Roman Martin Returns To GNK Dinamo Zagreb

European Sports Desk
Staff Writer, Carleton J. Brown

Southern California Player of the Year Roman Martin in Zagreb, Croatia

Southern California Player of the Year Roman Martin has rejoined GNK Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

Martin (1.87 m) played for Mario Cvitanović’s U19 team in 2014, and his return to the Plavi this summer once again signals the club’s growing attraction for top-level players outside of Europe.

Martin trains in the Nogometna Škola Dinamo, which is located at the Maksimir training facility in the Croatian capital.  From age of 8 through 19, 200 young players progress through a player development program that is the envy of top clubs across Europe.  The club targets moving two players from every age group into the first-team squad.

Thus far, the results have been excellent with Dinamo Zagreb being ranked 4th by FIFA (CIES) among all professional clubs for producing top professional players. See also “Dinamo’s conveyor belt of talent”

With over 100 games played in Europe for foreign clubs, Martin has developed a reputation at Dinamo as an exciting attacking player with a lot of international experience. When asked about his experience with the Plavi, Martin said, “Dinamo Zagreb is a special club. It is one of those rare places where everyone around you is intensely focus only on soccer.  I’m grateful to Academy Director Marijan Vlak for the opportunity.”

Martin returns to the States later this summer where he will switch coasts to continue his soccer career playing for Wake Forest University in North Carolina.  See other articles on Román at

Recap: TKS Summer Football Camp July, 2014

Not even the rain, lightning and thunder kept the campers from going out and kicking this past weekend here in San Diego, CA. Over 20+ kickers came together for a TKS Summer Kicking Camp.

Students came from all over the United States and internationally. TKS had students from all corners of the country which included Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Oregon.


Davey Last, University of San Diego kicker, works with TKS Campers

Nick Sloan, kicker for the Naval Academy, Davey Last, University of San Diego kicker and Ethan Swerdlow, former punter from Lafayette College were on hand to help coach the younger kickers.

“This was the best quality kicking camp we have ever had,” said TKS Director John Matich, “the professionalism and quality instruction from our coaches was outstanding, the campers definitely tapped their knowledge bank. This camp exemplifies our direct goal of having high quality instruction in a positive atmosphere.”

Owen White, from Central Catholic High School from Portland, Oregon was the camp MVP. Own won the field goal competition from 53 yards and gave a great push to the college kickers by making the finals. Nick Sloan, earned the title by kicking a monstrous 55 yard field goal.


Owen White from Portland, Oregon, about to hit his 53-yard field goal!

“We really enjoy working with each individual student and family and guiding them through the process. We cherish our relationships as we foster our students to become the nations best kickers and soccer players.  By continuing with our private training and small camp settings, we can guarantee you no kicker stands alone.”

Owen White kicked a 53-yard field goal to win the kicking competition. Will Dwyer, TKS Camper, flew in from Boston, Massachusetts to attend camp. Will attends the Governors Academy one of the oldest prep schools in the country, founded in the 1700’s.

Bill Spinney, from Explicit Fitness (, in Mission Valley was on hand to put the campers through a demanding functional based dynamic warm-up.  Campers performed stretching, functional core work, and joint integrity exercises prior to kicking.

The Kicking System is planning their next kicking camp for September 28th in San Diego, CA.

About The Kicking System

The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60 high school athletes to colleges nationwide. Coach Matich a former Boston College and professional kicker is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System approach to unique in that we provide a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.

San Diego Kicking Camp – December 1st, 2013 – La Jolla Country Day School – 9-12pm –

Former Minnesota Vikings kicker and the second leading scorer in Boston College football history  John Matich, announced today that The Kicking System will open their National Kicking Camp on Dec 1st. 2013 at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego. Matich and his professional staff of football coaches will host the one-day Kicking Combine and San Diego Kicking Competition.

Saturday, June 22nd – San Diego Kicking Lessons

TKS had a very busy weekend in beautiful downtown San Diego, CA on June 22nd 2013. Which started with a kicking lesson with a Rancho Bernardo HS freshman, Andrew, who was kicking 45 yard field goals! After a few kicking adjustments made by Coach Matich, Andrew was ready to blast his way to the JV squad at Rancho Bernardo[2]

The other session was a group session with Hunter K.(Robert Morris University), Brando H.(Torrey Pines Jr.), Parker M (Howard)., and long snapper Matt (Howard).

It was a great session as Parker from Howard University, nailed a 55-yard field goal to win the double elimination competition. Hunter K, was impressive hitting some kickoffs – and hit a 3.9 yard 75 yard bomb.

Brando H., who just returned from the Stanford kicking camp had the pleasure of watching the new Raider punter, Marquette King. (see pic below)



Kicking System – Football Kicking Combine -San Diego, California – January 13th, 2013

TKS is pleased to announce a Football Kicking Combine in San Diego, California. January 13th, 2013.

Early Bird Discounts start at $150 till December 1st, 2012. To register email us at or visit our link to out online store:

¨     Combine Performance Stats

¨     Custom Edited Recruiting DVD

¨     Complete DVD/Youtube Video of Combine Workout

¨     We will film every kick

¨     Great teaching tool for young kickers

¨     Compete with So-Cal’s Best

¨     Professional one on one Instruction

¨     San Diego Kicking Competition

¨     Prizes, Fun and Combine T-Shirt

“The DVD you made for me was perfect. Every coach I talked to loved the quality and made it easier for them to recruit me, putting it online was great too.”

Josh Boyd, Bonita Vista HS

Mental Preparation…

I have been wanting to write a blog elaborating on one of the major themes we preach here at TKS, MENTAL PREPARATION for kickers and punters.  With the first week of the NFL, specifically the Chargers has presented a perfect example of the importance of being mentally prepared at all times.

With the first play of the game the Chargers lost the most consistent kicker in NFL history, and a potent weapon to their offense.  In a moments instance, Mike Scifres went form being a player concerned with field position and limiting anothers offense, to being ready at a moments notice to score points.  Without a doubt, Scifres stepped in nearly flawlessly and helped the Chargers overcome a first half deficit and win the first game of the season.   While Scifres couldnt have been thinking his involvement in kicking field goals was a likely outcome, his ability at performing so well isnt just a testament to his physical abilities but also his mental preparation.

Prior to kicking in the game against the Vikings, Scifres mentioned the last time he kicked field goals was in practice 2 years before.  Since Scifres was prepared well enough he was able to recall how to kick as quickly as he could.  Combined with this was Weddles performance in taking upon the responsibilities as a holder.  In connection with Kaedings injury was the signing of NIck Novak.  Novak didnt just was able to prepare himself for some high pressure kicks in less than 2 days notice.  Also the time last he place with a live rush/snapper/holder was during the previous UFL season.  Essentially, Novak also deserves praise illustrating incredible mental preparation to perform at such a high level to win the starting job.

Basically, what I am saying is mental preparation is equally if not more important that all of the physical preparation and mechanical work you can do each week.  As I said in the offseason, you prepare physically in the offseason and preseason is all maintenance and mental preparation.  Regardless of the seriousness of possible outcomes in your potential kicking future, it is important to always be prepared for all outcomes.  This is as easy as running any scenario through your mind and relying on muscle memory and routine to deal with the each possible scenario.

Vince Lombardi once said,” The worst thing in the world is wasted talent”  You can be have the strongest leg in the world, but without proper mental preparation you will choke under the slightest bit of pressure or less than perfect circumstances, you wont have a chance at making any kicks.  And no coaches like excuses.