Mar 29

Old School Leadership for the 21st Century

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Are you tired of the mumbo jumbo/ big word leadership phrases of the 21st century? Would you like to see a return to the old school values of character, toughness, and serving others? Has the age of entitlement frustrated you and been a significant hurdle for your student-athletes in your efforts to help them be …

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Mar 29

Attacking the Problem and Avoiding the Distractions

Trosper and me in October of 2014. His team and just won their opening round playoff game.

As football coaches, do we prioritize and address the issues that affect our student-athletes and the great game of football? In the state of Kentucky, we have experienced changes in restrictions for June and July regarding what we can and can’t do. The way things are now, we can only play 7-on-7 in July. We …

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Mar 27

Dramatic Changes to Transfer Law in Two States

Two of the best states for high school football will be voting to go in polar opposite directions when handling transfers. Florida took the first step in approving a proposal Thursday to essentially create sports free agency, while New Jersey is set to discuss a rule so restrictive that it could come close to ending …

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Mar 14

Linebacker Fundamentals – Day 3

On day 1 we taught the fundamentals of linebacker play. In building a base, we stressed playing great technique (stance, read steps, playing low, angles), reading the triangle, reacting to flow for run or pass, gap responsibilities, option responsibilities and pass drops. Day 2 was a repetition of Day 1. On day 3 we will …

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Mar 11

Coach Russell’s Ruminations – March

At Norwich University, and many similar schools, March means crunch time for recruiting. The majority of our time on the road is done, hundreds of phone calls are being made, and the all-important financial aid packages are going out. With that in mind, I present a very “recruiting heavy” edition of Coach Russell’s Ruminations. My …

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Mar 03

Getting Outside with the Inside Zone

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One thing I’ve noticed over the last few years is that it is becoming increasingly harder to get outside with the Outside Zone/Toss Sweep play. I’m not talking about the stretch play that often cuts inside the end man and creases a defense. I’m talking about pitching the ball to your running back and watching …

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Mar 03

Be Organized In Recruiting

The recruiting process is a confusing time for parents, exciting for players & arduous for collegiate coaches.   As head coaches we can help the process along by being detailed and organized. Today I will detail how we try to provide college coaches with an organized and efficient means of collecting data on our guys. …

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Mar 03

Program Philosophy in Action

At Cornell University, in Coach David Archer’s Football Program, the two words that we try and use with our players most frequently are “Opportunity and Toughness.” They are the bedrock to the foundation that we have been building.  We all know what an opportunity is and we define toughness here as being able to do …

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Feb 27

Quarterback Camp/School….Remembering September, 1982

I am holding the plaque receiving an award from the Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group in June of 2011. To my right is Gale Sayers!  To my left, sitting in the background, is the guy I met at camp as a sophomore, 1980, changed my life....Phil Simms!

This weekend I will host a Quarterback Camp at our HS for QBs from all over the state. I started hosting these back in the summer of 2002. The one this weekend is set to get QBs ready as they go into spring practice. The drills we do are very basic. I would describe most …

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Feb 23

Surviving and Thriving With Limited Time In a High School S & C Program

High school strength and conditioning is one of the most dynamic strength and conditioning environments at any level. Most of the time I see my athletes 3-4 times per week for around 30 minutes of actual work. How do we see gains in such limited time? Quality over Quantity One of the ways in which …

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