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Academic and Athletic Balance

Extra-curricular athletics must be viewed as a supportive activity to the

primary mission of any educational institution. The primary mission of any
educational institution must be the academic and personal development of
its students. In public education, the integrity of the academic mission can
never be compromised. The future of our young people, and of our society as
a whole, demands that the molding of the intellectual capacity of all students
is central to the personal student’s success. The role of extra-curricular
athletics involves providing opportunities for extended character
development through structured athletic competition.

Comprehensive, statewide studies of academic performance of high school

student-athletes in North Carolina over a three year period found significant
differences between athletes and non-athletes. Five criteria were used,
including grade point average, attendance rate, discipline referrals, drop-out
rates and graduation rate, for the 1994-1995 academic year. Athletes, when
compared to non-athletes, scored significantly higher in all academic and
attendance categories and lower in referrals and drop-out rates. The survey
also showed that the larger the school, the more pronounced the differences
in participant and non-participant test scores and attendance results. These
published results will be the cornerstone of our recruiting process to
prospective athletes’ families.

The Academics First agenda will be used to remind players about the
importance of academics and will attempt to tie in any football and/or
strength and conditioning rewards with the school’s academic standards.
High expectations in regards to in the classroom and on the field conduct will
be set and enforced by all members of the football staff during the year.

Team member progress will be monitored through the use of Periodic Grade-
Progress sheets. We will closely monitor players with grade, or behavioral,
problems and will be available for the teachers to discuss and correct these
situations. The teachers will have the coaches’ support in dealing with our
players on these issues.

Gallup Bengals Football


I strongly believe that athletics is a vital component in the overall education

process. Student-athletes can obtain positive educational benefits from athletics
such as: responsibility towards ones self, team members, coaches and teachers;
self-discipline, sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity, work ethic, development of
character and personal sacrifice for the good of others and the team.

My belief in setting high expectations, both in the classroom and on the field, is the
best way for our athletes to be successful in school and on the team. Responsibility
is then to give them the tools to be successful. Establishing a sense of pride –
Gallup and Bengal pride – is the primary step for their success. Once a sense of
pride is established, tradition and loyalty fall in line. These three factors – pride,
tradition and loyalty – are the driving force behind any successful athletic program.


We will establish an esprit de corps mentality. In a military sense, we want to be

“looking for a few good men” to be a part of our team. Using the US Air Force
signature motto: AIM HIGH! We will set ourselves apart from the ordinary and set
the standard. Pride not only begins with the players, but belongs to the student
body, the teachers, the school, and the community. We will become that something
for all to rally behind and support. As coaches in one of the most visible sports in
school, we must be willing to go to the community and ask for help in supporting
the things we are trying to do. Having secured many friendships and contacts over
the years, we must capitalize on these to further a positive, and successful, sports


Tradition is developed through hard work and sacrifice. Striving to educate our
athletes that what they do now will be part of who they become, is a tremendous
responsibility for all coaches. If student-athletes set high goals and expectations,
working hard to achieve them, they will leave a lasting legacy for those behind
them to follow. This growth process will prepare them for their futures and will
become a model for all that follow to emulate. The younger students and players
will naturally look up to them and strive to achieve beyond their predecessors.


Loyalty is accomplished by having a positive, and successful, athletic experience

and environment. When an athlete knows that his coaches truly care for them, the
loyalty creates a wonderful cycle of continued success. We as coaches need to show
genuine concern for those students who have given their time and efforts to the
program. This can be as simple as a handshake and a “thank you.” Once a student
knows that you genuinely care for them, they will do anything within their power to
pay back what they have received.


For any program to be successful it must develop its philosophy early in the
development of its players. Strong youth programs are the essential building blocks
for a strong high school program. With our successful TDFL and Junior High school
teams feeding our school, the potential pool of talent should remain strong and
consistent. As high school coaches we need to make ourselves visible, and
available, to those players and coaches. A great way to do this is the use of the
Future Bengals Football Camp and to hold coaching clinics for the area youth
coaches. A sincere effort in attending as many games and practices as possible is
required to build a solid and lasting relationship. Showing these coaches, most of
whom volunteer, that we really care about them are and what they do is not
“beneath us” will create a strong sense of loyalty and cooperation.

There is no doubt that our high school student-athletes are very visible role models
for these younger student-athletes. It is important to involve our student-athletes in
these camps whenever possible. We want these younger student-athletes to
experience what it is like to be a part of our football family. By inviting them to our
games and practices, as well as using the “ball boys for the game” and “recruit of
the week” programs, these student-athletes will see how fun it is to be a part of our
program. They will know that Gallup High School cares for them.


There is no room in any high school for student-athletes to concentrate on one

sport. As coaches, we need to encourage our student-athletes to participate in a
variety of sports throughout the year. Any kind of competition is good for athletes
and this cross sport participation will only strengthen our overall athletic program. It
is vital for our coaching staff to support and make an effort to attend as many other
school functions, both academic and athletic, as possible. The continuing
development of our student-athletes will also take place during the summer break
through the participation in local passing leagues and off-season conditioning.


“A coach can only be as consistent in working with people if he has developed a philosophy
that is based upon his own personality.”
- LaVell Edwards, former Head Coach, Brigham Young Univ.

As a coach and educator, I believe that there are five principles to any philosophy in
order for it to be effective in the classroom or on the field. I believe that for any
program to be successful there needs to be a level of consistency to how things are
done, a sense of responsibility, a passion for learning (in the classroom and on the
field), the ability to maintain the proper perspective, and a total commitment to
doing what is needed in the school and for the team. There are no favorites, or
agendas, and in turn each player is expected to show proper respect for their
teachers, coaches, team members, and fellow football players, regardless of who
they play for. In order for any program to be successful, each member of the team
and staff must strive to achieve the same goals. The general aim of the
interscholastic football program is to contribute as much as possible to the general
objectives of education. To be a successful athletic program, the following must be
adhered to:

1. Coaches should be educators. The job of a coach is to teach football in

a manner that is stimulating and challenging to its participants.
2. The program must have an open line of communication with the
administration, faculty and all facets of the school system.
3. As a head coach, I will have a definite plan in which I believe in.
4. Develop a sense of pride and character, which have won more battles
than can be counted.
5. To encourage sportsmanship at all times. Maintain a proper
perspective of the event, regardless of who won or lost.
6. The head coach must have input and responsibility to select his
staff of dedicated coaches, who must believe in the head coach and his
7. The head coach should have input to select and coordinate
coaches at the feeder programs and see that coaches adhere to the
philosophy of the program. The future of any program lies in the
successful development of the lower programs. Success breeds
8. The head coach must organize the program to operate at
maximum efficiency.

Players give you exactly what you expect of them, nothing more nothing less. If you
expect them to be a good player for you, they will be. It is up to the coaching staff
to teach all players to their potential by any means necessary. You will have to roll
up your sleeves and coach them on how you want them to play.

We will be a physical, relentless football team that will be known as the hardest
hitting and working team in the league. You play as you practice. Our practices
will be the hardest part of the week’s preparation and we will be fundamentally
sound in our techniques and skills. Our staff will leave no stone unturned in regards
to our game planning, thus giving our student-athletes the opportunity to play at a
high level.

Gallup Football Practice and Teaching Philosophy
1. Our goal is to out practice our opponents.
a. Practice harder, (guiding)
b. Practice smarter, (teaching)
c. Practice at game day intensity (motivating)

2. There are three principles that must be adhered to before one can achieve
victory. They are:
Guiding your players along the proper path both in academics and in life.
Teaching your players the proper fundamentals of their position and the
Motivating your players by being positive, allowing their strengths to show,
By setting the proper example as a role model.

3. We must be great teachers of the game and of your position.

What you see on the game video is what you taught.
You are a teacher! Your players on a daily basis are evaluating your teaching
by their performance. Keep things simple. Don't over teach. Find the best way
to teach the fundamentals. Our goal is that each player masters the
fundamentals at his position.

4. Have a philosophy and sell it to the players. Improve your schemes constantly.

5. Utilize Teaching Aids:

a. Change up procedure of meetings
b. Make use of them
c. Find a way to make use of your video breakdowns
d. Be accurate with the use of all diagrams. 75% of all learning is visual.

6. Great enthusiasm (not cheerleading)

a. Use the 3 to 1 theory (3 positives to one negative comment)
b. Explain to the athlete we citizen performance not the athlete, and to not
take it personally. Find positive things to talk to your players about and
always remember to keep about 80% percent of your communications with
them positive.

7. You must be consistent in your dealing with your players.

Be consistent in your dealing s with all the players on the team. Players will
pick out when you aren't or treat others differently.

8. Coach 100% effort on every play. Coach toughness, coach toughness, and coach
toughness! Pay attention to the details and reinforce those principles through

9. Coach hard work on the field, whether it's practice or the game. You must coach
every play. No standing around, no hands in your pockets, and absolutely no arms
folded across your chest. You need to be where the action is and be teaching the
whole time. All players and coaches are required to jog/run while on the field. NO

10. The best coaches in the country take their players performances personal.


We will be a multi-faceted, multiple formation offense designed to best utilize the

talents we have available each season. Our offense will usually work out of a one-
back scheme and this dynamic offense will emphasize the use of the counter-trey,
inside/outside zone, counter, trap, option, shotgun, spread, Utah’s Spread-Option
and West Coast Offense philosophies to best utilize our personnel to create
favorable match–ups while stretching the defense both horizontally, by formation,
and vertically, by scheme. Our philosophy is based off the premise that to be
successful, all players must be utilized to the best of their abilities and by
employing a balanced approach we will be able to limit turnovers, control the clock,
dictate field position, and enjoy maximum participation by all our players. We will
play with a fast-paced enthusiasm and will be the best conditioned, mentally
prepared, and physically tough offense in the league. We have a complete and
diverse offensive package that will feature the use of a group of base plays, with a
multitude of formations, executed to perfection. We will always have a small “grab
bag” of special plays if needed, but we will hang our hats on these base plays. This
one back system will allow us the greatest flexibility to adapt to our personnel from
year to year, as well as during the games. We also will use a flexible personnel
packaging system to increase player involvement during the game and interest in
our team during practices. This will allow us to utilize the strength of our players in
order to obtain the maximum results.

The offense will have the following goals going into every season:

Offensive Strategy and Goals

1. Approximately 65% run 35% pass.

2. 95% out of shotgun.
3. Be the most physical and best zone blocking team in the state.
4. Stretch the defense across the field and make them play assignment football.

3 Critical Keys

1. Protect the football

2. Score in red zone
3. Convert third downs, practice scenarios

5 Offensive Goals

1. Win
2. Score 66% red zone touchdowns.
3. No Turnovers!
4. 45% on 3rd down conversions.
5. 55% run efficient (4 yards a carry).


Bengal football will employ a flexible, attack-oriented 30-40-6 Stack defense that
will focus on alignment, tackling, aggressive pursuit, covers, and blitzes. We will
take away what the offense does best and dictate to the game to them by playing
on their side of the line of scrimmage. This defensive concept is very solid versus
both run and pass, and allows us to move to an 8 or 9 man front while maintaining
proper pass coverage. The use of the 30-40-6 Stack allows us to use faster and
more athletic players closer to the line of scrimmage, and when coupled with our
blitz/cover/stunts package we can exploit offensive weaknesses and tendencies
more efficiently. This defense is flexible enough to meet a variety of offenses during
the season with very little adjustment as to alignment and assignments. It is our
belief that this type of attack will dictate the tempo and flow of the game. We will
be able to adjust our defense each year based on personnel and allows us to best
utilize our players to obtain maximum results.

Defensive Strategy and Goals

Then Bengal Defense, aka the Wrecking Crew, will be an aggressive defense where
those that “RUN AND HIT” will play. We will emphasis an aggressive, fast style of
defense. We will place a premium on those players that “RUN AND HIT”. We will be
the meanest, nastiest, hardest hitting legal players on the field.

The foundation to our success as a defense will be built upon the execution of the
following three building blocks.

Fundamentals will be the key to our success as a defense. Focus on tackling,
being in the proper position, and executing our assignments with efficiency
and precision. We will practice our fundamentals each practice and will set
the standard of “the more we sweat in practice, the less we bleed in the
game.” The fanciest of schemes in all of football does not mean a thing if we
cannot execute our fundamentals.

Communication will be the key to our success as a team defense. It is
imperative that we communicate from player to player, player to coach,
coach to coach, and coach to player. We will recognize things the offense is
attempting to do because of our exhaustive film study. It will be important for
us to communicate things we see pre-snap, during the play, and post-snap.

We will be a well disciplined team defense. We will not commit stupid
penalties. We will be disciplined and will do the job that we have been asked
to do. To be disciplined, you must trust your teammates, your coaches, and

The Wrecking Crew believes that there are three underlying principles to our
success as defense – tackling, turnovers, and third downs. In order to win the game,
we must strive to win these three areas every game.

If you cannot tackle, you cannot win! Daily emphasis will be placed on
tackling for all defensive positions. Each position will practice the types of
tackles it will likely see during the game. The team will also practice tackling
as it applies to the “force principles” in our defensive scheme.

In order for a team defense to be considered successful, a team defense must
be well versed in the ability to create turnovers and positive situations for the
Bengal team. Each defensive position group will also emphasize creating
turnovers in each practice. If the opponent does not have the ball, they
cannot win.

Third downs
As a team defense, we must win the battle over third downs with our
opponents. We must strive to force every series into a “three and out” for our
opponent. If they cannot sustain a drive, they will be forced to give up the
ball in favorable territory for our offense. Force the punt by winning all third


Special teams play must be our top priority for our program. We feel we must
dominate this area year in and year out for our program to achieve high levels of
success. A commitment of practice time each practice to special teams, at all levels,
is mandatory. Developing great special teams players must begin at the lowest
levels. Our special teams will consist of our most disciplined and driven athletes and
it will be an honor for them to be a part of the “SPECIAL FORCES!” The special
teams will allow us to dictate and maintain favorable field position in order to
ensure our continued success.

The importance of special teams cannot be overlooked and should be the most
important factor in the game. Specific emphasis will be placed daily on the proper
execution of various special team groupings. Gallup Special Forces will be a
respected and fear unit within our district and the state.


Strength training, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance are essential to the

continuing success of any athletic program. By using the Bigger, Faster, Stronger
Program, there will be a steady and consistent development program for all current
and future Gallup Bengal players to develop within.

All Gallup High School football players will be required to participate in the BFS
Training program. The BFS workouts, off-season conditioning, passing league, and
Bengal Football Camp participation are all part of the Bengals 80% Club Qualifiers.
These are the only players that will be allowed to participate on varsity events and
will be one step closer to earning their tiger paws for their helmets.

Gallup High School
10 Steps to a Successful Season

The more trying the times, the more positive one must be.


Listen more, talk less.


A bad habit is any habit that doesn’t serve you, or the program, in a positive way.

You have to feel good about yourself to succeed.

Pressure can bring out extraordinary accomplishments.


At one time or another, we will encounter adversity that threatens our will to go on. We
will learn to overcome or we will sink into despair.


Emulate traits you admire, and learn from other’s mistakes.

Persistence, more than anything else, keeps us great.


We need goals that will help us overcome our weaknesses.


Today’s success is often tomorrow’s failure.

Gallup Football 80 Percent Qualifier Rules

In order to be considered a successful team there are guidelines that put in

place to ensure all players, staff, and coaches are on the same page. This
uniformity of thought and action are developed in the off-season, and pre-
season, practices as the team strives to accomplish certain goals. As success
is gained, rewards come to those that participated fully, and faithfully, in the
pursuit of them.

One of the most visible rewards a football player can have is the emblem, or
sticker, on the side of their helmet. The "Bengal Paw" is a sign of great pride
and accomplishment and should be seen as such. It is only given to those
that have truly earned the right to be called a Bengal Warrior. The pride, and
responsibilities, associated with the wearing of this symbol are great and
requires those that are willing to sacrifice for this cause. The path a Bengal
Warrior must take is that of the 80 Percent Qualifier.

To be an 80 Percent Qualifier, a player must be willing to accomplish the

following activities:

Off-season workouts

A Bengal Warrior must be able to attend no less than 80 percent of all off-
season activities and workouts. These include, but are not limited to: passing
league, football camp, Future Bengal Camp, Bengal Warrior Camp, off-season
weight training and conditioning, fundraising activities, the Bengal Mile and
the Bengal Combines.

Weight Training & Conditioning

During the off-season the weight room will be open 4 days a week (except
Spring Break) until May 31st, the last day of school. That is 60 opportunities
to attend and improve on their core muscle strength and improve on their
conditioning. A player must attend no less than 48 sessions and may not
miss more than 3 consecutive sessions, or more than 5 sessions within a 30
day period, without a verifiable and proper excuse.

Players are also to achieve specific new goals as they progress through their
workouts. New maximums and a noticeable improvement in their speed are
also required to qualify. The needed improvements will be based on each
player and will coincide with grading material consistent with the Husker
Power development chart for each position.

Our goal is very simple when it comes the weight training aspects: we want
strong, fast, and healthy players that are able to compete on the field, in the
classroom, and in life. We will use the 2-3-4 principle in our weight program.

We are looking for all players to bench press 200 pounds, power clean 300
pounds, and squat 400 pounds. These three core lifts are imperative to the
success of a player on the field where strength and stamina help determine
who wins the battle. These minimums will increase as the overall strength of
the athlete, and the team, increase and grow stronger.

Flexibility and speed training will also be incorporated with the strength
program and will allow us to field a team that is in shape and able to
compete with the best of teams in our state. Use of the University of
Nebraska Metabolic Speed Training system allows for the most individualized
of programs, as well as, having a consistent and well-designed program.

Passing League

All skill position players (QB, RB, WR, TE, C, LB, DB) are required to
participate in 80 percent of all passing league activities during the summer.
It is important that the skill position players attend as many of these as
possible in order to accelerate the learning process associated with this


During the whole year, the players will be required to participate in all
fundraising activities. These activities will be used to supplement the football
budget and will be used toward the betterment of the team. These activities
will be run through, and in conjunction with, the Bengal Quarterback Club.

Bengal Mile/ Bengal Combines

These two events are mandatory. No exceptions. They are used as

assessment tools to ensure validity of our off-season program.

The Bengal Mile is a timed run that takes place on the first practice of two-a-
days. Skill position players will have 7 minutes to finish the run. Linemen will
have 10 minutes to finish the run. Should a player not finish the run in the
prescribed time, they will have to run a timed mile after each practice until
the end of pre-season practice (usually 2 weeks). If the player should break
the required barrier, then they will have fulfilled their requirement for it.

The Bengal Combines are a series of events used by the National Football
League used to test potential draftees. The events will consist of a timed 40-
yard dash, shuttle drill, 100-yard dash, and bench-pressing a specific weight
for the highest number of repetitions possible.

Football camps

All players are required to attend the Bengal Warrior Football Camp on the
week before the start of two-a-days and are designed for the high school
athlete. This camp is used as a conditioning tool and allows the coaches to
evaluate the effectiveness of the off-season program, as well as starting
instruction on the basics of the year's schemes.

The Future Bengal Warrior Camp is designed for youth football players in
grade 4 through 8. The Gallup High School football staff and the Varsity
football players will run the camp. A focus on fundamentals will be taught to
ensure a common vocabulary and way of teaching the fundamentals. Local
youth football coaches are invited to attend and assist at the Future Bengal
Warriors Camp.

It is also recommended that players try to attend at least one college football
team camp. This is not mandatory, but will be a great tool in the
development of the player. Team camps, preferably outside of New Mexico,
are of the highest priority, due to the fact, that the player can participate in
contact drills, which are not allowed in New Mexico. Should a player decide
to attend one of these camps, they should talk with their position coach, or
the head coach, to ensure that equipment can be handed out.


TO meet the requirements of the Bengal 80 Percent Qualifier, the player

must accomplish the following:

1. Attend no less than 48 weight lifting sessions by the end of school (May
2. Attend 80 percent of all off-season passing league/lineman activities.
3. Participate in all fundraising activities during the year.
4. Complete the Bengal Mile in the prescribed time and participate in the
Bengal Combines.
5. Participate in the Bengal Warriors or Future Bengal Warriors Football Camp.

Upon earning this honor, the player will be allowed to wear the Bengal Paws
on their helmet. Only Varsity players that have qualified for this honor my
wear the Paws.


I. Academics
A. Priority
B. Accessibility to Teachers
C. Grade Progress Reports
D. End of Year Grade Check
E. Summer School
i. Student Attendance
ii. Grade Progress Check

II. Administration
A. Communication
B. Special Events
i. Inter-squad scrimmage
ii. Homecoming
iii. Pep Rallies
iv. Parent’s Night
v. Senior Night

III. Parents
A. Communication
i. Meetings
ii. Letters
iii. Newsletters
iv. Calendar
B. Pre-season Parents Meeting
i. Program Overview & Philosophy
ii. Rules & Regulations
iii. Coach-Player-Parent Contracts
C. Accessibility

IV. Faculty
A. Support
B. Accessibility
C. Positive attitude
D. Teacher recognition

V. Support Personnel
A. Building / Grounds crew
B. Campus Monitors
C. Support
D. Recognition

VI. Recruiting
A. In School
i. Winter/Spring/ Summer sports athletes
ii. Recruiting meetings
iii. Player recruiters
B. Junior High School / Youth Programs
i. School / team visits
ii. P.E. teacher correspondences
iii. Winter/Spring athletes
iv. Baseball – Senior leagues – Little League
v. GJHS/ TDFLfootball
vi. AAU
1. Baseball
2. Basketball
3. Track

VII. Strength and Conditioning

A. Motivation
i. Lift-a-thons
ii. Bengal Combines
iii. 80 percent club
iv. Signs/boards/ charts/ t-shirts
B. Off-season
i. 80 percent participation rule
ii. Testing
iii. Air Express classes
iv. Growth & Strength Development
v. Agility/Flexibility
vi. Nutrition
C. Summer
i. 80 percent participation
ii. Testing
iii. Strength & Development
iv. Agility/Flexibility
v. Speed Development
vi. Sports Specific Camps
1. Football
2. Speed Camp
vii. Bengal Mile
D. In-season
i. 2-3 x/week
ii. Maintenance

VIII. Fundraising
A. Community/Business Contacts
B. Poster/Calendar/Schedules/Team Apparel
C. Team Fundraising
i. Lift-a-thon
ii. Product sales
D. Newsletter/ Website development

IX. Feeder Programs
A. Middle School
i. Program Continuity
ii. Coaches Meeting
iii. Attendance at Practice/ Games
B. Youth / TDFL/ GJHS programs
i. Coaches Clinic
ii. Attendance to practices/games
C. YMCA / NFL Flag Football

X. Football Camps
A. Future Bengals Camp (4th -9th grade)
B. College football team camp (9th-12th grades)

XI. Coaching Staff

A. On Staff Coaches
B. Out of System Volunteers
C. Volunteer Assistants/Scouts
D. Coaches Meetings
E. Assignments
F. Professional Growth
i. Clinics
ii. Camps/College Spring Practices

XII. Players
A. Individual Interviews
B. Team Meetings
C. Leaders
D. Seniors
i. Captains
ii. College Recruiting
1. Information/Correspondence
2. Game Tapes/cut-ups
3. Recruiting Log
4. Visits
a. In home
b. Campus

XIII. Media
A. Accessibility
B. Stats / Max
C. Seek recognition for players

XIV. In Season
A. Practices
B. Games
C. Scouting
D. Weight Training

XV. Post Season

A. Player Honors/ Awards
B. Team Banquet
C. Information to recruiters
D. All-State game
XVI. Winter/Spring Sports
A. Encourage participation
B. Assist coaches in recruiting
C. Attend events/games/practices

XVII. Tapes
A. Cut-ups for recruiting
B. Organize and Copy

XVIII. School Spirit

A. Band Cooperation
B. Cheerleader Recognition
C. Teacher Appreciation
D. Team Appreciation and Recognition
E. Banner/Signs
F. Team Apparel

Head Coach Organizational Timeline
OFF SEASON (November – May)

1. Communication with Athletic Director

2. Copies of correspondence to AD
3. Conference Meetings – All Conference / All State
4. Equipment Check-In
5. Post Season Team Meeting
6. Post Season Banquet
7. Thank You letters/ Correspondence mailed
8. College recruiting – Film cut-ups, Information, Correspondence, Prepare
form letters, Copy transcripts, SAT-ACT scores, Stats, Copy of game,
program picture, maintain log of all colleges sent info to fro each senior
with college ball aspirations
9. Coaches Evaluations
- On Staff Coaches
- Out of system Applicants
- Volunteers / Scouts
- Coaching assignments
- Solidify Coaching staff
10.Player Evaluations
11.Off-season conditioning program / 80 percent club
12.Strength & Conditioning Testing
13.Competition & Conditioning (Multi-sport student-athletes)
14.Playbook and scheme review
15.Equipment inventory, maintenance, and ordering
16.Coaches Clinics
17.Fund raisers and promotional planning
18.Newsletters to parents and players
19.Design Staff Practice/Game night attire
20.Work with AD in purchasing equipment, supplies, uniforms
21.Work with AD on budget issues
22.Solicit Boosters/Businesses for funds
23.Player relations/interviews
24.Recruiting – In School meetings – basketball, wrestling, track, baseball
25. Recruiting –Gallup Junior High School visits
26. Recruiting – GJHS/ Middle School basketball, wrestling, track, baseball
27.Recruiting – Youth leagues – baseball, basketball, track
28.Coaches Meetings
29. AIR EXPRESS classes
30.Academics – Grade Check Progress during conditioning
31.Attend winter/spring sporting events
32.Spring team meeting

Summer (June – August)

1. Communicate with Athletic Director

2. Copies of correspondence with AD
3. Summer conditioning program – 80 percent participation
4. Strength & Conditioning
5. Summer passing leagues
6. Newsletter to parents and players
7. Calendar to parents and players
8. Pre-season schedules
9. Coaching clinic for feeder program coaches
i. Program philosophy
ii. Offense/Defense/Special Teams
a. Fundamentals
b. Technique demonstration
c. Scheme handouts/Chalk/Tapes
iii. Shirts/ Hats
iv. Lunch
v. Playbooks
vi. Game passes (?)
10.Post Information During Strength training
i. Camps / Captains Practices
ii. Physicals
iii. Forms
iv. Equipment
v. Meetings
11.Captains Practices
12. Lift-off / Bengal Combines
14.Summer School Grade Check
15.Equipment Organization
i. New equipment
ii. Order status follow up phone calls
iii. Practice equipment
16.Football camps organization
i. College team camps for players
ii. Future Bengals Camp – Mailings/$$$
17.Individual Position meetings
18.Game filming/ statistician assignment
19.Manager/Support Staff recruitment & Assignment
20.Coaches Meetings/ Correspondence
21.Fundraising and promotions
22.Team meeting
23. Bengal Spirit packs

Pre-season (August)

1. Communicate with Athletic Director

2. Itinerary/Calendar/Correspondence with AD
3. Final Summer Letter/Newsletter to parents and players
4. Coaches Meeting
i. Program overview
ii. Handbooks
iii. Calendars
iv. Playbooks
v. Game Day assignments
vi. Volunteer assignments/Scouting Assignments
vii. Recruiting assignments
viii. Practice equipment & field logistics
ix. 80 Percent Club/ Bengal Mile/ helmet decals
x. Future Bengals/ Bengal Camp (high school)
5. Summer strength & conditioning to in-season
6. Confirm game filming & statistician assignments
7. Confirm managers/Support staff assignments
8. Future Bengal Camp
9. Bengal Camp (high school camp)
10. Team locker room organization
i. Locker & Padlock issue
ii. Motivational signs
iii. Bulletin board/academic recognition board
11. Bengal Spirit Packs / $$$ before equipment issue
12.Equipment issue
i. Varsity
ii. JV/Frosh
13.Submit Transportation requirements
14. Pre-season testing: Bengal Mile/ 80 Percent Club
15.Pre-season practice: 2-a-day practices
16.2-a-day Wrap-up: Watermelon, Gatorade, BBQ, Improv
17.Parents Meeting
i. Invite AD/Principal & team trainer
ii. Program philosophy
iii. Rules
iv. Player/Team expectations
v. Coach responsibilities
vi. Academics – NO PASS NO PLAY
vii. Eligibility
viii. Questions
18.Team shirts/ hats to building & grounds crew
19. Pre-season Weekly practices
20. In-season Weight Lifting programs begin
21. Fundraisers
22. Promotional (Calendars, posters, schedules, t-shirts, hats, sweats,

23. Intra-squad scrimmage/ family BBQ night

1. Communication with Athletic Director

2. Communication with Team trainer
3. Head Coach letter to faculty
4. Pep Assemblies
5. Band logistics
6. Communications with Band Director
7. Communications with Support personnel
i. Building / Grounds crew
ii. Campus monitors
8. Academic Progress forms
9. Teacher/Grades Feedback on players
10.Teacher of the Week Program
11.In-season Weight Lifting
12.Homecoming Logistics
13.Organize game Cut-ups for Seniors/Recruiters
14.Attendance at sub-varsity, middle school, and youth league games
15.School issues
16.Parent Issues
17.Player Issues
18.Media Issues
19.Game Issues

Coaches Expectations

What I Expect in an Assistant Coach

1. To be the best teacher/coach that he can be.

2. To be a positive role model.
3. To sell, defend and be loyal to the Gallup High School program and
the school itself.
4. To be dedicated to the Athletic Department
5. To do everything possible to develop a winning attitude in
themselves, the staff, the school, and the program.
6. To be seriously interested in the success of our players and staff, on
the field.
7. To know the entire offensive and defensive schemes and game
8. To have a thorough knowledge of all fundamental techniques
9. He is thoroughly prepared for carrying out his responsibilities on the
practice field.
10. Not to be a ‘YES’ man, but to effectively communicate their ideas.
11.To attend all staff meetings when called.
12.To study and work hard to make him a great coach. Professional
growth is a must for any coach in order to maintain and develop
new innovative ways of coaching, teaching techniques, and stay
abreast of any rule changes.
13.He is willing to devote his time tirelessly to all phases of the
program, practice, film review/breakdown, scouting, strength &
conditioning supervision, recruiting, etc.
14. Above all, an outstanding coach is 100% loyal to the other coaches
on the staff. There is no place on our staff for a disloyal member.

What coaches can expect from me:

1. To run an organized program so that they will be able to function

2. To maintain a positive atmosphere that is conducive to teamwork
and continuing to develop all assistant coaches.
3. To sincerely listen to their suggestions.
4. To give responsibility and authority.
5. To work and provide leadership to win.
6. To treat them with respect and dignity.
7. To sell them to our players, the community, and the other coaches.
8. To let then coach on the field within their personality.
9. Maintain an open door policy.
10.To be the spokesman for the entire staff.

Player Expectations

What I expect from our players:

1. To give their best effort towards receiving a quality education.

2. To abide by all team and school rules.
3. To abide by the school code of conduct.
4. To treat their teachers, coaches, support staff and the public with
respect and remember that their actions reflect on the whole
5. To treat teammates with respect.
7. To accept responsibility.
8. “To become their word.” Action matches words.
9. Always give their best effort for the team, teammates, and
10. To sell, defend and be loyal to the Gallup High School and the
Bengals football program.
11.To be prompt
12.To hustle.
13.To know their assignments.
14. Sacrifice for the team and their faith.
15. To attend all meetings.
16. To participate in off-season and in-season conditioning programs.
17.To me mentally and physically tough to handle the rigors of the
18. To be the best person they can be.
19. To be a person of CHARACTER. (Character is doing the right thing
when no one else is looking.)

Coaches Guidelines

Approach to coaching

1. Be your self.
2. Be consistent.
3. Be responsible for yourself, your position players, and to your team.
4. Have a passion for learning for the game itself.
5. Be totally committed to the development of the student, the
athlete, and the program.
6. Maintain a proper perspective by taking time to remember that this
is just a game played by kids. Take some time away for yourself to
make you a stable role model for the players.
7. Know where you belong, be waiting for the players.
8. Utilize your time before and after practice efficiently.
9. Stay alert for player injuries, heat related injuries and dehydration.
Refer to the trainer.
10.Strive to make your group the best on the practice field and in the
11.Be fair.
12.Be available.
13.Know your players’ abilities:
a. Physical
b. Mental
c. Temperament
d. Personality
e. Significant medical history
14. Care for your players. Show them that you care about them beyond
their football abilities.
15. Show them, explain it to them, have them practice it, and then
show the big picture once again. BE REPETATIVE.
16.Know your coaching responsibilities in practice and in the game.
17.Breed confidence in your team. Always be organized.
18.Work with all players in your group, not just the starters. Do not let
them go unnoticed.
19. Practices will be physically tough and demanding; do not hold a
clinic on the field. Talking is for the meetings/chalk talk. WE
20.Have fun. Be human around your players and fellow coaches.

Approach to drills

As a coach, we make our greatest contribution in the construction, planning

and administering of drills. How we teach our style of football is more
important than the system of defense or offense we run. All drills should

1. Cover considerable ground in a short period of time
2. Be progressive in nature.
3. Be well planned and administered.
4. Pertain to the skills needed in our style of football.
5. Be known to the players by name in order to eliminate the need to
constantly repeat how they are run.

The preparation for the drills must be made in full detail before hitting the
practice field. The coach must see that the proper equipment and field space
is prepared in advance, including equipment such as balls, cones, hand
shields, etc. This preparation will save precious practice time.

Basic types of drills

1. Fundamental drills: These teach all the skills of blocking, receiving,

tackling, stance, etc
2. Reaction drills: Primarily for developing quickness, balance, and
3. Conditioning drills: These are used to increase cardio-vascular
endurance and in-season primarily consists of running drills.
4. Contact drills: The purpose here is to develop, and encourage, the
ability to utilize physical contact as required in the game of football.
5. Morale drills: These are used to lighten the load on the players as the
season progresses and develop morale in the players.

Approach to practice sessions

Nothing is more important to the success of our program than the time we
spend on the practice field. This is our classroom and it is important how we
utilize our time. All practices are structured with the intent of creating
maximum number of quality reps, position by position, to meet specific goals
each day, week, and season. Practices will be very organized, with flexible
time built into the schedule, and will strive to maintain an efficient use of
time. A sense of urgency must be placed on the development of our team,
position, and player development, as it pertains to the overall program goals.
Judgment will be made, in case of unforeseen circumstance, and will be deal
with them on a case by case basis. We will do whatever is necessary to meet
our goals, but not at the expense of our players’ safety. It is expected that
ALL football players and coaches jog from station to station. Walking on the
field by any member of the staff, or team, will discouraged at all

Our teaching process will consist of a Whole–Part-Whole mentality.

Explanation, demonstration, correction, and repetition are the keys to a
successful drill. We will stress the why as well as the what and how. We want
our players to truly understand the concept of our system and how they play
a significant role in its success. Fundamentals will be practiced everyday and
will be organized in a progressive fashion to ensure continued repetition of
fundamentals throughout the season.

Our practice sessions are the time for our staff to develop the warrior
mentality it takes to be a successful football program. We will outwork, out
hit, and out hustle every team we play. We will build a fundamentally sound
and mentally and physically tough team. Frequent reminders of the fact that
other teams we play do not believe in this philosophy can be a great
motivating technique.

Head Coach Responsibilities

1. Adhere to the position responsibilities outlined in the school coaches’
2. Oversee the entire program from 8th grade to varsity.
3. Will coordinate all practice plans from camp, 2-a-days, and until the
end of the season. This will be done with the input of all varsity
4. Will develop offensive, defensive, and special team game plans with
the assistant coaches each week.
5. Will break down opponent and self films each week.
6. Will relay, to all assistant coaches, what is expected of them during
practice, games, coaches meetings, player supervision, and other
7. Will organize, schedule, and oversee the in-season and off-season
strength and conditioning programs.
8. Will maintain a complete, and accurate, record of all equipment in
9. Will organize and carry out fund raisers and booster club relations in
order to supplement the football budget and increase technology for
the program.
10.Will develop, and maintain, good relationship between the football
program and other school sports programs.
11.Will seek to develop, maintain, and enhance positive relationships with
local businesses, community organizations, and football booster club.
12.Will organize locker room duties.
13.Will organize weight room duties.
14.Will help with taping and training responsibilities.
15. Will attend sub-varsity and 8th grade games.
16. Will attend as many non-school feeder program games (middle school,
Pop Warner, youth leagues, YMCA, etc.) as possible.

Varsity Assistant Responsibilities

1. Adhere to the position responsibilities as outlined in the coaches’

2. Will oversee players in their charge (positions group) on the varsity
level, and assist the coaches at the sub-varsity level as needed.
3. Will help coordinate all practice plans with the Head Coach.

4. Will help develop offensive, defensive and special team game plans
each week.
5. Will help break down opponent and self game films to look for
strengths, weaknesses, execution, and tendencies.
6. Will help with the issue, inventory, and storage of all equipment.
7. Will suggest equipment replacement or purchase.
8. Will evaluate players in their charge (position group) as to their
strength, weaknesses, personality, and agility before, during, and after
the season.
9. Will have locker room responsibilities.
10.Will have weight room responsibilities.
11.Will assist in taping and training duties.
12.Will attend all scheduled coaches meetings.
13.Will attend all freshman games
14. Will attend at least one 8th grade game.
15. Will attend at least one non-school feeder program (Pop Warner, etc)

Sub-Varsity Head Coaches Responsibilities

1. Adhere to the position responsibilities outlined in the school’s coaches’
2. Will coordinate all practice plans from camp, 2-a-day, and though the
end of season.
3. Will develop offensive, defensive, and special team game plans each
week (within the Varsity systems framework).
4. Will assist with equipment distribution, turn-in, and inventory.
5. Will relay to all sub-varsity assistant coaches what is expected of them
during practice, games, coaches meetings, player supervision, and
other responsibilities.
6. Will attend all scheduled coaches meetings.
7. Will have locker room and weight room duties.
8. Will assist in the taping and training duties.
9. Will have specific Varsity game responsibilities.
10. Will attend all 8th grade games.
11. Will try to attend at least one non-school feeder program game.

Sub-Varsity Assistant Coaches Responsibilities

1. Adhere to the position responsibilities as outlined in the school’s

coaches’ handbook.
2. Will oversee players in their charge (position group) on the sub-varsity
3. Will help coordinate all practices with the sub-varsity head coach.
4. Will assist in the development of offensive, defensive, and special
team’s game plans each week.

5. Will assist with equipment distribution/check-in and inventory.
6. Will have locker room and weight room duties.
7. Will assist in taping and training duties.
8. Will attend all scheduled coaches’ meetings.
9. Will try to attend at least one 8th grade game.
10. Will assist in varsity scouting duties.


Clear and consistent discipline goes a long way in establishing a good

relationship between a player and coach, as well as creating a successful
program. Football gives the student-athletes a structured framework in
which to develop life skills that will assist them throughout their whole
lives. Team work, sacrifice, work ethic, courage to face their fears, and a
chance to be a part of something greater than themselves. The game
itself will challenge the players to develop the necessary skills in order to
perform. It is our jobs, as coaches, to provide a positive example of what it
takes to perform at a high level of success on and off the field. Players will
be responsible for their actions both on and off of the field in order to be
successful in life.

As coaches, we will have high expectations of the athletes in our charge.

We will provide them with the necessary tools to perform up to those
expectations. All the coaches will need to be consistent in their use of the
discipline policies and follow through on any violations, or their credibility
will be lost.

The following will be our basic guidelines for discipline on and off of the

1. Compliance with all school rules and policies.

2. Display respect for all teachers, coaches, and teammates at all
3. Behave with CLASS and SPORTSMANSHIP at all times.
4. Never choose to do anything that would embarrass your family,
school, team, or self.
5. Must be academically eligible – NO PASS, NO PLAY! NO
6. No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
7. Be on time for all team functions.
8. Is responsible for the care, and return, or all uniforms and
9. Is responsible for the care and upkeep of the locker and weight
10.Your actions should always match your words.

We feel that by being fair and consistent with our applications of these
guidelines, the players will have the best opportunity to succeed on and off
the field. “What you tolerate, you encourage.”

Player Development

There are four points that all players can improve on as they progress
through our program. They are never ending and can always be worked on by
the individuals to ensure success as a program. This gives the players a
sense of ownership of the team by being responsible for their own
development, and is universal from the starter to the newest of players.

1. Attitude: We will never be out hit or out hustled in any game. You can
talk the talk, you can do it for a day, or a week, but for it to become a
way of life it must be constantly worked on. A positive, hardworking
attitude is required and must be developed and cultivated. Our team
is greater than the sum of its parts.

2. Conditioning: We will be in better condition than any team we play.

We can control that; we can develop that habit, by making a total
commitment to being the best conditioned team. Games are won in
the 4th quarter by the team in the best shape. WE WILL ALWAYS WIN

3. Technique: We will be technically proficient by always focusing on the

fundamentals of our positions. This is where we get our edge over the
other team.

4. Be smarter: We will need to be tactically proficient by understanding

the whole picture of what is trying to be accomplished by both us and
our opponent.

A team first attitude, superior conditioning, flawless technique, and being

smarter than our opponent. We can control that, and we can all improve on
that. If we improve every single component within the framework of our
team, then our team will improve.

Player Recruitment

The key to any program’s success is recruiting athletes. Our efforts must be
diligent in nature to let all neighborhood young men know that we want them
attending our high school. Our neighborhoods must become UNTOUCHABLE
to all prospective recruiters.

Our recruiting program is three-fold: immediate recruiting, short term

recruiting, and long term recruiting. The following is our breakdown to help us
build a consistent and solid foundation.

Immediate Recruiting (returning players and on campus students)

1. Individual interviews
2. Strength & Conditioning program
3. Team meetings
4. Athletes in other sports (basketball/track/baseball/golf)
5. Football players as recruiters (peer pressure/program promotion)
6. Correspondence.

Short-term Recruiting (Junior High/Middle school Athletes)

1. Local 8th grade program
2. Non-school feeder programs (TDFL/YMCA/youth leagues)
3. Flag football program
4. Futures Football Camp
5. youth coaches clinic
6. Special game nights
7. halftime scrimmages
8. “Ball Boy for a game”, ‘Recruits of the Week’ Varsity sidelines, etc.
9. Attendance at football practices/games
10.Attendance at basketball, baseball, track games and practices
11.Correspondence: recruit letters, ‘attaboys’, etc
12.Team apparel
13.Game passes
15.Team website (player/team recognition)
16.Coaching/parental contacts; school PE teachers

Long-term recruiting (Grade school students)

1. Futures Football Camp
2. YMCA/Youth league flag football
3. basketball, wrestling club, etc
4. Attendance at events
5. Correspondence
6. Game passes
7. Coaching/parental contacts


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