"I was John Charles’ first coach ever. As a 9 year old, he began in the 1st annual O’Netta Harris Pee Wee Football League where he led the Eagles to a championship. Over the years, I was able to witness firsthand improvements in his growth, maturity and knowledge of the quarterback position, so much so, that he became an All-American at every level of competition.
I won’t ever hesitate to say if you ever want your son to develop in the Quarterback position, John Charles is one of the best QB coaches you will ever get. He has a rare and unique ability to make your sons training fun as they’re working hard to achieve their goals."
Director of O’Netta Harris Community Center (1978-2000)
"In the spring of 1985 I was standing outside my classroom when I notice a young man with a football in his hand. I had not seen him before on campus. When I saw him throw the ball some 60 yards, I immediately went up to ask him his name. He told me his name was John Charles and that he was a freshman and was going to try out for the Frosh Soph football team the following year. I said to him “no son you are going to be my starting Quarterback on the Varsity”. John started on varsity his sophomore year and lead the team to the semifinals in the playoffs where he brought the team back from a 35-7 deficit in the second half to a 35 – 32 almost come from behind win. With John as our quarterback we won two championships. John went on to break most of the Junior College State passing records while attending Foothill College and continued his record breaking career at Portland State where he led his team to Division II playoffs. He is an outstanding young man. John’s positive attitude is infectious and his knowledge of quarterback play is outstanding. I highly recommend John Charles."
Head Football Coach
Mountain View High School
"John Charles has the ability to connect with young student/athletes. He is an excellent teacher who understands the mechanisms of playing the Quarterback position. John has played the position successfully at a high level and is willing to share his knowledge and fundamentals with others. John was an outstanding player because of his total commitment and outstanding work ethic. I believe these qualities will make the Air One Academy top notch."
Head Football Coach
Sacramento State University
"John Charles was one of the finest fundamental quarterbacks I’ve ever coached. His courage in the pocket and overall understanding of our offense made him one of the finest quarterbacks I’ve ever coached. He has great communication skills and is a valuable resource to anyone he comes in contact with. I’ve been fortunate enough to coach four first-round draft picks at the quarterback position. John was as good as any of them."
University of Michigan
“Charles is a dynamic youth football skills coach who knows the fundamentals of the passing game inside out. He has played QB at every level of football learning from the top offensive minds in the country like June Jones, Al Borges, and even Bill Walsh. If your child has the opportunity to work with Charles on the football field do not ‘pass’ it up”
Stanford Football Hall of Famer
Superbowl XXIII Ring Holder
“John Charles was the best passer I had seen growing up, and I wanted to play quarterback just like him. He was willing to work with me and develop my mechanics - footwork, delivery, ball handling - and he helped me understand the mentality of a pure passer. He knows the quarterback position and how to teach it, but more importantly, he helped me believe in myself and what I could accomplish. He gave me the confidence to win a high school championship and move on to play in the PAC 10 (at Cal). I recommend John to any quarterback wanting to learn the real tips that will elevate their game.”
Former University of California Bears QB (1996-97)
Rep 1 Sports Group Agent for Ben Roethlisberger
"John, I wanted to let you know that Bailey said that workin with you was the most fun that he has ever had in a camp and he does A LOT of camps. He also said that he's never learned so much in such a short amount of time. I love seeing him learning more of the game, but the big one is to see him having fun with the game while learning. Thank you John for working so well with him!"
Corey Buckner - Parent of Bailey Buckner, Quarterback for Battleground CCYF (3-29-11)
"Aidan had a great time at the camp, he said not only did he learn some stuff he had a lot of fun..:)."
Sean Mallory - Parent of Aidan Mallory, Running Back out of Hockinson (4-17-11)
The Air One experience to me was all about a personal training experience. John Charles and his fellow coaches do not waste time with unnecessary drills; instead, they tailor each training session to the exact needs of the athlete. The focus is directly on what needs to improve, and he understands not everyone learns the same way. Because of this, evidence of improvement for me was recognizable right away.
The difference from my junior year to my senior year was remarkable. John worked from the ground up, making sure my fundamentals were sound, and from there he gave me a toolbox of skills to use in game situations.
Another great facet of training at Air One with John Charles is the fact that he has connections all over the college football world. I attended a QB skills camp at Stanford University my junior summer, and he was able to find people who were willing to pick me up from the airport and make sure I got everywhere on time. Along with this, his connections allow him to put your name out there for college coaches.
As I said before, Air One camps are a personal training experience. Other camps in the Northwest are so packed with kids that you just end up standing in lines and waiting your turn while the coaches focus all the attention on the few top QB's. John and his staff run sessions smoothly, and make sure each person training is given an equal chance to be coached.
After training with John and getting to know him for the past year and a half, I would absolutely recommend Air One Academy for any type of skills training. I can say without a doubt he is the best coach I have had. Not only is he a great coach, he is a great person as well. I fully recommend his training services to anyone who wants to improve their skills on the field.
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Zach Abney - Quarterback for Parkrose High School and newly signed scholarship to Harding University (Arkansas) (2-9-12)
"We are blessed and grateful to have you working with Ian. The attention to detail and ability to glean the most from him are evident. Thank you for sharing your talents, experiences and knowledge with him."
Todd Humphrey - Parent of Ian Humphrey, Quarterback for Battleground High School (11-30-11)