Pensacola, get able to welcome a brand new firm into the realm’s sports activities scene.
Vantage Sports, a current startup from the Tampa-area, is increasing its horizons and coming to the Panhandle.
The founder, Patrick Johnson, is joined by his companions Trent Schneider, a former College of South Florida punter and Pat Nasiatka, a former Ole Miss kicker.
Johnson says the purpose of the corporate is to have interaction present school athletes with aspiring school athletes by internet hosting personal coaching periods and posting educational movies.
“The connection that the faculty athletes and youthful athletes are in a position to construct is likely one of the larger worth props,” Johnson stated. “You are not working with a middle-aged coach. You are working with somebody who’s in school now or lately graduated, has gone via the method and might instill that mentorship-type setting.”
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What intrigued Vantage Sports activities in regards to the alternative to return to Pensacola was its proximity to the College of West Florida. The area’s Division II faculty affords 16 varsity sports activities, all with well-renowned historical past.
The hope is that its athletes can supply suggestions and methods of the commerce to the subsequent technology of upcoming rivals from the Pensacola-area, chock-full of NCAA-level expertise.
UWF baseball standout Cullan O’Shea would be the first Argo to take part in Vantage Sports activities’ program
Now that imaginative and prescient is coming to fruition as UWF baseball standout Cullan O’Shea would be the first Argo to take part in Vantage Sports activities’ program. He shall be internet hosting a personal hitting and fielding lesson with an area highschool baseball participant.
The mutually useful relationship will enable the aspiring participant to study from a confirmed school athlete in O’Shea, who final season was named to the GSC All-Convention Second Workforce, GSC All-Match Workforce and GSC All-Educational Workforce. Then for his providers, O’Shea will change into one in every of many NCAA athletes across the nation now taking advantage of the brand new title, picture and likeness laws.
The NIL guidelines now enable intercollegiate athletes to earn compensation for the usage of her or his title, picture and likeness, and prohibits post-secondary establishments from stopping athletes from incomes cash or items.
“Initially there have been solely six states that had been going to have the ability to let their school athletes partake on this kind of NIL factor,” Johnson stated. “That was kind of the place we centered on to begin and we have trickled out of Florida a bit bit, however nonetheless our focus is totally on Florida. A state with a whole lot of faculties and youth and highschool sports activities fan.”
Pensacola will seemingly be a bountiful location for Vantage Sports activities with its burgeoning prep sports activities scene. With many gamers on the rise within the area, the welcoming of this new sports activities growth enterprise may push them above the highest and make them sure-fire NCAA prospects.
As Vantage Sports activities continues to develop, it hopes to change into a nationwide model in addition to create a cell app that’ll supply easy accessibility.
Lucas Semb could be reached at LSemb@Gannett.com or 850-281-7414.