As the quarterback of the Miami Hurricanes, Ken Dorsey led his fellow teammates to a National Championship in 2001. Now working as the quarterback coach for the IMG Madden Football Academy , Dorsey has established a new kind of success through the athletes he instructs.
After receiving his first recruiting letter his junior year of high school, Dorsey ultimately ended up with the Canes. At Miami, his 38-2 record landed him as a National Champion, a two-time Heisman finalist, a Maxwell Award winner, and a two-time Archie Griffin Award recipient.
Dorsey accredits his high school football coach as the motivating factor in his career.
“In terms of teaching me the game and the techniques of how to play quarterback, he provided me with a good base of fundamentals.”
Even though Ken wasn’t “the most athletic or strongest guy on the team,” he claims that, “fundamentals made up for the things [he] wasn’t as talented at.” Dorsey’s impeccable work ethic landed him with an impressive college record and ultimately took his career to the next level.
Growing up in the San Fransisco area, Ken Dorsey dreamed of someday playing for the 49ers. In 2003, that dream came to life.
After his stellar career with the Miami Hurricanes, Dorsey was drafted to the San Fransisco 49ers. He played for the 49ers until 2005 when he moved to the Cleveland Browns. However, it was his time with the Canadian Football League that finally guided him toward a career in coaching.
“I always knew I wanted to coach when I was done playing professionally. It was great for me to be able to play for the Toronto Argonauts, because it made me realize how much I really loved the game of football.”
It didn’t take him long to find his place at IMG’s Madden Football Academy. After working with the NFL Draft prospects at the combine training, Director Chris Weinke offered Dorsey a position as the quarterback coach.
“When Chris contacted me about helping out, in my opinion, it was a no-brainer. He does a great job with the program, and that is what I want to be associated with. Not only IMG, but Chris specifically. With the IMG Academy structure and facilities, the sky is the limit with this program.”
Despite all of the reputable accomplishments and statistics of Ken Dorsey, the characteristic that makes him a qualified coach is his sincere investment in the athletes in the IMG Madden Football Academy.
“To me, the part I love is working with the kids. It’s fun to work with the athletes that are just naturally talented, and helping them achieve their goals. We also get those kids that are maybe less talented, and they don’t really get the attention they need from their high schools. I really enjoy getting see them get better and improve through the week.”
Dorsey can relate to the process of working hard to get where you want to be as an athlete.
“I have always believed in the work ethic you have to have to be great. I had to put in the time to work at it.”
And that is exactly what he is doing with the athletes in the IMG Madden Football Academy. At only 30 years-old, Dorsey has words of wisdom beyond his years. His advice for his pupils:
“No matter what your talent level, you can give yourself a chance if you put in the time to work at it.”