Creating a Run Stopping Linebacker in the 4-2 Defenseby Grant Caserta
This course contains over two hours of instruction on how to train linebackers against the run in the 4-2 defense. Going through stance, reactions, run fits, block destruction and tackling, this course can help you create a run stopping linebacker!
What you can expect to learn from this course:
- How to coach the stance for maximum movement efficiency
- What to read and how to react (Guard reads and RB paths)
- How to fit zone, gap and perimeter plays (10 different plays covered)
- Block destruction techniques for various scenarios (5 techniques)
- Tackling coaching points and drills (Track, Prepare, Connect, Accelerate, Finish)
Whether you are looking for a complete run stopping manual, or just more specific coaching points for your LBs, this course is for you!
2019 marked the first season for Caserta as part of the Illinois Wesleyan University staff, after four seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Husson University (Maine). In 2019, the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans defense led Division III in Team Sacks per game and Tackles for Loss per game. The Titans also had two All-Conference linebackers in 2019.
At Husson, he was the 2017 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference assistant coach of the year and was a 2016 finalist for Football Scoop's NCAA Division III Coordinator of the Year following a season in which his defense held opponents to under 200 yards per game (#1 in Division III).
Husson won three straight ECFC championships for the first time in program history and made three NCAA playoff appearances and, in 2018, the team was the No. 6 ranked rush defense in Division III.
In 2014, Caserta was the linebackers coach at Maine Maritime Academy (Castine, Maine) and spent the 2013 season at his alma mater, Saginaw Valley State University, as a graduate assistant linebackers coach and video coordinator.
A native of Holland, Mich., Caserta earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Saginaw Valley State, where he was a four-year starter and three-year team captain playing for Jim Collins, a former IWU assistant.
Caserta was a three-time all-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference linebacker and a CoSIDA Academic All-American first team selection his senior season.