Budde takes pride in youth camp
by Emily Horos
June 27, 2013 12:43 AM | 2520 views | 4 4 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodstock football coach Brent Budde, left, helps Bruce Miller pick a camper to answer a trivia question, with signed memorabilia from Miller the reward.
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Woodstock football coach Brent Budde, left, helps Bruce Miller pick a camper to answer a trivia question, with signed memorabilia from Miller the reward.
Staff photo by Emily Horos
WOODSTOCK — Brent Budde may be a football coach, but he’s also a teacher.

Over the past three days, the head of the Woodstock’s football program did a bit of both in a youth football camp hosted by the Wolverines.

Budde brought in current players, along with alumni such as San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller and former Georgia tight end Tripp Chandler, to assist with the camp held for first- through eighth-graders.

“I enjoyed having our players out there helping,” Budde said. “As they got to see these kids running around and playing, they are reminded that they used to play the game with that type of passion and enthusiasm for the game. I saw more kids diving for passes out here than I see in a whole season.”

Miller said he has assisted at camps hosted by some of his NFL teammates, and during college at Central Florida, so he jumped when Budde gave him the opportunity to help out at Woodstock.

“I just try to jump in wherever I can,” Miller said. “We have a lot of guys that hold their own camps in San Francisco, so I’m involved with their stuff. Coach Budde asked me at the beginning of the year if I would be able to do this and could start planning around it and I told him right away that I didn’t have to plan it. I would be there.”

The camp, which was broken down into two divisions based on age, had about 50 boys in attendance.

“It was everything I think we wanted it to be and hoped it would be,” Budde said. “I think having guys come back and help just shows their love for the game. It was really special.”

Budde said the goal of the camp was to teach the young players the game of football, but he also wanted it to be fun.

“We really want to teach the fundamentals of the game because that is what the kids need to be successful to make it all the way to where Bruce is now,” Budde said. “But we also want them to play the game for fun. I think that, even at the high school level and on up, we forget that it is a game and that it’s supposed to be fun.”

During the camp, players stretched, ran drills and played games. Faces were smiling as the camp wrapped up Wednesday with snow cones and autographs by Miller, who gave away a football and gloves to lucky fans who were able to answer questions about his career.

While many of the campers may end up being Wolverines someday, Budde said there were players bound for other schools such as Etowah and River Ridge in attendance as well. He didn’t consider the camp a way to build players for the future, but rather to impart a love of the game.

“We hope some of the skills they take back with them,” Budde said. “We just wanted to teach the game of football to whoever attended.”

Miller said some of the kids arrived at the camp with little or no football knowledge, only to leave with a new appreciation for the sport.

“A couple of the guys never even played football before,” Miller said. “I don’t even know if they watch it on TV, but we had a lot of fun. That’s what it’s all about anyways.”

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Pete Nani - WWTC
June 27, 2013
Dear WHS Booster - I'm sorry you feel the need to air your thoughts online versus contacting a board member or coach directly but I respect your prerogative. I want to make sure you realize we communicate through our team website, weekly email, team mom email and coach to player direct communication and other than pinning a note on little Johnny everyday I'm not sure what else we can do. That being said, we are all volunteers looking to make a good program better and will alway look for everyone positive input. Please contact me directly to address any concerns over coaches, communication or anything else. We have had and will always have an open door policy.


Pete Nani

WWTC Director & Volunteer


WHS Booster
June 27, 2013
As far as the camp goes great job. I thought it could have been more organized. From the outside looking into this program it seems like there isn't any organization in anything. The parents, players, assistant coaches, boosters never know whats going on b/c the leaders communication is just not there. I also want to know why coaches are leaving left and right. In the past 2 weeks my son has told me that 2 coaches have left the program. These 2 coaches have been there for atleast 5 years. My son also says that several of the coaches haven't been showing up for workouts either.
June 27, 2013
Dear WHS Booster, I'm not quite sure why you prefer to choose a public forum to air your thoughts when every board member and coach is more than accessible to listen one on one. As far as communication goes, we have a fantastic website, weekly email, team mom communication and information delivered directly to players from coaches. That being said we are all volunteers looking to build a good program into a great program and I have plenty of volunteer positions if you'd like to help and we would welcome any POSITIVE INPUT.

Just in case you have any further questions - please contact me directly. I would be glad to answer your concerns.


Pete Nani

WWTC Director

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