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U Got 2 Want 2 - Fresh Start Sports & Mentoring | About Us

Learn more about Fresh Start Sports and Mentoring Inc and U Got 2 Want 2. 

re you a current collegiate player and need a Fresh Start? Are you a Senior in High School and you feel like your recruiting is fallen through the cracks?


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Fresh Start Sports and Mentoring, Inc was founded in 1986 and is the premier sports placement consulting firm.  We work with all sports and our focus is on assisting student-athletes and families: 

-  Understand the Recruiting Process

-  Explore second-chance opportunities  when eligible

-  Body and Mind fitness and strength training ages 8 and Up

-  Mentoring and Motivation

                                                                  ....(and a bit of the hard truth)


Our Founder - Coach Ken 

I am more than just an intense trainer and personality on the hit reality TV show "Bringing Up Ballers". I am a nationally revered life fitness and motivational coach/speaker with unmatched entrepreneurial and business experience. It is that rare combination that makes me one of the most highly respected and sought after motivational speakers and fitness gurus. I have numerous clients among NFL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA athletes, with several high ranking executives mixed in as well. Amongst these elite athletes I have mentored and trained include the great 2x NBA All-Defensive all-star and sixteen-year pro-Derrick McKey, former Miami Heat all-star and 3x NBA championship assistant coach Keith Askins, ten-year pro and first-time ballot NFL Hall of Famer Corey Dillon. Included is a litany of up-and-coming high school and collegiate athletes deriving from every sport in exceptionally selective and competitive institutions like the University of Michigan, University of Alabama, and the University of Georgia to name a few. 

Before founding Fresh Start Sports Mentoring Inc. with the goal to excel and develop an athlete's level of play, I was - and still, am - an athlete. I started my athletic career as a record-breaking running back in high school at Northside HS in Samantha, Alabama. After high school, I went on to play football and graduate from Mississippi State University with a minor in psychology. I went on to play in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and also the USFL with the Jacksonville Bulls.

     Throughout my athletic career, I learned various coaching methods and styles from some of the most influential coaches, trainers, and mentors. Through successfully compiling different teaching techniques and developing a knack of his own, I have become a nationally-known and respected figure in the world of sports.



  • Collegiate Placement
  • Consulting
  • Daily Training 
  • & Fitness Camps
  • Mentoring
  • Motivational Speaking & Onsite Event Seminars



The Proof is The Players!
We have player placement success in multiple collegiate sports: 
Over 187 players assisted

FSSM alumni Ray Ray Armstrong. LB/DE Uni Miami, Faulkner Uni, Rams, Raider, 49ers. Mean as hell. Athletic Freak of Nature #UGOT2WANT2 #WORKHARD
FSSM alumni Melonie Ransom a Davidson Graduate finishing career @ TX A&M Commerce pursuing Masters! #WORKHARD #UGOT2WANT2 .
FSSM alumni Quincy Black. LB #58 JC football.  UNI NEW MEXICO.  Former player for NFL Tampa Bay.

OUR FIRST PLAYER: FSSM alumni Quincy Black. LB #58 JC football.  UNI NEW MEXICO.  Former player for NFL Tampa Bay.


"Since meeting Coach Ken, he has always been in my corner. Even before he saw me in person, he was working overtime to ensure that I end up at a school that had my best academic and athletic interest. He always kept in constant communication with me and kept me in the loop. Coach Ken is extremely good at what he does, and I can tell he gives full effort to his clients. I would highly recommend anyone serious about being recruited to work with Coach Ken."

- Evan Jones CB Illinois transfer to Georgia State!!  (Student-Athlete)


"Our son was not heavily recruited out of high school and opted for a preferred walk-on offer.  After realizing the school wasn’t the ideal situation for him, we were introduced to Coach Kenny through a  mutual brother.  From the beginning, we felt a connection that was different than other avenues we tried in the past. Coach Kenny described his process and expectations in detail to us and our son. He gave an honest assessment based on our son’s film and thoroughly explained how he could assist with finding an opportunity that would give our son the best chance to reach his academic and football goals.

Coach Kenny patiently answered all of our questions and after a few conversations told us to “not be surprised by how fast this is going to happen. Just be ready”.   Within twenty-four hours of that conversation, we received phone calls from two coaches and at least 3 additional interests from other schools.  With Coach Kenny’s assistance, our son decided to transfer to a JUCO on a full scholarship to play for a coach who really wanted him.   We look forward to seeing what the future holds for our son and would without a doubt recommend Coach Kenny and Fresh Start Sports & Mentoring to anyone in
a similar situation."

- Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Brown (Parents) 

“Coach Ken Rogers has been a great mentor for me the past year. He has helped me on and off the field. The life lessons he teaches you will take you far. I am thankful to have met Mr. Rogers and I appreciate everything he has done!”

– Messiah DeWeaver (2018 Junior College National Champion Quarterback)

"Coach Ken is a very thorough, high energy, honest, and knows the subject matter well.  As a Dad, he kept me update on the schools interested in my son and what strategies he recommended. I would recommend Coach Ken to any high school, JUCO, or transfer athlete who wants to be recruited."  

-  R. Jones (Parent)  

"I met Kenny in 2013 through my son training at Mettle Fitness. He instantly became a great deal of mentorship and help for my son in his football exploits. My son wasn’t heavily recruited football player out of high school, but Kenny saw something in him and put his film in front of the eyes of many collegiate coaches and ultimately led him to Drake University where he graduated and played 4 1/2 years of college football as 3yr Starter @ DB. Thanks."

- Mr. & Mrs. Gene Butler (Parents)

" We were blessed to make the acquaintance of Kenny Rogers over 8 years ago. He was instrumental in helping us our son B. Schaeffer while he attended Tennessee. He also helped our son David get accepted to Western Michigan and is currently helping our son Blaize. Kenny is just like family and we know firsthand he's all about the children."

- A and C Lewis (Parents) 

"I bring raw passion and high intensity to every training session. And unlike some reality shows—what you see is what you get. The Coach Ken on the screen— is the same Coach Ken when the cameras are not rolling. Being an athlete myself and having played at every level from high school to professional, I have been on the other side of motivating and coaching for many years, so I truly understand what it takes to bring out the best in someone. I truly understand how to overcome adversity. I truly understand how to make it to the next level."


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