RMU tackles training with Landro Play Analyzer

Robert Morris University has spent $10 million building a new football stadium but it s also taking its team into the digital age. The steam will use Landro Play Analyzer coaching software to break down game films digitally and make it easier for coaches and athletes to get ready for the next game.

John Banaszak, assistant defensive coach and a former NFL player, says the new system will improve RMU s training by removing the need to fumble around for a videotape or DVD player. As a result, players get to spend more time watching plays and less time waiting for plays to be cued up. It was tough to get them to watch tapes before because it s so boring having to hunt for plays by rewinding and fast forwarding, he said. Now we jump from play to play quickly correcting poor performance before we go out to the practice field. ?

The school installed the system at Joe Walton Stadium where a computer network ties each coach s office to a central server with game video, letting coaches simultaneously access the material. Head Coach Joe Walton, for example, can work with his quarterbacks in his own office analyzing only the play themes or topics that are relevant to them.

The Landro Play Analyzer put in place at RMU records the games on PC servers with loggers sorting the plays by type (offensive, defensive, and special teams) and adding other information like down and distance to go. Each assistant has a system and there is also one in the team room and video room (each system costs approximately $5,000).

The on-screen interface has a list of the game plays on the left side, a video preview window on the right, and an analysis area in the center with a snapshot overview of the game.
Once the plays are logged they get pushed automatically to the right assistant coach, says Rob Firment, Landro Video director of marketing. The video and all of the other information is on the screen. And they can search by down distance, players on the field, and other data and then let the players see the plays in the team room.

Jerry Salandro, founder and CEO of Iris Technologies, designed the system nearly a decade ago. Today Landro systems are in use by more than 1,000 colleges and high schools. This was designed from the ground up to address the needs of coaches, says Firment. The secret behind the system is the compression technology because it can store 150 games on a 160 GB hard drive, giving the coaches plenty of room for their games.