Interviewing and Program Building Considerations By Jerry Campbell

Interviewing and Program Building Considerations
By Jerry Campbell
The information provided here should be used as a guide for developing your
philosophies for building a successful football program. Included along with this article
are several different ideas for preparing for a head or assistant coaching opportunity.
Considerations To Address When Applying For A Head
Football Or Assistant Coaching Position
The following information should be used as a guide when applying for a head coaching
or assistant football job. The following items listed below should be followed that will
allow you to make your decision based upon the following criteria:
Genuinely enthused and excited about.
Long term committed, both to the school and its community.
Positive in belief of the school, the community and football program.
Earnest in promoting and supporting the students and the program.
Contributing at a high level competency while actualizing your potential.
Involved in the youth of the community.
Is this a school that I would want my own kids to attend?
Is this a community that I truly want my family involved in.
Questions To Consider Asking When Seeking A Head
Football Coaching Position
The following information should be considered and thought through when looking into
your choices for the right school to be the head football coach at.
1. What is the administrative feeling towards athletics? What part does athletics
play in the total educational program? What are the school’s philosophies, goals
and objectives concerning athletics?
2. How is the countinuity among coaches? Do animosities exist between coaches of
different sports?
3. What is the administrative policy concerning disciplines?
4. What is the breakdown of administration? Who am I responsible to? What is
expected of me?
5. Does the faculty have a positive or negative feeling towards athletics?
6. What support does the school receive from the student body, parents, boosters,
and community?
7. What is the attitude of the athletes? Are they familiar with winning programs?
8. What current disciplines have been established in athletics concerning training
rules, conduct, quitting, failure of classes, alcohol, drugs, etc?
9. What is the social atmosphere among the students? Are there complications due
to cross-cultural rivals? What are the socio-economical backgrounds of the
10. What types of off-season programs are available? Is there a summer weight
program and if one is in place what has been its attendance? Does the program
provide athletic periods?
11. What is the coaching situation? How many football-coaching stipends available?
Does the head football coach have full say on who is allowed to coach? How
many coaches mut I keep from the old staff? Will I be allowed to bring coaches
with me (offensive and defensive coordinators)?
12. Does the district allow time off for professional development (clinics, seminars,
etc.)? Does the school provide funds for coaching clinics? If not, may coaches
use sick leave time to attend clinics without negative pressure from the
13. What is the policy concerning budgets? What is the football budget? What are
the procedures for outside fundraising activities?
14. What facilities are available?
Practice fields
Game field (lights)
Locker rooms
Varsity room
Training room
Weight room
Gyms or field house
Coaches offices
Basic football gear
Football dummies
Media – Video, editing systems
Gameday head phones
Training supplies
Uniforms game, practice
15. If facilities are not available, can compensation be made through a booster club or
maintenance department? Does the administration welcome improvements and
16. What are the policies and procedures concerning scouting, travel, buses,
equipment maintenance, field preparation, meals, filming, etc?
17. Does the school allow a summer camp? 7 on 7? May a fee be charged?
18. Does the school have any special regulations other than those specified by the
district or state association with regards to eligibility?
19. What are the salary ranges for teaching and coaching? What are the other
responsibilities accompany teaching contracts? (Club supervision, committees,
20. Is the school willing to support a strong winning football program? Do the
adminstrators, teachers, students and community want a strong program?
A football program should be managed with a business like approach. It should be well
organized to function in a smooth, progressive and systematic manner. It should support
the philosophy of the school climate, highlighted by accelerated goals, ideas, and its
people. The ultimate goal of the school and the football program should be to meet the
needs of the people and to become the best it can possibly be in a highly competitive
Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions For
Head Football Coaching Position
The following questions are those most often asked during the interview process, be
prepared to address each one in some detail.
What do you do with seniors?
Staff development / all sports.
Educational philosophy.
Offensive philosophy.
Defensive philosophy.
Tell us about your strengths.
Tell us about your weaknesses.
4. How would you get the faculty involved in the athletic program?
5. What is your primary concern when developing your basic offense and
6. Explain your methodology of handling disciplinary cases?
7. What are some of your strengths? What are some of your weaknesses?
8. Why do you want his job? What do you know about the school district?
9. How will you handle your football coaching staff assignments and organize
your staff among the teams we promote – varsity, Jr. varsity, and freshman?
10. What steps will you take to insure the academic eligibility of the athletes?
What plans do you have for study halls?
11. How do you see yourself with the administration at being important to the
success of the overall program?
12. How should the booster club be set up and should there be one club or a
separate club for each sport?
If Teaching Position Is Required
When applying for a coaching position that requires you to teach as well, the following
questions my be asked by:
Tell us about yourself and your purpose for being a teacher
What do you need to know about your students in order for them to be
What is your philosophy of classroom management? How do you handle
discipline problems in the classroom?
How do you plan standards-based lessons in your subject area?
Describe a successful lesson that you have delivered.
In what area do you believe you could grow professionally?
When do you contact parents regarding your students?
Are you interested in coaching/advising any extra-curricular activities?
Give an example of how you are a team player.
What do you feel is the meaning of the document and motto, “No child left
behind”, and how does that motto relate to you as a teacher.
Preparing Your Resume
Your resume serves as the initial indicator of your organizational skills and
professionalism. A poorly prepared resume could convey the wrong message to a
interview committee member. A properly constructed resume should have the following
A letter of interest, with a brief statement of your teaching philosophy.
Resume of no more than two pages (include picture).
Teaching and coaching chronology.
Three to five references (always include current and recent principle).
Additional Suggestions For Preparing Your Resume
1. Actively sell your qualifications by focusing on accomplishments and results
rather than routine job descriptions.
2. Final hiring decisions are rarely based on resumes alone; however, the resume
should be concise, factual and positive listing of your education, experience and
3. Make sure the information you provide (throughout the resume) is relevant to
prospective employers, supports your candidacy, and focuses on skills and
experiences needed to do the job.
4. Be conscious of the continuity of your history. The reader will be looking for
reasons to eliminate as many resumes as possible. Resumes with gaps of
unaccountable time often reach the circular file.
5. Weigh your choice of words. Select strong action verbs, concrete nouns and
positive modifiers for emphasis. Use concise phrases and clauses rather than
complete sentences.
6. Try your resume on another coach that has experience with the interview process
or members of faculty that has sit in on the interview process before.
7. Keep a separate list of references and make them available only on request.
8. Always send a cover letter on matching paper with specific reference to the
school’s needs and your qualifications for the job. A personal letter is always
best, so make an effort to get the name and title of individual making the hiring
9. Remember, your resume is only a door opener. You want a personal interview.
Additionally, Your Reader Will Ask Four Questions of Your
Resume. Make Sure You Have The Answers.
1. Answering the following four questions in a fully persuasive way will greatly
increase your odds of developing a winning resume. The questions are the crucial
elements of the resume formula. Answering them will not only give you the
material you need for building a strong resume, but will also prepare you for
networking and interviewing.
2. What do you want? That is your job target. (Offensive coordinator, etc.) The
resume should be built around your job target (whether you include an objective
or not) so that prospective employers can immediately see what position you are
aiming for.
3. Why are you qualified to do it? That’s the summary or “Professional Profile”
section. This is where you outline the skills and credentials that qualify you for
the job. You can break your skills into functional sections or use bullet points to
highlight key points. If this section is done properly, it will convince prospective
employers that the rest of your resume is worth reading, bringing them to the next
4. Where have you done it? That’s the “Experience” section. The reader needs to
know who you worked for, the city and sate where they are located, and what you
did. Ideally, your job descriptions should include lots of active verbs and focus
on keywords and functional skills that are most relevant to your target job or
5. How well have you done it? Listing accomplishments and special projects
shows by example that you have contributed to previous schools or employers
bottom line (winning, etc).
Preparing For The Interview
The following steps should take place before the actual interview:
Know the salary scale (this avoids you having to talk salary during the
Know the increments of all the coaching positions if possible.
Have an idea of who may come with you.
Know your five - year professional goals.
Investigate the history of the program (at least last three years).
Study the district, i.e. number of schools, middle school program, the names
of upper administration personnel, etc.
Compile a list of questions for the interview committee.
Organize pertinent materials for the interview, such as;
a. Coach’s responsibilities and staff structure (be sure to include girl’s
athletics if applicable).
b. Booster club information (philosophy, etc.
c. Brief summary of coaching philosophy.
d. Playbook.
Interview Coaching Tips
This information should be used as tips for the actual interview.
Dress for success, i.e. first impressions.
Proper attitude, act as if you already had the job, body language, eye contact,
project confidence, etc.
Be quick to respond to all questions.
Emphasize the positive when discussing their school.
Philosophy, how do you handle athletes?
Convince the interview committee of your loyalty and its importance.
Have an academic plan, how do you keep your athletes eligible?
Knowledge of your states rules and regulations, the committee needs to be
convinced that you will abide by all rules.
Be computor literate; demonstrate the use of high-tech in scouting, grade
checks, game plans, etc.
Don’t ad lib be honest and sincere.
Be yourself.
Jerry L. Campbell
10412 Doering Lane
Austin, Texas 78750
Home (512) 401-9225
Work (512) 464-4054
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.
Age: 54
Wife - Debbie
Son – Taylor age 13
Daughter – Shelby age 6
Professional Goal
Teaching and coaching position that will allow me the opportunity to
develop the academic, social, and physical skills for the development of
every student athlete.
To obtain a coaching position at the high school or college level that
requires the responsibility of promoting, managing and maintaining an
exemplary program that is evident by competitive athletic success.
Education and Professional Credentials
California State University, Chico – Chico, California
Masters of Education
Physical Education / Athletic Administration, May 1993
California State University, Chico – Chico, California
Bachelor of Arts
Physical Education, May 1985
Texas A & M University - Kingsville
Texas Provisional Teaching Certificate
Fields of Instruction: Secondary Physical Education and Health, May 1998
Professional Experience
Teacher / Varsity Offensive Coordinator & Line Coach / JV Boys Soccer Coach
(2000 – Present)
Westwood High School (5A Level Competition)
Round Rock I.S.D., Austin, Texas
Health Teacher
Athletic period co-coordinator for both freshman and varsity football programs
Coordinated and installed the offense for Varsity, Jr. Varsity, and freshman
Created and implemented offensive playbook
Develop and implement multiple offensive philosophies using multiple
formations and motions
Develop weekly offensive game plan
Develop offense geared towards an option and passing attack for one, two, and
three backsets
Coordinated installation of offense and instruction of offensive coaches
Develop game and practice schedules
Awards and Achievements
14-5A co-champions
Texas State 5A football play-off qualifiers
Selected and chosen to coach NCAA Division II All-star game
Jerry Campbell High School Football All American Team
Selected To Serve On Gridiron Coaches Board of Directors
Teacher / Varsity Defensive Coordinator & Secondary Coach
Varsity Head Track Coach (1999 – 2000)
Western Hills High School (4A Level Competition)
Fort Worth I.S.D.
Health Teacher
Defensive Coordinator, 4A Level of Competition
Developed and coordinated defense
Implemented philosophy and created defensive playbook
Coached secondary, inside and outside linebackers
Installed multiple defensive schemes which where built around eight man fronts
Responsible for the direction and responsibilities of the defensive staff
Helped in the coordination of off-season football program, both Varsity and
freshman teams
Coordinated all phases of the Kicking game
Head Varsity Track Coach
Responsible for coordinating and maintaining Varsity, Jr. Varsity and freshman
track teams
Responsible for scheduling and track budget.
Responsible for acquiring track apparel and equipment
Responsible for the implementation of all work out schedules
Teacher / Offensive Line Coach & Freshman Girls Softball Coach (1997-1999)
Edinburgh North High School (5A Level)
E.C.I.S.D. Edinburgh, Texas
Health Teacher
Physical Education Teacher – Personal Fitness
Varsity Offensive line coach
Varsity kicking game coordinator
Head Girls Freshman Softball Coach
Kinesiology Instructor / Offensive Line Coach (1993-1997)
Texas A & M University, Kingsville – Kingsville, Texas (1993-1997)
Kingsville, Texas
Kinesiology Instructor – Personal Fitness undergraduate level courses
Theory of Coaching Football Instructor undergraduate course
Offensive line coach
Installed all offensive procedures dealing with blocking, run and passing game.
Regional and National level recruiter for both High School and Jr. College
1993 Defensive Line Coach - Responsible for front four down linemen
Awards and Recognition
1996 number 1 ranked team in NCAA Division II regular season.
1996 Number 1 ranked team in scoring in the nation
1995 Number 1 ranked rushing offense in the country NCAA Division II
1993, 1995, 1996 Lone Star conference champs
1993, 1995, 1996 NCAA Play-Off qualifier.
1993, 1995 Western Regional Champions and Semi National Finalist
1995 Number 2 nationally ranked team in NCAA Division II
Number 1 ranked team at the NCAA Division II level in scoring 40.1 points per
game, number 3 ranked in total offense per game, number 2 ranked team in
rushing offense in the nation
Coached numerous All-Americans and most recently a number 1 NFL draft pick
with the Philadelphia Eagles
1993 Top 10 ranked defenses at the NCAA Division II level.
Graduate Assistant – Offensive Line Coach (1992- 1993)
California State University, Chico
Chico, California
Obtain Masters Degree
Offensive Line Coach / Tight Ends
Number 12th ranked passing offense in NCAA Division II football
Developed all run and pass blocking schemes in accordance with offensive
coordinator’s philosophy Offense involved a wide-open passing attack geared to
four and five wide receivers
Teacher / Varsity Offensive Line Coach / Freshman Basketball Coach (1991 – 1992)
South Houston High School (5A level Competition)
Pasadena, Texas
Health Teacher
Physical Education Teacher
Varsity Offensive Coordinator
Varsity Offensive Line Coach
Implemented Playbook and Philosophies
Teacher / Varsity Head Football Coach (1989-1991)
St. Bernard High School
(California class 3 A Level)
Playa Del Rey, California
Head Football Coach / Offensive Line Coach
Responsible for organizing and maintaining all phases of the Varsity, Jr. Varsity
and freshman football programs
Responsible for hiring all football coaches
Installed both the offense and defensive philosophies
Responsible for fund raising activities and managing football budget presented by
the school
Responsible for the new construction of weight room
CIF Football Play-off qualifier in 1989
Physical Education Instructor / Defensive Line Coach ( 1986 – 1989 )
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, California
Physical Education Instructor
Courses Instructed – Softball, Tennis, Personal Fitness, and Theory Of Football
Number 9th ranked team nationally at the NCAA Division II level.
Responsible for defensive down four linemen.
Developed several defensive linemen who moved on into the NFL and Arena
league football.
Recruiting Coordinator
Identified and organized the recruiting of student athletes which meet the NCAA
requirements for the entrance into California State University, Northridge.
Organized coaching staff recruiting territories at the Jr. College and high school
levels for California.
Film / Video Exchange Coach
Established video exchange schedules – established video film budget, established
exchange contracts with conference and non-conference schools.
Professional Organizations
Texas High School Coaches Association (32193)
Article Publications
“Offensive Line Blocking Structure For Inside Zone Running Game”
Texas Coach, December 1999 edition
“Having The Option To Option”
Texas Coach, October 1998 edition.
“Quick Draw Punch and Run”
“Evolution Of The Offensive Line”
Thesis copyrighted May 1993.
National Book and Manual Publications
“Installation of The Complete Option Game”
Published and copyrighted August 2000
“Installation of The Ultimate Passing Game”
Published and copyrighted September 2000
“Installation of The Ultimate Running Game”
Published and copyrighted September 2000
“Installation of The Single Wing Offense”
Published and copyrighted January 2000
“101 Defensive Line Drills”
Published and copyrighted July 1999
“101 Offensive Line Drills”
Published and copyrighted June 1999
“Installing The Multiple 40 Defense”
Published and copyrighted May 1999
“Installing The 5 – 2 Defense”
Published and copyrighted 1996
“The Complete Drills Manual”
Published and copyrighted August 1998
“Installing The One Back Offense”
Published and copyrighted 1998
“Installing The “I” Back Offense”
Published and copyrighted January 1999
“Installing The 3 – 4 Defense”
Published and copyrighted 1994
“Installation of The Kicking Game”
Published and copyrighted June 1995
“Offensive Line Play, The Next Generation”
Published and copyrighted January 1998
“Defensive Line Drills and Techniques”
Published and copyrighted September 1998
“Linebacker Drills and Techniques”
Published and copyrighted December 1997
“Secondary Drills and Techniques”
Published and copyrighted June 1995
“The Evolution of Offensive Line Play 1610 to 1999”
Published and copyrighted June 1999
Instructional Football Coaching Video Publications
“Installing The Inside Veer”
Published and copyrighted January 2002
“Installing The Load, Lead, and Speed Options”
Published and copyrighted January 2002
“Option On Me”
Published and copyrighted January 2002
“Installing The Midline Option”
Published and copyrighted January 2002
“The “I” Back Offense: Running Plays”
Championship Books and Videos June 2002
“The “I” Back Offense: The Overview”
Championship Books and Videos June 2002
“The “I” Back Offense: Installing The Option”
Championship Books and Videos June 2002
“The “I” Back Offense: Pass Protection Principles
Championship Books and Videos June 2002
“Confusing Offenses With The Multiple 5 – 2 Defense”
Championship Books and Videos
National Clinic Speaker and National Football Camp Instructor
Cajun Football Clinic Speaker – June 4, 1993 Layfette, La.
Topic: “Evolution Of Offensive Line Play”
Coastal Bend Area Coaches Clinic Speaker – January 19, 1996 Corpus Christi, Texas
Topic: “Specifics of Coaching Offensive Linemen”
ASC Full Contact Football Camp – June 2 thru 7 1996 St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas
Coordinated camp offense for ages 14 thru 18
Gulf Coast Area Football Clinic (Speaker) – July 11, 1996 Pasadena, Texas
Topic: “Offensive Line Play – Inside and Outside Zone Blocking Schemes”
Pro Try-Out Camp Shippensburg University – July 18 thru 22, 1996 Shippensburg, PA
Offensive line coach – Worked out offensive linemen for pro scout evaluations
ASC Full Contact Football Camp – June 1 thru 6 1997 St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas
Coordinated camp offense for ages 14 thru 18
Pro Try Out Camp Shippensburg University – June 16 thru 21 1997 Shippensburg, PA
Offensive line coach – Worked out offensive linemen for pro scout evaluations
City of Palms Coaches Clinic (Speaker) – January 9, 1997 McAllen, Texas
Topics: “3 and 5 Step Pass Protections For 4 and 5 Receiver Routes”
Coastal Bend Coaches Clinic (Speaker) – January 17, 1997 Corpus Christi, Texas
Topics: “3 and 5 Step Pass Protections For 4 and 5 Receiver Routes”
Bill Ryne Football Clinic (Speaker) – February 14, 1997 San Antonio, Texas
Topics: “Pass Protection Drills and Techniques”
Corpus Christi Coaches Convention (Speaker) – June 11, 1997 Corpus Christi, Texas
Topic: “Installing The Midline Option”
Coastal Bend Coaches Clinic (Speaker) – January 16, 1998 Corpus Christi, Texas
Topic: “Controlling Defenses Using The Option Game”
City of Palms Coaches Clinic (Speaker) – January 23, 1998 McAllen, Texas
Topic: “Make Your opponent Defense you From The Inside Out Using Midline Option”
Elsik High School Coaches Clinic (Speaker) – February 17, 1998, Houston, Texas
Topic: “Installing The “I” Back Offense”
ASC Full Contact Camp Instructor –June 6 thru 12, 1998 St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas
Coordinated Camp offense for ages 14 thru 18
ASC Full Contact Football Camp Instructor – June 6 thru 12, 1999 San Marcos, Texas
Coordinated camp offense for ages 14 thru 18
ASC Pro Contact Football Camp Instructor – June 19 thru 25, 1999 Atlanta, Georgia
Worked out offensive linemen for free agency try-out
ASC Full Contact Football Camp Instructor – July 11 thru 16, 1999 Redlands, California
Coordinated camp offense for ages 14 thru 18
Mega Clinic Speaker – February 4, 2000 Chicago, Illinois
Topics: “Inside and Outside Zone Blocking”, Using The Option Game To Control The Box”
“How To Read The Defensive Box and Call Best Play”
Mega Clinic Speaker – February 24, 2000 Toledo, Ohio
Topics: “Inside and Outside Zone Blocking”, “Using The Option Game To Control The Box”, How To
Call Best option At The LOS”
Mega Clinic Speaker – March 10, 2000 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Topics: “Inside and Outside Zone Blocking”, “Using The Option Game To Control The Box”, “How To
Read The Box and Call Best Play”
Jerry Campbell Option Clinic – May 18, 2000 Columbus High School, Bronx, New York
Instructional clinic featuring the installation of the option game for New York and New Jersey Coaches
Whataburger Cactus Bowl Coach – January 6 thru 11, 2002 Kingsville, Texas
NCAA Division II All-Star Game
Help coach and Coordinate Defense for East all-star team
Adidas Las Vegas Football Clinic Speaker – February 14, 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada
Topics: “How To Install The Option Game” “Pass Protections Made Simple”
Frank Glazier Clinic Speaker – February 16-17, 2002 Chicago, Illinois
Topic: “Installing The Inside and Outside Zone Running Game”, “How To Install The Multiple 5-2
Defense”, “How To Install The Multiple 40 Defense”
Mega Clinic Speaker – February 22, 2002 Baltimore, Maryland
Topics: “Option Offensive Procedures”, “Installing The Multiple 40 Defense”, “Installing The Midline,
Inside Veer, and Load Options”
Mega Clinic Speaker – February 28, 2002 Toledo, Ohio
Topics: “Option Offensive Procedures”, “How To Call Best Option”, “How To Install The Multiple 50
Frank Glazier Clinic Speaker – March 2, 2002 Irvine, California
Topic: “How To Install The Midline, Inside Veer, Load and Speed options” “How To Set Pass Protections
For 3, 5 Step and Sprint out Protections”
Jerry Campbell 2nd Annual Option Clinic – May 18, 2002 Bronx, New York
Topic: “How To Install A Successful Option Attack”
University Of Texas Football Campbell – June 3-5, 2002 Austin, Texas
Assisted in Offensive Line Ages 15 thru 18
Jerry Campbell Football Clinic – June 13 – 15, 2002 Red Bluff, California
Conducted 3 Day Football Camp For Ages 8 through 18, Mercy High School
Jerry Campbell Football Camp – June 17 thru 19, 2002 Victorville, California
Conducted 3-Day Football Camp For Ages 14 through 18 Silverado High School
NCAA Division II All-Star Game – Cactus Bowl January 4 thru 10, 2003 Kingsville, Texas
Coach of East Team Defense
Mega Clinic Speaker – February 7 – 9, 2003 Burlington, Mass.
Topics: “How To Install Run Blocking Schemes and Rules”, “How To Set 3 and 5 Step Pass Protections”
“How To Install Multiple 40 and 50 Defenses”, “How To Install Inside Veer, midline, and Load Options”
“How To Install One, Two and Three back Options”
USA Coaches Clinic Speaker – February 13 thru 15, 2003 Las Vegas, Nevada
Topics: “How To Install The Option Game”, “How To Install The Multiple 40 and 50 defenses”
“How To Install Pass Protections For 3, 5 Step, Sprint-out, and Play Action Passing Game”.
USA Coaches Clinics Speaker – February 19, 20, 2003 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Topics: “How To Install The Option Game”, “How To Install The Multiple 40 and 50 defenses”
Frank Glazier Clinic Speaker – February 28, 2003 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Topics: “How To Install The Option Game”, “How To Install 1, 2, and 3 Back Offenses”
“How To Install The Multiple 40 and 50 Defenses”.
Mega Clinic Speaker – March 7, 2003 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Topics: “How To Install The Option Game”, “How To Install 1, 2, and 3 Back Offense”.
Frank Glazier Clinic Speaker – March 28, 2003 South Bend, Indiana
Topics: “How To Install The Option Game”, “How To Install 1, 2, and 3 Back Offense”,
“How To Install The Multiple 40 and 50 Defenses”
Mike Spradlin
Assistant Football Coach
University of Houston
Football Office
3100 Cullen Blvd. Room 2011
Houston, Texas 78750
Ron Harms
Alumni Coordinator
Texas A&M Univ., Kingsville
MSC 173
Kingsville, Texas 78663-8202
Lyle Lansdell
Head Football Coach
Calvary Chapel
23232 Peralta Drive
Suite 210
Laguna Hills, Ca. 92653
Richard Cundiff
Head Football Coach
Texas A&M University, Kingsville
Athletic Department
Kingsville, Texas 78663
Mac McWhorter
The University Of Texas
Assistant Football Coach
P.O. Box 7399
Austin, Texas 78713-7399
Chris Coughlin
Frank Glazier Clinics
595 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Table of Contents
Memorial “Vipers” Commitment To Excellence
Memorial “Vipers” Football Mission Statement
Vision For The Memorial Football Program
Educational and Coaching Philosophies – Academics
Educational Philosophy
Balancing Academics and Athletics: What is Truly Important
Program Organization
What a Head Coach Should Expect From His Coaches
The Lombardi Rules
What You Can Expect From The Head Coach
What You Should Expect From Our Coaches
Football Staff Hours
An Approach To Successful Coaching
Approach To Establish Your Football Drills For Both In-Season and Off-Season
Practice And Drill Development Considerations
Approach To Practice Sessions The 150% Factor
Developing Our Intermediate Programs
Expectations From Our Coaching Staff
What Constitutes a Good Coach
General Coaching Axioms
Staff Relationships
Staff responsibilities and Duties
Staff meetings
Theme Of The Week
Commitment Coaches
Weekly Preparations
Half Time Organization
Goal Setting With Our Athletes and Families
Dealing With Parents
Offense, Defense, and Kicking Game Philosophies
Memorial “Vipers” Commitment To Excellence
“One Heart Beat”
Creates Excellence
“Where We Go One, We Go All”
Excellence is never an accident. It is achieved in a “Team” only as a result
of an unrelenting and vigorous insistence on the highest standards of
performance. It requires an unswerving expectancy of quality from the
coaches and players.
Excellence is contagious. It infects and affects everyone on the team. It
charts the direction of the program. It establishes the criteria for planning.
It provides zest and vitality to the team. Once achieved, excellence has a
talent for permeating every aspect of the life of the team.
Excellence demands commitment and a tenacious dedication from the
leadership of the team. Once it is accepted and expected, it must be
nourished and continually reviewed and renewed. It is never ending process
of striving and searching. It requires a spirit of mission and boundless
energy. It is always the result of a creatively conceived and precisely
planned effort.
Excellence inspires. It electrifies. It empowers every phase of the
organization’s life. It unleashes an impact, which influences every program,
every activity, every player, and every coach. To instill it in an organization
is difficult: to sustain it, even more so. It demands adaptability, imagination
and vigor. But most of all, it requires from the leadership of the “Team” a
constant state of self-discovery and discipline.
Excellence must be our “Teams” lifeline. It energizes a stimulating and
pulsating force (One Heart Beat). Excellence as an athlete is important….
Because it is everything.
“Memorial Vipers” Football Mission Statement
To build confidence and self-esteem and a feeling of contribution within each player
Give every player a feeling of importance and unified in purpose
Encourage open and honest communication between staff and players
Focus on solutions rather than problems
Respect dignity and faith of each person in our football program
Commitment to team unity and strong leadership, trust each other
Create an environment for innovation and growth
Must believe each and everyone will overachieve, if even the opportunity
Above all else, our student athletes will be athletes of character
Vision For The Memorial “Viper’s” Football Program
“To make sure that the football program will be respected as one of the best football
programs in the state”
“Where we go one, we go all.”
Educational, and Coaching Philosophies
One thing can be said: “You can take football from me, but you can never take my
education away”.
The talk of getting an education will always take precedence over athletics. I believe that
athletics and academics can and should work hand in hand. There is no reason that we
should not strive to be champions in the classroom, as well as champions on the playing
field. Discipline in the classroom means discipline on the playing field.
In order to ensure that our student athletes understand our belief in academics, we will
adhere to the following policies:
1. Academics shall and will be made a priority, discipline and winning starts in the
classroom. As the head coach I will make this evident to players and coaching
staff. The coaching staff will assume responsibility of motivating their respective
players and monitoring their success, as an example making use of 3-week
progress reports.
2. We will continually monitor the academic progress of our athletes to ensure that
they are striving for the best possible education that they can get presently but
also in the future.
3. We will work in conjunction with the school faculty and administration to provide
study hall, tutoring and an open line of communication with parents and all those
directly and indirectly involved with the football program..
It is very important to see athletics as a part of the total educational program. It should
both compliment and contribute to the overall educational process. For many students it
is the most effective climate for learning the invaluable lessons of personal integrity,
determination, self-confidence, and proper mental attitude. Individual and group
responsibilities along with the desire to achieve high goals should be basic objectives of
any sound educational system.
The following credo on success was obtained sometime ago from Texas A&M University
and has always remained with me and I feel it applies to our everyday existence. Success
must come from communication, support and a pro-active approach for interaction
between teacher and student.
I often wonder what brings one, more success in life and what it is that brings mediocrity
or failure to his brother. Their difference cannot be in mental capacity; there is not the
difference in our mentalities indicated by the difference in performance. In short, I have
reached the conclusion that some men succeed because they cheerfully pay the Price of
Success, and others, though they claim ambition and a desire to succeed, are unwilling to
pay the price.
What is the price of success? It is simply…
To use all of your courage to force yourself to concentrate on the problem at hand, to
think of it deeply and constantly, to study it from all angles, and to plan.
To have a high and sustained determination to put over what you plan to accomplish, not
if circumstances be favorable to its accomplishment, but in spite of all adverse
circumstances that may arise… and nothing worthwhile has ever been accomplished
without some obstacles to overcome.
To refuse to believe that there are any circumstances sufficiently strong to defeat you in
the accomplishment of your purpose.
Hard?? I should say so! That’s why so many men never attempt to acquire success they
answer the siren call of the rut, and remain on the beaten paths for beaten men. Nothing
worthwhile has ever been achieved without constant endeavor, some pain, and constant
application of the last ambition. That’s the Price of Success as I see it.
I believe every man should ask himself; am I willing to endure the pain of this struggle
for the comforts and the rewards and the glory that go with achievement? Or shall I
accept the uneasy and inadequate contentment that comes with mediocrity? Am I willing
to pay the Price of Success?
Credo of Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas
Educational Philosophy
In answering the question “What will I do, as a teacher, to help my secondary students
better cope with their life experiences, now and in the future,” it becomes important to
understand the many dimensions of the secondary school teacher in today’s public and
private school environment. As a public or private school teacher, the primary role will
be to serve as facilitator of individual and group learning. This will be accomplished
through the application of many different teaching techniques and methods if
instructional delivery. The students with the concept of relevance driving this active
learning process will base the focus for this approach primarily on the emphasis of active
To support the active learning process, the socialization of the students to the academic
environment will additionally require that the teacher assume a very important leadership
position in both daily behavior / conduct and professional classroom presentation. This
leadership modeling by example includes consistency and professionalism regarding the
day – to – day conduct of teaching duties within the private and public school
environment while actively motivating students to become responsible to themselves,
their environment, their future, and their communities future. This motivation within the
secondary school academic environment will occur if the student sees tangible relevance
of the content and skills to be mastered as related to his or her immediate present and
future situation. In the area of physical education and health, the concept of relevance is
of greater significance within the school curriculum due to its direct application to the
individual student’s development of life-long personal mental and physical health and
well-being. The secondary physical education and health curriculum insures that public
school students enjoy positive societal interpersonal relationships while gaining personalself esteem and self worth.
The first area of concern for a public school teacher attempting to provide relevance to
his or her students within a given teaching field involves providing the opportunity for
the student to have self-realization and personal recognition of the uniqueness and
individualism possessed by that individual student.
The teacher, as a facilitator, must guide the student through the process of selfunderstanding and self-acceptance. This can be achieved using a variety of teaching
strategies and methods. One strategy that has found widespread success is the T.E.S.A.
(Teacher Expectation Student Achievement) program. This program requires that the
teacher utilize fifteen elements to insure student recognition while fostering positive
expectations from the student in the academic environment. These fifteen elements
within teaching strategy are:
Equitable distribution of attention for all students;
Affirmation and correction of student performance;
Proximity of the teacher to the student and learning activity;
Individual help to those who need it;
Praise of performance by the student;
Courtesy and consistency of the teacher;
Latency or allowing the time for learning or mastery to occur;
Justifying praise and positive reinforcement;
Taking a personal interest in the true welfare of the student;
Delving into the student academically to solicit relevance;
Teacher listening skills to insure accurate information;
Appropriate and professional physical contact with students;
Higher level questioning and higher expectation of performance;
Accepting feelings and non-judgmental empathy of the student;
The ability to desist and effectively stop inappropriate student behavior;
The mastery of these elements of the T.E.S.A. program will enable a public or private
school teacher to insure a positive classroom management environment that will allow
students the opportunity to achieve high subject area mastery. It is through this positive
classroom management, consistent high expectation of student performance and subject
area expertise that the secondary and private school teacher will apply the concepts of
relevance and student self – realization and personal recognition. Once this has occurred,
then the student will have a truly “personal” or vested interest in his or her own
development as an important element in his or her own society.
A public or private school teacher must also understand his role as a public servant within
the public educational system. This will require that the teacher be accountable to his or
her administrative and academic environment as well as the local / regional and state
community that employs him or her. By providing for each and every student
contribution to the learning environment while insuring effective positive feedback, the
teacher can provide each student with the opportunity for success. Varied instructional
methods and communication channels will enable a balanced approach to be most
effective. Included in this would be the necessary partnership between the teacher,
parents and the community art large. The use of all of the available traditional and nontraditional learning tools will give the teacher the necessary means to implement
innovative instruction. An example of this would be the availability and use of
appropriate multi-media resources such as information-age computer and satellite
communication technology. The concepts of relevance and self-realization within the
learning environment can be accomplished through the proper application and use of
these information-age technologies in support of traditional learning tools. Only through
a teamwork approach can the public school educator maximize his or her capacity to
bring about students success. Positive interaction of the public school educator with all
of the members of the academic and school support environment will enable the “team”
of educational professionals to positively impact all of the students of the campus
Teacher mastery of specific subject area teaching strategies will provide the structure to
the teaching method. Through the application of clear objectives that are both
challenging and attainable for the student, the teacher will insure student success while
increasing self-realization. This will also guarantee the cultivation of student curiosity
while aligning an invigorating and stimulating subject area curriculum to the traditional
teaching environment. Throughout this process, the teacher must emphasize an approach
that searches for ways to express true care for the student as an individual while
projecting a positive, exciting and enthusiastically motivated personal style and
classroom / school environment. Sincerity and genuiness are critical aspects for the
teacher to project within the day-to-day application of specific subject area teaching
Through the application of the concepts of relevance and student self-realization, the
teacher will become the true facilitator for individual student learning. By developing
self-esteem and personal recognition within the student, the teacher insures that the
student moves from extrinsic motivation for behavior to an intrinsic values system that
promotes individualized personal improvement. Only through active student
participation in the learning process can the teacher “bring” a student, of his or her own
volition, to the point of intrinsic motivation. In this philosophy, the teacher becomes
secondary to the student. The obsolete traditional learning and instructional strategies
will always lead to student alienation from the learning process and guarantee student
apathy to the personal acquisition of knowledge-this for both tangible and intangible
rewards. The key question remains, “What will I do, as a teacher, to help my secondary
school students better cope with their life experiences, now and in the future?” The
answer to this question lies in my ability, as the facilitator, to assist the student in gaining
the proper personal motivation to better cope with their life experiences and become
motivated life long learners while valuing personal mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Balancing Academics and Athletics: What Is Truly Important
As the head football coach, extra-curricular athletics must always be viewed as a
supportive activity to the primary mission of any educational institution. The primary
mission of any educational institution must be academic and personal development of its
students. In public education, the integrity of the academic mission can never be
compromised, the future of our students and out society as a whole demands that the
molding of the intellectual capacity of all students and is central to personal student
success. The role of extra-curricular athletics involves providing opportunities for
extended character development through structured athletic competition.
This philosophy is supported by a study conducted by the University of Washington.
This study projected the likelihood of a high school varsity athlete receiving an athletic
scholarship to a higher educational institution and later moving on to the professional
ranks. This study illustrated the following statistics.
1. 59% of all high school varsity football and basketball players have the belief that
they will receive a college scholarship upon graduation.
2. In actuality, 98 out of 100 varsity high school athletes involved in all sports will
never play in the college ranks.
3. Also, only 1 out of 12,000 college student athletes will ever have the opportunity
to become a professional athlete in any sport.
4. For the sport of football only 1 in every 5,200 college players will have the
opportunity to become a professional in their sport.
5. At present, 67% of all players in the National Football League (NFL) do not
possess a college degree.
6. Currently the average playing career in the NFL last only 3.5 years.
The message from these results are clear. The academic mission is of greatest
importance to all students regardless of their god given athletic talents and playing field
accomplishments. Additionally, of all “Top 10” ranked academic students at the high
school level, 98% of both boys and girls are involved in 2 or more extra-curricular school
activities, annually this points to the importance of extra-curricular activities being in
support of positive academic success.
From a personal perspective, and having served over 3,000 student athletes at both the
college and secondary level, I can honestly say that we as coaches need to be committed
to the academic success of our student athletes and feel fortunate to have the opportunity
to work with them. Whether it be team study halls, peer tutoring, academic release time
from practice and competition, the future success of the individual student-athlete and the
team rests with the academic integrity of the program.
To quote one of my former coaches who inspired me to go to graduate school:
“When you are 40 years old it will not matter how many yards you’ve gained or passes
completed. What will matter is what you can provide for yourself, your family and your
community as a productive member of society.”
Program Organization
Coaching Philosophy For Developing A Successful Football Program:
I believe, irrespective of the time element involved, an athletic program has little chance
of succeeding unless the following “Musts” are adhered to:
1. As a head football coach we must have a definite plan in which we believe in,
with no compromise on our part.
2. The head football coach must have the cooperation and support of the
administration, who must believe in the head coach, his staff, and his plan.
3. The coach must be mentally tough and dedicated to football but at the same time
understand the feelings of others.
4. If applicable the head coach must be able to select and coordinate coaches at the
intermediate levels such as the freshman and Jr. Varsity programs and see that the
head coach at each level adheres to the philosophy of the varsity head coach. The
future of any program lies in the success of the lower level programs.
“Winning Breeds Winning” at any level.
5. The head coach must organize the football program to operate at maximum
What A Head Coach Should Expect From His Coaches
To be the very best classroom teacher and on the field coach that you can be.
Never use profanity and never allow our players to.
Never use tobacco around school at anytime.
Don’t worry about what your fellow coaches are doing. Just do your job and do it well.
Don’t keep score.
To be on time for all staff meetings and practices.
To be a positive role model.
To sell and defend the program.
To do everything you can do to develop a winning attitude.
To study and work hard to make yourself a great coach. Educational growth is a must for
any coach in order to maintain, sustain and develop new innovative ways of coaching,
new teaching techniques, and better ways to improve teaching.
To be professional in attitude, responses, work and personal appearance.
Never involve your spouse in the coaching situation in a negative manner.
To be sincerely interested in the success of our players and other members of the
coaching staff.
Never give up on a player. He can always change and likely will if given the chance by
To be positive and never doubt that we will be successful.
To be loyal.
To be creative and have the ability to think on your own and apply gained knowledge of
the game.
To be on the same page with each other when taking the practice or game field. Never
take your disagreements to practice.
Don’t get complacent as the season goes on. Don’t let the little things slide in the
discipline of our players. These will lead to bad habits.
Have a plan for everything. Be organized.
Do not choose favorites. Work with every player on the squad.
Always be optimistic. The glass is half full.
The Lombardi Rules
Teaching, Coaching, and Learning
Be Authentic
Act your integrity. Be predictable. Make amends when you foul up.
Earn Trust Through Investment
Use your authority to build the organization’s trust in you.
Use Your Mission
Define the goal. Pursue the goal.
Create A Shared Vision
“We can do better” is a good place to start.
Align Your Values
Bring exposed values into congruence with practices
Know Your Stuff
When the time comes, show that you know it.
Generate Confidence
Set the stage psychologically, and give people the tools they need.
Chase Perfection
Settle for excellence along the way.
Live What You Teach
And live what you coach. Sell what you teach and coach.
Strike The Balance
Be as close as you can be-and as far away as you have to be.
Build Team Spirit
This means common goals, complementary skills and mutual respect and accountability.
Be Proud To Be Humble
Strike the balance. Flex your ego, but share the credit.
What You Can Expect From The Head Coach
To be accountable for all actions.
To deal with all situations with honor and integrity.
To run an organized program so that we will be able to function efficiently.
To maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to work.
To listen to your suggestions.
To give you responsibility and authority.
To work and provide leadership to win.
To treat you like a man with dignity and respect.
To be totally concerned about you and your family, regardless of what problems confront
To be very loyal to you and do everything a head coach can do to help you grow
To sell you to our players, the community and other coaches.
To let you coach on the field within your personality.
To let you know privately when you have been derelict of duties.
What You Should Expect From Our Athletes
To give their very best effort towards receiving a quality education.
Do right.
Always give their best effort for the team, teammates, and themselves.
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
To be prompt.
To hustle, give the best effort possible.
To know their assignments, be students of the game.
Abide by team and school rules.
Sacrifice for the team, each individual is only as good as the team.
Be the best person that they can be, be a role model for others.
To play with Character – “Play as well as you can for as long as you can.”
To play with Pride – “Know that you won’t quit when it gets tough.”
To be Mentally Tough – “Accept discomfort and live with it.”
Football Staff Office Hours
The basic rule is to work long enough, to get the job done. Should not get caught up in
busy work, coaches need time to themselves during the season and off-season. A coach
needs to be flexible, but understand that this is not an 8 to 5 job, but a profession. Do
what it takes to get the job down; don’t shortchange the other coaches and or our players.
An Approach To Successful Coaching
When taking the field know where you belong, be waiting for your players.
Utilize time before and after practice. As a rule of thumb I use the “15 minute rule” if I
arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time then I’m on time; if I arrive 10
minutes early I’m 5 minutes late; if I arrive 5 minutes early then I’m 10 minutes late; and
if I arrive on the scheduled time then my players are waiting for me.
Have something to say after each effort. Remember, this is coaching and “don’t coach
out of frustration.” Don’t just tell an athlete what he is doing wrong, show him how to
correct it; this builds credibility.
Stay alert for players with injuries or heat problems. Refer to trainer.
Strive to make your group the best on the field, take pride in your work.
Do not experiment with drills during practice, have your work thought out, and make sure
it fits the scheme.
Never lose your poise or confidence, coach those things that you know how to fix.
As a position coach expect to be talked to if something avoidable goes wrong.
Our practices must be organized; talk in meetings not on the field, repetition is the most
important key, repetition instills learning. Don’t hold clinics on the field.
Players must perform on the practice field with extreme quickness, hustle is the key
Pay strict attention to the scheduled time segments.
Don’t relax during any segment. All segments are very important, or they would not be
Breed confidence into your team.
Gain the respect from your players, don’t demand respect, you must earn it.
Coach our players all year long, “talk football”. Encourage them to “hang around”, to
work on a position specialty skill, and to work in the weight room.
Talk the importance of classroom demeanor, doing well in class, staying current on all
classroom assignments and homework.
If you get tired pray for strength, because as a staff we are only as strong as our weakest
Approach To Establishing Your Football Drills Both
In-season and Off-season
“A good coach makes better players out of border line athletes and often makes good
players out of mediocre ones. A good coach emphasizes their abilities – enables them to
make the most of the latent talents – gives them the best chance for success by putting the
right player in the right place.”
Robert Zuppke
As a coach we make our greatest contribution in the construction, planning and
administering of drills. More important than what system of offense and defense we run,
its how we teach our style of football.
We must be very selective in the drills that we use. They should:
Cover considerable ground in a short period of time.
Be well planned and administered.
Be known by name to the players so that they do not require re-explanation
after the first two or three times the drill has been run.
Most drills should have a secondary movement. Almost all actions in football are based
on carrying out a secondary movement, after an initial one.
Do not make drills too elaborate; keep them short, snappy, crisp, and positive.
The preparation for drills must be made in full detail before hitting the practice field. The
coach conducting the drill should see that his drills are prepared in advance, including
any necessary teaching aids, such as balls, cones, practice bags, etc. Be certain managers
are informed in advance of what equipment is needed, and if we have no managers, then
you as the coach conducting the drill must get to practice early to have your stations set
and ready to go.
Basically There Are Five Types Of Drills:
1. Fundamental Drills – these are to teach all the skills of tackling, blocking, stance,
2. Reaction Drills – primarily for developing quickness, balance, and agility. These
should be included briefly in almost every practice.
3. Conditioning Drills – once the season has begun these will be almost entirely
running drills.
4. Toughening Drills – the primary purpose here is to develop and encourage the
desire and ability to utilize the physical contact aspect of the game of football.
These drills should be used only to the extent so as not to dull the desire for
further contact.
5. Fun Drills – used to lighten the practice load late in the season or as a morale
How To Win Football Games:
Don’t get out worked.
Don’t get out hit.
Don’t get out hustled.
Eliminate the turnover.
Eliminate the long run and long pass.
Eliminate missed assignments.
Eliminate foolish penalties.
Have a great kicking game.
Win the battles on the goal line.
Always believe that it can get done.
Make half time adjustments.
Morale is the catalyst that turns offense, defense, kicking game and goal line into victory.
It is not something you can buy; it is something that comes from enjoying success,
success breed’s success. There must be a need on a player’s part to desire success and
wish to work for it. This is where coaches play an important role in determining whether
pride will grow and flourish.
Practice And Drill Development Considerations
The following information is basic practice and drill development considerations each
coach should remember when installing and developing his position players and for
developing general points for establishing a practice plan.
1. Give each player a chance to succeed and be positive. We’re only as good as the
last guy; so how good will that player be? How important will you make him
2. Push players to their full maximum efforts.
3. Make your “Drill Atmosphere” full speed.
4. Teach at the top position skill level, don’t coach down.
5. Correct all techniques and assignment and assignment errors “Immediately.”
6. Maintain positive discipline – control action – stress execution.
7. Teach high percentage repetitions with low percentage group discussion, develop
position skills.
8. Skills are perfected by “Repetition” – move players fast through drills.
9. Begin new practice segments as fast as possible – predict effort.
10. We as coaches must continuously teach blocking and tackling, proper pursuit and
contain. Emphasis first key reactions.
11. Teach the easiest way to complete the assignment – learn from repetition.
12. As a position coach stress basic skill techniques, the game is secondary.
13. Instill a practice work ethic – force your players to “Practice Hard.”
14. Be persistent in demanding that techniques are performed correctly.
15. Coach at near game like player reaction.
16. Plan and only use position drills that relate to specific position assignments.
17. End practice segments on the whistle – start new drill as soon as possible.
18. Always bring practice schedule with you to practice.
19. When working with other groups (example OL vs. DL) get your group ready
quickly – do not wait for the other group – reps most important thing.
20. Be sure to set your equipment up prior to practice this helps from wasting time.
21. Recognize fatigue and be ready to adjust your drills.
22. The most important point to remember is; your coaching image can change the
football life of your position players.
Approach To Practice Sessions
Nothing is more important to success than the time we spend on the practice field. The
important thing is how we utilize this time. The time we spend preparing for practice is
as important as the actual time you spend on the field. The only way we can determine
whether our practices are organized or not is by what we accomplish on the field during
our allotted time. We’ll win during the week on the practice field, in other words we’ll
play like we practice. “Must Practice Like Champions.”
During two-a-day practices, we must get our team fundamentally sound. We must
attempt to prepare our self’s to play a game the week prior to the opening season.
Compile a “must list” and make certain every situation is covered on it. Conduct a game
like scrimmage and do not conclude it until every situation that might arise during the
season is covered.
Practice Philosophy and Guidelines For Coaches
The 150% Factor
Utilization of practice time is of utmost importance. We must have practice segments
organized to the minute. Each segment should last approximately 5 minutes but not
longer than 10 minutes in duration. Each segment should be coached to its fullest
potential and once the period is over then you must proceed to the next period, no
exceptions. By sticking to this routine, it forces us to coach hard and to near game like
Coaches are to get as much “talking” done as possible before going onto the field. We
do not want to slow down the tempo of practice. Enthusiasm is a vital role in a good
practice. By standing around and “talking” to our players will sometimes slow down
their intensity. Players need to know that when they step onto the grass they must be a
150% player as well as the coach being a 150% coach to his players. Our practices
should be sharp, enthusiastic, with lots of hustle. This can only be possible if we have
“A Unified Coaching Staff” demanding the same style of play. Be Positive … Coach up
and make our players the best that they can be, each player should be made to feel
important to the overall success of the program.
As a staff we must stress to your players the importance of a great work ethic. If your
opponent runs 10 – 100 yard sprints then we must run 12. It is my belief that if we are
going to change the attitude of our players then we must change the attitude for what it
takes to win. The little Things Make The Difference, Never Compromise Your Beliefs,
and The Way You Practice, Is The Way You Will Play On Game day. If we are to win
on Friday night, then we must prepare Monday through Thursday as players; and Monday
through Sunday as coaches. We must want to practice the basic fundamentals of football
everyday. You must want to be fundamentally sound, physically and mentally tough.
Developing Our Intermediate and Lower Level
Lower Level Teams: The backbone of our program. We will want to spend the majority
of our time working on the fundamentals of football and the basic program core elements
of play. As coaches we will want to teach technique, toughness and discipline. Prepare
them to be varsity players. This means keep them in the program, keep them out for
football, Keep them eligible firm but fair (keep the game fun).
The lower level program, which includes the freshman and Jr. Varsity programs if
applicable, should expect the following from the Head Coach as well as all those
involved in the football program at Victoria Memorial High School.
Workout suggestions for off-season training including lifting routines.
Offensive and Defensive drills that fit the philosophy of the varsity program.
Techniques for specific positions.
Complete playbooks with installation procedures for offense, defense, and
kicking game.
Program rules and regulations.
Any literature that might helps promote educational growth and knowledge of
the game of football.
Standing invitation to all in house clinics.
Study hall suggestions for those students needing assistance.
Attendance at Intermediate school pep rally’s, etc.
Expectations From Our Coaching Staff At Memorial
Coaches are expected to be dressed and in the locker room before players
Get drills ready – cones, dummies, etc.
Work with every player that comes on the field. Don’t allow players to go
Be properly dressed; look professional, look like a coach.
Do not use foul language, grab or argue with a player, if he is unbearable,
send him to the head coach.
If you jump on a player hard verbally, be sure that before he leaves after
practice you have talked with him.
After practice make sure you go through the locker room and say something,
if not acknowledge each of your position players or any player you felt good
about that day.
Don’t allow anything to lie around the athletic area, which includes the locker
Don’t run off right after practice, pitch in there’s always something to do.
Don’t expect anything less than perfection in every aspect of the football
As a program we control our own destiny. Whether we win or lose should be
determined by us, not by your opponents. We must spend a great deal of time
with fundamentals. We must get better everyday by working very hard on
blocking and tackling. We should try and cover every situation that might
arise in a game and instill in your players the proper way to react with poise
and confidence.
One of the most important ingredients necessary to win is to associate our
self’s with coaches and players who love football and can’t live with losing.
If we have players who don’t like football, we will constantly find ourselves
compromising our beliefs in order to keep them from quitting.
It is the athlete’s responsibility to please the coach and not the coaches place
to please the players. Our job as coaches is to run a top-flight program that
will eventually lead to continued success. As coaches we have an obligation
to run a disciplined program that will be successful in the long run. To do
anything else is unfair to the athletes who want to win at Murrieta Vista.
We as coaches have an obligation to place our athletes in a first class
environment and to improve on our facilities each year.
In coaching, you at some point will be faced with adversity; you must be
prepared for it. Don’t sit and wallow in self-pity, face it head on.
I believe its better to have great coaches than great athletes. You can’t win
without athletes, but you can lose with them and this is where coaching
becomes a factor.
You shouldn’t care what a good coach is paid; it isn’t enough. Anything a
poor coach gets paid is too much.
Enthusiasm is nothing more than being positive. It is impossible to be
negative and be enthusiastic.
Everyone associated with the football program needs to feel that they are
important to the success of the program, which includes administrative staff,
parents, teachers, players, coaches and community.
Players like discipline. They do not like harassment. Discipline breeds
success. Harassment breeds contempt.
Championships are decided on the little things. Thus, meticulous attention
must be paid to the seemingly “Little” aspects of the program.
Simplicity should be one of the greatest guides in helping your selection when
it comes to the technical aspects of the game.
What Constitutes A Good Coach At Memorial
He has thorough knowledge of all fundamental techniques employed
concerning offense, defense, and kicking game.
A good coach makes a thorough preparation for carrying out his
responsibilities at each and every practice session, off-season and in season
event. He personally assumes the responsibility for preparing any necessary
charts and drill situations to accomplish smoothly and efficiently the teaching
expected of him on and off the field.
A good coach is constantly probing his own thinking in order to assure that
he is covering effectively all phases of the game for those players over whom
he has direct teaching responsibility. Check lists and related forms are
essential to carry this out.
A good coach comes to the practice field in a great frame of mind, which
indicates he really enjoys coaching. This means an attitude, which reflects
cheerfulness, and an attitude of patience toward the correction of mistakes
made by his players.
A good coach will constantly seek to improve his own teaching methods.
A good coach is willing to devote his time tirelessly to all phases of the
program, with the realization that winning football results when these items
are controlled. A coach realizes that to gain that extra amount of excellence,
much time and effort is required, but that herein lays the difference between
the champion and second best.
A good coach is willing to personally assume responsibility for thinking out
an assignment, and for creatively attacking problems in all phases of the
program. The average coach acts only on a direct assignment, waits for an
exact spelling out of the assignment and functions only to the extent that an
assignment is literally spelled out.
A good coach is intensely loyal, honest, and sincere.
Once again, the integrity of our coaching staff will be built around the following criteria.
Is he trustworthy?
Is he a dedicated coach?
Is he dependable?
Is he energetic?
Does he care deeply about the finished product?
Does he have a good sense of direction?
Does he have a good sense of humor?
General Coaching Axioms
Each and every coach in our program has an obligation to push his athletes in order to
achieve things they never thought possible. An athlete and or coach can become
whatever he thinks he can be, but he must be willing to pay the price with effort and
Not everyone can be a coach and or player. One must pay the price to be apart of a
successful football program. Any organization that is easy to be a member of generally
isn’t worth being apart of.
Dress For Success During The Season
And The Off - Season.
Dress neatly at all times, especially when meeting parents, administrators, attending
professional clinic (coaching school) etc. It’s my belief that this is where some programs
fall short, I know that not all programs can afford coaching attire but through fundraisers,
etc. this should be a priority. Two possible scenarios exist here, with one being that if
you can’t afford to pay what you consider adequate stipends then provide good coaching
attire make coaches feel good about whom they represent. Secondly, Look the part and
act the part of a professional coach. Assistant coaches usually will feel grateful and feel
as though they are important to the program and to the head coach.
Chain Of Command
One should not be impressed with the title of head coach, but grateful to have the
opportunity. Everyone on his staff should be made to feel that his voice and opinion
matters. However, someone has to have the final say. A head coach should take all
blame for lack of success, but willing to make the necessary changes to insure future
success. If the football program develops a problem and you, as the position coach can’t
solve it, bring it to the head coach and give him your recommendations for a positive
solution. A head coach should expect his assistants to look for problems before they
become big one’s, lets eliminate them, if possible.
Hard Work
While the head coach’s time is not more valuable than yours, neither is yours more
valuable then his. Be prompt in completing all your assigned duties and be prepared to
discuss duties performed. Be a self-starter and make a personal commitment to
excellence. Get the job done regardless of the hours involved. If you love your job, you
will never count the hours. Accept responsibilities, accept duties, make personal
sacrifices, improve your knowledge of football, and constantly strive to exhibit to your
players your commitment to the program and to them.
Be loyal to the school, administration, squad, head football coach, and fellow coaches.
This means you must openly and freely be able to discuss all differences of opinion in
regard to theory, ideas, and team policies in staff meetings only. You must be willing to
listen and change if the staff is going to be successful. You must defend and hold each
other up at all times. Never discuss anything but good qualities about the staff and the
program. Because loyalty is a two way street, it should be pointed out that if the head
coach is to be loyal to you, then you need to be loyal to him.
Our staff can’t be split between offense and defensive staffs. No-second guessing. It
must be understood that we will win together and or lose together. All disagreements and
problems should be handled in private. Don’t take your disagreements into the
community and or onto the field; parents and kids pick up on this fast.
Staff Relationships
There is only one Head Coach.
Be prompt for all meetings and practice sessions, follow the fifteen-minute
Techniques of offense and defense must conform to the head coach’s
The head coach should approve or reject all game plans.
The head coach should control the substitution of players if need be, but
should trust his assistant’s professional judgment in this matter.
Assistant coaches should be held accountable for their positions players and
coaching styles. Each coach should be held responsible for the offense,
defense, and kicking game; if you don’t understand something specific to your
position and duties ask. A staff is only as good as each other.
Staff Responsibilities and Duties
The following information will be used as a guide for determining our staff duties and
responsibilities. The examples provided below are geared to a full compliment of
coaches, but can be modified to fit our particular situation. Along with responsibilities
this section provides a typical weekly of in season work schedules for coaches.
Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line:
Offensive Coordinator, offensive line coach
Responsible for goals, direction, and techniques that the head coach expects
from the offense.
Responsible for offensive scouting report.
Breakdown opponent’s video.
Responsible for offensive playbook.
Assist in off-season coordination.
Assist with Special Teams.
Assist with study hall.
Recruiting Coordinator
Defensive Coordinator, Inside Linebackers:
Defensive Coordinator, Inside Linebackers.
Responsible for goals, direction, and techniques head coach expects from the
Responsible for defensive scouting report.
Breakdown opponent’s video.
Responsible for defensive playbook.
Off-season coordinator.
Power lifting.
Special Teams.
Organize and assist with supervision of study hall.
Varsity Special Teams Coordinator, Secondary Coach:
Special Teams Coordinator, secondary.
Responsible for goals, direction, technique that the head coach expects from
special teams.
Responsible for special teams scouting report, assist with defensive scouting
Breakdown opponent’s video.
Responsible for special teams playbook.
Assist in off-season football.
Varsity Outside Linebackers:
Outside linebackers (Sams and Rovers)
Assist defensive line coach with input of defensive data for tendencies.
Assist with defensive scouting report.
Breakdown opponent’s video.
Help call defense for JV teams.
Varsity Running Backs Coach
Coach Running Backs.
Assist with scouting reports, charts, boards, etc.
Breakdown opponent’s video.
Input defensive data for tendencies, scouting reports.
Call Offense for JV team.
Varsity Defensive Line Coach
Coach Defensive Line.
Assist with scouting report, charts, boards, etc.
Breakdown opponent’s video.
Input offensive data for tendencies, scouting reports.
Call defense for JV team.
Varsity Quarterbacks Coach
Quarterbacks Coach.
Responsible for quarterbacks notebook.
Help call offense for JV team.
Breakdown opponent’s video.
Input data for self-scouting and tendencies.
Assist with offensive scouting reports.
Varsity Receivers Coach
Coach Receivers.
Scout opponent’s secondary coverage’s.
Assist quarterbacks coach with JV offense.
Breakdown opponent’s defense, computer imput.
Help with self-scouting reports, boards.
Memorial Staff Meetings
It is always important to remind all coaches to be at scheduled meetings on time, if
there’s going to be a problem let someone know.
As a kick-off to each scheduled coaches meeting I will ask each coach on a rotating bases
to give a motivational message to the rest of the staff during the season. This should be a
time where each coach can share with the rest of the staff those things that might be on
his mind and should be keep in a positive light. Each presentation should be no longer
than 5 minutes in length. Head coach can set the order of presentations.
Theme Of The Week
I will suggest that we develop a theme of the week bulletin board; a possible location for
this board can be outside or inside the varsity locker room. The theme of the week
should be rotated through and maintained by the coaching staff, with each coach assigned
a topic. The theme of the week should last through the entire season and on into the playoffs if applicable. The information provided below is examples of the theme of the week
Commitment Coaches
Each week you should assign coaches to take care of the week’s needs. These
assignments’s can be on a rotating bases or a permanent one depending upon your
philosophy. Some of these things are:
Take care of the all conduct running for tardies, missed workouts, meetings,
Inspect dressing room after workouts.
Start laundry after evening workouts.
Any other duties that may be assigned by the head coach.
Set a schedule for commitment coaches, after all coaches have completed there assigned
duties we will start back at the beginning.
If our school has the capabilities of doing laundry after practice we might consider
assigning certain coaches to this task. Commitment coaches put all laundry in.
Dressing Room Supervision
All coaches upon the completion of practice and assigned duties should be expected to be
in the dressing room. Don’t hang out in the coaches’ office.
Study Hall
Study halls and tutorials will be implemented into our athletic program and organized by
coaches’ availability if at all possible. Study hall should be mandatory for all those
students who are border line and or failing in any subject area. Study hall should be
made available for any and all student athletes that wish to attend.
Rules for study hall management:
No visiting or talking during the period without permission.
Take roll, no show – See commitment coach after practice.
If going to tutorials, must bring note from teacher. Time must be indicated.
Study hall is not a social time.
If study hall is mandatory, can only get out if passing.
Weekend Preparations
Saturday A.M.
All coaches for staff meeting 7:00 a.m.
Review goal chart, grade film.
Prepare game awards for players, helmet stickers, etc.
Injured players to trainer if applicable by 8:30.
9:30 weights – All coaches present.
10:30 review film with position players.
12:00 players excused. Coach break down opponent’s video.
Approximately 2:30 or 3:30 break until Sunday, return 1:30 p.m. all coaches.
Sunday P.M.
Coaches report 1:30 for staff meeting.
Develop Personnel, offensive, defensive, and kicking game plans.
Prepare all scouting reports.
Bulletin boards and motivational information done.
Discuss Monday practice schedule.
Scouting reports must be ready to hand out Monday morning.
Weekend Duties
Film cut-ups done.
Opponents Bulletin board done.
All goal boards completed.
Game statistics done.
Tackle charts done and updated.
Scout teams; offense, defense and kicking game cards completed.
Defensive Data Input for computer printouts done.
Offensive Data both self-scout and opponent input completed.
Scouting reports all coaches.
Grade Friday night film – all varsity positions.
Freshman coaches assist JV and Varsity coaches in film breakdown.
Gameday Responsibility Check List
Pre-game meals (collect money).
Issue Uniforms and equipment.
Clean visitor’s dressing room.
Ice down drinks.
Film exchange.
Equipment kit for repairs.
Clean referees locker room, cokes.
Practice balls for game.
Game balls for officials.
Official game time.
Field organization, coaches designated field positions for individual warm-up.
Kicking tees and net.
Head sets.
Video equipment.
Ball boys.
Clean towels.
Towels for wet balls.
Player supervision – all coaches.
Call sheets.
Express any trick or unusual plays with officials.
Half Time Organization
Things that must take place during half time:
Players must be given time to rest.
All injury and equipment problems taken care of.
Staff must analyze the first half and make plans for the second half.
Players must be re-motivated to play the final and most important part of the
Halftime divided into four periods:
First period (four minutes).
a. Staff meetings.
b. Team rest.
c. Injury and equipment care.
Second period (four minutes).
a. Offense and Defensive position coaches meet with assigned groups.
Third period Offense and defensive Coordinators meet with their entire
offense or defensive squads. (Four minutes).
Fourth period (four minutes)
a. Head coach meets with both offense and defense as a team.
b. Return to field for warm-up.
In order to stay on schedule you might want to assign a staff member or parent to
keep meeting times on schedule. One coach or manager should be responsible for
keeping the time as well as letting the head coach know how much time is left before
the start of the second half.
Period One – Half Time Organization
The first period is a critical one for the staff. At this time you should be involved in
an analysis of what has taken place during the first half and deciding what your plan
of attack will be for the second half. The information that you should consider
1. Offensively
Fronts by down and distance.
Secondary by down, distance, and formation.
Short yardage and goal line defenses – stunts.
Your play selection by success and failure.
2. Defensively
Plays by formation.
Plays by down and distance.
Pass routes.
Your defensive calls by down and distance.
3. Kicking Game
Has there been any assignment breakdown in any phase of the kicking
Is the fake punt possible?
How is the kick-off coverage and punt coverage?
Should you punt, block or return, etc.
4. General
Personnel adjustments because of injuries or other reasons.
Any possible playing conditions such as wind, rain, and so on,
affecting the play.
From all points listed above, your staff should arrive at a second-half philosophy. This
philosophy will be based on how your opponent is attacking you both offensively and
defensively and how you feel they will adjust to you during the second half. All blocking
adjustments, route changes and theory of attack is decided offensively. Also, any front
adjustments, coverage, or force adjustments are made to stop the opponent defensively.
While your staff is actively involved in second half strategy, your players should be
getting ready physically for the second half. All incidental injuries and equipment
problems are taken care of in their designated assigned areas of the locker room. Liquids,
towels and other needs are brought to the players. This allows them to rest and prevents a
lot of moving around. You should try and keep this initial period to approximately 4 to 5
Period Two – Half Time Organization
The second period of your halftime is for each coach to meet with the players of his
position. During this period, you hope to do two things. First, you quiz your players as
to what is happening to them on the field. Your staff should be made to feel that it is
extremely important to have open communication with their players. Many times you
will find that one of your players will come up with information that turns out to be very
helpful the second half. Also, the coach needs to know, for instance, if a receiver can
beat a corner on an out route or a streak, or if an offensive lineman can reach a down
defender on outside plays.
Period Three – Half Time Organization
As soon as each position coach has met with his players, both the offense and defense
meet with their coordinators to tie the schemes together. You should allow 4 to 5
minutes for this period.
Period Four – Half Time Organization
With about 8 minutes remaining the person in charge of keeping time will give a 5minute warning. At this time your coaches with press box responsibilities and your team
captains should leave the locker room for the field. The head coach will take control at
this point and the offense and defense join together for final instructions. It is the job of
the head coach to finalize all strategy and goals and to motivate the squad for the second
half. This time period lasts usually not more than 3 to 4 minutes. The team then departs
for the second half.
Main objectives of an off-season program should be built around the following examples:
Mental Toughness – this can be developed and expected.
a. Learn to deal with pain and to never except defeat. Do all the little things
right all the time.
b. Defeat all negative thoughts. “When your body says no – your heart says
Physical Strength and Quickness
a. Weight Room – Benefits, this is where Championships are Won.
b. Agility and Mat Drills.
Intensity – Must teach the 150% attitude
a. Everything is done with a high level of enthusiasm and competitiveness –
Push each other.
b. Never be satisfied.
c. All out effort – All the time – 150% effort every minute, accept nothing
d. Expect more from yourself as coaches and players.
Unity – Only as good as the last coach or last player with the least role in the
a. Always talk “Us” and “We”, not “I” and “Me”. Make being on the team
the greatest experience of their life’s.
b. Hard work together equals Unity of Team. Encourage each other to work
harder – the harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
The Difference Between Them and Us.
a. We do work harder, 150% effort all the time – Outwork the 110%
b. Discipline – must live with it, must expect it, must do right 150% of the
c. If a 150% effort equals hard work then we can accomplish it.
d. As a team we will sweat the small stuff. The little things we do will make
us Champions.
e. Our Success – Our Attitude – Our Work Habits are things we can control,
choose to be in control of our destiny. Never allow our opponent to
dictate our destiny.
Phase 1: Heavy Weights, Some Movement, and Power Lifting Season
This phase of the off-season starts directly after the last game.
Test Dates For Core Lifts and Run – 2 weeks after starting off-season
Bench Press
Incline Press
Power Clean
Vertical Jump
40 Yard Sprint
5 – 10 – 5 yard Pro Shuttle Run
Phase 2: Heavy Weights, Movement (agilities) and Mat Drills – Develop Mental
Mat Drills:
Bear Crawl and Touch
Parallel Run From Stance
Backward Crab
Forward Crab
Back Flops
Bear Crawl and Wave
Seat Rolls
Progressive Run
Test Dates For Weight Room – Second Week of April
This phase of the off-season begins the mental toughening of your athletes also known as
boot camp. You want to challenge your athletes to give maximum efforts.
Phase 3: Weights and Football – Continue getting strong, Install Offense, Defense
Time Frame: 3rd week of April through the 1st week of May.
Phase 4: Spring Football
2 to 3 weeks prior to Final Exams
The following information will give you your weekly weight room activities along with
any extra activities you wish to use.
Sets, Reps, and Percentages
Card 1:
10 x 60%, 8 x 65%, 8 x 65%, 6 x 70%
Card 2:
8 x 65%, 6 x 70%, 6 x 70%, 4 x 75%
Card 3:
3 x 3 at 85%, 1 x 1 at 90%
Card 4:
5 x 5 at 80%
Card 5:
5 x 80%, 4 x 85%, 3 x 90%, 2 x 95%, 1 x 100%
Monday / Thursday – Legs, Back, Biceps
Rack Lifts (3 or 4 stations) – parallel squat, power clean, straight leg dead lift, hang
clean, dead lift, snatch, clean and jerk, front squat, step up.
Support Stations (4 stations) – lunge walk, box plyometrics, leg extension, leg curl, pull
over, squat jump (weighted), lat pull down, lawnmower pull, seated row, T-bar row,
preacher curl, dumbbell curls, Abs, flexibility, hurdles, jump rope.
Tuesday / Friday – Chest, Shoulders, Tricep
Rack Lifts (3 or 4 stations) – bench press, incline press, close-grip bench, push press,
split jerk, power row, military press, upright row.
Support Stations (4 stations) – flat bench dumbbell fly’s, incline dumbbell fly’s, ballistic
push up, shoulder circuit, shoulder fly, shrugs, dips, triceps extension, jump rope.
Wednesday – Running Stations (6 to 8), Man Makers, (Competition Day)
Cone drills, 2 point plyometric station, ladders, speed ladders, form running, 5-10-15
shuttle, bag drills, parallel, hurdle station, sled station, bleacher station, obstacle course,
rope station, jump rope, etc.
Goal Setting With Our Athletes
Each and every coach will be asked to sit down with their position athletes and set goals
with their players for the next season both short and long term. Once the goal setting
meeting has been completed then a home visit should be set up with their parents to share
their son’s goals and desires with them. By doing the home visit you as a coach can start
to build a personal relationship with the parents that will keep them better informed with
the programs goals and overall objectives. The following information is what I have
found to be very effective when setting goals with my athletes.
My Goals and Pledge As A Bronco
Players Name:_____________________
To be a member of the Memorial Football Team is an honor and a responsibility. I am no
longer an individual; I am apart of a family. Within the family is a brotherhood (name by
position example offensive line). Being apart of this brotherhood has its costs and
responsibilities. I make my commitment to uphold and protect the legacy of my family
and my brotherhood.
I pledge the following:
I will give my very best effort towards receiving a quality education.
I will strive to be a complete player.
I will conduct myself in a manner that does not draw unwarranted attention to my family,
my school, my team, and my position players.
I will when on campus and in the classroom, cause no problems for myself, my
teammates and or my teachers.
I will be the best possible student that I can be and to make sure that my grades will not
jeopardize my good academic standing. If grades are in doubt I will make every attempt
to make all study hall sessions and get help from my teachers and attend all tutorials.
I will follow all rules and regulations laid out by the Memorial football program.
I will treat others the way I would want to be treated.
I will work towards knowing all my football assignments and become a student of the
I will play with Character – “Play as hard as I can, for as long as I can”.
I will play with Pride – “Know that I won’t quit when it gets tough”.
I will be mentally Tough – “Accept discomfort and coaching and learn to live with it”.
When I walk out onto the football field I represent:
My School.
My Teammates.
My Family.
I know that when I take the field in 2003 I represent the Integrity of the Memorial
football program and the colors of my school and all those that will come after me.
Now it is my time in history. I pledge that before I leave Memorial, history will
remember me as a champion both on and off the field of play.
I Promise To Follow These Vows:
Players Name: _________________________
Date: ___________
Position Players Goals and Expectations
Anticipated Goals By Start Of Football Season:
Height: __________
Weight: _________
Vertical Jump: __________
Bench: __________
Squat: __________
Power Clean: ___________
40 Yd. Dash: ______
Shuttle Run: ________
Power Ranking: _________
Players Immediate Goals
Players Long Term Goals
Coaches Comments and Expectations
Players Home Phone Number:
Street Address:
City and Zip Code:
Players Signature:
Parents Signature:
Coaches Signature:
Date Home Visit:
Remember: We only pass this way but once, lets make the best of it. We will only
be as good as the last guy, so, how good will you be.
It is my belief that everything mentioned in the above information will never succeed or
transpire with out the proper attitude towards life and commitment as spelled out below
by Charles Swindoll.
The longer we live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is
more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than
money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or
say and do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or
break a company… a church… a home…(a football program). The remarkable thing is
we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We
cannot change our past… we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is
play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10
percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you… we
are in charge of our attitudes.
By Charles Swindoll
Last but not least, the success of any program is ones ability to communicate; and realize
that in order to run a top-notch program requires the input off all those involved and the
willingness to share in the success and failures, the ups and downs of those who sacrifice
the time, and provide the internal commitment to the future of this country, our young
Dealing With Parents
Developing constructive relationships will more than pay off the time it takes. This is a
great place to use the home visit for building the program and discussing their sons
objectives and goals both short and long term. When dealing with parents and
developing close relationships with them, don’t let the friendship compromise fairness to
your players or coaching objectivity. Never play a boy because his parent is a friend,
must discuss with them their sons role on the team. The following are several guidelines
that many coaches use in building consistency in their football program.
1. A parent with a complaint would usually rather talk on the phone than in person.
The best approach to an irate parent is to talk to that person face to face. Do not
make and “enemy”. Turn them into a friend of the program.
2. Do not hesitate to refer parents to the head coach, but first inform the head coach
fully of the situation.
3. Never comment negatively about another squad member in front of a parent or
Memorial Vipers
Offensive, Defensive and Kicking Game Philosophies
The following information shall be the guide for hanging our hats on.
Offensive Philosophy:
The basic offensive philosophy is based around spreading the defense and using
formations and motion to control the box and coverage’s. We will use both the
option game from under center and the gun option to set the passing game, which in
turn will allow the offense to run Isolation plays and push our zone blocking schemes.
The option game from under center will be based around the midline which takes
advantage of a 3 technique, inside veer which will option a 5 technique, and then the
load option which will read and control the movement and reactions of a 9 technique.
The gun option read game will be used to control the perimeter play that in turn will
set the inside running game up.
The key to a successful option attack is for us to talk in terms of worse case scenarios,
what defense will most hurt the play called.
Our Isolation plays are built around the terminology of “Part the Seas” at the point of
attack. In other words find the least restrictive push for our offensive linemen and
attack the bubble with the Tailback. Our blocking schemes shall be built around zone
blocking concepts which will always give our running backs the possibility of cutting
the ball backside, this is called running to daylight.
Our passing game philosophy is built around the 5 step, 3 step, sprint-out, and play
action passes. The option game from under center and from the gun will help in
controlling coverages thus, giving our passing game a higher probability for success.
We must be able to challenge not only our own learning curve as coaches, but
challenge our athletes to play at the next level, the 150% effort or that space out in the
area of the unknown. We as coaches will want to teach to near game like situations at
practice; repetition is the key.
Defensive Philosophy:
“Defense Wins Championships” our defensive philosophy will be built around
multiple 8-man fronts. A defense must be flexible enough to accommodate all the
different offensive schemes that we will face throughout the season with a basic
understanding of adjustments and alignments. A defense should bend but never
break. Pressure defenses should be the norm at Vista Murrieta, pressure offenses into
mistakes, think turnovers, and get the back into the hands of our offense.
Kicking Game Philosophy:
The kicking game preparation philosophy will be one of game breaker, momentum
change, field position, and scoring opportunistic approach. Do thinks when our
opponent least expects it, think turnovers. The kicking game is 1/3 of the game and
thus, will receive that type of time priority in its installation weekly. Make things