WHY MY JOB IS AN ADVANTAGE TO BEING A HEAD COACH
DEDICATION TO THIS PROFESSION: I study coaches, coaching staffs, coaching decisions, and coaching hires for a living
DEDICATION TO THE GAME: I literally think about football 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
DEDICATION TO THE GAME: While teachers are juggling lesson plans, I can game plan and talk and bounce ideas off some of the most accomplished coaches in the country
FLEXIBILITY: Being at the school around the teachers, kids, and school community is vital to future success. With permission, and as little as a broom closet and an internet connection, I can work from the school and be around the kids
NETWORKING: My connections with high school and college coaches around the country, and in West Michigan, are second to none
NETWORKING: Those connections also enable me to have resources on schemes, ideas, and advice that few others have-
NAME BRAND RECOGNITION: Every college coach checks FootballScoop and sees my name on a DAILY basis
NATIONAL PUBLICITY: I host a weekly football podcast that is among the top 10% of most listened to podcasts on iTunes where I'm able to talk to some of the top coaches in the country about topics like; the keys to taking over a program, culture, program building ideas, how to develop a winning program, recruiting, retention, etc.
MEDIA: I have extensive experience dealing with media through interviews on radio and TV by joining them to talk about college / professional football teams and coaching changes
RELATIONSHIPS: Many of the top companies in football advertise with us on the website (Hudl, GoRout, CoachComm, TeamBuildr, TeamWorks, ProGrass) and I have great relationships with each of them
COACHING ARTICLES I'VE WRITTEN RECENTLY
(over half a million reads by fellow coaches)
How we're going to make practice engaging and fun for players and staff
- Fun weight room themes (see above). These themes will continue into playoff week (day before game) to reward the team and keep guys loose while also forcing them to focus when things may be outside their comfort zone
- EVERYTHING that we do in practice will have an element of competition built into it
(I even want to find a way to win the national anthem)
- Daily 5 Minute "The Edge" competition in season- Coach vs player in catching punt challenge, coach vs. player in the red zone to catch a TD/defend a TD, etc.
DAILY IN-SEASON THEMES
Sunday: “Sunday-Funday” (Not Mandatory - Team Emphasis)
We will have an abbreviated film session, have a quick lift, followed by an interactive lesson / video that stresses one of our core values that we will emphasize for the week. I picked up this idea from Texas HS football coaches who have daily "athletic periods" built into their school day. Since we do not have that luxury, we'll use it on Sunday's
Players with academic issues will go to a study-table session during team-building activity
Coaches will meet at 3p - Players will meet at 6p to watch cut ups that we have prepared (including one based on highlightling players who give maximum effort), followed by a quick lift
Monday: “Beast Mode Monday” (Offensive emphasis)
Circle of Pain – Coaches will count the “loafs and softs” plays from Friday night where players in their position group were not giving maximum effort. Players will enter the middle of the circle, state “My name is ____ and I let the team down __ times.” We will then do that many up-downs as a team.
Music: After a win – Player choice, after a loss – Coaches Choice (could go with Boy Band Monday, Female artist Monday, 90's Monday, etc)
Situational: 1st and 10, 2nd and 3rd and long, 5 minute short yardage
Tuesday: “Turn Up Tuesday” (Defensive emphasis)
Music: Hip-Hop (edited)
Turnover circuit, Pursuit drill
Situational: 1st and 10 and 3rd and short Defense
Wednesday: “Wild’n Out Wednesday” (Offensive emphasis)
Music: Classic rock / Coaches Choice
Situational: Red Zone and Goal Line O
Thursday: “Tune-up Thursday” (Team / ST Emphasis)
Music: Anything with subliminal messages (All I Do Is Win, Heart of a Champion, etc)
Situational: 2 minute, 4 minute, Trick Plays, Game day situations (onside kick, take a safety, etc.)
Friday: “Pay Day” (Game Day)
It starts with the National Anthem. We're going to find a way to win that.
Encourage players to watch college football, especially those who run similar schemes to us