OJ Payne

Recruiting Specialist


Kennedy High School

I was a 4 year college athlete. I started my college career at Ellsworth, I played fullback and later graduated with my Associates of Arts degree. Then I transferred to the University of Iowa. I was a walk-on defensive lineman and later earned a full ride scholarship. During my playing time at Iowa, I was a member of the Alamo Bowl and Orange Bowl teams. My senior year, I was a member of the Big 10 Championship team.

After college I played in the Arena Football League as a member of the Quad City Steam Wheelers and made play-off appearances. From there, I took my first coaching job as a High School defensive line coach. The next year I moved up to coach college football at the Junior college level. During my tenure as a college coach, I on staff for 5 bowl championship teams. My coaching experienced consisted of offensive line and tightends along with being the run game coordinator. I later moved to the defensive side as defensive line coach for 5 years. I also had the pleasure of being a strength and conditioning coach for 5 years.

As a coach, I learned how important recruiting is for both coaches and families. I found NCSA to be the right fit for me as a Recruiting Specialist. The greatest feeling for me is to actually having the chance to build a relationship with a more students and their families just as I did on the field.

The cool thing about NCSA is your teammates. Everyone is so passionate and full of energy just as I was on the sidelines for many years. team. This is a team that is always boosting one another and brings energy day.

When I'm not working, I'm all into hunting and fishing. Man there is nothing like being outdoors listening to nature or watching a fish hit your pole and feeling like you're in front of a crowd of 80,000 again but really it's just you and that fish going at it. Sports has been a driving for me to always remind myself to set life goals and stay challenged.

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