MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) Preparing young athletes for the future is what Martin Hyatte is all about.
For the last two years, the East grad has turned his company, ANM Athletic Development, from a one-on-one session in the park into an operation where he is training almost 30 local kids every week.
"You're competing with kids nationwide and a lot of those kids are starting younger and younger so, with that being said, if you want to make it to those college ranks and play at the college level, I don't care if it's Division I, Division II, Division III or NAIA, you've got to start now," said Hyatte.
The 27-year-old played for the E-rabs through the 2009 season where he was named to the All-NIC-10 team twice as a linebacker.
Hyatte went on to play and coach in college and get a pair of NFL and CFL tryouts. While those did not work out, he says his life is still on the right path.
"A lot of people said you should have played Division I," Hyatte said. "Well, there was some things that didn't happen that didn't allow me to play at those Division I ranks but I would not change anything given where I'm at right now."
Hyatte says while he was one of the best in the NIC-10, he was unaware that he was not developed like other athletes competing for spots in division one.
He hopes that will never have to happen for any of the kids that he gets ready for the next level.
"Helping kids reach some of their goals, get some of those contacts and things like that is a huge motivator for me," said Hyatte. "I'm just excited for things moving forward, I'm excited to help people out and I'm excited to continue to do this."
Hyatte will be hosting hosting a developmental camp for high school athletes with former NFL players on June 8. For more information, go to ANMathletics.com.