Students and Colleagues:
"In my 19 years of playing in the NFL, Mike Hollis is one of the few coaches I have encountered that I trust. Mike has been extremely successful at every level, so when an NFL All-Pro talks, I listen. I have kicked with Mike Hollis, competed with Mike Hollis, and coached camps with Mike Hollis. Mike has a coach's eye. As a player, Mike's technique was flawless. As a coach, Mike's attention to detail is unparalleled in the industry. If you want to be great, to train like the pros, to control the mental game, to dial-in your technique, to max-out your potential, then Mike Hollis is your Coach." John Carney - One of the greatest kickers in the history of the NFL, playing 23 years! John was a great mentor for Mike in 1994 during the San Diego Chargers pre-season...preparing Mike for a successful NFL career.
"Having the opportunity to have Mike as a teammate for an entire year was one of the best things that happened to me in my career. He was like having a personal coach on the sidelines for every practice and every game. He has the ability to see little things in technique and form that helped me go from just another punter, to an alternate for the Pro Bowl in 2002, to later being a two-time All Pro. I have no doubt that any punter or kicker who has the opportunity to work with Mike will benefit tremendously!" Brian Moorman - Two-Time All-Pro Punter for the Buffalo Bills and teammate of Mike's at
"ProForm Kicking has taught me how to kick the right way. I knew that if I wanted to reach my full and untapped potential, I would have to become completely open to change. I saw the ball going higher, straighter, farther, with less effort and more control after just a few lessons. If your just starting out or an old dog looking to change, then look no further. It wasn't easy but I sacrificed what I knew and put faith in the form. Mike and Jim have added years to my career, with the form I'm confident enough that no one can compete. Do not rely on your own abilities rely in the Lord, he will guide you in your life and your kicking. Be patient and enjoy your journey!" -Nick Novak-- 12 year NFL retired kicker. Nick has spent time with the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, and LA Chargers.
"Of all the kickers I have worked with during my 16 year NFL career, Mike Hollis stands out as one of the best. His work ethic, training routine, and knowledge about kicking made my job easier as his holder, and it helped him reach the Pro Bowl." Bryan Barker - Retired All Pro Punter and teammate of Mike's for 6 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bryan took Mike under his wing from the first day in Jacksonville and has been a very big influence during Hollis' career.
"I've been a student of ProForm Kicking for the past six months after moving from Massachusetts to Florida to pursue my ultimate "dream" of one day punting in the NFL. After looking into other kicking camps around the country, my decision to come to Jacksonville was difficult, but looking back, it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. From the word "go" I knew that Mike and coach Jim Gaetano would be the best people to help me achieve my goal. Their kicking philosophy isn't just a theory, but a proven method; and through the course of my time with them and submitting to this new style of kicking for me, I noticed not only more distance and hang time with my punts, but that I was more efficient with them as well. With such high goals in mind, I truly believe that being a student of ProForm Kicking will give me the best chance of one day living my dream...and if I didn't, I wouldn't be here today! I am very grateful to have met Mike and coach Gaetano, and feel that anyone who has a chance to learn from them will not only get better, but is very fortunate themselves for having that opportunity." Ryan Graveline - Ryan is very serious about being the best he can be! He has the determination and drive to do what it takes to get to the highest level of punting!
"As a coach in the NFL, I would highly recommend the opportunity to work with Mike Hollis. He is a great teacher, communicator, and a perfectionist in the art of kicking. His experience and expertise make him a cut above the rest." Coach Danny Smith - Coach Smith is currently the special teams coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers and is one of the most admired individuals in the NFL, both as a person and as a coach! During his extensive coaching career, Danny has spent some time with the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, where he took home a National Championship ring in 1990!
"From the very first day I was able to observe Mike Hollis as a kicker and person, I knew that this kid was something special. Mike has all the qualities it takes to be a success in football, and in life. I also admire the work that coach Jim Gaetano has done with Mike and many other kickers, punters, and long snappers across the nation. I highly recommend these guys over any other kicking coaches out there, and I will continue to use them to coach the specialists that I encounter during my coaching career." -Coach John L. Smith - Coach Smith was the head football coach for the University of Idaho Vandals ('89-'94) and Mike's coach in '93 and '94. He has spent time as the head coach of Utah State University ('95-'97), University of Louisville ('98-'02), and Michigan State University ('03-'06), and for the University of Arkansas.
"Mike Hollis was one of best kickers in the NFL and he was great under pressure. Mike has the ability to give any kicker information that will be of real value. Any kicker who aspires to reach his fullest capabilities consistently would do well to spend time with Mike Hollis. To perform to your ultimate potential as an aspiring kicker you must give Mike the opportunity to show you the techniques vital to the high levels of performance in kicking." Coach Frank Gansz (November 22, 1938 - April 27, 2009) - Coach Gansz had been around some of the best kickers and punters in the nation throughout his 37 seasons as a coach (24 years in the NFL and 13 at the collegiate level). Most of his entire coaching career was spent as a special teams coach, but he also spent some time as a tight ends coach and assistant head coach as well. Coach Gansz was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1987 & 1988!
Others including Parents of Students:
** “Mike is a passionate coach and a wonderful human being. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to take their "game" to the next level.” -Jon Gordon -- President, The Jon Gordon Companies and author of “The Energy Bus”
** "I really like what Mike is doing with his kicking academy. He has combined on-field training with video analysis and sports specific performance training. The combination of all 3 modalities will make ProForm Kicking Academy one of the unique and valuable kicking schools available. There are many camps and instructors out there, but few offer one-on-one personal instruction from a former NFL kicker. The instruction Alex has received from Mike has been superior in all aspects and I firmly believe this will propel him to the next level of performance at the collegiate level." -Dennis Wulfeck -- Father of PKA student Alex Wulfeck (Punter at Wake Forest University).
** “I have played against Mike and he is a real competitor. He has all the qualifications. He made it to the pinnacle of his profession. He also is a quality person. He has a high recommendation from me.” -Norm Johnson -- 2x All-Pro retired NFL kicker of 18 years.
** "My son Matt was a good high school kicker who, like so many others, never received solid kick coaching. I believe Mike has given him the solid fundamentals that he needs to be a successful kicker in college. Wish I had done it a year ago. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to prepare their son for collegiate athletics. He teaches not only the mechanics but also the proper workout routine for kick based results." -Scott Ellis -- Father of PKA student Matt Ellis.
** “I have known Mike since our days kicking in the NFL. He was and continues to be very professional, on and off the field. Mike has effectively taken his knowledge and expertise in kicking to the ‘classroom.’ His instruction is key for helping athletes take their game to the ‘next level.’ It is great to work with Mike as an associate of the National Combine Series and he brings added wealth the the kicking world.” -Michael Husted -- President, The National Camp Series, Inc. and former NFL kicker of 10 years.
** "I've had Mike present and work with several of my teams at Microsoft, IBM and Amazon Web Services. Mike's message of delivering consistent results by relying on and trusting your methods and training is directly applicable to high performance corp teams. This is especially true in the 4th quarter when the pressure is on and there is a tendency to over-react and take a different path to what have delivered results previously. Trust those workflows and processes that are proven and deliver consistent results!" - Brett Cocking -- Vice President, AWS Business Group at Computer Enterprises, Inc.
** “Mike has an easy-going approach that is very conducive to learning. He is patient, thorough, and always gives 100% attention to his students. We have hired Mike and will continue to work with him in training our son to kick and punt.” -Charles Blanton -- Father of longtime PKA student Bennett Blanton.