Professional football training can be found right here in Methuen at Haus of Athletes. Andrew Jamiel, the standout wide receiver for the XFL’s Orlando Guardians, is working with Haus of Athletes owner and former Methuen High School athlete Brendon Medugno on a Football Academy designed to help young players develop their skills, enhance performance, and unlock their full potential on and off the field.
The academy puts an emphasis on mental performance. Students receive guidance from sports psychologists and mental coaches to strengthen their mindset, build resilience and develop strategies for peak performance under pressure. Film study, nutrition, improving football IQ and decision-making are also stressed. These aspects have become key factors for college recruiters for sure.
Of course, Medugno and Jamiel also provide guidance on strength and conditioning. Says Medugno, “Young athletes participate in tailored workouts to improve their overall strength, speed, agility and endurance. These physical conditioning sessions will help students reach their peak physical form and reduce the risk of injuries.”
Jamiel and other NFL-experienced coaches provide personalized positional training as part of the program. Medugno talks about another arm of the curriculum: “The football academy offers comprehensive recruitment guidance to help students navigate the complex process of pursuing college football opportunities. They receive support in creating highlight reels, preparing for college showcases and connecting with college coaches to increase their chances of securing scholarships.”
Haus has also partnered with New Balance for training gear and equipment. More information is available at hausofathletes.com.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the community that shaped me as a player,” says Medugno. “Our goal is to provide aspiring football players with the tools, knowledge, and mentorship needed to succeed both on and off the field.”
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