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Former NFL star joins HCHS football clinic


Former NFL receiver Nate Poole will join former NFL and college coach Thurmond Moore here Saturday for a special free football clinic for players and coaches to be held Saturday at Halifax County High School.

Halifax County High School and Football University will host the special free football tackling clinic which is tentatively set from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Check-in and registration will be held at the Halifax County High School lobby.


The clinic will be held on the football field if weather permits. If not, it will be held in the school gym.

The clinic is open to the public to any student in grades 6 - 11 interested in playing football or is a current player.

There will be a coaching component to the clinic as well, where the instructors will talk only to coaches. Anyone coaching football from the Pee Wee, Mites and Midgets levels through middle school and high school can attend the clinic free of charge.

Students participating in the clinic should wear sweats if the weather is cold or wet, or, if the event is held in the gym, participants should wear comfortable workout clothes and athletic shoes. In addition, students should bring writing utensils, and water and/or drink.

Area players and coaches wishing to attend the clinic are urged to register prior to the clinic. Registration will also be accepted on the day of the event.

Persons wishing to register in advance should e-mail Halifax County High School assistant coach McCoy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Halifax County High School Athletic Director Allen Lawter and other members of the Halifax County High School football coaching staff will also accept requests.

Football University’s Tackling Academy is led by Moore. Moore has 28 years of coaching experience ranging from the UFL, NFL, college football and high school football and has worked with a number of Pro Bowl football players.

Poole is a veteran NFL receiver who has coached and taught personal training since his playing days. He has coached at the high school level at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, NC, and Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C.

Poole served as a wide receivers coach with the Rhine Fire of NFL Europe and a wide receiver coaching assistant with the Buffalo Bills in 2007.

While attending Marshall University Poole was a three-year starter. At Marshall he held the team record with 250 grabs (exceeding Randy Moss’s record). He was the team’s leading receiver two years in a row.

Poole was named All-Mid American Conference in 1999 and 2000, recording 94 catches for 1,122 yards in 1999 and 75 catches for 920 yards in 2000. He played a key role in Marshall’s Mid-American Conference Champions title four years in a row, with three Motor City Bowl victories.

After his college career, Poole was signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals. He played four years with the Cardinals while receiving six game balls. One of his most exciting moments came when he was playing his old teammate Randy Moss and the Vikings. He recorded 6 catches for 82 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in which he received the NFL and ESPN game of the week honors.

After his tenure with the Cardinals, Poole signed with the New Orleans Saints, where he received four game balls and was awarded special teams player of the game five times. He was forced to retire from pro football after a season-ending knee injury in 2006.

The academy is being provided at no charge from the creators of the U.S. Army All American Bowl Football University.