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You don’t win once in awhile, you don’t do things right once in awhile, you do them right all the time. There is no room for second place. There is only one place, and that’s first place”. Vince Lombardi
When you build a football program, there are 10 things that will determine whether you will be successful or not.
etc. The award will be given at the football awards banquet. We will develop great people as well as great football players in our program. so we can get to know them and they can get to know us. Our coaching staff will get to know each player and be sensitive to individual differences. They are with us on the sidelines. This has always been a very positive and successful endeavor.1. Education is the most important aspect of any athletic program it is the very reason we exist as coaches and administrators. We must improve our relationship with our instructors at . I will determine the level of success desired by the institution and achieve it! I know that the academic programs at Second Baptist are well respected. This allows each individual faculty member to see these student/athletes in different settings. They will join us in pre-game and be given time to address the team before we take the field. This program allows the faculty members to observe these student/athletes performing under extreme pressure. Faculty Coach of the Week As a staff. telephones. our coaches will be excellent teachers of the game and of life. internet accounts Sexual harassment. intimate partner abuse 3. This also allows these members to see student/athletes under a different set of circumstances. This means those members chosen will wear a T-shirt that states “Faculty Coach of the Week”. The football program must function within the framework of the academic institution it represents. Coaches and players will have self-discipline • The following will not be tolerated: Drinking during work Drinking with players or in the same establishment as players Use of drugs Receiving a ticket for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs Dating a student (this rule is for coaches only) Cheating or breaking any organizational rules Cursing Abusive behavior toward any player or coach Gambling Abuse of expense accounts. A professor will be asked to present the award. we will select two faculty members to be a “coach” for us. Great academics The athletes’ first commitment must be to education. Scholar Athlete of the Year We will select a football sophomore student/athlete who epitomizes what the words student/athlete really means. We will maintain an open door policy for student/athletes. Great team and staff character Both (coaches and players) will be held to a high standard of performance and behavior. Great players Player development will be the life blood of our program. 2.
. practices. Responsibility As a staff unit. and honest discussion. Great Coaches A Head Coaches Relationships to his staff Loyalty We must defend and uphold each other at all times. frank. Competition will be the cornerstone of our program. Our players will be good students/athletes as well as good people. If there are disagreements within the staff. The most important characteristic of a successful coach is his ability to teach. What constitutes a good coach He possesses thorough knowledge of fundamental techniques.Cheyney University. the final decision will be made by the Head Coach. Partners or Colleagues Coaches are not treated as assistants but as partners. He is a teacher. they are won by what his players have learned. Games are not won by what a coach thinks he knows . Second Guessing Second-guessing is out! We all win together or lose together. Through the creation of study halls and volunteer mentoring programs sponsored by our program and our partners. All disagreements and problems must be discussed only in private or in staff meetings. Loyalty is a two-way street and we must give as well as take. The best players will play. Cohesiveness Staff unity and togetherness are critical. Decisions All staff members must enthusiastically carry out all decisions reached in staff meetings. We must realize that we are educators and accept the welfare of the school as our personal and collective concern. We will demand more than a player thinks he can give and he will achieve more than he thought he could achieve. Problems All coaches must feel free to bring any problem to the Head Coach for open. We are a team and the staff must never split along offensive and defensive lines. Divisions and disunity always destroys. If a coach needs help in any duty assigned him. 4. games. We must always be honest and sincere in all of our dealings with each other. and wins will come. Our players must realize that we will always support each other 100 percent. If the players will practice and play at the level we will ask them to play. it is his responsibility to ask for and the responsibility of all coaches to help. success will come. we must always recognize our responsibility to the institution. o He is prepared-at meetings.
• • • • • • • • • • He is inquisitive. This can take the initiative and instinct out of a player. I believe that this is a very important part in the organization of a program and one that is often overlooked or neglected. He is enthusiastic. Do an outstanding job in the classroom. He is loyal. He is a tireless worker willing to devote time to all phases of the program. sacrifice. He does not over-coach. Be totally honest in all of our dealings. and dedicated to the head coach. Staff Expectations: What I expect from myself and from you. constantly improving his knowledge and teaching methods. He recognizes a winner by judging a player's performance. Each coach must take pride in his area of responsibility and do everything possible to insure the overall success of the Football Program. Each member is similar to an important cog in the machine. It is the responsibility of the Head Football Coach to organize and assign those responsibilities and to be sure that each coach on the staff knows what is expected of him. A good football team is built on good habits and discipline. . He is willing to assume responsibility for thinking out an assignment and for creatively solving problems. Persistence and perseverance regarding the details makes for a winning program. hard work. the school. and the players. He is demanding. Our staff must function like a well-oiled machine. honest. cohesiveness. He has a positive attitude. his fellow coaches and the staff. each has unique responsibilities that must be performed with dedication and enthusiasm. I want loyalty. He pays attention to details. He has a winning attitude and knows what it takes to win. • • • Love and care for player’s just like they were your own. What I expect from myself and our staff. and a sound organization to be the trademarks of our staff. I would like to take a little time to share with you some things we do to insure that each coach is aware of those things that are expected of him or her and their areas of responsibility in the classroom and in their athletic field. causing him to be overly cautious.
and players to buy into the program and be positive. Conduct yourself on and off the field of play in a professional manner. Involve the wives with the games and with the team and staff. Get everyonecoaches. Never physically or verbally abuse a player. never be out worked. No profanity! I will not tolerate any profanity. Give coaches enough time to be with their families: Be organized. their families. Earn the complete trust of your team. . • Building a unified staff • • Get to know coaches and their families away from football. Develop unity as a staff.• • • • • • • • Attend all staff meetings with a positive work attitude and be on time. Develop well-defined job descriptions for each staff member. and their wives. staff. Reward coaches accomplishments. staff administration. Bring honor to the coaching profession. Be a hard worker. • • • • Hire guys who love to coach. There is no place for it. Team unity will follow. Dress like a coach on the field and dress like a teacher in the classroom. Hiring and developing a top notch staff Building a successful program starts with hiring a great staff. Assign each coach tasks taking into consideration his areas of strengths and areas of concern. Develop great communication among staff members. Go through the proper channels of authority at all times.
Anticipate problems and head them off. Encourage coaches to look ahead.• • • • Be loyal to your coaches. Save one-to-one conversations for later. and special team coaches. Be aware of public relations: Staff should be visible in the community and at faculty meetings and school functions. Don't argue with coaches or players on the field. • • • • • Staff meetings: Be on time. • • • • • • Always bring a calendar. weekly. Coaches must have positive attitudes. Plan a preseason staff functions. Demonstrate strong character. Don't discuss things that don't affect the entire staff. demand the best from each player on and off the field. Set short and long-term goals-professional and personal. Keep your poise on and off the field. Keep a daily. use "we" instead of "I. criticize them privately. act with integrity at all times. but encourage coaches to answer only if they've researched the question How we coach • • Practice winning every day. Evaluate coaches semi-annually or annually. . This helps them schedule work and family time. Praise coaches publicly. Emphasize the team." Promote unity among offensive. Don't waste other people's time. defensive. paper and pencil to meetings. Be a good listener. not individuals. and always be a role model for your players. yearly schedule in front of your staff. Complete all assignments before the due date. Always be honest. Keep meetings as short and simple as possible.
• • • • • • • • • Be responsible for your player's progress. Never encourage a hurt player to practice. Show them how winning will benefit them. Show them how they can be part of something special. Practice simplicity regarding the technical aspects of the game. Never grab your player or his facemask. re-evaluate yourself. Encourage them to do their best. We must build better men and be better coaches than our opponents. their teammates. Never verbally attack your players. . walk with a swagger. We control our own destiny. Let them know you want them to have fun. Not everything can carry the same weight. Never kick him or curse him. and coaches. Be clear on what is important to winning. First players’ meeting • • • • • • Emphasize trust: of themselves. Grading the players • • Be consistent. give priority to production. Encourage them to be self-confident. effort and production separately. Demand clear and honest communication with teammates and coaches. reevaluate him. defer to the team doctor and the trainer. too much coaching the day of the game shows a lack of confidence in yourself and in the players. thorough and fair. Have players learn assignments early in the week. Always treat your players as you would treat your sons. Grade technique. If one player is performing poorly. Play as many players as possible without jeopardizing team's success. If your players are playing poorly. Minimize distractions.
Make all players learn the words to the fight song. Don't share actual grade with player. Positive Belief in Winning Winning is our goal! No team can win unless they believe they can. Have pre-game and victory meals. stretching. Share evaluation and comments with players before watching film. Play the guys who love to play and who take great pride in their performance. Give jackets. 5. Make being a member of the team special: • • • • • • Do community service as a team. pocket itineraries.• • • • Allow adequate time for grading. Be a good listener. hats. Be committed to excellence. Move players up and down depth chart based on daily performance. and practice. Take the team to a movie the night before a game. or highlight films. Earning the players’ trust Be trustworthy! • • • Respect must be reciprocal between coach and player. Meetings will never last more than . Talk to them about things other than football. make sure you're alert when grading. Attend to details: give them travel shirts. t-shirts. Player meeting and pre-practice Be on time for all meetings.
but have a "fit. • • • Ask players questions to see how much they are understanding and are retaining. Use a lot of fundamental drills. Each player should know his assignments so he can have quality repetitions during practice. You must work for what you want.forty-five minutes. Don't waste time and energy. Do drills that are safe and will help you win. • • 8. Accountability All players. Demand that players sit up and pay attention. 21. and strip" mentality." • • • • • Post daily practice schedule. Chart injuries. This is part of building trust. Use sprint team as the kicking opponents. stay on the field for 2 1/2 hours. Only take people to the ground on 24 goal line plays. coaches and administrators must be accountable to their responsibilities to the football program. and individual periods. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. If you schedule 2 1/2 hours for practice. Work Ethic It must be understood that success is not free. Keep a good practice tempo. 6. We practice 24. angle to the board. not at practice. 7. I believe that we must work together in order to re-establish a tradition of winning. wrap. Use pre-practice to emphasize different parts of kicking game daily. That vision must be relayed to our players and coaches so that we will be organized and detail orientated to carry the vision out. Be consistent." "Do Whatever It Takes. You have got to earn your respect. Organization There must be organization. or 18 periods of four or five minutes. Keep all players involved and working as much as possible. attention to detail and a vision. room temperature. Teach in meetings. Weekly practice schedule (tentative) . pre-practice. Always practice at full speed. Practice Preparation Mottos: "Practice Winning Every Day. Coaches should pay attention to lighting.
M. Friday: : Game Day!!! Win! Saturday: Staff arrives at 7:00A.M. But.M. Defensive coaches go home Offense takes more preparation time than defense. We want fresh players and coaches for the game. Watch game film with players’ Offensive coaches might stay until 9:00 P. Discipline to me means: Doing what you are supposed to do.M. Discipline I’m a player’s coach.M. Staff arrives at 7:30 A. Do Right! It is my belief that everyone knows the difference between right and wrong. I have three basic rules: 1. Be brief but organized. when you are supposed to do it. I am also a disciplinarian. and doing it on a consistent basis./Watch game film/grade No individual awards.-8:00 P. It is a . how you are supposed to do it. only team goals Show highlight film of plays that made a difference Trainers Check 9.Sunday: (will be adjusted for church) Monday: Coaches’ work from 8:00 A. Tuesday: Staff schedules same as Monday 2 1/2 hour practice – full pads 30 minute meeting (Special Teams) Wednesday: Staff’s schedule same as Tuesday 2 1/2 hour practice – full pads 45 minute meeting Thursday: 30 minute practice is optional. because I care deeply about my players.
Discipline breeds success. Don't punish team for individual discipline problems. Treat each player as you would want your son to be treated. Do the best you can! I believe that persistence and determination are key component of achievement. harassment breeds contempt.choice of the individual to do the right thing or the wrong thing. Be on time. Player calls parent if he breaks a rule. Genius will not. Establish hair and dress code. Establish leadership committee: the team controls the team. 2. Attend class and keep up grades. make sure he understands what you've told him. Use proper language. the coaches run the program. • • • Be honest with the team about the season or an upcoming game. How to prepare the team for a game or a season. unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Do little things to help motivate team: t-shirts dedicate games to someone they • • • • • . There will always be consequences for poor choices. Treat others how you want to be treated! I expect our players to treat everyone they come in contact. A H. Set and break down the season's/game's goals. Talent will not. Treat every case individually. the world is full of educated derelicts. with courtesy and respect. keep these matters private. Have players repeat conversations back to you. • • • • Emphasize fair discipline. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Fielding Yost said: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Have clear team rules: Represent their team with honor at all times. Coach determines punishment in cooperation with parent. nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. 3. All individuals will be held responsible for their actions. Education alone will not.
Be confident and positive. • • Emphasize that they must be good every day in order to become great. Make all players and coaches feel important. what play to run on 3rd and 4. Keep it simple.g. drop that game and move forward. This is the most important objective if you want to win. On Saturday review the game. Everyone who touches our program is part of the team. Each practice should be intense. 2. review checklist of objectives. administrators. These people need to be on our team. Then. Make all decisions possible during the week e. Have players visualize winning the game. academic people. Let the team enjoy the victory. Study film as a team. Teach players how to turn negatives into positives. Be prepared. . Get better every day. They should actually see the celebration and press conferences.love. Plan to win and expect to win. Discover why we lost and how we can improve. Let them know exactly what you expect of them. Have three distinct things to say to the media. don't ramble. Handling Big Wins: Act as if you expected to win. Showing players how to become close and care about each other is the first step to building a team. 10. etc. Concept of being a team. because they impact the program so much when you think about it. Have a burning desire to win. We have a victory meal after all wins. Nothing has become more important in our society than coming together and having leadership and having a team. rely on tradition. but be honest. Handling The Tough Losses: Be brief after the game. How We WIN! 1. then drop it and move forward. Don't mention it again. invite former players to talk. secretaries and janitorial staff. Don't coach in pre game.
Kicks. Allow no more than 20 yards per kickoff return. If you stress those things you will build character in your players and win games. and throwing.5 yards on punt returns. Take away their strengths. don't give it up. punts. accountability. Don't allow long passes or runs for touchdowns. Make no mental mistakes. determination and enthusiasm. Don't beat ourselves. Pursue your opponent relentlessly and gang tackle aggressively. Keep your poise after a bad break. 7. 2nd. Don't quick kick or punt if snap is juggled on st. Play guys who get results. Potential means "haven’t done it yet. 4.3. So I will suggest the use of video. . but the will to win is! My coaching philosophy and my life philosophy are very similar. Allow no more than 2. • • • • • • • Know our assignments. because not every student/athlete is an auditory learner. Be excellent fundamentally: blocking. tackling. hard work. Have a great kicking game. On defense. Play great field position football and great goal line football. We try to present information in many different ways. kicking. to give student/athletes a chance to learn. punting. Get points on every drive. Eliminate penalties. computers. 6. Physically dominate your opponent. and snaps must be consistently good. What Is Important I. or 3rd down. Summary: Eliminate mistakes Have superior mental toughness Have superior physical preparedness Win the explosive plays Win on the goal line Winning is not everything. Field a team that expects to win every game. score every time we're inside the 20. I believe in discipline." Take away your opponents best plays and players. catching. Be strong enough to change momentum. Force turnovers. don't commit them. lead the nation in scoring defense. 5. Be in top-notch physical condition. Kicking game must be organized and fundamentally sound. Make the big play. On offense. and walk thru’s along with other means of delivering information. Play with confidence.
I will encourage our student/athletes to get involved in being members in other campus organizations. I believe you have to find ways to bring out those talents. which translates into success. Player’s must be in excellent physical condition to play. . When you do this the student or the player feels more confident and more receptive to learning or coaching. We all do something well. I will emphasize the philosophy of giving what you have. It is part of the college experience to be part of other organized groups on campus. This builds an incredible team and school atmosphere. IV. III. Because what you fail to give is lost forever. We believe that student/athletes are leaders on the college campus. So they are able to maximize their abilities.II. to play at a high level. They can be instrumental in supporting other programs on campus. it is important to find where the students’ talent lies. In coaching. and then bring it out. God gave us all special talents.
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