Kicking clinic inspires football players, honors former Daytona Beach mayor

By Saul Saenz, Volusia County Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, February 08, 2015, 9:34 PM EST

The name Bud Asher means a lot around Daytona Beach, but it means even more on football fields across the United States — from Pop Warner leagues to the NFL.

Asher, the former Daytona Beach mayor, died in July 2013. He was 88.

But his legacy lives on through a football clinic that was held this weekend at Mainland High School.

"Coach Asher was one of the best coaches I ever had," said Ricardo Allen, who played for Asher at Mainland and is now a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

Allen and other NFL players gave back to the community as part of Bud Asher's Kick Back to Central Florida Clinic, which is organized by Dan Lundy.

Lundy, who is a member of the Mainland High School football team's coaching staff, added: "He was a 60-year coach — all levels of football. He owned the Jacksonville Sharks, he was a circuit court judge, he was a two-term mayor for Daytona Beach, and he coached at nine area high schools."

Lundy promised Asher that the former mayor's name would live on throughout the community.

Thanks to Lundy's One on One Kicking, NFL players from different teams come to Volusia County to teach players from 13 different states to learn what Asher taught his players.

"It goes full circle here," said Pat O’Donnell, the Chicago Bears' punter, who learned football skills from one of Asher's protégés. "There are a lot of people who were influenced by him."

Asher was an educator first and foremost, and he wanted all who learned under him to get a college education with football being the gateway to a degree.

"It's not just about making to the NFL, it's about getting your education paid for," Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos said.

Added Allen: "Coach Asher taught you life skills all the time."