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Pro Football Scouting and Operations Course (PES 402)

This course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a football scout, sports agent, general manager or coach. The course will equip you with the skills needed to successfully evaluate talent and build a collegiate or professional football team. Topics of the course include scouting, player development, football operations, player personnel, statistical analysis and NFL draft strategies.

In this 8-week course, students will learn about the following:

Organizational Hierarchy

Duties and responsibilities of a football scout and operations personnel

How NFL teams acquire players

NFL Draft Process

NFL Draft Philosophies

Notable NFL Draft Successes

How various other professional football league and the National Football League tie together

Creating a football Scouting Report

National Football League Scouting Companies (rating system)

Position by position breakdown on what football scouts look for in player prospects

National Football League (NFL) Draft Philosophies

Football Contract Negotiations

Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

Strategies to break into the industry

Benefits of Signing Up:

You will have the opportunity to learn from experienced sports professionals

You will gain valuable practical experience, which is priceless in a competitive industry

Gain a better understanding of the scouting industry

Learn advanced networking strategies

PES Academy Faculty

Mike Butler

Football Scouting and Operations Course

Mike Butler has spent 26 years in the NFL working as a Scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and the Detroit Lions.  He also worked in various capacities for the Steelers for an additional eight years starting as a ball boy at the age of fifteen.  He was the Director of College Scouting for the Indianapolis Colts from 2000 to 2006 leading up to the Colts Super Bowl XLI victory in the 2006-2007 season.  It has been his great fortune to work and learn from some of the all time greats in the history of professional football, including, Art Rooney Sr., Dan Rooney, Chuck Noll, Art Rooney Jr., Dick Haley, Ted Marchibroda, Bill Tobin, Tony Dungy and Bill Polian.

During his tenure as Director of College Scouting the Colts no team in the NFL won more games or had a higher winning percentage than the Colts did.  During that span the Colts averaged over 10 wins per season and made the playoffs six out of seven seasons.  In his career Mike has helped build teams that made 11 playoff appearances, his teams have won 9 Division Titles, and have gone to 3 AFC Championship games.  Butler has helped discover 33 players that have made a total of 74 Pro Bowl appearances and won 2 NFL Player of the Year awards and 2 Rookie of the Year awards.

Throughout a scouting career that has lasted over two and a half decades, he has been involved in drafting some of the greatest names the game has ever seen, including Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James, Dwight Freeney, Marshall Faulk, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Bob Sanders, Robert Mathis, Tarik Glenn, Brent Jones, Andre Rison, and Louis Lipps .

Working in Sports Management has provided Mike valuable experience in Competitive Intelligence, Leading Teams, Organizational Communication, Business Ethics in Sports, Decision Making and Problem Solving.

Mike is a graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has a Masters in Leadership with a concentration in Sports Leadership from Duquesne University.

Rodd Newhouse
Football Scouting and Operations Course
Rodd Newhouse spent seven seasons in the pro personnel department of the Arizona Cardinals, where his duties ranged from the evaluation of collegiate and professional players to the advance scouting of future opponents to negotiating contracts.

As Director of 44m, he has the skills and knowledge in the sports industry that has manifest into powerful relationships that are the best. While working with the National Football League Management Council and as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, and ESPN, he has used his expertise to expound upon my professional relationships that have allowed me access to privileged and confidential information, benefiting each of our clients uniquely. With over 15 years in the front-offices of the National Football League (NFL) and real estate investment world, I have been a pioneer in my field of expertise.

Rodd’s dedication to being the best is unprecedented. I am an upstanding person who truly values education and helping our clients. My list of accomplishments include: Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) from Kaplan University – Concord Law School, Bachelor of Arts degree (triple major in Managerial Studies, Sport Management, and Economics) Rice University, Executive Management Education from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Certified loan originator, and successful real estate broker. Along with the knowledge and personal experience I have obtained in the sports and management arenas, I have used my Economics and Managerial Studies background to generate new ideas and concepts that are unique in the sports industry. My career has helped me advance in the world of sport, law, business, economics, financial analysis, as well as accounting and marketing.

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