Tony Villani and XPE Sports: Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony at the NFL Combine
First and foremost, Tony Villani is the consummate professional and I really want to thank him for taking the time to talk to me. This guy is the real deal when it comes to S&C.
A bit of background before launching in and letting Mr. Villani speak for himself. Tony Villani is a Clemson grad with an MA in Exercise Physiology from George Washington University. He worked for various professional sports organizations like the Wizards and the Orlando Magic before creating XPE, Inc., which is now based in South Florida. He has a seriously impressive list of clients such as Jamal Lewis, Anquan Boldin, Usi Umenyoria, Hines Ward, Cris Carter, etc.
I do want to put up this disclaimer though–this post is about XPE Sports and Tony Villani and not expressly about the current state of Clemson’s S&C program (we can save that for another post or comments). In fact, as you will see, Villani is extremely supportive of Batson and the work he is doing (again, the consummate professional).
Vic Beasley has rightly been getting all the media attention for blowing up the combine with the help of XPE Sports but I also wanted to talk to Tony about Stephone Anthonywho had an equally successful combine, especially among the ILB group. Tony pointed out that this level of achievement is not uncommon with XPE clients:
First and foremost, everyone is making a big deal about Vic Beasley but we have been getting those improvements for years (and you will see below with A LOT of Clemson guys). Maybe I do a bad job marketing…but all I care about is RESULTS.
In fact, our ONLY OLB at the Combine last year is below and he gained weight from 216 to 233 pounds:
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (2014) – 40 #1 (#12 All-Time), Bench #3, Vertical #3, Broad Jump #2 (#7 All-Time), 3 Cone #6, Shuttle #2 (#6 All-Time)
And…we have had a 1st Round Pick from the D-Line Position for 5 years in a row and I am sure we will have 2 more this year with Vic and Shane Ray from University of Missouri.