THE NEW GENERATION OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS
Laces Out Foundation was created in order to further the opportunities and experiences of women in sports, particularly in football. Our founders have decades of experience playing and coaching football, and have been able to work with many exceptional young female athletes over the years. Their sincere desire to encourage the opportunities of women in the sport of football lead to the development of this program. Laces Out Foundation provides female athletes the training they need to be successful specialists (kickers, punters, and long snappers) through technique, strength training, and film study. We believe in teamwork, camaraderie, and mutual support to create an environment where the female athlete can flourish.
Our camps will focus on what our coaches know best - special teams. We will teach basic techniques for field goals, kickoffs, and snapping. We will also teach how to watch, critique, and share film. This two day camp will have something for athletes at any level - from beginners with no experience whatsoever to seasoned veterans.
We are not only dedicated to building up women through involvement in sports, but we are also dedicated to the support of all women in our community. We will be donating a portion of all camp proceeds to The Demp Project, a local organization dedicated to rescuing women and children from human trafficking.
COACHES & STAFF
Todd is the founder of All Star Kicking with over 30 years of coaching and playing experience. This includes All-Conference and All-American honors at Hampton University followed by seven years of NFL workouts and tryouts with teams including the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Todd has helped over 125 punters and snappers receive scholarships and professional opportunities. He is a unique coach because he works with many different styles of athletes. He believes in building around the attributes an athlete brings to the table, rather than a total technique override.
Nick Gatto is a very unique individual. He was born with only one arm and has taken what many call a handicap and turned it into a great positive. After a great collegiate career and a 14 year Arena Football Career, he wanted to give back to the Houston and San Antonio areas. During this time he developed 4th and 10 Kicking and Punting. Under his guidance kickers, punters, holders, and snappers are taught the basic techniques needed to be successful. He teaches that to be the best you must be consistent and set yourself apart from your competition by giving coaches a sense of calm in knowing you are the right man to get the job done.
Mike is a retired NFL Kicker of 9 years. Mike played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, and New York Giants. He represented the AFC in the 1998 Pro Bowl in Hawaii and presently ranks in the top 20 in overall field goal accuracy in NFL history. Mike has worked with 5 different Pro Bowl punters during his NFL career, learning from and coaching each of them.
Anthony is an All American kicker who joined All Star Kicking in 2009. Anthony is a NFL Free Agent dual kicker, who also plays Kick Return, Slot Receiver & Long Snapper. Anthony brings over 10 years of kicking experience. He started Superior Specialists in 2016 as a part of All Star Kicking (Richmond), and is a 2019 American Arena League Champion (West Virginia Roughriders).
Amanda Shepps is a 2019 graduate of Grassfield HS, a 6A high school in Chesapeake, Virginia, where she was the starting place kicker for two years. At GFHS she was selected the team’s UDA (Unity Discipline & Attitude) award recipient, and featured in the local news for her game performance when she was also a homecoming queen candidate. She earned 11 varsity letters and graduated with a 4.1 GPA. Among her many awards is selection as the Newport News Schools World Changer Award, recognizing women for their impact in the community. She has been kicking since middle school, and holds the distinction as the first female kicker to compete in the National Camp Series Super Camp where, at age 16, she finished 3rd overall in head-to-head competition with a 45 yard FG. She also won the Florida Atlantic University accuracy competition during their Junior Day recruiting event. Amanda is now a sophomore at Virginia Tech, where she maintains a 3.5 GPA while also working as a special education teaching assistant and as a recruiting assistant for the Hokies football team.
Julie Harshbarger is a Chicago-based kicker who holds several kicking records in semi-pro and professional football leagues. After kicking in high school, she continued to follow her dreams of kicking at the next level. While training during the summer to kick at Rockford University, she was recruited by the Rockton Rush owner to kick for them in between her college seasons. Julie played two seasons of soccer and football at Rockford before transferring to Benedictine University. After graduating with a B.A. in Fine Arts, she continued to kick for the Rush until the team ended operations in 2018. During the winter seasons Julie kicked for multiple professional indoor Chicago teams from 2010 to 2017. Throughout her career she has earned numerous awards including earning Special Teams Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in two different professional indoor football leagues (2014 CIFL and 2015 AIF). When the last indoor team she was on ended operations, she tried her luck on a women’s team kicking for the Chicago Force where she earned WFA All-American 1st Team Kicker.
Louie Aguiar is a former All-Pro punter who played for 10 years in the NFL. After excelling at Utah State University, Aguiar went on to be widely viewed as one of the most talented punters in NFL history and was named to the NFL's All-Pro team in 1995. That year, Associated Press also selected him as 2nd team All-League Punter. After his playing days, he also spent two years as an assistant special teams coach for the New York Jets under Rex Ryan. Today, the veteran punter teaches at a school and runs a kicking camp for professional and free-agent athletes.
Aguiar played 10 impressive seasons for 4 teams in the NFL, kicking 758 punts for an average of 41.2 yards over his career. As a punter, holder, and kickoff specialist, he was known for his intense play and willingness to make tackles. He brought his versatile skillset to the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, and the Chicago Bears. Perhaps the most famous of his highlights came in week 13 of the 1997 season when Aguiar masterly completed a high-arching 35 yard fake punt pass to his Chiefs teammate Kevin Lockett.
Terry McGriff is a proud father, grandfather, and Navy Veteran with over 20 years of football experience. He has a plethora of experiences with many organizations including: Blue-Grey Football Southeast Combine Coordinator, Pro Football Mentorship Program, National Scouting Report Analyst, Xenith Equipment Specialist, and Head Coach for Arlington Day Football Team in Jacksonville, FL. He has also founded both the High School Sports Spotlight and the Women’s Tackle Football League.