July 27, 2014

Long Snapping Lesson with Valparaiso Long Snapper

By: Long Snapping Coach Mike Famiglietti



In the Summer of 2014 I was reunited with a long snapper I had experience with before, Wesley Manderscheid. We played against each other our senior year of high school and am now very impressed with him as both a long snapper and a person.

Long Snapping in the rain
Wesley is a very talented long snapper who has great size, good technique, and much experience with snapping at the college level and in poor weather. He is entering his final year at Valparaiso University and has aspirations of continuing to snap at the next level. With the strides he has made today, I say we should all look out for this long snapper to make waves in the near future.

July 10, 2014

Long Snapping Lesson with a Lindenwood Lion

By: Long Snapping Coach Mike Famiglietti

In June 2014, I stumbled across a young long snapper named Andrew Bair on Facebook due to our mutual long snapping connections and being located at nearby colleges.


Andrew Bair is a great sized long snapper who recently finished his freshman year and hopes to earn even more playing time for Lindenwood University this fall! He snaps with a lot of force and power that definitely shows in his frame. On July 9, 2014 we met up for a long snapping lesson that will really help Andrew be able to start almost anywhere in the country

June 11, 2014

Long Snappers: Work until your idols become your rivals

By: Long Snapping Coach Kyle Stelter



2009: I was just finishing up my college career and all I knew is that I didn't want to be done playing the game that I loved.

2010: I joined the St. Paul Pioneers semi pro football team and had a successful year making the All-Star team at the finish of the season.

2011: I had been playing semi pro and had been very successful as a long snapper. I started looking up ways I could try to get to the next level. I found Michael Husted's pro camp through talking with Michael through my NCS connection and started looking into it. They ranked the snappers and would post their videos on youtube.

I remember watching these long snappers, researching where they were from, and just amazed at how good they were. I looked up to them and began following them. Watching them gain tryouts with teams, make it to camp, get into the NFL. Thats what I wanted to do.

2012: I decided to go out to Las Vegas for the Husted pro camp. I was extremely nervous because this was my first attempt at going pro. I remember seeing a handful of guys that I had been following, a lot of them had been with NFL teams which I thought was so cool. I went through the pro camp not knowing how I was doing, I am always pretty hard on myself when it comes to snapping so I didn't think I did so great, especially being around guys that talented.

At the end of camp I ended up getting a 5 star rating. I had no idea I was THAT good! I had competed with these guys I had been following and I'm on their level. That was so cool for me. Although no NFL teams came calling I was able to pick up an NFL agent from this camp which I never even imagined.

A few months later I attended an open tryout for a professional league I had heard of before, the United Football League. The Sacramento Mountain Lions were having a tryout so I decided it would be a good opportunity to showcase my skills since the NFL hadn't called yet. I went out there and competed with a snapper who had been with multiple NFL teams before. The Mountain Lions ended up choosing me over the experienced Division 1 long snapper.

2013: I went back to the Husted camp with one goal in mind. Be #1... I knew this was a high goal but I had put in a lot of work, played in a professional league and was ready. The pro camp was full of extremely good long snappers again from very prestigious division one programs all over the nation. Once again some had been with NFL teams, I had not...I had only my UFL experience behind me.
The week went by and I thought I did well. I wasn't sure if I had achieved my goal, but sure enough, when the rankings came out I was #1.

2014: Frustrated that nothing came out of my #1 ranking at last years pro camp I had told myself that if nothing happened out of this years camp I was going to hang up my cleats and pursue coaching and teaching.

Camp came and I thought I did the best I had ever done. Competed well against the best competition I had seen at camps before and had a near perfect chart day in front of the NFL scouts.

After camp I had heard a few teams were interested but I had learned not to get my hopes up over talk...
A few weeks later I was sitting at home when my phone rang. A number from New Jersey was calling. I answered and had my ticket booked for a tryout with the New York Jets.

At the tryout I competed with a guy I had watched from previous camps, a previous #1 ranked long snapper. A very successful tryout led to us both being brought back for rookie mini camp. It was a great experience that just goes to show that you need to "work until your idols are your rivals". Im not done, I still have idols that I plan on making my rivals someday soon.

A great saying that got me where I am today and I hope gets you to where you are going.







June 8, 2014

Special Teams University Adds New Long Snapping Coach

By: Long Snapping Coach Kyle Stelter



Special Teams University would like to officially announce its newest member, long snapping coach Mike Famiglietti. We are happy to have Mike on board with us and excited for him to start working with long snappers! He is a technician when it comes to long snapping. He made it as far as he did in football because of his sheer long snapping talent alone. Read more about Mike and his journey through football to Special Teams University.

May 20, 2014

Long Snapping Lessons with Long Snapping Coach Kyle Stelter

By: Long Snapping Coach Kyle Stelter
As a long snapper who has played at the highest level, I know what it takes to get there. Coming from a small high school in Wisconsin, playing at a small college in Wisconsin, and then taking an unconventional road to the professional level, I have encountered every scenario, and problem a long snapper can run into. From these experiences I bring to a wealth of knowledge to long snapping lessons of not only the art of long snapping but what it takes mentally and physically to get there. (Read about my journey here