Lou Cella’s Triple Option Football Camp System has helped schools from all over the country achieve significant and immediate success.
Now, Lou Cella brings you the Triple Option Football Academy, the process to lead the high-performance Triple Option Football Offense environment, complete with sports science and mental conditioning coaching practices.
The following are testimonials from past clients who enthusiastically recommend Lou Cella’s services:
In 2010, Timmonsville HS (SC) was running the Spread Offense and finished the 2010 season with a 1-9 record.
In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Timmonsville went to the South Carolina Class A State Semifinals and with a roster of 21 players.
“The camp/system was a key factor in our team’s success in 2011 at Timmonsville High School. As a coaching staff we knew that the offense we ran in 2010 did not fit our current personnel and we consequently determined that the Flexbone offense was a good fit. With installing any new offense, two critical factors will determine its effectiveness: 1) For the coaching staff it’s the knowledge and understanding of the offense to implement it. 2) For players it’s the ability to buy into the offense and execute it without hesitation.
The Flexbone system reduced the learning curve for those two critical factors for us by about 2 years and allowed us to experience immediate success. The Camp/System gave us everything we needed at the end of camp for me to do long range planning for the entire season with daily practice schedules. My assistant coaches had the knowledge and resources to coach position specific drills. My offensive coordinator had the information to put together a game plan and call plays in a strategic fashion.
During the season if questions arose we would go back to the DVDs, visit the website or Lou Cella was just a phone call or email away for one on one advice. My players became a team during camp and finished camp with confidence and enthusiasm for the Flexbone offense that gave them the zeal to look forward to Summer practice and a chance to put the new offense into action through competition.
The team building: enthusiasm and confidence and skills that were built in my players by the camp carried over into the season and was evident in our success. We were able to defeat our rival twice in the same year, which had not been accomplished since 1999. We had an opportunity to play for a region championship. We were able to defeat a team that has knocked us out of the State playoffs and Timmonsville High progressed to the South Carolina state semi-finals in our classification losing out by just 2 points. We increased our rushing yardage by 20% and rushing touchdowns by 50%. We plan to build on the success of this year for next season.
The value of the camp cannot be measured in dollars and cents, although if you approach it from that angle it was a very cost effective strategy for us. I know many coaches would rather install an offense the traditional way by researching it, visiting colleges that run the offense and then picking coaches for information. The offense is then modified for their use using trial and error to develop the offense that best suits their high school’s team needs.
I have used that same strategy and I know that it takes about 3 years to really gain an understanding of the offense and get players to execute it at a high level. Consequently in the research method you do not have any collaboration with experts that are readily available when questions arise or resources that have consistency. We knew that we had a good group of kids for the next couple of years and wanted to give them an offense that they could be successful with immediately.
We also concluded that by the time we visited colleges, bought DVDs, playbooks, and sent players to college camps to gain skills, we would have invested many times the cost of the camp. The cost effectiveness of the system coupled with its immediate impact and continued collaboration from the association made the camp an easy decision for us that has already paid big dividends and will continue to pay off in future seasons.”
– Dr. Jimmy Woods, Head Football Coach
Before the 2010 season, Falls City HS (TX) had never won a regional championship in school history.
In 2010, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Falls City HS (TX) won the Regional and State Championship for the first time in school history in Texas while scoring 680 points in 15 games.
“The biggest thing for us is that it gave our kids the opportunity to work together in our offensive system before the season started–the techniques and fundamentals they learned was so big, so was the team bonding, and so was having an outside source (Lou Cella) teaching them–this was invaluable.”
– Mark Kirchhoff, Head Football Coach
After running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Bayfield HS (CO) had an undefeated regular season for the first time since 1996 and advanced to the state championship game in Colorado.
“We were looking to take that next step, and felt that a camp might be just what the doctor ordered. We were not disappointed. We were already committed to the triple option, but the camp brought a much higher level of focus and understanding to our team, both players and coaches. Now when we tell our kids to ‘trust the system’ they know what we’re talking about.”
– Marshall Hahn, Head Football Coach
In 2011, Piedra Vista (NM) was running the spread offense and won three (3) games.
In 2012, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Piedra Vista won nine (9) games and made it to the state quarterfinals.
“It is never to late to make the right decision. After evaluating our offensive production the previous year, we knew we had to fix our run game. We decided to make a commitment to running the veer. We were able to set up a camp.
In 2012, we averaged 38 points a game and 400 yards of offense, finishing the year 9-3 after losing in the state quarterfinals. We also notched wins against a team our school had never beaten before and defeated the 2011 defending state champions.
One thing that I think people don’t talk about enough is that switching to this system made us better defensively also. Our ability to control the ball on offense helped us win field position and time of possession battles, and more importantly, kept the opponent’s offense off the field!”
–Jared Howell, Head Football Coach
Before the 2011 season, Lakewood HS (SC) had one winning season in school history.
In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Lakewood HS (SC) started the season 5-0 for the first time in school history, broke the school record for wins in a season (8), and made the playoffs.
“This past summer, we had Lou Cella run a camp for our varsity and JV program. We began running the flexbone the previous season; however we wanted to learn how to effectively implement the system in a step-by-step manner. Not only did the camp help our players, it also worked as an on-the-field clinic for my entire coaching staff.
The experience not only made our players better, it also helped our coaching staff to become better coaches in the system, and the money spent on the camp gave us far better returns than taking the staff to a clinic. We learned how to effectively implement all aspects of the flexbone offense and how to incorporate meaningful reps in practice. Our offensive production increased from 18 points per game in 2010 to 31 points per game in 2011. I highly recommend the camp for anyone that is looking to become more proficient in running this offense.”
– Chris Collins, Head Football Coach
Before the 2011 season, Hollister San Benito HS (CA) had not won their conference championship, the TCAL, in seven (7) years.
In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Hollister San Benito HS (CA) won the TCAL Conference Championship, went undefeated in conference play, and made it to the CIF Division 1 Quarterfinals.
“After coaching the Hollister Haybalers of San Benito High School for the past 17 years with good success, I found myself and our coaching staff in a bit of an offensive rut. I began to research the Triple Option offense. I had heard about the camp.
Lou came out to Hollister, California and put on a great camp for our team. Our players had the opportunity to work together to learn the flexbone offense in the summer months preceding our football season, and having Lou, who is truly an unparalleled expert in this field, work directly with our players was simply invaluable. In addition, Lou provided our entire coaching staff with an intensive, exceptional on-the-field clinic. I give a tremendous amount of credit for our 2011 UNDEFEATED LEAGUE SEASON to Lou!”
– Chris Cameron, Head Football Coach
In 2010, Johnson HS (NJ) had their worst season since 2005. Because of this, Johnson HS (NJ) hired Head Coach, Mike Mancino; however, Coach Mancino was hired only two months before the start of training camp.
In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Johnson HS (NJ) made the State Quarterfinals.
“On behalf of the 2011 Arthur L. Johnson Football Team, I wish to thank you for your help in making our 2011 season such a success. With the bulk of our team being underclassmen and having a new staff, implementing a new offense was a bit risky. Our entire staff agreed that our team hit their stride after hosting your camp in August.
At the camp the staff and players learned the intricacies of the offense and came away with the confidence needed to compete with the toughest schedule our team has seen in years. Statistically we finished 6-4, qualified for the state playoffs, rushed for over 2600 yards, had a plus 70 edge in total offensive plays and set the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback at 1,103.”
– Mike Mancino, Head Football Coach
In 2013, after working with Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cella, Hereford HS (MD) won the Baltimore County Division I Football Conference Championship in Head Coach Steve Turnbaugh’s final season as Head Football Coach.
After Hereford’s seventh-straight win in 2013, Steve retired after a 19-year career coaching his son, Brock, and coaching at his alma mater.
“We did the academy this past off-season. In my opinion it was worth every penny we invested.We had been running the triple since 2005. I attended Navy clinics, other clinics, bought videos etc…..
However, I picked up more during those sessions with Lou than I ever could imagine. If I had questions, Lou was there with an answer.
We lost many players from our 2012 team. We were basically starting from scratch with our 2013 team. The academy had us prepared for any situation. Though we started 0-3 (many injuries, including using a # 3 QB) we finished winning the last 7 games.
Though this was my last season, I am still involved in the triple option and would run that offense in a second, if I do decide to resume coaching again.
Thank you Lou for all your time. It was well worth it.”
– Steve Turnbaugh, Head Football Coach
In 2011, Petaluma (CA) was 1-9 under Petaluma Alum and longtime coach, Rick Krist.
In 2012, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Petaluma ends the season with four (4) wins.
“Petaluma High has been a triple option team for many years. Over the past 10 years or so we have experimented with different formations and plays that compliment the offense. This year we went back to the basics to try and clean up our approach on offense. We had Lou come to the school. We had all three levels participate in the camp and it really helped.
We were 1-9 and last place in 2011. This year we improved to 4-6 and 3rd place. After starting 0-4 this year we knocked off 4 wins in a row to start league. Our freshmen team went undefeated for the first time in 30 years. The improvement was a direct result of staying with the offense. With the younger teams doing well we are hoping for a promising future.”
–Rick Krist, Head Football Coach
In 2009 and 2010, Poland Regional HS (ME) won a grand total of two games. The school hired Head Football Coach, Ted Tibbetts, less than two months before the start of training camp.
In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Poland Regional HS (ME), earned the best winning percentage in school history, won twice as many games as they had the previous two seasons and broke school records for rushing, passing, and points scored.
“Our Flexbone camp had a tremendous impact on our record setting season. A developing program less than 9 years old, we have never been able to score enough points to beat the better teams in our league.
Coming into this season we knew that we needed to make some changes if we wanted to emerge as a one of the dominant teams in the league. The camp changed our program in many ways. First, players really knew their assignments and how to execute them effectively. Second, as a coaching staff we significantly increased our understanding of the offense and how to teach it. Most significantly, however, our kids now love the system. In the past, because we haven’t been a strong team, getting the players and the community to see the power of option football was a challenge. However, this year, even experiencing a setback from a penalty or an unexpected defense, our kids just shrugged it off. ’No big deal,’ they would say. ’We can break one at any time.’ And often times, we did.
We set program records this year in yards rushing, passing, and in points scored. Our quarterback alone had over 1000 yards in total offense. While we finished 4-4, narrowly missing the play-offs, our record doesn’t fully reflect our growth. The two prior seasons we were a 2-14 combined. Moreover, this year we steadily improved beating playoff bound teams at the end of our season. Our kids can’t stop talking about getting back on the field next year.
We are thrilled about our experience! Lou did a great job preparing players and coaching staff for the season. I’m most impressed with his personal touch and commitment to our team. He welcomes any questions at any time and often asks about players that he worked with by name. We feel that our growth as a program has just begun and that the camp was a vital catalyst in the process.”
– Ted Tibbetts, Head Football Coach
In 2011, Temple City High School (CA) went 1-9.
In 2012, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Temple City went from one (1) win to five (5) wins and obtained a playoff berth.
“This past July we hosted a camp with Lou Cella as the director. It was, in my opinion, the best endeavor I have ever participated in with regards to improving a football team towards a specific goal. I have not seen such a unilateral result, from coaches to players, with any other method.
The greatness of the camp is in the breadth of activity. Every position is taught and drilled, as well as position coaches. The camp is a systematic installation of the offense. Lou was phenomenal, his energy and passion for what he was teaching was infectious with the players and coaches.
I have never witnessed a group of athletes improve more in 4 hours on the first day of camp, and the improvement continued throughout the duration. Any coach looking to run the flexbone offense would be crazy not to invest in a camp for their players and coaches.”
–Mike McFarland, Head Football Coach
Before the 2010 season, Riverwood HS (GA) had not won five (5) games in a season since 2005.
In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Riverwood High School (GA) won five (5) games in a season for the first time since 2005.
“When we arrived at Riverwood in 2008, we realized quickly how undersized we were up front. I have always been an “option guy” and wanted to run what I considered option football. After all, there was no way we could compete with our size and lack of athleticism running the I or Gun.
After three years of mediocrity, we realized that we had become a “multiple” offensive team running more wing-t than option. After a trip to the Naval Academy in the Spring of 2011 to visit with my brother, offensive line coach, Ashley Ingram, we decided to look at having Lou come in and help us along the way.
We decided to join ranks with Seminole County and have a two-team camp. My Dad is the head coach at Seminole County and we had scrimmaged each other the past two years. Our players were familiar with each other and the coaching staffs had a great relationship. Lou Cella came in and transformed our football teams.
Seminole County went on to have the greatest season in the history of the school. Riverwood went 5-5 year and lost one game in OT and another by four points. Our turnover margin went from -11 in 2010 to +9 in 2011. We scored an average of 46 points in the last four weeks of the season and had only one turnover in that stretch, while beating the #4 ranked team in the state of Georgia . We scored on every possession.
Ball security and fundamentals have always been the cornerstone of our program. Thank you Lou. You made the difference.”
–Rob Ingram, Head Football Coach
In 2011, after working with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Seminole County (GA) broke the school record for wins in a season and advanced to the Georgia Class A state quarterfinals.
“I have been coaching high school football for 40 years now and began with the wishbone offense, so I had a good background in option football. After spending 7 years with my high school coach and running the power game from the I-formation during the late 70′s and early 80′s I changed schools and incorporated the I-power with the option and ran this offense for years. When the midline came along we added it to the inside and outside veer, but still stayed exclusively with the I-formation.
I give you this background because “old dogs can not———”.
It just so happens that my youngest son is working with Ken Niumatalolo at the Naval Academy as an offensive line coach and run game coordinator. My oldest son is the head football coach at Riverwood High School in Atlanta, Ga., and has been running the flexbone for several years, but “old dogs——”.
It just so happens that I finally decided to play around with the flexbone during the past two years and thought I knew what I was doing. I gave Lou a call and we hit it off immediately so we set up a camp in Atlanta with my team and Robert’s team at Riverwood during last summer (2010). I learned so much at the camp that we ran the flexbone almost entirely during the 2010 season and the results were unbelievable.
23 school records including an 11-2 season, the elite 8 in the playoffs (should have won the state bit 5 fumbles in the first half after only losing only 8 during the whole season and playing a metro Atlanta Private School—yes we have problems with recruiting in Georgia like the rest of you do). We rushed for4,373 yard, our Two A backs averaged 11.8 and10.4 yards per touch, we scored 71 touchdowns and averaged 49 points per game (most games were over with by half with a running clock during the second half). Overall, our backs averaged7.9 yards per carry and that includes the J.V. backs who had over 135 carries collectively for the season. We also threw the seam routes for 880 yards and scored 9 touchdowns. That gave us 80 offensive touchdowns for the 13 game season.
Lou did an outstanding job at the camp I personally consider him one of my closest friends because he is always avaiable to help. He does such a great job of installing fundamentals and mechanics.
This was the first 11 win season in school history so remember “old dogs can”.
– Alan Ingram, Head Football Coach