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'Coach' Is Hudl Football

Alt textGreg Nelson is our resident football coach. It goes without saying that’s a pretty big deal. A year ago, he was in Coach Support, helping kindred spirits win. Now he’s a full-fledged member of our Product team, managing projects like Practice Scripts and Playbook.

But don’t get carried away in assuming he’s good at all things football. He got bumped to Hudl B-League Fantasy this year, and it’s become his mission to regain A-League status.

“I grew up in a small town just outside of Sioux Falls, S.D. I have one brother – who was born on the same day as me but three years later. I attended a high school that was actually surrounded by a cornfield. I participated in any and every activity that I possibly could. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I was a student assistant for the football team for three years.

“After I graduated, I was hired at Hudl in January 2010 – the 16th full-time employee at that time. I have held roles as a Coach Support Specialist, QA Analyst, Coach Support Lead, Project Coordinator and, most recently, Project Manager. I get to work closely with our Football, Core and Recruit development squads. I am also in the unique position of getting to put our coaching tools into action every day while I coach football at Lincoln East High School.”

How do you feel about Fantasy Football this year?
My team is poised to rebound from our abhorrent 2012-2013 season. I was relegated out of Hudl A League for the upcoming season and am going to do everything in my power to finish in the top 3 of B league so I can get back to the promised land.

If you were a fighter pilot, what would your call sign be?
Dragon… or Night Hawk. But in all seriousness, probably Coach.

Have a favorite crazy Hudl story?
During the fall, I am lucky enough to have a lot of Hudlies attend the games I coach. During one of the first games I coached at East, a few unnamed Hudlies tried to sneak into one of the games without paying. The AD caught them trying to slip through the fence. She gave them a good tongue-lashing, then noticed all of their Hudl shirts. She decided to let the whole crew in for free. After the game she came up to me and looked a little angry, but ended up handing me some passes that I could give out for the rest of the games that season. It’s awesome to have the company support my coaching.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?
I read this as “What is something that you do for the first time but is also the last time?” Answer: I just got married on July 27.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned lately?
Probably anything relating to Project Management. I didn’t have a technical background when I stepped into the role, but I have been neck-deep in Agile/Scrum methods and techniques ever since. It is crazy to see first-hand the amount of thought and planning that goes into every aspect of the product. It’s never as simple as adding a button here or a drop-down there, you have to consider the ripple effect on every other feature. It’s kind of like the movie Butterfly Effect, except way less depressing.

Have any hot Hudl tips or tricks for other coaches?
F11 for browser fullscreen (a necessity if you work on a laptop), breakdown opponent scout, not just self-scout! And using Tag a Game – bonus points for watching the film via iPad with Airplay in team meetings.

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