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: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 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 students? 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 administration? 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 Storage Equipment? Basic football gear Sleds 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 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. 1. Philosophy a. b. c. d. e. 2. 3. 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 defense?


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: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 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 successful? 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. 4

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 contents: 1. 2. 3. 4. 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 accomplishments. 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 decision. 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


the city and sate where they are located. 6 . etc. Playbook. Investigate the history of the program (at least last three years). a. etc. the names of upper administration personnel. Preparing For The Interview The following steps should take place before the actual interview: 1. such as. b. Have an idea of who may come with you. and what you did. Organize pertinent materials for the interview. Know your five . 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. Ideally. Study the district. You can break your skills into functional sections or use bullet points to highlight key points. 8. If this section is done properly. 2. 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 position. it will convince prospective employers that the rest of your resume is worth reading. Brief summary of coaching philosophy. 3.only give you the material you need for building a strong resume. number of schools. 5. 3. 2.e. d. 6. 7. c. (Offensive coordinator. Booster club information (philosophy. 5. i. middle school program. What do you want? That is your job target. This is where you outline the skills and credentials that qualify you for the job.year professional goals. 4. Why are you qualified to do it? That’s the summary or “Professional Profile” section. Compile a list of questions for the interview committee. Coach’s responsibilities and staff structure (be sure to include girl’s athletics if applicable).) 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. bringing them to the next question. Where have you done it? That’s the “Experience” section. 4. The reader needs to know who you worked for. etc). Know the salary scale (this avoids you having to talk salary during the interview) Know the increments of all the coaching positions if possible. but will also prepare you for networking and interviewing.

2. 8. Proper attitude. Have an academic plan. i. Don’t ad lib be honest and sincere. 6. 9. 7 . Philosophy. Be computor literate. 10. etc. Emphasize the positive when discussing their school. 1. Dress for success. 5. etc.Interview Coaching Tips This information should be used as tips for the actual interview. first impressions. grade checks. game plans. 11.e. act as if you already had the job. how do you handle athletes? Convince the interview committee of your loyalty and its importance. 4. Be yourself. body language. 7. eye contact. 3. the committee needs to be convinced that you will abide by all rules. project confidence. how do you keep your athletes eligible? Knowledge of your states rules and regulations. demonstrate the use of high-tech in scouting. Be quick to respond to all questions.

To obtain a coaching position at the high school or college level that requires the responsibility of promoting. Texas 78750 Home (512) 401-9225 Work (512) 464-4054 E-mail: midlineopt@aol.Kingsville Texas Provisional Teaching Certificate Fields of Instruction: Secondary Physical Education and Health. and physical skills for the development of every student athlete.. Campbell Address 10412 Doering Lane Austin. Austin. Texas Responsibilities Health Teacher Athletic period co-coordinator for both freshman and varsity football programs 8 . Chico – Chico.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.Jerry L. California Masters of Education Physical Education / Athletic Administration. Education and Professional Credentials California State Website: www. Chico – Chico. May 1998 Professional Experience Teacher / Varsity Offensive Coordinator & Line Coach / JV Boys Soccer Coach (2000 – Present) Westwood High School (5A Level Competition) Round Rock Personal Age: 54 Married: Children: Wife . managing and maintaining an exemplary program that is evident by competitive athletic success.D. May 1985 Texas A & M University .S. social. California Bachelor of Arts Physical Education. JCFB. May 1993 California State University.

Edinburgh.C. 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. Varsity and freshman track teams Responsible for scheduling and track budget.S. Jr.D. 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. Varsity.I. 4A Level of Competition Developed and coordinated defense Implemented philosophy and created defensive playbook Coached secondary.D. both Varsity and freshman teams Coordinated all phases of the Kicking game Head Varsity Track Coach Responsible for coordinating and maintaining Varsity.Coordinated and installed the offense for Varsity. 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. Texas 9 . and freshman programs 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. Responsibilities Health Teacher Defensive Coordinator. two.S. Jr.

1995. 1995.1 points per game. 1996 Lone Star conference champs 1993. number 3 ranked in total offense per game. Texas Responsibilities Kinesiology Instructor – Personal Fitness undergraduate level courses Theory of Coaching Football Instructor undergraduate course Offensive line coach Installed all offensive procedures dealing with blocking. 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. 1993. Texas (1993-1997) Kingsville. 1996 NCAA Play-Off qualifier. Kingsville – Kingsville. Regional and National level recruiter for both High School and Jr. Graduate Assistant – Offensive Line Coach (1992. College athletes 1993 Defensive Line Coach . California Responsibilities 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 10 .Responsible for front four down linemen Awards and Recognition 1996 number 1 ranked team in NCAA Division II regular season.Responsibilities 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. 1996 Number 1 ranked team in scoring in the nation 1995 Number 1 ranked rushing offense in the country NCAA Division II 1993.1993) California State University. run and passing game. Chico Chico. 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.

Northridge Northridge.D.I. California Responsibilities Head Football Coach / Offensive Line Coach Responsible for organizing and maintaining all phases of the Varsity. Pasadena. California Responsibilities Physical Education Instructor Courses Instructed – Softball. Developed several defensive linemen who moved on into the NFL and Arena league football. Bernard High School (California class 3 A Level) Playa Del Rey. College and high school levels for California. Tennis. Responsible for defensive down four linemen. 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. Organized coaching staff recruiting territories at the Jr. and Theory Of Football Number 9th ranked team nationally at the NCAA Division II level. Personal Fitness. Texas Responsibilities Health Teacher Physical Education Teacher Varsity Offensive Coordinator Varsity Offensive Line Coach Implemented Playbook and Philosophies Teacher / Varsity Head Football Coach (1989-1991) St. 11 . Jr. Northridge. Recruiting Coordinator Identified and organized the recruiting of student athletes which meet the NCAA requirements for the entrance into California State University.S.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) P.

December 1999 edition “Having The Option To Option” Texas Coach. October 1998 edition.Film / Video Exchange Coach Established video exchange schedules – established video film budget. National Book and Manual Publications “Installation of The Complete Option Game” Published and copyrighted August 2000 “Installation of The Ultimate Running Game” Published and copyrighted September 2000 “101 Defensive Line Drills” Published and copyrighted July 1999 “Installing The Multiple 40 Defense” Published and copyrighted May 1999 “The Complete Drills Manual” Published and copyrighted August 1998 “Installing The “I” Back Offense” Published and copyrighted January 1999 “Installation of The Kicking Game” Published and copyrighted June 1995 “Defensive Line Drills and Techniques” Published and copyrighted September 1998 “Secondary Drills and Techniques” Published and copyrighted June 1995 “Installation of The Ultimate Passing Game” Published and copyrighted September 2000 “Installation of The Single Wing Offense” Published and copyrighted January 2000 “101 Offensive Line Drills” Published and copyrighted June 1999 “Installing The 5 – 2 Defense” Published and copyrighted 1996 “Installing The One Back Offense” Published and copyrighted 1998 “Installing The 3 – 4 Defense” Published and copyrighted 1994 “Offensive Line Play. established exchange contracts with conference and non-conference schools. “Quick Draw Punch and Run” “Evolution Of The Offensive Line” Thesis copyrighted May 1993. Professional Organizations Texas High School Coaches Association (32193) Article Publications “Offensive Line Blocking Structure For Inside Zone Running Game” Texas Coach. The Next Generation” Published and copyrighted January 1998 “Linebacker Drills and Techniques” Published and copyrighted December 1997 “The Evolution of Offensive Line Play 1610 to 1999” Published and copyrighted June 1999 12 .

Austin. 1997 Corpus Christi. Edwards University. 1997 Corpus Christi. 1996 Shippensburg. Lead. Texas Coordinated camp offense for ages 14 thru 18 Gulf Coast Area Football Clinic (Speaker) – July 11. Texas Topic: “Specifics of Coaching Offensive Linemen” ASC Full Contact Football Camp – June 2 thru 7 1996 St. La. Edwards University. Texas Topics: “Pass Protection Drills and Techniques” Corpus Christi Coaches Convention (Speaker) – June 11. Texas Topics: “3 and 5 Step Pass Protections For 4 and 5 Receiver Routes” Bill Ryne Football Clinic (Speaker) – February 14. Texas Topic: “Controlling Defenses Using The Option Game” 13 .Instructional Football Coaching Video Publications “Installing The Inside Veer” Published and copyrighted January 2002 “Option On Me” Published and copyrighted January 2002 “The “I” Back Offense: Running Plays” Championship Books and Videos June 2002 “The “I” Back Offense: Installing The Option” Championship Books and Videos June 2002 “Installing The Load. 1998 Corpus Christi. and Speed Options” Published and copyrighted January 2002 “Installing The Midline Option” Published and copyrighted January 2002 “The “I” Back Offense: The Overview” 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. Austin. 1997 McAllen. 1996 Pasadena. PA Offensive line coach – Worked out offensive linemen for pro scout evaluations City of Palms Coaches Clinic (Speaker) – January 9. 1993 Layfette. PA Offensive line coach – Worked out offensive linemen for pro scout evaluations ASC Full Contact Football Camp – June 1 thru 6 1997 St. Texas Topics: “3 and 5 Step Pass Protections For 4 and 5 Receiver Routes” Coastal Bend Coaches Clinic (Speaker) – January 17. Topic: “Evolution Of Offensive Line Play” Coastal Bend Area Coaches Clinic Speaker – January 19. 1997 San Antonio. 1996 Corpus Christi. Texas Topic: “Offensive Line Play – Inside and Outside Zone Blocking Schemes” Pro Try-Out Camp Shippensburg University – July 18 thru 22. Texas Topic: “Installing The Midline Option” Coastal Bend Coaches Clinic (Speaker) – January 16. Texas Coordinated camp offense for ages 14 thru 18 Pro Try Out Camp Shippensburg University – June 16 thru 21 1997 Shippensburg.

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. “Installing The Midline. 2000 Toledo. Texas Coordinated Camp offense for ages 14 thru 18 ASC Full Contact Football Camp Instructor – June 6 thru 12. “Installing The Multiple 40 Defense”. How To Call Best option At The LOS” Mega Clinic Speaker – March 10.City of Palms Coaches Clinic (Speaker) – January 23. Inside Veer. Austin. 2002 Kingsville. 2000 Chicago. “How To Install The Multiple 40 Defense” Mega Clinic Speaker – February 22. 2000 Columbus High School. Bronx. 5 Step and Sprint out Protections” Jerry Campbell 2nd Annual Option Clinic – May 18. 2002 Baltimore. “Using The Option Game To Control The Box”. 1999 San Marcos. 1999 Redlands. “How To Install The Multiple 5-2 Defense”. Ohio Topics: “Option Offensive Procedures”. 2002 Toledo. Illinois Topic: “Installing The Inside and Outside Zone Running Game”. Georgia Worked out offensive linemen for free agency try-out ASC Full Contact Football Camp Instructor – July 11 thru 16. “How To Call Best Option”. Inside Veer. Texas Topic: “Make Your opponent Defense you From The Inside Out Using Midline Option” Elsik High School Coaches Clinic (Speaker) – February 17. 1998 McAllen. Maryland Topics: “Option Offensive Procedures”. 1999 Atlanta. Illinois Topics: “Inside and Outside Zone Blocking”. 2002 Chicago. 2002 Las Vegas. 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. 1998. Ohio Topics: “Inside and Outside Zone Blocking”. Texas Coordinated camp offense for ages 14 thru 18 ASC Pro Contact Football Camp Instructor – June 19 thru 25. 2002 Irvine. “How To Read The Box and Call Best Play” Jerry Campbell Option Clinic – May 18. Load and Speed options” “How To Set Pass Protections For 3. “Using The Option Game To Control The Box”. Texas Topic: “Installing The “I” Back Offense” ASC Full Contact Camp Instructor –June 6 thru 12. New Jersey Topics: “Inside and Outside Zone Blocking”. New York 14 . Edwards University. “How To Install The Multiple 50 Defense” Frank Glazier Clinic Speaker – March 2. Using The Option Game To Control The Box” “How To Read The Defensive Box and Call Best Play” Mega Clinic Speaker – February 24. Houston. 2000 Atlantic City. California Topic: “How To Install The Midline. Nevada Topics: “How To Install The Option Game” “Pass Protections Made Simple” Frank Glazier Clinic Speaker – February 16-17. California Coordinated camp offense for ages 14 thru 18 Mega Clinic Speaker – February 4. 1998 St. and Load Options” Mega Clinic Speaker – February 28. 2002 Bronx.

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 Las Vegas. Texas Assisted in Offensive Line Ages 15 thru 18 Jerry Campbell Football Clinic – June 13 – 15. Indiana Topics: “How To Install The Option Game”. 2002 Austin. Two and Three back Options” USA Coaches Clinic Speaker – February 13 thru 15. Colo. New Jersey Topics: “How To Install The Option Game”. Texas 78663-8202 361-593-4176 Lyle Lansdell Head Football Coach Calvary Chapel 23232 Peralta Drive Suite 210 Laguna Hills. Ca. “How To Install 1. “How To Install 1. “How To Set 3 and 5 Step Pass Protections” “How To Install Multiple 40 and 50 Defenses”. 2. 2. 80920 1-888-755-6427 Mac McWhorter The University Of Texas Assistant Football Coach P. Sprint-out. 2002 Victorville. 2003 Atlantic City.Topic: “How To Install A Successful Option Attack” University Of Texas Football Campbell – June 3-5. 2003 Minneapolis. 2002 Red Bluff. USA Coaches Clinics Speaker – February 19. Mega Clinic Speaker – March 7. 2003 Kingsville. “How To Install The Multiple 40 and 50 defenses” Frank Glazier Clinic Speaker – February 28. Frank Glazier Clinic Speaker – March 28. Texas Coach of East Team Defense Mega Clinic Speaker – February 7 – 9. 2003 Myrtle Beach. and Load Options” “How To Install One. and Play Action Passing Game”. Mass. midline. California Conducted 3 Day Football Camp For Ages 8 through 18. Colorado Springs. Room 2011 Houston. 92653 1-949-597-1022 Chris Coughlin Frank Glazier Clinics 595 Chapel Hills Dr. Texas 78750 713-743-9388 Richard Cundiff Head Football Coach Texas A&M University. “How To Install 1. 2. 2003 South Bend. Texas 78663 361-593-2411 Ron Harms Alumni Coordinator Texas A&M Univ. Nevada Topics: “How To Install The Option Game”.. Topics: “How To Install Run Blocking Schemes and Rules”. South Carolina Topics: “How To Install The Option Game”. 5 Step. “How To Install Inside Veer. 20. Kingsville MSC 173 Kingsville. Minnesota Topics: “How To Install The Option Game”. Mercy High School Jerry Campbell Football Camp – June 17 thru 19. and 3 Back Offense”. 2003 Burlington. and 3 Back Offenses” “How To Install The Multiple 40 and 50 Defenses”. Texas 78713-7399 512-471-1263 15 . “How To Install The Multiple 40 and 50 Defenses” References Mike Spradlin Assistant Football Coach University of Houston Football Office 3100 Cullen Blvd. Box 7399 Austin. Kingsville Athletic Department Kingsville. and 3 Back Offense”.O. “How To Install The Multiple 40 and 50 defenses” “How To Install Pass Protections For 3.

32. 13. Memorial “Vipers” Commitment To Excellence Memorial “Vipers” Football Mission Statement Vision For The Memorial Football Program Educational and Coaching Philosophies – Academics Success 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 Off-Season Goal Setting With Our Athletes and Families Attitude Dealing With Parents Offense. 10. 14. and Kicking Game Philosophies 16 . 18. 27. 24. 19. 5.Table of Contents 1. 9. 8. 31. 2. 25. 7. Defense. 21. 3. 33. 4. 28. 29. 16. 6. 22. 12. 20. 15. 26. 11. 23. 30. 17.

It provides zest and vitality to the team. But most of all. It establishes the criteria for planning. To instill it in an organization is difficult: to sustain it. Excellence as an athlete is important…. Because it is everything. It demands adaptability. which influences every program. It requires an unswerving expectancy of quality from the coaches and players. It energizes a stimulating and pulsating force (One Heart Beat). It requires a spirit of mission and boundless energy. It infects and affects everyone on the team. Excellence is contagious. even more so. imagination and vigor. Once achieved. excellence has a talent for permeating every aspect of the life of the team. every activity. Excellence must be our “Teams” lifeline. It is always the result of a creatively conceived and precisely planned effort. it must be nourished and continually reviewed and renewed. it requires from the leadership of the “Team” a constant state of self-discovery and discipline. every player. It is never ending process of striving and searching. It empowers every phase of the organization’s life. It is achieved in a “Team” only as a result of an unrelenting and vigorous insistence on the highest standards of performance.Memorial “Vipers” Commitment To Excellence “One Heart Beat” Creates Excellence “Where We Go One. and every coach. It electrifies. It charts the direction of the program. Once it is accepted and expected. Excellence demands commitment and a tenacious dedication from the leadership of the team. We Go All” Excellence is never an accident. Excellence inspires. It unleashes an impact. 17 .

” 18 . 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.“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. we go all.

For many students it is the most effective climate for learning the invaluable lessons of personal integrity. Success must come from communication. and Coaching Philosophies Academics One thing can be said: “You can take football from me. and proper mental attitude. It is very important to see athletics as a part of the total educational program. we will adhere to the following policies: 1. as an example making use of 3-week progress reports. The talk of getting an education will always take precedence over athletics. 19 . 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. Individual and group responsibilities along with the desire to achieve high goals should be basic objectives of any sound educational system. 2. but you can never take my education away”. as well as champions on the playing field. The coaching staff will assume responsibility of motivating their respective players and monitoring their success. Academics shall and will be made a priority. self-confidence. We will work in conjunction with the school faculty and administration to provide study hall. I believe that athletics and academics can and should work hand in hand. It should both compliment and contribute to the overall educational process. As the head coach I will make this evident to players and coaching staff..Educational. 3. discipline and winning starts in the classroom. tutoring and an open line of communication with parents and all those directly and indirectly involved with the football program. There is no reason that we should not strive to be champions in the classroom. In order to ensure that our student athletes understand our belief in academics. determination. 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. support and a pro-active approach for interaction between teacher and student. Discipline in the classroom means discipline on the playing field.

” it becomes important to understand the many dimensions of the secondary school teacher in today’s public and private school environment. but in spite of all adverse circumstances that may arise… and nothing worthwhile has ever been accomplished without some obstacles to overcome. though they claim ambition and a desire to succeed. College Station. Nothing worthwhile has ever been achieved without constant endeavor. This will be accomplished through the application of many different teaching techniques and methods if instructional delivery. and others. Texas Educational Philosophy In answering the question “What will I do. That’s the Price of Success as I see it. In short. more success in life and what it is that brings mediocrity or failure to his brother. to help my secondary students better cope with their life experiences. Their difference cannot be in mental capacity. and constant application of the last ambition. I have reached the conclusion that some men succeed because they cheerfully pay the Price of Success. there is not the difference in our mentalities indicated by the difference in performance. 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. 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 learning. not if circumstances be favorable to its accomplishment. 20 . some pain. Hard?? I should say so! That’s why so many men never attempt to acquire success they answer the siren call of the rut. now and in the future. To refuse to believe that there are any circumstances sufficiently strong to defeat you in the accomplishment of your purpose. To have a high and sustained determination to put over what you plan to accomplish. 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. and remain on the beaten paths for beaten men. as a teacher. I believe every man should ask himself. As a public or private school teacher. are unwilling to pay the price. and to plan. to think of it deeply and constantly. the primary role will be to serve as facilitator of individual and group learning. to study it from all angles.Success I often wonder what brings one.

Higher level questioning and higher expectation of performance. their environment. Teacher listening skills to insure accurate information. 21 . Latency or allowing the time for learning or mastery to occur. These fifteen elements within teaching strategy are: 1. 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. Delving into the student academically to solicit relevance. 8. The ability to desist and effectively stop inappropriate student behavior. 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. 11.A.S. (Teacher Expectation Student Achievement) program. 5. Praise of performance by the student. Individual help to those who need it. 3. 6. 7. One strategy that has found widespread success is the T. Equitable distribution of attention for all students. 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. Proximity of the teacher to the student and learning activity.To support the active learning process. 10. 9. their future. 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. and their communities future. 14. Courtesy and consistency of the teacher. must guide the student through the process of selfunderstanding and self-acceptance. 13. 12. In the area of physical education and health. Affirmation and correction of student performance. The secondary physical education and health curriculum insures that public school students enjoy positive societal interpersonal relationships while gaining personalself esteem and self worth. 15. as a facilitator. The teacher. Accepting feelings and non-judgmental empathy of the student. 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.E. Appropriate and professional physical contact with students. Taking a personal interest in the true welfare of the student. 4. Justifying praise and positive reinforcement. This can be achieved using a variety of teaching strategies and methods. 2. This program requires that the teacher utilize fifteen elements to insure student recognition while fostering positive expectations from the student in the academic environment.

By providing for each and every student contribution to the learning environment while insuring effective positive feedback.E. Only through a teamwork approach can the public school educator maximize his or her capacity to bring about students success. the teacher will become the true facilitator for individual student learning.The mastery of these elements of the T. the teacher will insure student success while increasing self-realization. An example of this would be the availability and use of appropriate multi-media resources such as information-age computer and satellite communication technology. Included in this would be the necessary partnership between the teacher. Through the application of clear objectives that are both challenging and attainable for the student. Varied instructional methods and communication channels will enable a balanced approach to be most effective. 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. Sincerity and genuiness are critical aspects for the teacher to project within the day-to-day application of specific subject area teaching strategies. Teacher mastery of specific subject area teaching strategies will provide the structure to the teaching method. 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. the teacher can provide each student with the opportunity for success.A. By developing self-esteem and personal recognition within the student. parents and the community art large.S. The use of all of the available traditional and nontraditional learning tools will give the teacher the necessary means to implement innovative instruction. Through the application of the concepts of relevance and student self-realization. A public or private school teacher must also understand his role as a public servant within the public educational system. It is through this positive classroom management. exciting and enthusiastically motivated personal style and classroom / school environment. 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. Throughout this process. the teacher insures that the student moves from extrinsic motivation for behavior to an intrinsic values system that 22 . 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 community. 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. This will also guarantee the cultivation of student curiosity while aligning an invigorating and stimulating subject area curriculum to the traditional teaching environment. Once this has occurred. 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. the teacher must emphasize an approach that searches for ways to express true care for the student as an individual while projecting a positive.

5. At present. of his or her own volition. This philosophy is supported by a study conducted by the University of Washington. only 1 out of 12. This study illustrated the following statistics.promotes individualized personal improvement. 3. as the facilitator. For the sport of football only 1 in every 5.5 years. the integrity of the academic mission can never be compromised. 23 . Currently the average playing career in the NFL last only 3. 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. In this philosophy. 2. 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. 6. 59% of all high school varsity football and basketball players have the belief that they will receive a college scholarship upon graduation. 4. to the point of intrinsic motivation. Only through active student participation in the learning process can the teacher “bring” a student.000 college student athletes will ever have the opportunity to become a professional athlete in any sport. 1.200 college players will have the opportunity to become a professional in their sport. 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. Balancing Academics and Athletics: What Is Truly Important As the head football coach. The primary mission of any educational institution must be academic and personal development of its students. the teacher becomes secondary to the student. 98 out of 100 varsity high school athletes involved in all sports will never play in the college ranks. extra-curricular athletics must always be viewed as a supportive activity to the primary mission of any educational institution. “What will I do. In public education. In actuality. The role of extra-curricular athletics involves providing opportunities for extended character development through structured athletic competition. as a teacher. 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. 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. Also. 67% of all players in the National Football League (NFL) do not possess a college degree. The key question remains.

and having served over 3.The message from these results are clear. From a personal perspective. 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. 98% of both boys and girls are involved in 2 or more extra-curricular school activities. The academic mission is of greatest importance to all students regardless of their god given athletic talents and playing field accomplishments. peer tutoring. 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. your family and your community as a productive member of society.” 24 . Additionally.000 student athletes at both the college and secondary level. What will matter is what you can provide for yourself. the future success of the individual student-athlete and the team rests with the academic integrity of the program. annually this points to the importance of extra-curricular activities being in support of positive academic success. academic release time from practice and competition. of all “Top 10” ranked academic students at the high school level. Whether it be team study halls.

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 tobacco around school at anytime. To be a positive role model. 4. To be on time for all staff meetings and practices. As a head football coach we must have a definite plan in which we believe in. 2. Don’t keep score.Program Organization Coaching Philosophy For Developing A Successful Football Program: I believe. an athletic program has little chance of succeeding unless the following “Musts” are adhered to: 1. who must believe in the head coach. “Winning Breeds Winning” at any level. 25 . Just do your job and do it well. If applicable the head coach must be able to select and coordinate coaches at the intermediate levels such as the freshman and Jr. The head coach must organize the football program to operate at maximum efficiency. 3. 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. irrespective of the time element involved. 5. The head football coach must have the cooperation and support of the administration. To sell and defend the program. The coach must be mentally tough and dedicated to football but at the same time understand the feelings of others. and his plan. with no compromise on our part. Never use profanity and never allow our players to. To do everything you can do to develop a winning attitude. his staff. Don’t worry about what your fellow coaches are doing.

Have a plan for everything. To be professional in attitude. To be sincerely interested in the success of our players and other members of the coaching staff. new teaching techniques. 26 . 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.To study and work hard to make yourself a great coach. Work with every player on the squad. and better ways to improve teaching. Do not choose favorites. Never give up on a player. These will lead to bad habits. work and personal appearance. sustain and develop new innovative ways of coaching. Never take your disagreements to practice. Be organized. Always be optimistic. Educational growth is a must for any coach in order to maintain. Never involve your spouse in the coaching situation in a negative manner. Don’t let the little things slide in the discipline of our players. responses. Don’t get complacent as the season goes on. To be positive and never doubt that we will be successful. To be loyal. The glass is half full. He can always change and likely will if given the chance by you.

Strike The Balance Be as close as you can be-and as far away as you have to be. Chase Perfection Settle for excellence along the way. Pursue the goal. Coaching. complementary skills and mutual respect and accountability. 27 . and Learning Be Authentic Act your integrity. Be predictable.The Lombardi Rules Teaching. Make amends when you foul up. Align Your Values Bring exposed values into congruence with practices Know Your Stuff When the time comes. Sell what you teach and coach. Flex your ego. but share the credit. Earn Trust Through Investment Use your authority to build the organization’s trust in you. Be Proud To Be Humble Strike the balance. Build Team Spirit This means common goals. Create A Shared Vision “We can do better” is a good place to start. show that you know it. and give people the tools they need. Use Your Mission Define the goal. Live What You Teach And live what you coach. Generate Confidence Set the stage psychologically.

be students of the game. regardless of what problems confront you. To work and provide leadership to win. Treat others the way you want to be treated. To maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to work. and themselves. the community and other coaches. To hustle. To let you coach on the field within your personality. To treat you like a man with dignity and respect. To listen to your suggestions. To be very loyal to you and do everything a head coach can do to help you grow professionally. To be prompt. 28 . To be totally concerned about you and your family. give the best effort possible. Always give their best effort for the team. To give you responsibility and authority. To run an organized program so that we will be able to function efficiently. To know their assignments. To let you know privately when you have been derelict of duties.What You Can Expect From The Head Coach To be accountable for all actions. What You Should Expect From Our Athletes To give their very best effort towards receiving a quality education. teammates. To deal with all situations with honor and integrity. Do right. To sell you to our players.

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. Utilize time before and after practice. talk in meetings not on the field. to get the job done. coach those things that you know how to fix. An Approach To Successful Coaching When taking the field know where you belong. but understand that this is not an 8 to 5 job. be waiting for your players. Be the best person that they can be. Remember. Sacrifice for the team. and make sure it fits the scheme. A coach needs to be flexible. be a role model for others. Don’t hold clinics on the field. and if I arrive on the scheduled time then my players are waiting for me. As a position coach expect to be talked to if something avoidable goes wrong. Our practices must be organized.” Don’t just tell an athlete what he is doing wrong. repetition instills learning.” To be Mentally Tough – “Accept discomfort and live with it. take pride in your work.Abide by team and school rules. Have something to say after each effort.” Football Staff Office Hours The basic rule is to work long enough.” To play with Pride – “Know that you won’t quit when it gets tough. don’t shortchange the other coaches and or our players. show him how to correct it. this is coaching and “don’t coach out of frustration. repetition is the most important key. this builds credibility. To play with Character – “Play as well as you can for as long as you can. 29 . Should not get caught up in busy work. Do what it takes to get the job down. have your work thought out. Do not experiment with drills during practice. Refer to trainer. coaches need time to themselves during the season and off-season. each individual is only as good as the team. Strive to make your group the best on the field. but a profession. if I arrive 5 minutes early then I’m 10 minutes late. Stay alert for players with injuries or heat problems. Never lose your poise or confidence. if I arrive 10 minutes early I’m 5 minutes late.

3. Coach our players all year long. snappy. Most drills should have a secondary movement. Talk the importance of classroom demeanor. 2. or they would not be included. its how we teach our style of football.Players must perform on the practice field with extreme quickness. hustle is the key ingredient. 30 . All segments are very important. Encourage them to “hang around”. 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. and to work in the weight room. Almost all actions in football are based on carrying out a secondary movement. staying current on all classroom assignments and homework. Cover considerable ground in a short period of time. 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. keep them short. More important than what system of offense and defense we run. Gain the respect from your players. We must be very selective in the drills that we use. don’t demand respect. to work on a position specialty skill. They should: 1. “talk football”. Pay strict attention to the scheduled time segments. you must earn it. after an initial one. Be well planned and administered. because as a staff we are only as strong as our weakest link. and positive. Don’t relax during any segment. 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. If you get tired pray for strength. planning and administering of drills. doing well in class. crisp.” Robert Zuppke As a coach we make our greatest contribution in the construction. Do not make drills too elaborate. Breed confidence into your team.

The coach conducting the drill should see that his drills are prepared in advance. such as balls. and agility. then you as the coach conducting the drill must get to practice early to have your stations set and ready to go. Be certain managers are informed in advance of what equipment is needed. Conditioning Drills – once the season has begun these will be almost entirely running drills. Reaction Drills – primarily for developing quickness. cones. 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. Eliminate foolish penalties. Basically There Are Five Types Of Drills: 1. 5. 31 . Fundamental Drills – these are to teach all the skills of tackling. success breed’s success. 4. balance. defense. including any necessary teaching aids. These should be included briefly in almost every practice. Fun Drills – used to lighten the practice load late in the season or as a morale booster. Have a great kicking game. 4. Morale is the catalyst that turns offense. Always believe that it can get done. 9. There must be a need on a player’s part to desire success and wish to work for it. 11. Don’t get out worked. Make half time adjustments. It is not something you can buy. blocking. 8. Eliminate missed assignments. and if we have no managers. kicking game and goal line into victory. etc. 3. Don’t get out hustled.The preparation for drills must be made in full detail before hitting the practice field. 3. 2. These drills should be used only to the extent so as not to dull the desire for further contact. 7. etc. Eliminate the long run and long pass. it is something that comes from enjoying success. 6. Eliminate the turnover. How To Win Football Games: 1. 10. stance. 5. This is where coaches play an important role in determining whether pride will grow and flourish. Win the battles on the goal line. 2. Don’t get out hit. practice bags.

” 32 . Recognize fatigue and be ready to adjust your drills. Maintain positive discipline – control action – stress execution. Skills are perfected by “Repetition” – move players fast through drills. Teach the easiest way to complete the assignment – learn from repetition. Push players to their full maximum efforts. Give each player a chance to succeed and be positive.” 14. We as coaches must continuously teach blocking and tackling.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. 22. proper pursuit and contain. 11. 5. Always bring practice schedule with you to practice. the game is secondary. 13. 21. 18. 1. We’ll win during the week on the practice field. don’t coach down. 15. 19. 10. The most important point to remember is. 3. Teach high percentage repetitions with low percentage group discussion.” 6. Be persistent in demanding that techniques are performed correctly. 8. “Must Practice Like Champions. 9. in other words we’ll play like we practice. Emphasis first key reactions. Correct all techniques and assignment and assignment errors “Immediately. Be sure to set your equipment up prior to practice this helps from wasting time. Teach at the top position skill level. We’re only as good as the last guy. so how good will that player be? How important will you make him feel? 2. When working with other groups (example OL vs. 20. Approach To Practice Sessions Nothing is more important to success than the time we spend on the practice field. Plan and only use position drills that relate to specific position assignments. As a position coach stress basic skill techniques. Make your “Drill Atmosphere” full speed. Begin new practice segments as fast as possible – predict effort. 16. Instill a practice work ethic – force your players to “Practice Hard. your coaching image can change the football life of your position players. The time we spend preparing for practice is as important as the actual time you spend on the field. The important thing is how we utilize this time. Coach at near game like player reaction. 7. End practice segments on the whistle – start new drill as soon as possible. develop position skills. 17. 12. DL) get your group ready quickly – do not wait for the other group – reps most important thing. 4. 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.

Enthusiasm is a vital role in a good practice. As coaches we will want to teach technique. with lots of hustle. We must want to practice the basic fundamentals of football everyday. Prepare them to be varsity players. By sticking to this routine. no exceptions. 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. toughness and discipline. We must have practice segments organized to the minute. 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. You must want to be fundamentally sound. As a staff we must stress to your players the importance of a great work ethic. Each segment should be coached to its fullest potential and once the period is over then you must proceed to the next period. We do not want to slow down the tempo of practice. Our practices should be sharp. and Monday through Sunday as coaches. physically and mentally tough. If we are to win on Friday night. This can only be possible if we have “A Unified Coaching Staff” demanding the same style of play. each player should be made to feel important to the overall success of the program. we must get our team fundamentally sound. it forces us to coach hard and to near game like situation.During two-a-day practices. Is The Way You Will Play On Game day. then we must prepare Monday through Thursday as players. By standing around and “talking” to our players will sometimes slow down their intensity. Practice Philosophy and Guidelines For Coaches The 150% Factor Utilization of practice time is of utmost importance. Developing Our Intermediate and Lower Level Programs Lower Level Teams: The backbone of our program. This means keep them in the program. If your opponent runs 10 – 100 yard sprints then we must run 12. Be Positive … Coach up and make our players the best that they can be. Each segment should last approximately 5 minutes but not longer than 10 minutes in duration. The little Things Make The Difference. Coaches are to get as much “talking” done as possible before going onto the field. We must attempt to prepare our self’s to play a game the week prior to the opening season. Never Compromise Your Beliefs. Conduct a game like scrimmage and do not conclude it until every situation that might arise during the season is covered. Keep them eligible firm but fair (keep the game fun). Compile a “must list” and make certain every situation is covered on it. keep them out for football. enthusiastic. We will want to spend the majority of our time working on the fundamentals of football and the basic program core elements of play. 33 . and The Way You Practice.

4. etc. Standing invitation to all in house clinics. Don’t expect anything less than perfection in every aspect of the football program. 3. send him to the head coach. If you jump on a player hard verbally. which includes the freshman and Jr. be sure that before he leaves after practice you have talked with him. Program rules and regulations. if not acknowledge each of your position players or any player you felt good about that day. 2. 5. Complete playbooks with installation procedures for offense. Varsity programs if applicable. dummies. pitch in there’s always something to do. grab or argue with a player. 4. 9. 8. Don’t allow players to go unnoticed. Coaches are expected to be dressed and in the locker room before players report. and kicking game. 3. Don’t run off right after practice. Get drills ready – cones. Any literature that might helps promote educational growth and knowledge of the game of football. Expectations From Our Coaching Staff At Memorial 1. 6. look professional. which includes the locker room. 10. 8. 7. Work with every player that comes on the field. Techniques for specific positions. Attendance at Intermediate school pep rally’s. Do not use foul language. Study hall suggestions for those students needing assistance. 9. look like a coach. Offensive and Defensive drills that fit the philosophy of the varsity program. Workout suggestions for off-season training including lifting routines. 1. After practice make sure you go through the locker room and say something.The lower level program. etc. Be properly dressed. defense. 5. if he is unbearable. 34 . Don’t allow anything to lie around the athletic area. 2. 6. should expect the following from the Head Coach as well as all those involved in the football program at Victoria Memorial High School. 7.

16. You can’t win without athletes. Thus. As coaches we have an obligation to run a disciplined program that will be successful in the long run. 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. 18. not by your opponents. You shouldn’t care what a good coach is paid. Don’t sit and wallow in self-pity. It is the athlete’s responsibility to please the coach and not the coaches place to please the players. I believe its better to have great coaches than great athletes. 22. 14. face it head on. 13. 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. We must get better everyday by working very hard on blocking and tackling. To do anything else is unfair to the athletes who want to win at Murrieta Vista. teachers. it isn’t enough. Whether we win or lose should be determined by us. 35 . Championships are decided on the little things. coaches and community. players. Anything a poor coach gets paid is too much. parents. We must spend a great deal of time with fundamentals. you at some point will be faced with adversity. Simplicity should be one of the greatest guides in helping your selection when it comes to the technical aspects of the game. 15. If we have players who don’t like football. 12. Enthusiasm is nothing more than being positive. In coaching. but you can lose with them and this is where coaching becomes a factor. Our job as coaches is to run a top-flight program that will eventually lead to continued success. we will constantly find ourselves compromising our beliefs in order to keep them from quitting. you must be prepared for it. meticulous attention must be paid to the seemingly “Little” aspects of the program. 17. It is impossible to be negative and be enthusiastic. 21. 20. We as coaches have an obligation to place our athletes in a first class environment and to improve on our facilities each year. Discipline breeds success.11. They do not like harassment. Everyone associated with the football program needs to feel that they are important to the success of the program. 19. As a program we control our own destiny. Players like discipline. Harassment breeds contempt. which includes administrative staff.

which indicates he really enjoys coaching. A good coach is intensely loyal. Once again. and for creatively attacking problems in all phases of the program. defense.What Constitutes A Good Coach At Memorial 1. The average coach acts only on a direct assignment. 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? 36 . 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. 6. with the realization that winning football results when these items are controlled. off-season and in season event. A good coach will constantly seek to improve his own teaching methods. which reflects cheerfulness. and an attitude of patience toward the correction of mistakes made by his players. 3. but that herein lays the difference between the champion and second best. and kicking game. He has thorough knowledge of all fundamental techniques employed concerning offense. 5. A good coach is willing to personally assume responsibility for thinking out an assignment. the integrity of our coaching staff will be built around the following criteria. honest. A good coach makes a thorough preparation for carrying out his responsibilities at each and every practice session. 8. 4. A coach realizes that to gain that extra amount of excellence. 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. A good coach is willing to devote his time tirelessly to all phases of the program. 2. much time and effort is required. 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. waits for an exact spelling out of the assignment and functions only to the extent that an assignment is literally spelled out. This means an attitude. 7. and sincere.

Chain Of Command One should not be impressed with the title of head coach. Not everyone can be a coach and or player. If you love your job. A head coach should expect his assistants to look for problems before they become big one’s. Any organization that is easy to be a member of generally isn’t worth being apart of. especially when meeting parents. Look the part and act the part of a professional coach. I know that not all programs can afford coaching attire but through fundraisers. 37 . Be a self-starter and make a personal commitment to excellence. Get the job done regardless of the hours involved. as the position coach can’t solve it. administrators. attending professional clinic (coaching school) etc. Accept responsibilities. One must pay the price to be apart of a successful football program. accept duties. Be prompt in completing all your assigned duties and be prepared to discuss duties performed. A head coach should take all blame for lack of success. someone has to have the final say. Dress For Success During The Season And The Off . but grateful to have the opportunity. and constantly strive to exhibit to your players your commitment to the program and to them. Assistant coaches usually will feel grateful and feel as though they are important to the program and to the head coach. Two possible scenarios exist here. Hard Work While the head coach’s time is not more valuable than yours. Secondly. 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. if possible. Everyone on his staff should be made to feel that his voice and opinion matters. lets eliminate them. but he must be willing to pay the price with effort and dedication. you will never count the hours. neither is yours more valuable then his. However. An athlete and or coach can become whatever he thinks he can be.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. Dress neatly at all times. but willing to make the necessary changes to insure future success. bring it to the head coach and give him your recommendations for a positive solution. If the football program develops a problem and you. this should be a priority. etc. improve your knowledge of football.Season. It’s my belief that this is where some programs fall short. make personal sacrifices.

Never discuss anything but good qualities about the staff and the program. administration. Because loyalty is a two way street. it should be pointed out that if the head coach is to be loyal to you. Each coach should be held responsible for the offense. 38 . 4. parents and kids pick up on this fast. follow the fifteen-minute rule. This means you must openly and freely be able to discuss all differences of opinion in regard to theory. You must defend and hold each other up at all times.Loyalty Be loyal to the school. and kicking game. Don’t take your disagreements into the community and or onto the field. head football coach. ideas. All disagreements and problems should be handled in private. if you don’t understand something specific to your position and duties ask. but should trust his assistant’s professional judgment in this matter. 5. Staff Relationships 1. The head coach should approve or reject all game plans. defense. No-second guessing. The head coach should control the substitution of players if need be. and fellow coaches. squad. You must be willing to listen and change if the staff is going to be successful. and team policies in staff meetings only. Unity Our staff can’t be split between offense and defensive staffs. A staff is only as good as each other. 2. Assistant coaches should be held accountable for their positions players and coaching styles. Techniques of offense and defense must conform to the head coach’s philosophy. 3. 6. It must be understood that we will win together and or lose together. then you need to be loyal to him. Be prompt for all meetings and practice sessions. There is only one Head Coach.

and techniques that the head coach expects from the offense. 5. assist with defensive scouting report. 6. Organize and assist with supervision of study hall. 3. Special Teams Coordinator. Inside Linebackers. Responsible for special teams playbook. 9. Offensive Coordinator. Off-season coordinator. The examples provided below are geared to a full compliment of coaches. Responsible for defensive scouting report. 39 . 4. 2. and techniques head coach expects from the defense.Staff Responsibilities and Duties The following information will be used as a guide for determining our staff duties and responsibilities. offensive line coach Responsible for goals. 6. 4. Power lifting. secondary. Offensive Line: 1. 5. 7. Secondary Coach: 1. Varsity Special Teams Coordinator. Responsible for defensive playbook. Inside Linebackers: 1. 9. technique that the head coach expects from special teams. Recruiting Coordinator Defensive Coordinator. Assist in off-season coordination. Breakdown opponent’s video. Responsible for goals. direction. 8. Assist in off-season football. Responsible for offensive playbook. Offensive Coordinator. Responsible for goals. Assist with study hall. 3. Assist with Special Teams. Responsible for offensive scouting report. but can be modified to fit our particular situation. Defensive Coordinator. 6. Breakdown opponent’s video. 5. Breakdown opponent’s video. direction. direction. 4. Along with responsibilities this section provides a typical weekly of in season work schedules for coaches. Special Teams. 7. 2. 2. Responsible for special teams scouting report. 8. 3.

5. Varsity Receivers Coach 1. Assist with defensive scouting report. 2. Breakdown opponent’s video. 2. 3. 2. Call Offense for JV team. 5. 5. Breakdown opponent’s video. Assist with scouting report. 4. 6. etc. boards. 4. boards. Assist quarterbacks coach with JV offense. Varsity Defensive Line Coach 1. 3. 3. Help call offense for JV team. Quarterbacks Coach. Call defense for JV team. Input data for self-scouting and tendencies. 4. 2. computer imput. 4. Assist with scouting reports. 3. charts. Help with self-scouting reports. Input defensive data for tendencies. Responsible for quarterbacks notebook. 40 . boards. Outside linebackers (Sams and Rovers) Assist defensive line coach with input of defensive data for tendencies. Coach Receivers. scouting reports. Assist with offensive scouting reports. Help call defense for JV teams. Coach Running Backs. Scout opponent’s secondary coverage’s. 5.Varsity Outside Linebackers: 1. Varsity Running Backs Coach 1. Breakdown opponent’s defense. etc. charts. scouting reports. 5. Varsity Quarterbacks Coach 1. 2. 4. 3. Coach Defensive Line. Input offensive data for tendencies. Breakdown opponent’s video. Breakdown opponent’s video.

The theme of the week should be rotated through and maintained by the coaching staff. Take care of the all conduct running for tardies. These assignments’s can be on a rotating bases or a permanent one depending upon your philosophy. a possible location for this board can be outside or inside the varsity locker room. meetings. Inspect dressing room after workouts. if there’s going to be a problem let someone know. missed workouts. 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. Theme Of The Week I will suggest that we develop a theme of the week bulletin board. Each presentation should be no longer than 5 minutes in length. Week One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve Topic Character Leadership Commitment Attitude Pride Excellence Integrity Effort Adversity Winning Courage Perseverance Commitment Coaches Each week you should assign coaches to take care of the week’s needs. The information provided below is examples of the theme of the week ideas. 41 . 2. with each coach assigned a topic.Memorial Staff Meetings It is always important to remind all coaches to be at scheduled meetings on time. 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. The theme of the week should last through the entire season and on into the playoffs if applicable. Some of these things are: 1. etc. Head coach can set the order of presentations.

Prepare game awards for players. 12:00 players excused. Laundry If our school has the capabilities of doing laundry after practice we might consider assigning certain coaches to this task. 3. helmet stickers. grade film. must bring note from teacher. 1. all coaches.m. Study Hall Study halls and tutorials will be implemented into our athletic program and organized by coaches’ availability if at all possible. Don’t hang out in the coaches’ office. Study hall should be mandatory for all those students who are border line and or failing in any subject area. 4. Approximately 2:30 or 3:30 break until Sunday. No visiting or talking during the period without permission. All coaches for staff meeting 7:00 a. Injured players to trainer if applicable by 8:30. Set a schedule for commitment coaches. return 1:30 p. Rules for study hall management: 1. 10:30 review film with position players. 5. If study hall is mandatory. 2. Dressing Room Supervision All coaches upon the completion of practice and assigned duties should be expected to be in the dressing room. 2. no show – See commitment coach after practice. 5.3. Study hall is not a social time. 3. Take roll. Start laundry after evening workouts. If going to tutorials. Review goal chart. etc. 4. 42 . 6. after all coaches have completed there assigned duties we will start back at the beginning. Coach break down opponent’s video. Weekend Preparations Saturday A.m. Any other duties that may be assigned by the head coach. 4. 9:30 weights – All coaches present. Study hall should be made available for any and all student athletes that wish to attend.M. Time must be indicated. can only get out if passing. 8. Commitment coaches put all laundry in. 7.

Ice down drinks. 6. Scouting reports must be ready to hand out Monday morning. Develop Personnel. Scouting reports all coaches. cokes. 13. Kicking tees and net. Video equipment. 2. Defensive Data Input for computer printouts done. Grade Friday night film – all varsity positions. Equipment kit for repairs. Call sheets. 19. Field organization. 10. 2. 7. Bulletin boards and motivational information done. 11. 4. Freshman coaches assist JV and Varsity coaches in film breakdown. Clean visitor’s dressing room. 21. Prepare all scouting reports. offensive. Film exchange.M. Clean towels. 8. 9. 4. Pre-game meals (collect money). Tackle charts done and updated. Gameday Responsibility Check List 1. Ball boys. 3.Sunday P. Clean referees locker room. Official game time. coaches designated field positions for individual warm-up. 5. Opponents Bulletin board done. Offensive Data both self-scout and opponent input completed. offense. 8. Practice balls for game. 15. Discuss Monday practice schedule. 5. 12. Game statistics done. 7. Scout teams. Film cut-ups done. 9. Express any trick or unusual plays with officials. 14. 6. Player supervision – all coaches. Towels for wet balls. defense and kicking game cards completed. 4. Head sets. Weekend Duties 1. 6. defensive. 3. 11. Issue Uniforms and equipment. 3. 43 . 20. and kicking game plans. 18. Transportation. 10. 2. 1. All goal boards completed. 16. Coaches report 1:30 for staff meeting. Game balls for officials. 5. 17.

The information that you should consider includes: 1. (Four minutes). Plays by formation. 4. a. 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. c. b. b. Short yardage and goal line defenses – stunts. Head coach meets with both offense and defense as a team. 2. Second period (four minutes). Period One – Half Time Organization The first period is a critical one for the staff. Defensively a. Secondary by down. 3. Staff must analyze the first half and make plans for the second half. Your play selection by success and failure. Offensively a. and formation. Staff meetings. 3. Fourth period (four minutes) a. 2. Team rest. distance. d. Injury and equipment care. b. In order to stay on schedule you might want to assign a staff member or parent to keep meeting times on schedule. Players must be given time to rest. Fronts by down and distance. Halftime divided into four periods: 1. Offense and Defensive position coaches meet with assigned groups. All injury and equipment problems taken care of. Return to field for warm-up. 4. 2.Half Time Organization Things that must take place during half time: 1. 44 . Players must be re-motivated to play the final and most important part of the game. First period (four minutes). Third period Offense and defensive Coordinators meet with their entire offense or defensive squads. 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. a. c.

if a receiver can beat a corner on an out route or a streak. Has there been any assignment breakdown in any phase of the kicking game. affecting the play. Pass routes. 45 . block or return. Plays by down and distance. While your staff is actively involved in second half strategy. coverage. both the offense and defense meet with their coordinators to tie the schemes together. Is the fake punt possible? c. for instance. Should you punt. b. d. and so on. etc. This allows them to rest and prevents a lot of moving around. Liquids. towels and other needs are brought to the players. b. rain. Also. or force adjustments are made to stop the opponent defensively. Personnel adjustments because of injuries or other reasons. First. General a. Any possible playing conditions such as wind. Your staff should be made to feel that it is extremely important to have open communication with their players. How is the kick-off coverage and punt coverage? d. 3. All incidental injuries and equipment problems are taken care of in their designated assigned areas of the locker room. 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. c. route changes and theory of attack is decided offensively. Also. You should try and keep this initial period to approximately 4 to 5 minutes. or if an offensive lineman can reach a down defender on outside plays. Kicking Game a. From all points listed above. You should allow 4 to 5 minutes for this period. any front adjustments. All blocking adjustments. you hope to do two things. 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. Period Three – Half Time Organization As soon as each position coach has met with his players. Your defensive calls by down and distance. you quiz your players as to what is happening to them on the field. your players should be getting ready physically for the second half. Period Two – Half Time Organization The second period of your halftime is for each coach to meet with the players of his position. the coach needs to know.b. During this period. 4. your staff should arrive at a second-half philosophy.

Defeat all negative thoughts. We do work harder. 4. Intensity – Must teach the 150% attitude a. 5. It is the job of the head coach to finalize all strategy and goals and to motivate the squad for the second half. a. 46 . a. Hard work together equals Unity of Team. Off-Season Main objectives of an off-season program should be built around the following examples: 1. Never be satisfied. d. the harder it is to surrender. Expect more from yourself as coaches and players. a.Period Four – Half Time Organization With about 8 minutes remaining the person in charge of keeping time will give a 5minute warning. Learn to deal with pain and to never except defeat. Always talk “Us” and “We”. Everything is done with a high level of enthusiasm and competitiveness – Push each other. Do all the little things right all the time. “When your body says no – your heart says go!” 2. accept nothing less. Physical Strength and Quickness a. Unity – Only as good as the last coach or last player with the least role in the program. 3. 150% effort all the time – Outwork the 110% opponent. b. c. b. Weight Room – Benefits. Mental Toughness – this can be developed and expected. Make being on the team the greatest experience of their life’s. The team then departs for the second half. At this time your coaches with press box responsibilities and your team captains should leave the locker room for the field. Encourage each other to work harder – the harder you work. this is where Championships are Won. All out effort – All the time – 150% effort every minute. The Difference Between Them and Us. not “I” and “Me”. b. b. The head coach will take control at this point and the offense and defense join together for final instructions. This time period lasts usually not more than 3 to 4 minutes. Agility and Mat Drills.

Our Success – Our Attitude – Our Work Habits are things we can control. 5. 2. Never allow our opponent to dictate our destiny. Bench Press Incline Press Squat Power Clean Vertical Jump 40 Yard Sprint 5 – 10 – 5 yard Pro Shuttle Run Phase 2: Heavy Weights. d. You want to challenge your athletes to give maximum efforts. and Power Lifting Season This phase of the off-season starts directly after the last game. 3. e. If a 150% effort equals hard work then we can accomplish it. 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. must do right 150% of the time. Phase 3: Weights and Football – Continue getting strong. Movement (agilities) and Mat Drills – Develop Mental Toughness. The little things we do will make us Champions. Defense Time Frame: 3rd week of April through the 1st week of May. must expect it. c. Phase 4: Spring Football 2 to 3 weeks prior to Final Exams 47 . Some Movement. Phase 1: Heavy Weights. Discipline – must live with it. 7. Install Offense. 4. choose to be in control of our destiny. As a team we will sweat the small stuff.b. 6. Test Dates For Core Lifts and Run – 2 weeks after starting off-season 1.

shoulder circuit. front squat. lat pull down. form running. jump rope. Support Stations (4 stations) – lunge walk. ladders. dead lift. parallel. step up. Tricep Rack Lifts (3 or 4 stations) – bench press. preacher curl. bag drills. dips. Biceps Rack Lifts (3 or 4 stations) – parallel squat. Back. hurdles. 1 x 1 at 90% 5 x 5 at 80% 5 x 80%. leg extension. and Percentages Card 1: Card 2: Card 3: Card 4: Card 5: 10 x 60%. incline press. 8 x 65%. Shoulders. triceps extension. flexibility. ballistic push up. Wednesday – Running Stations (6 to 8). 6 x 70% 8 x 65%. jump rope. push press. Man Makers. Support Stations (4 stations) – flat bench dumbbell fly’s. pull over. split jerk. 5-10-15 shuttle. hang clean. 6 x 70%. 6 x 70%. military press. The following information is what I have found to be very effective when setting goals with my athletes. hurdle station. etc. lawnmower pull. Reps.The following information will give you your weekly weight room activities along with any extra activities you wish to use. incline dumbbell fly’s. straight leg dead lift. T-bar row. clean and jerk. 1 x 100% Monday / Thursday – Legs. shoulder fly. Sets. 48 . (Competition Day) Cone drills. 2 point plyometric station. 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. shrugs. power row. 4 x 85%. box plyometrics. 4 x 75% 3 x 3 at 85%. jump rope. seated row. leg curl. dumbbell curls. Abs. bleacher station. sled station. rope station. 3 x 90%. obstacle course. squat jump (weighted). Tuesday / Friday – Chest. 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. upright row. snatch. 2 x 95%. close-grip bench. power clean. 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. speed ladders. 8 x 65%.

I am apart of a family. my school. Being apart of this brotherhood has its costs and responsibilities. When I walk out onto the football field I represent: 1. I will conduct myself in a manner that does not draw unwarranted attention to my family. I will strive to be a complete player. I will treat others the way I would want to be treated. 4. 2. 3. My School. Myself. 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”. I will when on campus and in the classroom. I am no longer an individual. I pledge the following: I will give my very best effort towards receiving a quality education. I make my commitment to uphold and protect the legacy of my family and my brotherhood. I will follow all rules and regulations laid out by the Memorial football program. my team. My Teammates. 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. and my position players.My Goals and Pledge As A Bronco Players Name:_____________________ Date:_________________ To be a member of the Memorial Football Team is an honor and a responsibility. my teammates and or my teachers. Within the family is a brotherhood (name by position example offensive line). My Family. I will work towards knowing all my football assignments and become a student of the game. for as long as I can”. cause no problems for myself. I will play with Character – “Play as hard as I can. 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. 49 .

4. I pledge that before I leave Memorial. 2. Players Home Phone Number: Street Address: City and Zip Code: . Now it is my time in history. history will remember me as a champion both on and off the field of play. Players Signature: Parents Signature: Coaches Signature: Date Home Visit: Remember: We only pass this way but once. 2. lets make the best of it. 5. I Promise To Follow These Vows: Players Name: _________________________ Date: ___________ Position Players Goals and Expectations Anticipated Goals By Start Of Football Season: Height: __________ Bench: __________ 40 Yd. so. 50 Weight: _________ Squat: __________ Shuttle Run: ________ Vertical Jump: __________ Power Clean: ___________ Power Ranking: _________ Players Long Term Goals 1. 3. 2. Dash: ______ Players Immediate Goals 1. 5. how good will you be. We will only be as good as the last guy. 4. 4. Coaches Comments and Expectations 1. 3. 3.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. 5.

Never play a boy because his parent is a friend. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. Do not make and “enemy”. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the inevitable. Do not hesitate to refer parents to the head coach. our young people Dealing With Parents Developing constructive relationships will more than pay off the time it takes. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. don’t let the friendship compromise fairness to your players or coaching objectivity. the success of any program is ones ability to communicate. It is more important than the past. 3. 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. and provide the internal commitment to the future of this country. than what other people think or say and do. By Charles Swindoll Last but not least. 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. than education. Attitude The longer we live. to me is more important than facts. A parent with a complaint would usually rather talk on the phone than in person. It is more important than appearance. than successes. 1. The following are several guidelines that many coaches use in building consistency in their football program. Never comment negatively about another squad member in front of a parent or visitor. When dealing with parents and developing close relationships with them. giftedness or skill. but first inform the head coach fully of the situation. Turn them into a friend of the program. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes. than circumstances. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have. must discuss with them their sons role on the team. It will make or break a company… a church… a home…(a football program). than failures.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. Attitude. The best approach to an irate parent is to talk to that person face to face. the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. 51 . than money. the ups and downs of those who sacrifice the time. and that is our attitude. 2.

52 . Defensive and Kicking Game Philosophies The following information shall be the guide for hanging our hats on. 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. Our passing game philosophy is built around the 5 step. pressure offenses into mistakes. The option game from under center and from the gun will help in controlling coverages thus. We must be able to challenge not only our own learning curve as coaches. We will use both the option game from under center and the gun option to set the passing game.Memorial Vipers Offensive. what defense will most hurt the play called. giving our passing game a higher probability for success. 3 step. inside veer which will option a 5 technique. think turnovers. Pressure defenses should be the norm at Vista Murrieta. 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 as coaches will want to teach to near game like situations at practice. Our Isolation plays are built around the terminology of “Part the Seas” at the point of attack. The gun option read game will be used to control the perimeter play that in turn will set the inside running game up. The option game from under center will be based around the midline which takes advantage of a 3 technique. this is called running to daylight. and get the back into the hands of our offense. The key to a successful option attack is for us to talk in terms of worse case scenarios. but challenge our athletes to play at the next level. In other words find the least restrictive push for our offensive linemen and attack the bubble with the Tailback. Defensive Philosophy: “Defense Wins Championships” our defensive philosophy will be built around multiple 8-man fronts. sprint-out. and play action passes. Our blocking schemes shall be built around zone blocking concepts which will always give our running backs the possibility of cutting the ball backside. repetition is the key. and then the load option which will read and control the movement and reactions of a 9 technique. which in turn will allow the offense to run Isolation plays and push our zone blocking schemes. A defense should bend but never break. the 150% effort or that space out in the area of the unknown.

Do thinks when our opponent least expects it. Make things happen. will receive that type of time priority in its installation weekly. momentum change. and scoring opportunistic approach. think turnovers.Kicking Game Philosophy: The kicking game preparation philosophy will be one of game breaker. The kicking game is 1/3 of the game and thus. 53 . field position.

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