Friday, May 18, 2018 8pm-CST, Coach Stone’s guest on Coach Stone Podcast will be Coach Tom Creguer of High and Tight.
Tom Creguer (Cray-jur) grew up playing football like most kids back in the day, in their yard, and then learned from a dad-coached youth league. Tom went on to play Running back and Linebacker in a small farming community in the “thumb” of Michigan. Receiving only letters from a few D3 programs and not being recruited to play College football he walked into his future Head Coach’s office in the summer of 1989, introduced himself and graduated a Co-Captain 6 years later on a Mid American Conference Championship team. A D1 career never should have been in the cards for a kid that barely had a D3 level of ability. While in College, Creguer joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve, got activated and served our Country in Desert Shield/Storm until returning to complete his degree and eligibility.
Upon graduation, he turned down his commission as a Marine Officer, finished his reserve obligations while started a career teaching and coaching in High School. This once D3 talented, D1 accomplished athlete soon took his passion to the D2 level as a coach. He started as a volunteer assistant and quickly feel in love with all facets of the College Coaching game. He quickly transitioned into many Collegiate roles including: Director of Football Operations, Recruiting Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Equipment Manager, Wide Receivers coach, whatever the program needed to be successful. Successful they were, Northwood University won 3 GLIAC Championships and made it to the Final 8 in the NCAA tournament in the first eight seasons Coach was involved.
Then in 2008, Coach Creguer made the best decision of his life and married his wife and started a family while transitioning back to High School teaching and coaching for what appeared to be more family time. Unfortunately, Coach watched his high school football team literally fumble its season away the third year in HS and he knew he had to do something. What he did was to develop an innovative training tool which is now being lauded by coaches and players in the National Football League as well as the College programs across the Nation — and which is now changing the game at all levels for good.
With the blessing of his wife and family, Coach Creguer returned to Northwood (D2 in MI) and is currently one of the running backs coaches. The training ball called HIGHandTIGHT (or as Jason Garrett, Head Coach of Dallas Cowboys, calls it- the signing football) which is helping ball carriers at all levels of football learn to hold the pigskin correctly and, thus, decrease their chances of fumbling in a game situation continues to make an impact on his College team daily.
“If you (carry the ball) often enough the right way (in practice) with a training ball, your body will do it naturally with a regular ball,” Creguer noted. “It’s about developing positive muscle-memory habits. We have a saying, Repetition becomes Habit; Habits become your Character; and Character is what you see on the field. They’ll feel (whether they’re carrying the ball correctly or not).”
HnTv1 and HnTv2 works on a variety of levels to catch the attention of the athlete as well. For one, it weighs 60 percent more (1.6 pounds) than a typical game ball (one pound), so it prepares ball carriers well for game action making the game ball feel lighter. “That’s huge for a kid who’s used to a single-pound (ball),” Creguer said. “Nearly doubling the weight of something is huge.”
For another, HnTv1 and HnTv2 are particularly slippery, forcing ball carriers to perfect their ball control skills, simulating wet conditions that most programs face outside of a domed environment.
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