Oppedisano gets athletes up to speed with camp
Out beyond the post-World War II battle tank that sits in front of Veterans Memorial Park is plenty of natural grass turf that serve as a home for youth sports.
The grounds also provide a training spot for professional speed trainer Rob Oppedisano, who has become a staple in helping athletes become quicker and faster. Oppedisano has worked with college and pro athletes, such as former Dallas Cowboy Darren Hambrick and current Oakland Raider Greg Jenkins, who graduated from Wesley Chapel High and played collegiately at Alabama A&M.
The Hudson resident is currently holding a four-week speed camp at Veterans Memorial Park, and Oppedisano has encountered athletes from the middle school level and beyond college.
“We have former high school athletes like Jake McFadden and current high school athletes that are preparing to go off to college,” Oppedisano said. “We’ve even got some younger girls, who play soccer at the youth level. We definitely have a mixture.”
Athletes that have attended Oppedisano's camp have been players such as River Ridge's Justin Haystrand, who will be playing college football at Peru State (Nebraska), and Hudson tailback Noah Siegrist, who will be the Cobras' starter come fall camp. Siegrist had returned from a football camp at Florida Atlantic University and felt the speed camp would help put him over the top.
“(Oppedisano) is helping me a lot with my burst, so come fall I can really break away from people chasing me,” Siegrist said. “So far, I’ve improved in my quickness when the ball is snapped and I've also improved on my body control. Doing this speed camp is important because when I go off to college camps, I can show I am one of the top guys.”
Oppedisano's four-week camp started Monday, but continues for another three weeks. The camp continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for ages 12 and up. Cost is $175.
For information contact Oppedisano at (727) 534-4510 or [email protected]
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