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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\u2019s 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)
Basic football gear
Locker rooms
Varsity room
Football dummies
Training room
Media \u2013 Video, editing systems
Weight room
Gameday head phones
Gyms or field house
Training supplies
Coaches offices
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 ingenuity?

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, etc.)

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 environment.

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.

a. What do you do with seniors? b. Staff development / all sports. c. Educational philosophy.

d. Offensive philosophy.
e. 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


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