Eugene- The University of Oregon football program hosted its annual Women’s Clinic yesterday, giving attendees a lesson in the X’s and O’s and a behind the scenes look at the new era of Oregon Football under Head Coach, Willie Taggart.
This year’s clinic was headed up by the program’s new Assistant Director of Football Operations, Julie Reed, who has coordinated similar events while working for Coach Taggart at the University of Southern Florida. Reed, drawing from her own introduction to football years ago, strives to involve players as much as possible in this type of event.
“If the women can be more engaged with the players and have a better connection with them, they’re more apt to come to game on Saturday,” Reed said.
Judging from the crowd yesterday, it seems Reed is on the right track.
More than a 100 woman gathered at Autzen Stadium where they spent the morning meeting the new coaching staff, interacting with several current players, including quarterback, Justin Herbert, and interviewing a panel of coach’s wives. The afternoon was spent on the Autzen turf warming up and running drills with Oregon coaches and players.
Having attended and covered the event for several years, it was hard to ignore the fact that the program has entered a brand new era and the changes, at least for now, have sparked a lot of excitement. From coaches running around with kids on the turf to players dancing during drills, there were plenty of smiles to go around.
Several attendees said this was one of the best women’s clinics they had attended and many commented on how much they loved how personal and relateable the coaches wives, coaches and players were. “I think they are just absolutely outstanding,” attendee, Verna cody said of the new staff.
“You just feel that energy,” another woman said.
“It feels like you want the football season to start next Saturday!”
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