The St. Louis Rams Training Academy is a new 20,000 square-foot indoor training and development facility featuring state-of-the-art video analysis labs and training equipment including a turf field, Olympic-style weight room with Rams branded power mats, and a 60-yard speed track with a laser timing system.

 

The Rams are the first team in the NFL to have their own team branded youth training academy. The St. Louis have partnered with Elite Football Academy to run the day-to-day operations of the facility. Elite Football Academy is a year-round skills development program providing both on-field skills training and off-field classroom preparation. The St. Louis Rams Training Academy makes it possible for kids of all ages to learn how to play the Rams way, both on and off the field.

 
Throughout the year, the Rams will host six weeks of Rams football camps and various NFL PLAY 60 activities at the facility. The Rams Training Academy will also offer birthday packages so kids can have their very own Rams birthday party and celebrate with the Rams. Rams players, coaches and alumni will make guest appearances throughout the year, including autograph signings, coaches’ clinics and character development seminars. Additionally, the team will have a merchandise and ticket outlet in the facility that will be open year-round. The Rams Training Academy will also be open to adults of all ages that want to get an edge through professional training with Elite Performance Academy.
 
 
Training Academy Leadership Board
 
 

Jeff Fisher enters his second season as head coach of the St. Louis Rams in 2013. The Culver City, Calif. native played defensive back at the University of Southern California and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1981. Fisher was named head coach of the Houston Oilers in 1994 and led the franchise to its first AFC Championship in 1999. He has earned 149 career victories over 17 seasons as a head coach in the NFL.

     
 

 

Anna McDonald is a graduate of Missouri State University who utilized her Child Development B.A. to implement programs for children living with disadvantages. She continued her work at Sunshine Ministries, where she provided men, women and children with a foundation for a better life. McDonald is also a regular contributor to ESPN.com.

     
 

 

Isaac Bruce played 16 seasons at wide receiver in the NFL, the first 14 of which were spent with the Los Angeles / St. Louis Rams. Bruce was named to four Pro Bowls and finished his career with 15,208 receiving yards, good for fourth most all-time. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native was the last remaining active player to have previously played for the Los Angeles Rams when he retired in 2009.

     
 

 

Jack Youngblood amassed seven Pro Bowl appearances and five First-Team All-Pro selections at defensive end over fourteen seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. The Jacksonville, Fla. native was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

     
 

 

Joe Browne is the longest tenured employee ever to work for the NFL, previously serving as the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs.š Browne is currently serving as senior advisor to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and is on the USA Football Board of Directors.

     
 

 

John Cena is a professional wrestler, bodybuilder and actor. Cena first debuted with WWE in 2002 and has since been collected 20 total championships, including 13 World Heavyweight Championships. The West Newbury, Mass. Native has also starred in The Marine (2006), 12 Rounds (2009) and Legendary (2010).

     
 

 

Kara Henderson Snead has worked as a national TV sports anchor/ reporter for over a decade. She has covered numerous major sporting events including ten Super Bowls. Henderson Snead spent the last nine years of her career as one of the top talents at NFL Network. She was a co-anchor of NFL Total Access, the Network's signature nightly news program. Henderson Snead retired in April of 2012 to spend more time with her son Tate and in the fall married Les Snead, GM of the St. Louis Rams.

     
 

 

Kyle Eversgerd currently serves as Manager of Fan Development for the St. Louis Rams. In his role he oversees all youth and high school football programs as well as the Rams alumni player relations. In addition, Eversgerd is a certified Heads Up Football Master Trainer and serves as a Board Member for the National Football Foundation – St. Louis/Tom Lombardo Chapter.

     
 

 

Marshall Faulk led the St. Louis Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999 after he spent his first five professional seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Faulk rushed for 12,279 yards in his career, which ranks 10th all-time. The New Orleans, La. native was elected to seven Pro Bowls over his 12-year career and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

     
 

 

Matt Biermann is the President and Founder of Elite Football Academy which originated in 1999. He will be leading the day to day operations of the St. Louis Rams Training Academy. Biermann, also serves as a coach for the St. Louis Rams High School Player Development national tournament 7-on-7 team.

     
 

 

Orlando Pace was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the first overall pick in the 1997 draft. Pace spent the first 12 years of his career with the Rams, amassing seven consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. The left tackle played a key role in the Rams Super Bowl XXXIV win over the Tennessee Titans.

     
 

 

Paul Vitale is a highly-regarded motivational speaker and the founder of Vital Communications, Inc. Vitale’s personable tone and ability to encourage and motivate others makes him one of America’s most sought-out speakers. He also speaks each year at the Rams’ High School Player Development Camps.

     
 

 

Torry Holt was selected by the St. Louis Rams as a wide receiver with the sixth overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Holt was named to seven Pro Bowls and averaged 77.4 receiving yards per game over his 11-year NFL career. His 13,382 career receiving yards rank 11th all-time.

     
  Aeneas Williams spent 10 years as a defensive back with the Phoenix / Arizona Cardinals before joining the St. Louis Rams prior to the 2001 season. Williams was nominated to eight Pro Bowls over 14 season and ranks fifth all time with 13 career non-offensive touchdowns.