Tom Edwards: Director
Tom has over 16 active years 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, 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 once played in one football game a year as a placekicker in the annual “Charity Bowl” football game to benefit the Joy Fund—he played in this game 14 times until he retired in 2009. Tom is an advocate for knowledge of, and execution of, proper techniques to maximize a placekicker’s ability to perform and self-evaluate.
Brooks Crawford, Assistant Director:
Brooks graduated in 2012 from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. He was a punter and place kicker from Smithfield High School and has played football for 6 years. In 2005 he was selected as an All-District punter and Daily Press all-star for his work with the Smithfield Packers, while having a perfect season on field goal and extra point attempts. In 2006, he was selected as an All-District punter again, as well as the Associated Press's All-State punter, leading Virginia with his 45.6 yards per punt average with a longest of 79 yards. Following his senior year Brooks traveled across the country working out for various D-I and D-II special teams coaches before deciding on D-III Randolph-Macon, where he played varsity football for two years. He currently lives in Richmond, VA, where he coaches for Lee-Davis High School.
Grant Hall, Coach:
As a junior and the starting place-kicker at Salem High School, Grant earned First Team All-River Ridge District and All-Region III, as well as Second Team All-State AA. During his senior year as the starting place-kicker, punter, and kickoff speciallist for Salem High School, Grant was Second Team All-District and helped lead his team to the AA State Championship game of 2004. At Hampden-Sydney College, Grant was the starting place-kicker and second-string punter and kickoff specialist his sophomore year after being injured his freshman season. He currently lives in Salem, VA.
Jonathan Plisco, Coach:
Jonathan, a recent graduate of Old Dominion University, became the Monarchs’ only four-time all-America player. During his first two seasons at ODU, Jonathan lead the nation (FCS teams) in punting (44.84 yards) his freshman year, coming in second his sophomore year (44.30 yards) and junior year (46.5 yards). In his four seasons as a Monarch, Jonathan has been named to All-America teams by the Associated Press, The College Sporting News, The Sports Network, Lindy's, Phil Steele, Consensus Draft Services, and to the FCS College Football Performance Award Watch List. He majored in mechanical engineering. Before ODU, Jon lettered in both football and baseball at Woodside High School in Newport News, where he played punter, placekicker, tight end and linebacker. He was named second Team All-District as a punter during his final two seasons.
Corey Geiger, Coach:
Corey, a rising senior at Hampden-Sydney College, started at punter his freshman and sophomore years for the Tigers. At Western Branch High School he was a three-year starter and was named the special teams player of the year his senior season. Corey has now stepped away from football at HSC to focus on his academics and his entrance into medical school.
T.C. Stevens, Coach:
T.C. is the current placekicker for the Richmond Raiders of the Professional Indoor Football League, where he has been leading the Raiders in scoring this season. T.C. was named all-league after the 2012 season. He previously played for the Rio Grande Valley Dorados of afl2 in 2008. A 2009 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, T.C. was a four-year starter, being named all-ODAC punter and kicker in 2006-08. He connected on 77 of his 87 PAT attempts, and hit 11 field goals, including a career long 42 yarder as a junior. He also led the ODAC in touchbacks for four straight years. T.C. earned ODAC all-academic team all four years as a Tiger. His high school career was played at Halifax High School, where he was named all-Western Valley District punter and kicker his junior and senior seasons, and was named all-region punter his senior year. He currently lives in Charlottesville, VA.
Alan Gendreau, Coach:
Alan was a four-year starter for the Raiders of Middle Tennessee State University, from where he graduated in 2012 and was presented the Terry Whiteside Award (excellence in academics, athletics, strength training, community service, and campus activities). In career ranking, Alan is first in extra points made, second in field goals made, first in points scored by a kicker, and second in overall scoring … Also finished as the all-time leading scorer in Sun Belt history with 295 points. 2010 – Voted First Team All-Sun Belt by the league’s coaches and media … Earned the most improved specialist award … 2009 – Named 1st team All-Sun Belt by the league’s coaches and media … Named 1st team All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele … Voted 1st team All-Sun Belt by Rivals.com … Earned the most improved award and the most improved strength training award for specialists at the conclusion of spring drills … Named Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 21 … Named a semifinalist for the 2009 Lou Groza Award … 2008 - Named to the Daily News Journal All-Sun Belt Freshman Team … Voted to the Rivals.com Sun Belt All-Freshman team. In high school in Florida, Alan was first team all-state selection as a junior and senior ... Also earned all-district, all-area, and all-Central Florida as a junior and senior ... Selected to play in Central Florida All-Star game ... Connected on 14 of 16 field goals and 27 of 30 extra points as a senior ... Made 16 of 19 field goals and all 15 extra points as a junior ... Owns a career-long field goal of 57 yards and also connected from 55 yards (hit a 67 yarder in practice) ... Is Orangewood's all-time leading scorer in football and the first player to sign a Division I scholarship in school history ... Appeared on the cover of RISE Magazine in December 2007 (other prep stars to appear on the cover include Lebron James, Dwight Howard, and Amare Stoudemire) ... An accomplished soccer player who became the state's all-time goals scored leader in 2007 ... Named the Orlando Sentinel Soccer Player of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2008 ... Named all-state four years in a row ... Lettered three years in football and five years in soccer. Alan is currently pursuing a place kicking position in the NFL.
Josh Storm, Coach:
Josh, a recent graduate of Randolph-Macon College, was a starter all four seasons for the Yellow Jackets. He has twice been named the all-ODAC placekicker and once the third team punter. He has also been named to the college all-state team twice. He has also earned all-ODAC academic honors three times. At Jefferson Forrest High School he was the first-team all-state placekicker and the all-district punter his senior season.
Max Antwerpes, Coach:
Max, a native of Germany, is a rising junior at Hampden-Sydney College where he is slated to return as the starting placekicker for the 2013 season. Max earned all-conference distinctions after his sophomore campaign, scoring a total of 71 points, including 11 in one game. He was a kickoff specialist for the Tigers during his freshman campaign. Max attended Central High School and Kenston Forrest School, earning all-state honors at both schools after his junior and senior seasons, respectively.
Richard Wright, Coach:
The starting long snapper since his freshman year at Liberty University, Richard has gained first team all-conference and first team all-America recognition as a sophomore and junior for the Flames. Richard graduated from Halifax County High School where he was a four-year letter-winner. He was voted most valuable member of the special teams unit as a senior.
Andrew Topping, Coach:
The starting long snapper since his sophomore year for the Tribe, Andy earned CAA Academic All-Conference Team for the fourth consecutive season at the completion of his senior campaign. He earned his degree in finance in 2012, and he is currently pursuing his master’s in accounting. A four-year letter-winner at Nansemond River High, Andy garnered numerous district athletic and academic honors.
Justin Vick, Coach:
Justin Vick is a rising senior at Virginia Tech were he has been invited to join the Fall 2013 Hokie squad after an impressive performance during the 2012 and 2013 Spring Game placekicking and kickoff competitions. Justin is a veteran of multiple AKI camps, leading his Isle of Wight Academy Raiders to unprecedented success during his two years as a starter. He earned all-conference and all-state honors for his junior and senior seasons as a placekicker (and as a wide receiver his senior year). Justin was also named the VirginiaPreps.com first-team all-state private schools placekicker after his senior season. A starter in baseball and basketball, Justin also led his IWA basketball team to the state tournament as an all-conference point guard during his senior year.
Matt Bevins, Coach:
The starting place kicker since his freshman year at Liberty University, Matt became one of the most decorated players in Flames history. He became the conference’s all-time leading scorer and earned all-conference or all-America distinction each year. Matt also led his squad in punting his freshman season while gaining all-academic accolades each year. He set numerous scoring, average, and total points records during his LU career. At Warwick High, Matt earned three letters in football and two in soccer, gaining all-district honors every season. Matt is currently a member of the Athletic Department administrative staff at LU.
Heath Saunders, Coach:
Heath just completed a redshirt freshman season for W&M, and the senior AKI veteran is expected to seriously complete for the Tribe’s starting kicker role. At Indian River High, Heath earned Virginia High School Coaches Association All-State kicker and punter as a senior, finished his career fourth in South Hampton Roads history in field goals made, earned first-team all-region and all-district honors as a kicker and a punter as a senior after converting 10-of-12 field goal attempts, posting 20 touchbacks (on 24 kickoffs), kicking a school-record 48-yard field goal and recording a 42-yard punting average. He also was selected first-team All-Tidewater by the Virginian Pilot in 2011, tabbed first-team All-757 as a kicker in 2011, and was the IRHS Team MVP as a senior. He garnered all-district honors as a kicker in 2010 and was a first-team All-757 selection and lettered three times in soccer and was a two-time all-district selection as a midfielder. He served as SCA President during his senior year, yearbook Editor-in-Chief, was a member of the National Honor Society and Model UN.
Austin Norton, Coach:
A three-year starter at Menchville High school in Newport News, Austin led the Monarchs is scoring each year. A multi-year AKI veteran, the CNU junior is now pursuing a starting role with the Captains’ squad for the 2013 season.
John Carpenter, Coach:
John, a rising junior for the Tribe, handled kickoff duties for all 11 games and was the team's primary place kicker for the final four contests. He recorded 16 touchbacks, converted all eight extra-point attempts and was successful on 3-of-6 field goal attempts. John earned CAA Academic All-Conference Team while he also earned the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award. John was a Maryland all-state selection at Allegany High School as a kicker, earned all-region distinction as a kicker and punter, and amassed 50 touchbacks his senior season. John is a brother of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Tracy Murden, Coach:
Tracy just completed his junior season for the Yellow Jackets where he handled most of the punting duties and shared kickoff responsibilities with then-senior Josh Storm. Tracy led the team with a punt average of 39.7 yards, of which over 56% were either fair catches or inside the 20 yard line. Tracy is a native of Charlotte, NC, where he played football at Audrey Kell.