So where’s the one place you’ll find the Oregon Duck Football coaches cornered by hundreds of women? The University of Oregon Football Women’s Clinic, of course.
The annual women’s clinic, held each Spring, was held on Friday and women from all over came to learn about the game of football from many of the Oregon coaches. Historically, much of the clinic was physical, leading the women through a variety of on-the-field drills with individual coaches. This year however the drills were eliminated due to some past injuries and the format was more instructional with a lengthy and often hilarious Q&A session with the coaches. From questions about what it was like to Coach Marcus Mariota to how Coach Helfrich convinces recruits to come to Oregon, ladies fired away. Offensive Coordinator, Scott Frost, had the crowd laughing with his entertaining stories while Defensive Coordinator, Don Pellum, used nature videos to illustrate tackling.
While many of the attendees were there for the first time hoping to learn more about the game to better enjoy watching it with their significant other, for others like friends and die-hard football fans, Lisa Gill and Dawn Hamilton, coming to the event was all about expanding their already extensive knowledge of football through the question and answer session with Oregon’s coaches. Both Gill and Hamilton discussed being able to identify plays during the season that they had learned about at last year’s women’s clinic, something that made them enjoy the game even more than they already did.
“last year it was really great being on the field with the coaches, We were able to ask questions about different plays and then they gave the response to that,” Gill said. “So when we were watching the games or at the games, we understood exactly what play they were running and why and that was good for us.”
Regardless of their level of football knowledge, one thing most had in common was a love of the Oregon Ducks and appreciation of the chance to get up close and personal with those leading the football program, including Assistant Head Coach, Steve Greatwood, who’s been a part of the clinic since its inception over a decade ago. “I love the energy that the gals have,” Greatwood said. “Really, they surprise me with how knowledgeable they are.”
All in all, it was another successful year for the event and Autzen will be filled yet again with ladies lookin’ good. . . and recognizing a screen pass.