Team Payne Client Testimonials
Richard Medlin, NFL RB
My name is Richard Medlin. I met Coach James Payne at Garner High School. I trained with him a little then but not as much as I should have. I was blessed with the opportunity to go play football at Fayetteville State University. At FSU I excelled on the field and achieved numerous CIAA athletic awards as well as setting a Division II record in kick return yardage.
After my career was over there I was faced with the decision and opportunity to go train for a chance to play in the NFL my dream as a child. I began training at Team Payne Training in January 2011 with hopes of becoming a better athlete. They went back to the basics and taught me the fundamentals of the game by working on speed and agility, strength and conditioning drills. They began teaching me techniques in order to make my weaknesses become my strengths.
I trained everyday on combine drills that I needed to perfect at a college Pro day in front of all the 32 NFL Team’s scouts.. Here was finally my chance to put all the teachings and techniques into effect and grasp the eyes of the scouts.
I then received a call from the New England Patriots on August 1, 2011 and was told that I had been invited to camp for an opportunity to make the team. My dream had finally been answered after all of these years, I finally had the opportunity to make something better for my life as well as my family. My mother passed away when I was a little boy and my sister and I moved in with my Aunt and she raised us. Thanks to Team Payne training, I have accomplished my dream of making it to the NFL.
Chris Culliver, San Francisco 49ers DB
I met Coach James Payne when I was a sophomore football and track athlete at Garner High School. From that moment on I began asking Coach Payne for help in order to maximize my talents. He saw potential in me and told me to set some goals in life. I immediately told him about my life and my hard childhood upbringing’s and I told him that I wanted to make a better life for myself as well as my family. After that he became my mentor and trainer.
He first taught me the importance of being a responsible young man, which not only included taking care of business on the football field, but also meant getting a good education and being a responsible individual. After that we began working out and he taught me the fundamentals of the game, like strength and conditioning drills, speed and agility, and combine/position drills training. Coach Payne taught me the techniques and how to train my mind first and then my body.
By my senior year I had numerous offers to play football on the college level. I attended the University of South Carolina where I was a four year Varsity letterwinner. I won All-SEC athletic and academic awards.. Each summer, I came back home and trained with James Payne and Corey Lyons at Team Payne Training.
In April I was fortunate to get drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Team Payne Training has played an essential part in my life and I will continue to train in my off-season with the staff at Team Payne.
Kay Jensen, Parent
Last summer, my daughter Christie expressed interest in working out with a personal trainer to try and increase her speed. She was a junior at the time and her first sport interest/love is softball. She had been introduced to James Payne thru several of her friends, and he agreed to take a look at her. He noticed right away that she was very athletic and he agreed to work with her. As a fast pitch softball pitcher for the high school as well as a travel ball team, I was a little bit concerned that she retain her current muscle memory and not effect her pitching. Coach Payne and Corey Lyons worked with her within the constraints that we identified to increase her stamina, condition her body, allowed her to lose weight and convert it to muscle, and increased her speed dramatically.In January, Christie attended an athletic event near Fort Lauderdale, Florida and entered into individual testing provided by SPARQ. She finished 3rd for the sprint, 7th in the vertical jump and in the Top Ten overall. I was really impressed with the results – and so were several college recruiters!
This Spring, Christie was our sole starting pitcher for Garner Magnet High School and has set numerous school records this season. Not only did she have the endurance needed to win 23 games and pitch over 2400 pitches this season, she had the increased focus and mental training that Payne and Lyons helped develop over the past year. She is ranked in the top 5 for ERA by NC Preps and she is also ranked for her 19 stolen bases as well. It is traditional in fast pitch softball to use pitch runners for the pitcher and catcher. Christie’s high school coach did not consider this an option this year as Christie was one of the fastest runners on the team!
Coach Payne is a trainer, yes, but he is so much more. He is involved in all aspects of their academic/athletic life. He requests to see report cards and discusses the importance of grades in the recruiting process. He also attends sporting events with the kids, talks with recruiters and takes a personal interest in attempting to match an athlete with their best college choice.
Probably the only regret that I have in choosing Coach Payne to personally train my daughter Christie is that I did not start the process earlier! Christie was recruited and offered academic and athletic scholarships by several different colleges and eventually chose Chowan University as her new home!
My son Lemond is 14 years old and he has been training with James Payne for over a year. He trains 3 times a week working on strength,conditioning,speed and agility drills. James also works with him on combine drills, position drills, special skills and techniques. James not only trains Lemond but he mentors him as well,always emphasizing the importance of academics and excelling in the classroom, since working with James I’ve notice a hugh change in Lemond physical and mental preparation in sports. James is extremely passionate about bringing out the best in youth,young men and young woman so that they are successful not only in sports in life as well.
When my son first came to me about personal training outside of the regular sports practices, I thought, “Is this really necessary?” It turned out to be one of the best decisions we could make. I researched several trainers and spoke to some athletes I knew. My son and I interviewed with a couple, then he told me about “Team Payne Training”. He had heard about it from several college bound successful athletes. When I met with James Payne and Cory Lyons, the decision was a no brainer.Team Payne Training is not just a program that is only about physical development. It is a program that creates a well-rounded “citizen student”. Team Payne Training educates their athletes about college entrance requirements, personal achievement, college prep testing and tracks their development with a one on one philosophy.
Team Payne Training is not like any other program I found. They do not just instruct their athletes, they mentor them in a “Big Brother” environment. The kids learn to expect more from themselves and take on the responsibility to do so. Team Payne Training works as hard, if not harder, behind the scenes as well as in the field.
In our situation, my son was high school junior at 5’ 10” and weighed 243 lbs. running a 4.8+ second 40. He was currently playing football as an Offense Lineman, too small to be a serious college prospect. One season with Team Payne Training, he developed to 6’ 1/2” and weighs 220 lbs. running a consistent 4.5 second 40. He trained to play Fullback and Linebacker and was successful at both. He has received several college opportunities.
The hard work ethic, confidence and mental development that came through working with Team Payne Training has been very rewarding. Again it was one of the best decisions we made. I only wish we had started sooner.
Thank you Team Payne Training for what you do for these young people.
Tonya Washington, Parent
My 8-year-old son started playing organized youth football when he was 5 years old as a member of a flag football team. He then moved to a tackle team at the age of 7. I was not pleased with the progress he was making because of the lack of individualized attention he received from the coaching staff and the skill set that he was expected to demonstrate.So I sought out a conditioning and agility trainer who I heard had done tremendous things for other young elementary school athletes in the area. Team Payne and their staff member Corey Lyons, a former Div I college athlete began to work with my son. Corey assessed my child’s athletic ability and mental stamina and he devised a workout plan based on what the coaches’ athletic demands of my child were and my desire to see my child be successful. After only three weeks of training with “Coach Corey” as he is so affectionately called, my son Andrew developed the confidence and desire to be a better football player but more importantly a better person. Because not only does the staff of Team Payne demand athletic excellence from their clients but they also emphasize all of the character traits that both parents and the schools want from kids, i.e. respect, loyalty, perseverance through adversity. These are all traits that my son learned in addition to being a better-rounded athlete.
The best thing about Team Payne staff is that they know how to adapt their training methods to fit kids of all ages from elementary up through college. They do not approach training youth with a “One size fits all” mentality, each child has their own training plan and the parents are allowed to be apart of the whole process so that everyone is truly on the same team and working towards the same goals. The Team Payne staff made learning to be faster, quicker, stronger and more importantly smarter a fun thing for an 8 year old to do. Those skills have all translated into making my child a better person and a better athlete.
I appreciate everything that the Team Payne staff has done to instill confidence and motivation in my son to be the best person and athlete that he can be.