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Mitchell to host FCA football skills camp

The 2010 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Football Skills Camp is coming to Mitchell.

The camp, which began five years ago exclusively as a kicking and punting camp, will take place Wednesday, July 7, at Mitchell High School's practice field. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. with the camp expected to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year, the camp welcomes skill position players in middle school or high school for competition. The cost is $20 per camper, or $150 per team of eight or more.

Former University of Sioux Falls football coach, Bob Young, is in his second summer of helping set up the camp.

"We want to try and do a little bit more in the Mitchell area," said Young, who coached the Cougars for 21 seasons. "We're trying to build this into a little bit more prominent of a camp."

Young, a 2004 USF Hall of Fame inductee, led the Cougars to the 1996 NAIA National Championship and compiled a 172-69-3 record at USF.

And he won't be the only well-known coach taking part in the one-day camp.

South Dakota State University coach John Stiegelmeier, Dakota Wesleyan coaches Brad Pole and Ross Cimpl, USF's Jed Stugart and his coaching staff and Dakota State University's Josh Anderson and staff will all be present for the one-day camp.

Also to be in attendance is former New Orleans Saints' punter Brian Hansen, who played for USF before being drafted in the ninth round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He is the state director for FCA in Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls Storm coach Kurtiss Riggs, who quarterbacked Young's Cougars to their national title in 1996, will also be in town along with 2008 All-American defensive back for USF, Trevor Holleman, a Dakota Christian graduate.

"We've got some pretty prominent people coming," Young said. "The idea is that, with this staff, we can bring in a lot of kids to the camp.

"In addition to that, we're hoping that high school coaches will be able to come and learn from the college coaches as well."

Young said the camp encourages coaches to come and watch drills and take part in the coaches meetings over the lunch hour.

Campers will focus on individual skills in the morning session and break into 7-on-7 games in the afternoon. Coach Stiegelmeier and Coach Pole will put on presentations over the lunch hour and offensive and defensive 'buzz sessions' are also planned for the coaches.

There is not a registration deadline for participants in the camp. Young said the camp would like to have an idea of how many campers to expect in advance, but walk-in campers will be accepted.

"We do expect Mitchell to have a good turnout," Young said.

For more information, call Young at 940-2089, or e-mail him at The FCA Office in Sioux Falls can also be reached at 335-7555.