STEVE CLARKSON is considered the nation’s preeminent coach of quarterbacks, having had great success as a private coach and tutor for some of the finest quarterbacks at the professional, college and high school levels. Clarkson has become the “go-to guy” tabbed by quarterbacks at all levels to assist with taking their on-field play to even higher plateaus. Clarkson’s tremendous track record at tutoring QB’s has not gone unnoticed as his work has been featured in an array of mainstream sports media outlets and publications. Additionally, Clarkson’s professional exploits with his Steve Clarkson Dream Maker quarterback tutelage have caught the attention of significant non-sports media such as The New Yorker and CBS “60 Minutes” segment by Morley Safer.
Clarkson’s many quarterback clients have included Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Hundley, Terrell Pryor, Matt Leinart, Matt Barkley, Josh Freeman, Matt Cassel, Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen and many others. Clarkson has worked with Heisman Trophy winners, college All-Americas and high school phenoms. He was also personally asked by legendary NFL quarterback Joe Montana to work with Montana’s sons. Some current Division 1 QB’s who Clarkson has trained or is training include Max Wittek (University of Hawaii), David Sills (West Virginia University), Wilton Speight (Michigan), Brandon Dawkins (University of Arizona), Brady White (Arizona State University), Travis Jonsen (Oregon). David Sills is one of Clarkson’s protégés who made national news when he verbally committed to USC at the age of 13. In addition Tate Martell (currently a highschool junior) verbally committed to Washington at age 14 and has since changed his commitment to Texas A&M.
Clarkson is a native of Los Angeles where he attended Woodrow Wilson High School, leading the Mighty Mules to an incredible 39-1 record and three city championships. In 1978, Clarkson was the Los Angeles H.S. Player of the Year after leading the state of California in passing yards and total offense. Collegiately, he was a three-year starter at quarterback for Head Coach Jack Elway at San Jose State. Clarkson was a two-time Academic All-America for the Spartans, and he still holds several career passing records at SJSU.
At a time when African-American quarterbacks in the NFL were extremely rare, Clarkson went undrafted but he did ultimately sign a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos. Clarkson also played for two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (1983-84). Following a stint in private business, Clarkson founded what is now called his Steve Clarkson Dream Maker Quarterback Academy in 1986, initially offering QB tutoring to youth, high school and college players. Shortly thereafter, professional players began to seek his services. More than 30 years later he remains devoted to making the path to quarterback success attainable to all those willing to put in the work.