View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 6/3

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 8:52 AM

It was a busy weekend of high school football as the calendar turned from May to June. With team camps, a coaches clinic and the start of the practice for the Country Mart Kansas vs. Missouri All Star Game it seemed more like a fall weekend than one at the tail end of spring.
I was able to make it out to Smithville Friday night for the first night of the Warriors team camp that included Richmond, Lawson, Pleasant Hill and St. James Academy. It was a beautiful night north of the river and it was good to see some full contact football.
Saturday I traveled to Blue Valley High School to take in a few sessions of the Heartland Habitat for Humanity Coaches Clinic. It was a great event for an even better cause. There were coaches from all levels including local high schools, colleges and a few former NFL coaches.
Leading the way in this event was former NFL assistant coach John Levra who put this event together as a way for coaches to learn and to give back to the community. It was touted as a working man coach’s clinic and the day was filled with talks on techniques and drills that can make the coach and his team better.
This is just the first year but this looks like it could become one of the better clinics in the Metro in coming years. It offers a little of everything and it is for a great cause.
Another part of the clinic that I liked is that it was just open to high school and college coaches. Youth football coaches were also invited and given a discounted fee. Helping coaches at every level helps to grow the game and inclusion of coaches at every level helps to spread knowledge through the game from the beginning to the top levels.
I know I will be putting it on my calendar for next year.
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send e-mail to