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Carl Hargrave coached three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, originally joined Green’s staff as an offensive consultant in 2004. In 2005, Hargrave worked with young tight ends Adam Bergen and Eric Edwards. Bergen, a rookie free agent, started nine games at tight end and finished the season with 28 receptions for 270 yards and one touchdown. Edwards, in only his second season as a pro, also started nine games at tight end collecting 12 receptions. Their contributions helped the Cardinals offense finish the season as the 8th ranked overall offense in the NFL, and the #1 passing offense (4,437 yards/277.3 yards per game) for the first time in team history. He was instrumental in drafting Leonard Pope and acquiring John Bronson as a free agent out of Penn State in 2006 NFL Draft.
Hargrave was an assistant with the Minnesota Vikings from 1994-2001 and worked primarily with the running backs. He started as an offensive assistant working with the tight ends during the 1994 season. Under his guidance, the Vikings sent their first running back to the Pro Bowl (Robert Smith in 1998 and 2000) since Chuck Foreman in 1977. In his eight seasons in Minnesota, the Vikings compiled a 77-51 record, made six playoff appearances, won three NFC Central Titles, and twice advanced to the NFC championship game. Hargrave’s pupil at running back, Robert Smith set club records in 2000 with 1,521 rushing yards, 295 attempts, 1,869 combined rushing/receiving yards, nine games with over 100 yards rushing and five consecutive games with over 100 yards rushing. Also in 2000 Smith became the club’s all-time leading rusher when he eclipsed Chuck Foreman’s team record 5,879 yards finishing that season with 6,818 for his career. He also rushed for over 1,000 yards in 1997 (1,266), 1998 (1,187) and 1999 (1,015). In his eight seasons with Minnesota, Hargrave saw his running backs go over the 100-yard mark 34 times in 144 regular season games.
During Carl's tenure with the Vikings, the 1998 team set the NFL scoring record of 2563 points, a record that held for ten seasons until the Super Bowl Champs New England Patriots eclipse that in 2008. In addition the 2000 Vikings offense set a league record for team rushing 2565 yards that still exist today.
Carl coached in two Pro Bowls where he tutored some of the great running backs in the NFL to include, his own player Minnesota Vikings Robert Smith, Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Bucs Fullback Mike Alstott, and Atlanta Falcons Jamal Anderson. Hargrave joined the Vikings after two seasons (1992-93) as tight ends coach at the University of Iowa. He also attended Minnesota’s training camp in ’92 and ’93 as part of the NFL’s Minority Coaching Intern Program.
Carl has been an intricate part of the lives of numerous student athletes, having also coached at the college level. He has had very successful stints at Northwestern University, The University of Pittsburgh, The University of Houston and The University of Iowa. One of the proudest moments in Carl’s career was to see Andre Ware win the Heisman Trophy while at the Univ. of Houston in 89. During Hargrave’s tenure with the Cougars, the school set 88 individual NCAA offensive records with 36 team NCAA marks.
Hargrave was a four-time All-Iowa Conference selection as a safety at Upper Iowa, Hargrave intercepted seven passes and posted a 25.3-yard kickoff return average and an 11.0-yard punt return average as a senior, when he was named the team’s defensive MVP. He set a school record with a 94-yard kickoff return his freshman year. Carl enjoyed a stellar playing career in college while at Upper Iowa University, culminating in being drafted by the Super Bowl Champion Oakland Raiders in 1976, prior to embarking on a successful coaching career spanning 30 years at both the major college and professional ranks.
During the interim in the coaching profession Carl is actively involved in the community. Carl is currently engaged in the program that he crafted during the hiatus in the coaching profession. He started "This Is It! Sports to encourage, engage and empower youth to be the best they can be. The concept is built on “Life Skills and Athletic Drills" .and has enjoyed enormous success in the state of Missouri where it was berthed. Partnering with the local YMCA organization in the St. Louis region we impacted thousand's of youth who participated in the classes, camps and clinics. This Is It Sports initiated several annual sports banquets over the years to celebrate the accomplishments of the young athletes, featuring various professional athletes as "Keynote speakers, to include Pat Thomas former All Pro defensive back for the LA Rams, Larry Fitzgerald All Pro wide receiver for the AZ Cardinals and Kurt Warner former All Pro quarterback for both the Super Bowl Champions St. Louis Rams and Super Bowl participant Arizona Cardinals. Reaching out in the Phoenix area was imperative, as we recognized a need in the development of our youth.
FORMER NFL COACH,
CARL HARGRAVE DIRECTOR
RISE NFL FLAG FOOTBALL
Flag Football League and Skill Development
NFL Punt, Pass & Kick
Coaching the Coaches Clinic
All boys and girls are welcome!
Coaches bring in a team or parents can register their child individually and the child will be placed on an open team.
Registration includes NFL Reversible Jersey, NFL Flag Belt, and
Meet & Greet with NFL Players during the season.
Sibling discounts for registration of 3 or more children.
Seasons are 6-8 weeks including single elimination tournament
Trophies awarded to first place teams
Remember you can always move your child up to a higher division,
but we never allow them to play down into a lower division.
Report Card and Birth Certificate are required for your child to play.
Age Division for boys & girls we offer are:
6U - 5-6 years
8U - 7-8 years
10U - 9-10 years
12U -11-12 years
14U - 13-14 years
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If you are interested in a coaching a team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the application and get scheduled for required training and background check through RISE, NFL Flag and USA Football. We are looking for coaches who want to give their time and talent to coach kids in our community. We have a former NFL Coach as the Director of our Flag League that will be conducting a Coaching the Coaches Clinic, along with continued support throughout the season.