Tom Feely has always had a passion for coaching football. Feely, a father of six sons, took a special interest in kicking when his son Jay Feely wanted to transition from soccer to football.
“When he was between his freshman and sophomore year in high school, we started going around to who were the gurus at that time,” Tom said. “We learned from different individuals and kind of created our own hybrid style, and it worked very well for Jay.”
Jay went on to become an NFL kicker and just finished his 14th season in the league.
After his success with Jay and the knowledge he had gained about the mechanics of kicking, Tom began teaching other students. He later founded Feely Athletics, which began teaching the technique of kicking, but has evolved into teaching every position in football.
“He’s constantly willing to learn new things and do research and wants to be the most knowledgeable person there is in this. He’s not doing it for the money or anything, he’s doing this because this is something he really wants to do. He loves being able to affect so many lives in a positive manner,” Tom’s son Tyler Feely said.
Feely Athletics has become very successful over the years. Coach Feely has coached 14 players that have made it to the NFL including his son Jay, who played with the Falcons, Giants, Dolphins, Jets, Cardinals, and Bears; Cody Parkey of the Philadelphia Eagles and Matt Boscher of the Atlanta Falcons.
Feely Athletics’ coaches teach students the importance of consistent routines that help them get better.
“I’ve seen great improvement. Every time I come out here, I’m always getting better,” Dalton Kocsis, an Armwood High School junior, said. “I strive for that and I feel like I’m getting that here.
Jesuit High School sophomore Camden Bauman says he will compete for the varsity kicking job next season and believes Feely Athletics will give him the edge he needs to win the job.
“I’ve made tremendous strides over the past couple of years with my kicking,” he said.
Feely Athletics will be breaking ground for the Feely Soccer Academy in about a year.
“We’ve already purchased land for that and are starting to develop our soccer fields, so through the outreach to all of those kids we hope that we’re going to be able to impact, as we have, many more kids down the road,” Tom said. “That’s my goal: to make our reach as big as possible.”