Category Archive: Coach David Buchanan

Dec 21

Finding Something Positive…. at Notre Dame

  In the fall of 2011, our Mason County Royals finished the season at 2-8, on October 21st. Forget about Thanksgiving Day practice… we didn’t even make it to Halloween. It was depressing. John Combs had just completed his freshman season of HS football. We had been spoiled by winning, and so this was tough …

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Dec 21

Exit Interviews

  I try to have exit interviews with every player at the end of the season. I ask all of them four questions: 1- What did you like about playing football here? 2- What did you not like about playing football here? 3- If you become the head coach here today, what will you change? …

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Dec 18

A Great Gift & Shooting the Elephant in the Room

This past Thursday at our football banquet, Gabby Banks & Morgan Reed gave me one of the nicest gifts I’ve ever received at the end of the season. It was an engraved, framed picture from their appearance on the Scholastic Ball Report. It is already hanging up in my office at home and I am …

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Jul 05

June Workouts: Making adjustments

As we begin preparation for year two at Mercer County High School (KY), we are making progress but still have much to do. One area that we have had to adjust has been our June workouts. Although we had made progress, our overall strength as a team still needed substantial improvement. Our team council met …

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Jun 12

21st Century HS Football…. for old guys like me

The same article appears at this link and the graphics come through easier: http://blackshoesandwhiteshoestrings.blogspot.com/2016/06/21st-century-hs-football-for-old-school.html ” A new broom sweeps clean.” I heard Coach Roy Walton from Tates Creek say that several years ago at a clinic. His point was, it is relatively easy to show progress and generate interest in taking over a football program …

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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 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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Nov 21

A Tough Season, A Good Season – Remembering My Dad

After starting the season 0-5, we finished the season with 6 straight wins including a district championship and two home playoff games. I was very proud of the toughness displayed by our kids and staff. During the season, three of us lost our dads. It was a brutal time but we fought through it together. …

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Aug 16

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

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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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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