This video is an introduction to the basic skills necessary to be successful at the position of wide receiver. In this video Coach Eric Van Tassel and CFL Hall of Fame Legend Terry Vaughn cover catching skills.

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Coach Eric Van Tassel is considered one the most complete receiver coaches in the country. During his professional playing career Van Tassel had workouts with the San Diego Chargers of the NFL, Toronto Argonauts of the CFL and was invited to the inaugural NFL Europe Combine. In 1989 and 1990 he played in a professional developmental league called the Minor League Football System where he set records for the longest T.D. reception (77 yds.) and highest average per catch (20.3) and was the offensive most valuable player in the 1989 MLFS Championship Game. Van Tassel finished his career playing and coaching for the Wolfsburg Blue Wings in the German Professional League in Europe.

Van Tassel began his coaching career at Oceanside High School in 1991 and spent 6 seasons as their Receiver Coach where he worked with several players that earned All-Conference honors. Two of those players are still in the top twelve in receiving in the C.I.F. record book. Van Tassel went on to coach receivers at Fort Lewis college in 1996 and 1997 where he helped produce three All-Conference players, one of which was a Harlon Hill Trophy candidate, the division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.In 2000 Coach Van Tassel was hired to coach receivers for the Los Angeles Dragons of the newly formed professional league the SFL (Spring Football League). They played their games in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was here that he coached with former NFL players Doug Cosby, Keith Millard, and Guy McIntyre and learned the nuances of the West Coast Offense.

In 2002 Van Tassel coached receivers for the San Diego Riptide Arena 2 football team where, in their inaugural season, he helped the Riptide advance to the league quarter-finals in the play-offs. In 2003 and 2004 Van Tassel coached receivers at Palomar Junior College where, in his first season, he had three All-Conference receivers and helped Palomar finish the season with a top ten national ranking.In 2007 he was named the Receivers Coach/Assistant Offensive Coordinator for the expansion San Diego Shockwave of the National Indoor Football League. Van Tassel helped the Shockwave to finish first in the Western Conference and Pacific Division with a 10-1 record. Later in that year he was named the Head Coach of a franchise in the United Indoor Football League.

Terry Vaughn is a former Canadian Football League receiver most recently with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. On July 14, 2006 he became the all-time leader in receptions in the Canadian Football League, surpassing Darren Flutie‘s previous record of 973 receptions. Vaughn finished the season with 1,006 career receptions, a record which stood until Ben Cahoon broke it on October 11, 2010. Vaughn also holds the record for most 1000+ yards receiving with 11, while also holding the record for most consecutive 1000+ yards receiving, also with 11. He finished his career in fourth as the CFL’s all time receiving yards leader with 13,746 yards. He announced his retirement as a Calgary Stampeder near the beginning of the 2007 season.

Vaughn played college football at the University of Arizona. He played 12 seasons in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Vaughn was a three-time CFL all-star and played in five Grey Cup games, winning with Calgary in 1998 and Edmonton in 2003.

In November, 2006, Terry Vaughn was voted one of the CFL’s Top 50 players of the league’s modern era by Canadian sports network TSN. Terry was inducted into the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame this past September.

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