PACK NEXT PLAY PROGRAM

The Pack are huge believer's in the next man up mentality. We have the same mindset in getting our players and staff to next level as well.  Here are a few of our pack alumni that have been afforded, the opportunity to move to the next level.  

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Dalton Flowers, Wide Receiver, 2019-2021
 
Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?
I play for Feather River College in California. The Pack helped me as a player and individual by developing character, skills and responsible and productive habits.
 
What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?
The Pack provides opportunities on and off of the field that promote confidence, determination and a contagious energy!
 
Tell us about your journey through the Pack
I started playing football when I was 7 years old. Then, I was the smallest kid on the team playing nose guard. Now, I’m one the tallest on the team. Football has always been a love of mine. After graduating high school, I felt lost without it.  I am excited and grateful to have found the Leander Wolfpack to help put me in a position to continue to play the game I love at a high level and reach lifelong goals.

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Trammell Wielnau, Athlete, 2018-2020

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

I went to work with Community ISD as a Coach. The Wolfpack helped me become a better leader and person.

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

The Wolfpack is a  professional organization. If we say we are going to do something, we follow through with it. The Pack continues to take the semi out of semi-pro.

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

With the Wolfpack, I started out by trying to just play some ball after college. After injuries within the team, I moved into the quarterback position, and performed well-enough for us to have a winning season. The next year, I played where needed and on offense. Covid season, I played defense out of team need and even taught myself to long snap. Just always trying to be a help anyway possible.  I was fortunate enough to land a coaching job, where I still get to enjoy the game of football in a different capacity.

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Joseph Coomaraswamy, Quarterback/Linebacker, 2018
 

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

I went to play for St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania. The Wolfpack helped improve my football IQ, as well as gave me an opportunity to get recent and relevant game film to help with collegiate recruiting.

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

The coaching staff as well as the other players really care for all, on and off the field.

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

I joined the Pack during my senior year of high school, and they took me under their wing and showed me things that could help me improve my game while I was on my way to college ball. It was an amazing journey, and I hope to return one day.

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Dawson Risinger, WR, 2020-2021

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

I went to Summit Christian Academy to be a football coach. The Wolfpack helped me with a championship mentality, advanced leadership and improved maturity.

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

The Wolfpack has a very positive presence in the community, and it embodies a family atmosphere. Not to mention, their level of preparation for all things, on or off of the field, is second to none.

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

I joined the Wolfpack in the 2020 season as wide receiver and started off great in offseason and workouts. Once the season came around, my confidence faded. I had the most drops on the team and couldn’t perform well to help the team much. After COVID ended the 2020 season, I focused on my mental training above all else. Before the 2021 season I found myself spiritually and focused on mentality that transitioned into my physical aspect as well. I didn’t focus anymore on myself alone in the 2021 season and did everything for my team/family. Any way I could help win and put us in the best position to win as well. I gave more than 100% every play, especially on special teams. My goal this season wasn’t only for Eddie, records, awards or to win the league, my goal this season was to represent the heart that I have. The heart Eddie and many players/coaches on the team saw in me last season. I wanted to encourage, hold accountable, and push my family to be the best we could.

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Daniel Hernandez, Offensive Lineman, 2018
 

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

I went to play for McMurray State University in Abilene, Texas. The Pack helped me level up by helping me rediscover my love for the game. This ultimately led to me playing football at the college level, which had always been a dream of mine.

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

The coaching staff! I can never call anyone a stranger, even after my run with the Wolfpack was over.

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

I joined the Leander Wolfpack in what was without a doubt the most difficult time in my life thus far. The coaches were always there to lift me up, even when they never knew I was down. The Wolfpack helped me rediscover my love for the game of football. And it is because of the Pack that I am where I am at today, playing football and pursuing a degree at a school that I love.

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Harvey Middleton, OL, 2020-2021

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

I have moved on to Gordon State College as a football coach.. The pack helped me become a better leader and athlete. 

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

The core values, foundations, and principles it stands on differentiates the Wolfpack. No one, from ownership to the players, is bigger than the program. We all follow the same protocol and conduct.  It’s the care and love that we receive as players off the field which makes it worth being a part of this team. No other organization has the outlets or resources that the Wolfpack gives, and we strive to continue to raise the standards.

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

The pack gave me an opportunity to really showcase my talent, and they showed that if you just believe in a player and push him to his full potential, anything is possible! I was a very angry and very depressed person, and the Pack changed my outlook on life and football. They allowed me to become the best me that I could be and showed me what it takes to win. I was battle tested on and off the field, and when you have the world's best coaching staff and ownership, failure isn't an option. You just have to believe in yourself and TRUST THE PROCESS! The Wolfpack, to me, is family, love and success. Had it not been for me moving away, I’d still strap up and line up! I didn’t sacrifice a year without my family and struggling because I had to. It's because I was willing to sacrifice ANYTHING for an organization that went above and beyond for not only me but my family and my brothers/teammates needed me but truth is I needed them. I’m a Wolf forever, and now that I’m coaching,  I’ll Pass down those same traits and beliefs to my players and teach them the wolfpack way which is the ONLY WAY! EVERYONE WANTS TO EAT, BUT VERY FEW WANT TO HUNT! #24STRONG! 

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Bennett Stokes, Linebacker, 2021

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

Austin College! The Wolfpack, first and foremost, humbled me. For the first time, I was smaller and less experienced than most of the other guys. However, the leadership from all of the coaches and players makes everyone feel welcome, while at the same time pushes and holds everyone accountable to get better. I think if I had gone to college last year straight out of high-school, I would not have made it, but now I know what it is going to take to succeed against people stronger and smarter than me.

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

First off, the coaches demand accountability and inspire all of us to strive for excellence in all things, on and off of the field. The second thing that sets us apart is that we play every game until the clock hits zero, whether we are up or down by a lot.  Our Super Bowl victory was the best example anyone can give. 

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

I've played football for 10 years now, but 9 of those were six-man football, with this Wolfpack introducing me to eleven-man football. The rush of adrenaline, and feeling of being my best self, and the pressure on me to make plays has made me love the game, so when my friend Dawson asked me to come play for the Leander Wolfpack, I wasn't sure what to expect but thought it would be a good learning experience, and it did not disappoint..

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Anthony Brocato, Defensive Backs and Specialists Coach, 2018-Present

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

I joined St. Michael’s Academy as a coach. The Pack gave me an opportunity to coach football at a young age while also pursuing a college degree. There's absolutely no other place in the world that this is possible.

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

The sustainable culture created by the staff and carried out by the players is something hard to find. Everyone is dedicated to growth and success both on and off the field.

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

When I made the decision not to play college football, I knew I needed to get involved in coaching the game, as that was my end goal. I became familiar with the Wolfpack at a school job fair and I took the intern opportunity I was given. I worked my way through the Pack and it led me to an opportunity to coach high school football. The opportunity the Wolfpack gave me has allowed me to be able to graduate college at 22, with 6 seasons of coaching football under my belt. In that time, I have gained experience in understanding what goes into running a sports organization, the X's and O's of the game, player development and recruitment. Being a part of the rapid growth of the Wolfpack and the experience gained within has been something unachievable at any other level of football.

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Mike Pomfret, Coach (OL/DL), 2019 and 2021
 

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

I went to work with the University of Texas and Feather River College in California. The Wolfpack was the segue from me becoming a High School 6-Man Football Coach, to a Power 5 NCAA College Football Quality Control Coach, and ultimately a Position Coach.

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

In season and off season preparation!

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

Never a collegiate student athlete, but always knowing I wanted to make coaching a profession, the road for me to do so was a long one. From coaching middle school ball in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, to sub-man (6 player) High School Football and 7-7 from 2015-2018, I joined the Wolfpack as a Coach in the spring of 2019. The Wolfpack was the ‘Leap Forward’ in my career that accelerated my progression and my role from an unpaid volunteer with middle school and high school programs to a Graduate Assistant at the University of Texas, and now a Position Coach at Feather River College.

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Zack Phillips, Intern, 2018-19 season

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

I joined the pro soccer organization, Austin Bold FC, as a strength and conditioning (S&C) intern and eventually hired as the S&C coach.

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

These are blue collar guys in a blue collar league living by team values, showing up to practice after a long day of school or work and showing up to games ready to win.

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

I joined the Wolfpack as an intern, while finishing my college degree. My degree is in sports performance and I wanted to work with high-level athletes, and I used this opportunity to learn all aspects of running a sports organization.

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Rob Park, QB Coach, 2020-2021

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

I joined St. Michael’s Academy as a coach. The Pack enabled me to expand my coaching experience and expertise to enable me to obtain a High School coaching position. 

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

The Wolfpack addresses the entire organization from skill learning, team focus, film study, community service, emotional intelligence and putting team before self.

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

I had just retired from my corporate job and was looking to find a way to coach football. I had started my own QB training business years before, and I found an opportunity with the Wolfpack on an online job board. In an effort to help the Wolfpack grow, my experience fit exactly what they were looking for, and that was the opportunity that began my time with the Wolfpack.  This has given me a chance to participate in my first undefeated season and a championship!  It expanded my coaching skills and broadened my understanding of football and the lives of our players. It has given me a chance to connect with great coaches and players. I’ll forever be a member of the Wolfpack.

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Jamarii Carter-Peagler Sr., RB, 2020-2021
 

Where did you transition to from the Wolfpack?

I went to Miles College, a division two HBCU school.

 

What differentiates the Wolfpack, and/or describe the Pack from your perspective?

Accountability

 

Tell us about your journey through the Pack

I joined the Wolfpack organization looking for a more professional minor league experience in 2020, and I got that plus more. I found a family, true brotherhood, and I feel that I gained the confidence to get back in school, even after suffering a foot injury a few games into the 2020 season.