GEORGE WHITFIELD JR.
Born in Wichita, Kansas but raised in Massillon, Ohio, George Whitfield Jr. graduated from Youngstown State where he played
Born in Wichita, Kansas but raised in Massillon, Ohio, George Whitfield Jr. graduated from Youngstown State where he played under Jim Tressel. Whitfield spent his early career as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the Hawkeyes, he had a brief stint as a quarterback in the Arena Football League. After his time at Iowa he joined the San Diego Chargers as an intern with the quarterback coaching staff, and it was there that he mapped out his future and realized his dream of teaching fellow signalcallers how to be the best in the game. Since 2011, he has served as a core member of the renowned Elite 11 coaching staff. Over the past five years, Whitfield has coached and developed some of the biggest quarterbacks in the game, including four of the last five Heisman Trophy winners and the last three quarterbacks to go number one overall.
Director of Grassroots Football/QB Coach
Matt Jope joined Whitfield Athletix in 2012. Coach Jope realized his passion when he was just a teenager.
Matt Jope joined Whitfield Athletix in 2012. Coach Jope realized his passion when he was just a teenager. Since that time he has trained hundreds of athletes of all ages – from Pop Warner to the Pros. He has helped shape the careers of the top signalcallers in the nation including Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, Connor Cook, Bryce Petty and countless college all-americans.
Director of curriculum/Skills coach
Super Bowl XLIV Champion, Lance Moore, also an Ohio native, went from undrafted to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.
Super Bowl XLIV Champion, Lance Moore, also an Ohio native, went from undrafted to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. Moore played at The University of Toledo from 2001-2004, where he became the first player in the University’s history to have multiple seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving. From Toledo he went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL, with the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, amassing 389 receptions, over 4,800 yards and 45 total touchdowns for his career. In his time with the Saints he quickly became a favorite target of Drew Brees for his clutch catches and big play ability. After his time in the NFL he retired and set his sights on coaching and developing the fundamentals and techniques of the younger generation of skill players. Moore brings an expansive knowledge of the games skill positions, with a “Master’s Degree” in route running.
DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL
Gina was born and raised in San Diego, she interned for Whitfield Athletix before attending The University of Alabama.
Gina was born and raised in San Diego, she interned for Whitfield Athletix in 2010 and 2011 before attending The University of Alabama. After spending four years at the football powerhouse in the prestigious Southeastern Conference, she earned her degree and began working for the New Orleans Saints/New Orleans Pelicans Franchise in both sports marketing and game day event operations. She returns to Whitfield Athletix as the Director of Player Personnel.
EVENTS AND OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
Melissa Lamore was born in Iowa and grew up on the central and southern coasts of California.
Melissa Lamore was born in Iowa and grew up on the central and southern coasts of California. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2010. Melissa has over a decade of experience consulting corporate events. She thrives on creating an exceptional experience where everyone feels welcome, inspired, and connected and leaves with memories to last a lifetime.