Rick Hagedorn: Founder and Lead Instructor
Rick Hagedorn is a professional speed and sports performance coach and a former high school football and track and field sprint coach from Orange County, California.
As a high school football coach, Coach Hagedorn is the proud owner of three CIF Championship rings and states that all three teams had two things in common: great players and great speed.
As a speed coach, he has privately trained many individual athletes and teams for sports requiring speed development. He not only trains high school athletes in getting ready for the Nike Combines, but also trains college football athletes in preparation for the NFL Draft and the various team Pro Days. He counts California CIF Champions in football, basketball and baseball, California State Champions in football and track and field, and a football seven time Hawaii State Champion as programs that have adopted the Speedburner approach to training. As a Nike sponsored speed coach and a certified SPARQ national trainer in conjunction with Student Sports Magazine promoting Nike's "You're Faster Than You Think" speed initiative, the Nike Speed Showdown brought Speedburners to life, and convinced him to broaden his athlete base to accommodate the incredible demand for speed training. For that reason, Speedburners was founded in the summer of 2004.
Since then, the Speedburner system has spread across the country as he has visited many cities conducting speed camps and clinics. Coach Hagedorn says the most rewarding aspects about Speedburners is how well they are received in all of the cities, how much fun the athletes have while they're training, and seeing the difference it makes in their athletic performances in their respective sports.
Rick Hagedorn has written articles on speed development for Student Sports Magazine, Volleyball Magazine, SPARQ Magazine,and Athletes.com, the world's largest training site. He has been featured in Sports Illustrated for Kids Magazine, Local Hype Magazine, Nike SPARQ Training, CBS Sports Stars of Tomorrow, 1560 The Game Radio Show in Houston, ESPN Radio, ESPN Radio Hawaii, The Josh Pacheco Show, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Online, NBC Strikeforce Fights, America Online MMA, the Orange County Register, ABC Houston, and various newspapers around the country. Speedburners has been featured in video shoots for Local Hype Magazine, AquaHydrate water, 2XU compression gear, and an HBO training shoot featuring Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko. He also has worked as a technical advisor for Nike on video, commercial and photo shoots and worked with LaDainian Tomlinson for action shots for ESPN the Magazine at the University of San Diego.
The belief that there is not a sport that isn't speed based is reflected in the athletes and sports represented in the Speedburner system. Sports and athletes in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, swimming, golf, water polo, wrestling, mixed martial arts, volleyball, track and field, cross country, rugby, ice hockey, ice skating, dance, bobsled racing, and fitness, all employ speed.
Speedburners has both male and female athletes at the junior high, high school, and college levels, and professional athletes in NFL football, NBA basketball, MLB baseball, Professional Soccer, Mixed Martial Arts, Tennis, Professional Golf, and USA and International Olympians: Men's and Women's Tae Kwon Do, (Steven, Mark, and Diana Lopez), Women's Soccer (Natasha Kai), Women's Ice Skating (Louisa Ampomah - Norway), and (Kiira Korpi from Finland), USA Womens Basketball (Delisha Milton Jones), USA Mens Basketball (James Harden, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin), Ireland Pole Vaulter Tori Pena, and Boxers Vasyl Lomachenko from the Ukraine, and Sergey Kovalev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk from Russia.
Representing Team USA internationally are USA Rugby (Leonard Peters), and USA Womens Basketball (Jeanette Pohlen). Katie Lou Samuelson represents on the U16, U17, U19 USA Girls Basketball Teams, and the U19 3 on 3 Girls Basketball Teams.
In 2011, Speedburners went international, traveling to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, bringing our speed program to their respective cities and worked with NFL China in introducing the sport of American Football to China.
January 24, 2013 we were in Queensland, Australia in the city of Brisbane, working with their country's Olympic Development athletes in the sports of basketball, track, and rugby as well as the professional Brisbane Bronco Rugby Team. We returned to Australia in September 2014 once again to educate our Aussie friends, this time with a trip to Melbourne and Albury.
Keeping our Australian athletes fast are Rachel Maenpaa and Montana Farrah-Seaton, two elite basketball players now running Speedburners Australia in Melbourne and Albury.
Running Speedburners Texas in the city of Cypress, is former All American football player Brandon Payne.
Athlete Guest instructors:
Speedburner athletes who haved worked as demonstrators or spoken at our camps and clinics include: Football players Anthony Chambers of Purdue University, DT Alex Guerrero of the Minnesota Vikings, FB Erik Arevalo of the Arizona Rattlers, WR Evan Moore of the Cleveland Browns, TE Tommy Gallarda from Boise State University, SS David Fullerton from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, OLB Kory Johnson from Saddleback College, baseball player Tony Gonzales of the San Diego Padres, pole vaulter Tori Pena from the UCLA Bruins and sprinter Adriana Bracamonte from Orange Lutheran High School.
Participating in magazine photo shoots are athletes, Tori Pena, Tommy Gallarda, Kathy Sepulveda, Garrett Watkins, Amanda Kronquist and Shane Henry for Local Hype Magazine. In the Sports Illustrated shoot were Cory Westbrook, Matti Sandoval, Dasean Anderson, and Noah Barrick from Long Beach Poly High School. And in the Volleyball Magazine shoot, volleyball players Molly Yoder from San Clemente High and Spencer Rowe from Mission Viejo High School were present .
Helping out at the annual Gridiron Dreams Camp are Alex Guerrero, Ryan Clady, Jerard Rabb, Quinton Jones, Tommy Gallarda, Derrell Acrey, Legedu Naanee, and Lawrence Beatty.
In the Speedburner/Acrey Speed Camp were football players Tommy Gallarda, Kory Johnson, Richard Torres, Caleb Randolph, Nate Menkin, and Avellino Valencia.
Working with us in China was John Walker, USC National Champion and former Houston Texan, and Chris Barrett former USC defensive lineman.
In Australia, pro basketballer Rachel Maenpaa assisted as we toured Queensland.
Working in the AquaHydrate video shoot were football players Tommy Gallarda and Derrell Acrey from Boise State and Emmanuel Moody from the University of Florida.
Participating in the 2XU video shoot were college football player Kory Johnson, college trackster Sara Kronquist, and high school sprinter Madison Carney.
And in another 2XU shoot were college football players Kory Johnson, Chais Pinesett, and Dominique Vinson, and WNBA player Jeanette Pohlen of the Indiana Fever.
Helping out at the Austin Pettis Camp were football players Simon Poti and Derek Anderson.