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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Jul 26

Powering Through the “Lulls” of Preseason

Recently I sat down with a fellow coach, and with August upon us, the discussion turned to the upcoming preseason.  The main topic was the lull that most of us experience scheduling-wise during preseason. That is,  a week into preseason with a game still two weeks away or classes have begun with a game still …

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Jul 24

The Triple Option B-Back

The B-Back is the heart and soul of any triple option offense.  Sometimes called a “fullback”, the B-Back must above all be a tough runner, not afraid of contact.  Whether or not he ends up getting the ball during the first phase of the option, he most likely will be hit on every play so …

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Jul 17

The University of Sioux Falls Six Basics of Defense

Last month, we talked about our three weapons (eyes, hands, and feet) that we teach each player as a part of our defense at the University of Sioux Falls.  This month we will advance in our progression to what we call “The six basics” of defense.  We believe that if each player can master these …

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Jul 16

Developing Toughness Through Strongman Training/ Gut Check Workouts

Toughness is a characteristic that is highly desirable in football players. The ability to endure, adapt and overcome is a trait that allows teams and players to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. As coaches, we are always looking for ways to create situations that require our players to overcome adversity. We feel strongman training …

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Jul 15

Kicking Scrimmage – Practicing Special Teams, Third Down Offense, and The Free Kick


Years ago I heard now retired coach Wally Hood present a clinic on the kicking scrimmage. This special teams focused scrimmage format allowed a team to work all phases of the game, but gave emphasis and most reps to the special teams. When I became a high school head coach this was something I implemented …

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Jul 06

Starting the Season: Firsts Things first – Remembering What is Important

The old football my Dad gave me when I was four years old after he had passed out equipment to his first team at Boyle County HS.

  We started a ceremony here a few years ago to start our pre-season.  The purpose of the ceremony was to help us focus on the things that are most important: 1- Football is fun. We have grown up watching our heroes play the game and emulating them in the backyard. That is what got …

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Jul 03

42 Rules for Getting Better at Practice

Practice. How do you use it? How do your players view it? Hopefully, they don’t disparage it like Allen Iverson did in this famous interview. As coaches, we understand the importance of it. Some of us may even prefer practice to games. The question I constantly ask is, “Am I getting the most out of …

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