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Archives — February 2014

Jameson Rexilius is not Jameson Rexilius’ real name. His real name is Robb Jameson Rexilius, but he’s never gone by Robb. He’s gone by just about everything else: Jamie, Rex, Rexy, J. Rex, and his Hudl application may or may not have said R.J. Regardless of what you call him, Jameson is a pretty good guy. He’s a member of the elite group of Hudlies who coach on the side, making him an awesome source for all things football. What’s extra special is his height. Being one of the tallest people in the office makes it much easier for people with an important question to find you.

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Clinic season hits us in the face much like winter in Nebraska. But before you know it, some of the busiest weekends of the year are behind us. It’s been an extremely hectic February for Hudlies, but we just keep truckin’ along as the madness continues into March. Over the next two weeks we will have reps at 22 clinics across 17 states. We’ll continue to hit each and every Glazier and Nike COY clinic, as well as attend our first Clinic of Champions in Reno, Nev.

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Angela Wickard does it all. Coming from a small town in western Nebraska, she didn’t have much of a choice but to get involved in everything. From drama to music to sports, the girl has knowledge on just about every extra-curricular activity, including rugby! And when she isn’t busy playing sports or doing culture things, she pretends to rap. We have yet to witness one her attempts, but we trust that when the time comes, she’ll crush it.

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As word about Hudl Campaigns continues to spread, numbers continue to grow. More teams are coming on board with campaigns of their own, thinking up new ways to raise more money than the teams before them. We mentioned how it helped a couple of youth teams back in December, but now it’s time to talk winter sports. With only five players participating in the campaign, one basketball team raised nearly $1,000; and a Missouri wrestling team with years of discount card experience has a new favorite way to fundraise.

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The Hudl basketball squad has been working ridiculously hard trying to create an awesome new basketball product for our coaches. But when it comes to fully understanding how coaches utilize the product, there’s only so much we can do in an office. To gain some first-hand insight, a few members of the basketball squad took a trip to De Soto High School in Kansas to see how their team uses both versions of Hudl for basketball - the current system with five-minute long clips, and the beta system built for iPads and automatic bookmarks.

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Jordan Heintzelman gets stuff done. When business needs tending to, he tends to it, no jokes allowed. But that’s not to say he doesn’t joke around. He’s pretty good at it. It takes a trained ear to catch on to his dry sense of humor, but once you do, he’s a pretty entertaining guy. And man, does he love biking. He bikes to work almost every day (no easy task when Nebraska becomes especially snowy and slippery) and has a bike tattoo on his leg.

It’s like we said before - the man means business.

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Campaign success stories are becoming more and more common as coaches understand the positive impact they can have on a program. The Conestoga girls’ basketball team showed us that it doesn’t always matter the size of the team or the number of athletes participating; the real key is setting clear goals for players to reach in an effort to help facilitate the process.

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We made Hudl history the first week of February with 20 clinics in one weekend! And surprisingly, it all went down without too many travel issues. We may not be able to say the same over the next couple of weeks with all of these winter storms becoming big enough to name. (Speaking of which, it would be nice if all of this snow came down on a Monday or Tuesday, rather than the middle of week.)

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With a new year in Hudl Support comes a new face. We welcomed Haleigh Riggle to the team in January, and she’s been kicking butt and taking names from day one. She might even put the rest of us out of work. Luckily, we’ve stayed busy enough that it’s still too much for just one person to handle. Take a look at what we mean:

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Tina Kletchka is tiny, and we don’t throw that word around too freely. It’s used in this case because she’s arguably the smallest person at the company. Stand-up desks are a thing around the Hudl office. Tina has one that’s about as tall as other people’s normal sit-down setups. But she embraces the small! She even admitted that if she were to be any non-princess Disney character, it would be Tinkerbell because she’s small and feisty. That’s Tina to a T.

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It’s a day when all the hard work of high school senior football players pays off. For coaches, it may be both the most loved and dreaded day of the year. So many ups and downs, so many surprises. Every year has its own crazy commitments and flips. For some colleges, one commit can make or break a class. Let’s look back at what went down yesterday and recap the madness.

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The Pac-12 is one of the most entertaining conferences in the country, showcasing a wide range of offensive styles, from Oregon’s fast-pace to Stanford’s downhill power run game. The variety in talent the 2014 recruiting class has to offer should align well with the Pac-12 mold. Let’s take a look at where these potential giants of the game are heading this season.

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When Florida State took down Auburn in the National Championship, the ACC proved they’re a force to be reckoned with, especially along the recruiting trail. Three of this conference’s teams are currently ranked in Rivals’ top 12 classes of 2014, so you’re bound to see a handful of these guys hitting the gridiron as early as this fall.

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The SEC may have fallen short in this year’s BCS title game, but no one is accusing the Southeastern Conference of being weak. Continuing to dominate on the recruiting trail, nine of the 14 SEC schools rank in Rivals’ top 15 recruiting classes of 2014. Fully loaded with talent across the board, these incoming commits set up a bright future for the SEC.

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