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Inside Scoop: Neil Weiner - Hudl & Spring Ball


Neil Weiner, head coach at Zachary HS (LA - 5A), visited with us this morning. Topics include last night's Hudl Tour stop which Weiner hosted as well as a look ahead at how his staff is preparing for Spring Football which begins next week in Louisiana.

Of note, Weiner mentions that LHSAA officials recently stopped allowing Louisiana high schools from scrimmaging against other teams in the Spring...Weiner, and most coaches we know, sure would enjoy having that option again. 

Quick recap from the Hudl event last night...overall this was a well attended event (my estimation was about 100 coaches, probably 80 of them high school and the other 20 from local colleges). Some of the coaches drove in from as far as four hours away. Seemed like overwhelmingly positive response from the coaches in attendance whose knowledge of Hudl seemed to range from Expert down to "I've never used it...but hear I need to learn."

Hudl staff spent an hour or maybe 90 minutes going over frequently asked questions, optimization techniques, new features, etc...and then everyone broke out into four groups to dig deeper into specific questions. After that, everyone came back together to hear about things from "Hudl Labs" i.e. things still in development that hopefully will come to fruition but for which Hudl hasn't yet released a timeline for. 

In short, I came away very impressed by how enamored the coaches in attendance were with Hudl. A couple of quotes we tweeted last night included:

A high school coach saying, "College coach calls me and asks for video of a kid, now with Hudl he's watching the video before we hand up."

A college coach said, "I've worked with five different editing systems over the years. Hudl is far and away the best I've ever used."

A high school coach said, "Our players picked this system up in minutes and now show us how to run reports. Our kids love Hudl."

If you have the opportunity to join one of the remaining Tour stops, it's a good investment of your time. Hudl isn't going to stop growing anytime soon. If you aren't already using them, you likely will be soon enough. 

Pic below is from last night's event at Zachary HS.