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June 24, 2019
All In On Offense- The RPO with Brent Dearmon, Offensive Assistant- Kansas University
On this episode of Coach and Coordinator podcast’s “All In on Offense” series, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Brent Dearmon, offensive assistant at Kansas. Dearmon is one of the hottest offensive names in the game right now after his one-year campaign as head coach of Bethel University, where they went 10-0 and boasted an incredible 540.3 yards per game to go along with an unheard of 55 points per game, the most for any team in college football. Additionally, Dearmon spent three seasons at Arkansas Tech and two seasons as an analyst on Guz Malzahn’s staff at Auburn. Dearmon also wrote the book, “The Evolution of the RPO,” and is one of the top RPO coaches in the country. Dearmon joins Grabowski to talk about all things RPO in today’s “All In on Offense” segment. Show notes: 1:28 How the RPO has evolved 3:27 What should coaches start with in the RPO game 5:35 Inside zone 7:11 Placing receivers 10:23 Preparing packages to combat what defenses are doing (i.e., vs. 4-2-5 and tite) 12:58 Pre-snap reads 16:15 Tips to installing and practicing RPOs 19:22 Making sure players are repping their actual routes 20:25 Teaching the QB 24:44 Keeping consistency when using different personnel in the box 26:45 Utilization of the backs 29:51 Key points for the TE 32:07 TE pop pass 34:19 Defeating different coverages 36:32 Challenges vs. zone coverage 40:15 Buck sweep RPO 41:54 Keys to RPO offense 43:11 Connect with Coach Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/brent-dearmon-arkansas-tech-1 https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/brent-dearmon-arkansas-tech https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7338/run-pass-option-resources-for-offense-and-defense https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/all-in-on-offense-defeating-the-tite-front-with-matt-drinkall-army-offensive-assistant https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/all-in-on-offense-4-verts-with-aj-smith
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45 min
June 21, 2019
Weekly Highlights Coach and Coordinator 6/21/19
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Serving Others Through Football with Mike London, Head Coach William & Mary All In On Offense- Defeating the Tite Front with Matt Drinkall, Army Offensive Assistant Deep Dive On Defense- Game Planning: Evaluating & Attacking Defenses w/ Joe Moorhead, H.C. Miss. St Home Team- Jerry Sinz, Head Coach Edgar (Wisc.) High School Coach Grabowski’s Notebook-Structuring Your Offense Around a Starting Point Play Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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11 min
June 21, 2019
Coach Grabowski's Notebook- Structuring Your Offense Around a Starting Point Play
On today’s podcast, host Keith Grabowski opens his notebook to talk about how to structure your offense around a starting point play. Keith offers advice on how to develop your starting point play based on your coaching style and personnel. Additionally, Keith shares how to develop plays off your starting point and make adjustments. Show notes: 0:20 Intro 3:25 Series football and developing a starting point for offense 5:50 Looking at your system in the offseason and breaking it down 8:16 Incorporating your identity and personnel 10:45 Structuring formations 11:40 Terminology 12:00 Motioning players 13:20 Using different personnel groups 13:50 Structuring the starting point play 16:30 Knowing how to make your starting point play work vs. any defense 19:28 Building off what you think the defense will do 22:00 Making adjustments 23:18 Practice structure Connect with Coach: Twitter: @CoackKGrabowski @FBDevCoach Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/all-in-on-offense-the-installation-plan-and-execution-with-arizona-oc-noel-mazzone https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/jenks-oklahoma-high-school-offensive-coordinator-dub-maddox-on-specialized-language-for-players https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/dub-maddox-final https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/sets/game-planning https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6854/podcast-best-of-coach-and-coordinator-the-game-planning-process-part-i https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6857/podcast-the-game-planning-process-part-2-add-adjust-analytics-execute-elevate https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/1555/building-an-offensive-line-teaching-the-stretch-play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9mqJExYAkI
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27 min
June 20, 2019
Home Team- Jerry Sinz, Head Coach Edgar (Wisc.) High School
On today’s “Home Team” segment of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, guest host Joel Nellis talks with legendary high school head coach Jerry Sinz. Coach Sinz is one of the most decorated high school football coaches in the state of Wisconsin and has been at the helm of Edgar since 1975. Since then, coach has amassed a record of 419-83. Edgar has won 25 conference titles, had 17 undefeated regular seasons, and captured seven state titles in 12 trips during Coach Sinz’s tenure. In 2009, Edgar was the No. 1 ranked small school in the country, and in 2010, Coach was recognized as the National High School Coach Association Football Coach of the Year. Sinz had the pleasure of coaching all four of his sons – Jason, Jeremy, Jordan and Justin – at Edgar. Sinz has been married to his wife, Barb, for 47 years. They are proud grandparents to nine grandchildren. Show Notes: 2:40 Stars of his home team 3:08 Coach’s wife, Barb, and her background 4:16 Why Barb is so important to Coach 5:26 Coach’s kids 13:22 Advice for young coaches about talking to their families 15:41 Dealing with job opportunities 18:52 Managing time between football and family 22:47 Handling younger kids that want to be managers 26:04 Dealing with coaches/players that have conflicts with practices/games 29:35 How does he avoid spending too much time game planning 32:25 Weekend game planning for his coaches 35:33 Struggles coach has had to overcome 41:10 How coach’s relationship with his family has reflected on his players and younger coaches 44:12 Something that’s helped coach be more effective Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/home-team-terrance-jamison-air-force-dl-coach https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/home-team-w-joel-nellis-jay-eilers https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/home-team-w-joel-nellis-joe-labuda
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52 min
June 19, 2019
Deep Dive On Defense-Game Planning: Evaluating & Attacking Defenses w/ Joe Moorhead, H.C. Miss. St.
On today’s “Deep Dive on Defense” series, guest host Chris Vasseur sits down with Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead. Moorhead has had coaching stops at Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Akron, Connecticut, Fordham and most recently served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Penn State. During Moorhead’s tenure as OC at Penn State, the offense compiled 39.4 points per game and scored 30 points in 21 of their 26 contests over his two-year tenure. In 2017, the Penn State offense ranked in the top 25 nationally in seven different offensive statistics. Coach was named the 2016 and 2017 National Offensive Coordinator of the Year. In his first year at Mississippi State, the team went 8-5 and participated in the Outback Bowl vs. Iowa. Coach joins the Deep Dive today to talk about how he puts together his game plan and attacks defenses. Show Notes: 3:10 Coach’s journey 5:11 Coach’s shift from offense to defense 7:06 How involved Coach is with Mississippi St. offense 8:21 How many games Moorhead uses to scout and why 10:24 First part of the game-planning process 10:54 How much stock Coach puts into down and distance 12:39 Field zone breakdown 14:40 Self-scouting 17:29 Early season scouting 19:07 Most important thing coach looks for during scouting process 20:15 Balancing your identity with matchups 22:46 Matchups and personnel vs. schemes 25:23 College vs. NFL 29:48 Putting together the pieces of his week into a full game plan 33:50 What fronts are most frightening for offenses 38:26 Game planning pass-pro 39:37 Pass-pro vs. stud athletes 41:50 Camp practices 43:04 Scouting coverages and QB reads 45:36 Game planning vs. great players 47:05 What high school coaches could do to help prepare their players for college 48:45 Planning for surprises in a game, planning for the unexpected 50:45 What it was like coaching Saquon Barkley 53:48 Pressure situation call Connect with Coach: @BallCoachJoeMo Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6228/podcast-mississippi-state-new-head-coach-joe-moorhead-shares-plan-to-build-strong-culture-for-program https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/all-in-on-offense-the-installation-plan-and-execution-with-arizona-oc-noel-mazzone https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/deep-dive-on-defense-playing-1-high-out-of-tite-fronts-with-bert-watts-dc-fresno-state https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/installing-game-plan-and-reading-the-defense-dan-gonzalez-offensive-consultant https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/4770/how-penn-state-used-saquon-barkley-in-several-spots-to-beat-michigan https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7340/film-to-field-friday-on-coach-and-coordinator-fight-to-connect
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57 min
June 18, 2019
All In On Offense- Defeating the Tite Front with Matt Drinkall, Army Offensive Assistant
Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast’s “All In On Offense” segment is Matt Drinkall, current offensive assistant at Army West Point and former head coach at Kansas Wesleyan University. Drinkall was selected to be a participant in the 2018 American Football Coaches Association 35 under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute. This program is designed to identify and develop premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession. Drinkall goes all in today on how he has gone about defeating the tite front, including some of his go-to plays. Show Notes: 3:20 When Coach noticed the tite front becoming more prevalent 6:15 Difference between NFL and college tite fronts 10:13 Keys to the tite front for defense 14:10 Starting point for attacking the tite front and base plays 26:43 Where the runs should hit 28:02 Coaching the players vs. the tite 31:55 Preparing your backside tackle 32:25 Dart read 37:08 Dart, jet and fly sweep responsibilities 46:09 Play-action vs. tite 49:56 In-game coaching 1:01:52 How Coach determines if a new play is worth it 1:03:10 Connecting with Coach Connect with Coach: Twitter: @DrinkallCoach Related Content: For the power point presentation on this podcast, go to: https://blogs.usafootball.com/ https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/the-importance-of-time-and-work-environment-for-your-staff-with-army-assistant-coach-matt-drinkall https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/kansas-wesleyan-coach-matt-drinkall-talks-running-game-and-tempo https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/matt-drinkall-kansas-wesleyan https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/all-in-on-offense-4-verts-with-aj-smith https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/all-in-on-offense-the-installation-plan-and-execution-with-arizona-oc-noel-mazzone https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/deep-dive-on-defense-playing-the-tite-front-to-all-personnel-groupings-with-rob-everett-01 https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/deep-dive-on-defense-playing-1-high-out-of-tite-fronts-with-bert-watts-dc-fresno-state https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7253/the-tite-front-why-defenses-are-tightening-down-the-interior-of-their-defense https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7304/the-gap-run-system https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7324/the-sprint-out-package
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66 min
June 17, 2019
Serving Others Through Football with Mike London, Head Coach William & Mary
On today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, host Keith Grabowski sits down with Mike London, head coach at the College of William & Mary. Coach London has an extensive coaching history dating back to the 1980s. In 2008, London led the Richmond Spiders to their first FCS National Championship in school history. For his work that year, he was named AFCA’s FCS National Coach of the Year. In 2011, as head coach at Virginia, London won ACC Coach of the year. Most recently, London was the head coach at Howard University, where, in 2017, he led the Bison to one of the greatest upsets in recent NCAA history as they upended UNLV. This past off-season, coach accepted the job at William & Mary to be closer to his family. Coach joined the podcast today to talk about how his experiences in life have helped shaped who he is as a football coach as well as talk about the culture being built at W&M. Show Notes: 1:27 Coach’s incredible journey 6:05 How did his journey as a police officer and through life reflect on his decision to coach 11:32 Servant leadership 16:00 How much the history of W&M means to him 18:43 Depth of his staff 22:14 Constant evolution at W&M and their work with USA Football 27:07 Evolving role of sports training technology and science 31:09 How the game has changed and how W&M prioritizes it 33:33 Winning Edge Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/erik-korem-director-of-sports-science-houston-texans https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/richie-gray-skills-acquisition-and-coaching-education-specialist https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/vision-decision-action-andy-ryland-senior-manager-of-education-and-training-usa-football https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/ncaa-leaders-brennan-marion-howard-university-offensive-coordinator https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7340/film-to-field-friday-on-coach-and-coordinator-fight-to-connect https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7321/film-to-field-friday-on-coach-and-coordinator-fight-to-prepare https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7299/film-to-field-friday-on-coach-and-coordinator-fight-to-track
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37 min
June 14, 2019
Weekly Highlights Coach and Coordinator 6/14/19
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Tips For A Successful Summer with Eric Kasperowicz, HC Pine-Richland HS (PA) Attention to Detail with Chris Kappas, Defensive Coordinator, Mount Union Deep Dive on Defense- Split Safety Coverages with Jerry Gordon, Nauset High School (MA) All In On Offense- 4 Verts with A.J. Smith The Role of Tackling Boss with Peyton Allen, Defensive Line Coach, Maine Maritime Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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10 min
June 14, 2019
The Role of Tackling Boss with Peyton Allen, Defensive Line Coach, Maine Maritime
On today’s episode of USA Football’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Peyton Allen, defensive line coach at Maine Maritime Academy. Allen was a player at Bridgewater College before being converted to an offensive coach due to an injury he sustained his junior year. He transitioned over to the defensive side of the ball and served as “tackle boss” going into the fall of 2018. Allen learned first-hand under Coach Rob Everett, one of the best tackling analytics coaches in the country, while at Bridgewater. Show Notes 1:24 Coach’s Journey 3:50 Allen’s role as the tackle boss under Rob Everett 5:21 Resources Allen used to successfully operate as tackle boss 7:26 How did his role as tackling boss change how he viewed coaching 9:39 Finding a starting point and building consistency when grading tackling 11:51 How the skills he builds as tackle boss can translate to other aspects of coaching 14:30 Daily workflow in camp 17:00 Not separating between positions 19:10 Using the previous days report to plan the next practice 20:41 In-season workflow 23:15 Fitting the system into the weekly game plan 25:21 Tackling time in practice 27:31 How much information is shared with players 29:24 How the system affects personnel and scouting 31:25 Tackling boss’ role on game day 33:21 How the system affected the culture of their defense 33:28 Best way to buy in to the Five Fights 39:14 Connect with Coach Twitter: @CoachPAllenFb Gmail: coachpeytonallen@gmail.com Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7321/film-to-field-friday-on-coach-and-coordinator-fight-to-prepare https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7306/part-i-of-the-five-fights-film-to-field-series-on-usa-football-s-coach-and-coordinator-podcast-features-slade-calhoun-defensive-coordinator-at-munford-high-school-in-tennessee https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7299/film-to-field-friday-on-coach-and-coordinator-fight-to-track https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7330/part-ii-of-the-five-fights-film-to-field-series-on-usa-football-s-coach-and-coordinator-podcast-features-coach-ryan-fullen https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/grading-and-evaluating-tackling-vinny-digaetano-assistant-football-coach-fordham-university
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41 min
June 13, 2019
All In On Offense- 4 Verts with A.J. Smith
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast’s “All In On Offense” series, host Keith Grabowski is joined by A.J. Smith to discuss the art of the 4 verts. Smith has extensive offensive experience having previously been the quarterback coach at Jackson State (Miss.) under Hal Mumme and at Southeastern University (Fla.) as well. Show Notes: 2:28 Coach’s experience with 4 verts 5:36 4 Verts vs. Rip/Liz 7:22 Benefits of the switch tag 11:32 Basic QB progressions and reads with 4 verts (question by Matt Nielsen) 18:30 4 Verts out of 2x2 vs. Cover 2 30:10 Communication in progressions 40:26 Getting the Z involved and training the QB to go through his reads 49:32 Working the reads in practice 52:23 4 verts out of trips 56:30 In the 3x1, the landmark for the No.3 (question by Tye Hiatt) 1:07:48 Coaches staying true to themselves 1:10:45 Switching out of the 3x1 1:14:05 Using the shallow tag 1:17:03 Running back’s role 1:19:31 4 verts out of empty (question by Hutch Gonzalez) 1:20:52 Advice for a coach starting to implement 4 verts Connect with Coach: Twitter: @AustinJamesXFL Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/what-happens-when-a-proven-system-is-taught-with-a-cutting-edge-technology-hale-mumme-and-aj-smith https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/air-raid-analytics-and-virtual-reality https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/hal-mumme-final https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/all-in-on-offense-the-installation-plan-and-execution-with-arizona-oc-noel-mazzone
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84 min
June 12, 2019
Deep Dive on Defense- Split Safety Coverages with Jerry Gordon, Nauset High School (MA)
On today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, the “Deep Dive on Defense” series continues as Jerry Gordon sits down with guest host Chris Vasseur. Gordon, a former walk-on at UMass, is a coaching veteran, having spent time coaching in the now defunct USFL, collegiately and at the high school level. In 2018, Gordon took over the defensive responsibilities at Nauset High School in Eastham, Mass. Coach joined the podcast to take a deep dive on split coverages. Show Notes: 4:55 Nauset’s 2018 season 8:00 Coach’s journey 16:05 More of Coach’s journey 23:20 How Coach’s journey led him to Don Brown 29:05 Coach’s book on split coverages 33:34 Main coverages Coach likes to run towards strong-side 2 read 45:12 2 read, trap and rub and different calls 52:03 Weak side coverages – blue, sky or rat 55:25 Choice concept 59:05 Coverages vs. trips 1:05:43 How his defense evolved as offenses spread out 1:11:30 Playing against the RPO 1:19:05 Coach’s contact info 1:23:51 Pressure situation call Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/jerry-gordon-broad-run-high-school https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/deep-dive-on-defense-chris-vasseur-rip-liz-match-w-kyle-cogan https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/deep-dive-on-defense-match-quarters-and-defending-rpos-with-cody-alexander
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88 min
June 11, 2019
Attention To Detail With Chris Kappas, Defensive Coordinator, Mount Union
Today’s guest on this “NCAA Leaders” edition of the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast is Chris Kappas, defensive coordinator at the University of Mount Union, a NCAA Division III school in Alliance, Ohio. Kappas has a unique experience having been a coordinator and part of national championship-winning teams on both sides of the ball at Mount Union. Coach Kappas joined Coach and Coordinator today to talk about how his year coaching offense helped his defense and how attention to detail is so important in everything his units do. Show Notes: 1:00 Coach’s experience on both sides of the ball 1:50 How coaching offense helped him see the game differently 4:15 What Coach changed on his defense after being on offense, specifically with RPOs 6:23 What Coach learned the most from his experience 8:38 Small details Coach believes gives Mount Union an advantage 11:30 How attention to detail has evolved and how it benefits his units 14:11 Pursuit 17:50 Pointing out details to players 20:27 Mental process of players in game situations 23:25 Which offenses create the most problems for defenses in today’s game 25:40 What are some defensive trends that give offenses the most problems Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/chriskappas-finl https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/ncaa-leaders-chris-kappas-university-of-mount-union-ohio-coach https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7299/film-to-field-friday-on-coach-and-coordinator-fight-to-track https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7321/film-to-field-friday-on-coach-and-coordinator-fight-to-prepare
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30 min
June 10, 2019
Tips For A Successful Summer With Eric Kasperowicz, HC Pine-Richland HS (PA)
Today's guest is Eric Kasperowicz, the head coach of Pine-Richland High School (Gibsonia, Pa.), a top program in western Pennsylvania. In 2017, Kasperowicz led Pine-Richland to a state title and this past offseason was named an Under Armor All-American Coach. He joins the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast to discuss how he plans his summer program for his players, coaches and parents. Show Notes: 1:43 Keys to getting the best attendance possible during the summer 7:45 Dealing with players who have time conflicts 11:25 Dealing with players who are competing in other sports during the summer 15:30 What kind of work his staff does during the summer 18:49 Installation plans 21:16 Getting parents on the same page and getting them involved 25:40 Top tips for coaches during the summer Connect with Coach @coach_kasper Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/lessons-of-2017-eric-kasperowicz-pine-richland-penn-hs https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/eric-kasperowicz-pine-richland-high-school-pa https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/eric-kapserowicz-pine-richland-pa-hs-coach https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/lessons-of-2017-mark-solis-olentangy-ohio-high-school-coach https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/mark-solis-olentangy-hs-coach https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/all-in-on-offense-the-installation-plan-and-execution-with-arizona-oc-noel-mazzone
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30 min
June 7, 2019
Weekly Highlights Coach and Coordinator 6/7/19
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football’s Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Spread Defense with Rose-Hulman DC Nick Davis Home Team- Terrance Jamison, Air Force DL Coach Deep Dive on Defense- Playing the Tite Front To All Personnel Groupings With Rob Everett All In On Offense- The Installation Plan and Execution with Arizona OC Noel Mazzone Deep Thinking the Game with Thad Wells, Head Coach Mooresville HS (NC) Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X’s and O’s analysis at USA Football Blogs Blogs.usafootball.com
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9 min
June 7, 2019
Deep Thinking the Game with Thad Wells, Head Coach Mooresville HS (NC)
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is returning guest, Thad Wells, head coach at Mooresville (N.C.) High School. In his first season at Mooresville, he led a previously 4-8 team to a 9-4 record and the school’s first playoff in ten years. Prior to Mooresville, Wells was the head coach at Blacksburg (Va.) High School for three seasons. Under Wells, Blacksburg went 27-12 overall, including state title in 2016. On today’s show, Wells and host Keith Grabowski converse about how to think the game on a deeper level, including how to find ways to improve that other coaches aren’t thinking about. Show Notes: 1:46 Future of football 4:23 Finding success as a coach 7:05 Use of technology in the high school game and developing ways to improve as a coach 15:09 Use of personal development time for coaches 20:00 How recruiting is one of the biggest areas for growth in the sport 25:02 Finding opportunities to improve your program 33:30 OODA Loop 37:22 Evolution of tempo on offense/defense and position-less offense 44:00 Building practice to match your philosophy 49:45 Learning in practice and taking advantage of practice 52:00 Training players and coaches with VR 55:15 Finding different areas to improve 1:01:40 Creating situations to improve communication between players on the field 1:06:37 How improving systems can save time 1:10:18 Cheap ways to train your eyes 1:13:23 Connect with Coach Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/building-your-strategy-off-analytics-with-kevin-kelley-head-coach-pulaski-academy https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/what-happens-when-a-proven-system-is-taught-with-a-cutting-edge-technology-hale-mumme-and-aj-smith https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/does-your-playbook-include-virtual-reality-it-can-for-free-tony-donatelli-go-army-edge https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/air-raid-analytics-and-virtual-reality https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/being-creative-with-your-game-plan-thad-wells-head-coach-mooresville-high-school-nc https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/coaching-lifes-purpose-and-video-games-thad-wells-head-coach-mooresville-high-school-va
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75 min
June 6, 2019
All In On Offense- The Installation Plan And Execution With Arizona OC Noel Mazzone
Today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast guest is Noel Mazzone, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Arizona. This will be Mazzone’s second season at Arizona after two seasons at Texas A&M under former Aggies and current Wildcats head coach Kevin Sumlin. Prior to that, he served as UCLA’s offensive coordinator from 2012-15 and Arizona State from 2010-11. He spent four seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets as a wide receivers coach/consultant, in addition to collegiate stops at Mississippi, NC State, Oregon State, Auburn, Minnesota, TCU and Colorado State. Mazzone has coached in 12 bowl games with seven different teams. He’s tutored several NFL quarterbacks, including Josh Rosen and Brett Hundley at UCLA, Brock Osweiler at Arizona State and Phillip Rivers at NC State. As a player, Mazzone played quarterback at the University of New Mexico and graduated in 1980. On today’s show, Mazzone discusses with host Keith Grabowski how he puts together his plans for installation during camp and answers questions from coaches from around the country. Show Notes: 2:38 Basic installation preparations 5:26 Rationale behind which plays to install when (question by Josh Wolfram, HC Willamette HS, OR) 8:08 How long before installing base do you put into down and distance (question by Tye Hiatt, OC Shepherd University, WV) 13:18 Finding a balance of technique and install during camp (question by Curtis Peterson, Indianapolis, IN) 16:44 How does having guys playing both ways affect install (question by Jacob Morris, HC Grant County HS, KY) 18:56 Handing out playbooks vs. Hudl clips and how to best teach a playbook (question by Justin Dottavio, NC) 21:46 Learning through VR (question from Justin Dottavio, NC) 24:02 Types of plays that take longer to install and how to adjust (question by Peter Kaufman) 26:20 Plays that get one-word tags 27:52 How to approach putting in specialty/trick plays 30:19 How to incorporate special situation plays 33:42 Handing the script for each practice 35:30 What a daily schedule looks like during camp 38:02 Scripting plays during pass skeleton 40:58 Charting plays and reps during camp 42:23 Benefits of team vs. inside run 46:25 Benefits of “no sweat” Thursdays (Wednesday for HS) 51:08 Mental benefits of fast Friday 52:05 Making fast Fridays work with guys playing two ways Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/the-game-planning-process-noel-mazzone-offensive-coordinator-university-of-arizona https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7133/implementing-motion-with-rpo-s https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6412/podcast-how-long-does-it-take-to-install-your-offensive-game-plan-5-coaches-weigh-in https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6854/podcast-best-of-coach-and-coordinator-the-game-planning-process-part-i
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55 min
June 5, 2019
Deep Dive On Defense- Playing The Tite Front To All Personnel Groupings With Rob Everett
Rob Everett, formerly the tight ends coach of the AAF Memphis Express and defensive coordinator at Bridgewater (Va.) College, joins us again, however this time for a Deep Dive on Defense. Coach elaborates on his 4-2-5 defense and how it morphs into a tite scheme. Show Notes: 2:17 Coach’s time with the Memphis Express 3:27 Coach’s journey 7:04 Coach’s book (Coaching the 4-2-5) 10:55 The origin of his 4-2-5 “G” defense and base alignments 17:37 Use of the Whip position 23:22 Complexity of terminology 26:24 Base coverage responsibilities in G-defense 34:28 Dangers of re-routing receivers 37:12 Quarters 43:52 1v1s in practice 46:49 Coach’s version of match coverage 50:42 Safety alignment 52:04 Linebacker fits 58:06 Tite front vs 10 personnel 1:05:27 How his G-defense fits into his tite front 1:07:20 Determining who will play his two most important positions 1:11:16 With perfect personnel, how we he morph his G defense to the tite front 1:14:38 Fits vs. Zone read 1:16:23 Other base run fits 1:21:02 Fits vs O-zone and Stretch 1:25:52 Tite front vs. 11 personnel, Y-off 1:31:17 Tite front vs. 21 and 12 personnel 1:36:39 Other adjustments vs. 21 and 12 1:41:56 Coach’s top blitzes 1:56:22 Pressure situation call 1:59:47 Connect with Coach Connect with Coach: @nineinthebox Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/your-call-defending-the-runpass-option-1-high-solutions https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/analytics-to-improve-tackling-and-scheme-rob-everett https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/deep-dive-on-defense-playing-1-high-out-of-tite-fronts-with-bert-watts-dc-fresno-state https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7253/the-tite-front-why-defenses-are-tightening-down-the-interior-of-their-defense
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121 min
June 4, 2019
Home Team - Terrance Jamison, Air Force DL Coach
Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Air Force (Colo.) defensive line coach Terrance Jamison comes on as part of the “Home Team” series. Jamison enters his first season as a defensive coach at Air Force. He comes to the Academy after two seasons as the defensive line coach at Texas Tech. Texas Tech was among the nation’s leaders in several categories under Jamison, as the Red Raiders forced 29 turnovers, which led the Big 12 and ranked sixth nationally in 2017. Tech also finished fourth in the country for fumble recoveries, eighth in defensive touchdowns and 13th in turnover margin. Considered one of the top young coaches in the country, Jamison arrived in Lubbock following three seasons in a similar role at Florida Atlantic. He has also served on the defensive staffs at both Wisconsin and California. Coach Jamison joined the podcast today to talk about his home team and how they have all adapted to a football coach’s lifestyle. Show Notes 4:34 How Coach Jamison met his wife, Ashley 5:01 Introduction to his two girls, Ava and Mackenzie 5:47 Something about each member of his home team that makes them special 9:18 How his family has handled his coaching lifestyle 12:05 How Ashley and he decided when the right time was to have kids 14:03 How his family handled new jobs and searching for new jobs 17:30 Progression from job to job 26:38 Recommendations for coaches who must move 28:54 A small thing he does to help his marriage during the season 33:04 What programs have done to incorporate staff families 35:36 How he made efficient use of his time while keeping family time 39:41 Knowing his players 40:55 Overcoming a struggle in his career 43:20 How does his relationship with his family reflect upon his players 46:05 A skill that comes with both running a family and running a position group 48:44 What legacy is Coach hoping to create that is unique to football Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/home-team-cal-state-fullerton-oc-garrett-campbell https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/home-team-kurt-hines-head-coach-coronado-hs?in=user-804678956/sets/home-team https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/home-team-w-joel-nellis-ep-2-brian-white-running-backs-coach-boston-college
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49 min
June 3, 2019
Spread Defense with Rose-Hulman DC Nick Davis
On today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, Nick Davis, defensive coordinator at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. joins the show. Entering his fifth year as defensive coordinator of the Fightin’ Engineers, Davis has led one of the nation's top defenses over the last four years. His spread defense has led the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in total defense (2015) and scoring defense (2016). Coach joined the podcast today to talk about his spread defense. Show notes: 1:06 Why Davis became a coach and his journey 7:50 What coach learned on his journey and how it’s helped him as a DC and coach in general 10:55 How have the off-field duties at a Division III school benefitted coach 13:40 Pillars of coach’s defense 18:53 Coaches that Davis worked under 20:18 Defensive coaching trends 24:44 How coach develops his QB pressure plans each week 30:20 How bringing successful pressure can go hand in hand with stopping the run 33:27 How coach defends the RPO 37:21 Advantages to using tite fronts 40:27 What advice Davis would give for helping coaches boost their pass rush 45:09 Winning edge Connect with Coach: Twitter: @Spread_Defense Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/brian-white-offensive-coordinator-rose-hulman-institute-of-technology https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/ncaa-leaders-chad-braun-monmouth-illinois-coach https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/ncaa-leaders-craig-yeast-franklin-indiana-college-offensive-coordinator https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/mike-leonard-franklin-indiana-college-coach
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48 min
May 31, 2019
Weekly Highlights Coach And Coordinator 5/31/19
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Coach Grabowski’s Notebook- Oklahoma and other banned drills and alternatives Defensive Schemes and Tackling Philosophies with Fordham Defensive Coordinator Paul Rice Deep Dive on Defense- Playing 1 high out of tite fronts with Bert Watts, DC Fresno State Recruiting, Developing and Game Planning for the Tight End position with Buffalo Bulls’ Alan Hensell Positionless Defense with South Dakota Defensive Coordinator Travis Johansen Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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8 min
May 31, 2019
Positionless Defense with South Dakota Defensive Coordinator Travis Johansen
Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Travis Johansen, the newly appointed defensive coordinator at University of South Dakota. Previously, Johansen served as the defensive coordinator at Grand View since 2013. The Vikings were 61-11 in his six seasons with five conference championships, six NAIA playoff appearances and won 2013 national title following a 14-0 campaign. Grand View finished in the top 15 of the national rankings all six seasons including four top 10 rankings. Johansen was a finalist for Heart of America Assistant Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons and was a national coordinator of the year finalist in 2015. He was even featured in a Sports Illustrated article, “The Search to Save NFL Defenses,” this past November. Grand View ranked as one of the top NAIA defenses throughout Johansen’s tenure and produced seven defensive All-Americans. Coach Johansen joined the podcast today to talk about his famous positionless defensive concept as well as discuss some of the pillars of his defense. Show Notes: 2:03 Coach’s start 4:23 Key lessons Coach learned on his journey 6:37 Pillars of coach’s defense 9:31 Coach’s definition of toughness 12:29 Changes to the game 13:13 The culture that is developing at South Dakota 16:40 Evolution of defenses 20:56 Schematically putting together the defense every year 24:21 How his new way of thinking of defense affects his recruiting 27:38 How to prepare players during the week to play different techniques 32:11 Teaching the big picture 34:56 Defining coach’s defense and how he makes it his own 37:23 Tips to coaches who would want to run a similar scheme 39:25 Winning edge 41:19 Connect with coach Connect with Coach: Twitter: @CoachTJohansen Website: https://goyotes.com/index.aspx?path=football Related Content: https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/11/14/defensive-schemes-rpos-mike-pettine-packers-naia-grand-view https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/match-quarters-hybrid-defenders-cody-alexander
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43 min
May 30, 2019
Recruiting, Developing and Game Planning for the Tight End position with Buffalo Bulls’ Alan Hensell
Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Alan Hensell, tight ends coach from the University of Buffalo (N.Y.). Hensell is in his fifth season as tight ends coach. In three of his four seasons at Buffalo, the Bulls have produced an All-Mac tight end. Coach Hensell joined the podcast today to talk about how to develop the tight end position and put them in position to succeed on game day. Show notes: 2:32- What skills Coach looks for when recruiting TEs 5:58- Physical attributes Coach looks for when recruiting different TEs 8:17- How Coach determines which personnel play 10:20- Benefits of having diversely skilled personnel 14:42- Developing TE skills in practice 17:18- Making sure players get the right amount of work in each week 21:50- How to break personnel tendencies 26:39- Using motion to disguise tendencies 29:14- Putting TEs in unconventional alignments to help their assignments 30:19- Advantages of multiple TEs 31:52- Creating a positive culture in the TE room 34:35- Winning edge 35:35 Summer events Connect with Coach Twitter: @AlanHensell Related Content https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/creating-a-dynamic-te-position-and-finding-roles-for-players-alan-hensell-te-coach-u-buffalo https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/alex-golesh-final https://footballdevelopment.com/contact-system?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2MfH2a7D4gIVk7jACh1x9ASTEAAYASAAEgK6lPD_BwE
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37 min
May 29, 2019
Deep Dive on Defense- Playing 1 high out of tite fronts with Bert Watts, DC Fresno State
On today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, the “Deep Dive on Defense” series continues as guest host Chris Vasseur is joined by Bert Watts, defensive coordinator at Fresno State. Coach Watts discusses his tite front, 1-high defense. Show Notes: 1:55- Coach’s background 10:21- Coach Watts’ base defense and philosophy 14:05- Adding more layers to his defense to become more deceptive in game 22:13- Coaches quad front, 1-high vs RPOs 30:52- Base alignment vs 2x2 34:11- Base responsibilities in Cover 1/3 40:44- Nose/Tackle responsibilities 51:21- Struggles coaching linebackers to this system 56:39- Adjustments vs. 3x1 1:00:44- How deep RPOs out of the slot would change his defense 1:03:57- Coaching his players to play fast 1:17:18- Pressure situation call Coaches Info: Twitter: @Coach_Watts19 Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/your-call-defending-the-runpass-option-1-high-solutions https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/todd-drury-missouri-university-of-science-and-technology https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/former-smu-defensive-coordinator-van-malone-talks-about-what-hes-learned https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/army-safeties-coach-john-loose-talks-laurens-first-and-goal-foundation-defending-the-rpo-and-more https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7253/the-tite-front-why-defenses-are-tightening-down-the-interior-of-their-defense https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7088/setting-the-nose-in-the-tite-front
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79 min
May 28, 2019
Defensive Schemes and Tackling Philosophies with Fordham Defensive Coordinator Paul Rice
On this episode of Coach and Coordinator podcast, Coach Grabowski welcomes Paul Rice, defensive coordinator at Fordham University (N.Y.). Rice captained the 2009 Yale football squad before going on to be a player-coach for the L’Hospitalet Pioners in Barcelona. Rice returned from overseas to work for his alma mater as an assistant offensive coach. Now, Rice has taken over duties as the defensive coordinator at Fordham and joined the podcast today to discuss his defensive philosophy and scheme. Show Notes 1:07 When Coach knew he wanted to coach 2:30 How important was the experience of being a captain at Yale to his coaching career 4:00 Key takeaways from playing/coaching in Barcelona 10:15 How coaching offense as an assistant helps him coach the defense 11:50 Three truths of the Fordham defense 13:46 Coach’s tackling philosophy and how they implement it in practice 16:45 Implementing tackling philosophy into scheme and game plan 19:10 Analytics and tackling 21:48 Fordham’s defensive scheme 24:22 How Fordham attempts to defend RPOs 26:30 How do you alter your practices when playing against an RPO team 28:20 How to prepare vs. tempo 31:08 How to play vs. tempo 33:33 Importance of preseason install 35:35 Winning edge 36:43 Coaches contact info Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7227/advanced-tackling-system-key-performance-indicators-and-penalty-avoidance https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6447/podcast-fordham-special-teams-assistant-vincent-digaetano-discusses-tackle-grading https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5366/podcast-coach-and-coordinator-lessons-from-2017-vinny-digaetano-1-19-18 https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6954/learning-of-the-advanced-tackling-system-part-one https://usafootball.com/development-training/tackling-systems/
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39 min
May 27, 2019
Coach Grabowski's Notebook- Oklahoma and other banned drills and alternatives
On today’s podcast, host Keith Grabowski shares why he agrees with the NFL’s decision to ban the Oklahoma, Bull in the Ring and Half Line drills. Keith offers alternative drills that will help prioritize player skill development. Show Notes 0:30 NFL bans Oklahoma, Bull in the ring, Half Line drills 1:20 Why the Oklahoma is unsafe 2:45 Are those drills the best way to simulate “in-game” action? 4:25 Addressing the “this drill makes men” mentality 6:00 Talking to a coach about the Oklahoma and how to fix the drill 7:50 USA Footballs contact system 9:02 How players navigate the game today and trust coaches 10:08 Bull in the ring 10:47 Half Line 12:20 Quick fix for Half Line 14:20 Modified Bull in the Ring and how they it has no real football application 15:10 King of the Ring drill 16:20 Closing remarks on the issue 17:40 Contact Info Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/jim-mcnally-final https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/0028-john-strollo-mixdown https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/839/toughness-and-confidence-comes-from-being-properly-trained-not-the-oklahoma-drill https://footballdevelopment.com/contact-system?gclid=Cj0KCQjwrJ7nBRD5ARIsAATMxssX2ro0i3NXQzTN1JKn0sfd_baACsEv2qNlxhjApPxSKEKM3Fs00AMaAtsnEALw_wcB USA Football's Contact System: https://footballdevelopment.com/contact-system
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18 min
May 24, 2019
Weekly Highlights Of Coach And Coordinator 5/24/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Summer Plan for Wide Receivers with Drew Lieberman Home Team- Helping Athletes Transition with Jonathan Orr Deep Dive on Defense- Match Quarters and Defending RPO’s with Cody Alexander The Importance of Time and Work Environment for Your Staff with Army assistant coach Matt Drinkall Building Your Strategy Off Analytics with Kevin Kelley, Head Coach- Pulaski Academy Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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11 min
May 24, 2019
Building Your Strategy Off Analytics with Kevin Kelley, Head Coach- Pulaski Academy
Kevin Kelley is the head football coach and athletic director at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark. Coach Kelley is best known as the first coach to adopt a game strategy free of punting. Since taking the head coaching position in 2003, Kelley has led the Bruins to an unprecedented seven state championships. Coach Kelley joined the podcast today to share some of his thoughts on culture as well as how analytics help drive his coaching strategy. Show Notes: 1:07 Rationale for more than just two guys touching the football on scoring plays 3:12 How defenses react 4:40 How analytics help his defense 6:18 What stats Coach focuses on more than other teams 9:25 Why they don’t use goal boards 11:22 How his staff evaluates the players 14:04 The culture of competition 17:12 Making every kid important 20:43 Overview of Coach’s five unstoppable plays 23:44 Coach’s work with Rick Jones 25:30 Questions from Coach’s video 26:55 Coach’s contact Info Connect with Coach: Twitter: @CoachKelley1 Instagram: Coach Kevin Kelley Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5430/usa-football-2018-national-conference-see-how-kevin-kelley-uses-data-to-utilize-his-unconventional-special-teams-strategy https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/950/U.S.%20National%20Team%20Regionals:%20The%20Journey%20to%20International%20Bowl%202019 Related Podcast: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6896/podcast-20-state-champions-share-the-winning-edge https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/kevin-kelley-final
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29 min
May 23, 2019
The Importance of Time and Work Environment for Your Staff with Army assistant coach Matt Drinkall
Today’s guest on the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast is Matt Drinkall, current offensive assistant at Army and former head coach at Kansas Wesleyan University. Drinkall was selected to be a participant in the 2018 American Football Coaches Association 35 under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute. This program is designed to identify and develop premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession. On today’s episode, Drinkall talks about the similarities between the offense at Army and the offense his teams ran at Kansas Wesleyan. Coach also opens up about the culture he helped build at Kansas Wesleyan. Show Notes :50 Coach’s Army Opportunity 3:05 What attributes Army admired in Coach 6:26 Commonalties between his downhill run game and Army’s triple option 10:27 Pro Style vs Triple 13:07 The culture Coach built at Kansas Wesleyan for Coaches 23:20 How Coach’s staff was so efficient 25:20 In season schedule 27:10 How they divided their game plan film 28:20 More on Culture 36:03 How Coach begins and develops his thought process 44:44 Coaches Contact info Connect with Coach: Twitter: @Drinkallcoach Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/4194/podcast-coach-and-coordinator-matt-drinkall-8-18-17 https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/kansas-wesleyan-coach-matt-drinkall-talks-running-game-and-tempo https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5790/podcast-coach-and-coordinator-best-of-quarterback-development-3-19-18
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47 min
May 22, 2019
Deep Dive on Defense- Match Quarters and Defending RPO's with Cody Alexander
On today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, the “Deep Dive on Defense” series continues as guest host Chris Vasseur is joined by Cody Alexander, secondary coach at Midlothian (Texas) High School, to discuss all the details on his match quarters defense, including secondary positioning and responsibilities as well as how to defend RPOs. Show Notes: 1:04 Background information on Coach 8:57 Craziest story from Coach’s time as a GA 10:35 Coach Vasseur’s crazy GA story 15:27 Coach Alexander’s Cover 4 cornerback breakdown 20:15 Coach Alexander’s Cover 4 safety breakdown 25:48 Linebackers’ role in the Cover 4 31:27 Nickel responsibilities 33:45 How to stop a stud running back with Cover 4 39:52 Outside linebacker positioning and responsibilities 41:52 2x2 back to the boundary 44:23 Adjusting coverage to 3x1, 10 personnel 50:02 Additional assignments vs. trips 52:27 Defending RPOs in the Cover 4 set 56:45 Zone read fits with back to boundary 1:00:17 Advice for other coaches vs. 3x1 1:06:35 Pressure situation call 1:08:10 Coach’s contact info Coaches Info: Twitter: @D_Coach_A Website: Matchquarter.com Books: Cautious Aggression: Defending Modern Football Hybrids: The Making of a Modern Defense Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7056/podcast-simulated-blitzes-with-cody-alexander https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7017/podcast-match-quarters-and-hybrid-defenders-cody-alexander https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6884/three-steps-to-hybridize-your-odd-front https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7196/podcast-self-scouting-cody-alexander https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6551/podcast-four-coaches-share-strategies-on-defending-rpo-using-1-high-structure https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/4162/rpo-how-to-defend-the-run-pass-option
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71 min
May 21, 2019
Home Team- Helping Athletes Transition With Jonathan Orr
Jonathan Orr was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After high school Jonathan earned a football scholarship to the University of Wisconsin. During his time at UW, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Leadership and Non-Profit Management. While at Wisconsin, Jonathan also found success on the football field, which led to him being drafted by the Tennessee Titans. His time in the NFL was short lived, lasting only two seasons before being released from the Oakland Raiders. Shortly after the end of his football career, Jonathan found himself facing significant personal struggles. He did not know who he was without football or what to do with his life. Eventually, Jonathan developed a plan for transitioning into the next season of his life. This plan included utilizing the transferrable skills and strengths he had acquired from his athletic experiences, identifying his gifts and talents, and setting value-based goals. Shortly after Jonathan return to school and earned master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University and has since worked in positions of leadership for various non-profit and educational organizations. In 2014, Jonathan started Athlete Transition Services Corp. (ATS), an organization that helps athletes prepare for life after sports. Through workshops and life coaching services, Jonathan and his team educate and equip athletes with the information, tools, and strategies needed to facilitate their overall growth and development. Since its conception ATS has provided services for student-athletes at over 20 universities across the country (including Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Utah, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin). In 2018 Jonathan released his first book, Game’s Over Life’ Not: The Athlete’s Guide for Transitioning. Jonathan and his team have experienced a great deal of personal and professional success and it is his passion to help other athletes do the same. Currently, Jonathan resides in Canton, Michigan with his wife, Heydie and their children Carsyn, Catheryn, and Owen. Show Notes 1:15 Jonathan Orr bio 3:33 Orr’s story about how he met his wife, Heydie 4:16 Heydie’s backstory and how she is important to Jonathan 6:08 Jonathan’s children 8:03 Background info on Athlete Transition Services (ATS) 9:48 Most common struggle amongst former athletes 11:30 Jonathan’s personal struggle post football 16:20 What role does a coach have in helping athletes develop identities 18:04 Does taking time to help kids outside of football help the culture of a team 19:40 How would Jonathan respond to coaches who only want to coach ball 21:26 Little things coaches can do to help kids develop identity 23:04 Coaches Jonathan had that made an impact on him 27:02 Jonathan’s Contact Info Connect with Jonathan: Website: atscorp.org Twiter:@jorr_ats Facebook/Youtube: Athlete Transition Services Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6234/podcast-former-indianapolis-colts-linebacker-freddy-keiaho-shares-safety-techniques-and-what-life-is-like-after-sports https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6821/podcast-keith-grabowski-denver-sports-doctors-discuss-athletes-transitioning-into-the-workforce-pro-sports Related Podcast: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7246/podcast-what-the-game-teaches-with-retired-nfl-offensive-lineman-jack-mewhort Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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30 min
May 20, 2019
Summer Plan for Wide Receivers with Drew Lieberman
Keith Grabowski was joined by Drew Lieberman, founder and CEO of the Sideline Hustle. The Sideline Hustle is a platform that breaks down wide receiver technique and shares tools for wide receivers around the country. On today's show, Coach Lieberman shares his thoughts on creating a culture for wide receivers and how to improve on a daily basis in the off-season. Show Notes 2:13 Developing a WR Culture 5:55 Developing the craft of WR 11:06 Focusing on specific concepts each day, instead of all at once 14:40 How Drew’s methods resonate with athletes 16:30 10,000 Catch Challenge 21:00 Importance of catching the football 22:31 Coach’s contact information Connect with coach: Instagram: @sidelinehustle Twitter: @sidelinehustle Youtube: The Sideline Hustle Related Content https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7256/coaching-the-wide-receiver-wide-receiver-culture https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7051/coaching-the-wide-receiver-the-details-of-a-slant-route https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6897/coaching-the-wide-receiver-stance-and-start-basics Related Podcast https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7061/podcast-the-sideline-hustle-drew-lieberman Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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25 min
May 17, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach and Coordinator 5/17/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Doing the Job of Offensive Coordinator- Rob Likens, OC Arizona State Deep Dive on Defense- Evolution of Defending RPO’s with Brandon Lechtenberg OC Magic Takeaways Day 1- Tony Franklin, Rob Likens, Jake Spavital and Brandon Jones OC Magic Takeaways Day 2- Jason Mohns, Herb Hand, Kirk Martin and Tony Franklin Analytics to Improve Tackling and Scheme- Rob Everett Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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8 min
May 17, 2019
Analytics to Improve Tackling and Scheme - Rob Everett
Rob Everett (former TE Coach -AAF Memphis Express, DC -Bridgewater College) joins us again to explain how utilizing analytics around the tackle can help improve the individual as well as work into scheme improvement and game planning. 00:00 - Intro 01:47 - Experience with the Advanced Tackling System 03:40 - Vinny DiGaetano 05:20 - Analytics in tackling 09:06 - Necessities of the analytical process 14:27 - What do you do with the data? 19:49 - Player feedback 24:40 - Weaving analytics into your culture 26:36 - Player Sheets 27:28 - Team defense and scheme 30:10 - Marrying data with scheme 31:22 - Conclusion 34:56 - Outro
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36 min
May 16, 2019
Takeaways from OC Magic Part2 - Jason Mohns, Herb Hand, Kirk Martin and Tony Franklin
Day 2 of OC Magic was magical. 6x Arizona State champ Jason Mohns, Texas OL/Co-OC Herb Hand, Syracuse QB Coach Kirk Martin, and Middle Tennessee State OC Tony Franklin shared their philosophy, methods, and strategies on how they coordinate an offense. Listen here for the takeaways and unique ideas from their presentations. 00:00 - Intro 01:14 - JASON MOHNS 02:38 - Base philosophy (in the box - hat for a hat) 03:53 - Installing the offense 05:29 - Signaling 05:47 - RPOs 07:06 - HERB HAND 08:00 - Tempos 09:24 - Balance 10:18 - Schedule 15:19 - O-line prep KYP 16:10 - Game-planning blitzes 17:06 - Cut-ups (Practice corrections) 20:57 - Six sections of football 21:50 - Culture Plays 22:43 - KIRK MARTIN 23:28 - Blitz pick-up 24:14 - Understanding the opponent's front 25:31 - Identifying coverages 25:51 - Planning practice 26:38 - Film study (Problem children and huckleberrys) 27:19 - How to watch film 28:26 - Scripting 30:08 - Practice details 31:15 - TONY FRANKLIN 32:02 - Tempo and substitutions 32:29 - Playing as many offensive linemen you can 33:19 - Cadence 33:51 - Practicing RPOs 34:24 - Special Teams periods 34:43 - Identifying coverage 35:54 - Call sheet 37:00 - "Be you" 37:45 - Outro
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39 min
May 15, 2019
OC Magic Notes and Takeaways - Day 1
Keith Grabowski shares his takeaways from Day 1 of OC Magic in San Marcos, Texas. Speakers included Tony Franklin, Rob Likens, Jake Spavital, and Brandon Jones. 00:00 - Intro 01:17 - Tony Franklin 03:24 - Coordinating and dealing with the emotions of the game 05:14 - 10 Objectives 07:03 - Characteristic of a great OC 08:42 - 6 Points of offensive football 13:21 - Game-call rhythm 15:13 - Rob Likens (4 Pillars of success) 15:43 - Communication 17:25 - Technique 17:59 - Effort 18:24 - Human Element/Gameplan 20:58 - 4th Down 21:53 - Jake Spavital 23:44 - Storms 24:26 - Grading QBs 24:50 - Brandon Jones 25:47 - Tempo 26:24 - Touching on all learning styles 26:53 - Outro
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28 min
May 14, 2019
Deep Dive on Defense- Evolution of Defending RPOs with Brandon Lechtenberg
On this episode of Deep Dive on Defense, Brandon Lechtenberg, linebackers coach at University of Incarnate Word (FCS)joins guest host Chris Vasseur to discuss all the details on defending the RPO as well as how defenses have evolved their strategies as use of the RPO has expanded to every level of football. 00:00 - Intro 02:15 - Coaching Journey 05:18 - Experience at TCU 08:18 - Power Read 11:38 - Last year at TCU 13:22 - Millsap's 21:05 - Defending RPOs (evolution of the RPO) 33:57 - Defending RPOs (Scheme or technique) 38:41 - Cover 4 41:48 - Defending the Perimeter 52:59 - Defending all options 55:57 - Running Quarterbacks 1:00:21 - Chasing the running-back dives 1:07:59 - Defending a 3x1 1:12:23 - Blitzing RPOs 1:23:51 - Slamming the B-gap 1:32:15 - 4th down stop to win the game 1:33:42 - Outro
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95 min
May 13, 2019
Doing the Job of Offensive Coordinator - Rob Likens, OC Arizona State
Arizona State Offensive Coordinator Rob Likens joins Keith Grabowski to discuss the job of an offensive coordinator. Grabowski and Likens discuss highlights of his 3 hour presentation at Tony Franklin's OC Magic. Recorded at OC Magic in San Marcos, TX 5/11/19. 00:00 - Intro 00:32 - What the game means to you 03:11 - Benefits of the event 04:59 - Communication 07:18 - Working and communicating with assistant coaches (Breaking walls) 09:27 - Communicating with your quarterback 10:59 - Setting expectations 12:28 - Simplicity under pressure 14:27 - Championship effort 15:24 - Human element 17:10 - Simplistic advantageous system 18:44 - Analytics (Attack 3rd Down) 20:18 - Putting together a game-plan (Information sheets) 21:44 - Game week 25:21 - Winning Edge 26:28 - Goodbyes/Outro Twitter: @CoachLikensASU @CoachKGrabowski @FBDevCoach
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28 min
May 10, 2019
Player Analytics for a Better Prepared Team with DJ Callender
Catapult Sports Director of Emerging Markets DJ Callender joins host Keith Grabowski to discuss how wearable technology can create a better plan for preparation as a team progresses through a season. They discuss how this became popular with Chip Kelly implementing the technology at Oregon and continuing its use to his current position at UCLA. Callendar presents an implementation plan that is both affordable and practical for the high school and small college levels. 00:00 - Intro 00:45 - Overview of Catapult Sports 03:15 - Monitoring where your players are physically 05:42 - Creating a better preseason camp 07:33 - What does the data say? 09:21 - Fast Fridays 12:02 - Training as the season goes on 14:07 - Workflow and simplicity 16:36 - Measuring impacts 18:28 - Are impacts timestamped? 20:31 - In-game use 22:32 - Cost 25:19 - Only using five 26:16 - Player safety and optics 28:26 - Raising a standard 30:12 - Contact info (dj.callender@catapultsports.com) 30:42 - Coaches to contact
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32 min
May 9, 2019
Deep Dive on Defense - Simulated Pressures and Creepers with Patrick Toney
"Deep Dive on Defense- Simulated Pressures and Creepers" with Patrick Toney On today’s Deep Dive on Defense Series, Patrick Toney, Louisiana Ragin’ Cagins Safeties Coach joins guest host Chris Vasseur to discuss simulated pressures. Toney covers everything from why they are difficult for an offense to the specifics of beating certain types of protections. Toney also shares how they teach various techniques and how the sims and creepers can be used in various run game stoppers. 00:00 - Intro 01:18 - Coaching Background 03:07 - Working with Ron Roberts 04:30 - Simulated Pressures/Creepers 07:01 - What makes Simulated Pressures Difficult for an Offense 10:59 - Bluffing 15:43 - When to use Simulated Pressures and Creepers 18:48 - Running in College 20:34 - When to Avoid Simulated Pressures and Creepers 22:32 -The Advanced Tackling System 23:06 - Percentage of Sims and Creepers to the rest of the Defense 26:09 - Playing the Run 30:30 - Pressuring with Safeties 36:07 - Gap Scheme/Power Counter 39:17 - Stopping 10 or 11 Personnel RPOs 44:20 - Beating Pass Protection 52:49 - Beating Big on Big Protections 57:48 - Beating Wide T Protections 1:00:49 - Pressuring Against Boot 1:02:15 - How you Install Pressures 1:05:30 - Teaching Defensive Ends to Drop 1:08:34 - One Play to Finish a Game. What Do You Call? 1:10:24 - Outro
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71 min
May 8, 2019
Home Team - Cal State Fullerton OC, Garrett Campbell
Garrett Campbell is the guest on the Home Team Series with host Joel Nellis. Embarking on his 3rd season with the Hornets, Coach Campbell is no stranger to Fullerton College as his father, Dick Campbell, was on the Hornet coaching staff for 15 seasons during the Hal Sherbeck years. As a young boy, Garrett served as Fullerton's ball boy and then later grew to become a quarterback and wide receiver for the Hornets from 1995-96. Born and raised in southern California Campbell, earned his bachelor's degree at nearby California State Fullerton in 1998. He then went on to earn his master's degree at Northern State University in 2002. Campbell got his start in coaching at Fullerton College in 1998 and has since coached at Northern State, Willamette University, Menlo College and Carthage College and Illinois College. Prior to joining the Hornet coaching staff, Campbell was the head coach of the Illinois College football team for eight seasons. He posted an overall record of 51-30 and led the 2011 Blueboys to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III football playoffs. 00:00 - Intro 02:55 - Meeting your wife 05:52 - Your Wife's Character 06:55 - Children 13:47 - Coaching and Marriage During the Early Years 19:52 - Insert by Keith 20:24 - Planning on Starting a Family 23:05 - "Clock Management" - adjusting to moving 27:32 - "Clock Management" - time for the marriage and family 33:17 - Getting Kids involved with your coaching 35:05 - Phone time 36:10 - Avoiding spending TOO much time preparing every week 41:32 - "Prevent Defense" 47:26 - Making players feel valued off the field 55:04 - "Victory Formation" - Legacy 58:01 - Goodbyes/Outro
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59 min
May 7, 2019
What the Game Teaches with Retired NFL Offensive Lineman Jack Mewhort
On this podcast, retired Indianapolis Colt Jack Mewhort joins Keith Grabowski to discuss his experiences in growing up in the game from his high school career to playing for Jim Tressel, Luke Fickell, and Urban Meyer at Ohio State, and his time in the NFL. Mewhort discusses coaching methods that were most effective from his perspective as a player and offensive line play and technique. 00:19 - Recruiting with social media 02:55 - 7 on 7 05:54 - Camaraderie of High School Football 08:23 - Lessons from Football 10:24 - Playing for Jim Tressel 12:13 - Transition with Luke Fickell 13:54 - Playing for Urban Meyer 19:16 - Impactful Coaching Methods 21:01 - Technical Skill Player Offensive Line 24:16 - Playing Offensive Line with the Head Up 28:49 - The Winning Edge
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33 min
May 6, 2019
Building a Program by Design with IL runner-up head coach Rob Pomazak
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith is joined by coach Rob Pomazak to discuss building a program by design starting with vision and mission, progressing through strategic planning and execution and finally branding. Pomazak is the head coach at St. Charles North (IL), 2018 IL state runner-up. 00:39 - Building a Program by Design 03:01 - Belief Systems 05:27 - The Vision and the Mission 08:14 - Systematic Approach 13:27 - Giving Back to the Community 17:03 - Branding and Public Relations 21:03 - Be Intentional
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24 min
May 3, 2019
Gridiron Genius - Michael Lombardi
On this episode of Coach and Coordinator, former NFL GM and coach, Michael Lombardi shares his stories of coaching with iconic coaches Bill Walsh and Bill Belichik, and Raiders owner Al Davis. Lombardi gives insights into the coaching profession which he learned from the best to ever coach the game. All of these are detailed in his book Gridiron Genius - A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL. 00:19 - Intro/Book 01:57 - Bill Walsh 04:46 - Al Davis 06:27 - What makes a great coach? 08:19 - Culture 11:51 - Divergent in thought 13:43 - Evaluation 16:51 - The Middle 8 23:00 - Managing the downs 25:44 - Over-complicating 26:43 - Coaching Staffs 28:43 - Program Guys 30:27 - Player Development 33:55 - Working with Saban and Belichick 35:46 - Special Teams 38:35 - The Winning Edge
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42 min
May 2, 2019
Dynamic Presentations and Virtual Reality for More Effective Coaching
Dynamic Presentations and Virtual Reality for More Effective Coaching On today’s episode of Coach and Coordinator, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Mike Giancola, defensive coordinator at Bridgewater College and Josh Yagel, special teams coordinator at Centreville High School. Yagel is a former player at Bridgewater and both were introduced to dynamic coaching tools and utilize those in their teaching and preparation for their players. They share best uses and teaching methods that help them to develop their players. 00:19 - Intro 01:04 - Rivalries 02:47 - New presentation strategies 07:11 - Go Army Edge app 10:36 - Utilization in special teams 11:56 - Telestrations and player feedback 13:54 - Player instructing players 18:11 - VR 20:28 - More uses for VR and how it fits for every position 22:43 – Tackling drills in virtual reality 23:23 – Use of VR for punt returners 25:54 - What the coaches are most excited about in the app 27:03 - Personal playbook 28:19 - Getting started Related content: Advanced Tackling System Vision, Decision, Action Andy Ryland on Coach and Coordinator discussing VDA Does your playbook include virtual reality? The impact of teaching and technology on coaching Coaching and Technology Episode Playlist on SoundCloud Twitter: @FBDevCoach @CoachGiancola @Coach_Yagel @CoachKGrabowski
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33 min
May 1, 2019
Deliberate Practice - Know Your Why
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36 min
April 30, 2019
Deep Dive on Defense - the three safety defense with Ty Gower, DC Princeton HS (TX)
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80 min
April 29, 2019
Coach Grabowski's Notebook: Setting Measurable Practice Standards
Coach Grabowski’s Notebook: Measuring Practice Success and Developing Good Habits On today’s podcast, host Keith Grabowski shares a solution that he and his staff developed for getting better performance out of the scout team. Many coaches become frustrated with the look provided by the scout team. These standards take the focus off the performance of the scout team and put it back on the first team. Specific standards allow for practices to be measurable and feedback to both the scout team and first team to be clear. :55 Time to establish habits 1:25 Getting a good look from the scout team is always a challenge. Many times coaches become frustrated with the scout team, but in truth, they may be giving all they can give. 1:50 Putting the focus on the first team players and their effort and execution will pay bigger dividends than being frustrated with the scout team. 2:26 Focus is shifted off of the scout team. In some ways, this takes the pressure off of them, and indirectly, measurables are created for them as well. 3:15. Every play scores. The habit being developed is finishing. The ball carrier or receiver keeps working until he crosses the goal line. 4:04 No defender touches the running back for the first five yards. (If a scout player can touch the runner, a first team player can tackle the runner). The emphasis is on both fit and finish for the offensive line. 4:48 On pass plays, no defender is within four yards of the quarterback, ever! This really forces the offensive line to move their feet and get in proper position. 5:20 On pass plays every player runs toward the ball after it is released for at least five yards. This is just good football - offensive players are finding work and are in position to make a big block or recover a fumble or to just get to the spot for the next play. Related: Find Work Drill 5:58 Route timing, spacing and separation are important aspects of the passing game. Chart the number of properly executed routes. 6:51 Most teams are concerned with tempo. A coach can count out loud on every snap to make everyone aware of the tempo. Chart the times and expect them to be within certain parameters based on the tempo being used. 7:27 What to do if you don’t film practice 8:00 Make the measurables visible and put a daily emphasis on what the results mean for the performance and progress of the offense. 8:30 Put the chart in a place where everyone will see it. Be sure to make comments for the scout team, and consider naming a scout team player of the day. 9:22 Set some initial standards.
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11 min
April 26, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 4/25/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Teaching & Tech - Rob Everett Evolution of an Institution - Mike Jacobs Deep Dive on Defense - Chris Vasseur & Brian Vaughn Unique Defensive Practice - Todd Drury Home Team - Joel Nellis & Jay Eilers Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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8 min
April 26, 2019
Home Team w/ Joel Nellis - Jay Eilers
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast we have the "Home Team" series with guest host Joel Nellis joined by West Burlington (Iowa)–Notre Dame High School head coach Jay Eilers. Nellis and Coach Eilers discuss the importance of family in a coach’s life and what lessons Coach Eilers has learned during his career. 01:08 How Coach Eilers met his wife 02:15 Passions of Eilers’ wife 03:25 What makes Coach Eilers’ wife so invaluable? 04:28 Coach Eilers’ children 08:45 Coach Eilers’ family input on career decisions 27:15 The Eilers’ family-only evening 29:00 Being at home 30:12 Coach Eiler helping on the home front 32:26 Having kids involved in the program 35:20 Missing time as a younger coach 37:47 Managing phone time 39:30 Avoid being over-analytical 42:42 Overcoming struggle as a family 44:35 Aspect of parenting that carries over into coaching 46:00 Helping players grow as men 48:12 A change in the last three years that’s made Eilers a better coach 52:23 Coach Eilers’ impact and legacy Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7166/podcast-home-team-w-joel-nellis-joe-labuda-head-coach-menomonie-high-school Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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55 min
April 25, 2019
Creating Unique Practice - Todd Drury
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Missouri S&T head coach Todd Drury. Coach Drury shares the Miners’ unique defensive practice format and the detail of focus. 01:12 Life as a head coach 02:10 Working with the offense 03:35 Success in building the culture 05:16 E+R=O 07:10 Have a base 09:32 Coach Drury’s practice format 10:30 Creating the practice format 13:03 Managing the reps 14:35 Practice for focus 17:17 Helping the defensive linemen 20:25 Applying it to the offense 22:35 Get the most out of it 24:10 Winning edge 24:41 Connect with coach Twitter: @ToddDrury @SandTFootball Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6577/podcast-andy-ryland-and-keith-grabowski-talk-about-creating-a-game-ready-player-through-vision-decision-action-cycle https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6778/podcast-the-advanced-tackling-system-with-richie-gray-and-andy-ryland https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/deliberate-practice-practice-prescription Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com/
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26 min
April 24, 2019
Deep Dive On Defense w/ Chris Vasseur - Blitzology w/ Brian Vaughn
On today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, the “Deep Dive on Defense” series continues with guest host and Clovis (Calif.) High School defensive coordinator Chris Vasseur. This series gives defensive coaches an opportunity to find and share concepts that are most commonly available for their counterparts on offense. Coach Vasseur is joined by Florida Tech co–defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Brian Vaughn. Coach Vaughn shares why he blitzes, his blitz blog and the variations of pressures a coach can use on defense. 03:05 Coach Vaughn’s coaching journey 11:45 Starting the blitzology site 16:05 Teaching the blitz 20:05 Run pressures vs. split zone 34:54 Facing counter/power 40:45 Cutter 40:20 Pressure vs. power 44:50 Blitz coverage vs. 11-/20-personnel 47:33 Pressure vs. 10-personnel 51:30 One of Coach Vaughn’s favorite blitzes 58:00 Blitzing against RPO 1:07:12 Studying opponents for pass pressures 1:12:00 Breaking down the pressure menu 1:14:30 Blitz vs. TE release 1:18:45 Blitz vs. big-on-big 1:23:10 Blitz vs. scat 1:31:10 Why blitz? 1:35:30 What do you call? 1:37:45 Connect with coach: Twitter: @BrianMVaughn Related Content: http://www.blitzology.com/ https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7056/podcast-simulated-blitzes-with-cody-alexander Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com/ Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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98 min
April 23, 2019
Evolution of an Institution and Program - Mike Jacobs
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Notre Dame College (Ohio) head coach Mike Jacobs. Discussing the evolution of Notre Dame College from an all-girls institution to becoming a top-level Division II football program, Coach Jacobs shares his development as a coach and the evolution of the Falcons’ program. 01:30 Growth of Notre Dame College 03:45 Strong foundation 04:55 Deciding to be a coach 06:18 Key lessons learned 08:08 Past experiences that developed Coach Jacobs 11:40 Less room for error 13:20 Talent evaluation 16:42 Building the coaching staff 20:50 Practice structure 24:55 Run focus period 26:46 Tempo and expectation 27:50 Retooling drills: Georgia drill 35:20 Winning edge 36:06 Connect with coach: Twitter: @NDCFB notredamefalcons.com Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com/ Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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38 min
April 22, 2019
The Impact on Teaching and Technology in Coaching - Rob Everett
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by former Memphis Express tight end coach Rob Everett. Grabowski and Coach Everett discuss his experience in the Alliance of American Football (AAF), the connections made, ideas of teaching and technology in coaching. 02:55 Coaching is teaching 06:38 Free tools 09:58 Multiple modes of instruction 13:47 Finding that fit 17:25 Great connections made 22:15 Go Army Edge 28:01 Two-Dimensional Playbook 31:50 Gauging use of technology Connect with coach: Twitter: @Nineinthebox Related Content: https://www.goarmyedge.com/ Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com/ Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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37 min
April 19, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 4/19/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Double Gun Offense - Jay Stolfi Deep Dive on Defense - Chris Vasseur & Adam Gaylor What is Open - Dub Maddox Self-Scouting - Cody Alexander Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Spring Ball Detail & Development Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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7 min
April 19, 2019
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Spring Ball Development And Details
Today on this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski shares a page from his coaching notebook focusing on detail and development in spring ball. Spring ball varies for teams across the country on all levels but one common focus point to address is skill development and detail. 01:23 Attack complacency 02:04 Grading for growth 03:25 Equal reps for all players 04:38 Mental reps 05:50 Video drills 07:04 Setup drills 09:40 Make drills competitive 11:40 Having fun and building unity Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7032/are-you-coaching-the-mental-rep https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7184/building-a-program-culture-by-design-beliefs-behaviors-mission-vision https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6984/podcast-college-leaders-sam-parker-ferris-state Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com/ Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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14 min
April 18, 2019
Self-Scouting - Cody Alexander
On today's episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Midlothian (Texas) High School defensive backs coach Cody Alexander to update coaches on the importance of self-scouting. Grabowski and Coach Alexander break down what coaches can look for to help with reflection and preparation for next season. 01:00 What to look at in self-scout? 03:36 Evaluating explosive plays 05:54 Self-scouting each game 07:55 Looking at personnel 10:35 Coach Alexander’s hit chart 12:50 Understand defensive structure 14:34 No pre-snap reads 17:00 Coach Alexander's trend in self-scouting 19:59 20 Personnel 21:21 Being able to match up 22:35 How self-scouting affects install 25:40 Watching bowl game practices 28:08 Connect with coach: Twitter: The_Coach_A Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7017/podcast-match-quarters-and-hybrid-defenders-cody-alexander https://usafootball.com/coaches-notes/view/7169/run-fits-from-the-okie-front-against-20-personnel Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com/ Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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29 min
April 17, 2019
What Is Open - Dub Maddox
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by recurring guest Dub Maddox, head coach of Victory Christian High School in Tulsa, Okla. Coach Maddox is not only a decorated coach but also a two-time author with his works, “Adapt or Die” and “From Headset to Helmet.” He joins the podcast to discuss his new book, “What is Open.” Grabowski and Coach Maddox break down what went into the book and what Maddox hopes coaches get from this new book. 01:17 What is “What is Open” 06:38 Stories and scenarios that shape the book 15:10 Advantage in R4 18:20 Be adaptable 19:45 Result in R4 25:54 Culture starts with the coaching staff 28:00 Focus 3 30:08 The process of developing everyone 35:15 The system is for everybody 36:50 Personnel driven 40:47 Evaluations 43:20 What’s next? 44:17 Connect with coach: Twitter: @CoachDubMaddox Related Content: https://www.r4footballsystem.com/ https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5901/jenks-oklahoma-high-school-offensive-coordinator-dub-maddox-on-specialized-language-for-players Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com/ Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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46 min
April 16, 2019
Deep Dive on Defense w/ Chris Vasseur - Schematic Transition 3 LBs to 3 High Safeties w/ Adam Gaylor
On today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, the series “Deep Dive on Defense” continues with guest host and Clovis (Calif.) High School defensive coordinator Chris Vasseur. This series gives defensive coaches an opportunity to find and share concepts that are most commonly available for their counterparts on offense. Today, Coach Vasseur is joined by Jenks (Okla.) High School defensive coordinator Adam Gaylor to discuss the schematic evolution of three linebackers to three-deep safeties. Coach Gaylor explains why the change happened and explains the creativity it provides a defense. 00:20 - Intro 06:04 - Deep Dive intro 07:46 - Gaylor's early journey and schematic foundation 19:17 - Joining Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School 22:06 - Running 4-3, Tampa 2 24:12 - Switching to quarters 28:05 – Coaches notes 36:55 - Defending the pistol 43:20 - The pirate stunt 51:30 – Tilt-nose technique 57:00 - Playing 2-techniques 1:07:02 Transitioning to three-down linemen 1:16:30 Incorporating three-high safeties 1:20:44 Nickel alignment and dealing with FIB 1:24:22 Selecting personnel for a three-high safety defense 1:26:32 3 High safety coverages 1:30:17 What will you call? Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7163/podcast-deep-dive-on-defense-chris-vasseur-rip-liz-match-w-kyle-cogan Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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93 min
April 15, 2019
Building and Evolving a System to keep up with the Game - Jay Stolfi
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Jay Stolfi as he introduces his Double Gun offense. Grabowski and Coach Stolfi share how he put this system together and the coaching similarities with USA Football’s system and Football Development Model. 01:38 Addressing the gap in the evolution of football 04:28 Changes in the game 07:00 Having a theme that sticks with philosophy 12:10 Having a flexible system 17:07 Progression within the system 24:12 Evolving in coaching 29:35 Preparing technique and assignment Connect with coach: Twitter: @JayStolfi Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6824/podcast-keith-grabowski-coach-jay-stolfi-discuss-why-kids-don-t-play-football-anymore https://doublegunoffense.com/ Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at https://footballdevelopment.com/ Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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35 min
April 12, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 4/12/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Deep Dive on Defense - Chris Vasseur & Kyle Cogan Home Team - Joe LaBuda OC Magic - Tony Franklin College Leader - Scott Abell State Champ - John Marinelli Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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10 min
April 12, 2019
State Champions - John Marinelli, Greenwich High School (Conn)
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Greenwich (Conn.) High School head coach John Marinelli. Marinelli had the unique opportunity to coach against his father in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athlete Conference (CIAC) Class LL 2018 state title where he led the Cardinals to victory, securing his first state title as a head coach. He reflects on the 2018 season and qualities of his Cardinal program. 01:00 Old school coach new school mentality 02:28 Off-season leading to a championship 05:10 Putting intangibles into practice 09:00 Accountability 11:42 Focus 3 13:08 Patriot game planning 18:28 Window dressing 20:45 How much Coach Marinelli carries in a game plan 23:35 Managing the team 26:27 Adjustment as the head coach 28:42 Key concept from 2018 31:25 Teaching linebackers patient stunts 35:10 Winning edge 36:20 Connect with coach Email: john.marinelli@grenwich.com Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6515/podcast-greenwich-connecticut-high-school-coach-john-marinelli-talks-about-in-game-communication https://ncadvertiser.com/133329/an-emotional-week-of-triumph-tragedy-and-family-for-greenwich-coach-john-marinelli/ Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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38 min
April 11, 2019
College Leaders - Scott Abell, Head Coach Davidson FCS #1 Offense in 2018
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Davidson (N.C.) head coach Scott Abell. In his first year as a College head coach, Abell’s offense ranked No. 1 in the FCS, averaging 44.9 points per game, 557.6 total yards per game and 436 rush yards per game. Coach Abell shares how his time at the high school level prepared him for the collegiate ranks and how he found success at the college level. :57 Coach Abell’s coaching journey 04:04 Success in a shared vision 07:55 Building a cohesive coaching staff 09:40 Key lessons learned 13:25 Marrying culture and strategy 16:21 Bringing in new coaches 18:26 Players adapting into Coach Abell’s offensive philosophy 22:48 Offensive teaching progression 26:30 Stressing the defense with the triple option 29:10 USA Football’s Contact Systems 31:27 Same personnel, different sets 34:55 Knowing who you are 38:46 Handling third down 42:34 Managing the passing game 44:35 Winning edge 45:40 Connect with coach: Website: https://davidsonwildcats.com/index.aspx?path=football Twitter: @Scott_AbellFB Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6237/how-the-oregon-ducks-utilized-the-triple-option-in-their-spread-offense Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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47 min
April 10, 2019
Developing as an Offensive Coordinator w/ OC Magic - Tony Franklin
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Tony Franklin. Coach Franklin discusses his new innovative system OC Magic, a learning experience for coaches to develop as an offensive mind utilizing a variety of coaches’ perspectives. Coach Franklin's OC Magic is football’s first ever offensive coordinator and game planning certification school, which will be live May 10-11 in San Marcos, Texas. 01:12 OC Magic 06:19 Learning and feedback 09:53 USA Football’s Contact Systems 11:56 Devising an offense from scratch 18:39 The fine details in this program 23:55 Weaving culture with strategy 26:50 The Magnificent Seven 36:12 Getting OC Magic Related Content: https://tonyfranklinfootball.com/ocmagic/ https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6188/podcast-middle-tennessee-offensive-coordinator-tony-franklin-talks-about-his-system Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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38 min
April 9, 2019
Home Team w/ Joel Nellis - Joe LaBuda, Head Coach Menomonie High School
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, we have the "Home Team" series with guest host Joel Nellis joined by Menomonie (Wisc.) High School head coach Joe LaBuda. According to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA), Coach LaBuda ranks top 10 in wins as a coach in the state of Wisconsin. Nellis and Coach LaBuda discuss the importance of family in a coach’s life and what that has looked like for Coach LaBuda during his career. :39 Coach LaBuda’s bio 01:47 How Coach LaBuda met his wife 02:37 Passions of LaBuda’s wife 03:17 What makes Coach LaBuda’s wife so invaluable? 04:22 Coach LaBuda’s children 06:00 Coaching his son 10:52 Coach LaBuda’s take on job offers 12:51 Balancing family time and coaching 15:06 How Coach LaBuda helps around the house 19:40 Having kids involved in the program 21:40 Focus 3 22:43 Avoid being over-analytical 24:23 Aspect of parenting that carries over into coaching 26:50 Getting players involved in the youth program 30:08 Coach LaBuda’s impact and legacy Related Content: https://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/sports/2017/08/19/berlin-native-labuda-still-racking-up-wins-menomonie/583463001/ https://usafootball.com/focus3/ Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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33 min
April 8, 2019
Deep Dive on Defense w/ Chris Vasseur - Rip Liz Match w/ Kyle Cogan
Today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast kicks off a new series titled, “Deep Dive on Defense,” with guest host and Clovis (Calif.) High School Defensive Coordinator Chris Vasseur. This series gives defensive coaches an opportunity to find and share concepts which are most commonly available for their counterparts on offense. In today’s episode, Coach Vasseur is joined by Lexington (Mo.) High School Defensive Coordinator Kyle Cogan as he shares the Rip Liz Match Cover 3 coverage concept. Coach Cogan lays out why it was built, how it’s taught and how it’s effective. 01:44 – Why feature a “Deep Dive on Defense” series? 03:43 – Making Episode 1 06:44 – Introduce Coach Kyle Cogan, defensive coordinator of Lexington (Mo.) High School 08:10 – Coach Cogan’s coaching journey 11:00 – Practicing defense against the single wing offense 11:37 - USA Football’s Advanced Tackling System 14:45 – Why was Rip Liz Match created? 18:08 – How do coaches teach Rip Liz Match? · Divider Rules · Position Maintenance 28:05 – Scooch/shuffle technique 30:47 – The zone-to-man concept in Rip Liz 31:54 – Position rules 32:23 – Corners 37:27 – Overhang 47:35 – Hook defenders 1:00:15 – Four-Strong Shallow 1:04:42 – Middle of the field safety 1:08:42 – Why should coaches use Rip Liz? 1:12:05 – How to prepare for offenses testing this coverage 1:15:37 – What will you call? Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7092/podcast-the-dynamic-of-coaching-and-friendship-chris-vasseur-and-steven-lo Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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78 min
April 5, 2019
Coach Grabowski's Notebook: 15 Coaching Points for The Player-Coach Relationship
Coach Grabowski’s Notebook: Coaching Points for Developing a Strong Player-Coach Relationship Show Notes Host Keith Grabowski shares a page from his notebook, specifically his coaching staff manual, that details the coaching points to develop a strong player coach relationship. He shares examples from his own experiences and recent FBS spring ball visits. 00:42 Where this information comes from 01:25 Relationships are important even at the highest levels 01:14 Tom Izzo example of “tough coaching” 02:19 Can’t find validation anywhere for treating players poorly 03:01 Introduction – trust, respect, caring, and honesty 05:24 Eye contact is important to communicating honesty 05:58 Be sure of yourself 06:31 Be careful with humor 07:00 Be yourself 07:41 Be honest 08:48 Talk to your players as people not just athletes; U. Buffalo example 10:06 When yelling is appropriate 13:37 Be patient; their success is your responsibility 15:54 Using physical discipline (running, sprints, etc.); is it appropriate? 16:00 Physical performance error 16:11 Mental mistakes 16:46 Lack of effort 17:30 University of Akron tempo example 18:32 Be flexible 19:55 Communicate positively and specifically 20:55 Make sure the have a role and an opportunity to contribute 23:05 Bench is a motivator 24:00 Set them up for success 24:59 No excuses mentailty Twitter: @CoachKGrabowski @FBDevCoach Related Content: BK Be manical about standards https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/the-leadership-journey-week-2-changing-culture Mike Edler – Develop Your K-12 Program https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7122/podcast-how-the-hs-coach-implements-the-football-development-model-mike-elder State Champ – evolving thoughts on coaching https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7147/podcast-evolution-of-a-coach-and-program-4x-state-champion-brandon-clark State Champ – coordinators coaching younger players https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7144/podcast-state-champions-brad-boyette-head-coach-horn-lake-high-school
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27 min
April 4, 2019
State Champions - Ken Krause, Head Coach Muskego High School
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Muskego (Wi.) High School head coach Ken Krause. Coach Krause was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) & Green Bay Packers Coach of the Year as he led the Warriors to their first state title. He shares his coaching journey and what it took to bring a title to Muskego. 00:57 Coach Krause’s coaching journey 01:44 Lessons learned from coaches 03:27 Managing the player coach relationship 04:39 Evolution of communication with players 06:33 Muskego off-season program 11:11 Working with the multisport athlete 12:53 Program philosophy 16:35 Wing-T disguise 19:31 Taking care of youth sports 22:12 Maintaining balance as a head coach 24:45 What it took to win state? 27:20 Connect with coach: Email: Kenneth.krause@muskegonorway.org Related Content: https://www.packers.com/news/ken-krause-of-muskego-high-school-named-wfca-green-bay-packers-high-school-coach Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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29 min
April 3, 2019
State Champions -David Alexander, Head Coach Broken Arrow OK
In this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School head coach David Alexander. Coach Alexander transitioned from a 10-year NFL veteran to the high school coaching profession in a unique journey. He has been at helm for five years and in 2018, led the Tigers to their first state title in 108 years. :00 Kick off 02:35 Coaches notes 07:25 Football in Oklahoma 08:08 Coach Alexander’s transition from NFL to high school coaching 15:00 Figuring out how to take Broken Arrow to the top: work ethic 20:10 Putting it all together: leadership 25:28 Building upon your leaders: leadership council 29:53 Working the multisport athletes 34:35 Adjustments during the season 42:43 Key concepts for the Tigers 46:32 Winning edge 50:00 Reacting to adversity 52:50 Connect with coach; Website: batiger.com Twitter: Davidalex72 @jaywilkinson Related Content: https://usafootball.com/focus3/ https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6604/podcast-oklahoma-rival-high-school-coaches-talk-about-annual-backyard-bowl Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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55 min
April 2, 2019
College Champions - Casey Jacobsen, Morningside College
In this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Morningside College (Iowa) defensive coordinator Casey Jacobsen. Coach Jacobsen has been a part of the Mustangs’ staff for 15 years. In 2018, the Mustangs capped off an undefeated season by winning the NAIA National Championship. Coach Jacobsen reflects on the Mustangs’ season, his development as a coach and defensive preparation and execution. :00 Kick off 04:55 Grabowski and Coach Jacobsen’s connection 05:36 NAIA champions 06:50 In-season adjustments 08:58 Working with the linebackers 10:15 Game plan adjustments 12:19 Spring ball installation and adjustments 14:46 Factors to a championship season 17:10 Professional development 19:02 What has Coach Jacobsen learned from other coaches? 20:45 Offensive schemes to prepare for 22:25 Situational football 24:56 Personnel 26:45 Morningside’s defense 29:15 Defensive game planning 32:06 Coach Jacobsen’s coaching make-up 34:04 Grading relentlessness 35:46 Goals are the same in practice and games 36:55 Tangible goals in practice 38:13 Winning edge 39:57 Connect with coach: Email: jacobsen@morningside.edu Twitter: @CoachCJake Related Content: https://usafootball.com/development-training/clinics/system-football-clinics/ https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6798/advanced-tackling-system-preview-the-band-tackle-drill Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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41 min
April 1, 2019
Evolution of a Coach and Program - 4x State Champion Brandon Clark
This episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by (Kan.) Derby High School head coach Brandon Clark. Since taking over a 0-9 program in 2006, Coach Clark has led the Panthers to four state championships. He shares his experience as coach and his development while taking over the Derby program. :00 Kick off 04:32 Coach Clark’s “why” in coaching 06:05 Lessons as a coach 09:44 The process in the turn around 12:20 Advice for coaches 16:39 Practical steps in building the foundation 19:43 Standards over rules 22:03 Taking the next step 25:16 Coaching with expectation 27:47 Coach Clark’s change influencing the team 30:20 Derby’s identity 32:23 Installation in the junior football level 36:26 Winning edge 38:11 Connect with coach: Email: Bclark@usb260.com Twitter: @DerbyPanther @coachkurthines Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5092/podcast-coach-and-coordinator-lessons-from-2017-andrew-coverdale-12-12-17 https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6965/podcast-your-call-f-r-e-a-k-with-tim-sauer https://usafootball.com/focus3/ Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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39 min
March 29, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 3/29/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Coaching Legend - Thom McDaniels Home Team - Joe Adam Knowledge Management System - Kirk Thor State Champ - Brad Boyette USA Football Master Trainer - PJ Gibbs Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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11 min
March 29, 2019
USA Football's Opportunity for Coaching Development - PJ Gibbs
In this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Naples (Fla.) Palmetto Ridge High School defensive coordinator PJ Gibbs. Coach Gibbs is a USA Football Master Trainer and has been active in USA Football’s international bowl, Master Trainer clinic, and National Conference and shares his experience at all these events. Coach Gibbs shares his unique opportunity to experience spring ball at Clemson University and the University of Arizona and what he picked up along the way. :00 The Kick off 04:00 USA Football’s International Bowl 08:00 USA Football’s Master Trainers and networking 10:56 Connecting with Coach Specht 13:30 Heads Up Football 16:23 Importance of coaching standards and accountability 20:16 Preparation and quality of content 22:32 USA Football’s push for a smarter, safer game 25:45 USA Football’s National Conference 30:46 Experiencing Clemson Tiger football 32:52 Practical tools 36:44 Clemson’s countdown timer 39:17 Experiencing Arizona Wildcat football 41:04 Winning edge 43:28 Connect with coach: Twitter: @coachpjgibbs Email: Gibbsp2@collierschools.com Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/lessons-of-2017-pj-gibbs-gulf-coast-florida-high-school https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/pj-gibbs-in-season-mixdown-v1 https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/the-game-planning-process-noel-mazzone-offensive-coordinator-university-of-arizona Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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45 min
March 28, 2019
State Champions - Brad Boyette, Head Coach Horn Lake High School
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Horn Lake (Miss.) High School head coach Brad Boyette. Coach Boyette lead the Eagles to a state championship in 2018. In this episode he shares his process of turning the Horn Lake program around and reflects on the state championship season. Additionally, Coach Boyette describes the culture of his team and shares some of his favorite concepts. 01:30 Why Coach Boyette became a coach? 02:38 Lessons learned as a young coach 05:10 Changing team culture 07:08 Getting buy - in into the culture 09:28 Taking Horn Lake to the top 12:39 Behaviors of the players 14:52 Coaching methods for preparation 18:35 Coaching development 21:52 Unique concept for Horn Lake: RPO 27:35 Winning edge 29:36 Connect with coach: Email: brad.boyette@dcsms.org Twitter: @HornLakeFB Related Content: https://usafootball.com/focus3/ https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6228/podcast-mississippi-state-new-head-coach-joe-moorhead-shares-plan-to-build-strong-culture-for-program Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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31 min
March 27, 2019
Knowledge Management System - Kirk Thor
In this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Lake Ridge High School campus athletic director and head coach Kirk Thor. Coach Thor introduces us to the Knowledge Management System he uses in his program. An idea used for the coaching staff to ensure everyone is receiving the same information without any drop off when sharing among staff and players. The system contains the “why” and the “what” of Coach Thor’s program and is applicable to any program. :00 The kick off 04:07 The Knowledge Management System 07:27 What’s included in the system? 08:40 How do coaches understand? 11:00 Room for innovation 13:42 Inspecting and updating the system 17:03 Putting the system on all levels 19:24 Recommendations to get a system started 21:32 Breaking down the process for a new coach 23:22 How have new coaches responded to the system? 24:47 Results with players 26:28 Connect with coach: Twitter: @lakeridgefb @coachkirkthor Email: kirkthor@misdmail.org Related Content: https://usafootball.com/fdm/ https://usafootball.com/focus3/ Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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28 min
March 26, 2019
Home Team w/ Joel Nellis - Joe Adam, Head Coach St. Anslem College
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, we have the "Home Team" series with guest host Joel Nellis joined by Saint Anselm College (N.H.) head coach Joe Adam. Coach Adam has had great collegiate success having been a part of two Division II National Championships. Adam was apart of bringing Saint Anselm their first playoff appearance in school history. Nellis and Coach Adam discuss the importance of family in a coach’s life and what that has looked like for Coach Adam during his career. :00 The kick off 05:21 Coach Adam’s coaching bio 07:12 Coach Adam meeting his wife 08:11 Coach Adam’s wife's work and interests 09:03 Character traits that make Coach Adam’s wife valuable 10:04 Coach Adam’s kids and family make-up 11:44 Building relationship with his kids 12:56 Early negotiations about the coaching profession 14:55 Coach Adam’s wife’s interactions with staff and family 17:06 Involving his kids on career moves 19:01 Recommendations on moving 21:30 Small things Coach Adam does to help his marriage 23:05 Doing whatever is necessary on the home front 24:40 Kids being involved in the coaching environment 27:00 Impact from Adam’s young coaching career shaping his outlook 28:50 Managing phone time 30:17 Avoiding over preparation 31:50 Struggles as family while coaching 34:33 Coach Adam observing how people learn 35:52 Coach Adam’s lifestyle impacting his players 38:44 Making players feel valued 41:20 Being a more effective coach 43:45 Coach Adam’s impact: 4 to 40 Related Content: https://www.facebook.com/BillWilliamsChampionFactory/ https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6914/podcast-home-team-with-joel-nellis-featuring-sean-lewis Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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47 min
March 25, 2019
Ohio Coaching Legend - Thom McDaniels
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Ohio coaching legend Thom McDaniels.The father to New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Michigan Wolverines quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels, Coach McDaniels had been inducted into four halls of fame and was named National High School Coach of the Year by USA Today in 1997. Grabowski and McDaniels discuss his decorated coaching career, his sons and his perspective on the game. :00 The kick off 03:37 What got Coach McDaniels into coaching 05:35 Lessons learned as a coach 11:42 Importance of mentor-ship 14:45 Keys to building culture 19:30 Instilling team mentality into star players 22:46 Watching his sons grow into coaches 25:57 Learning from his sons 28:50 The naked boot package 32:35 Coaching in the McKinley vs. Massillon rivalry 36:55 Concerns for the game 40:10 Winning edge 42:40 Connect with coach Twitter: @thomas_tmcdwgh Related Content: https://www.cantonrep.com/sports/20171016/mckinley-massillon-documentary-focuses-on-rivalrys-impact-reach Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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44 min
March 23, 2019
Weekly of Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 3/23/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Read & Shoot - Dan Gonzalez Quarterback Evaluation: Decision Making/Footwork - Ken O'Keefe Program Recruitment - Matt Rosati Football Development Model - Mike Elder Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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6 min
March 22, 2019
How the HS Coach Implements the Football Development Model - Mike Elder
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Avon (Ohio) High School head coach Mike Elder as they discuss USA Football’s Football Development Model (FDM). Grabowski and Coach Elder discuss building a program from the ground up, how the Avon community has embraced with FDM’s influence and its effect on player development. 02:00 Developmental framework in Avon 05:11 Getting as many kids as possible 07:50 Impact of football 09:52 How Coach Elder shares information 14:27 Importance of a fun and fulfilling experience 19:45 Getting kids on the field 24:42 Setting parameters 27:15 Avon’s use of padded flag 30:20 Development and progression from flag football 32:28 Recommendation for coaches 35:32 Connect with coach: Twitter: coach_elderm Related Content: https://usafootball.com/fdm/ https://usafootball.com/rookietackle/ Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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35 min
March 21, 2019
Program Recruitment - Matt Rosati
In this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski talks to Perry (Ohio) High School head coach Matt Rosati about program recruitment. Coach Rosati shares the importance of building relationships and his program’s process for recruitment within Perry’s district of schools. 01:00 Wanting kids in school to play football 03:00 Game types 06:02 Coach Rosati’s recruiting plan 10:18 Coaches Notes 14:23 Building relationships 18:15 Promotion through social media 21:00 Keeping the kids in the program 22:15 Utilizing alumni 23:55 Connect with coach: Email: rosatim@perry-lake.org Facebook: Matt Rosati Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/coachs-grabowskis-notebook-recruit-season-guidelines-for-coaches Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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25 min
March 20, 2019
Evaluating the Quarterback Footwork - Iowa QB Coach, Ken O'Keefe
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski continues the Quarterback Evaluation series with University of Iowa quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe, discussing quarterback decision making and footwork. This episode focuses on evaluating and developing a quarterback’s footwork. Coach O’Keefe shares unique drills of progression to help develop this skill. :00 Coaches Notes 04:44 Speed to the launch point 07:35 Agile bags 11:20 Pop ups 14:10 Balance feet 15:05 Drop progression 1. Five-step drop 2. In place 3. Half-speed 4. Full-speed 23:37 Throwing position 25:42 Adding receivers 27:10 Ball location 27:42 Making the read 28:22 7-on-7 30:10 Jog through with detail Related Content: https://exit.sc/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fblogs.usafootball.com%2Fblog%2F7079%2Fpodcast-leadership-of-the-quarterback-iowa-qb-coach-ken-o-keefe https://exit.sc/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fblogs.usafootball.com%2Fblog%2F5790%2Fpodcast-coach-and-coordinator-best-of-quarterback-development-3-19-18 Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7079/podcast-leadership-of-the-quarterback-iowa-qb-coach-ken-o-keefe https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5790/podcast-coach-and-coordinator-best-of-quarterback-development-3-19-18 Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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32 min
March 19, 2019
Evaluating the Quarterback Decision Making - Iowa QB Coach, Ken O'Keefe
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined again by University of Iowa quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe for a two-part episode series discussing quarterback decision making and footwork. This first part is on the evaluation and development of a quarterback. Grabowski and Coach O’Keefe discuss decision making and how they evaluate this skill. 01:14 Reflection of Ohio Glazier Clinic 04:02 How Coach O’Keefe breaks down evaluating decision making • Competitor • Decision Maker • Measuring production vs. potential 06:00 Passing percentage 07:30 Touchdown-to-interception ratio 08:40 Explosive plays 09:35 Feet 10:12 Release time 10:50 Arm strength 23:12 Timing and progression 29:03 Progression of teaching the pass game Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7079/podcast-leadership-of-the-quarterback-iowa-qb-coach-ken-o-keefe https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5790/podcast-coach-and-coordinator-best-of-quarterback-development-3-19-18 Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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34 min
March 18, 2019
Read and Shoot - Dan Gonzalez
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Dan Gonzalez author of “Read and Shoot”. In this book Gonzalez breaks down building offensive systems, install, game planning, and player development in the systems. Taking advantage of the vast informational resources available to him, Gonzalez developed a passing system that combined ideas from some of the most vaunted offenses in pro and college football. He later enhanced that system so that youth players could learn and execute the same concepts and techniques. Further, the same concepts have been used to aid high schools in not only developing school record holders, but perennial playoff contenders and state champions as well. Gonzalez now delves into the theory and teaching that goes beyond the playbook and into the coaching behind the “X’s and O’s. 00:52 What is “Read and Shoot” 03:40 What trends went into the book? 06:18 Keys to building an offensive system 09:36 System for the players 11:28 Setting up a read system for quarterbacks 13:30 Breaking down installation 15:22 Player development 17:27 Getting the wideouts involved 19:25 Keys to game planning 21:53 Managing new ideas 25:09 Getting through the game plan on game day 27:02 What defensive trends should coaches account for in 2019? 29:50 Running game 32:15 Connect with coach: Website: Gonzalezpassinggame.weebly.com Twitter: Dan_Gonzalez16 Related Content: https://www.amazon.com/Read-Shoot-Coaching-Multiple-Passing/dp/179187861X https://gonzalezpassinggame.weebly.com/blog https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5934/podcast-dan-gonzalez-offensive-systems-consultant-talks-offseason-preparations https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5302/usa-football-national-conference-speaker-series-dan-gonzalez https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6356/podcast-offensive-consultant-dan-gonzalez-talks-about-installing-the-game-plan-and-reading-the-defense Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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34 min
March 15, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 3/5/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Your Call - Ben Powell & Mike Norman Coaching & Friendship - Chris Vasseur & Steven Lo Education & Detail - Erik Link Program Turn Around - Rick Stewart College Leaders - John Kelling Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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5 min
March 15, 2019
Dominating on Defense - John Kelling, Defensive Coordinator at Frostburg State University
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Frostburg State (Md.) defensive coordinator John Kelling. Frostburg finished inside the top 20 DIII in total defense both in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, Frostburg was ranked third in pass defenses, fourth in 3rd down conversions, only allowing a 22.1 percent in opponents completion percentage, and seventh in total defense. Grabowski and Coach Kelling breakdown how Frostburg’s defense has achieved continued success. 01:02 Coach Kelling’s coaching journey 03:15 Lessons learned as a coach 06:35 Developing the defense in 2019 09:12 Hallmarks of the defense 13:00 Practicing without contact 15:55 Pin the hip tempo 21:42 Learning to practice 23:45 Preparing for third down 28:04 Focus in the passing game 31:33 Coaching against the RPO 34:50 Keeping it simple for the defense 38:45 Curl, flat drill progression 42:20 Winning Edge 44:00 Football Development Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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45 min
March 14, 2019
Advice for Program Turn Around - Rick Stewart
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by All-Access Coaching creator coach Rick Stewart. Grabowski and Stewart discuss program turnaround, specifically going from worst to first. Coach Stewart has been a part of three program turnarounds in his coaching career and shares his experience. 01:20 Coach Stewart’s background in football 08:15 Strategies for turnaround and player development as a coaching staff 15:44 Advice for coaches and Stewart’s differences from stop one to stop three 22:00 Parents involvement in the program 28:10 Climbing the mountain vs. staying at the top 33:12 Coach Stewart’s resources for program building Related content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7090/podcast-your-call-program-turn-around-and-football-development-coach-ben-powell-and-mike-norman https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7084/podcast-your-call-building-and-branding-a-program-coach-yusuf-shakir-and-kareem-reid Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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38 min
March 13, 2019
Education & Detail - Erik Link Appalachian State Special Teams Coordinator
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Appalachian State special teams coordinator Erik Link. Grabowski and Link discuss his journey through coaching, his unique view on special teams, the importance of teaching and detail. 01:02 Why coach? 02:20 Coach Link’s coaching journey 08:10 Coach Link’s special team’s culture E3 13:00 Being detailed 17:00 Handling special teams at the high school level 21:31 Getting situational on special teams 23:40 Trends on special teams 26:22 Coach link’s opinion on removing the kick-off 29:10 Winning Edge Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6885/podcast-college-leaders-robby-discher-university-of-toledo-special-teams-coordinator https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6611/podcast-special-teams-guru-bobby-april-talks-about-importance-of-communication Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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32 min
March 12, 2019
The Dynamic of Coaching and Friendship - Chris Vasseur & Steven Lo
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco High School offensive coordinator Steven Lo and San Mateo (Calif.) Junipero Serra High School defensive coordinator Chris Vasseur. The coaches share a unique friendship that afforded them the opportunity to coach together at Junipero Serra. They also share the impact of that friendship and how it brought them success in their five years together including winning a state title. 01:05 Coach Vasseur’s coaching journey 04:33 Coach Lo’s coaching journey 07:14 Development in the coaches’ relationship 11:51 Coach Lo’s transition from head coach and switch from offense to defense 12:50 Coach Lo’s philosophy to game planning 13:44 Coach Vasseur’s approach to game planning and, learning experience at Millsap College 20:00 Coach Lo’s offensive approach in game week prep 22:00 The coaches’ state championship season 29:25 Being on the same page 33:16 Coach Vasseur’s connection to Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7090/podcast-your-call-program-turn-around-and-football-development-coach-ben-powell-and-mike-norman https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7084/podcast-your-call-building-and-branding-a-program-coach-yusuf-shakir-and-kareem-reid Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Check out X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com
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38 min
March 11, 2019
Your Call Program Turn Around & Football Development - Coach Ben Powell Mike Norman
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, we continue the “Your Call” series with Keith Grabowski live from USA Football’s National Conference. Grabowski is joined by head coaches Ben Powell of W.L. Cohen High School in New Orleans, La. and Mike Norman of Rutland (Vt.) High School discuss the impact of USA Football’s Systems along with different football game types and the roles they play in developing players. Ben Powell 01:04 Thoughts in taking over the Cohen program 04:23 Keys for the program turn around 07:36 Jumping the gap to success 09:37 Hyper focus on detail 12:55 Taking advantage of how technique is taught at National Conference 16:20 Impact of USA Football’s Contact and Tackling Systems 19:40 Skill development within USA Football’s Systems Mike Norman 24:24 Padded flag football 25:25 Coach Norman’s thoughts on padded flag 26:25 Compromise for football 27:30 Observation of kids in 11-man football 28:25 Other coaches’ opinions 30:10 Thoughts on the Football Development Model 31:00 National Conference Related content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/your-call-building-branding-a-program-coach-joseph-shakur-kareem-reid Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks and tackling at footballdevelopment.com Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach
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32 min
March 8, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 3/8/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: VAR Systems - AJ Smith State Champion - Jason McManus Home Team - Kimberly Eck QB Leadership - Ken O'Keefe Your Call - Yusuf Shakir & Kareem Reid Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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7 min
March 8, 2019
Your Call Building & Branding a Program - Coach Yusuf Shakir & Kareem Reid
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined head coaches Yusuf Shakir of Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla. and Kareem Reid of West Lake High School in Atlanta, Ga. live from USA Football’s National Conference for the “Your Call” series. Coach Yusuf Shakir 01:27 Keys to taking a program to the next level 03:36 Gauge the community’s interest 04:00 See who are the committed people in the program 06:15 Building relationships 08:03 Embrace and learn what came before you as a coach 09:57 Coaching is teaching 10:52 Understanding the environment 11:36 Controlled enthusiasm and vision 13:36 Be committed to the kids 14:30 National Conference Connect with coach: Twitter: @Yusuf_Shakir Kareem Reid 15:51 Building the program’s brand 17:13 Coach Reid’s advice for building the brand 18:33 Getting kids’ attention 19:54 Coach Reid being hands on with branding 20:36 Most successful pieces from social media 21:18 Biggest social platform for kids 21:48 National Conference 22:22 Connect with coach: Twitter: @coachreid99 @westlakefb1 Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/your-call-freak https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/warren-central-mixdown Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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22 min
March 7, 2019
Leadership of the QB - Iowa QB Coach, Ken O’Keefe
Today on the Coach & Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by University of Iowa quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe on the show to discuss quarterback leadership. Coach O’Keefe shares the impact of being at USA Football’s National Conference, what he looks for in leadership from a quarterback, and his impact as a coach. 00:30 Reflection of USA Football’s National Conference and football journey 08:24 Reflecting on the high school level 12:43 Don’t forget what it was like to be a player 16:50 What Coach O’Keefe looks for in a quarterback 19:30 Leadership 24:52 Catch guys doing the right things and reinforce it 27:00 More than winning and losing, it’s the impact Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/coach-says-coachs-impact-from-trent-dilfer-super-bowl-winning-quarterback-at-usa-football-national-conference https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/college-hall-of-famer-jim-ballard-on-quarterback-development https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/reflecting-on-the-impact-of-coaches-mike-singletaryhof-mlb Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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31 min
March 6, 2019
Home Team w/ Joel Nellis - Kimberly Eck
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, we have the Home Team series with Joel Nellis joined by Kimberly Eck wife of Jason Eck, who serves as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at South Dakota State. Nellis and Mrs. Eck give listeners perspective directly from a coach’s wife. The Eck’s have been married for over 17 years. Mrs. Eck runs the blog "Beauty, Babes, and Ball" and is a member of the AFCWA. 01:37 How Mrs. Eck met her husband 02:45 Being independent 03:58 Giving wives time 05:10 Phone time 06:00 What to admire about Coach Eck 07:38 Taking children on the road 08:25 Quality time 10:17 Communicating about moving and new positions 11:34 Do’s and Don’ts about the moving process 13:43 Ways to help with the moving process as a coach 16:35 AFCWA 18:35 Relationships with other coaches’ wives 19:56 Beauty, Babes, and Ball Blog 21:42 Supporting players 23:00 Supporting kids as a coach’s wife 24:27 Handling loss 26:05 Mrs. Eck’s hope for impact as a coach’s wife Related Content: http://www.beautybabesandball.com/ https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/home-team-w-joel-nellis-ep-3-jason-eck-offensive-line-coach-south-dakota-state-university?in=user-804678956/sets/home-team Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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27 min
March 5, 2019
State Champion - Jason McManus, South Pointe High School OC
In today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator Keith Grabowski is joined by Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe High School assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Jason McManus. Coach McManus also coached in the 2019 U.S. Army All-American game. Grabowski and coach McManus discuss his coaching journey, his powerful offense and importance of players’ control in the offense. Coach Jason McManus was a college coach for 12 years before becoming the offensive coordinator at South Pointe. South Pointe won four consecutive state titles, had a 55-5 record including a 26-game win streak, and was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country by USA Today while playing in the state's highest classification. Coach McManus MACATTACK offense scored 711 points and amassed 6,702 yards (3,639 rush, 3,063 pass) in one season. The MacAttack offense averaged 44.9 points per game in 2018, 47.1 points per game in 2017, 39.8 points per game in 2016 for a 3-year average of 43.9 points per game! During that same span the offense has averaged 476.3 yards per game. Coach McManus MACATTACK has produced an All-State or All-American quarterback for four consecutive years. 01:05 Coach McManus' coaching journey 02:26 Lessons as a young coach 04:10 Advantages of coming from college to high school 06:29 Relationships 08:40 South Pointe’s culture 10:46 Describing the offense 12:12 Evolution of the system 14:10 Foundation of the offense 16:08 Air Raid influence 17:25 Four verticals 20:52 Accumulation of reps 24:38 Introducing new concepts 26:48 Allowing the quarterbacks to control play calls 28:25 Game planning the U.S. All-American game 31:47 It’s all about the players 33:40 RPO in Coach McManus’ offense 36:00 Thoughts on attacking the tite front 38:48 Connect with coach: Email: Macattackspreadrposystem@gmail.com Twitter: @CoachMacJason 39:30 blogs.usafootball.com Related Content: https://coachtube.com/bundles/spread-rpo-system-grabowski https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/competition-efficiency-success-through-simplicity-jason-mangone-hc-brockport-afca-d3-coy https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/joe-osovet-asa-college-brooklyn-new-york-coach https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/joe-osovet-asa-college https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/tom-lombardo-st-edward-high-school-football https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/state-champions-tom-lombardo https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/andrew-coverdale-final-1-3-17 https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/andrew-coverdale-trinity-louisville-ky https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/lessons-of-2017-andrew-coverdale-louisville-ky-trinity Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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40 min
March 4, 2019
Air Raid, Analytics, and Virtual Reality - AJ Smith
Today’s episode is brought to you live from USA Football's National Conference as Keith Grabowski is joined by A.J. Smith to discuss the trend of the Air Raid offense, analytics and virtual reality. Grabowski and Smith sharedtheir observation of football’s development through these new devices and player - led teams for efficiency. Smith shares what his virtual reality training tool VAR Systems does for coaches to help develop and prepare their players. 00:55 National Conference 01:26 What is A.J. Smith doing? 02:50 VAR in-game stats 04:57 Coaches need to adapt 06:12 What VAR can do for the defense? 07:45 Pregame vs. live game 09:42 How quick will VR catch on for coaches? 12:06 Look at the quality of the product 14:33 VR for quarterbacks 15:50 The system and affordability 19:52 Using VR beyond the quarterback 23:07 Looking to the future 24:33 Holograms 27:05 Trend of the Air Raid offense 29:48 evolution in coaching 33:15 Giving power to the players 36:33 VAR Systems Website: http://virtualcoachfootball.com/ Twitter: VARsystems Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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37 min
March 1, 2019
Weekly Highlights for Coach & Coordinator 3/1/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: State Champion - Terry Curtis #SwarmFBCHAT - Ryan McCartney Simulated Blitzes - Cody Alexander The Sideline Hustle - Drew Lieberman Staff Approach to Recruiting - Brian Lawson Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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5 min
March 1, 2019
Staff Approach to Helping Players get Recruited - Brian Lawson
Keith Grabowski was joined by Jeff Davis High School (Hazlehurst, Ga.) recruiting coordinator Brian Lawson. Coach Lawson shared his role as recruiting coordinator, the importance of that role in high school and advantages this role schools. Recorded live at the 2019 USA Football National Conference. 00:53 What Coach Lawson loved about National Conference 01:45 Role as a recruiting coordinator 03:22 Detail in the process for setting student-athlete up for success 04:46 Parents using coaches for their children’s recruitment 06:17 Promoting the opportunity of free education 07:52 Advantage of having a recruiting coordinator 09:32 Importance of making recruiting easy for colleges 12:15 Skill set to be a recruiting coordinator 13:40 Connect with coach: Twitter: @Jdfbrecruits @coachblawson Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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14 min
February 28, 2019
The Sideline Hustle - Drew Lieberman
Keith Grabowski was joined by Drew Lieberman, founder and CEO of the Sideline Hustle live from USA Football’s National Conference. The Sideline Hustle is a platform that breaks down wide receiver technique and shares tools for wide receivers around the country. Coach Lieberman shares his leap of faith to creating this platform, its growth and the results the organizing has experienced thus far. Recorded live at the 2019 USA Football National Conference. 01:00 What led to the Sideline Hustle? 02:55 Player engaged content 04:20 Where to go with Sideline Hustle? 06:12 Route running 08:30 Getting to the defender’s blind spot 10:57 Training the attack of the blind spot 12:35 Training the slot receiver 14:48 Attacking the short arm 16:25 Techniques against press coverage 18:18 Coverage triangle 21:34 Keeping scheme simple 23:32 Culture of the receivers 26:25 Great things picked up for the off-season 28:34 Double down on social media 33:10 Excitement at National Conference Connect with coach: Instagram: @sidelinehustle Twitter: @sidelinehustle Youtube: The Sideline Hustle Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/7051/coaching-the-wide-receiver-the-details-of-a-slant-route https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6897/coaching-the-wide-receiver-stance-and-start-basics Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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34 min
February 27, 2019
Simulated Blitzes - Cody Alexander
Keith Grabowski has Cody Alexander rejoin the Coach and Coordinator podcast from USA Football’s National Conference discussing simulated blitzes being the hot trend in college football. Coach Alexander shares his blitz expertise from his observation as well as his own blitz of choice. Recorded live at the 2019 USA Football National Conference. 00:45 Thoughts of National Conference 01:28 Trends on defense 02:40 Simulated pressure 05:12 Techniques in simulated blitzes 07:17 Figuring out simulated blitzes 09:33 The manipulation of simulated blitzes 10:57 Simulated blitzes against the run 13:26 Practicing simulated blitzes 15:10 Coach Alexander’s favorite simulated blitz 17:35 Considering personnel 19:23 Creating hybrid packages 20:43 Using packages to create and expand roles 22:26 Connect with coach: Website: Matchquarters.com Twitter: @The_Coach_A Related Content: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/match-quarters-hybrid-defenders-cody-alexander Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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23 min
February 26, 2019
Swarm Football Chat w/ Ryan McCartney, Defensive Coordinator at Salem High School
Keith Grabowski and Salem (Ind.) High School defensive coordinator Ryan McCartney discuss the Swarm Football Chat (#swarmfbchat). McCartney created this chat to for coaches share and equip each other with new ideas for defense. Coach McCartney and Grabowski also discussed the evolution of football and the importance of coaches’ roles in football. Recorded Live at 2019 USA Football National Conference. 00:57 The change of the game 01:50 New focus of the game 06:12 Plays are won or lost before the snap 08:55 Trends in communication 13:06 Progression of new football culture 15:10 Concern for youth football 15:50 Football Development Model 18:30 USA Football’s youth football development 20:00 Coaches will save or lose football 22:15 Market what you’re doing as a coach 24:50 Parent meetings 26:55 #swarmfbchat 31:45 Highlights of National Conference 33:10 The Coach and Coordinator podcast 33:30 Connect with Coach: Twitter: @rmacblue Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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34 min
February 25, 2019
7x Alabama State Champion Terry Curtis on Intangibles For Success
7-time Alabama state champion head coach Terry Curtis shares his intangibles for success. Coach Curtis is 303-86 over 45 years of coaching. Recorded Live at 2019 USA Football National Conference. 00:45 Atmosphere at USA Football’s National Conference 02:12 The advantage of National Conference 03:20 Be one voice 04:02 Importance of the states coming together 04:52 Importance of partnership with USA Football and High School Alliance 05:42 Career lessons for Coach Curtis 07:33 Coach Curtis’ intangibles 1. Preparation 2. Off-season 3. Weights 4. Special teams 5. Putting players in the right position 6. Scheduling 7. Organization 8. Work Ethic 9. Unselfishness 10. Have philosophy 11. Relationships 12. Team Chemistry Connect with coach: Email: tcurtis@ums-wright.org Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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40 min
February 22, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 2/22/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: #TXHSFBCHAT – Chris Fischer Working w/ the World's Elite - Fergus Connolly Lessons from 2018 - Rick Jones Home Team - Tim Racki Coach Grabowski's Notebook Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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8 min
February 22, 2019
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Player Position Criteria
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast Keith Grabowski shares a page from his notebook, touching on a coaching mechanic he picked up while coaching at the high school level. This position criteria set a standard for players. Following the criteria showed where each player was and needed to be. 00:21 USA Football resources 00:56 Football Development 01:34 Position criteria 02:38 Defensive example 03:12 Defensive tackle 03:55 Defensive ends 04:13 Sam linebacker 04:47 Middle linebacker 05:22 Will linebacker 06:11 Strong safety 06:34 Cornerbacks 07:00 Free safety 07:29 Be specific 08:04 Manual for physical development 08:55 Ideal strength and speed 09:37 All state average 10:28 Extending to the younger level 11:16 Making it available to all levels 11:43 Manual purpose 13:32 USA Football blogs Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/ https://footballdevelopment.com/ Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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14 min
February 21, 2019
Home Team w/ Joel Nellis - Tim Racki, Head Coach Nazareth Academy (IL)
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast guest host Joel Nellis is joined by Coach Tim Racki on the “Home Team” series. Coach Racki currently serves as the head coach at Nazareth Academy in La Grange, Ill. Nellis and Coach Racki discuss the importance of family in the coaching profession and how that factor plays in Coach Racki’s daily life. 03:00 How Coach Racki met his wife 04:00 Coach Racki's wife’s background 04:40 Character trait that makes Coach Racki’s wife invaluable 05:40 Coach Racki’s kids 07:28 Negotiating about the coaching profession 09:58 Looking bad at the job decisions 10:52 Decision to have kids 12:02 Helping the marriage during the season 13:22 Coaching staff and their family 16:50 Evolving as a coach 19:50 Having kids helping the team 21:44 Coaches missing practice for family 24:09 Managing phone time 25:32 Managing the load as a high school coach 26:50 Avoiding being over analytical 30:49 Coach Racki sharing a struggle during his career 33:15 Parenting going into coaching 36:30 Making players feel valued off the field 40:50 What helped Coach Racki develop as a coach 43:05 Legacy that Coach Racki wants to leave Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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46 min
February 20, 2019
Lessons from 2018 - Rick Jones, Greenwood High School (AR)
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Greenwood (Ark.) High School head coach Rick Jones. Coach Jones now has nine total championships, eight with Greenwood after winning back-to-back state titles. Grabowski and Coach Jones discuss his team’s success this past year, USA Football’s systems, Coach Jones’ reputation as a coach and Jones shares his presentation for USA Football’s National Conference. 01:52 Things that stick out about 2018 09:00 Keys to sustained success 11:33 Always looking for answers 16:40 USA Football systems 19:11 Coach Jones' thoughts on USA Football’s systems 26:02 Coaches must do the best they can for the kids 30:36 Coach Jones’ reputation 35:47 Thoughts on USA Football National Conference 41:32 Coach Jones’ presentation at National Conference 46:50 Connect with coach: Twitter: @gwfbcoach Website: coachrickjones.com 47:25 Football Development Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5329/usa-football-national-conference-speaker-series-rick-jones https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/4639/podcast-coach-and-coordinator-rick-jones-10-11-17 Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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49 min
February 19, 2019
Working with the World's Elite w/ Fergus Connolly
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Fergus Connolly one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. As a coach Connolly has worked in every major league around the world. Grabowski and Connolly discuss his book "59 Lessons." In '59 Lessons' Fergus Connolly reveals the secrets learned first-hand from working with the world's greatest winners. Learn how the most successful coaches, athletes and special forces lead, manage and win in the most demanding environments. Find out how the best teams create winning cultures. Understand what the most elite military units look for in their operators. Learn what makes great players truly special and how the best organizations use technology and people to create sustainable success. This unique insight helps you understand how the world's elite prepare and win, from Premier League soccer, The NFL, NBA, Olympic Champions, International Rugby and worlds most secret Special Forces. 03:00 Making “59 Lessons” 06:24 Critical thinking and corollary 09:24 Sustained success 13:41 The New England Patriots' application of sustained success 15:51 Every game is an away game 19:58 The emotional impact of winning and losing 22:12 Difference of humility and pride 26:35 Connolly’s vision for the book 30:00 Connolly’s reasoning for the book organization 34:00 The impact of “59 Lessons” 35:18 Connect with Connolly: Twitter: @fergus_connolly Website: Fergusconnolly.com Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com Related Content: https://www.amazon.com/59-Lessons-Working-Greatest-Athletes/dp/0960050906
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36 min
February 18, 2019
Texas High School Football Chat - Chris Fischer
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Chris Fischer, creator of the Texas High School Football Chat forum. Texas High School Football Chat, better known on Twitter as #txhsfbchat, began on Jan. 14, 2015, with the mission of being the first opportunity to connect Texas high school football coaches on Twitter in order to learn from each other and expand their professional learning network. 01:05 Coach Fischer’s coaching journey 03:23 Lessons learned as a coach 04:55 How the Texas High School Football Chat came to life 07:55 Coming up with questions for the chat 09:38 Using the chat for answers 11:19 Some of Coach Fischer’s favorite chats 13:03 When is the chat? 13:50 Topics focused on in season 14:58 Evolution of the chat 17:00 What made the Twitter platform popular for coaches? 19:42 Best advice for coaches on Twitter 21:32 Buffer 22:40 Moderate a chat blog 23:44 Where to store all the archived chats? 25:42 What can coaches look forward to in the Texas High School Football Chat? 28:00 Your Call 28:55 Connect with coach: Twitter: @TXHSFCHAT Website: txhsfbchat.com
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30 min
February 15, 2019
Weekly Highlights Of Coach And Coordinator 2/15 /2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: National Conference – Trent Dilfer College Leaders - Brad Spencer "Culture Defeats Strategy" - Randy Jackson National Conference - Mike Singletary State Champions - Tom Lombardo Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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9 min
February 15, 2019
State Champions - Tom Lombardo, St Edwards High School (OH)
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by St Edwards High School (Ohio) head coach, Tom Lombardo. Coach Lombardo is a repeat guest on the podcast. Grabowski and Coach Lombardo reflect on the 2018 season lessons learned, key points in the season and look forward into 2019. 01:06 What made the state championship happen? 08:28 Dealing with rematches 13:45 Culture and consistency 18:20 Approaching third down 21:46 Regulating practice 26:52 Defending the triple option 34:05 Coach Lombardo’s top concept 42:30 Trends Coach Lombardo likes 47:28 Reading against the 4-I 50:22 Winning edge Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/2984/coach-and-coordinator-podcast-tom-lombardo-3-16-17 Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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54 min
February 14, 2019
The Impact of Coach - Mike Singletary, HOF MLB at USA Football National Conference
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski shares Mike Singletary’s key note speech from USA Football’s 2018 National Conference. Singletary, who currently serves as head coach of the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football, illustrates the impact of a coach and ways coaches can invest in their kids through his own experience as both a player and coach. This year’s National Conference speaker lineup features NFL and college coaches along with some of the top high school coaches in the country. Be sure to check out the full lineup. 03:15 Men who’ve impacted Singletary’s life 04:25 Coach Oliver Brown 06:15 Coach Brown’s care 07:00 Being invested in the kids 08:15 Values of coaching should not change 09:15 The “C” in coach is for consistency 10:00 The approach may change but the values don’t 11:11 Qualities of Coach Brown 12:00 Compete in the world 13:25 Living to the standard of the team 14:11 It’s on you 15:15 Coach Corky Nelson 17:45 Responsibility as a coach 18:55 Giving kids something of value 19:10 Singletary’s Starbucks memory 21:15 Tools to be great 22:11 Don’t tell me what you can’t do, tell me what you won’t do 23:45 Be able to meet the hunger 24:45 Coach Singletary coaching his son 26:55 The kids deserve your best 27:17 Teaching football position 30:07 Never compromise 30:25 The thin line in coaching 32:00 Coaches alone 32:30 Success to Coach Singletary 33:00 Importance of family 37:17 Importance of being a great life and football coach 40:17 Everybody gets a trophy 43:25 What was on Coach Singletary’s mind when he won his championship 47:35 Promoting work ethic 55:10 The number one thing Coach Singletary would do different as a player/coach 59:12 Walter Payton 1:02:45 Coach Singletary’s greatest moment of his life 1:04:38 Dealing with the time issue in football for coaches, players, and their family 1:07:30 National Conference Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/5453/usa-national-conference-in-case-you-missed-it-mike-singletary-talks-life-football-and-the-85-bears https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6795/podcast-keith-grabowski-charlie-coiner-discuss-with-hall-of-fame-mlb-mike-singletary-the-evolution-of-the-middle-linebacker-position Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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68 min
February 13, 2019
Culture Defeats Strategy - Randy Jackson, Head Coach North Forney High School
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by North Forney (Texas) High school head coach Randy Jackson. Coach Jackson is the author of “Culture Defeats Strategy,” which has allowed him to go around the country and speak on “the daily fist fight,” a concept of the daily battle coaches face to create a strong culture and have a successful program. Grabowski and Coach Jackson discuss building culture and some observations Coach Jackson made while traveling. 01:20 Daily fist fight 02:32 Coach Jackson’s visit at Minnesota 04:54 Pay attention to the details 09:00 Daily fist fight at North Forney 12:10 Aligning with culture 14:40 The pit of misery 15:35 Leadership class 18:02 Show progress as motivation 19:05 Goonville 22:00 Band of brothers 24:17 Take away from the Battle of Agincourt 26:52 You don’t win games, you win plays 28:57 Advice for coaches starting from ground zero 31:58 Coach Jackson next book preview 34:25 Connect with coach: Website: Coachrandyjackson.com Twitter: @coachjacksontpw 35:05 Focus3 Related Content: https://usafootball.com/focus3/ https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6994/podcast-leadership-journey-brian-kight-own-your-culture-and-national-conference Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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36 min
February 12, 2019
College Leaders - Brad Spencer, Offensive Coordinator at North Central College
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski talks to Brad Spencer, offensive coordinator at North Central College in Illinois. North Central was an offensive power house at the Division III level this past season. Spencer's offense was ranked No. 1 in third down and red zone efficiency, top three in completion percentage and top 10 in total offense and scoring. Grabowski and Coach Spencer discuss the culture of North Central's offensive unit and Coach Spencer shares what he believes attributed to their success this past season. 01:45 Performing at high level 03:28 What made Coach Spencer want to be a football coach 06:07 Mistake as a young coach 09:02 Culture of the offense 12:38 Keys to success on third down 19:52 Third down charts and execution 24:28 Coach Spencer’s approach in the red zone 29:00 Attitude in the red zone 30:58 Completion percentage success 35:00 Coach Spencer’s triangle and spacing concepts 38:40 Concerns for the game 45:18 winning edge Related Content: https://northcentralcardinals.com/coaches.aspx?rc=2275&path=football Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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49 min
February 11, 2019
"Coach Says" from Trent Dilfer, Super Bowl Winning Quarterback at USA Football National Conference
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski shares Trent Dilfer's presentation at USA Football's 2018 National Conference. The former Super Bowl champion quarterback shares that the most important words in America are, "Coach says" to describe the impact of a coach and how it's affected his career. This year’s National Conference speaker lineup features NFL and college coaches along with some of the top high school coaches in the country. Be sure to check out the full lineup. 01:57 Coaches' influence 02:30 Building the mancave 04:25 Dilfer's high school memory 05:50 College jersey memory 06:55 BYU memory 08:35 NFL jersey memory 10:06 Why those memories? 11:15 Incredible coaches 11:50 Defining moments in one word 12:57 Dilfer's recruiting story 15:44 Grit 17:35 Nurture over nature 18:45 "Coach says" 21:30 Gaining respect 23:05 Dilfer's coaching philosophy: "Your awesome but...." 25:10 Parenting an athlete 29:00 Dilfer's coaching hat 31:15 Planning your message 33:12 Passionate vs. ambition 34:45 Two biggest lies in football 38:00 National Conference Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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40 min
February 8, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 2/8/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Home Team – Joe Holtzclaw Match Quarters & Hybrid Defenders – Cody Alexander In the Trenches – Nate Leonard Skill Development w/ USA Football’s Contact System – Chris Elmore National Conference – Jon Gruden Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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7 min
February 8, 2019
10 Tips for Coaches from Jon Gruden, Head Coach Oakland Raiders at USA Football National Conference
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski shares Jon Gruden's presentation from the 2017 National Conference. The Oakland Raiders head coach shared 10 things he believes will help grow and advance the game of football. Issuing a challenge to coaches to keep the fraternity strong and support one another. This year’s National Conference speaker lineup features NFL and college coaches along with some of the top high school coaches in the country. Be sure to check out the full lineup. 05:25 Thanks for being a football coach 06:20 Honorable profession of being a coach 08:00 Coach Gruden's high school experience 09:22 Coach Gruden's 10 thoughts for coaching 09:53 Recruit your own high school 10:25 Coach's three buzz words 12:55 Look at your calendar 13:40 Formulate a drill book 14:05 Evaluate your staff 14:56 Have a contingency plan for adversity 16:15 Preparation and presentation go hand in hand 18:30 Four E's 19:18 Keep the coaching fraternity strong 20:02 Keep promoting the game 21:00 Fight together 21:10 nationalconference.usafootball.com Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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22 min
February 7, 2019
Skill Development in the Contact System - Chris Elmore, Fort Payne High School (AL)
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Fort Payne High School (Ala.) High School head coach Chris Elmore. Grabowski and Coach Elmore discuss skill development and how USA Football's Contact System has impacted the program. They also discuss their experiences as coaches using the Contact System and the progression from day one. 01:07 First impressions of the Contact System 02:22 Coach Elmore’s staff’s response to the system 03:35 Keith’s first experience with the Contact System 05:25 Progression in the system as a coach 08:22 Advantage of the drills 10:12 Getting rid of the helmet 12:29 Advantage of the systems in the small details 14:06 It’s the same across the board 15:56 The system fits in any blocking scheme 18:40 Drills can be done with or without pads 20:38 Limiting the helmet contact 21:55 Implementing drills in the offseason 25:00 Fundamental movements 26:43 Results in the program 29:10 The Contact System helping the defense 31:21 Football Development Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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33 min
February 6, 2019
In the Trenches w/ Nate Leonard, Assistant Offensive Line Coach at Duke University
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Nate Leonard assistant offensive line coach at Duke University. Coach Leonard discusses his coaching journey, reflect on his time at UTSA as player and how that has affected him as a coach, all while giving insight on his culture for his unit at Duke. 01:07 Coach Leonard’s coaching journey 15:38 Importance of learning as a coach 21:28 Coach Leonard’s learning experience 24:04 The impact of being a part of the Duke staff 28:23 The culture of the offensive line at Duke 33:52 Developing the players’ skills throughout the season 37:24 Coach Leonard’s most impactful drill 38:57 Coach Leonard’s favorite call: Power 42:12 Details that make power go 47:52 Winning edge 50: 25 Connect with coach: Twitter: @DukeCoachLeo 50:55 Footballdevelopment.com Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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52 min
February 6, 2019
Match Quarters & Hybrid Defenders - Cody Alexander
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by coach Cody Alexander, the secondary coach at Midlothian (Texas) High School. He has written two books on defending modern offenses, “Cautious Aggression: Defending Modern Football” (2017) and “Hybrids: The Making of a Modern Defense” (2018). Grabowski and Coach Alexander discuss his coaching journey, what influenced him to write as well as what knowledge he hopes coaches gain from these books. 02:12 Coach Alexander’s coaching journey 07:35 Take opportunity, ask the right questions 09:27 From Baylor to Midlothian High School 12:20 Genesis of it all, Cautious Aggression and Hybrids 18:55 Keeping the defensive innovative 21:18 Defending formation to the boundary 25:35 Keeping leverage 27:50 Being creative on the offensive side of the ball 31:25 Hybrid players 38:07 Counter react modern offense with space 43:10 Trends 45:10 Connect with coach: Matchquarters.com @The_Coach_A Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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46 min
February 4, 2019
Home Team w/ Joel Nellis - Joe Holtzclaw, Winona State University
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast guest host Joel Nellis is joined by coach Joe Holtzclaw on the “Home Team” series. Coach Holtzclaw currently serves as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Winona State in Minnesota. Nellis and Holtzclaw discuss the importance of family in the coaching profession and how that factor plays in Coach Holtzclaw’s daily life as a coach. 02:15 How Coach Holtzclaw met his wife 03:20 Coach Holtzclaw's wife’s background 06:35 Coach Holtzclaw’s kids 08:39 Winona coaching staff support with kids 12:32 Negotiating about the coaching profession 15:17 Involving the family in the move 18:20 Recommendations for moving and what to avoid 20:40 Helping the marriage during the season 22:50 Helping on the home front 25:30 Coaches’ kids being involved in the program 27:35 Family events during the season 29:15 Managing phone time at home 31:30 Avoiding being over analytical 36:00 Coach Holtzclaw sharing a struggle during his career 38:00 Parenting going into coaching 40:55 Making players feel valued off the field 43:12 Communication helping Coach Holtzclaw 46:15 Legacy that Coach Holtzclaw wants to leave Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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51 min
February 1, 2019
Weekly Highlights Of Coach & Coordinator 2/1/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: College Leaders – Sam Parker National Conference Speakers – Brian Kight Perform – Paul Alexander Quarterback Development – Will Hewlett Coach Grabowski's Notebook – Leadership Ladder Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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7 min
February 1, 2019
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - The Leadership Ladder
I first saw The Leadership Ladder during a clinic presentation by Gregg Brandon, then the head coach at Bowling Green State University. I really like how this simplifies the levels of leadership, and this has become a tool that I share with my seniors during the offseason. 00:42 Learning from Gregg Brandon HC at Colorado School of the Mines 01:12 A tool to share with players 01:31 Starting with a coach driven off season 01:55 Move the individual to being about others 02:37 Overview of the five levels 03:38 Lowest level – seniority 03:54 Selfish – not invested in the team 04:07 Unselfish producing some results but not necessarily for others 04:38 Self-sacrifice – committed to the team and making sacrifices 04:57 Investment in others and being influential presence 05:25 Off season starts with more of an individual focus and more coach driven 05:45 Coaches need to model positive leadership 06:21 Utilize the leadership ladder to have conversations with players 07:17 Positive individuals and how to deal with those not aligned\ 08:05 Transition to player driven by creating opportunities 09:09 Focus 3 Related Links Focus 3 Virtual Training Usafootball.com/focus3 National Conference https://nationalconference.usafootball.com Leadership Journey Season 1 Playlist https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/sets/the-leadership-journey-with Leadership Journey Season 2 Playlist https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/sets/the-leadership-journey-with-1 Coach Tim Sauer’s What it means to be a FREAK https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6965/podcast-your-call-f-r-e-a-k-with-tim-sauer @FBDevCoach
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12 min
January 31, 2019
Updates on QB Development - Will Hewlett
Today on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Will Hewlett to discuss quarterback development. Grabowski and Hewlett discuss the shift of the quarterback based coach, mechanics, drills and quarterback development. Hewlett has coached over 40 Division I prospects and current quarterbacks. He has conducted NFL Draft prep and has coached several Arena League quarterbacks. Additionally, Coach Hewlett has consulted NFL and NCAA coaches on passing mechanics and quarterback play, most recently working with Los Angeles Rams' head coach Sean McVay and and Rams former quarterbacks coach and newly named head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Zac Taylor. 01:15 Positive shift in quarterback friendly coaches 05:35 Coaching movement and mechanics 11:12 Overwhelming the kids with knowledge 14:10 Structuring individual drills 20:30 Differentiating every day drills 25:41 Making every day drills a challenge for the coach and quarterback 27:40 The quarterback collection experience 33:47 Camp work translating on film 36:40 Sage Rosenfels cheat code for play action boot 38:10 Take the 1-on-1, just play ball 40:02 Rams v. Patriots
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43 min
January 30, 2019
Perform - Paul Alexander, NFL Offensive Line Coach
In this episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by former NFL offensive line coach Paul Alexander as they discuss his book, “Perform.” Coach Alexander coached in the NFL for 26 years, formerly working with the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys. In today’s discussion, Grabowski and Coach Alexander walk through his coaching journey and discuss some key ideas and moments pulled from the book. 01:12 Coach Alexander’s journey into coaching 02:15 Coach Alexander’s love for teaching 06:23 Being better 08:05 Ponded movement, slow speed learning and rule of five 18:15 Coach to emphasize learning 20:10 Proactive performance 23:24 Beating the FREAK, Jevon Kearse 27:45 The game is constantly changing 30:45 Stay ahead of the curve 33:12 Trends in football 35:48 Change in coaching technique 38:27 Time to change or time to move on 39:19 Winning edge 41:50 Connect with coach: Coachpaulalexander.com @coachpaulalex Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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42 min
January 29, 2019
Leadership Journey - Brian Kight, Own Your Culture & National Conference
Today on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Brian Kight for the first time in 2019. Throughout 2018 Grabowski and Kight ran the podcast’s “Leadership Journey” series where they discussed leadership and culture building in coaches’ programs. Kight is the CEO of Focus3 and has been influential with his E+R=O concept to impact culture. Grabowski and Kight pick up where they left off and dive right back into culture and the importance of having your own instead of using what's popular with other coaches. Challenging coaches to hone in on what they believe, what they want for their program and run their program according to those standards. 01:55 Conversations about culture 04:45 Observing coaches’ success: Nick Saban, Bill Belichick and, Dabo Swinney 08:40 What do you think wins? 10:40 Noise around how to be successful 13:00 Be careful in the micro change approach 16:55 Being who you are versus copying what looks good 18:04 Win and lose on your own terms 21:40 Tim Sauer FREAK example 23:35 If it doesn’t matter to you don’t do it 25:15 Be an incredible football coach 28:00 Brian Kight’s National Conference preview 33:30 National Conference 35:25 Focus3 virtual training Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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36 min
January 28, 2019
College Leaders - Sam Parker, Ferris State
This week on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Sam Parker, offensive line coach at Ferris State. Coach Parker was a former offensive lineman for Ferris State and joined the staff in 2016. Ferris State had one of the top Division II offenses and finished the season Division II's national runner-up. Grabowski and Coach Parker discussed the Bulldog’s offensive success, importance of involving all the players and how Coach Parker’s professional skill set helps him develop his players. 01:05 Coach Parker’s journey into coaching 06:12 Lessons that developed Coach Parker 09:22 Focus with Coach Parker’s professional development 12:02 Building the culture of the offensive line 16:07 The players want to contribute 18:50 Coaching up the mental reps 21:25 Continue to coach the younger guys 23:55 Coach Parker’s unique use of film 29:10 Key to being effective offensively 32:16 Rocket sweep 37:00 Winning edge 38:55 Connect with coach Twitter: @coachparker Email: samparker@ferris.edu Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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41 min
January 25, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 1/25/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: COLLEGE LEADERS – Zach Tinker STATE CHAMPIONS – Bobby Ramsay STATE CHAMPIONS – Dean Fabrizio COACH GRABOWSKI’S NOTEBOOK – Promoting Your Program LESSONS FROM 2018 – Jeff Steinberg
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8 min
January 25, 2019
Lessons from 2018 - Jeff Steinberg, Beaumont High School (CA)
In today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Jeff Steinberg, head coach at Beaumont High School in California. Prior to taking over at Beaumont in 2018, Steinberg served as the head coach at Rancho Verde, where he posted a 33-8 record over three seasons that included back-to-back CIF-SS semifinal appearances in 2015 and 2016 and a Division 3 title in 2017. Grabowski and Coach Steinberg discussed how he made that transition and ways he supports multisport athletes in the program. :00 National Conference 02:35 Things learned from transitioning from one school to another 03:32 Be adaptable 05:02 Things done to help get the players along 07:40 What Coach Steinberg builds his culture around 09:23 Unique culture at Beaumont 11:23 Supporting the multisport athlete 18:35 Takeaways from 2018 22:45 Green light 27:35 Coach Steinberg’s National Conference preview 28:51 National Conference Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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29 min
January 24, 2019
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Promoting Your Program In Today's Multiple Choice Society
Promoting and Building Your Program in Today’s Multiple Choice Society On today’s show host Keith Grabowski shares another page out of his notebook. This time he shares his plan for promoting the program to help participation, buy-in from the community, and development of the culture. He shares the results that were beyond what anyone expected. 00:38 Today’s choices for kids 01:43 You must promote the benefits of your program 02:38 You can’t just open the door and expect them to show up 03:04 Example of a tough situation 03:52 A blessing in disguise 04:11 Plan to retain/increase participation and promote the program 04:26 Getting the attention of the parents 05:09 Creating a recruiting video 06:11 Getting in front of potential players with a pizza party 07:26 Letters and video for potential players and parents 07:53 Video game tournament 08:18 Activities outside of strength and conditioning for the high school players 09:14 The recruiting plan in the high school 10:25 Attitude of giving back to the community 11:05 Adding the lifting program for the 8th graders 11:42 Freshmen orientation and mini-camp 12:15 The 8th grade recruiting card 13:31 Coach Rob Currin’s “Football is more fun than Fortnite” t-shirts 15:09 The results were unexepected 16:16 What we learned Follow us @FBDevCoach Blogs.usafootball.com Footballdevelopment.com
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19 min
January 23, 2019
State Champions - Dean Fabrizio, Lee County High School (GA)
Today, Keith Grabowski continues his conversations with state champion coaches and is joined by Coach Dean Fabrizio, head coach at Lee County High School (Ga). When Coach Fabrizio took over as Lee County’s head coach, the team had just finished 0-10, losing 19 of its previous 20 games. In 2018, Lee County finished 15-0, winning back-to-back 6A state titles. Grabowski and Coach Fabrizio discuss the program’s turn around and his system’s development through that time. 00:57 Coach Fabrizio’s decision to coach 02:13 Building the program from the ground up 04:17 Process of turning the program around 06:10 Helping revamp the lower levels 07:45 Getting the right people involved 10:05 Coach Fabrizio’s role as head coach 10:40 Managing both sides of the ball 12:23 Handling balance 14:23 Coach Fabrizio’s core tenets to build upon 16:57 Evolution of the offense 19:30 Evolution of the defense 21::51 Multiple defense 22:35 Preparing the defense to RPO 24:15 Handling the two-platoon system 28:26 Coach Fabrizio’s practice efficiency 31:10 Coach Fabrizio’s proudest moment at Lee County 33:00 Lessons from Lee County High School 34:25 Winning edge 35:20 Connect with coach: Email: fabriziode@lee.k12.ga.us
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36 min
January 22, 2019
State Champions - Bobby Ramsay, Mandarin High School (FL)
In today’s episode of the "Coach and Coordinator" podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Bobby Ramsay, head coach at Mandarin High School Jacksonville, Fla. Coach Ramsay led Mandarin to an 8A state championship in 2018 and was a former coach of Tennessee Titans’ running back Derrick Henry. Grabowski and Coach Ramsay discussed what he felt was an advantage as a head coach, culture in his program along with, his concern and thoughts for football. 01:00 Learning how to not lose games 03:15 Preparing the team for the year after winning state 04:25 Coach Ramsay’s coaching journey 06:00 Advice for young coaches 09:28 Philosophy of teaching as a head coach 12:12 Foundation of Coach Ramsay’s culture 16:18 Advantage as a head coach 19:40 Using metrics for game planning 23:10 Coach Ramsay’s Tango & Pirate Stunt 25:23 Coaching Derrick Henry 28:20 Concerns for football 35:00 Winning edge 36:35 Connect with coach: Email: RamsayR@duvalschools.org 37:00 National Conference
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38 min
January 21, 2019
College Leaders - Zach Tinker, Head Coach at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
In this episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith is joined by Zach Tinker, head coach at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Coach Tinker’s offense was #1 in passing and 3rd down convergence, top 10 in scoring and top 20 in completion percentage. Taylor talks about his journey as a coach, Coach Tinker’s culture with the team and offense, as well as the importance of the progression of the quarterback. 00:53 Coach Tinker’s coaching journey 02:52 Lessons learned as a coach 05:50 Coach Tinker’s offensive brand 08:15 Branding the culture of the team 11:02 Implementing culture in the offense 13:44 Concepts in the offense 16:15 Making the core of the passing game 18:50 Calibrating the passing game 21:30 Training the quarterback to work with pressure 23:52 The advantage of mobility in the quarterback 25:23 Quarterback’s involvement with the protection 28:15 Keith’s example of practicing protection and escapes 31:00 Coach Tinker’s progression in protection 34:15 Executing the simple plays 35:55 Coach Tinker’s 3rd down success 39:44 The value of the RPO in Coach Tinker’s offense 43:18 Teaching the throws before the run 44:40 Winning edge 48:05 Connect with coach: Twitter: @CoachTinkHC
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49 min
January 18, 2019
Your Call - F.R.E.A.K w/ Tim Sauer Jesup High School
In today’s podcast Keith Grabowski is joined by Tim Sauer head coach at Jesup Community School (IA) in the “Your Call” series. Coach Sauer introduces his F.R.E.A.K acronym that helps control the culture climate in his program. Grabowski and Coach Sauer discuss why it was made and how it is used in his program. 00:47 Creating F.R.E.A.K 02:20 Process of creating F.R.E.A.K 03:10 Expectations in F.R.E.A.K Insert Chart 03:15 No Fluff 05:00 Respect 07:00 Enthusiasm 09:15 Always count on me 11:18 Keep swinging 12:55 Sharing F.R.E.A.K with the players 14:26 Integrating F.R.E.A.K into Jesup Football 15:40 Involving the staff to set the standard 16:37 Evolving F.R.E.A.K down the road 17:45 Connect with coach: @timothyjsauer 18:00 Focus3 & Football development
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18 min
January 18, 2019
Weekly Highlights Of Coach & Coordinator 1/18/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: State Champions – Adam Clack Technique Development Building Culture – Weston Moody Lessons from 2018 – Derek Leonard State Champions – Jayson West Your Call – Tim Sauer
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6 min
January 17, 2019
State Champions - Building up a Program's Culture w/ Jayson West, Warren Central (IN)
Today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Jayson West, 2018 IHSAA state championship winning head coach at Warren Central (IN). Coach West shares his coaching journey, how he runs his program and how he works with his coaches to help their players. 00:55 What pushed Coach West to coaching 02:36 Key points in Coach West’s success 04:30 Advice for young coaches 07:09 Coach West’s building the culture 08:38 Behaviors that shows Coach West’s culture 10:37 Connecting with the players 12:27 Program events 15:17 Programs helping support and numbers 17:48 Coach West’s role as head coach 22:10 How Coach West gets new coordinators prepared 26:35 The process for balance 29:48 How to change and adapt 32:04 Keeping priorities balanced 34:58 Winning edge 35:57 Connect with coach: Jwest2@warren.k12.in.us
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36 min
January 16, 2019
Lessons from 2018 - Family and Football with Derek Leonard, Rochester High School (IL)
Today on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Derek Leonard, head coach at Rochester High School (IL). In his 13 seasons At Rochester, coach Leonard has won seven state championships. He gives a heartfelt look at the season coaching against his father coach Ken Leonard, as USA Football did a video and blog on the “Leonard Bowl.” Grabowski discusses Coach Leonard’s journey, success and use of multiple quarterbacks in his system running the RPO. 01:12 The Leonard rivalry 02:55 The Leonard Bowl significance, more than a game 04:50 Coach Leonard’s coaching journey 07:17 Preparing players for the season 10:13 Using 3 quarterbacks in his system 13:44 Making the quarterbacks threats passing & running 16:05 Shifting the defenses focus 18:15 Keeping consistency for the linemen 20:10 Coach Leonard working personnel 21:50 Buck sweep RPO 28:00 Looking for frontside and backside reads on RPO 30:15 Coach Leonard’s National Conference preview Connect with coach: @FBDevcoach @coachkgrabowski
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34 min
January 15, 2019
Building a Culture on a Foundation of Fundamentals w/ Weston Moody
Today Keith Grabowski is joined by first year Head Coach Weston Moody. Moody took over as head coach at Wamego High School (KS). In his first year they, improved upon the school’s previous three-win season through technique development. Coach Moody discussed how the contact system helped improve him as a coach and his team. Grabowski and Coach Moody break down the different advantages in using the contact system and applying it into practice and off-season training. 01:00 Coach Moody’s coaching journey 03:20 Progressions of the contact system 05:50 Better and safer technique 07:15 Advantages provided by the contact system 09:00 Adjustments 10:40 Using the system in the off-season 12:04 Drills in the off-season program 14:32 The contact system in Coach Moody’s offense 15:45 Power Read 20:10 Technique in the culture of Wamego 24:15 Connect with coach: Twitter: @coachWM
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25 min
January 14, 2019
State Champions - Adam Clack, Milton High School (GA)
This week on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Adam Clack, head coach at Milton High School (GA). Coach Clack has a unique system of how he builds culture with 7 keys to Victory. He gives a lot of his credit to success to his early involvement with youth football and seeing how hard the job is as a head coach. 01:00 What made Coach Clack be a football coach? 02:22 What Coach Clack learned at the first job 04:25 3 impacts on Coach Clack’s philosophy 07:15 A coach that Coach Clack would love to learn from 09:00 7 Keys to Victory 17:05 Building culture 23:23 Behaviors that show Coach Clack’s culture 26:15 Coach Clack working with the quarterbacks 30:25 Pro spread 21 personnel 33:20 Coach Clack’s PRO 37:05 Teaching the system 40:20 Coach Clack’s use of the practice timer 42:30 Future of the game 44:10 Football Development 45:45 Winning edge 47:10 Connect with coach: Twitter: @CoachClack23 Email: clackaj@fultonschools.org
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48 min
January 11, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 1/11/2019
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: USA Football Advanced Tackling System - Terry Summerfield and Rob Currin State Champions - Ryan Partridge Home Team – Kevin Bullis Coach Grabowski’s Notebook – Building Tradition Lessons from 2018 – Nate Moore
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8 min
January 11, 2019
Lessons of 2018 - Practice and Personnel Organization with Nate Moore, Massillon Washington (OH)
In today's episode we continue our series "Lessons from 2018" with Massillon High School head coach Nate Moore, who led the Tigers to 14-1 record in 2018. Keith Grabowski and Coach Moore discuss the Tiger's unique two-platoon system and how it helped the team, while Coach Moore also gives a preview of his National Conference presentation. 01:00 Coach Moore's wife Facebook Live interview 04:35 Organizing practice and personnel 06:30 Program numbers 08:37 Working the two-platoon system 11:20 Advantage building depth 13:00 Separating the varsity and junior varsity 15:35 Keith’s considerations 16:50 Specializing players 21:15 Building football IQ 23:35 Special teams 25:40 Using the game to help each other 27:35 Coach Moore’s favorite play, Iowa Z 32:44 Coach Moore’s National Conference preview 36:15 National Conference 36:55 Connect with Coach: Nmoore1@massillonschools.org @coachnmoore75
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37 min
January 10, 2019
Coach Grabowski’s Notebook - A plan for building tradition: embrace the past; build the future
Coach Grabowski shares a page from his notebook with several ideas on how to build tradition into the culture of the program and connect the past to the future. National Conference 00:55 A plan to create community with players and alumni 02:17 How to use these ideas 02:30 Defining “tradition” 03:26 Starting the process of building tradition 03:55 Using the school library and yearbooks as a resource 04:37 What to do with the information gathered 05:09 Enlisting the help of alumni 05:48 Creating lists of past players and accomplishments 06:33 Including tradition in the physical space of the team 08:21 The “Alumni Locker” 10:09 Creating a “helmet history” 11:56 Example from team newsletter 14:18 Creating connection through jersey numbers 16:04 Recommendations for player letters to alumni 17:12 Final thoughts and recommendations 17:39 Share your ideas with us @coachkgrabowski @FBDevCoach
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18 min
January 9, 2019
Home Team w/ Joel Nellis - Kevin Bullis, Head Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Today on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, guest host Joel Nellis continues the "Home Team" series with Kevin Bullis, the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Coach Bullis was hired in 2015, and has compiled an overall record of 44-7 that includes aconference record of 26-2. Coach Bullis talks about the integration of family in his career as a coach and, how having them involved with his career has made him a better family man and coach. 03:42 Coach Bullis meeting his wife 04:50 Managing time together 05:30 What makes Bullis’ wife so invaluable? 06:10 The sacrifice of time 07:10 Coach Bullis’ kids 08:40 Coach Bullis’ son Joseph on staff 10:10 The dynamic of Coach Bullis and his son as coaches 11:05 Coach Bullis’ negotiation with his wife about moving to UWW 13:05 Discussion of having kids 14:45 Coach Bulli’s advice on moving 18:00 Small thing Coach Bullis does to help his marriage and family 24:45 Importance of family 27:30 Importance of execution in football 30:30 Challenges as a coach 33:00 Coach Bullis’ approach to coaching as father 34:55 Making players feel valued on and the field 36:50 Ramping up team discipline 39:20 Coach Bullis’ desire to teach and learn life lessons
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43 min
January 8, 2019
State Champions - Ryan Partridge, Liberty High School (CA)
In this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski talks with Liberty High School (Brentwood, Calif.) athletic director and head coach, Ryan Partridge, who led Liberty to win the California 1A state championship. Coach Partridge is a first-time guest and an avid listener of the podcast. Coach Partridge shares his motivation to coach, what makes his program at Liberty special and how he balances it all with his family life. 01:12 Coach Partridge motivation to coach 01:55 Impacts on Coach Partridge’s coaching philosophy 03:44 Keith and Coach Partridge’s mutual connections and resources 05:00 Advice received as a coach 06:25 Importance of being yourself 08:00 Marketing impact on the program 09:45 Book coach learned from: “Above the Line” by, Urban Meyer 11:05 Building culture: battalion leaders 14:45 Leadership courses and challenges 16:05 Keys for consistency of success 17:35 Building Liberty’s offense 19:10 Simplifying to one formation 20:40 Show it, hear it and do it 21:20 Learn to Win 22:00 Learning competition 22:50 Advantage of using a drone for practice 25:35 Clasp, stick, scrap, j-angle, hit by and engage 30:05 Successful RPO play for Liberty 32:22 Practicing the RPO 33:55 Major concerns for the game of football 36:05 Advice for the young coach 37:00 Balancing life outside of football 39:30 Winning Edge 40:00 Connect with coach: Email: coachryanpartridge@gmail.com Twitter: @coachpart
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40 min
January 7, 2019
Master Trainers Terry Summerfield and Rob Currin share their experience with ATS
USA Football has officially launches the Advanced Tackling System (ATS) developed in conjunction with Tackling Specialist Richie Gray. The Advanced Tackling System is a system that can be layered upon the USA Football Shoulder Tackling System or any tackle system coaches choose to use. The ATS introduces Gray's “5 Fights” progression to help break down the aspects of the tackle with key performance indicators (KPIs). In today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by USA Football Master Trainers Terry Summerfield and Rob Currin. Summerfield and Currin describe their initial thoughts of the system as well as the results they experienced after implementing the system in their respective programs. The coaches give detail and insight of why this system is so helpful, and how the system’s “fight” philosophy can be applied across the board for players and coaches. :00 The Advanced Tackling System 03:28 The coaches’ initial start with the ATS 08:35 Get the tackle systems at Footballdevelopment.com 09:25 The 5 Fights 13:40 Practicing the tackle without tackling 18:50 The ATS building a culture 21:55 Key performance indicators (KPIs) 23:00 Importance of the KPIs 28:10 5 fights philosophy across all positions 29:40 Biggest takeaway for Coach Currin 31:50 Value of the ATS 34:50 Richie Gray’s unique input 36:08 Opportunity at National Conference 36:55 The coaches’ thoughts on National Conference 39:10 Connect with the coaches: Terry Summerfield Email: tsummerfield@usafootball.com Rob Currin Twitter: @rob_currin
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40 min
January 4, 2019
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 1/4/2018
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Lessons from 2018 – Dave Walker Conversations with National Conference Speakers- Ken Leonard & Steve Thomas Coach Grabowski’s Notebook – Off season Standards Home Team – Sean Lewis Program turn around – Dan Mackay
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7 min
January 4, 2019
How one high school increased rushing in 2018
In this episode of the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by Coach Dan MacKay, head coach at Burlington High School, Burlington Massachusetts. Grabowski and Coach Mackay discussed how Burlington increased their rushing offense this past year and improved as a football team. 00:50 Looking at Burlington’s statistics 01:28 The turnaround 02:08 Three technique changes 02:45 Using the series in Burlington’s base runs 06:15 Developing technique 08:35 Fundamental movements 09:45 Wrecking ball drill 11:15 Getting to unconscious confidence 12:55 Payoff of technique development 14:10 Making the unnatural natural 15:02 Technique applies across all positions 15:55 Universal language 17:45 Pillar technique for the stretch play 19:14 Keith’s reflection of stretch 19:55 Walking through the stretch in practice 21:00 Continuing growth 22:12 footballdevelopment.com 23:12 Connect with coach: mackay@bpsk12.org @bhsreddevilsfb
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24 min
January 3, 2019
Home Team w/ Joel Nellis - Sean Lewis, Head Coach at Kent State University
Today’s USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast, the “Home Team” series returns, which will broadcast twice a month featuring guest host Joel Nellis. On today’s episode, Nellis is joined by Sean Lewis, head coach at Kent State University (Ohio). Upon his hiring, Coach Lewis became the youngest Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coach in the country at the age of 31. Together, Nellis and Coach Lewis discuss the importance of his wife, balancing football with family and the legacy he wants to leave with his players. 00:19 Home Team intro 02:00 Sean Lewis intro 04:30 Meeting his wife 05:50 Coach Lewis’ wife involvment 07:32 What makes her so valuable in Lewis’ life? 08:35 Coach Lewis’ son, Rory 10:15 Deciding to go into college coaching 12:36 Wife’s support being instrumental 14:20 Decision to have kids 16:35 Suggestions in the moving process as a coach 18:25 Small things Coach Lewis does to help his marriage during the season 22:55 One thing Coach Lewis does to help on the home front 24:35 Deciding to take a trip with the wife while coaching 27:03 You must be able to detach 27:38 How to manage phone time at home 32:22 All that matters is what the kids know 34:15 A struggle Coach Lewis has overcome with family and coaching 37:20 Lewis family increase in communication 38:25 How Coach Lewis’ commitment to family helps his players grow as men 39:23 Be the alpha 44:36 How Coach Lewis makes his players feel cared about beyond football 46:50 One thing Coach Lewis changed in the last three years to become a better coach 48:12 Victory formation 49:20 The legacy Coach Lewis wants to leave 51:00 National Conference
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51 min
January 2, 2019
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Off Season Standards
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski shares a page from his notebook about off season standards for a team. Keith reflects on his time at the high school coaching level, and what he and his staff put together for their program. Keith breaks down his chart and how it developed for him in his coaching career. 01:34 National Conference 02:15 Influence of the program standards for Keith 03:22 Discussing with the staff 03:55 Setting the standards 04:35 The two levels of the standards 05:20 Player motivation 06:21 Attendance 06:50 Short awards and recognition 07:00 Seeing the program pay-off 07:38 Chart specifics 08:05 Teaching lift technique 09:00 Getting the players to work as athletes 09:35 Recognition every four weeks 10:05 Blogs.usafootball.com 10:17 @fbdevcoach Footballdevelopment.com 11:00 National Conference
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11 min
January 1, 2019
Conversations with National Conference Speakers - Ken Leonard & Steve Thomas
Today’s Keith Grabowski talks with two National Conference speakers coach Ken Leonard and Steve Thomas. Coach Leonard is the head coach at Sacred-Heart Griffin High School and is the all-time winningest coach in the state of Illinois with 379 wins and 5 state championships. Coach Thomas is the assistant coach at Sacred-Heart Griffin High School who also specializes in the team’s leadership and character development. The coaches discuss what drives their team’s culture, leadership and character as well as what they will present at National Conference. 01:55 Coach Leonard’s call to be a coach 03:17 Coach Leonard’s road to coaching 04:45 Who gave Leonard a chance 06:50 Importance of learning from coaches 09:20 Coaches must have a system 11:52 Evolution of learning for players 13:50 How coach Leonard builds culture 14:30 8 core values 15:50 Philippians 2:3-4 18:25 Turning values into action 20:50 Coach Leonard serving 22:35 Quality of life 24:00 Leadership is serving 24:50 Why do you coach football? 26:05 Coach Thomas’ role and example 28:00 How coach Leonard’s character program comes together 29:30 National Conference 30:00 Coach Leonard & coach Thomas’ National Conference preview 31:25 What coaches should take from the National Conference presentation 35:05 Coach Leonard’s mission 37:00 Connect with coach: Leornad@shg.org Stevethomas3030@hotmail.com
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37 min
December 31, 2018
Lessons from 2018 - Dave Walker
In today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast Keith Grabowski talks with coach Dave Walker about lessons learned in the 2018 season. In 2018 coach Walker's Martinsburg Bulldogs won their 3rd straight state championship. Walker now has 7 total state titles and a 42-game winning streak longest active streak in West Virginia. Keith and coach Walker discuss his unique two quarterback system, importance of development in scout team and preview Walker’s presentation for National Conference. 01:55 Coach Walker reflecting on 2018 03:12 Developing all the players with scout team 04:05 Making the scout team important 05:20 Working the two-quarterback system 07:05 Getting buy in to support both quarterbacks 08:32 Getting enough work for success for both quarterbacks 09:55 How coach Walker rotated quarterbacks 11:30 Unselfishness 12:10 Incorporating the run game 13:35 Blocking in the run game: Belly 14:45 Play action 15:45 RPO with counter 16:50 3 level RPO keeping the linemen from down field 18:00 Quarterback reading 3 level RPO 19:00 Winning edge 19:50 Coach Walker’s National Conference preview 20:30 Coach Walker’s National Conference experience 21:48 National Conference
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22 min
December 28, 2018
Lessons from 2018 - Rob Pomazak
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith is joined by coach Rob Pomazak to discus lessons he learned in the 2018 season. Pomazak is the head coach at St. Charles North (IL). Pomozak discuss takeaways form this season, over coming adversity and gives a preview of what’s to come at National Conference. 01:40 Takeaways from 2018 02:50 Facing adversity 05:12 Evolving the 3-level program 07:40 Challenges in change of practice 09:00 Connection 10:45 Working scout teams 12:00 Walking through practice 14:48 Finding efficiency of practice 16:28 Big plays for Pomazak 20:30 Consistent learning for players 22:45 Pomazak thoughts of National Conference 28:00 Coach Pomazak’s National Conference preview 29:50 National Conference
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31 min
December 27, 2018
Award Winners - Marcus Hilliard, Virginia Union Asst Coach AFCA Asst. COY, Your Call: L.E.A.P Awards
Today in the Award Winner series of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski is joined by coach Marcus Hilliard. Hilliard serves as assistant coach and defensive coordinator and was awarded AFCA assistant coach of the year. Hilliard discusses his journey, what qualities an assistant should have and Virginia Union’s defensive line. Following coach Hilliard, Keith Grabowski interacts with coaches in a “Your Call” segment. This segment is meant to share ideas from coaches for coaches through frequently asked questions and help the coaching community enhance the experience for their players. This segment we ae introduced to the “L.E.A.P Awards” from coach Alfredo Siva, head coach of Bolsa Grande high school. 01:00 Coach Hilliard’s start in coaching 03:00 Qualities that got coach Hilliard recognized 04:55 Being a self-starter 06:10 Pillars of Virginia Union 07:50 Importance of giving back 09:17 Best ways of teaching the defense 10:35 Coach Hilliard’s favorite defensive schemes 11:55 Key coaching points coaching line movement 13:20 Best way to start the RPO 14:40 How to maintain the pace with players 16:05 Finding the advantage against offensive linemen 18:00 What is taught to the Virginia Union defensive linemen 20:22 Grading guys on film 21:50 Winning edge 23:00 Connect with coach: mahillird@vu.edu @vuusports Your Call: L.E.A.P Awards 24:55 L.E.A.P Leadership Effort Attitude Preparation 25:30 L.E.A.P evaluation 26:20 Award criteria 27:55 Checking in with the coaches 28:35 Giving the kids something tangible 29:18 L.E.A.P during the season 32:55 L.E.A.P in post season awards 34:15 How is decided? 35:10 Connect with coach: @fbcoachsilva @Bolsafootball Bolsafootball.com
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36 min
December 26, 2018
Lessons from 2018 - Herb Brogan
Today's episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast series, Keith Grabowski has Herb Brogan, head coach at Lumen Christi Catholic, to talk about lessons learned in the 2018 season. Brogan has won 3 consecutive state championships giving him 9 as a head coach. Keith asks about the difficulty of repeating, the need for leadership and the importance of relationships. Brogan also shares a preview of his presentation at National Conference. 01:25 One thing taken away from last season 2:33 Three major problems every year 03:40 Are you adding to the tradition or living off of it? 04:55 What to work on to get four in a row 05:25 Leadership 06:30 Difficulty in selling leadership 07:30 Process of picking captains 10:00 How Brogan prepares players to be leaders on the team 11:00 Holding everyone accountable building team leadership 12:55 Keith’s example of building leadership 15:40 Everyone has the opportunity to lead 16:10 Can’t be afraid to change 18:10 It’s a different challenge every year 19:35 Getting the kids to bond 21:17 Coach Brogan’s National Conference preview 23:40 Nation Conference
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26 min
December 26, 2018
Thank You Coach - Angus Reid
Today’s guest on the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast is Angus Reid. Reid is a former CFL offensive lineman whose 13-year career brought championships and multiple awards of accomplishment. Keith Grabowski brings Reid on to discuss his TED talk on why kids need high school football and his book “Thank You Coach: Learning How to Live, by Being Taught How to Play”. In this podcast Reid highlights what the game of football does for young people, and the everlasting impact he received from his coach in the CFL which Keith believes should be a coach’s ultimate goal. 01:53 Reid’s TED Talk 08:35 Reid’s relationship with Dan Dorazio 11:39 Football is a people business 14:56 Are you impacting players beyond the game? 16:12 Coach Dorazio’s player to coach relationship 18:50 You must know people and treat them individually 22:05 Coaches must maximize what’s in front them 25:19 You’re not going to rise to the occasion, you’re going to sink to your training 28:28 Coach Dorazio’s use of humor 33:20 Excelling at the game with skill and technique 34:45 Practice: focus and frequency 36:15 If something matters you do it every single day 37:45 Make your standard crystal clear 41:25 How Dorazio looked at film 45:45 Dorazio’s personal letters 49:20 Trust 54:47 The “Thank you” 55:48 Keith’s thank you from a former player 57:35 Where to get “Thank You Coach” 58:38 National Conference
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60 min
December 24, 2018
Coach & Coordinator - Breaking Down Liberty's Offense with Joe Daily
On today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast Keith Grabowski has Joe Daily, offensive coordinator at Liberty University. Daily is a former quarterback at Nebraska and North Carolina and used some of his personal playing experience to help influence his offensive scheme. Keith and Coach Daily discuss what has impacted Daily as a coach, his dynamic offensive scheme and coaching process. 01:10 Joe Daily's coaching journey 02:12 Coaches that have made an impact on Daily 04:15 Developing offense from previous experience 05:10 Transitioning in coaching and understanding relationships 07:12 Advice for guys that want to be a coach 08:35 Coach Daily’s mistake as a young coach 09:48 Evolution of the offense at Liberty 10:45 Philosophy of the offense 12:54 Offensive trends 14:30 Defensive trends 16:32 Coach Daily’s favorite concepts against tight defensive fronts 17:53 RPO in 21 & 22 personnel 19:06 Impact play for Coach Daily, Outside zone backside RPO 21:20 Coaching the running back 22:02 Offensive line 22:25 RPO read backside 23:35 Coaching the RPO attachments 24:45 Explosive plays, Daily’s explosive package 25:00 Sail 27:00 Training the quarterback 30:40 Inside practice 34:38 Gameday process 37:00 Tools to acquire data 38:35 Communication at halftime 40:05 What to look for postgame on film 41:25 Winning edge 42:10 Connect with Coach Daily: @coachdailylu Libertyfootball.edu Coach Daily
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43 min
December 21, 2018
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 12/21/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Game Plan Your Next Job – Mike Kirschner College Leaders – Robby Discher Award Winners – Phil Kleckler Lessons from 2018 – Rich Alercio Best of State Champions Winning Edge
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8 min
December 21, 2018
20 State Champions Share The Winning Edge
On today’s show, host Keith Grabowski shares the answers of 20 coaches who have accumulated 162 state championships. Each coach gives his answer to, “What’s the one thing that gives your team the winning edge?” 1:20 Today’s guest has at least five state championships 1:37 National Conference 2:08 In total the group has accumulated 162 state championships 2:28 Andrew Coverdale - OC, 12x state champ Louisville Trinity - set a high bar 4:24 Coverdale’s in-season winning edge - sense of how to prepare over the long season 6:39 Nick Restifo 11x state champ, 3x national champ, OC-Cleveland St. Ignatius - faith 7:49 Nunzio Campanile, 6 state champs as assistant, 1 as head coach; now running backs coach at Rutgers - play for the guy next to you 9:08 Dub Maddox, 6 state championships as assistant, now head coach at Victory Christian - knowledge is power 10:35 Rick Jones, 8 state championship, head coach Greenwood (AR) - consistency 14:04 Chuck Kyle, 11x state champ, 3x national champ, Cleveland St. Ignatius - develop players 16:07 Noel Rash, 5 state championships, head coach, Beechwood (KY) 17:44 John Roderique, 11 state championships, Webb City (MO) 19:45 Rick Streif, 10 state championships, retired head coach - Cathedral (IN) 20:11 Kevin Kelley, 6 state championships, head coach - Pulaski Academy (AR) - buy in 20:33 Galen Brantley, 10 state championships, head coach - Soldotna (AK) - empowerment 21:03 Lane Kirkland, 5 state championships - Carey (ID) - teamwork and have fun 21:50 Jason Mohns, 6 state championships, head coach - Saguaro (AZ) - love 22:16 Mohns in-season winning edge- experience 22:47 Alex Rotsko, 14 state championships, head coach - Marshwood (MN) - success is a choice 24:26 Dave Walker, 7 state championship, head coach - Martinsburg (WV) - off season 25:43 David DeVaughn, 5 state championships, head coach - Ben Eielson (AK) - 26:32 Chuck Smith 6 state championships, head coach - Boyle County (KY) - the head coach molds the chemistry of the team 28:02 Tom Wilson, 7 state championships, head coach, Dowling Catholic (IA) - 20:03 Strait Herron, 5 retired head coach - South Pointe (SC) - confidence that comes from organization 31:21 Herb Brogan, 11 state championships, head coach - Lumen Christi (MI) - work ethic and attitude
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33 min
December 20, 2018
Lessons from 2018 - Rich Alercio, Head coach St. Johnsbury Academy
Show Notes: Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith discuss lessons from the 2018 season with Rich Alercio, head coach at St. Johnsbury Academy (VT). In 2017, Alercio won a state title and fell short of another this past season. Keith and Coach Alercio reflect on his season, discuss ideas to grow the game, preview USA Football's National Conference and talks about Alercio's screen-pass option. 01:25 Halftime adjustments 03:03 Figuring out issues early in the season 04:12 Stating a clear message for the players 05:07 Celebration: Energy, effort and enthusiasm 07:45 Continuing the celebration 09:00 Losing kids in football 11:10 Ideas to keep kids playing 14:15 Making the game fun and affecting the youth 17:55 Trends witnessed in 2018 20:14 National Conference experience 23:28 Coach Alercio’s National Conference preview 25:50 Routes in screen pass option 27:00 Practicing the screen pass option 28:30 National Conference 29:12 Connect with Coach: Email: richalercio@gmail.com Facebook/Twitter: @olineskills
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29 min
December 19, 2018
Award Winners - Phil Kleckler, Lindsey Wilson defensive coordinator, AFCA NAIA Asst COY
Today in the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski has Phil Kleckler, defensive coordinator at Lindsey Wilson College. Coach Kleckler was awarded AFCA assistant coach of the year at the NAIA level. Keith and coach Kleckler talk about his coaching experiences, some of his influences as a coach and what brings his defense success. 00:55 Coach Kleckler’s coaching journey 01:35 Lessons learned at Averett 02:30 Key points of development as a coach 03:45 Experience helping with Kleckler’s future as a coach 04:40 Who had the greatest impact on coach Klecker’s philosophy 06:00 Best books read as a coach Phil Knight – “Shoe Dog” Bill Parcells – “Parcells: A Football Life” Ian O’Connor – “Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Coach of All Time” 07:30 Ideas from those coaches that impact you as a coach 10:20 Key to Lindsey Wilson’s consistency 12:40 Recruiting 15:18 Defining Lindsey Wilson’s defense 18:35 Philosophy of the defense 20:20 Defending the RPO 21:55 Learning at clinics 24:35 How the defense is made each season 26:55 What Technology does coach Kleckler want incorporated in the college game? 27:45 Keith’s experience with video review 30:30 Best way to teach the players 34:30 Successful concept for Lindsey Wilson’s defense 36:00 Defensive line, long stick technique 36:50 Linebackers, J technique 38:20 Coverage, safeties have coverage control 40:35 Creating balance in life as a coach 43:40 Coach Kleckler’s perspective of a good coach 45:48 Winning edge 47:25 Connect with coach: Twitter: @coachklecker Email: klecklerp@lindsey.edu
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48 min
December 18, 2018
College Leaders - Robby Discher, University of Toledo special teams coordinator/ tight ends coach
Today in the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski has coach Robby Discher, University of Toledo tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, to talk about the nationally ranked special teams unit. Toledo led the nation in blocked kicks, punts and are top 20 in punt return average. Keith and coach Discher talk about what impacted him in his coaching journey, what makes special teams so dynamic and how they’ve had this success this past year. 01:05 Coach Discher’s coaching journey 04:15 Key lessons learned as a coach 06:05 Player relationships 07:25 What’s special about being on the Toledo staff 09:55 Bringing in the right guys in recruiting 11:15 Player ownership 13:35 Do your job to the best of your ability 15:10 Have something that makes you different as a coach 15:35 Keith’s first experience as a college coach 17:12 Keys to excelling on special teams 17:30 The fundamentals 19:00 Scheme matching the players 19:45 Coach Discher’s special teams drills to evaluate who plays on special teams 22:33 How Toledo uses starters on special teams 24:50 Finding opportunities to block punts 27:20 Bring pressure once every game 29:35 Attacking the shield 32:10 Advantages in the return game 34:05 Vertical separation 34:55 Own the ball, no penalties 36:50 Coach Discher’s favorite stat, starting field position 39:40 Winning edge 41:12 Connect with coach: Twitter: @robbydischer
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42 min
December 17, 2018
Game Plan Your Next Job - Having a Year Round Calendar Program with Mike Kirschner
Today in the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski has Mike Kirschner head coach at Mt. Vernon high school on to talk about having a year-round calendar for your program. Coach Kirschner has carried this year-round calendar from the start of his coaching career to set a plan and tone for his programs. Coach Kirschner breaks down his calendar and the importance of having communal involvement within this plan. 01:32 Importance of having a 12-month plan 02:45 Transitioning into a new program 04:45 Importance of 12-month plan from coach Kirschner point of view 06:20 Winter phase December, January, February 07:20 Getting the kids refocused 09:08 Youth winter academy 10:45 Self-evaluation 11:35 Show them how much you care 13:45 Coach Kirschner breaking down the youth academy 16:35 Coaching up the youth league coaches 18:05 Heads Up Football 19:00 Shoulder Tackle 19:35 Spring phase March, April, May 21:25 Going to clinics 22:55 Think about development 23:45 Summer phase June, July, August 24:00 Letting kids have time 25:20 Summer youth camp 26:55 Co-Captains running 28:15 Making time for families 29:05 Handling the summer 31:00 Communicating & holding the kids accountable 32:15 Be careful 33:05 Season phase August, September, November 33:20 Keeping the families involved 33:35 Mom 1-on-1 night 34:30 Team cookout 35:11 importance of being involved with the kids 36:05 Laying the ground work 37:18 Be positive role models 37:55 Coach Kirschner’s connection with the parents 39:25 Good recruiting tool 40:10 Recommendations for those looking for head coaching jobs 40:50 Connect with coach: mike.kirschner@mvcsc.k12.in.us 41:55 Coach Kirschner personal football impact
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43 min
December 14, 2018
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 12/14/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: GAME PLAN YOUR NEXT JOB Winning Cover Letter, Resume & References The Coaching Portfolio that Pops Acing the Interview Strategies and Tips for a Winning Interview Executing Your First 90 Days
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11 min
December 14, 2018
Game Plan Your Next Job - Executing your first 90 Days with Mark Solis
Today in the Game Plan Your Next Job series, Keith Grabowski gets with coach Mark Solis as they discuss the first 90 days on the job as a new coach. Coach Solis is the head coach at Olentangy high school and describes some of his experiences transition as the new coach. Keith and coach Solis provide examples coaches can use when preparing to coach a new team. Coach Solis drills home some major points to starting a coaching job. 01:35 Making impact after getting the job 02:20 The first meeting with the kids 03:12 Have an idea of staff 04:30 Keith’s experience with the initial meeting 05:25 Setting the tone 06:35 Meeting set up 07:20 Collaboration with teaching staff 08:11 Getting the right guys on the coaching staff 09:05 Lean on the athletic director 09:30 Do your homework and interview 10:50 Make sure your puting good people around kids 11:42 Evaluating the football infrastructure 12:10 Foster a relationship with your booster club 14:26 Understand the relationship with the booster club 14:45 Keith’s booster club experience 15:33 Work with them for the benefit of the kids 16:25 Don’t be afraid to ask about the budget 16:55 What’s happening in the weight room 17:22 Understand procedure and protocols for purchasing items 18:02 Keith’s Hudl subscription example 18:45 Be detailed 19:35 Break down the off-season work 19:55 Understand your players individually 20:26 Meet parents and community 20:40 Community night example 21:00 Making sure you touch base with all the stake holders 21:25 Keith’s community meeting example 22:35 Getting the word out 23:20 Building relationships with players 24:00 Be consistent 24:35 Don’t compromise what you truly believe in 25:10 Understand the landscape of the community you’re entering 25:25 Be clear with your vision & communication
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26 min
December 13, 2018
Game Plan Your Next Job - Strategies and Tips for a Winning Interview with Butch Reiser
This episode of the Game Plan Your Next Job series, Keith Grabowski talks with interview coach Butch Reiser about the interview process. Reiser works with athletes and coaches on all levels with interview skills and proper interview interaction. Keith asks Resier to share some of his tips for the interview process that can best prepare coaches and what to look out for in an interview. 01:10 Butch Reiser bio 03:00 The opportunity in the “Tell me about yourself” 03:25 Reiser’s finger answer method 04:58 Keep your answer down to two minutes 05:40 The best interview is a dialogue 06:00 Why this job? Why this program? 07:40 Addressing what are your weaknesses 08:02 Reiser’s sandwich technique 09:10 Situational questions, “Tell me about a time” 09:22 The S.T.A.R method • Situation • Task • Action steps • Results 10:37 Try to end stories on a happy note 11:45 Situational questions, “What would you do if” 13:45 Questions at the end of the interview 14:45 Reiser’s favorite questions to use 16:05 How do you close? 16:45 Follow up 17:10 Hand written thank you card 17:55 Connect with Butch Reiser: Allprointerview.com butch@allprointerview.com Twitter: butch_reiser
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18 min
December 12, 2018
Game Plan Your Next Job -Acing the Interview with Dr. David Hoch
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast series, Keith has Dr. David Hoch about acing the interview. Dr. Hoch has served as an athletic director in the state of Maryland and multiple committees. Dr. Hoch gives multiple examples of personal experiences for coaches to learn from on how to go about interviews. Keith offers some basic principles of what is needed by a coach as Dr. Hoch dives in depth about multiple factors in an interview. 00:45 Dr. Hoch Bio 02:50 Scout, prepare and plan for the interview 03:34 Make sure you’ve done your research 04:45 Understand education-based athletics 06:25 There must be educational value in your character 07:10 Dr. Hoch’s interview example 10:10 Start positive 11:00 Keith’s tips for preparing for an interview 12:10 Know who you’re going to deal with 13:25 Know who they are and why they’re there 14:25 The more information you have to plan for the better 15:45 Providing the portfolio 16:50 Can you clearly and concisely explain your philosophy? 18:40 Be able to explain “why” 22:00 You need to understand the school and the kids 24:30 You also have the choice to turn down the interview 26:00 Key points that come up in interviews 30:40 Don’t get caught off guard 31:30 Write down questions asked and review your answers 33:05 Grow and learn from every interview 35:25 Never answer a question you don’t fully understand 37:05 Provide good answers 38:25 Closing questions 39:15 Dr. Hoch’s bad examples of closing questions 43:12 Things you could ask 44:25 Closing statements 45:05 Send thanks for the opportunity
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48 min
December 11, 2018
Game Plan Your Next Job - The Coaching Portfolio that Pops with Bill Vasko
“Game plan for your next job – the coaching portfolio that pops” Show Notes: Today on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast Keith Grabowski continues the series “Game Plan for Your Next Job.” Keith talks to coach Bill Vasko about building a coaching portfolio. Coach Vasko has become a resource for coaches to assist them with portfolio development through his website, coachingportfolio.com. Coach Vasko made this website while he was going through the hiring process as a coach and joins Keith to discuss what he’s learned through his career. He offers valuable tips for coaches currently applying for jobs. :00 National Conference 02:52 Coach Vasko’s journey 05:30 To prepare and succeed in the hiring process 06:45 Vasko’s start with portfolio development 07:35 Think about ideas and philosophy 08:20 Keith’s observation of portfolios 09:25 Have to start putting ideas together 10:12 Things to have in the portfolio 10:45 Presentation 11:30 Content 12:10 Things relevant and important to the job 14:15 Do research upfront 15:25 Narrow down on the jobs you’re interested in 17:30 Importance of visuals 20:00 Showing plans and work samples 21:10 Make philosophies summarized and understandable 22:15 Don’t do it just for the portfolio 23:35 Advantage of the internet 25:25 Constant development as a coach 26:45 Coach Vasko’s portfolio development 27:40 Keith use of iBook 29:00 Customizing covers for schools 31:20 Getting information to the committee before the interview 32:21 Coach Vasko’s example sharing his portfolio 34:00 Emphasis on you as a person and coach 34:50 Evaluate that committee 35:40 What to include as a young coach 36:30 Think and prepare as a young coach 37:40 coachingportfolio.com Related Content: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6858/podcast-coach-and-coordinator-chris-fore-12-10-2018
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42 min
December 10, 2018
Game Plan Your Next Job - A Winning Cover Letter, Resume & References, Chris Fore
This week in the Coach and Coordinator series, Keith Grabowski starts a special series about the hiring season for coaches. Keith talks to former coach, now Assistant Principal at Yucca Valley high school Chris Fore. Chris is an expert in the field of resumes, cover letters and references. They discuss ideas in his book, “An Insider’s Guide To Scoring Your Next Coaching Job”. They share tips from personal experience ways to be proactive and unique in the process. 02:22 Is it the right time to be a head coach? Factors to consider 06:45 Evaluate what the next situation looks like 09:35 Reaching out to the principal and athletic director 13:08 Football Scoop 13:30 Keith’s reliable resources 14:50 Cover letters 16:15 5 keys to the cover letter 19:03 Do prior research of the program 20:00 Not every job and community are the same 21:50 Be connected to the community 22:50 Formatting the resume 24:05 No need for job description 24:55 Use stats, facts and figures 26:07 Chris’s resume example 27:30 The resume gets you into the interview room 27:55 Resume formatting examples 31:32 Direction for recommendation letters 32:50 Collect as many different letters of recommendation as possible 35:00 Only send what’s asked of you 37:15 Interview tips 42:00 Chris’s toughest question in an interview 44:15 Keith’s toughest question in an interview 44:42 How to go about the strength and weakness question 45:50 Contact coach Twitter: @coachfore Email: Chris@eightlaces.org 47:10 Rate on iTunes
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47 min
December 9, 2018
Best Of Game Planning Part 2
The Game Planning Process PART 2 – Add, Adjust, Analytics, Execute, Evaluate On Today’s podcast we pull from almost two years of some of the brightest offensive minds sharing their thoughts on game planning. Coaches from high school through the NFL give the details and insight to what helps them create a successful game plan. 2:26 Adding wrinkles 2:26 Brian White – adding a wrinkle in the playbook 3:22 Buddy Blevins - teaching each week and adding tags 8:26 Jason Mangone - adding wrinkle same upfront 10:20 Kyle Ralph OL Focus - adjusing wk to wk blocking 14:36 Jason Mangone - adding wrinkle wasting reps 16:29 Mike Emendorfer - same as for wrinkles 17:52 Hal Mumme – once installed, no additions 18:34 Dan Gonzalez – answers are in the system 21:26 Planned overage 22:19 Jason Mangone - self scout overage 23:56 Cris Reisert on - overage GP as staff 26:00 Practicing and installing the game plan 26:24 Dub Maddox - practicing the GP 28:40 Phil Lite - practicing and teaching GP 31:25 Phil Longo - game day adjustments in up tempo 32:50 Phil Longo - teaching 34:57 Kelley Lee – defensive classification to organize practice 38:02 Bobby Acosta – scripting practice like a game 29:14 Hal Mumme – practice planning 40:30 Brian Hughes – taking learning styles into consideration 44:37 Situational game planning 45:00 Noel Mazzone – 3rd down preparation 47:36 Brian Hughes – 3rd down prep 57:36 Jordan Neal - 3rd and 4th down 1:02:30 Scott Mueller - in game analytics for suituations 1:03:48 Martin Speiler - priority RZ new plays 1:04:59 John Bond - Red Zone thoughts 1:07:03 John Pennington - 6 Keys to RZ success 1:13 24 Steve Fairchild – Red Zone and match-ups 1:16:14 Jim Hueber - goal line 1:21:10 Wade Wilson – 2 minute drill 1:22:15 Charlie Coiner – 2 minute drill and tempo offense 1:24:00Analytics 1:24:046 Rob Ash – incorporating analytics in GP and practice 1:33:51 Brian Flinn – how analytics change the focus of a GP 1:40:33 Steve Steele – game planning with analytics 1:41:58 Game day execution 1:42:16 Brian White - putting together and using situation call sheet 1:43:24 Martin Speiler - opening series 1:44:58 Mike Emendorfer – quarter by quarter strategy 1:46:00 Phil Longo - game day adjustments in up tempo 1:47:33 Noel Mazzone – the defense will win some calls 1:48:34 Kelley Lee – adjustments and answers built in 1:50:03 Bobby Acosta – getting playmakers the ball 1:51:27 Brian Hughes – making adjustments 1:52:12 Mark Speckman – game day communications 1:55:17 Mark Speckman – half-time adjustments Evaluation of the game plan 1:58:00 Noel Mazzone – the 12 percent rule 2:02:20 Mazzone – captains for accountability 2:05:20 Tony DeMeo - 4 key stats
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136 min
December 7, 2018
Best Of Game Planning Process, Part 1 - Foundation
Best of Coach and Coordinator – The Game Planning Process On Today’s podcast we pull from almost two years of some of the brightest offensive minds sharing their thoughts on game planning. Coaches from high school through the NFL give the details and insight to what helps them create a successful game plan. Part one focuses on ares which create the foundation for the game planning process. The Game Planning Process PART 1 – Foundation for the Game Plan 1:20 Concepts and Philosophy drive game plan creation 1:43 Andy Kotelnicki – Distortion of the defense 3:20 Joe Moorhead – Blending RPO and West Coast 4:26 Alan Stanfield - Concept philosophy simple and tempo 5:46 Brent Dearmon - Auburn run game with RPO 8:04 Ian Shoemaker flexibility and TE’s in GP 9:52 Jason Lewis Systems based on personnel and procedures 12:40 Joe Osovet RPO concept GP basing in QB ability 13:49 Jordan Neal concept phil Tempo in GP 17:20 Kelley Lee Importance of a System 19:36 Geoff Dart Players Formations Plays 21:17 Jason Candle Get the best players the ball 23:58 Simple teaching allows you to do more in a game plan 25:03 Buddy Blevins simple formations for learning 26:28 Craig Yeast GP same do what we do 28:21 Mike Emendorfer- Bread and butter plays to simplify 29:45 Mike Emendorfer- Base concepts passing 30:07 Joe Moorhead - Teaching and terminology 30:54 Bobby Acosta - Keep it very simple and keeping it to 26 plays 32:14 Lucas Lueders - Keep it to a few fundamental schemes to build from 34:11 Total staff buy-in 34:40 Mike Denbrock - Total team GP 35:52 Noel Mazzone on staff ownership of GP 39:06 Tony Franklin - Total team GP 40:37 Tony Franklin – Perspective gained 40:39 Mike Denbrock - Team perspective 42:47 Mike Denbrock - Culture alignment 44:27 Parameters for how much to carry in a game plan 44:59 Mike Sirianni - How much in GP pass 46:40 Andrew Coverdale -H ow much and contrarians 50:23 Dan Gonzalez - How much in GP same as 54:30 Tom Lombardo - Less is more 56:10 Noel Mazzone - 25 plays 1:00:43 Bobby Acosta - Process of planning 26 plays 1:02:35 Kelley Lee - How much based on experience and the process for shrinking 1:04:17 Personnel considerations 1:04:39 Brennan Marion -GP based on OL 1:06:29 Matt Drinkall - Trends personnel groupings and shifts 1:08:32 Joe Moorhead - Using 11 Hybrid Personnel 1:09:48 Tony Franklin - Using big personnel 1:11:50 Tony Franklin Dealing with personnel at different levels 1:15:38 Tempo considerations 1:16:02 Matt Drinkall - Using multiple tempo to control the defense 1:19:04 Alan Stanfield - Planning One Word Nitro 1:20:01 Bobby Acosta - Creating one word calls/branding 1:21:07 Shawn Liotta on tempo and adding movement 1:24:10 Phil Longo - Play fast 1:24:36 Strategy in the Game Plan 1:25:18 Craig Yeast - Numbers rather than tendencies 1:26:34 Joe Osovet - Checklist for RPO GP 1:32;43 Joe Beschorner - GP around personnel and touch chart 1:34:10 Joe Beschorner - Touches 1:34:43 Rich Alercio - Stressing a Defense 1:37:34 Stephen Jackson - Balance through the QB 1:42:03 Nick Restifo – Starting with strengths and weaknesses 1:43:23 Lucas Lueders – Players, Formations, Plays
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106 min
December 6, 2018
College Leaders - Stan Hodgin, Shenandoah offensive coordinator
This week in the College Leaders series, Stan Hodgin, Shenandoah offensive coordinator joins us to discuss his passing offense. Shenandoah finished the season first in Division III passing offense with 3,865 yards passing. They discuss his journey as a coach, what makes this offense successful, what’s important in coaching, and his favorite concept. :00 National Conference 02:45 Coach Hodgin’s journey 03:56 It’s a relationship-based business 04:40 Hodgin’s young coaching mistake 06:10 Developing over time 07:30 Fitting scheme into identity 09:25 Building the offensive system 12:40 Describing Hodgin’s offense 13:10 Who Hodgin studied 14:35 What is Hodgin’s offensive identity? 15:24 How Hodgin presents the concepts to the team 16:10 Hodgin’s 4 verts install example 17:07 4 verts adjustment 18:35 Hodgin’s H-Cross concept 20:35 What inspired Hodgin’s tweak of the cross concept? 22:35 Looking for matchups 23:30 Coaching stemming routes to win 24:55 Be simpler than the year before 26:00 Working all coverage beaters in practice 27:05 Working with practice time 28:40 Line of scrimmage adjustments 30:00 How to be effective in the classroom 31:30 Best things done in practice 33:25 Practicing screens 34:45 Splitting up practice time 36:08 What goes into the run game? 37:15 Working in RPO 38:45 Want an explosive run game 40:35 Working empty 41:40 Hodgin’s offensive culture 43:10 Winning edge 44:00 Contact shodgin@su.edu @s_hodgin 44:30 Rate on iTunes
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45 min
December 5, 2018
Coach & Coordinator - Denny Douds, former head coach at East Stroudsburg University
Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski has former East Stroudsburg University coach, Denny Douds as his guest. Douds has coached some of the most notable coaches in football in every level, including the likes of James Franklin, Pat Flaherty and Harry Hiestand. He talks with Keith about teaching while coaching, the changes in the game, what’s important in coaching and some of those coaches. Lastly, Douds spoke on his non-traditional but notable way of retiring from football. Denny Douds is the all-time winningest coach in the history of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He spent 44 seasons as head coach and 52 years at East Stroudsburg University. He was the winningest active coach in NCAA football with 263 career victories. He ranks 16th in NCAA history in career wins and seventh in games coached (462), behind only John Gagliardi, Eddie Robinson, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden and Pop Warner. He ranks 10th in NCAA history in career wins at one institution. He is one of 15 men to reach 40 seasons as head coach in college football history, the ninth to coach 40 years at one school, and the fifth to spend all his 40+ year career at the same institution. 01:45 Changes in the game 03:50 Educating and coaching 05:55 Evolution of coaching, adapting to coaching specialist 06:35 Douds' evolution of the game example 08:15 The game evolving like society 11:15 Exploiting matchups 12:10 Keeping records and information gathering 13:20 Keeping up with the game, spread formations 15:00 Dealing with evolution and life of the player 15:35 Its more than a game that’s played on Saturday 21:25 Douds' coaching tree, his thoughts on their careers 23:55 Harry Hiestand’s story 28:45 Family is priority 30:55 The future of the game 35:38 Advice to young coaches 38:40 Douds' retirement story 46:27 Winning edge
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48 min
December 4, 2018
Deliberate Practice - Skill Development in the Offseason
This week in the Deliberate Practice series, coaches Keith Grabowski and Andy Ryland talk with former NFL lineman and contact expert Scott Peters about developing skill in the offseason. Peters discusses the USA Football Contact System as way to develop all your players this offseason. The Contact System incorporates technical movements and allows coaches to build technique from the ground up that apply directly to the game. Peters discusses how this can be implemented into an off season program. 01:30 Missing opportunities to develop skills in the offseason 02:18 Contact is a skillset 03:27 It starts with the coach 06:30 Working on skill development as many times as possible 07:30 TOS contact system - top 2 objects of achievement 08:13 Safety through superior technique 09:00 Movement patterns 10:10 Shape 11:40 Don’t have to be playing football to train the technique 12:57 Development of skills 13:50 There’s no excuse not to develop yourself when information exists 14:40 Importance of movement patterns 16:00 “Talent Code” patterns example 17:17 Performance and safety 18:30 Tip of the Spear can work in all schemes 19:10 Finding all the common denominators 20:15 Stop thinking about what we used to do 20:35 Evolution is in the technique, not scheme 22:15 Shape, sharpen and polish the spear 23:35 Competition is the measuring stick 25:20 Hip series 26:05 Shape drills 27:50 Coil, uncoil and fit/finish drills 28:17 Look at your warm-ups 29:50 Refit drill 30:55 Forensic detail 31:18 Andy’s super set example 32:12 Everybody should be improvising and innovating 32:33 Investment of time 35:05 What’s added to the Tip of the Spear system in 2019
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37 min
December 3, 2018
Award Winners - Milo Austin, Morehead State assistant coach, FCS ACOY
This week on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Keith Grabowski talks with Morehead State assistant coach Milo Austin. Austin was selected the AFCA FCS Assistant Coach of the Year. The coaches discuss Austin’s journey, his success, his favorite concept and what it takes to be good assistant coach. Austin began his collegiate playing career as a cornerback at Division III Salisbury, where he was named Atlantic Central Football Conference Freshman of the Year in 2001. He was also the Eastern College Athletic Conference Eastern Region Freshman of the Year. He finished his career at West Virginia, where he was a wide receiver on the 2004 Big East Conference Championship team. 00:40 National Conference 02:08 Coach Austin’s start and journey 05:12 What keeps Austin coaching? 06:18 The most important lessons about coaching 07:55 Qualities that got coach Austin nominated for ACOY 09:17 Coach Austin’s go to resource to share with players 10:32 Importance of giving back to the community 11:43 Coach Austin’s favorite concept: Post Wheel Shake 15:00 The Post 17:00 The Wheel 19:25 The Shake 21:42 The RB trail route 23:50 What is the QB looking at in this concept? 25:37 Having balance in coaching 27:05 Advice for young coaches 28:18 Winning edge 29:10 Contact coach Austin: a.austin@moreheadstate.edu @coachmaustin
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30 min
November 30, 2018
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 11/30/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: Keith Grabowski’s Notebook – Offseason Awards College Leaders – Craig Yeast Air Raid Smart Coaching – Athlete Transitions Coach and Coordinator – Why Kids Don’t Play Football Anymore Keith Grabowski’s Notebook – Recruiting Guidelines
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5 min
November 30, 2018
Coach's Grabowski's Notebook - Recruiting Season Guidelines for Coaches
This week in Keith Grabowski's notebook, Keith pulls a page about the recruiting process for coaches and players. Coach Grabowski has been on both sides of the spectrum as a high school coach and college coach. He breaks this process down to coaches so they can be best prepared and helpful in recruiting. 00:43 National Conference 01:07 Football Development 02:00 Recruiting season 02:58 Coach’s duty to help in recruiting 03:35 Contact period 04:17 Evaluation period 04:50 Quiet period 05:25 Dead period 06:00 Know the periods 06:35 Make administration aware 07:50 Tips for the contact period 10:30 It's not always possible for coaches to meet with recruiters 11:40 Division III coaches, discuss and arrange times 12:12 Plan ahead for coaches 13:13 How do you prepare your student athletes? 14:10 Cover letter 14:55 Outline of recruiting 15:16 Alert athletes and parents of recruiting periods 16:50 Students succeeding in academics & citizenship 17:45 Understand what schools are looking at 18:25 Telling them how it works 19:02 Help them evaluate colleges on their own 19:45 Information for parents 20:12 Planning visits and addressing test scores 20:40 NAIA 21:16 NCAA clearing house 21:55 Guidelines for highlight tapes 23:55 Have a prospect sheet 25:30 Know if the athletes want to play next level and the specific levels 26:30 Identify who all has the ability 27:50 Prospect sheet for seniors 28:50 Guidelines for players dealing with recruiters 33:50 Understand the different levels of football 35:15 Contact coach Grabowski: kgrabowski@usafootball.com @coachkgrabowski @fbdevcoach 35:40 iTunes review
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36 min
November 29, 2018
Coach & Coordinator - Why Kids Don't Play Football Anymore, Coach Jay Stolfi
This week in the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski discusses the topic of why kids don’t play football anymore. He has guest coach Jay Stolfi to discuss this as he presented this idea in his article. The coaches look at what has been the problem and also solutions from observation and personal experiences. 01:20 Jay Stolfi’s background 03:05 A solvable problem but a self-inflicted problem 04:30 Kids not being put in the best situation to succeed 05:30 Coach Stolfi’s observation & examples of kids not in a successful situation 07:35 Putting players in a position of success & providing a positive experience 09:05 Be realistic 09:40 Adapting to change 11:15 Being aware of the kids’ experience 12:02 Keith’s personal football experience 13:20 Things the game teaches 15:23 Bridging the gap 15:55 What a program should offer kids 17:26 Think in terms of progression 20:00 Lack of qualified coaches 20:15 Coach Stolfi’s example of unqualified coaching in a new program 23:25 Be good at something 24:00 Working with fundamentals and scenarios 25:37 Copy & paste mentality 26:20 Time 28:38 Reframing practice 29:45 Show kids how to practice 30:40 It’s about development 32:35 How to get the message out there 33:00 Heads up football 33:45 Spend time yourself 34:45 Rethink & coach up your coaches 35:55 Take advantage of the technology 39:15 Coach Stolfi’s Double Gun system 39:45 Using achievable things 40:20 Run a system that’s good for your entire program 41:15 You can progress through building fundamentals while creating your system 42:16 When you change your system, everyone becomes a freshman 43:55 Coach Stolfi’s final thoughts 44:12 Dedicated coaches 44:35 Be realistic 45:10 Contact coach coach@doublegunoffense.com
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46 min
November 28, 2018
Smart Coaching - Athlete Transitions
Smart Coaching Show Notes: This week in the Smart Coaching series, Keith Grabowski, Dr. Gearity and Dr. Kuklick wrap up this podcast series by discussing athlete transitions. This is an on-going process that applies to high school and college student-athletes as they move into the workforce or professional sports. The structure around being an athlete becomes so embedded into their lifestyle that when that chapter of life concludes, the question becomes, “How does one handle that transition?” Keith and the doctors discuss personal transition stories as well as solutions to help athletes transition to new sport levels and/or life after sports. 00:36 Keith reflects on Baldwin Wallace University 02:07 Different types of transitions 02:50 The challenge 03:37 Are we upholding core beliefs and values? 04:40 It’s a struggle 05:25 Keith’s personal transition as an athlete 06:10 The change in identity 07:24 Dr. Gearity theorizing the transitions 09:35 Transition from the structure 10:00 Need for transferability 11:00 Literature’s look at adult athletes 12:45 Athletes must refocus 14:45 Work transitional information within their structure 16:40 Address some of the barriers 17:35 Addressing those transitioning from being an athlete 18:48 Rituals and strategies for groups 20:30 Communication advantages 20:42 Continuity 22:00 Alumni mentorship 23:50 Putting together a plan for athletes 26:30 The levels of transitions 27:22 Embedding lifestyle transitions 29:55 Considering the physical and psychology transitions within the season 31:30 Contact the doctors: @drkuk14 clayton.kuklick@du.edu @drgearity brian.gearity@du.edu
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33 min
November 27, 2018
College Leaders - Craig Yeast, Offensive Coordinator Franklin (Indiana) College
Keith Grabowski starts the 2018 Coach and Coordinator podcast “College Leaders” series with guest Craig Yeast. As the offensive coordinator at Franklin College (Ind.), the Grizzlies have finished the past two seasons ranked top five nationally among Division III schools across multiple offensive categories, guided by his version of the Air Raid offense. Grabowski and Yeast discuss the Grizzlies’ success and where his offensive mentality comes from, as well as some of Yeast’s favorite offensive play calls from 2018, including his Counter RPO. Yeast offers advice for those looking to install the Air Raid as well as his recommendations on where to begin. :00 National Conference 01:35 Craig Yeast bio 02:40 Former coaches’ impact on Yeast’s philosophy 04:30 Selling the fun to the players 05:05 Easy to learn 05:45 There’s always opportunity 06:00 Topping the offensive charts 07:45 Keys to efficient completion rating 08:35 Consistency 08:55 Ball control and overall understanding 10:35 Man or zone beater 13:30 The process of installing a new system (Air Raid) 13:52 Must have or develop a QB 14:05 Focus on throw and catch 14:22 Must commit to the Air Raid 14:35 Must have well-coached linemen 15:30 Teach everybody the scheme 15:50 Defense must be prepared 16:16 Franklin’s physicality 16:40 Must be a team commitment 17:30 Installing Air Raid at a high school program for the first time 20:37 Find and focus on 10 plays 21:41 Focus on the little things 22:27 Importance of practice 23:27 Practice is everything 24:18 Coaching staff clinic 25:00 Everybody is on the same page from the top down 27:30 The regularity gives the advantage 28:14 Counter trey 31:44 Facing multiple fronts 32:37 If they adjusted, we adjusted 34:40 Philosophy and style for the bubble 35:23 Move motion 35:55 Leap motion 36:34 Zip motion
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39 min
November 26, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Offseason Awards
Coaches Notebook Show Notes: This week in Keith Grabowski’s notebook, coach offers an idea used in his coaching career to motivate and hold players accountable in the offseason. Offseason awards are something to recognize and challenge players to compete during the off season. Coach Grabowski lays out his blueprint, reasoning of this method and the success that it brought his program. 00:39 Topics in Keith’s notebook 01:00 National Conference 01:40 Why and what was the idea behind it? 03:42 Weight clubs 04:40 The setup 06:00 Most improved lifter 06:32 Top overall lifter 06:50 Top pound-for-pound lifter 07:15 Top position group lifter 07:55 Top individual lift 08:12 Perfect attendance 08:40 Beast of the week 10:38 Academics 11:09 Highest GPA 11:38 Academic athlete 11:52 No D's or F's 12:32 Greatest improvement 12:40 Highest position group GPA 13:28 Highest position group point total 13:55 Rob Pomazak “Installing fun” 14:15 Winners’ rewards 15:12 Perfect attendance weekly raffle 16:37 Extrinsic to intrinsic motivation 17:12 Keith’s document 17:30 Interact with Coach Grabowski @coachkgrabowski @FBDevcoach 18:00 Football development
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18 min
November 23, 2018
Leadership Journey - E+R=O Skill
E+R=O Skill. Show notes to follow. Happy Thanksgiving!
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69 min
November 23, 2018
Smart Coaching - Professional Development
Smart Coaching Show Notes: This week in the Smart Coaching series, Keith Grabowski, Dr. Kuklick and Dr. Gearity discuss coaches’ professional development. They discuss the clinics how coaches approach them and different ways to gather useful intel. They also look at what resources are available outside of clinics to coaches and what innovation can be used to help them develop. :00 National Conference 02:45 Professional development through clinics 04:15 Dr. Kuklick’s workshop experience 04:52 Look at areas of weakness 05:45 Be aware of how the problem is framed 06:15 How to identify softs skills outside of technical and tactical skills 06:50 Keith’s self-evaluation forms 09:05 Program evaluation 10:12 Ask the players 11:00 Be an active participant in development 11:35 Consider a coach educator/developer on staff 12:25 Go to upper level leaders for resources 13:35 Soft resources 14:15 Mentorship and collaboration 15:20 Different approaches to clinics 16:58 Identify some trends 17:45 Keith’s clinic information retainment and organization 19:12 Identify networking opportunities 19:50 Keith’s staff development experience 20:40 Learning community approach 23:40 Find other ways of thinking 24:45 Get outside of the box in the culture 26:00 Reflect 26:12 Organize and plan 26:30 Think outside the box 26:55 Contact the doctors 27:35 Dr. Gearity’s coach interaction 28:35 Be able to be uncomfortable and learn
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31 min
November 21, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Past Season Analysis: Factors Affecting the Passing Game
Show Notes: Past season analysis must go beyond the typical statistics to be effective. In this podcast, Coach Grabowski talks about using multiple data points and details on every play. Analyzing specific factors on a passing concept can help replicate or improve the success of a passing concept in the next season, as well as anticipate what the defense may do to adjust it. Looking at the completion rate or yards per attempt may not tell the whole story. A few adjustments may make that concept more effective. The point is, quality control work must be done to get the whole picture and this podcast shares those details. 00:35 Follow our new twitter for high school coaches @FBDevCoach 02:17 Advantage of charting key data 03:25 Know the opponent to help identify adjustments 06:05 Understanding how protection affects a concept 07:33 Determining the success of the concept as it is affected by route spacing 08:43 Understanding how route depth and receiver break technique affects the concept 10:55 Utilizing quarterback timing in creating a successful progression 12:40 Grading quarterback accuracy 12:54 Accuracy reflects correct mechanics 14:00 Routes thrown in each concept and what it shows about ball distribution 15:00 Hudl and excel to chart analysis 16:35 Calibrate throws 17:35 Blogs.usafootball.com Football Development.com Follow Coach Grabowski on Twitter @CoachKGrabowski Follow our new Twitter for high school coaches @FBDevCoach 17:50 National Conference Information
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18 min
November 20, 2018
Deliberate Practice - Vinny Digaetano
Deliberate Practice Show Notes: This week in the Deliberate Practice series, Keith Grabowski and Andy Ryland talk with coach Vinny Digaetano about his adaptation in a very fast coaching move. The coaches discuss how he kept laser focus with a five day turn around after accepting a head coaching job. Coach Digaetano discusses building the culture, having vision, and the 5 Fights Philosophy. Coach Digaetano describes how contact and tackling work into his practices to better his players. :00 Advanced Tackling System 02:30 Laser focus for coach Digaetano 04:30 Family 05:00 Staffing and vision 06:00 Keeping familiarity for the players 06:50 Reaching out to the players 07:20 Learning the operation 08:00 Enhancing the experience for the players 08:18 Parents 09:10 Being a principal and coach 10:00 Program core values 10:40 W.A.R.F.A.C.E 11:52 Getting specific with tackling drills 12:30 5 Fights Philosophy on t-shirts 13:40 Making the players apart of the learning 14:10 Constant reinforcement of the philosophy 15:25 Andy’s thoughts on the 5 Fight Philosophy t-shirts 16:05 Makes the coaches learn and teach 17:00 The players like the reinforcement 17:45 Players writing the practice plan 18:25 What are their core fundamentals? What needs teaching? 20:35 Coach Digaetano working fundamentals in conditioning 21:45 Digaetano working with strength and conditioning staff 22:45 Strength coaches must have input 24:10 4th quarter drill 25:55 Player surveys in season 27:00 Three team goals 27:50 Accountability for the coaches 28:30 Using the feedback 29:12 Assistant coach of the week building moral 32:30 Balancing teaching, installing, correcting and preparation 33:15 Reversing the contact model 34:25 Working body movement 34:55 Working it into scheme 36:30 Evaluation and development of younger players 38:00 Getting the players involved in scheme 38:45 It’s about working together to get the right answer 39:45 Continue to recruit the players you have on the roster 41:15 Grouping kids by ability to service them 41:55 Working with the coaches too 42:20 Gradually introducing the 5 fights 42:40 Being passionate about it 43:33 Look at the opponent 45:40 Tackling drill adjustment 47:26 Team tackling drill 49:25 Learning from the unpredictable 50:10 Andy summary and breakdown 52:25 Being creative and keeping players excited 53:05 Having fun 54:44 Coach Digaetano at National Conference 55:30 National Conference 56:10 Contact the coaches: @CoachDig @USAFootballMT @CoachKGrabowski
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56 min
November 19, 2018
Game Plan - Coaching Middle Linebacker, HOF MLB Mike Singletary
Game Plan Show Notes: This week in the Game Plan series, Keith Grabowski and Charlie Coiner have a legendary figure as a guest in former Chicago Bears linebacker and NFL coach Mike Singletary. The Hall of Fame linebacker discusses the middle linebacker position and how playing middle linebacker has evolved against today's modern offenses. Singletary gives a real vivid explanation on what he coaches up at the position. He also gives insight on what makes him successful and what can make the young players successful going forward. :00 National Conference 01:04 Mike Singletary intro 05:15 What are your eyes looking at as a middle linebacker? 06:10 Guard - center - guard read 08:25 Adapting to pistol and shotgun 11:20 Effect of hiding the ball in play action 12:50 Coaching up against the RPO 13:05 What do they normally do? 15:10 Important to have the philosophy of the offensive coordinator 16:55 Advice to a young linebacker or coach 18:12 Study the film 20:30 Important to develop an identity 21:20 What is my personnel? 22:40 Endzone copy of film 24:15 Coach Singletary’s pop steps 26:00 Coach Singletary's in game technique scenario 29:55 Coach Singletary being a student of the game 30:53 Having players in a system 32:32 Coach Singletary's unique situation 34:02 It’s a thinking man’s game 35:00 Every offensive play or player tells a story 36:05 First Down Playbook
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37 min
November 16, 2018
Weekly Highlights of Coach & Coordinator 11/16/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: The Game Plan – Patrick Manelly Long Snappers Deliberate Practice – Advanced Tackling System State Champions – Galen Brantley, head coach Soldotna High School (AK) Smart Coaching – Postseason Preparation Coach Grabowski’s Notebook – Player Evaluation
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6 min
November 16, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Player evaluation meetings
On today's podcast, Coach Grabowski shares another page from his notebook. Today's topic is focused on post season player self-evaluations to serve as the conversation topics for post season meetings. Each section of the self-evaluation is discussed in detail as well as the reasons why they are included and what the data and information can tell the coaching staff about the dynamics of their team and players. 01:10 Page 1 - Self-evaluation of the player using a 1-10 scale on: 1. football preparation 2. promoting the program 3. social behavior 4. attitude 5. passion for the game 6. communication 7. punctuality 8. being a good teammate 9. dependability 10. rest and sleep 11. diet 12. toughness 13. leadership 04:32 Page 2 - Typical contact information on player. 05:11 Page 3 - Information on positional, physical, classroom, other sports played, as well as potential names of recruits within the school. 08:54 Page 4 - Personal information - tell us more about you. 10:10 Page 5 - Tell us more about our team - best players, most liked teammates, least liked teammates. 12:25 Page 6 - Tell us about our opponents, your favorite teams, your favorite athletes. 16:40 National Conference 18:04 National Conference promo code
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18 min
November 15, 2018
Smart Coaching - Postseason Preparation
Show Notes: This week in the Smart Coaching series, Keith Grabowski, Dr. Grearity and Dr. Kuklick discuss the postseason. They talk about not only how coaches can best prepare their players but themselves as well. They go beyond the technical tactical aspect and incorporate the psychological side of preparation. :00 National Conference 01:19 National Conference promo code 03:05 Dr. Kuklick’s observation of theme and presentation in the postseason 04:42 Reflecting on the John Carrol game 05:30 Keith’s observation in Ohio 06:12 Dr. Gearity in the literature 07:38 Observing Olympic athlete preparation 08:05 Making fair and decisive decisions 08:18 The ability to handle crisis situations 09:00 Routines 11:15 Keith's basketball reference 12:30 Easing the tension and keeping the team in sync 14:50 Focus on the small achievable tasks 17:00 Itineraries 18:00 Introducing more chaos 18:50 Planning on the front end 20:00 Reinforcing previous milestones 20:35 Refrain from drastic change 21:05 Idea of visualization 23:05 Manipulating the visualization for focus 23:50 Check in on the players during visualization 24:40 Acceptance of the experience 26:35 Where do coaches trim in playoff preparation? 26:48 Prepare for the tactical wrinkle 27:45 Embedding technical in tactical 29:10 No major tactical change 30:12 Mental focus 32:15 Holding on to individual time 34:20 Adjusting the team period 36:14 Coaches’ preparation 38:37 Utilize film — Keith’s mock game example 41:00 Perspective as a performer 41:45 Coaches practice 43:25 Keith’s 2nd & 8 scrimmage example 45:32 Using practice to develop coaches
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47 min
November 14, 2018
Winning with culture Full House T - Galen Brantley, head coach Soldotna High School (AK)
Show Notes: Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Galen Brantley, head coach at Soldotna High School in Alaska. Brantley won his 7th straight Division II state championship. Brantley currently has a 59-game winning streak and is 116-6 record overall. On today’s show, Brantley and Keith Grabowski talk about his philosophy of coaching, running the Full House T offense and what coaches can do to preserve the game of football. 00:55 How coach Brantley got into coaching 01:40 Where Brantley got started and what he learned about coaching 03:00 How Brantley gets young coaches started 03:40 Keys that helped Brantley develop 04:34 Biggest change in football 05:30 The game has never been safer 06:28 Being physical and safe 08:20 Skill development in practice 09:28 Toughness apart of culture 10:40 What advantages does Brantley see running Full House T? 11:25 What defenses does Brantley see? 12:55 Advantages in the passing game 14:08 Getting kids to buy into the offense 15:45 RPO 16:42 Ideas to defend the RPO 18:14 Brantley’s go-to play 19:30 Dynamics of Brantley’s trap play 22:27 How to practice effort 24:35 How Brantley builds the culture 26:05 Doing more with less 28:00 Keep it simple 28:54 Concerns for the future of football 30:10 Ideas to help grow the game 31:40 Ideas from within the program 32:40 Advice for young coaches 34:20 Winning edge 34:55 Connect with Coach Brantley 2018 State Champions Profile: Coach: Galen Brantley, Jr. School: Soldotna High School Record at School/Career: 116-6 State Championships: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Offense: Full House T Defense: 4-2-5
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35 min
November 13, 2018
Deliberate Practice - Advanced Tackling System
Coaches Keith Grabowski, Andy Ryland and Richie Gray discuss skill development and how that affects the game. The coaches emphasize the importance of putting a focus on skill development and finding ways to develop skills year-round. Gray introduces the philosophy behind USA Football’s Advanced Tackling System and explains how the system quickly moves from theory to practice by understanding key performance indicators. :00 Advanced tackling system 02:15 Skill development 03:30 What makes up a scheme? 04:12 Are we making players better? 04:50 Is the whole building working to better the player? 05:50 Andy’s observation of skill development 06:55 How much does scheme dominate practice? 10:00 Working skills all year round 11:20 How much time do we have? 13:10 Shape drills 14:10 The players must be comfortable 15:20 Bias of scheme taking over skill 15:55 Technique errors 17:15 Reframe coaching 17:20 Designating a contact coach 19:15 Its about the evolution 20:20 After you grade a player how do you make them better? 21:20 Be prescriptive 22:15 5 fights of tackle 23:18 Time 24:50 Injuries 25:33 Poor technique 26:20 Using film for knowledge 28:15 It’s about how you go about coaching it 29:40 Skill development 31:00 Angle tackle drill example 32:10 5 fights tackle system 35:36 Must understand why you’re doing it 36:05 Breaking down the “fight” in 5 fights of tackle 38:25 Make it simple 40:05 Andy’s thought on the tackle systems 42:40 This is a coaching system 44:05 KPI helping coaches 46:26 Football development initiative 47:28 Safety through superior technique and coaching 48:20 Wanting the players to play better 49:25 It goes back to practice 50:35 Everybody needs to be involved 51:28 The players write the practice script 53:05 Addressing the individuals 53:56 Individual ownership 54:45 Individually prescribed work 58:50 Football Development 1:00:00 Advanced Tackling System
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60 min
November 12, 2018
Game Plan - Long Snappers, Former NFL long snapper Patrick Manelly
Game Plan Show Notes: This week in the Game Plan series, coaches Keith Grabowski and Charlie Coiner talk to former Chicago Bears long snapper Patrick Manelly. Manelly gives the coaches background on how he got started in long snapping and the opportunity it can provide to high school athletes. He breaks down some techniques and skills that worked for him in his playing career that can be helpful and gives his website as a resource. 02:45 Patrick Manelly bio 06:05 The snappers 06:45 First thing Manelly looks for in a snapper 07:45 Keith using the backup QB 08:51 Snapper grip 09:30 Off hand placement 12:30 Long snapping vs. short snapping stance 14:05 Teaching long snap vs. short snap 16:30 Tackling as a snapper 17:40 Opportunity at the higher level 19:35 Patrick Manelly’s history 22:15 Charlie’s analysis as coach 23:12 Dave Toub return scheme 24:32 How Manelly practices 26:19 Stopped practicing bad habits 27:40 Practicing in helmet and pads 30:10 Consistent speed and play with the laces 33:28 Know your personnel 36:40 Longsnapper.com 38:30 Charlie’s specialist goal relation 39:10 There’s a lot of different ways to do 40:00 Understand need of the player 41:40 First down playbook
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43 min
November 9, 2018
Weekly Highlights of Coach and Coordinator 11/9/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: The Game Plan – Jim Hueber Goal line State Champions – Head coach David DeVaughn, Ben Eielson High School (AK) Deliberate Practice – Prescriptive Practice Smart Coaching – Mental Health Leadership Journey – E+R=O
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6 min
November 9, 2018
Leadership Journey - Coach E+R=O with Parents
Leadership Journey Show Notes: This week in the Leadership Journey, Keith Grabowski and Brian Kight address the coach and parent dynamic with (E+R=O) Event + Response= Outcome. This is something that directly affects these young athletes not only on the field but in life as well. Keith and Brian have talked about E+R=O between coaches and players, and now they apply it for the coaches and parents who have the most direct connection, time and influence. 01:00 E+R=O is fundamental 02:50 E+R=O is at the heart of life 03:07 What E+R=O stands for 03:15 It’s a mindset and a skillset 03:50 The mindset 05:10 Adopting the mindset first 06:00 Work required for the mindset 06:35 Keith’s life example 08:05 Brian’s application starting point 09:25 Applying E+R=O with parents 10:12 You don’t control parents 11:40 What did you think would happen coaching football? 12:39 You don’t control outcomes 14:10 You only control your response 15:40 E+R=O is how life works 17:45 Is it a mistake to wall off parents? 19:37 The controlling coaches 20:30 Brian’s E+R=O with a parent 25:05 The "you" issue 25:35 The E will not change 26:20 Creating good O's through good R's 27:45 When the bad O's happen 28:30 Tomorrow’s E's are influenced by today’s O's & today’s O's are made by Rs right now 29:05 Putting it to practice 30:30 Take responsibility yourself 31:50 It takes a lot of work 32:10 Keith’s perspective using E+R=O 33:10 Doing it in every portion of your life 34:00 The only limitation is effort 34:35 The skillset of E+R=O 35:05 6 behavior skills for your R 35:25 The football perspective 38:30 USA Football & focus3 38:55 Daily Discipline 39:40 National Conference 40:00 Brian Kight’s National Conference topics 40:45 National Conference promo code
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41 min
November 8, 2018
Smart Coaching - Athlete & Coach Mental Health
Smart Coaching Show notes: This week in the Smart Coaching series, Keith Grabowski, Dr. Kuklick and Dr. Gearity discuss athletes’ and coaches’ mental health. This is a subject we all may overlook from time to time and something that needs to be talked about more. Though football is used to bring joy and be a release for some, there’s still a lot of pressures and factors that can affect mental health. 01:20 Mental health movement 02:05 Lack of addressing mental health 03:25 Bridge of philosophy and psychology 04:00 Anxiety 05:17 Cognitive anxiety 06:50 Developing an enjoyable lifestyle 07:55 Work life balance 10:15 Keith’s life example 11:35 Obsessive behaviors 14:10 Experiencing episodes 15:00 Having self-care in work 15:20 Social factors 17:30 Jim Trussell example 17:55 Protestant work ethic 18:30 Coaching examples 19:20 Marginalized and different practices 20:00 Athlete perspective 21:30 Get away from everything is a grind mentality 22:20 Presentation of self 23:30 Resources and reach out
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25 min
November 7, 2018
Deliberate Practice - Practice Prescription
Deliberate Practice Show Notes: This week in the Deliberate Practice series, Keith Grabowski and Andy Ryland get Coach Richie Gray on the podcast to talk about practice prescription. The coaches discuss innovation in practices for the playoff teams in the country as well as ideas to implement next season. They break down the concept of drills and culture from coaches to players. 03:10 The need to be specific 03:55 Special team coverage units 04:20 Error: technical, tactical or decision making 06:15 Being prescriptive 08:55 You want to know the opposition 09:12 Drills that relate to play 10:24 Marginal gains 11:00 Improving within the skill 11:20 5 fights of tackle 12:50 Performance and culture 13:25 Players must understand why 14:55 Command and control coaching 15:35 Is what you’re coaching being replicated? 15:52 Replacing the idea of drill 16:40 Coach Gray’s drill reflection 18:15 The whole building must come together 19:30 Communicating the "why" of the drill 20:00 Lowest effective dose 20:25 Technical correction, development and reinforcement 21:35 Keith’s social example 22:15 Drills are not done in isolation 22:40 Does the "why" of your dill fit your system or player 24:12 Working with the offensive line 25:05 Time for players to work on their own 26:20 Decreasing load 27:25 Players enjoying prescription 28:05 Why do you coach? 28:44 Seeing the player take ownership of development 29:35 What are you building into your culture? 30:20 Learning and performance tied together 31:00 Different type of players 32:00 Feeding the culture 32:40 Defensive identity 33:05 Starts with individuals 36:10 National Conference 37:05 National Conference promo code
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38 min
November 6, 2018
Winning with the Wing T - David DeVaughn, head coach Ben Eielson High School (AK)
State Champions Show Notes: Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is David DeVaughn, head coach at Eielson High School in Alaska. DeVaughn won his school’s Division III state championship, giving them six state titles. DeVaughn was a former player at Eielson High School and took the head coaching job at 25 years old and is now 128-48 overall in 19 seasons. On today’s show, DeVaughn and Keith Grabowski talk about his philosophy of coaching, running the Wing T offense and what he believes has brought him success. 00:20 National Conference 01:10 Coach David DeVaughn bio 01:45 DeVaughn’s start in coaching 02:55 The importance of being a role model 03:30 How DeVaughn chooses coaching staff 05:20 Helping coaches balance role model and friendship 06:20 How the coaches develop technically and tactically 07:27 Who made an impact on DeVaughn’s coaching philosophy? 09:05 Keeping it simple 10:40 Mistakes as a young coach, what was learned? 11:55 Dynamic of coaching staff 12:53 Building culture as a team 14:55 Preparing his team leaders 17:50 How DeVaughn gets the team to buy in on leadership 19:20 Handling the up and downs in buy in 20:50 Consistency in assistant coaches 21:50 Philosophy on offense 23:10 Influences in Wing T offense 25:00 Creating advantages 27:50 What intrigues DeVaughn on offense? 28:35 RPO from compressed formation 29:30 Incorporating the pistol 30:50 Running the trap 35:40 Eye candy helping in success of the play 36:48 Keeping it simple for the linemen 37:55 Running trap in spread 39:25 Advice for young coaches 41:05 Making personal time 44:05 Connect with coach 2018 State Champions Profile: Coach: David DeVaughn School: Ben Eielson High School Record at School/Career: 128-48 all at Eielson State Championships: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 State Runner-up: 2003, 2005 Offense: Wing-T Defense: 4-2-5
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44 min
November 5, 2018
Game Plan - Short Yardage & Goal line, Former FBS coach, Jim Hueber
Game Plan Show Notes: This week in the Game Plan series, Coach Keith Grabowski and Coach Charlie coiner talk to former FBS Coach Jim Hueber, about the importance of short yardage play on offense. He talks about the difference in game-play from personnel and detail. He also gave tips and tools of what he did that were helpful and how to add those tips into game-play. He laid out very precise coaching for coaches to quickly implement. 01:10 Coach Coiner’s observation 02:18 Coach Jim Hueber’s bio 04:35 Looking for advantages without changing personnel 06:05 Don’t have the time to work the bigger package 06:50 Can you protect the edge without bigger personnel? 07:10 Why don’t you have the time? 07:35 What are you spending your time on? 08:30 How Coach Hueber got creative with personnel 09:06 There are ways to make it happen if you feel like there’s advantage 10:50 The free hitter on goal line 11:10 Look at you personnel for the advantage 11:50 Sell your scheme 12:30 Use the kids you can win with 13:00 Protecting your edges 14:40 What scheme Hueber favors on goal line 15:57 Stress toughness and believe 17:00 How to scheme short yardage as a spread team 18:10 Shotgun v. under center 19:55 Hueber’s philosophy on splits and technique on goal line 20:40 All a part of preparation 22:00 Teaching the QB sneak 25:20 Never take anything for granted 26:40 No nonsense approach 27:50 Keith’s reflection on short yardage 28:50 You must fit it in your personnel 29:30 You can be creative within the spread 29:55 Keith reflects application on Mt. Union 32:10 Charlie reflects on goal line 32:45 Offensive line coach and offensive coordinator relationship 33:40 First down Playbook 34:22 National Conference
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35 min
November 2, 2018
Weekly Highlights of Coach and Coordinator 11/2/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: The Game Plan – Ron Case Press Man Coach Grabowski's Notebook – 2nd and long scrimmage & Run game analysis Deliberate Practice – Developing young players in the post season Leadership Journey – Building a culture in a noisy world Smart Coaching – PRAXIS
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6 min
November 2, 2018
Smart Coaching - Praxis
Smart Coaching Show Notes: This week in the Smart coaching series, Keith Grabowski, Dr. Gearity and Dr. Kuklick discuss Praxis. This part of the season teams start to put up the pads and start to reflect. The doctors define praxis as mixing the technical and tactical with the theoretic in sport. After getting a basic understanding, they explain how this can help in the reflection for coaches and problem solving going forward. They harp at the need to do research in an array of sources to gain knowledge and understanding through integration. 01:45 Praxis 03:15 Bridging the gap between technical, tactical and theoretical 04:10 Helpful understanding the science 06:15 Problem solving 06:45 Using theories to problem solve 07:35 Dr. Gearity’s physical science example 10:20 Keith reflects application at BWU 12:20 Keith’s personal study 14:05 Identifying problems 16:50 Learning theory 20:00 Socialized expectation 21:05 Typical problems for coaches in reflections 21:30 The coaching changes 23:40 Understanding how people deal with change 24:55 Problem setting 25:50 Getting different perspectives 29:30 Consider effects on decisions 31:05 Variety in learning 32:25 Informed decisions 33:00 Critique of research 34:40 Collaboration through knowledge sources 35:45 Media information
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36 min
November 1, 2018
Leadership Journey - Building a culture in a noisy world
Leadership Journey: This week in the Leadership Journey, Keith Grabowski and Brian Kight discuss creating strong culture for coaches in a noisy world. There are so many factors and influences that effect coaches and their players, but Brian gives great tools and insight that challenges coaches to hold their culture. Keith and Brian go back and forth about the challenges and decipher what can be done to overcome them. 01:30 The successful coaches have things aligned 03:10 Every coach has expressed frustration 04:00 The battle with time of influence 04:30 Not impossible just get better 05:30 Can’t afford to fight the other influence 06:00 Parents 08:00 It is a competition 08:40 Dealing with the “Yeah but” 09:28 20 square feet 10:30 Breaking down the team culture 12:10 Messy details in culture 12:14 Unit culture requires independent alignment 13:00 Team culture comes from units aligning 14:30 Culture is an individual decision 16:00 External negative influence 16:40 What cultures effect the team outside of football? 17:50 Social environment 18:10 Family 18:50 Are you willing to except the outside influences into your program? 19:45 Your culture cannot absorb everything outside of it 20:20 School & institution 22:30 Community 23:35 Social media 24:10 The country 25:00 Winning the competition is way harder than you think it is 25:25 Who’s better at what matters, you or the influence 26:40 Compete but don’t judge 28:35 There’s a line in your culture that nothing else crosses 29:15 You as a coach are also influenced 29:55 You must fight the same fight as your players 30:12 You must build and protect your culture at all cost 30:45 Keith’s reflection 33:10 The trend Brian sees 35:25 It’s a responsibility, not a right to be head coach 35:50 Convert authority to responsibility 36:15 Know the line between your program and the other cultures 37:20 Have a dispassionate perspective toward the other cultures 38:12 Create something worth buying into 38:30 Dealing with parents practically 41:55 Listen and understand 42:50 Doesn’t matter, get better 43:30 What to kill off in your mindset 43:55 National Conference 44:05 National Conference promo code 44:15 Brian’s National Conference topics 45:00 Lead Now & R factor 46:22 Daily discipline
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47 min
October 31, 2018
Deliberate Practice - Developing young players in the post season
Deliberate Practice Show Notes: This week in the Deliberate Practice podcast, Co-host Keith Grabowski and Andy Ryland talk developing young players while in playoff football. They discuss unique ways to keep practice engaging for those younger guys in the locker room. With young guys on JV and some players moving up on varsity that can help get the team ready for the game, it grooms them for the future.. Keith and Andy share some neat ideas to help you do that and keep those guys apart of the playoff push and what your team is building for the future. 02:40 Preparing the varsity and developing the young players 03:10 Dedicate a coach to the young guys and scout team 05:00 Global football development and understanding 05:50 Select the right coach to run the process 07:20 Put together a playlist of key plays 08:40 They have a role 09:20 The way the film helps 10:35 Competition 11:20 Competition during the week 15:00 Giving them something rewarding 15:50 Incorporate the older players 16:50 Lay it out at the beginning of the week 18:45 National Conference 19:35 National Conference promo code
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20 min
October 30, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - 2nd & 8 and Run Game Analysis
Coach’s Notebook Show Notes: This week in Coach Keith Grabowski’s notebook, he speaks to the teams making the playoff push and those putting up the pads. For those still in the championship hunt, he lays out a 2nd & 8 scrimmage plan. This is to work those situations preparing for 3rd down as well as working with the 1st and 2nd teams. For those teams preparing for next season, Coach Grabowski gives a tentative data collection and analysis plan that can help you in review of 2018 going into 2019. 00:45 2nd & 8 Scrimmage 01:20 Continue to develop 02:05 How the drill works 04:00 Looking into next season 04:10 Save all your data 04:40 Run game data 04:55 Run efficiency 05:45 Explosive plays 06:40 Lost yardage and hits behind the line of scrimmage 07:12 Formation and personnel 07:50 Identifying fronts 08:45 Stunts and blitzes 10:40 National Conference 11:18 National Conference Promo Code
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11 min
October 29, 2018
Game Plan - Former FBS coach Ron Case, Press Man
Game Plan Ron Case Show notes: This week in the Game Plan series, Keith Grabowski and co-host Charlie Coiner talk with coach Ron Case about press-man coverage. Coach Case emphasizes using man coverage to get off the field on 3rd down and how it can help stop the Run Pass Option (RPO). Coach Case breaks down how he learned and taught the technique and what made it successful. He closes out telling the hosts what got him into coaching football. 01:30 Ron Case bio 03:20 Coach Case’s start with press man 05:00 Robert Davis at Vanderbilt 06:15 Learning from players 07:00 Teaching press man at LSU 09:30 Moving it to North Carolina 10:20 Difference in technique 12:10 Being on the same page 12:30 Defending in different eras 14:00 Matchups and playing off 15:40 Keeping the technique refined 16:25 Difficulty coaching up different coverage 17:20 Recruit the skill and coach it up 19:30 How good are you up front? 21:05 Press man on 3rd down to get off the field 21:40 Coach Case’s technique breakdown 23:05 Stab technique cover 1 or 0 24:25 Disrupt the timing 25:30 Working the hips 26:40 Off the ball coach patience 28:30 Finding the ball 31:22 Coaching technique in 1-on-1 33:40 Man defending RPO 35:05 Western Alamance High School 36:30 How Coach Case got into football 38:30 Playing in the Marine Corp 39:40 Coaching in the Marine Corp 41:35 Carson Newman College 45:30 Giving the defensive line credit 47:40 Football changing Coach Case’s life 48:30 How Case learned it 49:00 Keith’s similar learning experience 50:10 Coach Case’s military mixing with football 50:55 First Down Playbook 51:20 National Conference 51:55 National Conference Promo Code
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52 min
October 26, 2018
Weekly Highlights of Coach and Coordinator 10/26/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: The Game Plan – Wade Wilson, Former NFL QB Coach Leadership Journey – Truth Coach Grabowski's Notebook – Trick Plays Deliberate Practice – Big Plays Smart Coaching – Communication
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7 min
October 26, 2018
Smart Coaching - Communication
Smart Coaching Show Notes: This week in the Smart Coaching series, Keith and the doctors talk about communication. They talk about the different communication strategies coaches can use when making a playoff push, closing the season and preparing for next season. They discuss how to talk to those players whose career may continue in your program, those moving on and those preparing to end their careers. 02:00 The different ends of the spectrum 02:40 Framing communication in competition 04:10 Communicating when your seasons is over 05:20 Effective communication strategies 06:15 Multiple forms of communication 06:40 Aligning the messages 07:11 Going back to the environment 08:20 How things can get out of alignment 09:10 The coaches that maintain 10:35 Keith’s perspective 11:35 How do you bring the seniors to the finish line? 12:30 Listen 13:12 Relating the seniors’ finish line to your philosophy 13:50 Transitions 14:50 Senior Night and rituals 16:25 Linking the people 18:00 More than lip service 19:30 Look at the possible negative 20:40 Looking at the playoff teams 21:00 Communicating with the JV teams 22:05 What about the role change? 24:10 Communicate the competition 25:40 Coaches going into next season 26:30 The consistency of the coach matters 27:40 Dr. Gearity’s example 29:00 Don’t try to flip a switch 31:40 Be authentic
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33 min
October 25, 2018
Deliberate Practice - Big Plays
Deliberate Practice Big Plays Show Notes: In this episode of Deliberate Practice, hosts Keith Grabowski and Andy Ryland talk about the big play. The plays that break the game open and put it out of reach. Teams are at the point of the season where a big play could carry them closer to a championship or into the offseason. Keith and Andy share drills that are designed to help players react to a big play and break the standard drills coaches may use. 02:00 Team periods don’t replicate the game 02:30 Do your job first then be great 03:12 We train it into players 04:40 Find work drill 05:50 Touchdown alley 06:05 Drill set up 09:50 Medusa Rule in drill 10:20 Make sure timing is realistic 12:45 Let the players celebrate after the drill 13:10 Having real life skill 14:35 If we haven’t trained it, we can’t expect it 15:09 Rules to avoid penalty 17:00 Think about it as a coach 17:30 Fractured defense 18:15 Trackback tackle drill 20:10 Feel your partner 20:40 Refill and relink 21:10 Downhill filler 22:10 Quick slant trackback 23:10 Find your fit 25:45 Train what does happens 28:10 Blocked punt & place kick 29:00 Leon Lett rule 32:00 National Conference 33:10 National Conference PROMO CODE
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34 min
October 24, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Trick Plays
Coach’s Notebook Show Notes: This week in Coach Grabowski's notebook, Coach Keith Grabowski gives us a page out his notebook about trick plays. This can be a very fun and valuable piece to a team. This gives room for creativity on offense and confusion for opposing defenses. He gives us insight on some of the most popular trick plays used and some of his own. He supplies coaches with a multitude of ideas that can be implemented in season as the end of the season approaches. 00:20 National Conference 00:50 Promo code 01:10 Keith’s Trick play article 01:20 Oberlin trick play 01:35 History of Philly Special 03:00 Kevin Kelly’s approach 04:30 Skill components 05:00 Multiple player exchange 06:12 Exchange to pass 07:40 Jump pass 08:20 Double Pass 09:50 Catch and pitch 10:35 Throwbacks 11:05 Specials 11:45 Categories of plays Cincinnati Jump pass 14:15 Keith’s favorite throwback 14:50 Don’t forget the linemen 15:00 St. Johnsbury Academy executing a tackle screen in the 2017 Vermont State Championship courtesy of Rich Alercio 15:12 Tricks by procedure 16:00 How do you practice these 16:05 Keith’s Circus Circuit 16:15 Hook & Ladder 17:00 Heidelberg’s Hook & Ladder 17:50 Double Exchange 18:25 Double Pass 19:20 How to plan these trick plays 19:22 Know your opponent 19:45 When & where to call trick plays 20:30 Set up a play that fits the game plan 21:00 Practice the plays 21:50 Have fun
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22 min
October 23, 2018
Leadership Journey - Truth
The Leadership Journey Truth Show Notes: This week in the Leadership Journey, Keith Grabowski and Brian Kight talk about the truth. They discuss the necessity of the truth, how it is hard to come by and why this idea of truth is so important for coaches. People struggle sharing and receiving the truth, and often confuse the difference between truth and opinion. Brian breaks down what it’s like to bear your own truth as well as share with your players, staff and community. 01:50 Why the truth is so important 02:40 Unwillingness to tell or hear the truth 04:25 Quick and simple fix but incredibly hard 06:00 What stops us? 09:00 Capital T truth, contextual truth and opinion 11:00 Can’t confuse opinion and truth 11:55 You must have a position worth hearing 13:00 Sharing our perspective as truth 14:40 Issue in politically correct nature 16:00 Keith’s son’s experience 18:45 Not telling the truth doesn’t protect people 20:20 BK’s opinion 21:40 Truth opens a can of worms 23:30 Check your ego at the door 27:00 Not telling the truth is inefficient and costly 28:15 Rare culture of telling and listening to the truth 29:10 How to build the culture 30:20 You are the pillar of change 31:10 Coaches aren’t strong at taking the truth 32:00 Attitude, action and words 33:50 You must show the commitment to truth 35:35 Show it in your attitude 37:30 Have backbone to tell the truth 38:30 The importance for a successful culture 39:00 National Conference
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41 min
October 22, 2018
The Game Plan - 2-Minute Offense, Former NFL QB Coach, Wade Wilson
This week on the Game Plan series, Keith Grabowski and Charlie Coiner talk to former quarterback coach Wade Wilson about 2-minute offense. They discuss the specifics about teaching and the approach of the 2-minute offense from the quarterback position. Coach Wilson ties it in to the college and high school level with his prominence in the NFL with young quarterbacks. Though time and the relationship between the levels may differ, the concepts and approaches demand the same attention from the position. 03:55 Wade Wilson Bio 06:00 2-minute offense with young QBs 07:20 Organizing 2-minute offense 08:12 In the meeting & practice 09:40 Having 2-minute offense in up tempo offense 10:30 QB orchestrating the 2-minute offense in practice 11:40 Believe 12:20 Working with a mobile QB 13:50 Ball carrier situational awareness 15:00 Organizing the rotation in 2-minute offense 16:15 Being patient 18:15 Working in last plays 19:55 Coach Wade’s favorite play to set up Hail Mary 23:00 Execution of the Hail Mary 25:10 Play call out of Hail Mary position 27:20 Pay attention to detail 27:55 Common themes in all levels 28:25 Finding the package for 2-minute offense 29:20 Take time to walk through it 31:45 First Down Playbook
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32 min
October 22, 2018
Weekly Highlight of Coach and Coordinator 10/20/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: The Game Plan – Art Kaufman, Former FBS Defensive Coordinator Coach Grabowski's Notebook – Last Plays Deliberate Practice – Sharpening the Sword Leadership Journey – Effort and Commitment Smart Coaching – Practice Planning
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8 min
October 19, 2018
Smart Coaching - Practice Planning
Smart Coaching Show Notes: This week in for the Smart Coaching series Keith Grabowski, Dr. Gearity and Dr. Kuklick talk about practice planning. They go to the research and explore some of the history on different types of practice and the different outcomes produced. They explore what’s effective and what creativity coaches can use to plan some innovative practices with less redundancy. 02:36 The literature on practice planning 03:05 Developing different objectives 06:00 Effective instruction 07:35 Evolving the objectives 09:15 Variation in repetition 11:33 Work on your own 14:30 Peer to peer coaching 15:00 Coach’s role 16:50 Engage the learner in the learning process 20:25 Working with groups 21:20 Small sided games 24:15 Add rules and constraints 27:15 Building upon drills to help the players 29:10 Changing the environment 30:00 How many reps do we need 31:10 Discipline and surveillance 33:20 How to change things 36:10 Positives in variation 38:00 Assessing the practice 39:30 2-minute test out 41:05 Technique checklist 41:30 Check for understanding 43:26 Video Analysis
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45 min
October 19, 2018
Leadership Journey - Effort and Commitment
Leadership Journey Show Notes: This week in the Leadership Journey series, Keith Grabowski and Brian Kight talk about the variation of effort and commitment in a team. They discuss how coaches get the effort desired from their players. Throughout the course of a season, coaches gain an idea of who is giving maximum effort and who is committed as well as those who are not. Keith and Brian discuss what that looks like and ways to respond to it. Also, how to get the effort and commitment from these players without it being overbearing to them. 02:10 Looking at effort and commitment levels from players 03:25 Feeling like you care more than the players 04:23 The different types of players 05:40 Compliant or defiant 07:27 You always want more from the players 09:05 Let go of players wanting it like you do 11:17 Be a great observer without judging 13:00 Can’t use command and control 14:33 The gap between coaches and players 15:00 Applying standards by decision 16:00 Structure and freedom 17:05 Educated freedom 20:25 Brian’s coach conversation 22:24 Most people must learn to work like a champion 22:49 Don’t view structure as control but as guidance 24:33 It’s a live dynamic 25:38 Flipping the switch 26:25 You must observe 29:05 The why scale 30:12 Being skillful with discipline 31:11 National Conference
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34 min
October 17, 2018
Deliberate Practice - Sharpening the Sword
Deliberate Practice Sharpen the Sword Show Notes: On today’s episode of deliberate practice, Keith Grabowski and Andy Ryland continue to build on the ideas of juice and momentum by talking about sharpening the sword. It is late in the season and most coaches in the country are dialing back and saving players' legs. We still want those quality reps and for your players to get something out of these practices, whether it’s for playoff preparation or confidence going into the next season. 00:20 National Conference 01:40 Juice and Momentum 06:00 Social Feedback 06:23 Sharpen the Sword 08:22 Finding the indicators on defense 09:41 Keith’s coaching example 11:00 Indicator helps everybody 11:25 Working it into practice 12:00 Fitting it into drills 14:55 Reps gained 16:13 Taking it to defense 16:22 Inside run 17:00 Working with a slot 18:50 Bringing in safeties 22:00 Art Kaufman’s practice idea 24:30 Keith’s inside example 26:06 Looking at special teams 26:28 Looking at levels 26:50 Keith’s kickoff example 28:00 Andy’s practice example 31:00 Blogs.usafootball.com 31:52 Twitter
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32 min
October 16, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Last Plays
Keith’s Coaching Notebook Show Notes: This week in Coach Grabowski’s notebook, we look at the last play of the game. This is a situation all coaches will find themselves in at some point during a season. It’s often something that can be overlooked until you’re in the situation. Keith provides some options for coaches to use in this situation and how to execute these plays. 01:12 Keep your composure 02:05 Situations 03:05 Big Ben Hail Mary 06:30 Little Ben 07:26 Hook and ladder 09:45 Rugby technique add Video 10:10 How to practice this weekly 13:00 Think of the situations 13:50 Twitter: @FBdevcoach 14:00 Football Development 14:05 National Conference
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14 min
October 15, 2018
The Game Plan - Former FBS Defensive Coordinator, Art Kaufman
The Game Plan Show Notes: This week in the Game Plan series, co-host Keith Grabowski and Charlie Coiner discuss the defensive side of the ball. They have former FBS defensive coordinator, Art Kaufman on the program. He gives great perspective on how to defend the option game, up-tempo and checks on defense. He reminisces to his coordinator days facing some of the best option attacks and some of what worked for him to defend it. Having a wealth of knowledge in this style of defense, coach Kaufman gives specific examples and ideas that can apply to defenses going forward. 02:05 Art Kaufman bio 05:00 Recognizing formations and what they can do 08:33 2 high and 1 high vs. option 10:12 Breaking down defensive line technique 11:40 You have power or position 14:00 Dealing with up-tempo 16:30 Always check the sideline 18:18 All on the same page 19:05 Coach Coiner’s story 21:00 Commit to what they commit to 22:30 Take your scheme and adjust 24:00 Assignment football 25:15 Unique practice ideas 28:30 Coach Kaufman & Coiner’s Music City memory 32:10 Find a way to keep it simple 32:40 First Down Playbook
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33 min
October 12, 2018
Weekly Highlight of Coach and Coordinator 10/12/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: The Game Plan - Taylor Mehlhaff, Kicking Specialist Coach Grabowski's Notebook -3rd Down Deliberate Practice - Momentum Smart Coaching - Effective Coaching for coaches Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Opening Series
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5 min
October 12, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Establishing Openers
Coach Grabowski’s Notebook Show Notes: We go back into Keith’s notebook to look at how he establishes an opening sequence. He refers to some ideas he got from Bill Walsh’s article about game planning. Keith explained what worked well for him while coaching in the college and high school level while providing those examples. 00:30 Bill Walsh and Brian Billick influence 01:45 You can plan before gameday 02:20 Establish Formations 02:45 Establish base offense 03:33 Establishing sequence 04:30 Using wristbands 05:05 Ian Shoemaker’s influence 06:40 Keith’s opener examples 07:15 Using technology for game planning 09:00 What Keith was looking for 11:20 Getting buy in from coaches 13:20 National Conference
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13 min
October 11, 2018
Smart Coaching - Coach Development Toward Effective Coaching
Smart Coaching Effective Coach Show Notes: This week in the smart coaching series, co-hosts Keith, Dr. Gearity and Dr. Kuklick follow up last week’s show about the athlete’s perception of effective coaching to the coaches directly. Common knowledge would tell coaches to focus on the technical and tactical things, but the job demands so much more. Keith asks for ways to help coaches develop in being more effective, and the doctors provide insight from the research. The doctors harp that coaches should study themselves while also getting insight from various sources to help them be more effective. 02:15 Keith’s observation of coaches 04:00 Keys to effective coaching 04:50 Looking at knowledge areas 07:55 Abusive coaching 08:30 Think about the athlete 10:00 Media representation of coaches 11:25 Integrating knowledge and character traits 12:12 Mentoring relationships 14:00 Keith’s different coaching example 16:00 Finding the coaching relationships 17:45 Understanding why? 19:30 Coach each other up 20:20 Being open-minded 21:30 How can coaches develop the staff? 25:15 Diversity in the organization 26:30 Different lenses in reflection 28:50 Film as a resource 30:30 Strategies to overcome barriers 33:40 Eclectic approach to coaching 35:45 Final thoughts
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40 min
October 10, 2018
Deliberate Practice - Momentum
Deliberate Practice Momentum Show Notes: On this weeks Deliberate Practice Keith Grabowski and Andy Ryland follow last week’s topic of juice with momentum. How can coaches have the momentum needed in practice to get quality reps in practice without the extra collision? Keith and Andy talk about some unique ways to get as those reps without the extra collisions. They provide resources from coaches as well as our football development site that can give new ideas to coaches that they can implement right now. 02:00 Andy’s thought of momentum 03:30 Losing the contact but keeping the quality 04:10 Keith’s work with shields 08:20 Coaches using bags 09:15 Adding the elastic bands 10:55 Making the drill real 11:48 Using the physioball 13:35 Getting that force with little to no collision 16:00 Extra point and field goal 17:15 Using distraction for focus 18:30 King of the ring drill 20:40 Resources 21:55 Twitter 22:00 Football Development
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22 min
October 9, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Open Field 3rd Down Planning
Coaches Notebook Show Notes: This week in Coach Grabowski’s notebook, Keith lets us into his idea of effectively managing 3rd down, and highlighting downs and distances with different plays available to cater to those situations. He talks about the importance of working these situations into the practice week, and even resources his personal call sheet that he utilized on 3rd downs. 01:15 Game plan in sections 01:35 3rd-and-long or extra long 03:15 3rd-and-medium 03:50 Maintain timing 04:07 Stick route example 06:25 3rd-and-short 07:08 Have an idea of what the defense is doing 07:20 Breaking sections into playlist 09:27 Game plan in practice 10:00 3rd-and-extra long 10:55 Work in practice 2 & 3 11:26 3rd-and-long 12:10 Watch flow and continuum 12:50 3rd-and-medium 13:13 Looking for opportunities 13:50 3rd-and-short 14:45 Work in team period in practice 2 & 3 15:35 Keith’s mindset going into gameday 16:16 1st practice work base, quick game and play action. 16:43 2nd practice red zone, goal line and 3rd down. 17:20 Bring the chains out for situational practice 17:40 3rd practice simulate drives 18:30 Work a section of 1st 19:15 Work a section of 1st 19:30 Coaches to thank 20:25 Keith’s call sheet 20:40 National conference
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21 min
October 8, 2018
The Game Plan - Coaching Specialist, Taylor Mehlhaff
Show Notes This week on the Game Plan series, co-hosts Keith Grabowski and Charlie Coiner get some in depth knowledge on coaching specialists. The coaches talk to specialist coach Taylor Mehlhaff, who himself has had great success in his career as an All-American kicker with the Wisonsin Badgers and then the Saints and Vikings. Coach Mehlhaff gives some specifics on how to coach up the specialists. He breaks down specifics to give those players quality reps in practice to be successful going into games. Prior to the 2017 season, Mehlhaff was selected to attend the NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy, an event aimed at assisting in the development of up-and-coming college coaches. He is one of the greatest kickers in Wisconsin Badgers history. Mehlhaff was twice a Lou Groza Award semifinalist. He earned first-team All-America honors and was named first-team All-Big Ten when he converted 21 of 25 field goals as a senior in 2007 before being selected in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. 00:50 Taylor Mehlhaff intro 02:50 Mehlhaff bio 05:55 Working with specialists 06:30 Workshop in Wisconsin 08:04 Maximize the specialists time 11:44 Putting the guys in position to have success 12:00 Getting all the feedback possible 13:25 Letting the player know his importance 15:30 Using specialist in O/D practice 18:00 Watching the reps 19:30 Game like reps 21:00 Importance of being fresh 23:00 Working in field goal 25:00 Virtual reality work? 25:45 Be good with your eyes 26:44 Timeout to ice the kicker 29:30 Place kicker drills 30:00 There’s no one right way to kick 31:00 Visualize the steps for muscle memory 32:10 Practice it the right way. 33:50 Steps are foundation 34:30 Control the steps 35:00 Working the 90-degree angle 37:00 The longer the approach the more room for error 37:33 Making good contact 39:55 Punting 40:30 Make it your job 41:10 Working on the flat drop 42:15 The catch 43:30 The swing 45:00 The more linear you are the more consistent you are 46:25 Monitor your specialists 47:20 Getting an organized plan 48:00 Focus on the small mechanics 49:15 First Down Playbook
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50 min
October 5, 2018
Weekly Highlight of Coach and Coordinator 10/5/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: The Game Plan - Steve Fairchild, Former NFL Coordinator & College Head Coach Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Redzone Deliberate Practice - Juice Smart Coaching - Effective coaching to athletes Leadership Journey - Elite Coaching
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5 min
October 5, 2018
Leadership Journey 7 - Elite Coaching
Leadership Journey Show Notes On today’s episode of the leadership journey Keith and Brian talk to coaches about the gap between average and elite coaches. They go past the Xs and Os to find a deeper reasoning of why so many coaches even with success miss the mark of elite. They express how having behavioral skills are what push coaches to the elite level and give examples of those who have succeeded in those skills. 01:03 James Franklin great to elite 02:05 What separates average from elite 03:55 Behavior skills 04:55 Job skills are for your effectiveness behavioral skills are for your excellence 06:05 An average coach can have a job 07:55 Ability to create discipline 08:50 Wins and losses count 10:15 The NFL’s elite 12:10 Its not the quick fixes 12:40 Who has the behavioral skills 13:35 Coaches get too locked in and lose it 14:10 Zero in on the behavior skills 17:00 Thinking command and control is the answer 17:50 What do you obtain from control 19:15 Trying to force discipline 20:40 Urgency with patience and empathy with understanding 22:00 Under every tactical execution there are behavior skills involved 23:00 3 categories of behavioral skills 25:00 The kids behavior skills come from the coach’s behavioral skills 26:35 Learn by doing 27:00 National Conference
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28 min
October 4, 2018
Smart Coaching - Athlete's Perception of Effective Coaching
Smart Coaching Show Notes: Keith and the doctors investigate the athletes’ perception of effective coaching. The coach and athlete relationship are one of the strongest in a person’s life and the impact is larger than the sport. They point out the importance of having balance in being personable and teaching athletes. Dr. Gearity gives insight from his personal research on players dealing with what they believe were less affective coaches. Dr. Kuklick also added supportive knowledge from academic research and points out what coaches should be aware of in that instance. This information is useful for such an important relationship and what coaches may overlook while in the profession. 00:50 Keith’s observation 02:35 Dr. Kuklick relates it to the research 03:40 Dr. Gearity’s research 04:32 Leadership scale for sport 04:55 Always difference in perception 05:20 Quality instruction 05:30 Democratic behavior 06:00 Positive feedback/reward 06:22 Scolding behavior 06:30 Cohesion 06:45 Social support 07:00 The perception of tough love 08:35 Being mindful of abusive behaviors 10:05 Breaking down what effective coaching is 10:50 Effective coaching according to the research 12:05 Dr. Gearity’s research on athletes’ experience of poor coaching 13:40 7 Qualities of great coaches 14:00 Qualities of poor coaches 15:10 Keith’s example of good coaching 16:30 How to get perception from the athletes 18:00 See the signs from the athlete 18:20 Gerald McCoy quote 18:45 Balance the instruction and empathy 19:30 Motivation displacement 20:10 Think about the care of the athletes 23:15 Relationships with private coaches 27:30 Practical effective coaching
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34 min
October 3, 2018
Deliberate Practice 7 - Juice
Deliberate Practice Juice: This week in deliberate practice Keith and Andy talk about having juice as a team. One of the biggest things during a long and hard-fought season is keeping high energy. As coaches you want to see your team be high energy guys to keep morale high in the team, but that’s not always the case. So, Keith and Andy provide different tips and ideas of how coaches can achieve this idea during the season. 01:35 Internalizing juice 02:15 Players bringing juice 03:15 Practical stories with juice 04:10 Letting players take ownership 06:15 Player buy in creating motivation 07:15 Keith’s practical example 09:15 Work on your own time 10:42 Beware of surface coaching 11:15 Hold on to getting better 11:35 How to apply getting better personally 13:10 What happens when the goals disappear 13:40 Get into the players internal drive 14:10 Coaching juice 15:10 Don’t get comfortable 16:30 Make the individual goals stay within team 17:00 Watch adding more 19:35 Be who you are 21:20 Trick plays 22:30 Football development 23:30 Twitter information
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24 min
October 2, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - The Red Zone
Keith Grabowski’s Coaches Notebook Show Notes: This week in Keith’s coaching notebook he talks about the red zone. This is where every team want s to capitalize and come away with points. A lot of teams find themselves struggling to be efficient due to lack of creativity and personnel issues. Keith explains some of his personal favorite concepts when working into and within the red zone. He gives some great resources of how you can enhance your red zone efficiency and put some of these ideas into your game plan going forward. 00:50 Notes from Steve Fairchild 01:25 Keith’s method in red zone 02:30 4 vertical package 03:30 Ideally want to carry plays without adjustments 04:25 Thinking about pre-red zone 35-25 yard line 04:50 Andrew Coverdale insight 06:00 High red zone 25-18 yard line 07:20 Working 17-12 yard line 07:30 Work horizontally 07:50 Working 11-18 yard line 08:24 Protected play action 09:05 Personnel and formations 09:50 Looking at goal line passes 7yd to the endzone 10:14 Working 2pt plays 10:38 Specific packages 11:50 Empty red zone package 12:10 3 by 2 empty set 12:45 Keith’s play call 25-17 yard line 19:20 Including a quick route 20:00 Adding the draw 22:50 Thinking overtime concepts 23:30 Include 7on7 in red zone practice 24:00 Get reps 24:30 Football development 25:00 National Conference
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33 min
October 1, 2018
The Game Plan - Red Zone, former FBS coach Steve Fairchild
The Game Plan: Steve Fairchild The Red Zone Show Notes This week in the Game plan series Keith and Coach Coiner have former coach NFL Offensive coordinator and college Head Coach, Steve Fairchild, to talk about ways to be proficient in the red zone. Coach Fairchild gave his areas within the red zone he like to mare with certain plays he felt fit within those areas. The coaches discuss different plans they thought were good in the red zone and Steve expressed it as an opportunity to get creative without doing too much. He even gives examples of ways to take some of your play calls and incorporate them into your red zone attack. Steve Fairchild was a 5 year NFL Offensive Coordinator servicing the Buffalo Bills, St Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers. He spent 18 years in the collegiate game spending 4 years as a Head Coach at Colorado State. 01:20 Steve Fairchild Bio 04:10 Identifying the red zone 05:02 Have a plan to manage points 06:06 Prepare for the worst 07:00 Planned plays by areas 07:37 Have a 3rd down, play action and end zone call 10:30 Having a catalog of plays per field zone 12:10 Not giving up on the run 13:00 Handling the extra defender 16:10 Personnel and matchups in red zone 18:00 RPOs 19:55 Working with limited schemes 21:10 You can get creative 21:50 What Steve likes in red zone 27:00 Working the protection 29:05 Steve Fairchild’s QB development 32:00 Working horizontally 32:55 First down playbook resources
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33 min
September 28, 2018
Weekly Highlight of Coach and Coordinator 9/28/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: The Game Plan - John Palermo, Defensive line guru Deliberate Practice - Attention to detail in Up Tempo Practice Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Calibrating the Passing Offense The Leadership Journey - Next Man Up Smart Coaching - Managing Mid-season Slumps
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4 min
September 28, 2018
Smart Coaching - Managing Mid-season Slumps
Smart Coaching: Managing Mid-season Slumps On this episode of smart coaching Keith and University of Denver sport coaching professors, Dr. Brian Gearity and Dr. Clayton Kuklick dig into a very relative topic, the mid-season slumps. For most of you, you’re in the mid-season regardless of where your team is in the standings you must be cautious of morale wavering just from a long season. Slumps are natural, and the doctors point out what can factor into those slumps and how we can properly identify slump like behavior. Also, how we must be aware of not causing ourselves to go into a slump and the same with our athletes. 01:00 Where can we slump 02:25 Academic idea of slumps 02:50 Definition of a slump 04:40 Are there triggers for a slump? 04:50 Arousal 05:45 Different causes of slump 07:10 Practical ways to prevent slumps 08:10 Visualization and Self talk 09:12 Identify the cause 11:40 Involve experts 13:00 Hidden Causes 14:00 Involve the team and look outside your team 15:20 Team cohesion affecting slumps 15:35 Planning 16:40 Keep working the plan 17:06 Doing things regularly and constantly 21:45 Keith talks about a restart 22:40 Refocusing 24:15 Start with focus on the process 26:15 Final thoughts 27:02 Enjoying the process 28:10 Athlete performance variations
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30 min
September 27, 2018
Leadership Journey - Next Man Up
Leadership Journey Next Man Up Show Notes: This week on the leadership journey series Keith and Brian talk about the idea of next man up. They talk about the importance of how you get there. What kind of preparation you need for that to be true for your team. They use E+R= O (Events+Respones+Outcome) on how coaches and players are to be scaled in their possibility to be the next man up. Explaining ideas of how to give and receive feedback so the players can know where they’re at and where they need to be. 02:44 You can’t give what you don’t have 03:05 Teaching E+R=O 04:00 Coaches help level players up 05:40 You have to train like a starter everyday 07:00 Use E+R=O where you are 07:45 Train what if your number never gets called 09:39 Bill Walsh contingency plans idea 11:00 There’s a team and there’s an individual 13:10 Roles must be clarified and its importance 14:45 Show your skillset 15:25 Discipline is the shortcut 18:00 You can’t be totally prepared 19:00 Getting into the mechanics of E+R=O 19:30 R factor limit 20:20 E what players are good at or need to get better at 26:20 You have your own E+R=O 28:20 Daily Discipline 30:30 National Conference Information
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33 min
September 26, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - Calibrating The Passing Game
Coach Grabowski’s Notebook – Calibrating the Passing Game In this episode host Keith Grabowski shares another page from his notebook, this time discussing on how calibrating the passing game and focusing on the details can help the passing game from the mid season on. 00:19 An example of how rhythm and timing is affected on game day 01:05 Evaluate how a wrinkle affects the timing for QB and receivers 01:30 Background in learning from Homer Smith’s teaching 02:20 1.8, 2.4 and 3.0 as key points in a progression 02:43 Value of understating the details of your concepts especially as related to timing 03:21 Understanding common calibration times 03:35 Move eyes and feet through the progression 03:50 Timing of common routes 04:21 Escape route for the QB as part of the progression 04:45 Dub Maddox and Dan Gonzalez rhythm features of their system 05:26 Navigation tags 05:38 Rhythm feature as applied to QB drop 06:15 Rhythm feature as applied to receivers 06:55 Benefits of using the rhythm feature 07:45 Routes requiring hitch steps in QB drop 08:30 Counting receiver steps 09:29 Using the stop watch in practice and film to calibrate the passing game 11:35 Evaluation through calibration 11:47 Quick game timing 12:10 Defensive considerations to hurt calibration 12:29 RPO calibration
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14 min
September 25, 2018
Deliberate Practice 6 - Attention to Detail in Up Tempo Practice
Deliberate Practice week 6: Attention to Detail in Up-Tempo Practice In this week’s episode of Deliberate Coaching Keith and Andy investigate ways to be efficient, as well as, productive coaching in an up-tempo practice environment. Keith brings back a clip with Nebraska Defensive Coordinator, Eric Chinander, who talks about the culture working with coaches Scott Frost and Chip Kelly. They highlight the importance of having communication and understanding amongst the coaching staff and that flowing down to the players. The common point is to be focused and have attention to detail for the team as a whole to thrive in that environment. 01:00 Balancing the up-tempo environment 02:50 Eric Chinander quote 09:20 Importance of time 10:20 Creating a language 11:50 Sharing game plans 13:00 Coaching on the run 14:50 Having learning ques 16:00 Practice rep v. gameday 17:00 Having fun with it 20:00 Inter-staff communication 23:20 Detail translating into drills 25:00 Lowest affective dose 26:00 Protection on special teams 27:00 Brace and hop drill 28:05 Putting it all together 29:10 Resources 30:00 National Conference Information
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31 min
September 24, 2018
Game Plan - Defensive line fundamentals with Defensive line guru John Palermo
Game Plan John Palermo D-line Show Notes: This week on the Game Plan series Keith and Coach Coiner have defensive line coach legend John Palermo. Coach gives coaches great ways to coach up defensive linemen. He gives coaches the throwback mindset and focuses on fundamentals of defensive line play. How in his time in coaching fundamentals helped him and it can help coaches even with the demand of defensive line play. 01:12 Joe Palermo Intro 03:50 Joe Palermo Bio 07:00 Difference in the game 08:20 Great hands, eyes and feet 09:30 Playing the option 10:12 Playing the spread 11:20 4 Technique 12:08 The 3-4 12:55 Fundamentals in collision 13:35 Stopping the run first 14:50 5 technique 15:30 The changes in defensive line 17:05 Teaching young players 17:20 Playing your personality 19:00 Keep it simple 19:35 What to teach about the eyes 19:58 See the different levels of offensive linemen 20:23 Keep your eyes up 22:00 How to play RPO (Run Pass Option) 23:40 Do your job 24:50 Defending screen pass option 25:20 Coaches must control it 26:26 The assignments 29:15 Drills used to react 29:30 Screen angle drill 32:11 Keep feet moving and always fight pressure 33:00 Reminiscing the Notre Dame championship season 38:45 Football Development information
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39 min
September 21, 2018
Weekly Highlight of Coach and Coordinator 9/21/18
This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show. Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator: The Game Plan - Jim Arthur, Strength Coach, Miami Dolphins Deliberate Practice - 9 Drills to create task focus Coach Grabowski's Notebook - A Process for Adding a Wrinkle The Leadership Journey - Win by Don't Smart Coaching - Understanding and Dealing with Coach Stress
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6 min
September 21, 2018
Smart Coaching - Understanding and Dealing with Coach Stress
Smart Coaching – Tips for Dealing with Coach Stress: Keith and the doctors (Brian Gearity and Clayton Kuklick) talk about coach stress, something that may go overlooked in sports. The trio shares personal battles they have had in their careers dealing with stress. They cover the many different factors that boost stress in most coaches. They also look at some tangible ways to deal with stress to manage that as a coach with so much to balance. 01:05 Keith reflects 02:30 What are stressors 05:30 Strategies 06:00 Look at causes 07:10 Changing the environment 08:00 Too many expectations 09:30 Having a network 10:00 Normalizing the stress 10:44 Dr. Kuklick’s experience 12:19 Making it fun 17:20 Looking at the literature 19:00 Applying the strategies 20:13 Managing the stressful situations 20:10 Avoid and reappraisal 22:21 Time and a place 25:30 Using the most efficient tools 27:40 Don’t use the tools to overwork 30:00 Stop guarding the desk
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31 min
September 20, 2018
Leadership Journey - Win by Don't
Leadership Journey – “Win by Don’t” Show Notes: This week on the Leadership Journey podcast, Keith and Brian get in depth on behavior. Brian calls this “Win by Don’t,” by painting a picture of how behavior is core to a program’s success. He gives us the five “Don’ts” that are pivotal not only to football but life. The hosts give real life examples of how this works and how they have been affected by different behavioral situations, emphasizing why it is important to have these instilled in your program if not already implementing them now. 02:14 Behavior runs everything 04:00 Influences of behavior 05:45 Grinder mentality 08:00 Culture and strategy 09:25 Execution is the intersection of culture and strategy 10:00 Culture is to drive winning behavior 12:40 Simplify behavior 13:00 Behavior is 3 things 13:10 What you do 13:28 What you don’t do 13:50 How you do it 17:20 Win by don’t 17:30 Success begins with the things you choose not to do 17:55 Don’t do anything that can cost you everything 18:25 5 Don’ts 19:25 Don’t do anything that can take away from practice or playing time 21:03 Do not lie 24:07 Don’t BCD - blame, complain or be defensive 25:15 Don’t violate the culture 27:15 Don’t get involved with the wrong people 30:00 You can do everything but those 5 31:30 Success begins with giving yourself a chance 33:00 All of it transfers 33:45 Make sure you’re living what you promote
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34 min
September 19, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - A Process for Adding a Wrinkle
From Coach Grabowski’s Notebook - A Process for Adding a Wrinkle On today’s podcast, show host Keith Grabowski takes another page out of his notebook and shares a process for adding wrinkles as well as three strategies for utilizing motions and shifts to add a wrinkle to the offense in-season. 00:46 Message from 5x state champion Strait Herron Points to remember when adding a wrinkle in-season: 02:00 Focus on what you do best. 02:40 Keep it simple 03:23 Tendency after the first game of using this wrinkle 03:53 Progressing the package 04:55 Strategies for Movements (Shifts & Motions) 05:25 Three opportunities created by movement 05:55 Ways to stress the defense with mo 06:17 Know the breakdowns and film analysis 07:30 Use movement for personnel advantage https://youtu.be/dhLO7q7td2I 08:50 Create an extreme shift in strength 10:21 Bazooka shift 12:15 Take advantage of defensive checks 13:35 Stay a step ahead of the defense 14:45 Challenges and tips for implementation of movement 16:09 Anticipate adjustments from the defense 17:15 Coach and Coordinator in-season line-up
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18 min
September 18, 2018
Deliberate Practice - 9 Drills for Focus
In this week’s episode of Deliberate Coaching Keith and Andy look into the idea of focus and ways coaches can get their athletes to maintain focus in different situations in practice which will can translate to games. The coaches introduce multiple drills that can help train an athletes focus while simulating real time situational football. 01:15 Intro 02:53 Tony Franklin quote importance of practice 07:12 Running back A Gap to A Gap Drill 10:25 RPO focus linebackers 13:20 Quarterback Power Read Mesh Drill 16:55 Defensive end pass rush 17:10 Be accurate with the rush 17:17 Set drill 18:49 DE focus for film study 20:20 Ron Lewis quote on wide receiver deep ball 23:00 Defensive back “cover regardless” drill 25:35 Offensive lineman stretch drill – “eat grass” 29:05 Understanding what people are trying to do 29:42 Interior defensive lineman “feel” drill 32:00 Snappers and punters specialist drill 36:00 National Conference information
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37 min
September 17, 2018
Game Plan - In-Season S&C with Jim Arthur Miami Dolphins Strength and Conditioning Coach
The Game Plan Show note: In week 4, the coaches point out the importance of the strength and conditioning of the athletes. On this episode Miami Dolphins assistant strength and conditioning coach Jim Arthur joins the coaches to help expand our knowledge of strength and conditioning for athletes. They dive into the importance of work load and maintenance for the players’ bodies should be monitored and controlled. Keith points out the strength and condition of an everyday person looks different in some ways in comparison to an athlete. They discuss resources that may be available to find relevant content for coaches to take the best care of the athletes. 01:46 Jim Arthur intro 02:35 Different body types 04:25 Coaches wearing multiple hats 07:20 Jim Arthur bio 09:00 Work load for the athletes 11:35 Conditioning differences 13:13 Regulate the load 14:00 Fueling the athletes 15:10 Carbohydrate issue 18:00 Strength for high school 20:10 Balance of strength 25:00 Knowing the issue 27:20 Who wears the strength and conditioning hat? 29:00 Resources 30:30 Reviewed content 33:25 Charting the injuries 34:40 Accumulate the information
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35 min
September 16, 2018
Smart Coaching - Helping Athletes Deal with Stress
The Smart Coaching Series on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast is designed to help coaches improve over the course of the season in the areas outside of the X&O’s. Coaches need to be able to take care of people and this podcast will give pause for reflection and well as generate ideas for the coach to be smart about how he improves his players and team. This week on the series Keith and the doctors focus on the issue of player stress. Giving the coach the opportunity to not only be looking in the athletic perspective, but the human perspective that will ultimately affect them the rest of their lives. Also, the importance of watching the different types of stressors for players. They give different ideas of which a coach may find ways to monitor stress in their players, as well as, the ability to get involved and help players. 01:20 The different stresses an athlete may face 02:00 The different types of stress 03:35 Sources of stress 05:55 Seeing the subtle signs 07:00 Dr. Brian Gearity’s example 09:20 Tools for athletes 14:00 Keith’s truth statements 15:20 Communicate to the athlete authentically 16:40 Share personal tools 17:30 What does a coach do? 19:25 There is support 22:10 Subtle example 26:05 Emotion affecting stress 27:25 Distracting the mind 29:30 Changing the environment 30:30 Making it creative 31:35 Make it different 32:50 Talk to them after the fact 33:45 Final thoughts 34:00 Make a stress plan 35:05 Be cognizant
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36 min
September 13, 2018
Leadership Journey - Self Awareness
Leadership Journey: Self Awareness & Entitlement Show Notes On this episode of the podcast host Keith Grabowski and co-host Brian Kight look at the importance of self awareness and entitlement. Having a consistent sense of self-awareness is what enlightens a coach, and allows him/her to be more effective. Keith and Brian both observe the culture of coaches and describe how self-awareness can fix some of the issues coaches face. They give different ideas of what kind of self-awareness is necessary and ways to incorporate those in-season and out of season. 00:46 Chuck Kyle Quote 02:10 2 ways to look at self-awareness 02:55 Defining self-awareness 04:25 Being the coach you have been, instead of the coach you want to be 06:12 Keith observing coach culture 10:00 Film a coach’s self-awareness tool 11:45 Being self-aware in-season 13:20 Make time for self-awareness 14:25 How it works 16:45 Brian’s Observation 17:46 Put your own self-awareness tools in place 18:32 Making micro changes 19:30 Being reflective 22:41 Don’t underestimate the power of 1 23:13 Coaches struggles 24:25 Integrate one behavior 25:55 Self-awareness is a tool 29:00 “I’m always trying to get better” 31:15 Real deep self-awareness 32:06 The entitlement of adult professional 33:00 Open yourself up to time and people 34:00 Put weight room expectation on self- awareness 35:40 Focus 3 36:45 National Conference information 38:50 Daily Discipline
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39 min
September 12, 2018
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - 4-minute and Backed-up Offense
Coach Grabowski's Notebook - 4-minute and Backed-up Offense by USA Football
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17 min
September 11, 2018
Deliberate Practice - Compete
Deliberate Practice week 4: Compete In today’s podcast Host Keith Grabowski and guest host Andy Ryland talked about incorporating competition into practices. They discuss putting players in competition settings to have them moving and thinking fast so in game time it’s a natural response. The practice highlighted in today’s episode was the scramble drill and half line drill for special teams. 01:20 Intro to the scramble drill 02:30 Scramble in 7 on 7 03:00 Describing the drill 06:30 Working the drill 08:10 Scramble drill on defense 09:30 Coverage adjustments 10:36 Secondary contain plan 11:33 Defensive communication 14:35 Get it on film 15:00 Adding the line 17:50 Points on reaction for lineman 21:45 Finding time 23:50 Special teams drills and competition 30:00 National Conference Information
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31 min
September 10, 2018
The Game Plan - Bobby April Special Teams Guru
Game Plan week 3: Bobby April – Special Teams Keith and guest host former NFL coach Charlie Coiner had the opportunity to interview Coach Bobby April. April is known in the coaching world as a special teams guru, coaching on all levels from NFL, college and high school. The coaches talk about the importance of special teams and how it impacts the game. April harped on the importance of communication for the coaches and for everyone to be moving in the same direction and how that process should be involved heavily throughout the week, so it can translate to the game. Coach April emphasized how important a head coach’s involvement with special teams can be for a team on all levels. 00:40 Bobby April intro 03:45 Bobby April bio 06:35 Gameday organization 07:30 Giving guys responsibility 09:00 Working the dots system 11:42 Special teams transition 14:50 Everybody moving in the same direction 17:22 Head coach special teams relationship 21:25 Being on the same ship 22:30 Communication 27:50 Playing starters on special teams 28:40 Coach April’s formula 30:30 Discussing with the head coach 31:35 Coming back to communication 34:15 Head Coach and special teams synonymous 35:20 Practicing special teams transition 37:30 Providing resources
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38 min
September 7, 2018
Smart Coaching - In-Season Strength and Conditioning
The Smart Coaching Series on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast is designed to help coaches improve over the course of the season in the areas outside of the X&O’s. Coaches need to be able to take care of people and this podcast will give pause for reflection and well as generate ideas for the coach to be smart about how he improves his players and team. This episode of the podcast takes a deeper look into strength and conditioning especially during the season. The different styles of training that can work in season, and the importance of monitoring the workload incorporated throughout the year. Gearity and Kuklick express how having a plan to follow helps optimize the most of those opportunities to stay safe and healthy. 01:30 Strength and condition for the football player in and out of season 01:50 Different styles for different position 02:12 Offseason per position 03:15 Setting goals and maintaining offseason to in season 04:05 Types of need analysis 05:40 Periodization and technique 08:30 Workouts in relation to gameday 11:00 Working with the discomfort 12:25 Monitoring load training 14:00 Workouts in correlation with practice 14:30 Exercise technique 16:20 Creative work within practice 18:20 Stimulus responses 19:05 Gameday lifts 23:10 Late season workload 26:00 Have a plan set 27:15 Performance measures 28:15 Tips and recommendations
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33 min
September 6, 2018
Leadership Journey Week 3 - Confidence
Leadership Journey Week 3 - Confidence by USA Football
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34 min
September 5, 2018
Crosstown - Jenks vs. Union, the Backyard Bowl
Crosstown Rivalry Jenks and Union with Coach Keith Riggs and Coach Kirk Fridrich: Host Keith Grabowski features head coaches Keith Riggs of Jenks Highschool, and Kirk Fridrich of Union Highschool in “Crosstown” series. These coaches compete in Oklahoma’s most treasured high school football rivalry the Backyard Bowl Jenks vs. Union, a rivalry started in 1977. Each team has won the 6A state championship since 1996 Oklahoma’s largest division. Of the 21 championship wins Jenks has 13 and Union has 8. The game is annually played at University of Tulsa’s Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Jenks will have new head coach in longtime assistant, Keith Riggs after former head coach, Allan Trimble was diagnosed with ALS. Trimble had been the coach since 1995. 00:20 Crosstown series intro 00:32 Rivalry history 01:50 Coach Keith Riggs joins the show 02:30 Riggs head coach perspective 03:17 View of the game 04:36 Directing the kids focus 05:32 Community involvement 06:30 Coaching focus 07:30 Making adjustments 08:30 Message to the team 09:20 Stand out moments 10:15 Dealing with the emotion 11:22 Dealing with let down 12:32 Advice for rivalries 13:30 Coach Kirk Fridrich intro 14:20 Community interaction 16:10 Controlling the hype 17:40 Coach responsibility 18:53 Specialty of the Backyard Bowl 19:50 Memorable turning point plays 21:40 Keys to winning big games 22:45 Keeping players balanced 24:00 Mutual respect 25:50 Bouncing back next week 27:10 Winning edge
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28 min
September 4, 2018
Deliberate Practice Week 3 - Confidence
Deliberate Practice with co-host Andy Ryland is a weekly podcast which will run throughout the season. Activity does not always equal achievement. Deliberate Practice is focused on a specific topic for the week and then an explanation of how to drill the different aspects of those skills and schemes. Included in each week’s conversation are specific drills/practice considerations for offense, defense, and special teams. Confidence Heading into this week of the season, the focus is on confidence. This is a time where a team is starting to settle in and gain confidence in what they do on the field. However, it could also be a time where a team needs to find some confidence. The show focuses on strategies to help players find confidence on offense, defense, or special teams. Offense 01:33 Focus on the quarterback 01:45 Half side drill 02:32 Keys to the set-up to build confidence 00:32 The quarterback must do all of his progression work 04:15 How to build in cues for the part of progression not being run 04:50 Application of ideas to one on one 05:11 Giving the QB control of the calls in the drill to gain understanding of his confidence 06:13 Helping as the coach and set-up of the drill and variations 06:56 Keep the pressure on the timing 07:32 Learning about the QB’s development by what he calls 08:13 Coach understanding vs. player understanding 08:41 Confidence level of players in each other 09:00 Andrew Coverdale’s “Like it/Love it” list 10:04 Tom Brady and Peyton Manning 10:45 Extending quarterback input into the team script in practice 11:28 "What were you thinking?” 11:45 Chemistry through player and the QB developed in practice Defense 12:23 Building confidence in the safeties and communication 12:45 Adding a competition element 13:19 Let the safety be the quarterback of the defense 14:21 Quarters coverage checks example 15:22 Feeling good about checks and using others as a change-up 16:04 Make sure you allow for debrief between groups 17:25 What did you see? What did that mean to you? 18:41 Making calls that supports the players 19:03 The debrief period/feedback 19:30 Using tempo with planned breaks that simulate the pace of the game Special Teams 20:30 Developing the punt returner’s confidence in order to win hidden yardage 21:00 Limitations of the tradition 22:17 The pressure catch drill 23:27 The drill set-up and variations to give a game-like feel Conclusion 26:06 Building confidence at every position 26:58 The importance of the debrief 27:20 Play to your players strength
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28 min
September 3, 2018
The Game Plan - Training QB Fundamentals In - Season With John Shoop
The Game Plan with Coach Charlie Coiner and guest John Shoop Guest host Charlie Coiner joins Keith Grabowski this season for “The Game Plan” series. Coiner is a retired coach and the founder of First Down Playbook. Coiner has worked as an assistant coach in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills and ash the college level with a number of teams, most notably, Vanderbilt, LSU, Louisville, North Carolina, and Tennessee. John Shoop has coached at every level. Currently the QB coach at AC Reynolds High School, Shoop spent the majority of his career in the NFL as a quarterbacks for the Panthers, and added offensive coordinator duties with the Bears, Buccaneers, and Raiders. He then went on to be the offensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina and then Purdue. 00:44 John Shoop bio 02:09 Change in the focal point of offense 02:47 Continue developing QB mechanics in season 04:20 The value of the QB coach 04:50 Constant feedback is necessary 05:17 Calibration and timing 06:14 Coaching “that guy” and protecting him in practice 07:09 Working with the second quarterback 08:31 Grading players on their proficiency of the playbook 09:37 Continuing to prepare for contingency plans 10:58 John Shoop joins the show 11:39 Challenge of honing the decision while improving mechanics 12:09 The best coaches think of an entire practice as an individual period 12:50 Always coach techniques 13:50 Working waist up and waist down 14:49 Two things upper: arm speed and a tight circle (Tom Brady, Dan Marino and Aaron Rodgers) 17:28 Lower body: wide base and throw with a small step 18:30 Harder to correct the upper body 19:51 Training the lower body 21:14 “The eye of the hurricane” 21:46 Coaching up fundamentals outside of individual 22:17 The value of 7 on 7 in QB development 24:33 Working with the youth league and 7 on 7 coaches 25:27 Offense today and how they stimulate enthusiasm 29:38 Number one goal in the NFL for a quarterback – start 16 games 30:35 Be intentional about durability 31:05 Dick Jauron – cumulative effects of hits 32:32 A play that can work at all three levels – “Razor” 36:59 The upper body – Peyton Manning 38:36 7 on 7 in practice tips to get a more game like feel 42:00 Getting more out of the drill for number two QB
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44 min
August 31, 2018
Smart Coaching Week 2 Team Cohesion
The Smart Coaching Series on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast is designed to help coaches improve over the course of the season in the areas outside of the X&O’s. Coaches need to be able to take care of people and this podcast will give pause for reflection and well as generate ideas for the coach to be smart about how he improves his players and team. Today’s Podcast focuses on team cohesion. We have finished up the portion of our season where players are fighting for jobs and now everyone is understanding their role. Cohesion is important and we need to think about how we install it as coaches. Grabowski, Gearity, and Kuklick share specific ideas and strategies to build a more cohesive team over the course of the season. 01:00 Shift in fighting for a job to settling into roles and coming together again 01:30 Our responsibility to be sure we don’t drive the team apart 02:24 Setting the stage for bringing creating a cohesive team – mental, social, emotional 03:08 Building upon the existing relationships 03:38 Setting up a plan early on to keep the team aligned 04:58 Using time available to implement tasks, problem solving to enhance communication 06:35 What academic literature says about building a cohesive team 07:12 Definition of team cohesion 09:05 Negative behaviors to avoid as coaches and players 10:30 Dr. Gearity’s example with Philip Fulmer and a display of interpersonal relationships 12:33 Research suggests coaching staff cohesiveness is highly correlated with cohesiveness of the team 13:18 Rituals with the team hazing vs. awarding/fulfilling rituals 14:50 Seniors being servant leaders 16:50 Figure out what they want to do and tie a reward to it 17:31 Define roles and look for ways to recognize the role players 18:59 Grabowski’s example of celebrating role players and bringing a unit together 21:35 Connecting celebrating roles in the offseason as well through video to lay a foundation 22:35 Using social media to celebrate role players 23:03 Getting guys to fight for each other 24:08 Communication and cohesion are skills to be developed 25:19 Little things that build cohesion 25:50 Reinforce behaviors that promote cohesion 26:35 Celebrating as a team 27:34 Installing and practicing celebration 29:40 Example from a high school team in Missouri – “What do you like about being on this team?” 31:31 Recognizing contributors…Who is a teammate who helped you out today? 32:35 Drills/strategies to implement during practice to build cohesion 33:40 A star and a wish 35:03 Embedding a questioning strategy 36:43 Reflective and tips 37:17 Can’t get carried away with this stuff…too much conformity is problematic 40:00 Must practice being a cohesive team
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42 min
August 30, 2018
Crosstown: Iowa's biggest rivalry - Valley (Gary Swenson) vs. Dowling Catholic (Tom Wilson)
Crosstown is our new series for this season focused on rivalry games. We highlight some of the biggest and longest standing rivalries in the country with teams that are just miles away from each other. The podcast is designed for the coach and we get insight on how to prepare for, for and coach in these big games. We talk with the head coaches of each side of the rivalry and get their perspective. This week’s game is one of the biggest rivalries in Iowa as the #4 Valley Tigers take on #1 Dowling Catholic Maroons. The schools are just 2.6 miles apart. Valley and Dowling started an annual rivalry in 1968 and this week are playing for the 51st consecutive regular season meeting, 7 p.m. Friday at Drake Stadium in Desmoines. Drake has a capacity of 14,557. Dowling owns a 32-18 advantage in regular-season games. Valley has won 10 of 21 playoff meetings, though. Dowling won the last meeting 42-14. Dating back to 2000, the two schools have combined to win 13 state football championships — five for Valley, in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011; and eight for Dowling, in 2000, 2001, 2010 and every year since 2013 (five in a row). Tom Wilson is now in his 14th season at Dowling, and during that time, he’s won 142 games. In his 22nd year overall, Wilson has amassed 234 wins with six state championships. Dowling Catholic is the first 4A school in Iowa to win five consecutive state championships Gary Swenson hit his 350 career win when his Tigers beat Southeast Polk last Friday. During his 25 seasons at Valley, Swenson has amassed 225 victories. He is in his 43rd year of coaching with 6 state championship (five at Valley). . The game can be viewed live and on replay on Youtube: https://youtu.be/XdJ8ik4Fl6c 03:09 What the mean games to Wilson 04:15 What is out of the norm for a typical game week 05:15 Try to keep normalcy and let everyone else hype the game 05:30 Managing being in the spotlight in the media; a lesson learned in 2005 07:11 Finding the balance of soaking in the moment yet keep normalcy 09:04 Growth between week one and two while facing a rival 10:06 Keep it narrowed down to improvement day to day 11:10 What do you say before the team takes the field in this game? 12:54 Appreciate the opportunity of the rivalry and your piece of history 13:29 Managing the highs and lows of the big game 15:51 A play that stands out in the rivalry for Wilson 18:10 Getting ready for the week after the big game 20:00 Wilson’s tips for being successful in and after the rivalry week 22:00 What makes the game special for Swenson 24:06 Balancing the big game and normal preparation over the week 25:48 It’s one contest on our record 27:23 Preparing the uptight team vs. the hyped up team 30:30 The ebbs and flows and how Swenson handles it 32:36 Mutual respect of the opponents starts with the coaching staff 33:19 Swenson’s most memorable moments of the rivalry 35:35 Swenson’s tips for coaching in the big game
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37 min
August 29, 2018
Deliberate Practice Week 2 - Growth
Deliberate Practice with co-host Andy Ryland is a weekly podcast which will run throughout the season. Activity does not always equal achievement. Deliberate Practice is focused on a specific topic for the week and then an explanation of how to drill the different aspects of those skills and schemes. Included in each week’s conversation are specific drills/practice considerations for offense, defense, and special teams. Growth - building on strengths This week is focused on a team’s growth between week one and two. This is a time where utilizing replication of game situations can help develop skill in a way that pays dividends over the course of the season. Grabowski and Ryland focus on the power scheme to show how focusing on a specific part of a scheme with multiple variations prepares players on both sides of the ball as well as in special teams. Offense 01:10 Start to develop something we can hang our hat on 01:30 Helping the linemen understand the deuce block on power 02:16 Defend the line drill 02:40 Key is to be patient to let the backside linebacker threaten the vertical line 03:00 Progression for the drill 04:35 Problems with a “chip” block as compared to combo block 05:38 Vision, decision, and action incorporation into drill 06:12 Cumulative effect of reps to build proficiency 06:30 Brace and pop footwork; lazy forearm or single under (Bridge technique) 07:50 Variations of movement in the drill 08:48 Declaring the lane for the running back and VDA cycle cues 09:33 Putting drills into pods and adding the running back 10:27 Developing the running back’s vision Defense 10:45 Defensive drills for defending power 11:24 Identifying a blocking threat 11:45 Pulling apart the double team 12:05 Determining best technique - rip the shoulder or stun the square with Pillar technique 13:15 Stalemate caused by defensive line 14:05 The “nest” for the linebacker 15:06 Different looks in the drill 16:02 Individual periods and pods 16:42 Growth in understanding roles to master the defense 17:00 Look at it within a progression and add VDA cycle 17:58 Thinking of different ways to use pods 18:29 Using different fronts and deployments Special Teams 19:45 Using small groups for kick off return 20:00 Growth is caused by overload 20:15 The count for blocking threats with the front wall 20:30 Challenge them with speed and having to find their blocks with movement 20:55 Simulating the kick return where L4 & L5 would be to overload decision making cycle 22:07 Get depth, find threat 22:43 Break special teams out of the box of 11 vs. 11 reps 23:11 Focus on certain aspects - example left side and right side and two whistle drill 24:05 Growth of our players also comes from our growth as coaches 25:28 Our reps as coaches - coaches need variety to be able to develop and help players 26:19 Ability to see things happen in real time as a coach 26:56 Being over prescriptive doesn’t help us to be able to help our players on game day
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28 min
August 27, 2018
The Leadership Journey - Week 2, Changing Culture
The Leadership Journey - Week 2, Changing the Culture Brian Kight and Keith Grabowski team up for this special Leadership Journey edition of the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast. This podcast will occur weekly throughout the season, focusing on issues that teams face during the season. Kight, the CEO of Focus 3, discusses changing culture in today’s podcast. 01:20 Alonzo Highsmith’s observation on Hard Knocks 01:58 Patience and discipline in changing a culture 03:00 Culture matters to winning and the quality of the experience 04:10 Culture is not the objective; it must have a function and relevance 05:53 What are you changing the culture for? 06:10 Contribute to the environment you are in 08:29 Urgency plus patience with discipline 09:23 Not urgent enough in pressing people now 10:20 Don’t rush when you see the pay off 11:50 Be urgent in the day and patient over two years 12:58 What does urgency done correctly look like? 13:55 Three things: maniacal commitment, intolerant of anything but the standard, do it with a ton of love 17:00 A unique combination 21:54 Being maniacal and intolerant is not an excuse to mistreat people 25:30 Urgency - don’t let empathy stop you from being urgent 26:27 Discipline is required 28:00 The intent of discipline 29:20 Doing things out of compliance, obedience, or discipline 29:48 Weakness of compliance and limitations of obedience 31:38 What can we learn from the opportunities of game day? 32:20 Culture is measured in years 33:00 Look for language change and behavior change 34:00 Look for micro ways to adjust in-season 34:24 Incremental changes begin to build up 35:46 Make significant major changes in the off season 38:35 The outcomes are going to come the we are good enough to earn them
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42 min
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