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Archives — August 2013

If you take one look at Andy Dakin, you have to assume he means all kinds of serious business. Check out that beard. You can’t mess with a guy who grows that kind of facial hair. But, we have a confession: the beard is a scare tactic. You can’t find a nicer guy than Andy anywhere in the Hudl office.

We’re doing our best to thank Andy and the rest of the Fan team for the awesome new athlete profiles, but it sounds like the best way to show our gratitude is by building a Taco Bell in Hudl. We’ll start taking collections now.

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Several factors play a role in choosing which incoming freshmen earn a spot on the high school football team. Strength and conditioning aside, many middle school and junior high coaches have found another way to prepare their players for the next level: They teach their kids with Hudl.

Kevin Kellin is a coach at Schimelpfenig Middle School, a feeder program for Plano High School in Plano, Texas. Steve Shannon is an Assistant Coach for the varsity football team at Wahoo High School in Wahoo, Neb. They both took the time to fill us in on why they pushed to get Hudl for their middle school programs.

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Well, well, well, so we meet again. It’s college football season, and while I can’t speak for everyone at Hudl, I know I’ve tried passing the time from last January any way I can. Now (finally), here we are. It’s August, a time for healing of the mind and soul as we sit on the couch all weekend watching football, football and more football.

And what better way to fully prepare for the upcoming season than by watching a Hudl-made top 10 moments of last season? So let’s check that out and get ready for Vandy and Ole Miss to sling it around tomorrow night.

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Greg 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.

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It’s been a few weeks since we released our Playbook beta, and the feedback has been coming in hot. We love it. It helps us improve new features so they do exactly what you need them to do. And based on what we’ve heard from the first hundred testers, Playbook could be better. So we’ve already made a handful of updates to accommodate those requests.

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Hudl Campaigns are officially out of beta and available to everyone. They’re almost too easy to put into words: You answer a few questions about your team and its mission, we do the heavy lifting by building a customized page, and your players spread the word through email and social media.

Five minutes of work and a couple clicks of the mouse can earn you and your team thousands of dollars.

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If you want a Hudl coming-of-age story, just look at Maggie Potthoff. She joined our intern team last fall, helping with all things marketing (that means swag) and transitioned into Coach Relations just a few months ago. Consider this our “proud parent” moment. Our baby is all grown up, and who doesn’t love an opportunity to brag about their offspring?

At first glance, Maggie seems mild-mannered and sweet, but don’t be fooled. She’s a ball of sass who would karate chop unsuspecting strangers on national television if it meant winning Miss USA. And those are her words, not ours.

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In the midst of all this Playbook talk, defensive coaches might be feeling a little left out. But that shouldn’t be the case, because you’ve had the joy of creating Practice Scripts for over a year now! We understand the appeal of shiny new toys, which is why we created the Magic Script.

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By now, you probably have a pretty solid Friday night workflow figured out. Just shoot the game with a couple of hard drive cameras so you can intercut wide and tight angles on Hudl.com. Upload each angle from a different computer using Hudl Mercury so everything is done in half the time. Then, just assign each coach a couple of data columns to fill in before heading home for the night.

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Football season is here and we couldn’t be more excited. Once again, we’ll be offering extended support hours to make sure we’re there to help you seven days a week.

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Since Josh Megrue joined Hudl this spring, Hudl’s overall soccer fandom has increased by a lot. That’s not to say we didn’t have soccer fans before. We already had a handful – some of whom even coach! But Josh is a superfan and he has all the gear to prove it. While most Hudlies wear a different Hudl shirt every day, Josh has just as many jerseys.

His love for the game could come from the fact that he was never really built for American football, but who says he needs a reason? Do people have legitimate reasons for loving Shark Week so much? It actually terrifies Josh, so we’ll take a look at some other stuff he does enjoy.

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You have plenty of things to worry about during the season: injuries, starters, who is and isn’t watching Hudl every night. You don’t have time to worry about other stuff, like when and where you’ll meet every other coach to exchange film. That’s why league pools exist – to save your coaching staff time every week and allow you to worry about everything else.

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July is over and we can definitely tell football season is getting closer. We saw a pretty dramatic uptick in every method of communication, which is exactly what we wanted. As we start the craziest couple of months we’ve ever had in Hudl Support, let’s reflect on the last “free” month of the year.

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Shane Piper is our National Sales Manager. See, our sales team is awesome to begin with, but it doesn’t hurt that they have a guy like Shane to turn to - just in case. It’s a big deal and he’s doing big things with it.

What’s even better is he’s only been at Hudl for a few months. He comes to work every day with a smile (possibly the biggest smile in the office), puts on his leader hat and gets stuff done. We like him for that. Feel free to check out the plethora of other reason he’s so likable.

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