Since 2008, AKI offers professional evaluation, coaching, and instruction for all levels of place kickers, punters, and long snappers (experienced and novice) utilizing knowledgeable instruction on field goal kicking, kickoffs, punting, long snapping and holding. AKI provides video analysis, technique instruction, physical preparations, mental preparations, surface and weather adaptations, and resources for improvement. The goal of AKI is to improve players’ performance as they gain strong self-analysis and knowledge of techniques.
Tom has over two decades of experience as a player and a coach within the high school, college, and semi-pro football levels. As a player, he earned a letter at Hampden-Sydney College, and then he was a placekicker for five teams in the semi-pro league within Virginia. He also participated in a professional kickers combine in Dallas, Texas, matching up against former college players from football powers such as Tennessee and UVa. A quadriceps injury guided him to the sidelines as a coach soon thereafter.
As a semi-pro football coach, he coached two All-America players, one placekicker and one punter. Over that time, he has sharpened his ability to evaluate and coach players on techniques that maximize their ability for placekicking and punting, as well as helping to improve their mental approach to the game. Deciding to give professional playing one last chance, Tom tried out for the Arena Football League in 2003, but he came up short due to the lingering quadriceps injury. He is currently a private kicking coach for several college and high school athletes. Tom used to placekick and punt in an the annual “Charity Bowl” football game to benefit the Joy Fund —he played in this game 15 times until he retired in 2013. Tom is an advocate for knowledge and execution of proper techniques to maximize a player’s ability to perform and self-evaluate.