Jul 27

Open Letter To Any Parent Considering A Recruiting Service

Dear Parent(s), I would like to take a minute to address a growing concern with you – recruiting services.  I have coached at the collegiate level for 20 years (serving as a Recruiting Coordinator for 10 of those years) at every level except FCS and now coach at the high school level.  I believe this gives …

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Jul 27

An Open Letter To Football Recruiting Services

Dear Football Recruiting Service, I am writing this letter to you in regards to the “services” that you provide to high school football players and their parents for a “nominal” fee. Before I get started I may need to give you a little background on myself to make sure you know I’m just not some …

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Jul 24

Myths of Football In-Season Strength Training

A common practice in football conditioning (training) is to do strength exercises to increase strength in-season. This seems to be a universal practice as I haven’t seen any recommendations to the contrary. Can this practice be substantiated by science? The in-season strength training is typically high-intensity in which players use weights in the 85% to …

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Jul 24

Bobcat Legs’n’Lungs Summer Off-season Program

The countdown continues, with under one month left before we strap up the helmets and shoulder pads to begin the 2016 football season. Many coaches are finishing up their final phase of the off-season during the summer months. Conditioning and strength training will begin to be reduced in exchange for more fundamental drills and X’s …

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Jul 24

Training Season Game Plan

At the end of the 2015 season there were three things at the top of my list of improvements for my team’s overall physical performance: speed, explosiveness, and flexibility. Improving strength is always a priority, but not at the top of the list because I believe we have a great weight training program in place …

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Jul 19

High School Athlete’s Guide to Complete Nutrition

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PROTEINS Muscle Repair Proteins are responsible for muscle recovery, repair and growth as the amino acids it provides are the building blocks of new muscle tissue. Typically protein quality is maximized in animal products; therefore, a vegetarian is at high risk for protein deficiencies and for optimal athletic performance. The protein quality of a diet can …

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Jul 07

Coach Russell’s Summer Ruminations

College football hasn’t had the best run of PR over the course of this past spring and early summer –  and deservedly so. We’ve seen some truly horrific allegations come to light, and learned of some truly terrible decisions which were made within our profession. As a coach, I’m willing to give the benefit of …

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Jul 05

Multiple Rush Options Out of the 3-3 Stack

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Running a 3-3 stack or any other Odd Front defense allows for many advantages that offenses must contend with each week. On the most basic level, 3-Down fronts demand that the offense prepare for multiple pressure threats that could come from different sides of the defense. One of the reasons we like the 3-3 Stack …

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Jul 05

June Workouts: Making adjustments

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As we begin preparation for year two at Mercer County High School (KY), we are making progress but still have much to do. One area that we have had to adjust has been our June workouts. Although we had made progress, our overall strength as a team still needed substantial improvement. Our team council met …

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Jun 12

21st Century HS Football…. for old guys like me

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The same article appears at this link and the graphics come through easier: http://blackshoesandwhiteshoestrings.blogspot.com/2016/06/21st-century-hs-football-for-old-school.html ” A new broom sweeps clean.” I heard Coach Roy Walton from Tates Creek say that several years ago at a clinic. His point was, it is relatively easy to show progress and generate interest in taking over a football program …

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