During the summer months, a plethora of football camps take place all over the country, including in the New Orleans area and in south Louisiana.
While most camps focus on passing, running and catching, their is a void for camps focused on honing the skills of big men.
Enter former New Orleans Saints tackle and Saints Hall of Fame inductee Stan Brock.
Brock is bringing his Trench Camp concept to New Orleans June 9-11 to Joe Brown Stadium in New Orleans East.
Trench Camp is one of the few football camps in the nation which devotes every session to improving nearly every aspect of line play, both offensively and defensively.
“We started this about five years ago,” Brock said. “I went to some other camps and I realized that there was very little coaching and teaching going on. I didn’t like the way they were run. I decided to start my own camps with only offensive and defensive line teaching. Those are areas that get missed. This is a good place to start.”
Brock has been fortunate to bring a big name sponsor into the fold to enhance the camp.
“We met with Nike and they will introduce a new linemen shoe, their first in over 20 years, built just for linemen,” Brock said. “They came to us and asked us to team up with them to get the word out on the shoes at the camps and we said yes. They wanted us to bring one to New Orleans and one to Dallas. We’ll have three camps this year and next year, we’ll expand it to five.”
The decision to bring a camp back to the city he prospered in as a player was an easy one for Brock.
“Of course, I told them I told them I love New Orleans and that would be my choice of where to go,” Brock said. “There are a lot of offensive and defensive linemen that can get a lot from this. We expect to draw from all over the gulf south and we are advertising in all areas to attract those to participate.”
The camp is available to all, with no restrictions or qualifications.
“This is not an elite camp,” Brock said. “This is a camp where any high school lineman from Louisiana and the surrounding states can come and improve their footwork, handwork and positioning skills to become an outstanding lineman.”
Brock insists that the camp will go well beyond the basics.
“I think our mission statement says it all: to inspire the next generation of high school linemen through character and skill development,” Brock said. “We want to not only improve these kids as football players but as classmates, brothers and sons as well. Linemen are the cornerstone of any team and we teach them how to be leaders in all aspects of their life, not just football.”
There is one important aspect that Brock feels the camp can help young linemen with.
“There’s so much of it that is confidence,” Brock said. “I think coaches teach well, teach the correct stances and such. We do not have figureheads. All of the coaches we have are hands-on teachers. We get down with them and teach the little things, the techniques that make the biggest difference. We do very little one-on-one work. We spend the majority of days on technique.”
Brock will have a bevy of linemen with experience at the NFL level as instructors at the camp.
“My core guys who travel with me include Manu Tuiasosopo (Seahawks, 49ers), Neil Elshire (Vikings) and Kevin Gogan (Cowboys, Raiders, 49ers, Dolphins, Chargers),” Brock said. “I’m working on some of the guys from New Orleans getting involved as well. We’ll have no fewer than 20 coaches on each side of the ball.”
Brock was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 1997 for his 13 years of outstanding service (1980-1992). He still ranks fourth all-time in games played in franchise history with 186. Brock went on to play for the San Diego Chargers from 1993-95, where he was part of a Super Bowl team.
After working as an Arena Football head coach for five seasons, Brock served as offensive line coach at Army (2004-06). He was elevated to head coach at West Point in 2007-08.
Currently, Brock is the evening sports anchor at KOIN-TV in Portland, OR.
“It has been a different perspective covering sports after being one of those who was covered,” Brock said. “I have an appreciation for both sides.”
For more information on Trench Camp at Joe Brown Stadium June 9-11, call Shaun Minton at (916) 642-6986 or visit www.trenchcamp.com.