In 2008, Nate Albaugh, the founder and CEO of Chiefpigskin became the head football coach at Milford High School in Milford, Illinois. He came there after serving as the defensive coordinator for two years at Johnsburg High School in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
After four years at Milford, he accepted the position of head football coach at Champaign Central High School in Champaign, Illinois. It was during this eight year period that Nate, as so many coaches do, purchased some instructional videos in order to further his knowledge and get some new ideas. While some of the videos were beneficial, there were also many times of disappointment. $40 for one video and at least $150 for a series was a steep price to pay when one is not really sure of the content. Nate saw a need for something different, a way to insure coaches that what they were getting was what they wanted. As an art teacher, his creative minded side started joining with his football minded side. “Could I produce instructional videos for coaches?” he asked himself. As a full time teacher and coach, it would be difficult to do without help.
So, in 2009, he kicked around the idea of starting a video production company with his dad, “Old” Coach Albaugh, who was a retired teacher/coach, and his brother-in-law, Todd McDonald, who had a good business mind and was working in sales. Together the three of them began brainstorming ideas that could make this vision become a reality. With little financial resources and no experience, Nate spearheaded the effort to get something going. They came up with the name Chiefpigskin for the company. They were all Illini fans and the “Chief” had long been a symbol for Illinois athletics. Add to that, “pigskin” was a nickname for a football. Hmmm, Chiefpigskin!
After trying several different business models, including traveling around the midwest interviewing coaches and getting film footage of tours, drills, and schemes, the idea went on the back burner for a few years as they searched for the time and better ideas. By 2012, Nate had learned a lot, through trial and error, about producing high quality videos. Once again, an effort was made to produce videos that would be beneficial to coaches at an affordable price. More coaches with outstanding reputations were visited and this time instructional videos, that could be made into a series, were filmed. The result? Some videos that had good content at a good price! Videos began selling, more videos were made and the time came for a BIG decision.
In December of 2016 Nate resigned from his position as a teacher at Champaign High School. Still coaching football there (after all, that’s his passion) he decided to go full time on producing coaching videos for Chiefpigskin. With the help of his dad in the office, and Todd in Florida, he is now working full time on fulfilling the mission of Chiefpigskin – giving coaches what they want at an affordable price.