Staff and Camp Counselors

The NKS staff members are all dedicated coaches or former pros throughly trained in scientifically researched kicking techniques.Their dedication and love of kicking, punting, or long snapping make them excellent role models for our campers. Our college camp counselors are all highly experienced NKS program veterans with maturity beyond their years. Players in all age groups receive the very best in personal instruction.

NKS Staff History

1st row (left to right)
Marcellus Rolle (Tufts), Jared Davis (Temple), Xavier Beitia (Florida State),
Philip Yost (Auburn), Jason Hunter (Florida),
Jeff Reed (Pittsburgh Steelers, UNC), Dave Sanger (UMass)

2nd row (left to right)
Austin Herbert (N.C. State), Coach Ken Hensley (Boone HS, Orlando)

Gene Muriaty

Gene Muriaty

NKS Director View Details
Jim Power

Jim Power

NKS West Coast Director View Details
Bob Baker

Bob Baker

NKS Senior Staff Member View Details
Aaron Bartolain

Aaron Bartolain

Coach View Details
Xavier Beitia

Xavier Beitia

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Brian Bicher

Brian Bicher

Punting Instructor View Details
Tom Bishop

Tom Bishop

Punter View Details
Ryan Burkhart

Ryan Burkhart

Kickoff Specialist View Details
Ryan Cain

Ryan Cain

Placekicker View Details
Brendan Carney

Brendan Carney

Punter View Details
Sean Cheevers

Sean Cheevers

NKS California Director View Details
Jared Davis

Jared Davis

Kicker View Details
Jeff Dinnocenti

Jeff Dinnocenti

Coach View Details
Jonathan Dudley

Jonathan Dudley

Placekicker View Details
Phil Faccone

Phil Faccone

Camp Counselor View Details
Evan Fischer

Evan Fischer

Camp Counselor View Details
Ken Hensley

Ken Hensley

Florida Director View Details
Austin Herbert

Austin Herbert

Placekicker and punter View Details
Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

Punter View Details
Todd Jagoutz

Todd Jagoutz

Punter View Details
Jon Lawhorn

Jon Lawhorn

NKS staff member and Website Director View Details
Rob Long

Rob Long

Punter View Details
Felipe Macias

Felipe Macias

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Paul McCord

Paul McCord

NFL Consultant View Details
Gene Muriaty

Gene Muriaty

NKS Director

Gene Muriaty has dedicated himself to kicking and working with kickers for more than 20 years. This has included countless hours practicing on the field as well as working with thousands of kickers from youth leagues to the professional level across the U.S. His professional experience includes the Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, and New England Patriots.

Initially in his career, he attended a number of kicking camps and subsequently served at various camps as a counselor. Believing much more could be accomplished in the art, he involved himself deeply in kicking research. Coach Muriaty has seen and heard it all…the conflicting theories, myths and misconceptions from high school coaches to some NFL special team coaches. It appeared that many contradicted one another and had difficulty substantiating their concepts. In order to comprehend the skill of kicking more thoroughly, Coach Muriaty brought all acquired knowledge to the Biomechanics Laboratory in search of some definitive answers.

With this technical background and his experience in the field, he developed a no-nonsense teaching system that is unchallenged. Long Snappers benefit from his identical scientific and passionate approach in the skill.

Email: nks@kickpunt.com
Phone: 781-837-4963

Jim Power

Jim Power

NKS West Coast Director

Jim Power’s successful career as a placekicker is a model of perserverance and dedication — qualities he relates to all the young kickers that he works with. Jim attended Palos Verdes High School where he played soccer under Coach Bill King before making the change to football at Sacramento State University. Jim’s professional experience includes: NFL – L.A. Raiders, N.Y. Jets, L.A. Rams, Houston Oilers; USFL – L.A. Express, Portland Breakers; World League – London Monarchs; Arena League – Charlotte Rage.

Jim now coaches placekickers and punters year round giving our West Coast players an invaluable resource.

Bob Baker

Bob Baker

NKS Senior Staff Member

Bob has coached many top kickers and punters in the professional and collegiate ranks as well as high school and youth players for the past 25 years. He has been a consultant to NFL teams such as the N.Y. Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, and numerous major college programs.

An NFL scout once termed Bob, “One of the best kicking coaches, ever. Period.”

Bob is available for private instruction in
the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.
Phone: 732-270-4665

Aaron Bartolain

Aaron Bartolain

Coach

Coach Bartolain has been on the football coaching staff at McDaniel College since 2002. Aaron is the offensive coordinator for the Green Terror and has also served as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach and directs McDaniel’s training regimen. Florida All State linebacker at Sarasota’s Riverview High School and All American linebacker while attending McDaniel College where he earned his degree in physics. Aaron is one of NKS’s most experienced kicking, punting, and long snapping coaches.

Xavier Beitia

Xavier Beitia

Former Florida State All American. Florida All State High School Kicker out of Jesuit High School in Tampa. Signed with the New York Jets after college and accomplished a rare feat. In training camp, he made every kick in practice and exhibition games. Every kick. Xavier also played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in NFL Europe, and in the Arena Football League.

Brian Bicher

Brian Bicher

Punting Instructor

Former All American punter from Ithaca College. Brian was a pro prospect seriously looked at by the San Diego Chargers, New York Giants, and Buffalo Bills. Impeccable form. Absolutely one of the top punting instructors in the USA.

Tom Bishop

Tom Bishop

Punter

Tom was an All Colonial Conference punter at the University of New Hampshire. Also an accomplished placekicker. Tryout with the New England Patriots. Tom is part of the NKS Nationwide Network of experts conducting regional placekicking and punting clinics and private instruction. In the Minneapolis area contact Tom at 603-969-6464.

Ryan Burkhart

Ryan Burkhart

Kickoff Specialist

University of Notre Dame. Kickoff specialist for Notre Dame’s nation leading kickoff coverage team in 2008. Also an accomplished placekicker and punter. Ryan was the only kicker on the Indiana State Football Coaches Association Top 50 All State Team while attending Northwood High School. His placekicking and punting was an integral part of Northwood’s 2005 state title. Associated Press Indiana All State selection as a junior….hit two 49 yard field goals in one game that season.

Ryan Cain

Ryan Cain

Placekicker

King’s College, Pennsylvania graduate. No one has worked harder to achieve their potential in the skill of placekicking than Ryan Cain. He is an authority on all of the specialized drills performed with and without the football that enable young kickers to reach heights they may not have thought possible. Ryan’s near flawless form propelled him to lead King’s College in scoring his senior year and he didn’t stop there. Ryan’s stellar performance at several professional tryouts has led him onto the playing field of the Indoor Football League.

Brendan Carney

Brendan Carney

Punter

Syracuse University graduate. Second Team All Big East punter. Coming out of Syracuse, Brendan signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Brendan’s high school kicking coach at Malvern Prep (PA.) was NKS senior staff member Jeff Dinnocenti.

Sean Cheevers

Sean Cheevers

NKS California Director

Sean Cheevers is one of the very few coaches that possess a comprehensive understanding of Sports Biomechanics applied to kicking the football. His ability to relate this knowledge to players of all ages and abilities is extraordinary. He is easy and fun to work with. Sean played under George Allen at Long Beach State University where he was named to the Big West All Conference Team. Professionally he has played in the NFL as well as the Arena and Canadian Football Leagues. He has been the very successful special teams coach at both Moorpark College and College of the Canyons. All of Sean’s players have gone on to successful college playing careers. Contact Sean about his clinics and private sessions in California at 805-300-6803 or swcheevers@gmail.com.

Jared Davis

Jared Davis

Kicker

Temple University graduate. Four time Academic All American. Rhode Island All State Kicker. Jared has been with NKS since his freshman year in high school and is one of NKS’s most experienced staff members. Jared now resides in Charleston, South Carolina where his coaching expertise is in great demand. To schedule a private session with Jared call 601-709-7333.

Jeff Dinnocenti

Jeff Dinnocenti

Coach

Renown kicking coach from southeastern Pennsylvania. When Jeff’s promising career was cut short by injury, there was no doubt what he was going to do… help other kickers. A navy veteran and consummate professional, his enthusiasm for kicking and special teams is legendary and uplifting to all around him. Many of Jeff’s students have gone on to play major college football. A major contributor to the NKS Summer Instructional Camps Program, Jeff is the former kicking coach for I-AA powerhouse Lehigh University. For clinics and private instruction: 484-880-8915 or jdinnoce@cephalon.com.

Jonathan Dudley

Jonathan Dudley

Placekicker

Jonathan was an All Southern Conference placekicker for I-AA power Georgia Southern University. With a “cannon” of a leg, he is currently playing Minor League football and being watched by a number of NFL teams. Jonathan resides in Jacksonville, Florida and works with placekickers and punters of all ages and abilities. To set something up with him call 404-295-3619.

Phil Faccone

Phil Faccone

Camp Counselor

All American long snapper from Wagner University in New York. Phil’s times and accuracy have already surpassed NFL standards. Tutored under NKS Senior Long Snapping Coach Bobby Prichard. He has been on the NEC Academic Honor Roll the past three years. Phil hails from Brick, New Jersey where he played for Coach Walter Currie at Brick Memorial High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. Not surprisingly, with his coaching IQ, Phil has also become an accomplished kicking and punting coach while working with his kickers and punters at Wagner and at the National Kicking Service camps. Phil started out as a high school sophomore at the Monmouth University summer kicking, punting, and long snapping camp in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

Evan Fischer

Evan Fischer

Camp Counselor

Michigan All State High School phenom. Powerful and deadly accurate. Now playing for the Michigan State Spartans.

Ken Hensley

Ken Hensley

Florida Director

Assistant Coach from kicking savvy Boone High School in Orlando, Florida, Ken has been instrumental in developing collegiate placekickers and punters for some time. He is an invaluable asset to Coach Muriaty at the summer instructional camps as well as the Spring Training for Kickers program in Orlando. Strong on discipline, Ken is an expert instructor in all skills: placekicking, punting, and long snapping. His keen analytical eye on the field and at videotape analysis sessions as well as intuitive knowledge into sports psychology is a huge asset to NKS. Contact Ken for private instruction in Florida at 407-341-0856 or khensley5@cfl.rr.com.

Austin Herbert

Austin Herbert

Placekicker and punter

Out of North Carolina State University. One of the select few players at the Division 1-A level that has handled both placekicking and punting duties simultaneously. ACC Academic Honor Roll Student. All State at Carey High School with 37 career field goals.

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

Punter

Three time All American from San Diego State University. Michael’s career at SDSU was inspiring. His junior year punting average was 44.2 yards and earned MWC Special Teams Player of the Week twice. Well known for his fresh and innovative teaching approach, his ability to immediately establish rapport with players enables Michael to achieve results quickly.

Todd Jagoutz

Todd Jagoutz

Punter

University of Maine graduate. Boston Sportswriters All New England selection punter. First Team All Atlantic 10 Punter, Second Team Placekicker. Todd still holds many kicking and punting records at UMAINE. He has been with NKS since 8th grade before starring at Duxbury High School in Massachusetts. Todd now resides in Portland, Maine and continues to conduct clinics and private instruction. To schedule a session with Todd call him at 207-423-0278 or email todd@mainekicking.com.

Jon Lawhorn

Jon Lawhorn

NKS staff member and Website Director

NKS staff member and Website Director. University of Central Florida honor roll graduate. As a student at UCF, Jon frequented the football office often seeking a tryout. His unyielding persistence finally paid off. At the tryout Jon exhibited his mettle and talent. He was invited to join the team. Jon also was the starting punter and kicker for two years for the Orange County Falcons, a semi-pro football team in Orlando, Florida. Jon first came to NKS as a high school junior. He now works with many of our Florida players throughout the year providing them with his expertise and motivation. Jon is available for private instruction in Florida. Contact Jon at jlawhorn@gmx.com.

Rob Long

Rob Long

Punter

Syracuse University. All American Freshman Punter. 2009 and 2010 All Big East pick. Rob is known for his five seconds plus hang times and kickoffs into and through the endzone. A highly touted NFL prospect, Rob hails from Downingtown, PA. and has trained extensively with NKS senior staff member Jeff Dinnocenti since high school. His teaching prowess and grasp of biomechanics are incomparable. Rob has been with NKS since his freshman year at Downingtown West High School in Pennsylvania.

Felipe Macias

Felipe Macias

Outstanding kicker out of Eastern Washington University. Felipe played at Moorpark Junior College where NKS staff member Sean Cheevers was his kicking coach. Earned All Western States Conference honors. He attended Channel Island High School and was named to the All California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section District VI Team. Felipe made 24 career field goals, setting a Ventura County record.

Paul McCord

Paul McCord

NFL Consultant

NFL Consultant. One of the top special teams and kicking coaches in all of football. Paul earned a Super Bowl ring from his work with the Baltimore Ravens as a special assistant. His impressive resume includes special teams coach at Hofstra University and Western Maryland College (now called McDaniel College). Author of “101 Special Teams Drills”. Paul’s considerable experience and gifted insight into all phases of the kicking game are of inestimable value to NKS and our players.