Rubio Long Snapper Nick Umble

A couple months ago I received a call from a Long Snapper named Nick Umble. It was a standard phone call that I receive several times a month. He told me how he was recently very interested in Long Snapping and wanted to go full speed into it to get to the next level. He said he was very determined and would stop at nothing.

All things I had heard before. 

But then he told me he was born in 1978 and was just about to RETIRE from the Army as a GREEN BERET. To say that Nick has done a TON for his country is a major understatement. He said he did what he needed to do in the Army and was ready for his next challenge.

Long Snapping was his next challenge.

Umble, NickNeedless to say, Nick is VERY driven and will stop at nothing. I have worked with him several times and he is an absolute workhorse. He is a large, strong Long Snapper that will do EXACTLY what you tell him to do.

Colleges need to look at him seriously for his drive, dedication and for the fact that since he has already retired from the Army, his schooling will be free.

The film you see below is from his first Rubio Long Snapping camp in WA this fall. I have worked with him since and he is already MUCH improved.

He deserves a shot at the next level and he will get one.

#LetNickPlay #TeamRubio

Read below for FULL details on Nick’s incredible life over the past three decades….

I was born in Clinton, Iowa on the 20th of June 1978, to Mark and Carol Umble. I attend Mediapolis HS in Mediapolis, Iowa where I played football (4 years) and ran the 3200 meters in track (Jr, Sr Years). I enlisted in the Army on the 13th of September 1996 and attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. I then went on to complete Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at the Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) in Gulfport, Mississippi for the MOS of 51 Bravo, Carpentry Masonry Specialist. I was assigned to 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy) on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. During my time as a vertical engineer I served as a team leader.

    I attended the Special Forces Selection and Assessment Course in April of 1999 and was selected to attend the SF engineer sergeant’s course. Upon completion, I was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in September 2002. During my time with 1st Group I have been assigned to various Special Forces Operational Detachments. I was assigned to Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 163 as a Junior Engineer Sergeant, Operational Detachment Bravo (ODB) 160 as the Assistant Operations Sergeant, ODA 161 Senior Engineer Sergeant, 2/1 HSC Operations Sergeant, ODA 1131 Operations Sergeant, ODB 1130 Operations Sergeant, ODA 1431 Operations Sergeant, ODB 1430 Operations Sergeant in Afghanistan, Company First Sergeant for the Group Support Company, and current serving as the Advanced Skills Company Operations Sergeant.

    I have deployed all over the world in support of peacetime and combat operations and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (two tours), Operation Iraqi Freedom (two tours), and Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines (two tours), along with 20 other overseas missions to several different countries in SE Asia and the Middle East.

    My awards and decorations include the Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Indian Parachutist Badge, Royal Thai Parachutist Badge, Philippine Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star Medals (third award), Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Army Commendation Medal for VALOR, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (sixth award), Army Good Conduct Medal (sixth award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/ two stars), Iraq Campaign Medal ( w/ one star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/ numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/ 2nd numeral (two overseas duty stations Hawaii, Okinawa)), NATO Medal. My unit awards include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (second award), Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Army Superior Unit Award.

    I have attended and completed the follow Military Courses; Air Assault Course, Basic Airborne course, Basic Leaders Course (WLC), Advanced Leaders Course (ALC), Special Forces Selection and Assessment Course (SFAS), SERE Training, Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC), Senior Leaders Course (SLC), Special Operations Static Line Jumpmaster Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC), Stryker Transition Course, Joint Personnel Recovery Execution Course (PR-300), Joint Personnel Recovery Plans and Operations (PR-301), Joint Personnel Non-Conventional Assisted Recovery Plans and Operations (PR-303).

    I am currently married to Mrs. Jenn Wade live in Puyallup, WA.  I have one daughter Ms. Brookelyn Grace (10). 


Recap of the WA Fall Camp (10/4/15)

Seattle CampRubio Long Snapping traveled to WA on October 4th for their fall camp. It was the first time Rubio Long Snapping has traveled to the Seattle area and we will definitely be back this spring and summer!

Long Snappers came out from WA, ID, CA, OR, CO and Canada to learn from the best and get the most exposure.

The overall winner of the camp was James Workman (WA, ’16). Workman was nails all day and never missed a short snap during competition. Good form and a great attitude will help him over the next couple years in college. Great athlete.


  • Den Bleyker, Johnny

    Johnny Den Bleyker

    Johnny Den Bleyker was a man among boys in Seattle. Hands have become quicker and he has no wasted movement in his snaps. UCLA got a good one.

  • Zack Jacobs is a large Long Snapper that showed good strength and potential.
  • Carter Kragero is VERY smooth and has definitely improved. Great accuracy and consistency.
  • Jack Munsey has put on some good size and is coming along nicely. Trusting his form and using his size will move him way up the charts.
  • Greg Royal has great size and tons of upside. Love the potential on this kid.


  • Andrew Toothman

    Andrew Toothman

    Andrew Toothman has been working on his form and it is paying off. Looked very solid. Increasing his athleticism will be a big key in moving up the charts.

  • Calvin Maher showed incredible accuracy throughout the day and was impressive.
  • Matt Baldeck has good power and explosion when he is snapping the ball. Needs to focus on locking down his consistency.


  • Spencer Luce

    Spencer Luce

    Spencer Luce was very impressive and has a long frame that he can put some weight on. Incredible follow through gives him great accuracy.

  • Kellen Dyer was snapping with great follow through and listened very well. Good start for Kellen.


  • James Durr

    James Durr

    James Durr has VERY good form for his age and tons of upside

  • Mike Zahara did really well in soaking everything up and not getting stressed out. Look for this kid at VEGAS XXVII.

NOTABLES: Eli Jenkins, Nick Umble, Cody Schwindt, Dakota Lepine, James Kozachenko, Jared Bacon


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