Technology and high school football may be a surprising marriage, but even old-school coaches are embracing the latest advancements.
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Hudl recently announced two new additions to its board of directors: Jim McClurg, as director and chairman, and Jim Mora Jr. as director. These additions are quite notable as McClurg has been involved with the company since its early days and Mora brings experience as a head college football and NFL coach.Read the full article
A month after signing with the New York Jets in 2008, Brett Favre memorized between 40 and 50 percent of the team’s complex offensive playbook. By the season kickoff, he had 75 percent of the plays down cold. He did it all with the help of coaching software developed by three twenty-somethings in Lincoln, Nebraska.Read the full article
MaxPreps.com will serve as exclusive high school sales agent for Hudl, the most advanced and affordable internet-based sports video editing & analysis system. Hudl to provide MaxPreps.com access to thousands of hours of highlight video from high school athletes and teamsRead the full article
Creating drugs, devices and materials costs so much that innovators call the expanse between concept and product the Valley of Death. Many believe the Valley of Death is more forbidding than ever. UNL’s Raikes School is doing what it can to bridge the gap between technology and business. One of the program’s successes is Hudl, an online video analysis system developed for sports teams by Raikes School graduates.Read the full article
If you don’t listen to the Solid Verbal podcast with Ty Hildenbrandt and Dan Rubenstein, now is a good time to start. Last week they had Mike Nobler on. Nobler is the video director for Nebraska football, and (surprise surprise) he talked about what his job entails. It’s a lot more interesting than that sounds, especially if you’re a little geeky. Nobler talked about how Nebraska is ahead of most schools in using HD technology.Read the full article
Highlight reels aren’t just for ESPN anymore. New computer software purchased with a $1,400 grant from the Walnut Valley Educational Foundation will now help Diamond Bar High School sports teams collect, edit, and showcase their highlights on the field. Maine said that the software, called HUDL, allows game films to be watched at home by players, coaches and family members, and has a recruiting component as well.Read the full article
Hornell High School has muscled their way into position to repeat as state champions. Preparation has also played a big role in helping Hornell become flawless on the line. Hornell used Hudl this year to help them prepare for their games. “We’re always lined up in the right spots,” Hornell running back/linebacker Pat McCormick said. “It keeps us very disciplined.”Read the full article
It was only a matter of time before technology made scouting reports, practice reviews, coaches’ comments and players’ feedback a 24/7 proposition.Read the full article
From his home in Orchard Park, N.Y., not far from Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills, the Mouse quietly has been working for the New York Jets.Read the full article
Thanks to Hudl, athletes in Central New Jersey are discovering the importance of film study, and are finding the process more convenient than ever before.Read the full article
ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg dissects how the Minnesota Golden Gophers use Hudl Pro to enhance the team’s film study.Read the full article
Around the time the Huskers were working on plans to move to the Big Ten, Lincoln software company Agile Sports Technologies was signing up new clients there and in the Pac-10.Read the full article
A challenge in 2006 from then University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Cornhuskers Head Football Coach Bill Callahan sparked the development of Agile Sports, now a growing startup in Lincoln’s Haymarket. Callahan wanted to improve how videos of play action are used in training. He also wanted a safer, easier way to get videos to players and coaches than distributing DVDs or copying files on coaches’ laptops.Read the full article
In February, Nebraska-based Agile Sports announced a partnership with CBS’s MaxPreps to expand marketing of its Hudl program to high school sports departments. Having begun in 2006 with the University of Nebraska Husker football team, Hudl has grown to a service for college, professional, and high school sports ranging from football to basketball, volleyball, rowing, and even Ultimate Frisbee.Read the full article
Today, Inc. Magazine released it’s annual 30 Under 30 list recognizing the nation’s leading young entrepreneurs under the age of 30. As a team, the three founders of Agile Sports made the list: David Graff, John Wirtz, and Brian Kaiser, Founders of Agile Sports.Read the full article
John Wirtz discusses the importance of customer feedback and getting designers in front of users when building a product. John takes the whole team out to tradeshows to get to know the customers – from interns to developers to designers, everybody goes.Read the full article
Wichita, Kansas (CNN)—At a table in Caffe Moderne, a coffee bar in downtown Wichita, sat a couple of young Kansans sipping coffee and working away on Macbook Pros. Terms like “content management systems” and “web integration” floated in the air as Clint Brauer taught a local about his business.Read the full article
Unionville Sports Council (USC) has announced the introduction of a new Internet-based video database program for Unionville High School that will allow coaches to capture game video, and then analyze and share with others.Read the full article
Before posting yesterday’s story about Hudl being named to Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list, I reached out to Nitasha Tiku, the author of the Hudl profile.Read the full article
After the Nebraska football program installed a new video system last season, one coach said it saved his marriage. That was beyond what David Graff, one of its developers, expected. The program, called Hudl Pro, was conceived a couple of years ago by three Nebraska students whose obsessions were technology and Cornhuskers football.Read the full article
ESPN columnist Eddie Matz takes a look at Hudl Pro and highlights why, in the internet age, it’s silly that players still carry around fifteen-pound playbooks and stacks of DVDs.Read the full article
Hudl was started by three Nebraska students who shared twin loves of Cornhuskers football and technology, and who were backed by investors, including the former Microsoft honcho and current head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Jeff Raikes.Read the full article
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen highlights Hudl Pro’s impact on the New York Jets organization and on Brett Favre’s ability to quickly learn the Jets’ offense.Read the full article
Raikes made his fortune at Microsoft, and since June 2007, he has been an investor in a Lincoln, NE, software startup called Agile Sports, which helps coaches and players communicate, prepare, and scout talent and opposing players.Read the full article
While at Nebraska, he [John Wirtz] developed what eventually became “Hudl”, a software package offered by Agile that combines videos, playbooks, presentations and evaluations for players and managers to view online.Read the full article
Think video game meets film study. Hudl allows coaches to store video clips online, draw diagrams and send messages to players. Advanced users even manage and distribute a virtual playbook.Read the full article
What Facebook is to the original AOL Instant Messenger, Hudl is to football players analyzing game footage in the video room.Read the full article
Days before the NFL Draft, the New York Jets signed the player that may make the biggest impact on the team’s preparation this season – Agile Sports Technologies. A two-year-old company based in Lincoln, Neb., Agile Sports has provided the Jets with an online distribution platform that integrates video, playbook information and scouting reports to streamline the Jets’ draft preparations and give the team a jump on the upcoming season.Read the full article
The 2008 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner is Agile Sports Technologies, Inc. for its creative approach and development of technologies that have changed the face of sports playbooks.Read the full article
We are a long way from Vince Lombardi’s chalkboard. We’re down in the Haymarket District, next to Brewsky’s, on a 13,000-square-foot third floor that right now sits mostly empty save for a few forward-thinking 20-something techies who like paintballing, the next big idea and, of course, football.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has selected Agile Sports investor and Board of Advisors member Jeff Raikes as the next CEO of the foundation. Raikes, former president of the Microsoft Business Division, will assume the role presently held by Patty Stonesifer on Sept. 2, 2008.Read the full article
Microsoft’s white paper is a testament to the partnership developed between Agile Sports and Microsoft since the company’s formation in May 2006. The document discusses Agile’s use of the .NET Framework 3.0 to create a user experience that revolutionizes the way players and coaches interact with each other. Nebraska Head Football Coach Bill Callahan and Jeff Raikes, President of Microsoft Business Division, provide their perspectives on the benefits of Hudl Pro.Read the full article
The Omaha World-Herald featured an article on Hudl Pro on the cover of its fall camp preview issue. The article highlights the roots of Agile Sports and Hudl Pro, and discusses the company’s partnership with the University of Nebraska football team.
Toshiba’s white paper on Agile Sports highlights the company’s innovative use of Tablet PC technology to develop Hudl Pro. The document also discusses Agile Sports’ partnership with Toshiba.Read the full article
Hudl [Pro] has been around for a while now but it is beginning to become part of the latest trend in Pro Football and it’s quickly gaining steam. In addition to Gang Green using the new technology, the Browns have also begun to use this innovative concept that will change the way players communicate and learn the playbook.Read the full article
John Wirtz discusses Hudl and Agile sports in a radio interview with John Oestreich and Boyd Ober on Pursuit of Success, a show that aims to showcase regional entrepreneurs and business and community leaders.Read the full article
Technology has invaded sports in such a big way that coaches, players and even individuals are constantly involving themselves in it to such an extent, that the enthusiasm on and off the field is just amazing.Read the full article
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