May 23

Long hours, hard work…. do you spend your time doing what matters the most?

Here is our mission statement. It will be posted above the coaches' office door as a reminder when we walk out that door, what our business is and what we are about.

Over 20 years ago at a clinic, Sam Harp, former Danvlle HS coach with seven state titles, shared a master list of what a coach needs to do, broken down by the months of the year. That list has been a big help, but when I took the  job at Mercer County in April, I …

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May 21

When a player transfers, is it ok for him to hand over your rival’s playbook??

If a player transfers to your school, and he is from your rival school, or any school you play, is it ok for him to give you a copy of your rival’s playbook? I think anything a kid knows/remembers is fair. But, if he hands you a playbook, that crosses the line and the coach …

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May 20

The night Roger Gruneisen almost fired me

I heard from Coach Gruneisen today. He brought up one of the times he almost fired me! We were at Bath County playing in the freezing cold for the region championship, November of 1989. Bath had beat us in the regular season. I am on the scaffolding we use to take as a makeshift pressbox. …

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May 10

Graduation Gift or Retirement Gift

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Check this out. It may be the perfect gift you are looking for. It has football, wisdom, life lessons, and great stories from a collection of great old coaches. If you are looking for something that will rekindle your memories(or for someone on your gift list) of great Friday nights, you found it,   Overview …

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May 08

Coach Russell’s Ruminations – May

May is here, Spring has sprung, and I hope everyone is able to take a few minutes to enjoy it. Here at Norwich, and at most schools playing our level of college football, the “Spring” (I put that in quotes because we had a grand total of two spring practices in 40+ degree weather) is …

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May 04

Spring Ball Wrap-Up

We just completed a very successful spring football season at Cornell with our 12 practices allowed by the Ivy League.  As with most things, we can attribute much of our success to diligent planning and consistent execution.  What follows below are a few of the emphases we had for spring football with the defensive line …

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May 04

Glendale’s Go-To Play

Base Concept off Inside Zone

By David Machuca, Offensive Coordinator Glendale Community College Every coach has that go-to play in crunch time. As an offensive coordinator, I want our quarterback and offensive unit to feel confident and comfortable in those pressure situations. I believe I have found “that play”, at least for the present time. After much research and film …

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May 01

The Transition Plan: What are the Priorities?

Here I am with my beautiful wife Stephanie. This makes head coaching job # 3 for us. The first one came only a couple days before we were married! She is  a wonderful Christian woman, wife and mom.  As most people will say, I definitely outkicked my coverage when it comes to my wife!

Rex Lardner, the Managing Editor of American Football Monthly, is a good friend of mine. He asked me to share my transition plan on this blog. Holler at me if you have questions. Overall, I have tried to address people issues first and foremost. The people, players and coaches, are what drives a program. And, of …

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Apr 30

South Florida Could Steal the Draft Spotlight

Phillip Dorsett and Rashad Greene as St. Thomas Aquinas teammates.

Finding high school football talent in South Florida is not a difficult thing to do. Seeing the players mature in college and selected in the NFL Draft gives an opportunity for reflection, and with the first Round set for Thursday evening in Chicago, it appears the Sunshine State will spend a lot of time in …

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Apr 29

Transition: When One of Yours Takes Over the Program

Great picture from a summer practice in 2013. From left to right, Neal Pawsat (record setting QB from Georgetown) Chris Ullery (DC), Jordan Johnson (new head coach at Louisville Waggener), Harry Lewis (1st Team All Stater), Seth Faulkner (All American/National Champion @ Georgetown), Jonathan Thomas (new head coach), Chris Lofton (leading 3 point shooter in SEC history, 1st team all state football) Dean Ravencraft (starter on first region championship team), myself. I coached all these guys at Mason County except for Coach Ullery, and we have coached together for 16 years!  He is also a Mason grad.

On April 2nd, a tough transition began to take place. I resigned as the head football coach at Mason County HS after 19 great years. I am returning to be the head football coach position at Mercer County Senior HS in Harrodsburg, KY, my hometown. There have been some emotional times. Great joy and memories …

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