Our Team

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Joseph LaRoque

Former NFL Linebacker for the Chicago Bears and New York Jets, Joseph is the founder and CEO of Rocksolid.

After 3 years in the NFL, Joey set out to help protect players in non-contact drills by creating the first-ever soft-shell head protection specifically designed for football and founded the company in 2013 which led to the creation of Flex Football.

Prior to joining the NFL, Joey received his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University where he remains actively involved with football alumni relations and its community initiatives.  Joey has was recognized as a finalist for E&Y’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Caleb Hanie

Caleb enjoyed a 7-year career as a quarterback in the NFL with his most notable time at the Chicago Bears where he spent 4 seasons.

He appeared in the NFC Championship game in 2011 for the Bears. He played his college ball and received his college degree from Colorado State University.

As one of the original partners at Rocksolid, Caleb has been involved in all facets of the business, including sales, marketing and operations. He is also one of the creators of the game of Flex Football.

Slade Norris

Following a 4-year scholastic and athletic career at Oregon State University, Slade was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. He subsequently played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, and the Seattle Seahawks.

Slade is an entrepreneur in his own right as he started his own business in Washington and has co-hosted multiple sports broadcast shows.

He joined RockSolid following his NFL career where he has applied his sports knowledge, passion for football, and business acumen to the team there. 

Brandon Hardin

As an honor roll student-athlete, Brandon graduated with a 3.2 GPA and with a solid collegiate career at Oregon State, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

His NFL career lasted 3 seasons and he finished with the New York Jets after an injury-prone professional career.

Upon realizing his playing career was over, Brandon joined up with his fellow teammates and former NFL brethren to assist with the creation of Flex Football.

Bill Webb

Bill has more than two decades of non-profit management experience and leads the strategic and day-to-day operations of Flex Youth Foundation.

Bill is the founder and managing partner of Legacy Sports Management. His idea of leveraging his personal and professional relationships to give back to others lead to the development of Legacy, a unique professional practice that combines the significant spheres of influence of pro athletes, pro and college coaches, high-wealth individuals, and business executives, with the desire to positively impact the communities in which they operate.

Bill spent five years as an operating partner in the New York-based private equity firm, Fenway Partners. He is a nationally-recognized leadership speaker and author of the book “Igniting the Blue Flame; Answering the Call to Leadership.” Previously, he spent a decade in Austin, Texas as the chief lobbyist and chief executive officer of a state-wide trade association representing the transportation industry.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Chris Miller

Chris Miller brings a career resume that features playing and coaching success at each level.

Prior to a prolific NFL career, Chris attended the University of Oregon, where he was a two-time first-team All-Pac 10 quarterback. When he left Oregon, he held 13 school records. Miller was the first-round pick (13 overall) for the Atlanta Falcons in 1987, where he spent the majority of his 10-year career. He led the NFL with the lowest interception percentage in 1989. His best year came in 1991, where he threw for over 3000 yards and 26 touchdowns, a season that ended in a trip to the Pro Bowl. He also made stops in St. Louis and Denver.

After his playing days, he turned his attention to the high school level from 2002-06, turning South Eugene High into a local powerhouse. South Eugene had 11 consecutive losing seasons before Miller came on board. He led them to four straight playoff appearances in his final four seasons there, including a state quarterfinals appearance in ’06, and had an overall record of 31-21. In 2003, he was named the Oregon Coach of the Year.

In 2005, Miller was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame for having made a significant contribution to sports in the state. 

He is currently the head football coach at West Linn High School.  Miller was the Arizona Cardinals’ QB Coach from 2009-11, where he worked with league MVP Kurt Warner.

Trent Dilfer

Trent Dilfer is the Lipscomb Academy Head Football Coach in Nashville, Tennessee.

The former Super Bowl-winning quarterback has served as an analyst for a variety of ESPN programs. Trent was featured on Sunday NFL Countdown during the NFL Season and the game site portion of Monday Night Countdown. The 14-year NFL veteran joined ESPN in July 2008, the same day he announced his retirement from the National Football League.

Dilfer played for five teams during his career, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1994-99), Baltimore Ravens (2000), Seattle Seahawks (2001-04), Cleveland Browns (2005) and San Francisco 49ers (2006-2007). Dilfer led the Ravens to a 34-7 victory over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. The 1997 Pro Bowl selection finished his career with 20,518 passing yards. He was the sixth overall pick by the Buccaneers in the 1994 NFL Draft out of Fresno State University. In 2003,

Trent received the NFL Bart Starr Award followed by the Seattle Seahawks Ed Block Courage Award. As a result of Trent’s commitment to making a positive impact on communities and generosity to many charitable causes, Dilfer received the San Francisco 49ers Walter Payton Man of the Year and the Aptos Chamber Community Hero Award in 2006.

Leland Sparks

Leland is the Executive Director of BTSE, the exclusive event management, digital media, and sports marketing partner of the Southern California and Nevada Football Coaches Association. BTSE is a grassroots organization created by young, college graduates seeking to provide aspiring, high school athletes from their community exposure to the merits of a college education and athletics. Leland has built an extensive track record as a football coach since 2000.

He worked at Ballard High School as the WR/DB Coach, Central Washington University as the Assistant DB Coach, Bishop Gorman High School as the WR/DB Coach, and at Sierra Vista High School as the WR/ST/DB Coach. 

While in Bellevue, Washington, Sparks was the Athletic Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue. He directed all athletic activities and programs by planning, organizing, coordinating, marketing, supervising, and conducting physical, health and wellness programs, and development sports.

Sparks attended Washington State University (1991-1993) and Central Washington University (1998-2000) earning a B.S. in Sports Communication and Marketing.

Tyler Clutts

Tyler was born and raised in California where he was 1 of 5 children. Tyler participated in every sport he could until he narrowed his focus in high school to football and wrestling. 

As a football player, he received All-State honors as Utility Player of the year playing both Quarterback and Linebacker.  In his senior year, Tyler was a state champion wrestler both individually and as a team. Tyler received a full ride scholarship to Fresno State University where he was a four-year starter at Defensive End and linebacker.

After college, Tyler went north to play in the Canadian Football league which began his three and a half year journey to his childhood dream of playing in the NFL. After playing in the CFL, AFL, and UFL, Tyler finally completed his journey and debuted in 2011 as the starting fullback for the Chicago Bears. Tyler played 6 seasons in the NFL for multiple teams, the last 3 were for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Immediately following his football career, Tyler jumped head first into commercial real estate.  He works exclusively with companies to identify and create real estate solutions that encourage growth, culture, and productivity.

Brent Jones

Brent played for 12 years in the National Football League, including 11 with the San Francisco 49ers, where he played in 4 Pro-Bowls, was a three-time All-Pro performer and a three-time Super Bowl Champion.

Brent was honored as the NFL’s Bart Starr Award recipient in 1988 for outstanding character in the home, on the field and in the community.  He has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for both Division I and Division II.

In March of 2000, as the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Northgate Capital he and his business partner, Tommy Vardell, raised $5B and worked alongside the premier venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.

Brent has been the keynote speaker at some of the valley’s most high profile companies, including Cisco, Google, and Palo Alto Networks and has led investments in many exciting start-ups over the past 16 years. Some of these include Carbon3D, Palo Alto Networks, Admob, Meraki, Ring Central, Drawbridge, and Blue Danube.

John Hickman

John is the Senior Director of New Business Development for the Dallas Cowboys.