With lessons learned from legendary coaching mentors and guided by a perspective forged through life-altering personal tragedy, Bob Burt has served the game as a top high school and college coach for more than 50 years.
Before Stanford University head coach David Shaw first started coaching at Western Washington, he received some terrific advice from his father that he holds dear to this day.
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.
Whether you run Shotgun Wing-T, Air Raid or Wishbone, your offense needs a brand. If you don’t have one, you’re missing an opportunity to help raise your offense to another level!
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.
Sportsmanship is one of the most important life skills coaches can teach their athletes. It is the foundation skill of how we act before, during and after the game. This skill must be practiced when we win or lose and whether we’re happy or sad. As coaches, we hope that sportsmanship develops and matures into real life citizenship as athletes move into adulthood.
Coaches often remind their athletes that TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. That’s a great motto for keeping a group unified, but it’s pretty vague when it comes to specifying behaviors that define a good teammate. So I suggest you add another acronym to your coaching arsenal, one that highlights the behaviors you expect to ensure each athlete will be a CREDIT to your team.
The core of great coaching philosophies always includes an an emphasis on building people, not just athletes. Coaches believe that they gain credibility, respect, and trust by embracing a deep concern for building positive relationships with their athletes.
Football coaches are proud of the life lessons that its participants receive as a byproduct of playing the sport. Ours is a game that teaches young players the merits of hard work, the concepts of brotherhood, the benefits of discipline, the pride of self-sacrifice for the good of the team and the honor that comes from trying your best while representing your school and community. These life lessons are the true essence of the game. Unfortunately, these positive life lessons sometimes come into conflict with society’s ever-changing norms.
In many cases, rivalries are made up of two teams who are essentially the antithesis of one another, which can be a very good thing for you – if you have a tight brand story and positioning plan. Playing your rival can bring out what makes your team unique.
Football coaches have a huge responsibility to all the young men in the football program. We know relationships are the key to reaching our athletes and making an impact on their lives. That’s why we spend time every day talking to our guys about meaningful issues that will help them develop into productive young men. Here are a few of the ways that we build relationships at Grapevine (Texas) High School.
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?