Testimonials

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John 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 real tips that will elevate their game.
— Ryan Tollner, John's first client 1988-89 & Former University of California Bears QB (1996-97), Rep 1 Sports Group agent for Ben Roethlisberger, Blake Bortles, Jared Goff, Marcus Mariota, Mitch Trubisky, Carson Wentz, Luke Falk, David Fales, CJ Bethard

I’m trying to be the best I can be and it’s great to know I have an All-American mentor like John Charles to train me through high school and beyond!
— Connor Neville Quarterback, Washington State University

John 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.
— John Paye Stanford Football Hall of Fame, Super Bowl XXIII ring holder

John 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.
— Al Borges Former Offensive Coordinator -  Portland State, Oregon, UCLA, Indiana, Auburn, San Diego State, U of Michigan, University of Texas at San Antonio

John has the ability to connect with quarterbacks of all ages. 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 make the AirOne Academy top-notch.”
— Marshall Sperbeck, Former Quarterback Coach, Foothill Junior College

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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 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.
— Aaron Johnson, John's former youth coach, Director of O’Netta Harris Community Center (1978-2000)

In the spring of 1985, I was standing outside my classroom when I noticed 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 his varsity sophomore year and led 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 the 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.
— Dan Navarro, Former Head Football Coach, Mountain View High School

I would like to thank you for what you’re doing for the local area QBs. I think your training is very on point, and allows for tremendous growth in these young men. I enjoy watching the workout and my son is also loving it. Keep up the good work. We look forward to your session all week. See you at noon.
— Jared Rusher, Parent of Chase Rusher, Castle Rock

Hey, I wanted to thank you for the working you are doing with my son Nolan. You and the other coaches have been great building his confidence and have football conversations it’s very much appreciated. He’s starting to turn a corner and starting to see himself as a QB. I think you guys have a lot to do with that.  We will see you out there this Saturday!
— Bob Meek, Parent of Nolan Meek

Coach John is someone that will push you to be your best at all times. His fundamental and IQ development for quarterbacks is second to none. He teaches players how to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations and helps transforms your game to be the best at your craft. I am very appreciative for the opportunities to train with John Charles and for him believing in my abilities.
— Jaden Sheffey, Quarterback, George Fox University

John,
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 Quarterback, Ian Humphrey, Battle Ground High School

AirOne provides training that is unparalleled by any youth camp I have ever seen. John Charles has the ability to reach our youth through a combination of exciting and high speed fundamentals.
His dedication to our youth and knowledge of the game of football translates to hard work on and off the field.
Do primarily to Johns love and excitement for the game, I have seen the development of these very traits in the kids that attend his camps.
— Tony Ascuitto, Parent of Quarterback, Blake Ascuitto, Camas High School

Good morning~ I just wanted to add my thanks for everything you’ve done for Jackson.

His enthusiasm, confidence and skills have grown tremendously and I look forward to the next training sessions to see them grow even more.
— Kymra Knuth, Parent of Quarterback, Jackson Knuth

I just wanted to say thanks for all the work with Joseph. He is in a battle at QB and has been complimented many times in Spring Ball on his leadership and execution. He’s getting ready to head to Spring camp at EWU and tells me every day about how he is doing well due to what Coach John has taught him!
— James Dudley, Parent of Quarterback, Joseph Dudley, Eastern Washington University

I wanted to thank you for a terrific three days with Paul. Not only did he dramatically improve his mechanics I watched him develop with his own confidence and maturation. You are truly a gifted teacher and coach. You’re “always” positive approach will transform any athlete fortunate to train with you.

Forever grateful.
— Paul Hurley Sr, Parent of Quarterback, Paul Hurley Jr., Central Michigan

I first met John in 1992 as he was leading Portland State Football to national prominence. John was arguably the best ever to play QB at PSU.

Fast forward 20 years and finding out John was running Air one football academy, I immediately got both of my boys involved with the academy. John has been my son Jake’s QB coach for the last couple of years. Not only does he teach Jake the nuances of the position, he also teaches him to be the best person away from the field he can be as well.

He pushes, shapes, challenges and drives Jake to be better. This is not done in an overbearing fashion, but always in the lowest key imaginable. John teaches by example. He never asks or expects anyone to do anything that he hasn’t already done himself. He teaches by creating an environment that people want to be a part of.

For this we are honored to have our kids to be a part of Air one football.

John & Kris Blair
Parents of Jake & Zach Blair
— John Blair, Parents of Jake and Zach Blair, Camas High School

John,

I wanted to give credit where credit is due. CJ just returned from the University of Oregon Football Skills Camp and got tremendous feedback from Coach Frost, and Coach Helfrich on is footwork and throwing technique as a incoming 8th grader.

These are the techniques and skills he learned early from his time in AirOne since 4th grade. He has a long way to go, but head and shoulders above all 8th graders that were at the camp and many of the older aspiring QB’s this week. Coach Frost had him demonstrate some of the drills for others because of what he learned in the 4th grade.

I just wanted to share our appreciation of the skills he has learned through your work. I’m not to prideful to say thanks.

Blessings Bro!
— Anthony Jordan, Parent of Quarterback, Caleb "CJ" Jordan, Union High School

Hi John! I am Carol Lowenberg - a grandma that brought my two grandsons to your camp last Saturday in Ashland (SOU). My grandson in the camp was Colby Neron and his younger brother, Teagan, was the young boy you so graciously invited to be a part of the camp the last hour or so.

I love sports and try to make all their games and as much of their camps as possible. Your camp, absolutely, is by far the best camp they have participated. What sets your camp and you apart from all others, in my opinion, is your knowledge and love of the game as well as your coaching skill and desire to teach and encourage the boys.

There is one thing that truly impressed me. After the camp, you had the boys sit in the bleachers, you and your staff spoke to them and then!! - you asked each of them to get up and speak. You basically said, if you are going to be a quarter back and leader, you need to be able to get up and lead (speak in this case). I have not seen that ever before! (both of my grown children were athletes and I never saw that with any of their coaches). You showed me that you coach but most important, you develop young men.

Thank you.
— Carol Lowenberg, Grandmother of Colby and Teague Neron