The uncommon chatter and giggles of women filled Texas Tech’s football training facility Wednesday evening.
More than 100 women participated in the 2012 Tommy Tuberville Women’s Football Clinic at the Football Training Facility. Participants got a look at what players go through on and off the field.
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown and defensive coordinator Art Kaufman led “chalk talk,” teaching the women about plays and giving them details on the coaches and players. The coaches joked about the women going home and telling their husbands and boyfriends what they learned.
The women took part in offensive and defensive drills, including tackling and receiving and running the ball. They also got advice in the weight room and learned skills for developing stronger muscles at home or the gym.
Coach Tommy Tuberville said running drills, talking recruiting and teaching philosophy gives the women an overview of what and who it takes to run a major college football program. The clinic, hosted exclusively for women, gets more people involved in the program.
“A lot of times, women of course didn’t play football, don’t really understand,” he said. “They see it on television, as my wife does, but she doesn’t really understand drills or what the guys go through. What we want them to know and look at how difficult it is to play football.”
Lubbock resident Laurie Killgore, 64, participated in the women’s clinic for the sixth or seventh time, she estimated. On-field drills are challenging, she said, but it’s her favorite part of the night.
“You learn something, and they’re just fun,” she said. “It’s just fun to be out there. The coaches make it fun, and they have fun with it.”
Proceeds from this year’s clinic will benefit Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock.
For a first-hand account of the Texas Tech Women’s Football Clinic by Avalanche-Journal reporter Brittany Hoover, read Friday’s edition of The A-J.
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