Sep 01

EARLY ACTION EQUALS RESULTS

BLOOM'S TAXONOMY

One of the things that goes forgotten as we enter the game weeks of the football calendar and are focused on specific actions towards an individual opponent is the ability to make sure that we are checking in with our players on if they are falling behind cognitively, emotionally, or spiritually.  It is easy to …

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Aug 25

Making Offensive Personnel Groupings Easy For Your Players (And You)

I was recently asked by a friend how to make sense of utilizing multiple offensive personnel groupings and make it simple enough for all players to understand.  Years ago I went from just one personnel group to multiple personnel groupings and was faced with the same question.  I wasn’t a numbers guy so the tried …

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Aug 24

Trusting God and Doing What You Do

I’ve never personally met Coach Tony Dungy but, along with my dad, he has helped me to change for the better so that my wife, Stephanie, hasn’t kicked me out of the house after 21 years of living with a psycho football coach. My dad and Steele Harmon became big fans of Coach Dungy because …

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Aug 23

Showing Triple…Running Double

Double Option

Not every coach wants to run a true triple option offense for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is the perception that truly mastering the triple play is time consuming and very difficult. While this is certainly not true, one alternative that I tell coaches who want to run some option but …

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Aug 18

Fostering Relationships With the Coaches on the Staff: Getting What You Need to Get Done

  The coaches on a staff are like any other group in an office, school or place of work; they all have unique personalities and talents that can be used to make an efficient working unit. You may not like an individual, others may grate on you, some know too much, and others don’t know …

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Aug 11

First Year Head Coaches: Start the Year Right With an Organized Staff Meeting

As a first year head high school coach, you may be swamped right now with school and practices about to start. However, this is when organization can keep you afloat.   Every year before your season starts, you need to begin planning down to the smallest detail what needs to be covered. As a head …

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Aug 04

Coach Fitness And The Message It Sends

Happy August, and happy return to football! I’m sure you’re all filled with excitement and anticipation for the new season. As I frequently tell my wife, I work year-round to see results on 10 (hopefully more) fall Saturdays. I’m anxious to see how that work will pan out! With our fall camp just around the …

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Jul 31

Less is More – Keep it Simple

Summer for football coaches is usually a time to re-charge and plan for the upcoming season.  As we get ready to start the month of August, I wanted to share some thoughts/observations that have been reinforced this summer.  Less is more – the less complicated your system is the more time you have to focus …

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Jul 31

Get Your Mind Right

Every year before training camp we all have our rituals and mechanisms that we employ to get us ready for the coming season.  Due to the influence of some very powerful coaches that I have encountered thus far, I try and frame my preparations around: getting ready to make every action player-centered, steadying to focus …

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Jul 28

The Flatwoods Legend

*This was originally printed in June, 2013 by the Maysville Ledger Independent It was 1996 and my first trip to Flatwoods to face the Russell Red Devils. It was past 7:30, time for kickoff. And I walked to the hash marks, saying loudly, “I guess since this is Russell and that is Ivan McGlone, we …

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