Atavus Tackling System Clinic at Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship

Atavus Tackling System Clinic at Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship 


Photo: Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship & Atavus Football

Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship & Atavus Football Press Release: May 25, 2016

Former NFL Standouts & Sports Radio 94WIP Broadcasters Ike Reese & Mike Quick Headline Free Atavus Tackling System™ Clinic Sunday, June 5th at Talen Energy Stadium in Suburban Philadelphia

Former National Football League standouts (and former members of the Philadelphia Eagles) Ike Reese and Mike Quick, currently broadcasters on Sports Radio 94WIP, headline the coaching faculty for the free Atavus Tackling System Clinic on Sunday, June 5th at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Free registration is available online at

The free Atavus Tackling System Clinic is a special event in conjunction with the 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.  Over the course of Sunday’s free clinic, football coaches and student-athletes will have access to demonstrations of rugby tackling techniques that can be applied to the game of football – Rugby-inspired, shoulder-led Tackling.

Ike Reese Photo

Ike Reese is truly one of the most beloved off-field players in Philadelphia Eagles history. A stand out linebacker, and special teams’ player at Michigan State, Reese was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 5th round of the 1998 NFL draft. During his illustrious 10-year career in the NFL, he earned the respect and admiration of players and coaches throughout the league for his work ethic and positive influence in the locker room. He played in 128 consecutive regular season games, holds the Eagles’ team record for the most tackles and was voted Special Teams MVP. He now brings his knowledge and insight to Sports Radio 94WIP for afternoon drive, heard weekdays with Michael Barkann from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mike Quick Photo


Mike Quick spent his entire NFL career – nine seasons – with the Eagles, and was one of the premier players in the league. Throughout his career, Quick was recognized not only for his exceptional hands and ability to get open, but also for his uncanny ability to elude defenders.Over five consecutive seasons (1983-87), he caught more touchdown passes (53) than any other NFL player; was ranked third in yardage and voted to the Pro Bowl with starts following the ’83, ’85 and ’87 seasons. He led the NFL in receiving yards in 1983 with 1,409 and finished second in 1985 with a total of 1,247.  Quick is a five-time Pro Bowler, selected consecutively from 1983 to 1987.  He has been broadcasting partners with Merrill Reese on Philadelphia Eagles radio broadcasts on Sports Radio 94WIP for several years.

In addition to Sunday’s clinic, on Friday, June 3rd, Atavus Football will partner with Rhino Rugby to present a Rugby-Inspired, shoulder-led Tackling Coach Seminar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel (201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103).  Speakers will include Ron Lloyd, Atavus President; Rex Norris, the head of Atavus Football; and Rutgers University Head Football Coach Chris Ash.

Reese, Quick and other coaches will be on hand at Sunday’s free clinic, which features interactive Atavus Tackling Systemdrill demonstrations, and live interaction with coaches and other special guests guiding student-athletes and coaches through Rugby-inspired tackling techniques.  The session is free for coaches and student-athletes.  Also, all attending the free Atavus Tackling System Clinic on Sunday, June 5th will receive free tickets to  watch the 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Championship matches in Talen Energy Stadium from a special VIP Hospitality area of the stadium.

With its foundation in Rugby-inspired tackling, the Atavus Tackling System of shoulder-leveraged tackling techniques removes the head as far away as possible from the impact area and therefore reduces the risk of injury at the point of contact. This system, which has been embraced with proven results by marque NFL, NCAA, and High School football programs across the land, provides coaches with year-round qualitative and other insights for better practice and game day preparation. Atavus begins with on-field, Rugby-inspired, tackling techniques, drills and plans which are player, position and unit centered leading to more effective and safer tackling. The company’s proprietary data analytics system then provides coaches with easy to access, real-time customizable reporting and performance optimization recommendations.

A Rugby-inspired tackling system has been embraced by top high school, college and professional coaches in both football and rugby across the United States, including Pete Carroll of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, as well as notable college football coaches, and Atavus partners at the University of Washington, Ohio State, the University of Nebraska and Rutgers. During the 2015 college season, Atavus worked with defensive coaches at the Washington and Ohio State, where both teams saw dramatic improvements, with the Buckeyes becoming the nation’s #2 ranked defense overall in Points Scored and the Huskies becoming the #1 defense in the entire Pac-12.

About Atavus Football:
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Atavus Football was launched to provide modern, impactful solution for coaches from NFL, collegiate, high school, and junior football programs to improve the efficiency and safety of the tackle. The company’s proprietary Atavus Tackling System™ provides coaches with year-round professional services, online training, data intelligence and proven on-field coaching solutions that lead to more confident and effective tacklers, while improving safety of the athletes.

About United World Sports:
United World Sports (UWS) is the largest commercial rugby entity in the United States, and the owner and operator of a growing portfolio of dynamic sports, media and apparel brands including, the USA Sevens Rugby international tournament, the largest professional rugby event in North America; the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the premier college 7s rugby championship; and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship, the 15s national rugby championship. Through its apparel division, UWS owns the exclusive North and South American license for Rhino Rugby, one of the world’s leading rugby apparel and equipment brands. UWS also owns and operates, the largest and most widely read media destination dedicated to American rugby. For more information about UWS and its properties, visit

About The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company:
Since its founding in 1847, Penn Mutual has been driven by its noble purpose to create a world of possibilities. At the heart of this purpose is the belief that purchasing life insurance is the most protective, responsible and rewarding action a person can take, and is central to a sound financial plan. The company is committed to helping individuals, families and small businesses unlock life’s possibilities through life insurance and annuity solutions. This is accomplished through a national network of more than 5,000 financial professionals, who help clients make great things possible. Penn Mutual supports its field representatives with brokerage services through Honor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor and wholly owned subsidiary. Member FINRA/SIPC. Visit Penn Mutual on the Internet at

About NBC Sports Group:
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital.

Media Contacts:
Joe Favorito,, (201) 746-0005
Jim DeLorenzo,, (215) 266-5943
Jaime Quick,, (206) 229-5183

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