That was the case for Kent Erickson, a man who spent 21 years working with the Denver Broncos, travelling with the team and capturing their best highlights on camera. Then, one Monday, former head Broncos coach Josh McDaniels came in with his own camera crew, and Erickson was shown the door.
"When the Broncos let me go- I knew I wasn't going to be able to get a typical job - after doing that for so long so," Erickson said.
So, Erickson and his wife, a part time gym teacher, decided to take the plunge and open up a franchise called House of Speed. The training facility in Highlands Ranch allows the Erickson's to use their own experience to propel young athletes into the professional sports arena.
"Our basic thing is about running mechanics. You can teach speed," Erickson said. "And you can become faster if you train with the right people and equipment."
In just a little over a year, House of Speed has gone from training 18 athletes to hundreds of athletes, teams and entire volleyball programs.
"It feels good," Erickson said. "But we could always train more athletes."
Erickson says he loves his job, especially when he gets to work directly with the kids. He says the bitterness of losing his job with the Broncos has finally faded away.
"Instead of filming professional athletes, I get to groom young athletes and prepare them for a collegiate or professional career," Erickson said. "It's great."
House of Speed is a franchise in Highlands Ranch, located inside the SkyView Academy building near C-470 and Quebec.
For more information on House of Speed visit: http://co-highlands-ranch.houseofspeed.com/
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