Category Archive: Coach David Buchanan

Mar 22

Stealing Reps, Utilizing Quality Coaches, 21st Century Reality

The following article was written by David Buchanan, a high school head coach for over 25 years and a frequent contributor to AFM. This excerpt is from his book, ‘Black Shoes and White Shoestrings.’ You can reach Coach Buchanan at his email – David.buchanan@mercer.kyschools We had our first day of spring football today and it …

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Mar 01

Building a Coaching Staff & Program: Technique Practice

Over the past few days I have talked to a couple of young head coaches who are looking to build a staff. It reminded me of the conversations I had with Chuck Smith, 25 years ago, when we were young head coaches and trying to build a staff. He was at Boyle and I was …

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Feb 22

Financing A Football Program: From Dysfunctional to Normal to Good

This article is excerpted from ‘Black Shoes and White Shoestrings’ by David Buchanan, a frequent contributor to AFM and AmericanFootballMonthly.com. When we got started at Mercer County in the spring of 2015, our financial situation was not very good. There was little money to buy the extras. In fact, the QB Club had bought the …

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Feb 21

Tony Dungy, Chuck Noll, and Bill Belichick

This article is excerpted from ‘Black Shoes and White Shoestrings’ by David Buchanan, a frequent contributor to AFM and AmericanFootballMonthly.com. As a football coach, Coach Tony Dungy stresses the concept that the key to post season success is to continue to do what you do and be who you are. He points to Bill Belichick …

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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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