Here’s our salute to the hard-working, never-say-die high school football player. Only you know what it takes to be the best you can be. And only you can deliver it.
Long before you can unleash newfound tactical brilliance on your opponents, you need to take a step back and consider whether you can realistically add schematic elements without compromising the core mission of your football program.
Now that you are the person in charge of the football program, what comes next? With this position comes great power to organize, develop, plan and direct. Yet also what comes with this new position is great responsibility. There are five important elements that can help new head coaches be successful. The first is organization.
The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) will air the American Football Coaches Awards – featuring the AFCA National Coach of the Year – live on CBS Sports Network on January 10, 2017, at 9 p.m. EST – one day after the national championship game.
Football coaches looking to hire recruiters need to know what and who they want before they select any player personnel. While skills and personal traits top the list of desirable attributes, coaches may find a winning edge among some of the more intangible characteristics within their recruiting staff.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 AFCA 30 Under 30 Coaches’ Leadership Institute presented by the American Football Coaches Foundation and NCAA Leadership Development. The purpose of this distinguished program is to identify and train the next generation of leaders within the football coaching profession.
Recruiters and player personnel within many college football programs face a similar pattern emerging from ranks of high school football players eager to join their collegiate brethren. Student-athletes are committing – then decommitting – to college programs at an unprecedented rate. What’s a coaching staff to do?
In order to truly understand what makes the fans and media who follow your sport and program tick, you need to do research—a lot of research. Go through everything you can find about your program through present day, including old statistics, former and current player rosters and bios, coaching bios, written articles, media guides, and team monikers. Your objective is to discover and reveal the essence of your program. What makes it special? What is it about your program that keeps fans coming back?
Perception doesn’t win games, but it does win recruiting battles. Winning is important to your long-term success as a program, but it’s not enough to just win. You need to build a brand that kids want to be a part of. Those kids are your potential recruits. What makes a kid want to wear your badge?
Power Five conferences pass legislation giving team physicians and athletic trainers “unchallengeable autonomous authority” to make return-to-play decisions following concussions and other injuries.
By creating a file on your desktop that contains great ideas, you can successfully navigate those first few seasons as a new head coach.
Coaches spend considerable time and energy trying to recruit and build coachable athletes because they are eager to learn, fun to work with and – in the case of football – make their teammates better.