the National Football League, Don Beebe.


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  • Geneseo coaches and athletes received a chance to learn how to improve their speed and agility on the playing field from one of the fastest players of the 1990s in the National Football League, Don Beebe.
    “We had a great opportunity to work with somebody that is an expert in the field of acceleration and speed,” said Geneseo athletic director Travis Mackey.
    “The plan is to incorporate the speed training into all of the phases of all of our athletic programs. Whether a coach can pick something up to use or our strength and conditioning coaches for the Summit or even little league coaches, the program is geared for ages 8-18.”
    Beebe, a retired 9-year veteran of the NFL, founded the House of Speed in 1998 to help enhance athletes of all ages’ speed and character.
    Beebe was one of the fastest players in NFL history with a career best 4.21 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
    He played in six Super Bowl games, four with the Buffalo Bills and two with the Green Bay Packers. He was part of the 1996 World Champion Packers’ team.
    “I think it is great. Don is not only a former NFL player, but he is a high character guy with high integrity,” said Mackey. “And that is important to me.”
    The House of Speed trains athletes to reach higher levels of speed, agility and explosiveness through various workouts.
    “When I retired in 1998 from?Green Bay, I knew I wanted to be around kids and help impact sports,” Beebe said.
    He spoke to Geneseo coaches and athletes on his techniques Dec. 22 and 23 at the Geneseo Foundation Activity Center where there was an overview of the program and then special sections geared to particular sports.
    “The main emphasis is to teach athletes how to be explosive. It doesn’t matter if they’re playing football or swining a golf club,” said Beebe.
    “We want to focus on all sports so we can see what we can do to make ourselves better,” said Mackey. “We purchased the same equipment that is used at the House of Speed, and we want to take what we learn and implement it.”
    Mackey also said in Geneseo’s agreement with the House of Speed, the equipment can only be used for Geneseo students. The school will be certified as well as the coaches that attended the training.
    “This is an unique situation because this is the House of Speed’s first clinic outside of their training facilities,” said Mackey. “It is new to them and to us, and it is definitely exciting.
    “We’ve had great support from the community and the administration because we are always looking for ways to improve. If you can make an athlete a little faster in all sports, they can be more effective.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Beebe complimented the Geneseo coaches and athletic staff on their willingness to learn new techniques.
    Aside from the House of Speed, Beebe coaches football at Aurora Christian, who won the 2011 Class 3A football state championship over Mt. Carmel, 34-7.
    For more information on the House of Speed, visit www.houseofspeed.com.
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