Football Player Development Course

With Former NFL, CFL, XFL, and NCAA Head Coach Marc Trestman & Former NFL & NCAA Coach Steve Fairchild

Winning at football requires much more than diagramming plays, it demands a clearly established culture, organizational philosophy, and a unified approach to teaching.

Join former NFL, CFL, XFL, and NCAA head coach Marc Trestman and Steve Fairchild as they teach you the fundamentals of player and organizational development in this one of a kind 8-week online football course. This course is reccommended for Football Scouts, Coaches, and individuals having worked in high school, college, or professional coaching.

NEXT START DATE: September 12
Weekly Live Interactive Zoom Chats With Marc Trestman

September 12

Weekly Live Interactive Zoom Chats With Marc Trestman

8-week online course
Access to SMWW network
Resume enhancement
Ongoing career advice
Class size limited to 15 students

What You Can Expect From Our Football Player Development Course

Most of us experience a football team through their on-field performance, but there is an entire world of events and decisions that go into creating the eventual product on national display.

Our Football Player Development course will teach you the game through the eyes of a head coach. All the moments between game days will be explored and explained, from off-season planning and development to game week practices.

Winning teams and organizations are created from behind the scenes – our course will teach you this process which includes:

  • Organizational culture
  • Leadership style
  • Training coaches
  • Viewing the game through the eyes of the QB
  • Running effective practices
  • Managing players
  • The "First 15" concept
  • Dealing with the media


And much more! 

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Who Should Take This Course?

This course is designed specifically for individuals currently working in football including coaches, GM’s, scouts, or analysts. Benefit from the perspective of someone as established and respected in football as Marc Trestman. Marc will be going through his extensive materials list on how he establishes a team culture, how he trains his coaches, what is expected of his players, and how you win as a team before you step on the field. Marc is a true guru of the game and a master of developing teams. Marc is one of a kind and being mentored by him is a one of a kind opportunity.

Marc Trestman is a very smart coach. He knows how to get next to a guy and bring out the best in him.
                                                       — Jerry Rice, NFL Hall of Famer 

Marc Trestman is an offensive innovator, great game day play-caller, and can orchestrate an entire organization. He’s mature and experienced.
                                                       — Steve Young, NFL Hall of Famer 

Learn Football Player Development Techniques

Take a peek at what your 8-week Football Player Development online course will cover week by week:

  • Week 1: Introduction to Football Player Development Course and Marc Trestman
  • Week 2: Leadership Life Lessons through Success and Adversity
  • Week 3: The Most Important Room in the Building: The QB Meeting Room
  • Week 4: Quarterback Video Analysis
  • Week 5: Culture: What do you want your locker room to look like? 
  • Week 6: Practice Codes of Ethics
  • Week 7: Coaches Dealing with Players
  • Week 8: How it all comes together. Wrap up week.

Are you excited yet?

Meet Your Course Mentors

Marc Trestman

Over nearly four decades Marc Trestman has established himself as one of the brightest minds in offensive football. A former QB himself at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Moorhead, Trestman has helped develop some of the most recognizable QB's in the game — including Steve Young, Bernie Kosar, Jake Plummer, Rich Gannon, Jay Cutler — the list goes on and on.

Trestman has worked for 10 different NFL franchises, including as head coach of the Chicago Bears ('13, '14), won three Grey Cups in the CFL as Head Coach of the Montreal Alouettes ('09, '10) and Toronto Argonauts ('17), and was twice named CFL coach of the year ('09, '17).

Beyond his expertise on the offensive side of the game, Trestman has also become well known for his devotion to a positive organizational culture and philosophical unity. As a member of the national advisory board for the Positive Coaching Alliance, Marc has shared his perspective on the purpose of coaching, establishing culture and leadership, how to treat players, and handling opponents with respect.

In 2010 Trestman published the book PERSEVERANCE: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork, which articulated many of his personal philosophies and experiences on organizing and leading a team.

Steve Fairchild

Steve Fairchild is a true football thoroughbred and boasts 35 years of coaching experience at both the NFL and collegiate levels, including 19 seasons as an offensive coordinator. Prior to UV Fairchild was the senior offensive assistant for the San Diego Chargers after a four-year stint as the head coach at Colorado State, which included the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history and a victory in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl. At Colorado State, Fairchild also was the offensive coordinator (1997-2000) and quarterbacks coach (1993-96) during the Rams’ football rise. From 1993-2000 Colorado State won the Western Athletic Conference three times and the Mountain West Conference twice and was nationally ranked at various times during that span. During Fairchild’s four seasons as the offensive coordinator, three Colorado State players were honored as the league’s offensive player of the year and the Rams won three bowl games. In 1997, quarterback Moses Moreno was the WAC offensive player of the year and helped Colorado State finish No. 1 in the league in total and scoring offense.

Fairchild spent eight seasons in the NFL. He worked as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2006 and 2007, as quarterback J.P. Losman posted the 11th-best QB rating in the NFL in 2006 and passed for 3,051 yards. Prior to his stint with the Bills, Fairchild was the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams from 2003-05. Teaming up again with Faulk, Fairchild and the Rams enjoyed three straight top-10 finishes in total offense, including the NFL’s second-ranked scoring offense in 2003.

He earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Colorado State and later a master of education from Azusa Pacific in 1983. Steve Fairchild is now the owner of Fairchild Quarterback Training Camp in Denver, Colorado.

Course Details

Weekly Interactive Zoom Video Chats: A unique aspect of each 8-week course is the opportunity for students to participate in weekly, interactive zoom video chats with fellow students, Dr. Lashbrook, Marc Trestman, and renowned guest speakers. This is a tremendous opportunity to network within the professional and collegiate sports industry by getting to know your instructors and fellow students personally via the Internet. This allows ample opportunity to network, ask questions, and discuss aspects of the course openly with instructors and fellow classmates. The interactive zoom video chats are available via any online computer with a microphone. If you are unable to attend the chats, they are archived and you can listen at a more convenient time. These chats are so popular that graduates continue to come back and participate to enhance their opportunities. Sport-specific chats are offered on an ongoing basis.

Online Education: This innovative academic course is facilitated through a Web-based educational delivery system. You will enjoy the online discussion boards, weekly readings, weekly quizzes, course projects, and interaction amongst fellow sports business-minded students and faculty. The course content is the foundation for a successful career as a sports agent.

Global Participation: SMWW students participate from over 162 countries. Courses have an international influence and instructors will cater assignments to specific countries or leagues. Countries with economic challenges are eligible for economic discounts.

University Credit Available: For additional fees to Fort Hays State University in Kansas, you may receive graduate or undergraduate university credit for Sports Management Worldwide's courses. Click here for more information.

Sports Career Conferences: Throughout the year, Sports Management Worldwide hosts Sports Career Conferences at a variety of sporting events. These are fabulous networking events that put SMWW alumni in the heart of the action. Opportunities to meet head coaches, gm's, player personnel, scouts, and fellow sports agents are facilitated. Visit SMWW Sports Career Conferences to learn more. SMWW alumni receive discounts.

Advanced Certificates: Want to take your career to the next level? Our Advanced Certificates have been hand-selected by our team of sports industry experts to put you on a path to success. These bundles allow you to take advantage of our biggest discount available, by bundling multiple courses and becoming an expert in that field. Learn more about our Advanced Certificates here.

Military Discount: For those individuals who represent their country in military service, we offer a discount. If you are an active, reserve, or retired member of your country's military system, "Thank you for serving your country!" For more information on the Military Discount please Click Here.

Tax Write Off (For USA Citizens): SMWW course tuition, books, and supplies can be used for education tax credits. Save your receipts and consult with your tax advisor on how this applies to you.

Certificate & Resume Reference:

Successful graduates of the SMWW Football Player Development Course will be sent an SMWW Certificate of Accomplishment. This represents not only your achievements in the course but also demonstrates your personal commitment to self-improvement and the ability to "self-train" yourself for higher positions within the football industry.

In addition to your certificate, you will be given the stamp of approval by SMWW.

Resume Redesign Service

Acquiring the skills necessary for your dream sports career is only one part of the employment journey. Even with the required skill set, you still have to market yourself properly to attract the attention of sports industry employers. 

At SMWW, we’ll teach you the skills you need to thrive AND help you redesign your resume for optimal impact in the sports industry. We’ll help you craft a resume to include your new skills in Football Player Development, include a reference from Marc Trestman and optimize it to reach hiring managers searching online.

We want you to become the next SMWW success story and will go to great lengths to help you get there!



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Prerequisites: Must be 18 or older to participate and have a passion for sports.
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