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Dog Days Of Summer - See How IMG Academy Football Is Gearing Up For the 2017 Season

Under The Radar Sports Media recently came to the IMG Academy campus to catch up with the team and see how the boys were getting prepped to tackle the toughest high school football schedule in the country. Check out the video below for an inside look! Learn more about IMG Academy football here!

5 Tips To Help You Dominate Two-A-Days

By Trent Tetzlaff, Eastbay Blog As fall sports practices begin to pick up in August, so do the temperatures and workouts. Not only are you practicing once a day for your sport, but you are probably pushing through two-a-days. To help you excel during your summer practices for football, soccer, volleyball, and more, we talked with Scott Gadeken, head of physical conditioning at IMG Academy for some tips! Step 1: HYDRATION! HYDRATION! HYDRATION! According to Gadeken, whether it’s with Gatorade or water, hydrating throughout the day is key to keep your body functioning properly during practice. “Hydrate early and often....

IMG Soccer Alumna, Leah Smith, Selected as 2017 Robert Clements Scholar

By Leah Smith, a recent High Honors graduate of IMG Academy, has been selected as the 2017 Robert Clements Scholar in the award’s twenty-first anniversary year. She is entering her freshman year this fall at New York University’s Stern School of Business where she will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science and Finance with a minor in Computer Science and Mathematics. At IMG, Smith was recognized as a 2017 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor student based upon her scores in Calculus, Chemistry, Statistics, English Composition and World History. Smith was selected as IMG Academy’s Dartmouth Book Award...

Friday Night 360 AZ Interview with IMG Football Head Coach, Kevin Wright

By Jordan Hamm, Sports 360 AZ Each Wednesday, Haley Stesiak and Jordan Hamm preview the upcoming high school football week. From the biggest games and storylines to hearing from the top leaders and voices in the prep football, the Friday Night 360 AZ preview show will get you ready for Friday nights. There may not be a bigger game happening in the state of Arizona than the Chandler Wolves hosting the IMG Academy a few weeks from now. IMG produces some of the best college talent in the country and features 11 of the top 200 prospects in the 2018...

Building Confidence Around the Green

Up and downs from difficult lies and areas of the green are shot savers and confidence builders when the shot is executed as you see it. Practicing tough shots around the green and how to master them will help you create a solid foundation to build your short game and your shot making skills. When practicing, it is fun to put yourself in difficult situations. Remember these simple steps: The lie of the ball will first dictate which club and flight can be used. In most cases, look to try to land the ball on the green as this will...

How IMG Academy became the new-age recruiting powerhouse that the B1G is set on winning

By Connor O’Gara, Saturday Tradition On a breezy Florida afternoon in May, two 30-something men wearing tucked-in polos make small talk while standing on a crowded sideline. There’s no mistaking what they are. Like the men that surround them, they’re college football coaches. For the more-knowledgeable college football fan, there’s no mistaking who they are, either. The taller one in the white-striped Penn State polo is Lions wide receivers coach Josh Gattis. The shorter, well-built guy in the cardinal red polo is Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard. The B1G assistants are more familiar with each other than the other 15-plus...

IMG Football Heads Into the 2017 Season Ranked #2 in USA Today Super 25

On Tuesday, USA Today High School Sports released the top 10 high schools on their ‘Super 25 Preseason Football’ list. Sitting at no. 2 in the nation is IMG Academy. The Ascenders, led by Head Coach Kevin Wright, always welcome a challenging schedule and this year is no different. Of the Ascenders’ 11 scheduled games, 7 of them are against other teams in USA Today HSS’ ‘Super 25’ list, with 2 ranking in the top 10. Read below for USA Today High School Sports’ preview of the Ascenders for the upcoming 2017-18 football season. Super 25 Preseason Football: No. 2...

IMG Academy announces new heads of lacrosse programs

By David Wilson , Bradenton Herald IMG Academy has poached a big name to serve as the new head of its boys lacrosse program. Matt Kerwick, the head coach at Cornell as recently as May, was named IMG’s new director of lacrosse Thursday after more than four seasons in Ithaca, N.Y. Kerwick resigned his post with the Big Red in May after a disappointing season for Cornell. The Big Red started 0-5 and missed the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. Before those struggles, Kerwick kept Cornell a tournament fixture. He took over as an interim head coach for...

IMG Academy Names Matt Kerwick Director of Lacrosse

BRADENTON, Fla. (July 27, 2017) – Today IMG Academy announced Matt Kerwick, a veteran collegiate head coach, as its new Director of Lacrosse. Kerwick most recently led the men’s program at Cornell University where he served as head coach since 2013. As Director of Lacrosse, Kerwick will oversee all aspects of IMG Academy’s lacrosse program including boarding school student-athletes, college placement, alumni relations, camps, visiting team training and events. “This is an exciting opportunity to lead student-athletes at one of the most committed academic and athletic institutions in the world. Developing students in the classroom while utilizing the most advanced...

IMG Academy Trainee, Darya Klishina, Named One of Sports Illustrated Fittest 50 Athletes

Each year, Sports Illustrated works with a panel of expert trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, performance coaches and professional athlete coaches to answer the question: Who are the fittest athletes across all sports? They’ve recently released their Fittest 50 list for 2017, which includes men and women who excel in all areas that define fitness and conditioning, including agility, strength, endurance and skill in their respective sport. Darya Klishina came in at No. 49 on the list. Sports Illustrated said, “The 25-year-old Russian long jumper trains at the IMG Academy in Florida, and her Instagram feed is full of photos...

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