8 Gradys Football Academy

8 Gradys Football Academy

Mission Statement

8 Grady’s Football Academy seeks to be the premier training facility for athletes throughout the Southwest. Our staff is committed to enhancing each and every football player in our program from a technical, tactical, physical and psychological standpoint in a way that directly allows them to stand out from their competition and amongst their peers. We pride ourselves on player development and the sophisticated prowess that it takes to build an elite football player from the ground up.


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Training Programs

College Bound

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Pro Bound

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Schedule

Sunday – 9:00 a.m. Youth; 10:30 a.m. High School (College Bound & Pro Bound)

Monday – 4:30 p.m. High School; 6:00 p.m. Youth (Pro Bound ONLY)

8 Gradys Football Academy Coach

Estevan Lucero

General Manager of 8 Grady’s Performance

Estevan Lucero is a native New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. Prior to becoming the General Manager of the 8 Grady’s Performance Center, he played collegiate football at New Mexico Military Institute and Fort Lewis college, and is a graduate of Valley High School. Post college Estevan played three years of professional indoor football, while attending graduate school and earning Masters degrees in Administration & Marketing.

Estevan is a Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), Certified Functional Strength Coach (MBSC), and endorsed as an Athletics Coach from the New Mexico Activities Association and has coached at the high school level in New Mexico for just under 10 years. His aim is to create an avenue for athletes around the state to become not only capable in their sport but to develop as young men and women.

8 Gradys Football Academy Coach

Bobby Erickson

QB Coach / Camps & Clinics Procurement Specialist

Coach Bobby Erickson played defensive back for the University of New Mexico Lobos in the mid 1980’s and has coached since 1989. Erickson has coached at the Division I level for New Mexico State University and several years at the high school levels making stops at Mayfield, La Cueva, Eldorado, and currently is the offensive coordinator at Manzano High School. Erickson married his wife, Tyra in 1995 and they have four children – Andrew, Austin, Aiden, and Desta. Erickson is a proud football dad as sons Andrew and Austin both currently play wide receiver for the Lobos.

8 Gradys Football Academy Coach

Corey Morrow

RB’s

Corey Morrow has been coaching High School sports for 7 years. Morrow was the Running Backs coach at Manzano High School from 2015-2019, including the 2017 State Championship season. Morrow graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s in business administration (BBA) in 2019. Currently, Morrow is going into his second year teaching at Sandia High School.

8 Gradys Football Academy Coach

Tim Gutierrez

OL / DL

Tim Gutierrez is a New Mexico Native who graduated a proud Lobo in 2015. He’s been coaching multiple sports over the past 12 years including football, track and field, Muay Thai, and strength and conditioning. Tim has won two state championships at Manzano High School in 2017 as an offensive line coach, as well Los Lunas High School as the defensive coordinator in 2021. Both championships won were the first football championships in the history of both schools, and the Los Lunas championship was the first in Valencia County history. Tim likes to create a fun, competitive environment where athletes of all ages and backgrounds can come and get better.

8 Gradys Football Academy Coach

William (Bill) Hays

LB’s

Coach William “Bill” Hays has been involved in sports throughout his life. As a multi-sport athlete, Hays participated in both football and field events at Alamogrodo High School. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Secondary Education from New Mexico State University, Hays taught high school math and computer science while maintaining coaching positions in football as well as track and field.

Hays continued pursuing his passion for education and athletics by acquiring his Master of Science with Distinction in Sports Administration from the University of New Mexico. Hays is currently certified to teach secondary math and physical education and is an administrator for Los Lunas Schools.

8 GRADYS FOOTBALL ACADEMY STAFF

8 Gradys Performance Director Estevan Lucero

Estevan Lucero

General Manager of 8 Grady’s Performance

Estevan Lucero is a native New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. Prior to becoming the General Manager of the 8 Grady’s Performance Center, he played collegiate football at New Mexico Military Institute and Fort Lewis college, and is a graduate of Valley High School. Post college Estevan played three years of professional indoor football, while attending graduate school and earning Masters degrees in Administration & Marketing.

Estevan is a Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), Certified Functional Strength Coach (MBSC), and endorsed as an Athletics Coach from the New Mexico Activities Association and has coached at the high school level in New Mexico for just under 10 years. His aim is to create an avenue for athletes around the state to become not only capable in their sport but to develop as young men and women.

8 Gradys Football Academy Coach

Bobby Erickson

QB’s / Camps & Clinics Procurement Specialist / Special Events

Coach Bobby Erickson played defensive back for the University of New Mexico Lobos in the mid 1980’s and has coached since 1989. Erickson has coached at the Division I level for New Mexico State University and several years at the high school levels making stops at Mayfield, La Cueva, Eldorado, and currently is the offensive coordinator at Manzano High School. Erickson married his wife, Tyra in 1995 and they have four children – Andrew, Austin, Aiden, and Desta. Erickson is a proud football dad as sons Andrew and Austin both currently play wide receiver for the Lobos.

8 Gradys Football Academy Coach

Corey Morrow

RB’s

Corey Morrow has been coaching High School sports for 7 years. Morrow was the Running Backs coach at Manzano High School from 2015-2019, including the 2017 State Championship season. Morrow graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s in business administration (BBA) in 2019. Currently, Morrow is going into his second year teaching at Sandia High School.

8 Gradys Football Academy Coach

Tim Gutierrez

OL / DL

Tim Gutierrez is a New Mexico Native who graduated a proud Lobo in 2015. He’s been coaching multiple sports over the past 12 years including football, track and field, Muay Thai, and strength and conditioning. Tim has won two state championships at Manzano High School in 2017 as an offensive line coach, as well Los Lunas High School as the defensive coordinator in 2021. Both championships won were the first football championships in the history of both schools, and the Los Lunas championship was the first in Valencia County history. Tim likes to create a fun, competitive environment where athletes of all ages and backgrounds can come and get better.

8 Gradys Football Academy Coach

William (Bill) Hays

LB’s

Coach William “Bill” Hays has been involved in sports throughout his life. As a multi-sport athlete, Hays participated in both football and field events at Alamogrodo High School. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Secondary Education from New Mexico State University, Hays taught high school math and computer science while maintaining coaching positions in football as well as track and field.

Hays continued pursuing his passion for education and athletics by acquiring his Master of Science with Distinction in Sports Administration from the University of New Mexico. Hays is currently certified to teach secondary math and physical education and is an administrator for Los Lunas Schools.

What Our Clients Say

Beginning in the summer of 2018, our son, Darren Sanchez, worked with Coach Carl Bruere (quarterback coach) through the SWAT program.  Our experience with him was wonderful!  Darren learned so many valuable skills with Coach Carl, such as basic throwing mechanics and drills, which helped him fine-tune his throwing motion.  He also worked on Darren’s footwork, timing, strength, flexibility, awareness and vision.  Our sons’ knowledge of the quarterback position has vastly improved as a result.  Darren is so much more confident knowing that the hard work he’s done with Coach Carl has transferred into actual games.   Lastly, I would like to add that in addition to being a great coach, Carl truly cares about the kids and goes above and beyond what we expected.  He would check on Darren the night before a game and wish him good luck and would always ask about how his games went at the beginning of his next lesson.  We will definitely be back in the spring to have our son continue to work with Coach Carl.  We highly recommend the SWAT program and Coach Carl.  
Louie S.
Coach B,
 
Prior to meeting you I thought Braden was a pretty good football player. He had only played tackle for a year and had played flag football for 5 years. 
 
I will never forget that first practice….I thought to myself how much Braden really didn’t know …..moreover, couldn’t do. Rather than focusing on the negative, you encouraged him throughout the entire practice. I’ve learned you weren’t just being nice…you coach by focusing on the positive. 
 
Your coaching and mentoring have taken Braden to an entire different level. Not only physically, mentally. His skill gets better each day and he loves it! He feels better about his ability to “be athletic” and his self-confidence has improved…..I can’t thank you enough! You, your hand-picked assistant coaches, are honestly the best!!! Thank you!!Wendy
My 12-year-old son Brandon began quarterback instruction with Coach Bruere in the Summer of 2016.  He has been with him every week since.  Coach Bruere provides an environment to obtain maximum effort and give the highest quality instruction possible.  Coach Bruere has set the foundation for my son’s throwing mechanics and footwork to improve with every instruction.  He focuses on the fundamentals and leadership required for the quarterback position.  He always has my son’s future success and best interest on and off the field in mind.  Coach Bruere’s attention to detail, passion, and work ethic has made my son one of the best youth quarterbacks in the league.Bryan O.

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