Feb 01

Recruiting Calendar Progression

As high school and college coaches approach signing day on Wednesday we are all about to also push play on the next recruiting cycle.  Of course we all know that recruiting never really stops and many of us at both the college and high school levels are already well ahead on the Class of 2017 …

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Jan 18


  STARS AND STRIPES vs. MEXICO’S UNDER 19 ALL-STAR TEAM By Rey Hernandez, Retired College and High School Coach On December 18, I had the opportunity to coach on a football staff that prepared a group of San Diego County high school seniors who were representing the United States in a game played between Mexico’s …

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Jan 11

Disguising Run Support and Pressures with Your Linebackers


Last off-season I spent more time than normal listening to offensive coaches, and not just at clinics, because this past off-season we had an offensive coordinator to hire.  This gave me a great opportunity to listen to the different candidates talk about their offensive schemes.  The biggest thing that struck me at the end of …

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Jan 06

Bunch “Shallow” – A Compliment To Bunch “Double Post”


Bunch Formation – Shallow Concept The “Shallow” concept out of the Bunch Formation is a great compliment to the “Double Post” concept that I talked about in the previous blog.  The “Shallow” is the answer for when a defense drops 7 or 8 into coverage to take away the “Double Post” or deep throws. Skill …

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Jan 04

Emerson, Bloom, et. al. for 2016

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The secret in education lies in respecting the student.”  Thinking about that as a self-evident truth is a great way to jump into our coaching practice for 2016.  Most of us (especially those who also teach and coach football) are familiar with the work of Bloom, his colleagues, and followers. …

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Jan 01

The Young Assistant Coach Who Could Not Stop O.J. Simpson


  In going through my dad’s stuff, I have been very pleased to find some great things that remind me of him. Here are the three team pictures from his years at Lafayette in Lexington, KY- 1966, 1967 & 1968. He was an assistant for the Generals. One of my favorite stories on my dad …

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Dec 28

Coach Russell’s Ruminations – December

Happy Holidays to all! I’ve just returned from a month on the road recruiting. So, for this for this month’s post, I’d like to share some general thoughts on recruiting, and high school visits. The month of December tends to be very busy for high school coaches and players as it pertains to football recruiting, …

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Dec 22

Say, “Thank You”

A reality check for all of us head coaches…. if you are having success, the people around you are a HUGE reason for that success. Sometimes we can be so full of ourselves we lose sight of that. I  just completed my first season at Mercer County HS.  We had our banquet this past week. …

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Dec 09

Moral Coaching: The Value of Preparation

Fall has rushed through the east coast and the season is over for many high school and college teams. For the first time in nearly twenty years I was not a part of it. That’s not totally true – I was not on the field or the sideline, but I have been in the academic …

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Dec 05

Coverage Menu

As we all evolve our defensive packages this off-season, we are obligated to the fact that everything starts with the Coverage Menu.  From a defensive coach perspective we know that everything starts with stopping the run on first especially and second down as well. That is what puts our players in a position to be …

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