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Vail Summer Football Camp

Camp Directors

Camp Director Tom Backhus, a former college football coach, started the Vail Summer Football Camp shortly after moving to the Vail area in 1982. Tom began his college coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at the Ohio State University, where he played as a starting offensive guard on the Buckeyes' 1968 National Championship team. Joining his Ohio State position coach, Earle Bruce, Tom served as Earle's offensive guard and center coach at the University of Tampa and Iowa State University. In 1976, Tom joined John Jardine's staff at the University of Wisconsin, also coaching guards and centers.  Bill Parcells hired Tom in 1978 as the offensive line coach at the Air Force Academy, where Tom was then promoted to offensive coordinator under Ken Hatfield. Tom's last position was as the offensive line coach at Notre Dame in 1981. After one season at ND, Tom left the coaching profession and moved with his wife, Tess, and 3 daughters to Vail.  Upon moving to the Vail Valley, he began a career as a real estate broker, focusing on properties up and down the valley. In February of 1991 Tom started a new venture, converting an abandoned 1885 homesteaded ranch into the 4 Eagle Ranch. He and Tess transformed the ranch to accommodate groups, weddings and individual guests, providing a taste of both the true American West and Genuine Colorado for visitors of the valley.  In 2010, the time came to sell the ranch and focus was turned back to real estate and community activities.