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The names you should know
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Danny Arnold, Floyd Keith, Gary Korhonen

Danny Arnold
Director, PLEX Sports & Rehab

Why you should know him? Danny Arnold is the Director of all operations for Plex Sports & Rehab. Together with his staff, Danny Arnold is recognized as the leader in providing innovative training and Transitional Sports Therapy (TST) to help athletes reach their fullest potential. He has been able to design and implement intense and effective training and rehabilitation programs that have provided unparalleled gains for his athletes.

Arnold has performed original research and has personally worked with thousands of athletes, from Heisman and Outland Trophy winners to NFL and NBA All-Pro’s.

All of Arnold’s programs are the products of extensive study of athletic conditioning, strength and speed techniques, and applied experience in the United States and formally known Soviet Union.

All the programs are continually researched for the precise motions, intensity levels, duration and intervals of workout that will help athletes reach their full potential.

Another key to Arnold’s success can be attributed to his extensive involvement with orthopedic surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, coaches, pro-scouts, past and current professional athletes, athletic trainers and exercise physiologists.

Arnold is also a contributing writer for American Football Monthly. His past articles can be found online at or in future issues of AFM.

What they are saying?Danny Arnold makes the best even better.” - NFL scout

Floyd Keith
Executive Director, BCA

Why you should know him? Floyd Keith was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Black Coaches Association on March 12, 2001. The BCA is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster the growth and development of minorities at all levels of sports, both nationally and internationally. Keith spearheaded the organization’s move to its new National Headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. While in office, he has organized a collaborative effort “Equity in Hiring” for head coaching and administrative athletic positions between the BCA, Minorities Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA), Minorities Opportunities Interest Committee (MOIC) and Operation PUSH.

The BCA is committed to creating a positive enlightened environment and common grounds where issues can be examined closely, debated sincerely, and resolved honestly. The BCA’s focus envelopes the concerns of its colleagues in professional sports, NCAA (Division I, II, and III), NAIA (Division I and II), junior college and high school levels.

The BCA was founded in 1988, and the membership was extended to all coaches. Throughout the BCA’s 15-year history, the organization has been at the forefront of the effort to enhance the employment opportunities and professional development of the minority professional.

What they are saying? “I feel that Floyd Keith and the BCA have made excellent progress in creating professional opportunities for minority coaches. Floyd is a good friend and a great man.” - Bill Mallory, retired coaching legend

Gary Korhonen
Head Coach, Richards High School (Oak Lawn, Ill.)

Why you should know him? With an 8-0 first round playoff win over Thornton Fractional South (Lansing, Ill.) on October 31, 2003, Gary Korhonen improved his overall coaching record to 269-79.

Under Korhonen, Oak Lawn Richards, a public school located in Chicago, has made the playoffs in each of the past 19 seasons (the most of any school in the state of Illinois in classes 5A-8A), which is more than Mt. Carmel’s Frank Lenti (16). Korhonen’s team outscored its last three opponents of the 2003 regular season 131-14.

Oak Lawn Richards, which has never lost a first round playoff game in over 20 years, has also captured two state championships and has never suffered two consecutive losses since 1984. Korhonen’s squad enjoyed a 34-game winning streak from 1988-90 and has recorded nine undefeated seasons.

Coach Korhonen has sent over 230 athletes on to play college football, including 80 to NCAA Division I, 41 to Division II, and four to the NFL. He has coached 22 all-state athletes

Gary Kohornen’s Staff
Joe Mendez - Offensive Line
Frank Salvatori - Defensive Line
Rick Pratl - Linebackers
Steve Fleming - Offensive Coordinator
Jim Bolhuis - Defensive Coordinator

What they are saying? “Coach Gary Korhonen is totally devoted to his Football program and players. He has influenced many young men in a most positive manner.I actually believe that God made coach Gary Korhonen to coach football at Richards High School.” - Skip Pearson, Richards High School supporter


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