Category Archive: Rex Lardner – Managing Editor AFM

Jan 28

A Tribute to a Young Coach

Frank DiCocco was a frequent contributor to both American Football Monthly and Gridiron Strategies. He primarily wrote about defense, and, more specifically, the 4-2-5 defense. Both a high school and college coach, Frank tragically passed away last spring at 29 after nearly a decade of helping young athletes.   Frank graduated from Avon Old Farms …

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Nov 23

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Bob Beatty

Trinity High School in Louisville recently finished 14th in USA’s Final Top 25 Prep Poll. They had a 13-1 record and were crowned 6A State Champions. Trinity has now won 22 State Championships and amassed eight undefeated seasons. It is one of the most storied programs in the state.   The Shamrocks Head coach – …

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Nov 17

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Chuck Kyle

Chuck Kyle was a running back on the undefeated St. Ignatius High School team (Cleveland) in 1968. He then played briefly at John Carroll University before an injury shortened his career. After earning his undergraduate degree, Kyle returned to St. Ignatius as both an English teacher and assistant football coach in 1973. The rest is …

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Nov 09

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Brian Hales

Model and actress Brooklyn Decker is listed as one of the outstanding graduates of Butler High School in Matthews, NC. What’s also getting recognition recently is the performance of the football team – Butler is currently ranked #6 in the nation in the weekly USA Today Prep Poll with an 11-0 record.   After the …

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Nov 02

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Josh Niblett

The Hoover football team has been nationally ranked a number of times and has won six state championships since 2000 including four in a row – 2002-2005 – under the direction of near legendary and controversial  head coach Rush Probst. The 2005 and 2006 teams were featured on the MTV show ‘Two-A-Days.’ Probst was dismissed …

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Oct 26

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Joe McBride

Head coach Joe McBride’s Coppell High School Cowboys are currently the number two ranked team in the state of Texas. But two weeks ago, McBride, his staff, the players and the entire community of Coppell had to deal with a tragedy – 17 year old senior defensive back and wide receiver Jacob Logan died in …

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Oct 19

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Claude Mathis

Currently ranked as the top rated prep team in Texas, DeSoto High School is undefeated with quality wins against both Trinity High School in Euless and Jenks in Tulsa. The head coach at DeSoto for the past five years, Claude Mathis has an overall record of 38-15 going into this season. Last year’s team finished …

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Oct 12

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Harry Welch

Name the only California high school coach to win a state championship at three different high schools? The answer is Harry Welch, now in his third season at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Welch won his first state championship at Canyon High School in 2005, another at St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano in 2008, …

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Oct 05

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Joe Kinnan

Head coach of this season’s top ranked team in the nation, Joe Kinnan has helped Manatee High School in Bradenton (FL) win five state championships. Coach Kinnan grew up in Bradenton and was a Manatee grad, class of 1963. He began his coaching career at Ft. Myers Cypress Lake High School in 1969 when he …

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Sep 28

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – John Rodenberg

The outstanding tradition of football at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati began under legendary high school coach Gerry Faust. The school’s first head coach, Faust had an incredible 178-23-2 record from 1962-1980. This included four mythical national championships and seven unbeaten seasons. Faust then went on to become head coach at Notre Dame and …

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