Our Coaches

Top Kicking Coaches from Across the Country

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    Michael Husted

    Husted Kicking

    Michael is a retired 9 Year NFL Kicker. Michael’s consistency on field goals and power on kick offs won him the job as an undrafted rookie. Michael went on to have a successful rookie season where he was named to Football Digest’s All Rookie team. During his time with the Tampa Bay Bucs, Michael established several records including:
    All time leading scorer (502 pts.) Longest field goal (57 yards) Most 50+ field goals (10)


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    David Brader 

    Kicking Coach & Special Teams Consultant
    St. Louis, Missouri

    David began fine tuning his skills and with the coaching of WGHS grad and former NFL coach Hank Kuhlmann c/o ’54, Ray Pelfrey, Kelly Goodburn and Louie Aguiar. He signed an NFL contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2005 before a career ending injury forced him to the sideline in 2006. Since the injury, his focus has been on coaching the kicking game through kicking lessons and kicking camps. David has coached with former NFL kickers Louie Aguiar and Michael Husted at their annual Pro Camp since 2006. As a specialist coach with Elite Football Academy, Husted Kicking, and a partner with the National Camp Series, Coach Brader shares his experience, evaluates, and guides athletes at kicking camps nationally. 


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    Mitch Palmer

    Long Snapping Lessons and Long Snapping Camps

    “Palmer” and “Football” were synonymous terms long before an NFL career was ever realized. Mitch grew up playing Football, Basketball and Volleyball in San Diego, CA with dad, Dick, coaching many of his teams. He learned sportsmanship, sacrifice and hard work at a very early age. Mitch is a second generation NFL football player. His father Dick Palmer played 6 years in the NFL as an outside linebacker. Shortly after his decision to retire from the NFL he was contacted by Louie Aguiar and Michael Husted. Michael and Louie now count on Mitch as a coach and consultant for long snapping at many kicking camps around the country. Mitch is considered to be one of the most respected special team’s coaches in the country.


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    Matt Nelson

    Kicking Camps and Kicking Lessons
    Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas

     While attending Steele High School in Texas, Matt was mentored by 6 year veteran NFL kicker Chris Boniol and made an outstanding 23 field goals in his high school career. Chris’ mentoring provided critical skills and Matt earned a full scholarship to Louisiana Tech University as a Junior in High School. While at Louisiana Tech, Matt’s development and mentoring continued through relationships with 20 year veteran retired NFL kicker Matt Stover and current NFL kicker Josh Scobee. Matt’s success continued and he became Louisiana Tech's all time leading scorer. Since college, Matt has worked out for the New England Patriots in Foxborough, and on his pro day in Ruston with the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers. Most recently Matt was invited to work out at the Cleveland Browns Mini Camp in May. Matt is a highly successful kicker who has been mentored and trained by some of the NFL’s elite all-time Kickers. He looks to pay it forward by mentoring and training young kickers who desire to kick at higher level.​


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