Aug 16

Catching Up – A Great Time of Year and Being Thankful for the People That God Brings Into Your Life.

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Not surprisingly, it has been several days since I posted this blog. We have our first Sunday staff meeting after church today and I will work this in before our family goes to church. We had our first scrimmage at Mercer County vs. Louisville Waggener, coached by Jordan Johnson, who was a freshman defensive lineman …

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Aug 14

Coach Russell’s Ruminations – August

Welcome to August, football season, and my “Camp Edition” of Coach Russell’s Ruminations. My first thought for this month is something I think far too many men in our profession struggle with. There seems to be an eternal struggle between being a good coach and a good father. If you’re fortunate enough to have children, …

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Aug 04

Common Blocks Against the D-Line

As we all prepare for training camp and put together our technique boards and drill menus, we must stay conscious of the different types of blocking patterns that our front people will see given our schemes. This is the next step above working on the individual details of basic block destruction for any defensive player: …

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Jul 27

Coach Russell’s Ruminations – July

For college football coaches, and many high school coaches, the summer means one thing: camps. Summer football camps are not only a good way to supplement your income, but they’re also valuable for the opportunity to be exposed to high school players you may be interested in recruiting. I’ve just returned from my “biggest” camp …

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Jul 24

Crossing Paths with a Giant…..The Impact of Great People……Coach Arnsparger

23 years ago it was the summer of 1992. I was a first year head football coach at Paris High School (KY). My wife Stephanie and I had just been married that May. Our summer days were to get up and leave Lexington every morning and drive to Paris. I would work until dark and …

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Jun 25

I Found a Drill…. At the Beach

I  was watching a father and son throw a football in the ocean yesterday. Both threw the ball well. The dad’s release was one I preferred….he brought the ball straight back and then out of his hand. The son, on the other hand, would dip the ball/ wind up before releasing the ball. My son …

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Jun 14

American Football in Sweden

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Here is an American football game in Sweden! Boyle County Football Coach, Chuck Smith, is in Sweden right now, working at a football camp. He said the kids try hard and have a desire to be good players.   American Football in Sweden

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Jun 12

Coach Russell’s Ruminations – June

Over the course of the last few months, we’ve been deep into the season of coaches moving to other schools, hirings, firings, etc. Usually, football coaches handle the process the right way. Unfortunately, sometimes they don’t. The entire process is something I’ve spent a lot of time observing and thinking about. This month, I’d like to …

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Jun 02

Summer Evaluation Camps

It’s that time of year of course and whether we are high school or college coaches if we are attempting to constantly raise the water level of the talent in our Programs, then we usually have a plan for the identification, evaluation, and matriculation regarding the stars of the future.  This multifaceted and constant process …

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Jun 01

Make Big Decisions Now, Coach When It is Time to Coach

Stephanie, Chris Haney, myself, & Larry Harris, celebrating the 1986 Mercer County vs. Paris Football game. Read about that classic in Black Shoes & White Shoestrings!

  In my book, Black Shoes & White Shoestrings  , I talk about Bill Walsh’s impact on how we run our program and the level of organization we try to incorporate. We use play scripts, job descriptions, and any necessary planning documentation we can to make great decisions BEFORE the season begins. Once the season begins, …

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