Above: Jose Chatham trains with football players at Southwestern. Chatham has created his own training business, labeled Get Out Athletic Training. (Cale Eirich/Staff reporter)
By Cale Eirich
For many athletes the bridge between playing and coaching seems like an eternal gap, but for some the ability to teach and share the knowledge of the sport they love is instinctual. Jose Chatham, communications junior, from San Diego, California, has finished his career as a football player, but his love for the game has given him the tools to help others reach their football dreams.
“After I stopped playing here I still wanted to surround my life with football,” said Chatham. “I was always really good at helping out my past teammates with what they wanted to work on at their position, so it was very natural for me to transition from being a player to being a coach.”
Chatham’s ability to coach and motivate others has begun to stretch further than his sport, blossoming into a business model for training athletes in all sports. At the age of 27, Chatham has already started the ball rolling on his own training company, Get Out Athlete Training, an idea that came to him over winter break and has begun to flow over this semester.
With a logo and extensive networking among athletes, he has worked with athletes from Arizona State, San Jose State, San Diego State, Langston University, and high school athletes from the San Diego area. Chatham is looking to make a name for himself training athletes to be better in their respective sports and teaching them life-long lessons.
“Through that lesson they’re learning hard work and patience themselves to know that we go on that field to mess up, to get better, for practice and for games, that way it can carry us further in life,” said Chatham.
Chatham has been able to draw from his own experience as a player, and used some of his shortcomings to help the athletes he coaches. As a player Chatham often struggled with being patient and allowing mistakes to create growth. He now stresses the importance of being patient and working through the learning process with his athletes he explained.
“As a player I was pretty impatient with progress, wanting to rush everything, I never really had patience while playing,” said Chatham. “Seeing a young kid who is trying to become what I was trying to become has shown me a lot of patience.”
Chatham is very focused on the fundamentals he is teaching his players, especially with his wide-receivers. As a former collegiate receiver he understands the importance of fluidity when running routes and how to ensure their fundamentals allow them remain healthy. Chatham aims to teach his athletes how their bodies work so they can get the most out of their athletic abilities.
“I don’t teach really aggressive route running that can hurt knees, I teach a very smooth transition in and out of your route that can add longevity to your career,” explained Chatham.
Above: Jose Chatham works drills with Bruce Thompson, wide receiver from Langston University. Chatham has specialized in training receivers on their route running.
With inspirations such as Jason Carter, former Minnesota Viking’s and Carolina Panther’s receiver, and former Jacksonville Jaguar Nakoa Mack, Chatham has learned how to get the best out of his athletes both mentally and physically. Both Carter and Mack motivated Chatham and pushed him towards chasing his dream of training athletes of all ages.
“If it’s a kid that needs work, it’s teaching him to overcome his fears of not being great or be as good as the kid in front of him,” said Chatham. “A physically gifted athlete I can turn him into a professional, that’s what I feel I can do for their career.”
Jose Chatham is using his passion to create a positive impact and push athletes to be the best that they can be both on and off the field. But for Chatham the goal is not to simply be another training source for athletes, he strives to be the best and grow his business to unimaginable heights and become a household name in sports.
“I want to be the best wide-receiver fundamentalist in the country and make my name mean something,” said Chatham. “I’m trying to branch out and create my own name and be known around the country, if not the world.”
Cale Eirich is a junior majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.