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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Off - Season Clinics

This is the time of year where I begin to evaluate which clinics our staff needs to visit in the off - season. There are so many good clinics out there but you cannot visit all of them. You must be strategic and choose the ones that will help you develop your scheme and football players. Below is a list of clinics that we have chosen to attend this off - season:

1. Visit other High School coaches! They are the most helpful in my opinion because they understand our challenges at the high school level. They are also at the mercy of their roster and do not get to recruit their players.

2. Take your staff to a Glazier Clinic. The Glazier Clinics are the best mega clinics around. You get year round access to their online material and you can attend all of their clinics with your staff. Now, I would pick one and take your whole staff to it. Also, as a head coach I will ask my position coaches to attend certain clinics so they can master their craft as coaches.

3. Visit a local college. Visiting a college staff for a couple of days is a great way to learn the ins and outs of their offensive / defensive systems. But, you have to remember that they can recruit their players, so make sure to adapt their system to the strengths of your players.

I hope that list was helpful and best of luck developing your program this off - season!!

We will visit WVSU in the off - season

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Developing a Culture

This first year of being a head football coach has taught me a lot about how to be a better coach. I have learned that success is not always measured in wins and losses and the impact we leave on our players' lives is far more important than the score of a football game. We just completed our 2015 football season and we went 0 - 10. 6 of our 10 opponents reached the playoffs and we started 11 sophomores and freshman.We were competitive in 7 out of 10 games which is a big improvement from years past. The season before our football team lost all ten game by an average of 38 points per game, this year we lost by an average of 27 points per game with a team that was VERY YOUNG.

It is a HUGE struggle of mine to not judge myself on wins and losses because that is how most people judge a coach. I know I did some of my best coaching this year despite our record. I was a better coach this year than 2014 where I was a DC and we went all the way to the state championship game. All we can do as a high school coach is develop our players. We cannot go out and recruit better players or sign a free agent. What we must do is love our players and push them to be the best they can be. We will begin our off - season training on Monday because there is no time to rest because we have to get bigger, faster and stronger.

We will build it BRICK BY BRICK!!!





Friday, July 17, 2015

Culture Beats Scheme

             Playing great defense is not about what you do, but HOW YOU DO IT! It does not matter whether you are a 4-3, 4-4, 3-4, 4-2-5, 46 or a 3-3 stack. What MATTERS is inspiring your players and mastering your style of defense. At the high school level we cannot recruit our players, so we must adapt our scheme to our personnel, and that can change from year to year. What NEVER changes is the commitment to EXCELLENCE by the coaches and the players.

 A GREAT coach must inspire his players to play with GREAT LOVE for one another and remove the FEAR OF FAILURE. The story of Hernando Cortez and his troops is a great illustration of how a leader must remove all fear and inspire his men to TRUST one another:
In 1519, Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez landed in Mexico on the shores of the Yucatan, with only one objective… seize the great treasures known to be there, hoarded by the Aztecs. He wanted to get complete buy in, so he eliminated the option of failure. He ordered the men to “Burn the Boats”! He then said, “If we are going home, we are going home in their ships.” With that, Cortez and his men burned their own ships, and by burning their own ships, the commitment level of the men was raised to a whole new level! Cortez and his men ended up conquering the Aztecs and creating an empire in Central America.

Cortez eliminated the option of failure and forced his men to completely TRUST one another, and if you completely TRUST your teammate, you LOVE your teammate! When you LOVE your teammate you will push him towards excellence because the TEAM will only be as good as its weakest link. When a team is full of men who push each other towards EXCELLENCE, with LOVE in their hearts, they CANNOT lose.

Now, your team can come up short on the scoreboard, but they are VICTORIOUS if they play for one another and compete to the best of their ability. I believe Jon Wooden says it best in his definition of SUCCESS: “SUCCESS is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” His definition has NOTHING to do with the scoreboard, and neither should ours! The PROCESS is far more important than the PRODUCT.

As coaches, we live in a world where we are judged by the scoreboard. Our administrators, boosters and parents judge us on wins and losses. However, WE must rise above judging ourselves by the scoreboard and focus on developing young men through hard work, discipline and brotherly LOVE. If we LOVE our players they will play hard for us and for their teammates, and they will perform to the best of their ability on the field.

Ultimately, our job as coaches is to develop our young men into productive members of society, so we CANNOT allow the scoreboard to deter us from that MISSION. We must LOVE our players enough to hold them accountable for their actions on and off of the field. We must look to the future and envision our players from 18 to 80. Fortunately, that perspective does not include the scoreboard! 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Head Football Coach at Riverside High School, Belle, WV

I have not posted on my blog site in a while and the reason is that I was in the process of moving to West Virginia to become the head football coach at Riverside High School. Riverside High School is a 3A high school (biggest classification in WV) and they were looking for a new head football coach after the 2014 season.

I saw the job posting on footballscoop.com and I sent a resume to the athletic director along with some film cut - ups. It is always a good idea to save your cut - ups in Google Drive so you can email them along with your resume and other program materials. We played in the State Championship game in the Georgia Dome on a Saturday and I was interviewing for the Head Football Coach position at Riverside High School on Monday. I was fortunate enough to be offered the job Monday night and I accepted it.

These last few months have been a time of transition but it has been REALLY FUN!! There is a lot of work to be done, but I am looking forward to putting in the time and effort to build young men and revive a proud program.

We are in the process of gathering information and evaluating our players, so I would gladly accept any advice about scheme, off - season program, etc. I have some materials that I have created for our program and as always, I will share any of my material.

I will be posting on a more regular basis in the following weeks and hopefully the topics will interest you and make you a better coach. God bless!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

3-4 One Gap Defense

Here is the link to a 3-4 article I wrote on strongfootballcoach.com: http://strongfootballcoach.com/defensive-football/defensive-systems/3-4-defense/footballs-one-gap-3-4-defense/


Clinic Season

This time of year is very exciting to me because I get the chance to talk with a lot of other coaches about their philosophy and scheme. This year is especially exciting because I am going to be a head coach for the first time! As I plan for the future of our program, I believe it is imperative to talk with coaches who have been successful and learn from their experiences. I am going to share some of the wisdom I have gained so far this off-season in the following points:

1. Have a philosophy, stick to it and be crystal clear about your vision for the program (If you want those materials, please contact me and I will email them to you)
2. Have a GREAT strength and conditioning program!
3. Match your scheme to your personnel. This is very important at the high school level because we cannot recruit our players.
4.  Recruit the hallways!
5. Be able to coach every position because you need to know every part of the offense and defense you choose to run.
6. Make sure your players know you care about them and will hold them to a high standard!

I hope these 6 points help you as you prepare for this next season.I will be attending the Glazier Clinic in Atlanta on February 6th, and if any of you attend the clinic please contact me so we can meet up and talk some ball.

God bless!