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Former NFL (Houston Texans) Defensive End, Big Ten Champion (2001) Fighting Illini Defender playing in the Sugar Bowl (January 1, 2002), and currently the Founder, CEO and Head Coach of The Grind House Sports Training program for youth and college athletes wanting to increase their speed, improve their power and amplify their agility impacting their overall athletic performance, Terrell Washington is the Coach and Mentor your athlete needs.


Terrell Washington began his post-UIL football career at Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kansas) and was quickly recruited and transferred to University of Illinois (Champaign, Illinois) to begin his Division 1, Big Ten, education and extending his football playing years.  While a Fighting Illini Defender (#85), Terrell Washington and his team rose to the 2001 Big Ten Championship culminating in a trip to the New Year’s Day 2002 Sugar Bowl against the LSU Tigers coached by Nick Saban succumbing to their first loss of what was an undefeated season with that 47-34 loss.  This 2001 team is the last Illini football team to win 10 games, ending the season with a 10-2 record, and finishing ranked No. 12 in the nation.

Currently, listed as a Top 10 SACK Leader for Career Sacks for all of the University of Illinois players (Tied at #9). Washington played a big role on defense and special teams. He accrued four of the 40 sacks the Illini defense totaled throughout the season and was named Big Ten Player of the Week after blocking two kicks against Northern Illinois on Sept. 8, 2001.

"Special teams were something we took a lot of pride in" Washington said. "I took great pride in blocking kicks. Defense and special teams are the key to winning games, and we knew that one or two big plays from us would give us a great chance to win with our explosive offense."


Just prior to Terrell Washington’s graduation from University of Illinois in May 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, he was called on the 2nd day of the Draft and contracted by the Houston Texans as a high stock undrafted Free Agent.  “Extremely excite to start my pro career with the Houston Texans- a dream come true to continue playing football in the NFL,” Washington was quoted on receiving his contract.

As Terrell Washington was completing his last weeks of collegiate academics to graduate, he was overnighted his contract and signed as an undrafted free agent, was sent an itinerary with a training schedule and weight requirements for his NFL debut. Rookies are brought in early to assimilate in an off-season training schedule with conditioning, training, film study, then they are sent home for a month before the regular pre-season practice starts. Terrell Washington played two seasons for the Houston Texans, at Outside Linebacker (#63) in his first season on the practice squad and was honored with being one of 6 Texan players representing the team in the NFL Europe regular season.  

Upon retiring from professional football, Washington repurposed his skills into coaching, starting his coaching career at Ritenour High School for 4 years, then moving into various entrepreneurial roles in business before finally moving to Wylie, Texas in 2014.  After immersing in the Wylie athletic community as a volunteer coach, in 2018 The Grind House Sports Training organization was founded.
Since 2018, Coach Terrell Washington and his team of coaches and volunteers have instructed countless youth athletes from area schools such as: Wylie East High School, Wylie High School, Wylie Prep Academy, Allen High School, Lovejoy High School, Sachse High School, Community High School, Plano East Senior High School, Rockwall High School, North Garland High School, and Garland Lake View Centennial High School. Student athletes can start working with Coach Washington works with athletes as young as 5th grade through college athletes who want to keep their skills up while home during breaks and summers.
Coach Washington brings 17 years of experience and a proven system of developing and improving athletic performance with a focus on speed, agility and power specializing in foot speed and lateral movement for athletes of ALL sports.  Coach Washington has worked with male and female athletes in Baseball, Softball, Track & Field, Wrestling, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Volleyball, and of course Football. Universal trainer that will provide your youth with instruction that will help enhance his/her athletic ability!
His philosophy about Coaching is simple. He’ll give everything he has in your athlete’s sessions and sets high expectations for their performance- on and off the field/court. Coach Washington considers himself much more than a Coach; he’s a mentor to your student.  He will encourage and build them up while instructing in the best techniques to advance your athlete in their sport.
With his experience getting recruited into Collegiate Athletics, and the PROS- Coach Washington can guide you and your athlete through this process. And is working with a Publisher on a Summer 2021 book release, “Be Recruitable”.  Recognizing that not all athletes who may want to work with him live in the North Texas area, Coach Washington is currently recording Online Courses on topics such as Dynamic Stretching, Nutrition (Lean-Down as well as Bulk-Up), and “at home” workouts to improve and enhance athletic performance.
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